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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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Kylie Bates
Kylie Bates Sport for Development Advisor

<p>Kylie Bates specialises in partnership development. She works to create links between sport, development and corporate sectors to help communities benefit from sport. This work is underpinned by facilitating design, social mobilisation, advocacy and evaluation processes. She has experience in leading the Australian Government's Sport for Development portfolio which includes programs in India, the Pacific, southern Africa and Caribbean regions, as well as helping national and regional sports federations to use sport to achieve health, education and gender development outcomes.</p> <p>More recently, she has worked with organisations like UNICEF, the Oceania Football Confederation, Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Working Group, and the Olympic Sports Federations in Oceania, to use sport to contribute to development goals. Her understanding of sport, government and United Nations systems, enable her to connect sport agencies with development agencies in way that creates authentic, transformational relationships. Kylie got to know about the benefits of sport by working her way up the ranks of junior sport and spent her early careers years working in communities in Nepal (Special Olympics) and Papua New Guinea (Silver Jubilee Program). Kylie holds a Masters of International and Community Development and Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Exercise Management).<br />  </p>

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James Batley
James Batley Deputy Director-General, Asia Pacific and Program Enabling Group, AusAID

James Batley joined AusAID in February 2011 as Deputy Director-General of the Asia Pacific and Program Enabling Group. Mr Batley has extensive experience working in the Pacific, having held positions in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. He was also Australia High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Deputy Leader of the regional Truce Monitoring Group (TMG) in Bougainville and Chief Negotiator of the TMG's successor, the Peace Monitoring Group. Mr Batley also served as Australia's senior diplomatic representative in Dili, East Timor, and was appointed Australian Ambassador to East Timor. Following this, Mr Batley was Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji. Mr Batley has held a range of positions in Canberra, most recently as First Assistant Secretary of the Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002.

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Louise Baur
Louise Baur Professor & Deputy Associate Dean, Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Sydney

Louise Baur is a consultant paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the main paediatric hospital in Sydney, where she is Director of Weight Management Services. She is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Obesity. Among her various community roles, she is a Director of World Vision Australia and Advisor of the Obesity Research Chair, King Saud University. In 2010, Louise Baur was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children's charities.

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Terri Begley
Terri Begley Interim presenter of Mornings on 612 ABC Brisbane

<p>Terri Begley is currently the interim presenter of Mornings on 612 ABC Brisbane. Her 16 year career with the ABC has included presenting Drive on Newsradio and as field reporter for Mornings. Terri can't imagine working in any other media... she loves radio for its immediacy and because it can give listeners a say in what's important to them. Terri is used to chairing panel discussions and knows how to give 'the wind up' when required. She feels lucky to say she loves her job, but not the 4am starts!</p>

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Bill Bell
Bill Bell Head of Child Protection, Save the Children UK and member of Child Protection Initiative Steering Group

Bill Bell is Head of Child Protection at Save the Children UK where he heads a team delivering technical support, policy analysis, and advocacy on child protection issues. His team provides strategic directon and technical guidance to Save the Children UK’s programme of work on child protection that reaches 3.7 million children in over 40 countries, as well as supporting the organisation’s child protection response in emergencies. Prior to working at Save the Children Bill was a lecturer in Latin American Studies at various UK universities. Bill is a former Chair of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and was Co-Convenor of the Child Rights Caucus set up to represent NGO views at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. He is the co-Chair of the Better Care Network and was previously Chair of the Child Rights Information Network.

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Suzanne Belton
Suzanne Belton Senior Lecturer, Menzies School of Health, Darwin

Dr Suzanne Belton is a medical anthropologist with a research interest in sexual and reproductive health from the Menzies School of Health Research. She is a midwife with clinical experience in community health, women’s health, family planning, refugee health and alternative birth systems. Her research interests include the sociology and anthropology of health, the social and cultural context of sexual and reproductive health, gender and violence against women.<br /> <br /> She has worked in China, Thailand, Indonesia, East Timor and remote Australia. Her research has improved clinical post-abortion care for Burmese women on the Thai-Burma border; as well as contributed to clinical and policy outcomes in East Timor.<br /> <br /> Her current research examines men’s access to health care, maternal death in West Timor, domestic violence law in East Timor. She also works with Indigenous women and their families to document their experiences of remote maternity care in the Northern Territory. <br />

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Daniel Ben-Ami
Daniel Ben-Ami Finance and economic journalist, Author of Ferraris for All

Daniel has worked as a London-based journalist for 25 years, during which he has contributed to numerous British, international and specialist publications. He has written on a wide range of subjects including economics, emerging markets, environmentalism, the eurozone crisis, finance and the happiness debate. Ferraris for All, his book defending economic progress, was published in 2010. Cowardly Capitalism (Wiley 2001), his work on global finance, was recommended by the Baker Library of Harvard Business School. Daniel is currently working on a project on the debate about social inequality in North America and Western Europe. His website can be found at: and his blog can be followed on Twitter: @danielbenami.

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Rosangela Berman-Bieler
Rosangela Berman-Bieler Chief of UNICEF Disability Section, New York

<p>Rosangela Berman-Bieler is a Brazilian Journalist. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Salamanca on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. As a quadriplegic, Berman-Bieler has been a disability rights advocate for more than 35 years. Rosangela has joined UNICEF in February 2011 as Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities and is currently serving as Chief of the UNICEF Disability Section under the Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement, Program Division, in New York Headquarters.</p> <p>Living in the U.S. since 1995, her previous employers included the World Bank, IADB, UNDP and other UN and international agencies. Rosangela’s expertise on disability issues covers areas such as Inclusive Development & Public Policy, HIV-AIDS, Post-Conflict, Poverty Reduction, Media, Gender and Human Rights. She is also the founder of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development created to promote social-economic and political inclusion in the Latin America Region, and also in Portuguese speaking countries in Africa and Asia. IDDI played a key role on the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).</p>

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Carol Berry
Carol Berry CEO of the Illawarra Women's Health Centre

Carol Berry is the CEO of the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre. Carol has had a long-held passion for protecting and upholding the human rights and dignity of all people, particularly the vulnerable. Carol has practised as a human rights lawyer, and was formerly the Executive Director of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability. She has served on the Board of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), and has also worked as a lobbyist, political adviser and researcher. <br />

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Amanda Blair
Amanda Blair Broadcaster and columnist

<p> Amanda Blair is a broadcaster, columnist and Board member of The Independent Gambling Authority. She has also previously been on the Social Inclusion Board and spent six years on the Board of the Adelaide Festival. Amanda won an MO Award for Best Live Show in Australia in 2003 and in 2011 she won the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award for outstanding contribution to the Media from Archbishop Philip Wilson. This year she was named by The Australian newspaper as one of the 5 most influential people in the media in South Australia. Her individual fundraising efforts have raised over 1 million dollars.</p> <p>In June 2012 Amanda threw in the radio towel to spend more time with her kids and to concentrate on her great passion – competitive baking.</p>

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Matthew Bond
Matthew Bond International Development Engineer specialising in water, sanitation & hygiene, and rural energy

Matthew is an engineer working in the field of international development. His areas of special interest are water, sanitation and hygiene, and rural energy. Matthew has managed, designed and evaluated water, sanitation and hygiene projects for a number of international NGOs including Oxfam, Plan International, World Vision and WaterAid. He is currently based in Melbourne but has lived and worked in a range of countries including East Timor, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, South Africa and Nicaragua. In addition to work with NGOs, Matthew has worked on projects funded by AusAID, DFID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UN agencies and also worked as a Water and Sanitation Engineer in Oxfam’s emergency responses in East Timor in 1999 and 2006.

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The  BordererS
The BordererS

<p>Scottish / Irish / Australian band The BordererS are the most successful Celtic / Folk / Roots band in Oz. They got together in 1994 and have released 9 albums, 4 EP's, 2 kids albums and been included on 31 compilation albums from all around the world. <br /> <br /> The Borderers run their own independent record label – Celtic Records – which to date has combined sales of 72,000 CD's & DVD's. This indie approach paid off when the band Won the Independent Music Award ( I.M.A.) in the USA.</p> <p>The Borderers are also well known performers at the Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Woodford, Edinburgh and Womad Festivals in Australia and the UK and have supported artists like Tom Jones, Donovan, The Proclaimers, The Saw Doctors and Shane McGowan from The Pogues. plus recorded and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.</p> <p>Last year the band were even asked to perform for the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.</p> <p>The BordererS are constantly invited back to all the major festivals in Australia and Europe because of the guaranteed good times they generate and the phrase: "You've got so much energy" are the words most often used to describe the BordererS stage show.</p>

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Peter Botten
Peter Botten Managing Director of Oil Search

<p>Peter Botten graduated from the Imperial College, Royal School of Mines in 1976 and joined the French energy group, Cogema, as a specialist sedimentologist working in various African and European countries, Canada and the USA. He also spent a number of years working for Kufpec and later Petroz filling a number of technical and management roles in various African and SE Asian countries before moving to Australia.</p> <p>Peter joined Oil Search in 1992, just after oil and gas production started from Kutubu and Hides. Peter was appointed Managing Director in 1994 and has overseen the growth in the company from a market capitalisation of just over A$200m to it's now A$7.8bn. Oil Search presently operates all producing oil and gas fields in the country and is a 29% interest holder in the developing PNG LNG Project, operated by Esso Highlands Limited, sanctioned in December 2009.</p> <p>Peter has been a leader in the PNG petroleum industry for over 18 years. He was formally President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is a Council Member of the Australia PNG Business Council. He is also a Director of Business for Millennium Development Australia (B4MD). He was recently made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the community, mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.</p>

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