Thom Woodroofe, 19, is the
founder and Executive Director of Left Right Think-Tank, Australiaís first
independent and non-partisan think-tank of young minds. Founded in early
2008, Left Rightís mission is to involve young people in public policy. Its
vision is for a society that seeks and embraces the ideas of young people.
currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Global) at Monash University where
he is a member of the Vice Chancellorís Leadership Program. In addition to
Left Right, Thom is also a board member of the Youth Affairs Council of
Victoria, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and is a member of the
Australian Red Crossí Victorian Youth Advisory Committee.
Thom has recently finished his
tenure as a Youth Ambassador for both the Victorian Equal Opportunity and
Human Rights Commission and the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia. Thom
has also amongst other roles been on the steering committee of the Victorian
Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit and the Chairman of the National
Air Force Cadet Reference Group representing over 6,500 teenagers across
2008, Thom was handpicked by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, a United Nations Messenger
of Peace, to represent Australia at a Global Youth Leadership summit in the
United States of America. Notably, Thom has also been the youngest
participant at the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue at Stanford
University and The Global Foundationís Australia Unlimited Roundtable
alongside the Governor General, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader.
Thom has travelled widely
overseas on study tours to Asia, Europe and North America, including on an
official parliamentary delegation to Malaysia, and has also spent time
working overseas in the United States Congress.
written extensively on contemporary domestic and international politics and
regularly appears on radio and television as well, including previously ABC2
News Breakfast and 774 ABC Melbourne. Thom has addressed numerous corporate
and community organisations including the Congressional Youth Leadership
Council and the White House Press Corps at the National Press Club in
Washington D.C. and facilitated the Victorian State Governmentís Young
People Direct Forum.