Social Entrepreneur, Book Publisher, Promoting Australian Writing Culture
Social Entrepreneur, Alison Green, is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, an Australian book publishing company that promotes Australian writing culture by investing in both the next generation of readers and writers. At age 21, Ali co-founded the company in 2008 in direct response to the changing landscape of book publishing in Australia.
“With a background in business strategy I was really interested in what seemed to be a growing void in the industry, and this void was the catalyst to start Pantera Press”, she says.
The core business nurtures and develops new Australian writing talent, handpicked authors with best-seller and international potential. Further, Pantera Press uses a percentage of its revenue to not only reinvest in Australian authors and writing development programs, but also to partner with programs and projects that focus on closing the literacy gap and encouraging a joy of reading.
Ali is the CEO and founding director of Pantera Press, a director of the Pantera Press Foundation and is also a director of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. She sits on the Australian Publishers Association Trade Committee, the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee and is a past member of the SJWF Writers’ Festival Committee. In 2016, Ali was the deputy chair for the Australian Book Industry Awards, and in 2017 a Judge for the Australian Book Industry Awards. She is very active in Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Program and was selected as one of the top 20 young leaders in Philanthropy in both 2013 and 2015 to go on study tours to the US, UK and EU to meet with leading innovators in the social space, including Bill Gates Foundation.
In 2015, Ali was one of 70 international delegates accepted into the Yale University “Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing” Program.
And, in 2017, Ali was named of the Westpac/Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.
To find out more about Alison you can visit her profile on Twitter @aliisanoun