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This year we are absolutely delighted to introduce you to our inaugural Workplace Giving Ambassador! Mr Dino Asproloupos, Senior Program Manager with Deakin Population Health SRC.
Dino has been a Deakin staff member for two years and has been involved with Médecins Sans Frontières, (one of our 2012 Community Partners) in various capacities for 12 years. He is currently a board member of the Australian Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) section, a role he has undertaken for the last 5 years.
Dino's eagerness to get involved started with volunteering for not-for-for profits at a young age.
Born in Africa to parents of Greek origin, raised in Canada and married to an Australian, he identified with the ‘without borders’ concept at an early age and has always wanted to get involved in humanitarian affairs.
Dino's burgeoning interest in philanthropy - in particular international aid - later led him to enrol in an MBA in Canada, studying not-for-profit governance and strategy at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. A group consultancy project completed as part of his MBA with MSF in 2000 began his relationship with the organisation. Through this project Dino was introduced to some inspiring MSF staff and volunteers, and grew his admiration for their work, strong values, responsiveness and neutrality.
Since this initial project, Dino's ongoing involvement in Médecins Sans Frontières has seen him take up roles in Canada, Burma, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Laos and Spain. Throughout his journey with MSF Dino has had some eye-opening experiences, but he particularly enjoys attending MSF ‘Field Associated Debates’ (FADs) and discussing current issues, including providing access to essential medicines and neglected populations with international health professionals and community members alike.
Dino believes Workplace Giving is an important avenue to affect social change, and an excellent way for Deakin staff to contribute to a common purpose. His advice to staff on Workplace Giving is to “...just try it” - you never know where it could lead…it just takes two minutes of your time.
Workplace Giving Ambassador, Dino Asproloupos