Melbourne Development Circle’s Emerging Professionals Networking
Tuesday 29th November, 2022 – 6.00 – 8.00pm (AEDT) – In Person

At MDC, we foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing between people and organisations from different sectors through creating inclusive, high-quality networking events. We recognise the importance of professional circles and peer networks to promote career prospects, especially in the rapidly changing development landscape, which has been further disrupted due to COVID-19. This event aims to provide early career professionals in the development sector the chance to connect and gain career advice through small break out groups, facilitated by experienced development professionals (Advisors) who have a range of experiences and career transitions spanning academia, government, and private/not for profit development organisations, internationally and across Australia. Additionally, this event is an opportunity to connect and build peer professional networks.


At 6.30pm we will begin a rotation of at least three 20min sessions with our experienced advisors in small groups. There will also be plenty of time before and after the facilitated portion of the event for peer-to-peer networking.


Date: Tuesday, November 29th 2022
Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (AEDT)
Location: The Emerald Peacock, 233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (view Google Map)
Cost: *$15-30+ booking fee

*As a voluntary organisation, MDC has ongoing costs, and as such we would greatly appreciate financial contributions in order to keep providing events such as this to the benefit of our community.

Speaker Bios

Beth Eggleston, Co-Founder & Director at Humanitarian Advisory Group

After surviving the bureaucracy of large international NGOs and the United Nations, Beth co-founded Humanitarian Advisory Group in 2012, a social enterprise that aims to harness humanitarian passion with entrepreneurial energy and innovation. A 2019 Fulbright scholar, Beth was able to learn more about how militaries engage in disaster response operations at United States Naval War College. Beth has a Master of Development Studies and was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian government.  

Diletta Legowo, Senior Social Designer at TACSI

Diletta Legowo is a Senior Social Designer at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) whose multidisciplinary practice is aimed at making small steps towards creating the enabling conditions for all people to find their sense of home — whether it is within themselves, their communities, their environment, or on a planetary scale. Currently, she’s working in partnership with an Australian NGO and their teams across 26 countries to shape the future of volunteering through innovation.

Alongside her work in social innovation and systems change, Diletta serves as a member of the UNCTAD Creative Economy Section Advisory Board, is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Shapers Community, is a MELD Community Board member, and does the occasional guest lecture here and there.

Diletta’s portfolio spans across the arts, design, startup, and international development spaces, with mileage working in Australian higher-education, state government, NGOs, and her own design studio. Off screen, she likes to dance and teaches yoga to people who climb walls.

Robyn Mansfield, Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Dr Robyn Mansfield is a disaster risk reduction and community consultation specialist and is known for her inclusive, strengths-based approach to community participation. Robyn has an extensive background in local and state government, academia, and private practice, and has worked on a range of advocacy, participation, community livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and reconstruction projects in Asia and the Pacific region, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.