Michael Hawthorne holds degrees in Biomedical and Applied Science as well as International Business. Michael is a community development specialist with extensive knowledge in fundraising as well as strategic planning & management. Michael has worked with Dr Stephanie Burns in Goal Achievement, Artistry in Training and Partnership in Learning. He is also a certified permaculture designer and teacher. Michael has worked in East Africa for over 12 years as an executive coach, mentoring & building capacity of organisations. He is co-founder of Evergreen Plains Farm, Strategic Empowerment Program, Friends of Rang’I and Happy Villages. Michael is currently focused on developing various permaculture demonstration sites in Australia and East Africa and continuing to nurture SME’s, CBO’s and NGO’s through mentoring youth leaders.