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Time Out’s Future Shapers is about putting a spotlight on Sydney’s best and brightest trailblazers, innovators and community builders across a whole range of fields: the arts, hospitality, community, politics, sustainability and more.

Social entrepreneurship: Shaun Christie-David – Founder & CEO of Plate it Forward

Shaun Christie-David is the definition of a ‘future shaper’. As the founder and CEO of Plate It Forward – a Sydney-based hospitality group with a mission to provide food relief, training and employment opportunities to marginalised communities, including refugees – Shaun has played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of hundreds of people in need. To date, Plate it Forward has provided employment to 200 individuals, with 68 per cent coming from linguistically diverse backgrounds, resulting in the distribution of $3 million in annual wages.

So when you visit one of Plate It Forward’s venues, such as Sri Lankan diner Colombo Social, Afghan restaurant Kabul Social, or Ukrainian eatery Kyiv Social, you’re not only going to experience soul-warming, delicious plates of food, but also contribute to changing lives for the better. “I feel Sydney could become one of the world’s most innovative culinary cities by fully embracing our cultural diversity and the people in underserved communities. Our 97 per cent retention rate reassures us that our goal to reinvent the dining scene is on the right track.”

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By Alice Ellis

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