Melbourne Development Circle

Melbourne Development Circle aims to provide a warm, friendly forum, where people working, or interested in the development, social enterprise and humanitarian sectors in Australia and overseas, meet together regularly to do a combination of the following:

  • Interact with engaging speakers from the sector
  • Meet new friends and make professional connections
  • Share information
  • Possibly work together on useful outcomes for the development sector



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Past events have featured discussion about:

  • Women in development
  • Shared value and public private partnerships
  • Working with Aboriginal Communities: Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice
  • Innovation, Opportunity & Risk in Social Enterprise: An evening of food & conversation with YGAP
  • Melbourne’s 2015 Social Purpose Forecast – Networks and Practice for Social Change
  • What does gender have to do with it? A case study of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all
  • Tumultuous Times: Aid Cuts & Partnership Impacts

With speakers from a wide range of agencies including:

  • International Women’s Development Agency
  • CBM
  • WaterAid
  • Plan International Australia
  • TEAR Australia
  • World Vision
  • Save the Children
  • Australian Disability and Development Consortium
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Donkey Wheel House
  • Women’s Melbourne Network
  • Monash Sustainability Institute
  • Campaign for Australian Aid
  • Reconciliation Victoria
  • YGAP
  • Australian Youth Climate Coalition
  • Kinfolk
  • School of Life
  • Oxfam

Tell us what topics want to hear about or contact us if you have any questions, would like to get involved or speak at an upcoming event.


Leadership Team 2017

President: Kelly Rae

Vice President: Crissy de Silva and Martin Pritchard

Secretary: Rachael Wilken

Treasurer: Sam Marshall

Core Leadership Team:

Sam Marshall, Martin Pritchard, Kelly Rae, Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Chrissy de Silva, Rachael Wilken.

MDC Co-Founders


Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Convenor and Event Manager 2011-2013, Co-Founder

Chris Piper, MDC Leader 2011-2013, Co-Founder Website:

Chris Piper, MDC Leader 2011-2013, Co-Founder

Ian Jones, Social Enterprise Guru 2011-2014, Co-Founder

Ian Jones, Social Enterprise Guru 2011-2014, Co-Founder










Kelly Rae, Co-Founder, Convenor 2014-2015, 2017



Foundation Steering Committee

Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Chris Piper, Kelly Rae, Ian Jones, Lucinda Hartley, Kirk Fisher, Dr. Simone Buzwell.

Leadership Alumni

Emily Steele, Lucy Norton, Ángela Estévez Megías, Sophie O’Halloran, Dan A’Vard, Ian Jones, Chris Piper, Chloe Piper, Melissa Reid, Petr Svoboda, Felicity Sowerbutts, Tanya Francis, France Pitt, Ashleigh Peplow Ball, Susanne Newton and Rebecca Green.