Brett Parris

Brett is the founder and director of Epektasis, a social enterprise focused on nurturing the synergies between engaged spirituality, or sacred activism, and the pathways to a sustainable, just and prosperous future for all. Brett’s academic training is in science, theology, development studies and economics.

He has spent the last 25 years working on the interactions between economic development, climate change, energy, conflict and spirituality.
Brett worked for the aid agency World Vision for 15 years from 1995-2010, including four years coordinating World Vision International’s economic policy work and two years coordinating its climate change policy work. From 2010 to 2012 he lectured in complex systems approaches to economics at Monash University and was a lecturer in Deakin University’s Master of International and Community Development programme, where he taught economic development, microfinance, and aid and trade. He worked as Senior Economist with the Australian Conservation Foundation from 2012 to 2013 before founding Epektasis in 2014.