About Nathaniel

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 11,000 young people 21st century skills for the future workplace. Delivering transformative programs in schools and universities world-wide, 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 venture capital firm. He helps early-stage startups streamline their marketing & comms, strategy and measure impact to land corporate partners.

An internationally-acclaimed speaker, Nathaniel helps corporates, NGOs and educational institutions leverage the potential of Gen-Z, accelerate innovation and navigate the Future of Work. He’s graced the TEDx stage, lectured entrepreneurship at Monash University, and spoken at the National Youth Commission of Australia.

Nathaniel is the CEO of Future Minds Network, delivering transformative programs in schools world-wide. With the future changing rapidly, today’s employers are demanding new entrepreneurial and 21st century skills. He’s taught 11,000 young people future skills, helped them build businesses and explore emerging industries. 2021 Young Australian of the Year finalist, he is also an international startup mentor, judge, and Giant in Residence at Blackbird – Australia’s leading venture capital firm. Nathaniel wears many different hats, as a TEDx speaker, guest lecturer in entrepreneurship, and ex-consultant.

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 11,000 young people 21st century skills for the future workplace. Delivering transformative programs in schools and universities world-wide, his students learn through building businesses.

2021 Young Australian of the Year finalist, Nathaniel is also an international startup mentor and Giant in Residence at Blackbird – Australia’s leading venture capital firm. He helps early-stage startups streamline their marketing & comms, pitching prowess and measure impact to land corporate partners. Nathaniel has chatted with the entrepreneurs behind Rotten Tomatoes, Canva and Netflix and has been featured on SBS World News, Channel 9, Herald Sun, The Australian, and The Star.

An internationally-acclaimed speaker, Nathaniel helps corporates, NGOs and educational institutions leverage the potential of Gen-Z, accelerate innovation and navigate the Future of Work. He’s graced the TEDx stage, lectured entrepreneurship at Monash University, and spoken at the National Youth Commission of Australia. Sitting alongside the CEO of Techstars, Nathaniel is on the Advisory Board of SparkTeen – where he helps teenage entrepreneurs scale global companies, access $800 000 of startup perks, and land interviews into YCombinator.

Public Recognition

  • 2021 The Australian’s ’21 Under 21′ to Watch
  • 2021 Dean’s Commendation for Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Award
  • 2021 Pride of Australia Medal (Thanks-A-Million)
  • 2021 Project Management Institute’s Future 50
  • 2021 Whitehorse Young Citizen of the Year
  • 2021 Probono Australia’s Impact25: Top 150
  • 2021 Young Australian of the Year (Finalist)
  • 2020 AMP Tomorrow Maker
  • 2020 City of Melbourne’s Youth Champion (Finalist)
  • 2020 7NEWS Victorian Young Achiever of the Year (Semifinalist)
  • 2018 Crimson Education ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
  • 2018 Raoul Wallenberg Award
  • 2017 George F Langley Citizenship Award
  • 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Ceremony (Youngest Attendee)