People

people behind the initiative
Australian Housing Initiative, Founder, Ian Ugarte

Ian Ugarte

Ian Ugarte is the founder of  the Australian Housing Initiative.  He is an entrepreneur, educator, author and property investor.

​As a Micro Housing specialist, Ian is committed to overcoming unaffordable housing and the loss of community in Australia. ​He has been working with State and Local Governments ​around Australia to dramatically improve accommodation availability; support vulnerable elements of our community; and improve the sense of belonging in ​Australia’s Regional and Capital towns and cities. 

​The links below will give some understanding of the advocacy work conducted by Ian

Founder, Simon Want, Australian Housing Initiative

Simon Want

Simon is committed to pursuing positive and aspirational changes to public policy, business strategies and community outcomes that deliver better communities. A country boy who grew up on farms across NSW with a nurse and career public servant for parents he developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for public issues. This lured Simon into studying Ag. Economics and then as a research economist with an Australian Government.

This formed the basis for living and working across Australia leading change and transformation projects where the public and private sectors intersect, supporting leaders who are trying to change the world. Simon has been fortunate to support a range of public (including two Deputy Prime Ministers and the now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull) and private (CEO’s across Utilities, Infrastructure, Superannuation, Healthcare, Social Enterprise and StartUp’s) sector leaders.

Simon “walks the talk”, leading projects, reform programs and ventures. As an example: this includes a whole of state, whole of sector urban water reform program in Victoria which resulted in the complete redesign of how the sector operated from new policy, legislation, regulation and planning requirements. It resulted in over $2 billion in savings being identified and a $400 rebate being returned to customers.