EVA
MACKINLEY

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Bio:

'Eva is a passionate young woman from Tasmania. At age 28, she has had a rich and varied life experience thus far, starting with a disrupted childhood that saw her single parent family endure the effects of mental illness and very low socio-economic standing. After living in over 30 houses across three different states, Eva became carer of her younger sibling at age 18, balancing that role with full time work and becoming the first in her family to attend University. 

Eva describes herself as a social change hipster, having been working in the industry since before it was cool. From the age of 15 has devoted her life to social good, starting with volunteering her summer holidays working in the office of a Tasmanian youth empowerment organisation, to the leadership team of national fundraising campaign Live Below the Line, to consulting on youth participation across the country with MoHow, to taking the leap and founding her own initiative The Last Straw in 2015.

Eva currently spends her time running The Last Straw, a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in venues around Australia. Over 100 venues across the country have changed their straw use so far, with over 130,000 plastic straws being saved from use during their Straw Free July campaign in 2017. The Last Straw has been backed by the Foundation for Young Australians and Taronga Zoo, and has established partnerships with organisations around the country. In 2018, The Last Straw is expanding into New Zealand and has had expressions of interest from as far afield as the United States, Myanmar, Chile and Bali. 

In her free time, Eva is a member of the Start Up Tasmania board, is commencing her honours in Middle East Studies and undertaking a Diploma of Arabic at Deakin University.;

Previous Speaking Engagements

 

2017: 

Keynote, Tasmanian Youth Conference

Panel Member, A Plastic Ocean Hobart Screening 

 

2016:

Speaker, Purpose Conference, Sydney

Guest Speaker, Champions Leadership Conference, Monash University

Speaker, Global Partners for Change Annual Event, Hobart

Pitch Winner, Foundation For Young Australians Unleashed Conference 

 

2015:

Facilitator, Festival of Dreams Youth Conference, Nairobi

Panel Member, Tasmanian Youth Conference