Dr Mely Caballero-Anthony is an Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies. She is also the Secretary-General of the Consortium on Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia). Dr Anthony has published extensively on a broad-range of security issues in the Asia Pacific which appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of International Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Security, Asian Perspective, International Peacekeeping, Pacific Review, Southeast Asian Affairs, and Contemporary Southeast Asia; as well as a number of book chapters on non-traditional security issues, human security, think-tanks and civil society. Dr Anthony has been active in Track II work through her association with the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) network. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APCR2P). Prior to joining RSIS, she was a Senior Analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia (1997-2001) and a Research Officer at the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong (1993-1996).
<p>Nelly Caleb, National Coordinator for the Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association, has spent many years working and advocating for persons with disabilities in Vanuatu.</p>
<p>In 2002, realising the importance of doing so, Nelly attended a regional workshop held in Bangkok aimed at providing Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities. Nelly knew that some of her colleagues were facing the same kind of discrimination as she was and felt that she had to advocate for them. This decision meant that she was fired from her job. It was at this point that Nelly joined the Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association (DPA).</p>
<p>Between 2003 and 2007, Nelly worked for the Department of Women’s Affairs, was head of the Women with Disabilities Committee and was a volunteer with DPA.</p>
<p>In 2005, Nelly secured the position of Vice-Chair of DPA, then became Assistant Coordinator in 2007 and in 2009, was elected as the National Coordinator, the position she continues to hold today.</p>
<p>Isabel hails originally from New Zealand but has travelled the world over the past 20 years. She is of Niuean and English decent - Niue being a small Polynesian island between Samoa and Tonga, with a total population of 1200 people! There are around 25,000 Niueans living abroad - mostly in NZ, but increasingly in Australia.</p>
<p>Isabel has lived up to the diasporic nature of the Niuean people having lived and/or worked in over 35 countries in the past 20 years, in various roles ranging from New Zealand diplomat, international lawyer, technical advisor in the justice sector on reform and human rights, donor representative, regional and international civil servant in the UN, the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, consultant, and for 10 years as director of business development in an Australian International development company called Overseas Projects Corporation of Victoria.</p>
<p>Isabel has worked across almost all Pacific island countries, Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, and Sierra Leone) and South East Asia (Cambodia), and across a range of donor agencies (including AusAID, NZAid, EU, UN and non-government organisations (NGO)). Isabel is currently employed at World Vision Australia as the Pacific Regional Program Advisor for the Pacific Timor Leste Office, having joined World Vision in 2009 as Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Country Program Manager. In her spare time Isabel is on the Board of a local Pacific focused NGO (Three Seas), supports the Niuean Community Collective in Melbourne, and is a wife and mother to 2 young children. </p>
Lisa Cameron received her PhD (Economics) from Princeton University in 1996. She was appointed as a lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Melbourne in January 1997. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2000 and Associate Professor in January 2003. She currently also holds the post of Research Associate at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the ILO, UNICEF and AusAID. Lisa is also currently the Director of the Asian Economic Centre.
From the School of Social and Political Sciences at Melbourne University, Professor Anne Capling is an expert in trade policy, the multilateral trade system, and global economic governance. She is a member of the Warwick Commission established in 2007 to examine the global trading system and make recommendations about its future shape and direction. Recent books include All the Way with the USA: Australia, the US and Free Trade and Australia and the Global Trade System: From Havana to Seattle.
Colin Carter's career was as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He currently President of the Geelong Football Club and serves on the boards of World Vision Australia and two publicly listed companies- Wesfarmers and Seek. He is a director of the Ladder Project which is the AFL Players' Association's project to combat youth homelessness; as well as director of the Cape York Institute for Indigenous Policy and Leadership. Colin has spent the last ten years working with several organisations who work with Indigenous communities across Australia and in 2010 was appointed by the Federal Government to a role to encourage companies to employ Indigenous peoples. Colin has a Commerce degree from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
<p>Andy Carvin is widely known as the world’s leading Twitter journalist. Currently employed as the senior strategist for US public service radio broadcaster NPR, Carvin has become known for his use of Twitter as a breaking news tool. An early adaptor of social media technology, Carvin was the founding director of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of more than 10,000 Internet activists in over 140 countries working to bridge the digital divide. Carvin, whose Google plus profile reads "I tweet revolutions," is also active on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and, of course... Twitter.</p>
<p>Dr Elizabeth Cassity is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She has spent her academic career in the field of Comparative and International Education, and has lived and worked in a number of countries. Elizabeth was a teacher/project director with a women’s literacy project in northern Namibia, conducted PhD fieldwork in Fiji, and has recently examined bilateral education policy in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. She has also conducted research on equity and cultural diversity with young people in schools in Western Sydney and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.</p>
<p>Elizabeth’s current research examines the discourse on aid policy and partnerships in Pacific education, while her teaching focuses on global poverty and education, social change and development studies. Elizabeth has published in the fields of foreign aid and international educational development, policy studies and youth transition.<br />
Satish Chand is Professor of Finance in the School of Business at the University of New South Wales and based at the Australian Defense Force Academy in Canberra. Satish is also an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, the Australian National University. His research interests include labour migration, fragile states, and the challenges of development. For the past year, Satish has been researching the nexus between defence and development, drawing on the experiences of external peacekeeping in Bougainville (PNG), East Timor, Liberia, Mozambique and the Solomon Islands.
As the Asia-Pacific Regional Health Advisor of World Vision, Dr Sri Chander leads a regional team to provide technical support to World Vision Offices in 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region from his Singapore home base. Sri’s team develops and oversees all World Vision’s strategic and regional health policy, including the coordination of 36 HIV/AIDS prevention and control projects, 28 child survival and reproductive projects, and 7 tuberculosis prevention and control projects. Sri has a medical degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of large-scale maternal and child health and nutrition, immunization, TB and HIV/AIDS programs. He is also concurrently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health at the National University of Singapore.
Jo Chandler is a Walkley Award-winning senior writer for the Melbourne Age with a brief to provide in-depth news reports and analysis on the big issues of the moment. She has particular interests in reporting on human rights and development, climate change, indigenous issues, social affairs, and medical and science news. She started with the Age in 1989 as a general and investigative reporter, moved into editing, and has taken on a number of senior roles, before being appointed editor of the Saturday paper. In 2005, she decided to return to reporting, and since then has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. In 2009 she was recognised with a Walkley Award for commentary and analysis for pieces generated principally by her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She was highly commended in the Quills Awards for a Good Weekend feature from the same trip. This year Jo received the 2010 United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace awards for best print feature – for piece on Australian aid in Afghanistan. Jo has studied journalism in the US as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and travelled to newspapers and media institutions in the UK on a fellowship with the Commonwealth Press Union. She has received two media fellowships with the Australian Antarctic Division, visiting and reporting from Antarctic research sites in 2007 and 2009/10. In 2002 she was awarded the Australian Museum's Eureka Prize for Health and Medical Research Journalism for her role as editor of a special series for The Age on the human genome.
Michael Chaney graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.
After obtaining his Science degree, Mr Chaney worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005.
Mr Chaney is Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Gresham Partners Holdings Limited. He is Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, a member of the JPMorgan International Council and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. He lives in Perth and is married with four adult children.
Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to business and the community.
An internationally renowned thinker and commentator on international law and human rights with a strong interest in gender, Hilary is Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice and Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the ANU. Hilary is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and has held visiting appointments at Washington & Lee School of Law, as Manley O. Hudson Visiting Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, New York University Global Law School, as Wayne Morse Professor at the University of Oregon, and at Université de Paris. She was the winner (with Christine Chinkin) of the Goler T. Butcher Medal awarded by the American Society of International Law in 2006 for “Outstanding contributions to the development of international human rights law.
The Australian Children's Choir is a mixed voice treble choir and training program based in Melbourne, providing high quality musical education and performance opportunities for boys and girls ages 6-18 years. The Australian Children’s Choir has a proud history of musical excellence, with many of its former members going on to pursue successful musical careers and thousands of children having benefitted from its activities over the last three and a half decades.
Lee Lin is a television news and programme presenter of many years' standing with the public broadcaster SBS. An immigrant of Chinese descent from Singapore, she is sensitive to and completely at home in a multicultural, cosmopolitan environment and in her relations over the course of her professional and personal lives with people from all corners of the globe. She considers herself extremely lucky to be working in an area dealing with global issues, both of a social/cultural/arts and political nature as these are areas of life of intense personal interest. She's also grateful that her work outside of but complementary to her SBS role brings her in contact with the many spheres which make up our increasingly complex world.
<p>Megan Christensen is the Group Manager Corporate Sustainability for Oil Search Limited. She has held a number of leadership and senior management positions in sustainability both in Australia and in the United States, often working in complex and high risk/high stakeholder involvement projects.</p>
<p>After fourteen years in various parts of the development business with Lend Lease (most recently as Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease’s US communities business), Megan transitioned to the Oil and Gas industry in mid-2011. She joined Oil Search Ltd at a time of rapid transition from a boutique PNG oil company to a top 30 ASX listed company, and is enjoying the challenges of establishing a new level of sustainability within the business – particularly in a developing country context.</p>
<p>Megan has been a Juror for the ULI/Financial Times Sustainable Cities Awards; is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Business. She is involved with the Kokoda Track Foundation, and mentors one of the Foundation’s Archer Leadership Scholars from PNG.</p>
Coleen Clare has worked with IWDA for over 10 years as President, Vice President, on Programs and as Acting Executive Director: currently she is providing support to IWDA on a range of program developments. Her background in development includes work in New Zealand, Australia, Western Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka focusing on programs that empower girls and women in education, child welfare and economic empowerment. Coleen has had a long career as a teacher, psychologist, trainer, state and commonwealth public servant (focusing on work-life balance and stopping violence against women) and as the CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. Coleen is a Churchill Scholar and has received awards for her work with girls and women in Australia and overseas. She is committed to working with diversity and is inspired by her work with Indigenous women and with partners from IWDA’s Asia Pacific programs. Her spare time is largely devoted to a large family and she recently celebrated the arrival of identical twin great-grand-daughters.
<p>Phil Clark is the Chair of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, a not-for-profit organisation with 10 years’ experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering. Engineers Without Borders does this by working in partnership to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene, energy and waste systems; educating and training Australian students, engineers and the wider community on issues including sustainable development and humanitarian engineering; and leading a movement of like-minded people with strong values and a passion for humanitarian engineering within Australia and overseas.</p>
<p>Phil has 35 years global resources experience and has held the positions of Vice President Health, Safety, Environment & Community and Vice President Resource Development for BHP Billiton’s Coal group. He is a Mining Engineer, with a MBA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has worked in developing countries and with communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Currently, he is undertaking a mixture of private consultancy work and pro bono activities.</p>
Professor Matthew Clarke is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Professor Clarke has worked in the aid sector for twenty years. During that time he has worked for aid agencies and taught development studies at the post-graduate level. Professor Clarke has authored six books, including Development and Religion: Theology and Practice, edited another eight and written or presented over 100 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. His research interests include religion and development, aid effectiveness, the Millenium Development Goals, and disabiilty in developing countries. Professor Clarke regularly undertakes evaluations of development projects for aid agencies.