Tim Costello to open conference

World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello has been announced as the opening keynote speaker for Smart 2009 Conference, Australia’s leading supply chain and logistics conference.

World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello has been announced as the opening keynote speaker for Smart 2009 Conference, Australia’s leading supply chain and logistics conference.

As the head of World Vision Australia, Tim has been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.

He will present a different perspective on supply chains at Smart 2009, exploring the role of supply chains in driving economies and alleviating global poverty, as well as providing insight into the importance of partnerships between industry and non-governmental organisations.

Tim said at the end of most supply chains are communities, individuals and even children who drive many of the engines of global economic growth.

“Whether they are workers from coffee farms, textile factories, mines, general industry or even services, many of these people live on the borders of poverty, exploitation and abuse,” he said.

“We believe that supply chain networks who provide the links across the world economy can greatly improve and assist in raising these communities from poverty by modifying and alleviating the much less than acceptable labour practice and abuse that we see so much evidence of at World Vision.”

One of the inaugural directors of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Tim will also address the conference theme of Bridging the Gap with Innovation and New Business Strategy in his keynote presentation.

Renowned for his passion for social justice and services to the community, Tim has spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Prior to joining World Vision Australia, he served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor.

His work has been recognised at the highest levels: he was named Victorian of the Year in 2004, made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 and named Victorian Australian of the Year in 2006.

“Tim Costello is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice and global poverty issues and his keynote address promises to provide a thought-provoking opening to Smart 2009,” said Denis Horder, Program Director, Smart 2009 Organising Committee.

Tim will join more than 70 local and international speakers at Smart 2009, 10-11 June, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. For further information visit www.smartconference.com.au.