Sydney Sustainability Drinks has a new home at The Loft Bar, right next to UTS and just 4 minutes from Central Station (the entrance is right next to Prevue Eyewear).

We are very pleased to announce Rhianna Dean, Senior Project Officer for Social Enterprise within the Sustainable Communities team at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), will be speaking at Sustainability Drinks Sydney on Wednesday 12 November.

Rhianna is responsible for the management of the Social Enterprises for Sustainability program. This new initiative  at OEH is designed to provide support to enterprises operating in NSW who are particularly focused on addressing  sustainability issues.

Profile Pic Rhianna Dean

Support is provided through capacity building and skills development, facilitating access to financial investment mechanisms and creating supportive networks across the sector. This program contributes to OEH’s broader strategy of enhancing local green economies.

Rhianna has a Masters in Sustainability Science and Environmental Studies from Lund University in Sweden, and has worked in the international and community development sectors with organisations including the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Dept. of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development Victoria, Cardno Emerging Markets and Save the Children Australia.

NSW OEH Sustainable Communities:



Alice Brennan, Digital Marketing Coordinator, The Funding Network Australia –
Australian non-profit organisation and part of a global network that hosts live collective-giving events in a fun and inclusive setting. Our members nominate and select four social entrepreneurs with small, non-profit organisations, who then pitch for funding from the audience at each event. Adopting a model that has flourished in the UK since 2002, TFN makes it possible for individuals, foundations and corporations to give collectively, (in increments starting from as little as $100), whilst aiming to raise at least $10,000 for every organisation that pitches. TFN offers social entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to showcase their work, secure funding and mentoring, and to expand their donor base and networks.

Kelly Tagalan, City Manager, Elance-oDesk –
Kelly Tagalan is the City Manager for Elance-oDesk in Sydney, and facilitator of entrepreneur communities The Pulse and #StartupWindDown. Elance-oDesk operates two of the world’s leading platforms for online work ( and, with 8 million freelancers in 180 countries earning US$750 million per year. Kelly is responsible for Elance-oDesk’s community presence in Sydney, where she is helping to build a strong, vibrant, and sustainable startup ecosystem. Originally from San Francisco, Kelly shifted from a career in non-profit education to working in Sydney’s Silicon Beach.

Make sure you are there to join in the fun.

An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about sustainability” to come and mingle with like minded people and listen to a speaker share their sustainability story.

Scheduled from 6pm-9pm, most of the evening is networking. There is a short presentation from our main speaker at 7pm with guest speakers following.

When you register to attend, please share with your social networks and encourage other interested friends and colleagues to register and join us for a great evening.  Our volunteers can have professional name tags ready for collection at the door. For courtesy, please contact us if you register and then cannot attend.

No need to print tickets, simply register for free online 24 hours prior to the event to get your own personalised Sustainability Drinks name tag. Late arrivals can also register at the door.