Honour roll

Past Award Finalists and Recipients

Young Australian of the Year

State Finalist

Date of birth: 7 February 1990
State: Western Australia

State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2013

Holly Ransom

Social entrepreneur

Holly Ransom is a dynamic social entrepreneur with passion for, and a track record of, driving innovative change in both the corporate and not-for-profit arena.  A full-time economics-law student, Holly Ransom runs a public speaking consultancy and a company set up to develop leadership skills in young people. She is a University of Western Australia International Excellence Ambassador and serves as non-executive director of a number of not for profit organisations.  In 2009, Holly launched ‘Women Who Lead’, an initiative that links women with inspirational female role models and mentors. Within a year, she was chair of Young United Nations Women in Perth, in which she oversaw 22 events around the country. In 2011, Holly was one of three guest speakers invited to address the Governor-General’s International Women’s Day 100th anniversary celebrations in Canberra. The same year, Holly travelled to Kenya where she worked on a micro-financing project to train 22 Kenyan women to run their own businesses.  In July 2012, Holly became the world’s youngest President of a Rotary Club as President of Western Australia’s biggest club, Crawley.

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