Benson Saulo leads with insight and impact from experience that he has develop throughout his working life from across Australian corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Following a career in one of Australia’s major banking institutions, Benson was appointed the 2011 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. In which he undertook a national engagement tour to gain a deeper understanding of issues impacting Australian young people. Benson then represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly as an accredited member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, leading negotiations on the Rights of the Child and the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Young People.
Benson became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns. In 2013 – 14, NIYLA participants developed and launched ten youth-led social action campaigns focusing on suicide prevention, climate change, mental health and welcoming refugee and asylum seekers.
In 2017, Benson was appointed the Head of Community for one of Australia’s leading health, wealth and living organisations Australian Unity. The key focuses of Australian Unity’s work across its community initiatives are greater promotion and engagement of Indigenous peoples, peoples with disability, financial inclusion and mental health. Additionally, Benson manages the Australian Unity Foundation which supports charities across Australia to increase their impact in areas of community capability building.
Benson is currently Head of Partnerships – Investments, within Australian Unity’s Wealth and Capital Markets team.
Benson’s work has been acknowledged through various national awards including finalist for Young Australian of the Year, the Australian Human Rights Commission – Human Rights Medal for Youth, and the 2012 NAIDOC Youth of the Year.