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Krissy Nicholson

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Social Commentator, Speaking Out

Ever wondered what it is like to work in a disaster zone? Krissy Nicholson speaks passionately about her experience as an aid worker in some of the biggest disasters the world has seen. From the Boxing Day Tsunami and Pakistan Earthquake, to post conflict Northern Uganda and PNG Cholera outbreaks.

A versatile speaker, Krissy can connect with adults and children alike. Krissy offers talks or workshops on a diverse range of topics, including the life of an aid worker; gender issues; water, sanitation and hygiene; human rights; and social justice. Her debut book, Tsunami and the Single Girl is a part of the 2013 ‘Get Reading, 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Campaign’.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne and although I have explored over 50 countries, I still think it is the best city in the world to live!

What other jobs have you had?

Check out chick – to get me through uni. Mens tie and silk boxers roving sales rep (lasted one day!) Recruitment consultant in London.

Once I started Aid Work – it was hard to look back – a mix of travel, culture and working to improve and save lives….what more could I want!

What have been the highlights of your career?

Each and every place I have been deployed has offered something different. The Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka however, was my first large scale emergency that was pretty mind blowing.

And of course publishing Tsunami and the Single Girl.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

In addition to a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Masters of Public Health, I have an Advanced Diploma of Group Work Facilitation. So while I am happy to simply present, my preference is participatory workshops where you are actively involved in conversation, group work and learning.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Mmmm….let’s see….it may have been in a local café in Fitzroy….or was it that bus ride years ago in Peru….no wait….it was in those deserted ruins in Syria??


Krissy Nicholson spoke at St Kilda Library last night (15th May). From 20 attendees, the feedback earned an average of 9.8 out of 10! What a great opportunity to hear about aid work, first hand. Krissy’s authenticity, kindness and generosity were outstanding.

—V. Marjono, Port Phillip Library Services, May 2014

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