Mickey is an Australian born Magyar man (also known as Hungarian) who was raised on Gadigal Land. He maintains a strong connection to his cultural roots in Eastern Europe while constantly learning about and respecting the First Cultures of the land where he was born and lives.
Mickey has worked with First Nations-led organisations and social enterprises for almost 15 years. Most recently he was the Deputy CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA). He has also worked with the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity (AFSE), Recognise, Arrilla, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), and the NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC). In 2011, with Anaiwan woman Leanne Townsend, he co-founded Flashpoint Labs, a photography social enterprise working with young First Nation creatives.
Mickey has completed an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney. In 2007, he wrote his political economic thesis on Indigenous Self-Determination and Enterprise Development. In 2012, he completed the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in 2013 he completed a Masterclass on Indigenous Governance run by the Native Nations Institute of the University of Arizona, and in 2017 he completed the Sydney Leadership Program run by Social Leadership Australia. Mickey is currently completing the Farmers 2 Founders Food and Ag Accelerator program on behalf of the Native Foodways team.
Mickey worked alongside Carla and Jason as they supported native food enterprises at the NCIE. More recently, in partnership with First Nations people, he has organised forums and study tours on bushfoods and facilitated native food farm collaborations between landowners and Indigenous communities.
A native food Mickey is loving right now: Warrigal Greens (as you can tell from the photo above)