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Tim Costello

Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.  He has spearheaded public debates on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Since 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the challenges of global poverty are placed on the national agenda.

His passion for justice and for helping to alleviate the suffering of poor communities in the developing world quickly became evident when the devastating Asian tsunami struck on Boxing Day, 2004. The leadership he showed at the time helped to inspire an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from the Australian public, with World Vision Australia raising more than $100 million for tsunami relief.

In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.

Prior to joining World Vision, Tim served in roles such as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor, and as Mayor of St Kilda. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia.

Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the Australian Catholic University and the University of Technology Sydney.

Tim currently serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and the National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Board of the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University.

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