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Sunny Forsyth

CEO

Australian National University (ANU) grad Sunny Forsyth is CEO of Abundant Water, a social enterprise that helps remote communities access clean drinking water.

Sunny Forsyth has always been into solving stuff. It’s what attracted him to studying engineering. “I was interested in how technology could help solve the world’s problems,
and I figured engineering would also allow me the flexibility to travel,” he says.

Sunny stuck his head down in Year 12 maths and science, and headed to ANU to kickstart a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Soon into his degree, Sunny realised he’d need more than academic smarts to ace the practical units in his program.

“My preconceptions of what engineering was were wrong,” he says. “It’s not just all academic but rather everything else that’s involved in a project too.”

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Making a difference

After graduation, a stint in sales and cadetship in Defence eventually led Sunny to his first passion project. He started a 12-month graduate gig as an AusAid Youth Ambassador, stationed in an anti-human trafficking organisation in Laos. “I discovered what I cared about,” says Sunny, “and became highly motivated.” After extending his stay in Laos well past the 12 months, Sunny founded his own organisation – Abundant Water – a social enterprise helping remote communities gain access to clean drinking water.

As CEO, now based back in Canberra, the passionate innovator uses advanced systems and software engineering to do what he loves most – solve problems – and better the lives of the communities he works with. Sunny’s advice if you’re keen to have an impact? “Find what you’re best at, and get even better at it.”

Sunny’s study and career pathway

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), ANU
  • Cadetship, Defence Material Organisation
  • Youth Ambassador, AusAid
  • Abundant Water, founder and CEO

This article is brought to you in partnership with ANU. This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2020.

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