Conference Breakout Sessions, Speakers and Activities


The Conference will have THREE different Breakout sessions which will be repeated THREE times as attendees move from room to room during the day. Apart from the Exclusive Session with Vic Grosjean aimed at Earlyact, Interact and Rotaract, ALL attendees will be able to attend ALL breakout sessions.

Healthy World7th Area of Focus – Integrating the Environment into your club’s activitiesThree times
Healthy People‘Behaviour Change – The often forgotten piece of the WASH puzzle.’Three times
Combined ThemesEnvironment and WASH ExpoThree times



‘The 7th Area of Focus – Integrating the Environment into your Club’s activities’

This interactive session will provide practical suggestions for clubs to involve their members in environmental activities and to build the environment into their club planning. The session will include ‘snap-shot’ presentations by guest speakers who have run successful club and multi-club environmental projects. A panel discussion will conclude the session.

Some topics to be covered are listed below

  • What is the 7th Area of Focus of Rotary International?
  • What are the benefits for clubs being involved in environmental projects?
  • How can the environment be integrated into other projects?
  • How can a club integrate environment into their Annual Plan?
  • How can a club get started with environmental projects?
  • How can a club set up an Environment Committee?
  • How can a club become a District 9810 EnviroClub?



‘Behaviour Change – the Often Forgotten piece of the WASH puzzle’

This session will include three panelists who will explain different approaches to bringing about sustainable behaviour change in WASH projects. Two of the presenters are outlined below and a third is in the process of being finalised.


(Executive Director of Live and Learn Australia)

TOPIC: ‘Water And Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) behaviour change education programs that work in the South Pacific context.’

Christian has over 25 years experience as a development practitioner and has worked in Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Christian lived and worked in the Pacific Islands for a decade, where he supported the establishment of Live & Learn’s country programs. He has long history with the Solomon Islands and supported the Solomon Islands government delegation in international climate change negotiations. He has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, European Union and United National Development Program on issues relating to natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental education and environmental conflict resolution. He is a Company Director of Social Entrepreneurs International, a global network bringing together social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about Christian Nielsen and Live and Learn by visiting the website below.


(International Program Manager – International Needs Australia)

TOPIC: ‘Community Led Total Sanitation’

Phearak is an interim International Program Manager at International Needs Australia (INA). He oversees INA’s relief and development programs across eight countries in Asia and Africa. Before joining INA, he worked with Singapore-based Asia P3 Hub as Senior Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Partnership Advisor where he built and managed multi-sector partnerships across Asia and the Pacific. Phearak has been in the NGO sector for over 27 years, having worked with large organisations such as Save the Children and World Vision in Australia and overseas. Phearak holds a Masters degree in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor degree in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Learn more about Phearak Svay and International Needs Australia by visiting the website below.



‘The ENVIRONMENT and WASH Showcase and Expo’

Explore this mini Rotary House of Friendship, packed with displays, exhibits, models, and practical hands-on and virtual activities.

Learn what you can do at home, in your club and in your local and international projects to care for the environment and introduce safe, sustainable and effective WASH practices.


EXCLUSIVE BREAKOUT SESSION for Earlyact, Interact and Rotaract


‘ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – Oceans, Waterways, Plastics and Us”


Vic Grosjean is based in Melbourne, and is the Principal Consultant at OceanX Group, an Engineering Consultancy specialising in Environmental Monitoring solutions. He has developed cutting edge technology to monitor and remove pollution from our waterways and to clean up our oceans. As a professional speaker, Vic Grosjean has been invited to present international speeches across 6 continents. He has delivered Keynote Addresses in Germany, New Zealand, Kenya, Singapore, France, Columbia and Australia. As a strong supporter of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, he has presented his Ocean Conservation strategies in front of an audience of over 1000 United Nations and Rotary officials. In 2018 Vic was selected by RI President Barry Rassin as ‘One of ‘Six Young Innovators’ to showcase his work at the UN in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2019 he was named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by the CEO of Engineers Australia.

‘I re-connect people with their emotions. My speeches are designed to transcend and transform lives. I intend to foster the next generation of ‘Ocean Innovators’ who can inspire masses.’

Vic Grosjean

Learn more about Vic Grosjean, by visiting his website.

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