Norwegian-born Jon Andre Pedersen admits he was looking for change and inspiration after not making the most of his high school years. Australia loomed as the place he might find new direction, and Griffith University has played a vital part in the career that has ensued.
Since graduating in 2015 with a double degree in International Business and International Relations, Jon has pursued several business avenues – particularly startups and social ventures – in Asia. This has culminated in his role as co-founder and board member of the Hong Kong-based Foundation for Shared Impact (FSI), fostering social innovation and entrepreneurship.
“I’m curious about how the world really functions and for years had imagined myself working in a global context,” says Jon. “At FSI, we help talented, socially minded people get their big ideas off the ground, and we help scale existing social business. Overall, our goal is to create an ecosystem for

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