Leonardo Rocker co-founded the Quirky Kid Clinic and publishing house in 2007. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) and a Master of International Social Development from the University of New South Wales. Leonardo has extensive international experience in the corporate sector. He was based in Boston (USA), Puebla (Mexico) and Curitiba (Brazil) during his role at Volkswagen/Audi, specialising in troubleshooting complex problems. Leonardo has been named one of Australia’s Top 50 emerging leaders by The Sydney University and BOSS Magazine (2015).
Leonardo co-founded The School Days Project in 2004 as a Photographer and Social Researcher. He travelled to more than 25 countries conducting a project on School Culture involving thousands of school students. He was awarded a scholarship to attend and present at the Young Social Entrepreneur Forum in Malasya (2008) and The School Days project was also published as an educational book by Amayra Publishing (Brazil).
During November 2010, Leonardo completed an Internship in New Delhi, India with the Centre for Refugee Research (CRR) where he collaborated with community development strategies for refugees from Burma, Somalia and Afghanistan as well as participating in the UNHCR dialogue with women and girls. For 4 years, Leonardo consulted for STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors). The project titled Communities in Cultural Transition Project (CiCTP) panel aimed to assist non-funded associations and groups from newly arrived small and emerging refugee communities like the Mandaean, Karen, Hazara, Sierra Leonean, Liberian, South Sudanese, Burundian and Congolese, to develop governance and leadership capacity.
As a publisher, Leonardo has produced twelve best-selling resources to address social, emotional and behavioural issues for children, adolescents and families. He is a member of the Australian Publishers Association and winner of an Australian Educational Publishing Award in 2014.
Leonardo has represented the Quirky Kid Publishing House at various international book fairs like the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and Bologna Book Fair in Italy and successfully promoted a range of new educational resources to a global audience.
In 2015, Leonardo presented at the China (Shanghai) International Children’s Book Fair as a recipient of the Visiting International Publishers fellowship. He is currently producing two socioemotional learning programs and promoting Quirky Kid resources to a global audience.
During 2016 Leonardo has attended the London Book fair to co-present on Developing and Publishing Social and Emotional Resources for Classrooms and Clinics and to participate in the award ceremony for International Excellence in Publishing where two of Quirky Kid’s resources were shortlisted.
Leonardo is an Alumni of Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.
Certificate for child-related employment: WWC1007567E