Matt Pfahlert

Matt Pfahlert

CEO of Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (Australia)

Matt is a renowned rural advocate, social entrepreneur, educator/presenter and community leader across Australia.

Matt is co-founder & CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) a social enterprise that exists to build a thriving rural Australia through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.

Matt started his first social enterprise in 1993 and his early career as a social innovator working with youth at risk in wilderness settings, saw him awarded the 'Young Australian of the Year' in 1996.

In partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland, ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, continuing the expansion of learning and development programs across 9 countries.

In 2013, Matt joined the Social Traders board, a national industry organisation committed to growing the social enterprise sector in Australia.

In late 2016, Matt led a $2.5M community buy-back of the Old Beechworth Gaol, an Australian heritage icon for its connection to the story of Ned Kelly. The mission is to re-purpose the site as a hotbed of activity and learning for social enterprise, impact investment and community rejuvenation across rural Australia.