Dr. Helder da Costa is currently a senior advisor to the Government of Timor-Leste’s National Directorate for Aid Effectiveness within the Ministry of Finance. In April, Dr Da Costa and his team at the Ministry of Finance organised the Dili International Dialogue on Peace building and State building attended by some 45 countries including both developed and fragile states. Dr Da Costa earned his PhD in Trade Policy at the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 2001. He has over 15 years of management experience and 12 years of work in the academic and development fields.
Dr Da Costa’s professional career includes 6 years of senior posts with both the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) based in Wellington, New Zealand as a Tertiary Education Manager and the Asia Programme Manager overseeing 5 countries in Asia (Bhutan, Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Timor-Leste). He has also consulted for various international development agencies over the past 10 years including UNDP, UN, ADB, World Bank, AusAID and ACIAR Australia.
After graduating from the Health Nursing School and Midwifery Education Program in 1986, Angelina Da Costa Fernandes worked as Nurse Midwife at Community Health center in Baucau District- Timor Leste. From 1999–2001, she joined Medicines Sans Frontiers in Dili as a Nurse Midwife at the Clinic Refugees Center (CRC) on conducting consultation for returning refugees just as they arrive in Dili returning from West Timor, Indonesia. Angelina identified those who needed medical attention, made assessments, and determined which people needed further treatment and referral to the ICRC Hospital.<br />
Angelina later joined Fundasaun Alola in 2003 as an Assistant Coordinator and Trainer to the Timor-Leste National Breastfeeding Association. Alola was the first National NGO supported by UNICEF to promote breastfeeding information across the country. In order to reinforce this program she joined 6 other Senior Midwifes from the Ministry of Health lead by Dr. Carla Quintao as a specialist feeding, to deliver 40 hours breastfeeding training to the health workers and Mothers Support Group (MSG) that establish by Alola in Village level. <br />
In 2006, the Dili National Hospital and Baucau referral Hospital recognize as a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) based on assessment and Angelina was the key contact person and organizer, as well as a member of the preparation committee for the BFHI.<br />
The Timor-Leste National Breastfeeding Association was handed over to the Ministry of Health (MoH) Nutrition Department in 2009. To facilitate the handover process, Fundasaun Alola seconded Angelina Fernandes a senior staff member for two days per week to work with the MoH. She assisted in coordinating and organizing the implementation of the BFHI, providing Infant and Young Child Breastfeeding training for health workers and advocating for a breastfeeding policy and an international code for breast milk substitutes.<br />
Since 2011 Angelina has worked as the Maternal and Child Health Program Manager at Fundasaun Alola. She also provides technical support for the Nutrition Department- MoH and the Infant and Young Child Feeding Focal Point for Timor Leste under International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Southeast Asia. <br />
Ermelinda Monteiro is a Maternal Health Nurse from Timor Leste, who has worked for fifteen years to ensure and improve maternal health for both mothers and babies within her community. For 7 of these years she has worked as a midwife at Community Health Centres and for 8 years as a educator and trainer at the National Institute of Health Sciences in Dili, Timor Leste. In 2008 she was awarded a UNIFEM Australia Peace Scholarship and is currently studying Perth to continue her education in health promotion for mothers and babies. Her goal is to improve maternal health and education regarding family planning and to reduce the maternal mortality rate and the infant mortality rate in Timor Leste.
Dr Sara Davies is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University. Dr Davies is Chief Investigator of an ARC discovery grant titled Containing H5N1: the role of the World Health Organization and East Asian states. She is author of Legitimising Rejection: International Refugee Law in Southeast Asia (Martinus Nijhoff, 2007) and author of The Global Politics of Health (Polity Press, 2010).
<p>Kym Davis has been the CEO of Austraining International since 2001 and has recently been appointed as the Managing Director. Kym has been working in international development since 1984 including 12 years with SAGRIC International. His qualifications include a Masters Degree in Project Management from Western Carolina University and he is a Certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute – USA.</p>
<p>Kym has extensive experience in World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, DIFD and AusAID project design, planning and management. He has worked in 24 countries with individual project teams and country and regional teams managing large portfolios of projects. He also has extensive experience in organisational and corporate strategic planning and management, both internationally and in Australia.</p>
<p>Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, producer, director, writer and a former Directing Lecturer at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. She graduated from Melbourne’s La Trobe University with an Arts degree in Literature, where she joined the protests against the Vietnam War before travelling extensively throughout Asia, Mexico and America.</p>
<p>While living in New York Robin discovered a deep passion for film-making, so returned to Australia to study at Swinburne Film School, where she wrote and directed her first short film, <em>Letting Go</em>. Robin’s subsequent work includes the TV drama <em>This Time Next Time</em> (1990), <em>Sanctuary</em> (screenplay by David Williamson), and the script<em> Intersection</em>, which was nominated in the 2007 Inside Film Awards. In 2008 her short children’s film <em>Wee Dreaming</em> screened nationally as part of Little Big Shots and around the world in other international film festivals.</p>
<p>That same year Robin began work on a film script about the life of Ali Al Jenabi, an Iraqi refugee who became a people smuggler to get his family to safety. After six months of wrestling with the epic breadth of his journey she realised a book would serve this story better. Thus began three years of meticulous research, extensive travel to retrace Ali’s steps and hundreds of hours of conversation.</p>
<p>In <em><strong>The People Smuggler</strong></em> Robin has born honest witness to a lifetime of extraordinary events while revealing the universal emotions and internal processes at the heart of the life changing moral choices Ali made as he strived to save so many others. In 2012 she was awarded the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature for this story. </p>
<p>Robin lives in Sydney with her husband, composer Christopher Gordon. Aside from film-making she has also worked as an entrepreneur touring overseas performers, in photography in San Francisco, on fishing boats and canneries in Alaska, and as the owner/manager of Sydney winebar and music joint, The Limerick Castle.</p>
Assistant Director General responsible for food security in the sustainable development group in AusAID. She has worked in development for 18 years. She has significant experience working on Australia’s aid programs to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. She also represented AusAID at Australia’s mission to the UN where she was Vice-President of the UNICEF Executive Board.
<p>Niromi de Soyza was born and raised in Sri Lanka by her conservative, middle-class educated family. She was a studious child who loved reading and writing from a young age and was hardly found without a book in her possession. Niromi also loved to paint, performed in school plays, sang in the choir and played the piano accordian in the school band. She trained in the Indian classical dance Barathanatiyam and Karnatic music.</p>
<p> In 1987, as civil war escalated, Niromi and her best friend, Ajanthi, ranaway from their private Christian Girls' College and joined the Tamil Tigers against their parents' wishes. They were 17. Niromi survived the perils of war - starvation, illness and the death of her best friend.</p>
<p>At a Boarding School in India she penned her experience in diary format. By the time she completed High School, she had been elected a House Captain and the year's Prom Queen. Later in Australia, she openly declared her past and was granted political asylum. She went to university and studied science and law, gaining a Masters degree.</p>
<p>Niromi felt compelled to share her story after seeing the plight of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees arriving in Australia by boat after the end of civil war in 2009. Her Memoir Tamil Tigress was first released in Australia & New Zealand by Allen & Unwin on the 1st of July 2011, on Ajanthi's birthday. The book is included in the list of '50 Books You Can't Put Down' released by Get Reading! 2011, an Australian Government initiative developed through the Australian Council for the Arts.</p>
Paul has worked for 15 years in the development sector – with World Vision, UNDP, UNAIDS, the Burnet Institute, RMIT and various community based organizations across Australia, Europe and Asia. He is currently Advocacy Officer with CBM Australia which celebrated its centenary in 2008 and works on disability in 113 countries. At CBM Paul specializes in advocacy, lobbying and awareness-raising to Government, the development sector and broader Australian community. He is Co-Chair of ACFID Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and Coordinator of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium. His has worked as a tertiary lecturer on health issues, qualitative research, international development and drug issues; and as a researcher, manager and social worker, focusing on health, youth and social justice issues. To say that Paul is passionate about social justice, public health, child protection and poverty issues is an understatement – he is one of Australia’s leading lights advocating a better deal for people with a disability.
<p>Kelly leads Oxfam Australia’s Economic Justice team working on their current food justice campaign called GROW. The GROW campaign covers land grabbing – or forced acquisition of land, small scale producers, climate change, and food price volatility. Her portfolio also covers trade and investment, and labour rights.</p>
<p>In 2011 Kelly led the Oxfam International team at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. She has been a key member of the Oxfam International delegation at each of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intersessionals since September 2009.</p>
<p>Kelly has extensive expertise and experience in labour rights, supply chain management and business and human rights. Kelly has been published and has campaigned internationally on these issues.</p>
<p>Kelly has worked with rural communities on trade, labour and women’s rights, and in organisations including the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Australian Services Union, and Transnationals Information Exchange - Asia. She has worked in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.<br />
Andrew Dettmar has been an official of the union since 1988. After starting his career as a laboratory technician and acquiring a BA (Hons) from Monash University, Andrew is currently Chair of the Manufacturing Skills Qld Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of QMI Solutions Ltd, a company dedicated to improving the skills, performance, innovation and capability of the Queensland manufacturing industry. Andrew is also a member of the board of Construction Skills Qld, a member of the Training and Employment Recognition Council (Qld), Vice-President of the Queensland Council of Unions, and President of the Australian Labor Party Qld.
Michael is an Associate Professor in International Public Health at the Sydney School of Public Health, the University of Sydney. He trained as a paediatrician but early in his career changed direction and undertook further study at the US Centre for Disease Control to become an epidemiologist. He has had extensive experience in child health and nutrition in developing countries and worked for a decade at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Over the last 15 years has conducted technical consultancies related to child health and nutrition for UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank, AusAID, USAID, JICA and the Netherlands Government in Southeast and East Asia including Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, China, DPR Korea, India, and Thailand. His current work is mainly in South Asia and focuses on how to prevent child undernutrition through improved infant and young child feeding, and how to improve the survival of newborns and infants through improved nutrition of mothers.
Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He is the founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending modern-day slavery through innovative awareness campaigns, consumer advocacy and business solutions.<br />
In 2008, Dillon made his directorial debut in the film, "CALL+RESPONSE," which revealed the world's 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.<br />
In 2011, Dillon founded the website Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched a multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, "How Many Slaves Work For You?" The website and associated mobile app, allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity to have a conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase. Last year President Obama acknowledged his organization's work in his speech on slavery to the Clinton Global Initiative.<br />
Dillon has appeared on and been covered by CNN, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil, MSNBC, NYTimes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Ad Week, CBS, Fox, NPR, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Fast Company and others.<br />
Professor Disney’s distinguished career in public law includes terms as Director of the Centre for International and Public Law at ANU, World President of the International Council on Social Welfare, Law Reform Commissioner in New South Wales, National Chair of Anti-Poverty Week, and Convenor of the Neighbours Program, which works to strengthen engagement between community leaders in Australia and neighbouring Asian countries.
<p>Sean Dorney has been covering news and developments in the Pacific Islands region for 38 years and is currently the ABC/Australia Network Pacific Correspondent.</p>
<p>In 1979 the ABC appointed Sean to be its PNG Correspondent, a job he did for five years until being deported in 1984 following a dispute between the ABC and the then Somare Government. Six years later, the Foreign Minister who ordered his deportation, Rabbie Namaliu, was Prime Minister and he awarded Sean an MBE – giving Sean the rare distinction of having been both deported from and honoured by the country he has spent much of his career covering.<br />
After 18 months in Darwin Sean rejoined the ABC and was posted back to Port Moresby, serving for another 12 years as the ABC’s PNG Correspondent. After serving for many years in this role, Sean relocated to Brisbane to become the ABC/Radio Australia Pacific Correspondent until 2006, when he took on his current role. <br />
Sean has written two books - Papua New Guinea: People, Politics and History since 1975 (Random House, Australia, 1990); and The Sandline Affair – Politics and Mercenaries and the Bougainville Crisis (ABC Books 1998). In 2000 his two hour television documentary series, Paradise Imperfect, was aired.<br />
Sean won a Walkley Award in 1998 for his coverage of the Aitape Tsunami disaster and in the same year the Pacific Islands News Association honoured him with PINA’s Pacific Media Freedom Award. In 1999, the Queensland Branch of the Media Arts and Etertainment Alliance (MEAA) honoured Sean with its “Most Outstanding Contribution of Journalism Award”. The Australian Government made Sean a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2000 in recognition of his service to Australia as a foreign correspondent. And in October 2012 the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID) awarded Sean its inaugural Media Award for his career long coverage of development issues in PNG and the Pacific.<br />
At Easter in 2009, Sean was on a reporting assignment in Fiji when Commodore Bainimarama’s military regime deported him.</p>
<p>Seda has worked as a broadcaster with Radio Australia since the inception of its Khmer broadcasts in 1992. Prior to this, Seda worked as a community health educator with various health agencies in Australia and in a refugee camp in Thailand, where she was herself a resident. Seda holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Asian Studies and a Master of Development Studies from Monash University, Melbourne.</p>
A development specialist, academic, consultant and trainer, Emele has exceptional knowledge of gender and development issues in the Pacific region, having served in senior roles including CEO of the Fiji Ministry for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation and Head of the Pacific Women’s Resource Bureau for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Trevor is a paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and has broad experience in all aspects of child health in developing countries. He previously worked in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, and is Adjunct Professor of Child Health in the School of Medicine at the University of PNG. Trevor is on the Child Health Advisory Committee of the National Department of Health and also works closely with paediatricians in the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and Fiji. He heads the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Child and Neonatal Health in Melbourne. He was involved in designing and implementing the WHO / UNICEF Child Survival Strategy and the International Child Health Review Collaboration. He was an author and editor of the WHO Pocketbook of Hospital Care for Children, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is used in over 30 developing countries.
<p>Professor Alan Dupont is the foundation Michael Hintze Chair of International Security, the Director of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Professor Dupont has worked on Australian defence and Asian security issues for more than thirty years as a strategist, diplomat, policy analyst and scholar.</p>
<p>He was previously a Senior Fellow for International Security at the Lowy Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. During his time in government he served in the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade which included postings with the Australian embassies in Seoul and Jakarta, the latter as Counsellor.Professor Dupont has served as a Ministerial advisor to the Australian government and is a member of the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.</p>