Visionary educator, speaker, and startup mentor


Nathaniel Diong (张德煌) is an award-winning speaker, innovator and leading authority in the Future of Education. As CEO of Future Minds Network, he’s taught 10000s of young people 21st century skills for the future workplace. Delivering transformative programs in schools and universities across the world, his students learn by building their own businesses.

2021 Young Australian of the Year finalist, Nathaniel is also an international startup mentor and Giant in Residence at Blackbird – Australia’s leading VC firm. He helps early-stage startups streamline their marketing & comms, strategy and measure impact to land corporate partners.

Through immersive workshops, explosive keynotes, and seamless facilitation, Nathaniel helps young people unlock their endless creativity. He helps corporates, NGOs and educational institutions understand how to leverage the potential of Gen-Z, harness innovation and the Future of Work. An international speaker, Nathaniel is a regular MC, moderator and guest lecturer at Monash University, TEDx, and more.

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