Simon tells stories of his wins while he was at GetUp and what compelled him to leave the non-profit world and enter politics.
Manning Clark House 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest 14 May at 5:30pm. Entry $20/$10 MCH members & Conc. Bookings 02 6295 1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon is the ACT Greens candidate for the Senate. Previously an economist, public servant, National Director of GetUp! and now a Greens candidate – Simon’s story is pretty interesting! He is deeply passionate about Greens values of equality, environmental sustainability and looking after future generations.
Simon Sheikh is 27 years old and lives in Canberra. He grew up in public housing in inner west Sydney, as the primary carer of his mother who suffered from mental ill-health.
He was awarded a scholarship to attend UNSW to study economics. He put himself through university by working full time in the Services Marketing team at Telstra and as a public servant at the NSW Treasury. At just 22, he was appointed as National Director of online advocacy group GetUp!, where he won significant campaigns such as increasing Government investment in mental health, and winning the quickest-ever High Court case, which overturned Howard-era rules that locked young people out of voting.
After leaving GetUp in 2012, he went on a road trip with his wife Anna Rose around Australia. Taking time off for the first time in a long time, and travelling around Australia’s unique landscape; Simon reconsidered what was the most effective thing he could be doing to protect our communities from Tony Abbott gaining balance of power and winding back all the good work we’ve fought so hard for. That’s why he decided to run as the ACT Greens candidate for the Senate.
He was preselected as the ACT Greens Senate candidate and is now in the thick of a volunteer-powered campaign in the ACT.