Victor Perton

Victor Perton

Chief Optimism Officer, The Centre for Optimism and Director, Project Optimism

Victor Perton is the Chief Optimism Officer of The Centre for Optimism.  The Centre for Optimism you ask?  Chief Optimism Officer?  A title you’d like to introduce in 2022 for your enterprise? 

The offspring of stateless refugees from the Baltics, Victor’s early working years were spent in the law, politics and public policy culminating in 18 years in the Victorian Parliament. 

After politics, Victor worked as Commissioner to the Americas working across North and South America on Foreign Direct Investment and Export Promotion.  This was followed by service as Senior Advisor to the Australian G20 Presidency. 

Returning to Melbourne, Victor was surprised by the negativity around Australian leadership and increasing levels of anxiety and depression on our community.  This led to the founding of The Australian Leadership Project and, after a Eureka moment, the founding of its offspring The Centre for Optimism. 

Today Victor’s work centres on asking people the question “What makes you Optimistic?