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Jon Edwards
Jon Edwards - Policy and Research Analyst at ActionAid Australia

<div> Jonathan Edwards is the Policy and Research Analyst at ActionAid Australia, part of the 45 country ActionAid federation. Before joining ActionAid Jonathan was the Australian Campaign Coordinator for the global education campaign 1GOAL:Education for All which ran in conjunction with the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup and mobilised over 18 million supporters worldwide to call on government to achieve universal primary education by 2015.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Jonathan has visited education projects and interviewed students, parents, teachers and education officials and activists in South Africa, Uganda and Cambodia. Jonathan is a passionate advocate for the right to education and for the pre-eminent role for public education systems to deliver that right.</div>

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Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly - Senior Director of Operations, World Vision South Asia and Pacific Regional Office.

Mark Kelly currently works with World Vision as a Regional Chief Operating Officer covering the countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The regional areas of focus include: nutrition; education; child protection; urban environments; and disaster risk reduction. With over 6,100 staff located in the countries and a budget of over $220 million, the linkage of grassroots change with national and regional policy level dialogue is of increasing importance.<br /> <br /> Mark has worked in over 40 countries. While working with World Vision, he has been National Director in Armenia, Operations Director in Vietnam, and Global Director for Knowledge Management in the USA.<br /> <br /> Mark is currently chair of the newly formed “Asia Innovation Working Group”, a subcommittee of the Innovation Working Group formed by the UN Secretary General as part of the <em>Every Women Every Child</em> strategy.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 1.25;">He has an undergraduate degree in Commerce, and Masters in Development from the ANU.</span>

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Sharon Bhagwan Rolls - Founder and Coordinator of femLINKPACIFIC Community Media Initiatives for Women, and Fijian Political Activist

Fiji Islander Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is known as a "suitcase radio" pioneer. As founder of the feminist-based non-government organisation femLINKPACIFIC, she has enabled women's voices and perspectives to be heard by political leaders using a simple mobile radio kit.<br /> <br /> In 2006, Sharon initiated the regional women’s media and policy network on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which links Pacific Peacewomen from Bougainville (PNG), Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji to policy makers from the regional and global level. The network focuses on advocating for the prevention of the resurgence of violence and the equal participation of women in national and sub-national political and decision making spaces in Pacific society.<br />  <br /> The network has been instrumental in advocating for a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Subsequently she was appointed to the UN Civil Society Advisory Group on UNSCR1325/Women, Peace and Security and since December 2010 has been the co-chair of a Pacific Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.  In 2012, Sharon was elected to the GPPAC Board and appointed to the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group.<br /> <br /> Sharon has an acute interest in media and women, peace and security policy, and at a policy level, and her work in recent years has seen her vigorously lobby formal and informal Government forums for gender sensitivity and balance in ICT Policy, as well as the regional implementation of “1325” within the Forum Regional Security Committee of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific missions at the United Nations.<br />  <br /> Passionate about content development and distribution, Sharon’s work today enables and empowers community media production in print, digital story-telling, online/social media and Television to increase visibility of women and young women’s viewpoints and realities.<br />  <br /> She contributes to several global media and communications networks including ISIS Manila International, the World Association of Christian Communications and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters. In 2011 she was appointed to the Programme Management Group of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme – PACMAS.<br /> <br /> Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is an avid communicator and writer and her work has appeared in a range of publications. She is also a regular commentator on Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme.<br />

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Bernt  Aasen
Bernt Aasen Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean, UNICEF

<p>Mr. Bernt Aasen was appointed UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean in August 2009. Amongst his responsibilities for the Region, Mr Aasen leads UNICEF’s involvement with the International Olympic Committee and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to support children’s rights to play, to mobilise communities and deliver important messages. Currently, his focus is the 2016 Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. </p> <p>Prior to this assignment, Mr. Aasen served as Director and Chief of Staff, in New York. In this capacity, he managed the Office of the Executive Director and provided advice on policy and management issues to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors. In his time at UNICEF he has also served as Senior Advisor/Deputy Director a.i. in the Office of Emergency Programmes and as Director in charge of UN coherence issues. He also led the preparation of Joint UN Programmes supporting the Afghan National Development Strategy as UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006.</p>

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Margaret Abernathy
Prof Margaret Abernathy B.Ec., Ph.D. Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne

Professor Margaret Abernethy holds the Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce and the Chair in Managerial Accounting at the University of Melbourne. As Dean since 2004, she has been an integral part of the implementation of the Melbourne Model at the University, which included the creation of the GSBE (formerly the Melbourne Graduate School of Management) for the provision of graduate business and economics education. In 2008 she was named Telstra Business Woman of the Year for the Community and Government sector in recognition of her contribution to higher education.

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Pal Ahluwalia
Prof Pal Ahluwalia Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia

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Diana Alarcón
Diana Alarcón Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy & Analysis Division, UN Department for Economic & Social Affairs

Diana Alarcón is Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and for the last two years she served as Cluster Leader for Inclusive Development at UNDP. Diana has extensive experience as a development economist through her work at the International Labour Organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank, UN DESA and UNDP. During a previous assignment at UNDP in 2002-2003, Diana contributed to shape UNDP’s work agenda on the Millennium Development Goals. Diana holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California and the emphasis of her publications has been on employment, poverty and inequality, mainly in the context of Latin America.

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April Allderdice
April Allderdice Co–founder and CEO of MicroEnergy Credits, Seattle, USA

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Karen Allen
Karen Allen Deputy Representative for UNICEF Pakistan

<p>Karen B. Allen is Deputy Representative at UNICEF in Pakistan. In this job, she coordinates emergency, recovery and development programmes for children in the areas of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection. These programmes target the poorest children and families, with special emphasis on ending gender based discrimination against girls. Prior to coming to Pakistan in June 2008, Karen was UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Uganda, and Regional Programme Planning Chief for eastern and southern Africa. <br /> <br /> She earned a PhD in Demography, and for many years combined research, evaluation and training with raising children and doing volunteer work, before returning to full time work. She is married with two adult children. Karen is an American who has spent much of her life in developing countries, fulfilling her passion and commitment to bring hope and help to children and women of those countries.</p>

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Dennis Altman
Prof Dennis Altman AM Director, Institute for Human Security, La Trobe University

Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book, which has often been compared to Greer’s Female Eunuch and Singer’s Animal Liberation was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today. [In 2010 it was published in Japan] Since then Altman has written eleven books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change, a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book, Global Sex (Chicago U.P, 2001), has been translated into five languages, including Spanish, Turkish and Korean. Most recently he published Gore Vidal’s America (Polity) and Fifty First State. Altman is Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.

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Rose Amazan
Rose Amazan Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

<em>Rose Amazan</em> is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Rose was born in Haiti which has given her a very personal understanding of the power education can have in transforming lives, particularly when it comes to girls.  <br /> <br /> Rose’s research and teaching is in the area of international and developmental education. She has conducted research on the Ethiopian skilled diaspora with a strong focus on skilled female diasporas. <br /> <br /> Her research experience spreads across themes of education and belonging, skilled-migration, diaspora mobility, knowledge transfer, female skilled migration/mobility and knowledge.  Rose's commitment to community development and grassroots organizing, as well as her work in Ethiopia, continue to inform and motivate her research.  

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Robyn Archer
Robyn Archer Singer, writer, director and public advocate for the arts

<p>Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. She is currently Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013), and Artistic Director of The Light in Winter (Melbourne).</p> <p>Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (SA), and the Universities of Sydney and Canberra. She has been awarded the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch ABAF Award for Cultural Leadership, the International Society of Performing Arts’ International Citation of Merit, is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and Chair of the Arts Advisory Board of the Adelaide College of the Arts.</p> <p>Robyn is an Ambassador for the 2012 National year of Reading, the International Women’s Development Agency and the Adelaide Football Club, as well as being a Patron of The Australian Arts Orchestra ( Melbourne), Brink Theatre Productions (Adelaide), the Australian Script Centre ( Hobart) The Arts Law Society (Sydney) and the Institute of Postcolonial Studies (Melbourne).<br />  </p>

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Philip Ashley-Brown
Philip Ashley-Brown Local Radio Manager and Manager Online for 1233 ABC Newcastle.

<p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> Phil Ashley-Brown is the Local Radio Manager and Manager Online for 1233 ABC Newcastle.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> Prior to taking on the management of 1233 Phil worked at 702 ABC Sydney as the station reporter. As 702 reporter Phil covered a wide range of stories including Sydney’s response to APEC and bushfires in the Blue Mountains.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> While at 702 he won the Best Radio Feature at the Local Radio Awards for his series following an organ transplant patient through the process of receiving a new lung.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> He worked for nearly ten years in at 1233 ABC Newcastle as a field reporter and news journalist.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> He won a number of awards for his work in Newcastle including his reports from the 2002 bushfires; his story on an open-heart surgery operation where he stood next to the surgeon during the procedure; his series on the Hunter’s rescue helicopter and for "Coastal Stories" a series of stories from along the NSW coastline.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> Phil has published three audio CDs through ABC Audio, "River Stories", "Coastal Stories" and "Bushfire". Each of the series was featured on ABC Local Radio.</p> <p class="wallacepara" style="padding-right: 10px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> He became well known in Newcastle for the long running series, “Shirtfront” (based on the SBS series “Front-Up”) where he had intimate conversations with strangers in the street about their live</p>

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Samson Baba
Dr. Samson Baba Director General of Community and Public Health, South Sudan

Dr. Samson started working in the General Medical Commission in 1979. During this period, he was also the Government Coordinator to the Usratuna Centre for Handicapped Children where he was involved in Advising the State Government on matters pertaining to handicapped children and also initiation of development projects in conjunction with the Centre donors, among other things. <br /> <br /> Between 1996 and 1998, Dr. Baba worked with the Diocese of Torit as the Project Administrator for Boma Rural Hospital. Among his various duties were coordination and ensuring of optimal utilisation of human, material and financial resources in the management of health care. From 1998 to 2002 he worked for a period as the Medical Coordinator/Program Manager and then as the Liaison Officer in Nairobi for ZOA Refugee Care, an NGO from the Netherlands.  He has also conducted various consultancies and written publications, mostly on Trachoma, OV which are some of the Neglected Tropical Diseases found in South Sudan.<br /> <br /> South Sudan has experienced many wars but the last one was the longest and took 22 years until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. A group of South Sudanese, including Dr. Baba, who were refugees by then and working in Nairobi came together and formed the Secretariat of Health for South Sudan. This was later transformed into the Ministry of Health in 2006. Dr. Baba has since been working in the Ministry of Health in various capacities and he has been instrumental in the growth of the Ministry. He wrote the Blue Print of the Health Policy for South Sudan and also held various chair positions, among them Chair of Skills for South Sudan, based in Oxford and founding member of Sudan Health Association which is an NGO working in South Sudan. <br />

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Lisa Backhouse
Lisa Backhouse Senior Reporter, Channel Nine News Brisbane

Channel Nine News in Brisbane. Formerly the female face of the ABC in Brisbane as a newsreader and host of the state’s only locally produced current affairs program, Stateline. Prior to that she was a a senior reporter at Channel 10.

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Jeremy Ball
Jeremy Ball Deputy Mayor, Launceston City Council

<p>Alderman Jeremy Ball was elected to Council in November 2007 and was elected as Deputy Mayor in 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a Diploma of Business.</p> <p>Alderman Ball grew up in Launceston but spent most of his adult life studying and working interstate and overseas, spending time in Japan and Europe, he also speaks French and Japanese. Alderman Ball has worked in the arts, business and education sectors and has also worked as an advisor to the Tasmanian Greens. He last worked as the coordinator of an employment program he devised for migrants and humanitarian entrants.</p> <p>Alderman Ball currently serves on the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee; the General Manager's Contract and Performance Review Committee; the Heritage Advisory Committee; the Launceston Bike Committee; the Street Tree Advisory Committee; the North Bank Committee and the Tamar Region NRM Group for the Launceston City Council.<br />  </p>

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Lesley Barclay
Lesley Barclay Professor and Director at the University Centre for Rural Health

Professor Lesley Barclay is an educational leader, health services researcher and systems reformer whose projects have improved maternal child health services in urban and remote Australia and internationally. Much of her recent research has been rural, remote or Indigenous focussed. Her current position is Professor and Director of the Centre for Rural Health in Lismore for Sydney University.<br />  <br /> Professor Barclay has been researcher on many Category 1 grants and is currently leading an NHMRC funded study investigating a Rural Birth Index.  She chairs the National Rural Health Alliance; an organisation of 33 peak rural health bodies and is on the boards of the Local Health District and the Medicare Local. She is also known for her international leadership and projects internationally. For example leading WHO and AusAID work in maternal child health and a World Bank project in Indonesia designed to strengthen health worker education.<br />  <br /> Lesley Barclay is known for her mentoring and training. This is exemplified by 14 of the 30 PhD students she has supervised over the last decade who have been appointed associate or full professors in midwifery or maternal child health. Professor Barclay has written or edited 2 books in the last decade and 65 published refereed papers in the last 5 years..  <br />  <br /> Lesley was awarded an AO in 2004 in recognition of her contribution to professional and international development and child health. She is one of the very few Distinguished Fellows of the Australian College of Midwives and one of the few foreign women designated a Samoan Chief; recognising 20 years of work with colleagues in that country.<br />

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Liz Barrett
Liz Barrett Director, AID/WATCH

<p>AID/WATCH is an independent membership-based watchdog on aid, trade and debt, working with communities in the Global South. Liz joined AID/WATCH as Director in December 2011 and has been working with Melanesian communities and organisations around the issues of land rights and threats to customary land.</p> <p>Liz is a seasoned and passionate campaigner who has been involved in social justice movements for many years. Prior to joining AID/WATCH Liz was a member of the Australian Trade Union movement working on national campaigns that empowered workers to fight for better wages and conditions in the cleaning and childcare sectors. Liz holds an Bachelor of Development Studies (hons) and is currently furthering her interest in participatory development models and Indigenous rights through a Masters in Indigenous policy at ANU.</p>

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Samantha Barry
Samantha Barry BBC journalist, media trainer and technology consultant

<p>Samantha Barry is a journalist and producer with BBC World News and a media trainer with BBC Media Action. She also works as a technology trainer for the US State Department's global TechCamp programme, is an Academy of Achievement 2012 delegate and was recently named as one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism in the world.</p> <p>Based in London, Samantha has worked in over 20 countries, training journalists in broadcasting, technology and social media. Her roles have included working in Papua New Guinea with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s International Projects and AusAdid, training dozens of young journalists in Burma last year for a BBC Media Action project, and working on conflict-sensitive journalism with reporters in Northern Nigeria. She’s is also currently working on a start-up video app for mobile journalism, called Vizibee.</p>

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Marie Bashir
Prof Marie Bashir AC CVO Chancellor, University of Sydney

Professor Marie Bashir was elected Chancellor of the University of Sydney on 1 June 2007. Born, of Lebanese descent, in Narrandera in the Riverina district of NSW, and educated at Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, she gained her bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery in 1956 from the University of Sydney. She taught at the universities of Sydney and New South Wales, increasingly working with children's services, psychiatry and mental health services, and Indigenous health programs. She was appointed Governor of New South Wales on 1 March 2001, the first woman to hold the position. At the time of her appointment, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey. Professor Bashir's widespread involvements and interests have included juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals and telemedicine and new technologies for health service delivery.

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