“I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes”
Dixon Insurance Services
To Adam Mostogl and the illuminate Education Australia team, innovative education is real, tangible and active pedagogy to be embedded into the learning environment, building brave and resilient learners who are confident, creative and capable. This is lived out every day and has impacted over 20,000 Australian students.
Since 2011, when Adam founded illuminate Education Australia, he has been engaging students at the forefront of educational innovation. More than just entrepreneurship, each opportunity has been about breaking down the barriers between industry and education, pushing the boundaries of how and what students learn and building local, national and global quality education solutions for students and beyond.
From the initial design of the illuminate Enterprise Challenge, built specifically for both primary and high school, focusing on skills and knowledge development through solving problems that students see in their communities around them, following the design thinking process, Adam has since been one of the key driving forces in illuminate Education Australia’s innovative approach to enterprise education. Partnering with key industries to develop programs in STEM, community engagement, agribusiness, and much more, these challenges see students re-engaging in learning, adapting quickly to post-school life with their independent learning skills and realising their impact capacity.
Adam’s passion and innovation in education go beyond the school environment into building communities, helping to mentor over 1,000 people on their start-up and impact journey, and helping education outcomes globally through UNLEASH, the world's largest innovation process for the Sustainable Development Goals and other forums.
Standing in the zone of brave educational leaps, Adam is always looking for partnerships to enrich learning and constantly designing new and exciting ways for students to realise their impact capacity. He also looks to include everyone in the process, no matter their postcode or prior knowledge.
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“To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need”
Dixon Insurance Services
2011: illuminate Education Australia, founded in Launceston, TAS
2014: Graduated with an MTeach (Primary) from the University of Tasmania
2015: Finalist, Young Australian of the Year
2016: illuminate Education Australia started delivering programs nationally
2017: Recognised in Australia’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30; helped to found The van Diemen Project, a low-cost business advisory service for regional Australia
2018: Finalist, ProBono Australia’s Impact 25; invited as a talent to UNLEASH, Singapore
2019: Facilitated the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab in Shenzhen, China in SDG 4: Quality Education
Started Tasmania’s first social impact incubator, The Shift Lab
Facilitated the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab in Mysuru, India in SDG 4: Quality Education
Recognised in Australia’s Top 40 Entrepreneurs and Executives Under 40
Assistant Vice President and Senior Broker at MJ Hall & Company since 2018
Suncorp Bank introduces Solar Home Bonus offer for customers who are choosing renewable energy for their homes
Month-on-month market share growth commences
Suncorp Bank wins the Canstar award for most outstanding value in investment loans
Suncorp Bank wins Money Magazine’s Bank of the Year and Business Bank of the Year awards for the fifth year in a row
Suncorp Bank’s turnaround times are the lowest they have ever been. The lender becomes Australia’s first certified carbon neutral bank for both its operation and transaction services
How does he distinguish himself among fellow brokers?
“I believe all brokers are working very hard in a difficult market,” he says. “However, I have demonstrated continued growth, advocacy and performance on my client’s behalf, which is now recognised [for 10 consecutive years] in the Elite Broker awards.”
In 1990, Dixon got started with FAI, working in claims and as a team leader. From the late 1990s up until 2003, he worked at FAI and Suncorp in underwriting and as an area manager at VACC, CGU (South East Queensland). From 2003 to 2012, he got into broking and eventually started Dixon Insurance in 2013. Since then, he’s accumulated numerous acccolades, including Elite Broker, Diversity and Equity, and Fast Broker awards.
During the pandemic, Dixon challenged insurers over the Quarantine Act application to insurance wordings. His argument was that the Quarantine Act does not apply as an exclusion, as the Biosecurity Act was invoked by the Morrison Government, and this was not a subsequent amendment to the Quarantine Act. The test case in the Appeals court was won for Dixon’s client with a unanimous five-judge verdict.
He remains focused on transport, manufacturing, motor trade, engineering and large farm clients.
What are his plans for the future?
On a business level, “more of the same. I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes.”
On a personal level, Dixon invests significant time, effort and funds, along with his GT3, to support many charities through his passion for motorsport. From participating in and sponsoring the Thunderbolt Run (which provides tens of thousands of dollars in support for Beyond Blue and Prostate Cancer), to organising and running the Track Knights for Amira charity night where 28 Exotic Supercars raised funds through passenger laps in wet conditions, Dixon states “this is our time to give back to the community and those in need. My friendships and association with those seeking to do the same, allows us to contribute to those less fortunate and raise funds and awareness”.
He adds: “To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need.”