William Stubbs

Social impact strategist, writer and speaker. Co-founder, SPUR: group.




Panel on worldwide rates of depression in youth at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 2018.


William is a social impact strategist, writer, speaker and unapologetic caffeine addict.

William is co-founder and Director of SPUR:, a group of companies working towards a world that is fair, sustainable and well - including award-winning non-profit SPUR:PROJECTS and social impact strategy house SPUR:LABS.
An avid activist for mental health, William was awarded Jude Bugeja Mental Health Week Award, nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize and named a Top Young Social Entrepreneur by Business News Australia.
William is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Telstra Foundation Ambassador, and has represented young Australians at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Berlin while also acting as the Digital Brisbane Ambassador to the German start-up community.
In 2017 William was selected to join the inaugural Unleash Innovation Lab in Denmark to work on groundbreaking solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals where his team’s concept, Afterain, won a second place prize for its approach to refugee camp mental health support.
William has appeared in a range of media, from the ABC prime time doco-series mental health series Man Up and Channel 7’s Daily Edition to Women’s Health and Fitness to the South China Morning Post. In 2018 William spoke at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.



Large scale behavioural change non-profit. Established in 2011, SPUR:PROJECTS works to create change in sustainability, human rights and health through measureable and actionable impact projects. :PROJECTS has received numerous awards and recognition by the Australian Federal Government.

:LABS works with clients ranging from WWF International to corporates and local governments to help solve complex social challenges with innovative and insightful strategy. :LABS has developed innovative campaigns for foster care, sustainability metrics for Earth Hour and employee wellbeing programs. A profit-for-purpose business, part of :LABS revenues help fund :PROJECTS work.


There are more than sixty-five million people around the world who are living as refugees or displaced peoples. All of them have experienced trauma and have high levels of PTSD, depression and anxiety.

Borne out of the inaugural Unleash Innovation Lab for the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals in Denmark, August 2017, Afterain is an innovative and scalable tool designed to provide subversive mental health support to the millions of people currently living in refugee and displacement camps around the world.



 Speaking about ethics in tech for the Chair in Digital Economy 

Speaking about ethics in tech for the Chair in Digital Economy 


Silver Award - Health
Unleash Lab SDG Solution Pitches, 2017

Create Change Award
Young Achievers Awards, Finalist, 2017

Top Young Social Entrepreneur

Business News, 2016

Australian Mental Health Prize
Nominee, 2016

Cosmopolitan Media Bachelor of the Year
Nominee, 2016

Jude Bugeja Peer Excellence Award
Mental Health Week Achievement Awards 2016

Youth Contribution Award
Australasian Men's Health Forum, 2013

Social Innovation Award
Deloitte, 2013




World Economic Forum
Global Shaper & World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Speaker

Gates Foundation
SDG Goalkeeper

Unleash SDG Innovation Lab
Facilitator, 2018

Unleash SDG Innovation Lab
Global Talent, 2017



Ambassador to the Startup Community, Berlin
Digital Brisbane

G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance

Telstra Foundation