Professor John Mackenzie is a scientist with an outstanding international reputation in the field of microbiology and its impacts on public health. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2002 for service to microbiology research, particularly as a leading contributor to the understanding of the genetics, pathogenesis and public health implications of viruses, and to education. He led the World Health Organisation mission into China seeking information on SARS in 2003 and was involved in the global response to Avian Flu in 2004. He is a member of Steering Committee of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network of WHO, and of various international committees concerned with emerging diseases. Professor Mackenzie was a recipient of the Western Australian Premier`s Research Fellowship which aims to attract excellent researchers to WA from overseas or interstate to conduct research that is internationally competitive. His research at Curtin was in the area of mosquito-borne diseases within the Division of Health Sciences. Professor Mackenzie was also Secretary-General of the International Union of Microbiological Societies.
Duncan MacLaren, originally from Scotland, is the former Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis and currently lectures at the Australian Catholic University on Catholic approaches to humanitarian and development work, as well as coordinates ACU's Refugee Program on the Thai-Burma border which offers university education to Burmese refugees in camps in Thailand. Prior to coming to Australia in 2007, Duncan had worked at the Vatican as Director of International Relations for Caritas Internationalis; Executive Director of SCIAF (the Scottish Caritas); national press officer for the SNP; and a researcher in the House of Commons, London. He has degrees in languages and theology and development studies and also studied at Julius-Maximilian University in Germany. Duncan has spoken and written extensively on humanitarian and development topics, refugees, Catholic agency identity and Catholic Social Teaching, and as of next year will be teaching the new Bachelor of International Development Studies at ACU.
Nic Maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands. He writes for Islands Business magazine (Fiji) and has contributed as a broadcaster and journalist to Radio Australia, The Age, Tahiti-Pacifique, The Contemporary Pacific and other regional media. Nic has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific islands region, and between 1997-2000, he lived in Fiji, working with the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) in Suva.
Nic has participated in projects on human rights, environment and development for UNICEF Pacific, Oxfam International, the Nautilus Institute and other research centres. He is lead author of “The future is now – climate change and the Pacific Islands” (Oxfam International, 2009) and is currently researching climate adaptation funding in the Pacific islands
Dr Donnie Maclurcan is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute – an international group exploring and inspiring paths to global prosperity that don’t rely on economic growth. He is also the founder and ideas guy at Project Australia – a community organisation helping people start, scale and sustain not-for-profit initiatives. Donnie's passionate about innovative yet simple approaches to social change and likes to build on what's already working, whilst retaining a critical lens by which to make such observations. He's recently written a book titled Nanotechnology and Global Equality and coedited another: Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability and was the 2011 global convenor of Free Money Day. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, distinguished fellow with the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, and best known as ‘that guy who ran across Australia as a teenager’, raising $35,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation, for whom he is an ambassador.
Sam, who is a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, served on the Australian Foreign Minister's National Consultative Committee for International Security Issues from 2001 to 2008. In 2007 and 2009, he was invited by the Kenyan Government to serve as a consultant to the biennial conference of Kenya's ambassadors and high commissioners. He also helped to establish a new Foreign Service Institute for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi. Sam previously worked with the Foreign Affairs Group in the Parliamentary Research Service in Canberra, where he briefed Members of House of Representatives, Senators, Ministers and Parliamentary Committees on various international security issues. Sam has research experience in transnational terrorism, global governance, arms control, and security in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has been a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Sam has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Global Security Programme, and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford on two occasions.
<span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Jacqueline Maley is the political sketch writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, based in the Canberra press gallery. She has previously worked for The Guardian and worked from London writing for the Sun Herald and Sunday Age, followed by a year-long stint at the Australian Financial Review.</span></span>
<p>Dr Alana Mann joined the Department of Media and Communications as a full-time lecturer in July 2007. From 1999 – 2006 she managed youth and education marketing campaigns for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald at Fairfax Media before joining social enterprise The Smith Family as Marketing Communications Manager. Alana teaches and co-ordinates Media Globalisation, Critical Practice and Public Opinion, Policy and the Public Sphere.</p>
<p>Alana’s research interests include the strategic communication between peoples’ movements, non-government organisations (NGOs) and other actors within transnational advocacy networks concerned with agrarian reform and food politics. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Framing Food Sovereignty: A Study of Social Movement Communication, analyses the campaigning activities of rural social movement organisations (SMOs) in Chile, Mexico and Spain that are members of glocal SMO La Via Campesina (‘the peasant way’).</p>
<p>In 2011 she spent four months working in the Communications Unit at the headquarters of the Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN) in Heidelberg, Germany, where she edited the Right to Food Quarterly and contributed to the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2011, an international publication monitoring the accountability of state and non-state actors in fulfilling the right to adequate food.<br />
Butet Manurung was born in Jakarta, in 1972 and completed degrees in anthropology and Indonesian literature from Padjajaran University, Bandung. After leading the education program for a conservation NGO in the jungles of Sumatra, her work evolved into co-founding SOKOLA, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities for marginalized people in remote areas of Indonesia.<br />
As an educator and activist, Butet has received international recognition – UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere Award” in 2001, TIME Magazine’s “Hero of Asia” in 2004, “Ashoka Fellow” in 2006, “Asia Young Leader” in 2007, “Young Global Leader” in 2009 and most recently, Ernst and Young Indonesian Social<br />
Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.<br />
In 2011 Butet completed a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University and in 2012 a course in Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston.<br />
The Jungle School is Butet’s first book. It is currently being adapted into a feature film by award winning Indonesian film makers.<br />
As Director of SOKOLA, Butet lives mainly in Jakarta Indonesia. Married in 2010, she spends part of each year in Canberra Australia.<br />
Journalist with the ABC for more than 20 years who currently presents The National Interest on ABC Radio National (Fridays at 6pm and Sundays at noon). Peter is also an author and an adjunct research fellow with the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology.
Born and raised in East Timor, Rosaria has dedicated her life to help the socially disadvantaged and the poorest of the poor. As a young girl she was disturbed by the injustices and violence she was surrounded by as a result of the conflict in the region, and there began a career in public health. She has worked in a private clinic in Dare, with the Christian Brothers at the Edmund Rise Centre, as a doctor with the International Force (Interfet) in Timor Leste, and as a volunteer for the Dili National Hospital. In 2004, Rosaria established HIAM Health – HIAM standing for “hamutuk ita ajuda malu” or “together we help each other” – working with the people of Timor Leste to reduce high infant and maternal mortality rates and to alleviate the problems created by long-term hunger and malnutrition.
Marta Maurás is a member and Vice President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, elected by States Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child for the period 2009-2013. She is an independent consultant in social policy, human rights and international relations.<br />
During 2008, Maurás was the Special Envoy of UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean. Before that she served for two years as Secretary of the Commission at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Between 1998 and 2005 she was called to serve in the Office of Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan as Director for Economic and Social Affairs. As such she contributed to the reform agenda of the UN, the Millennium Summit and the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals; she coordinated the SG’s programme against HIV/AIDS and helped organize the General Assembly Special Session on the subject; participated in the design of peace operations in Kosovo, East Timor and Iraq; coordinated the implementation of an annual joint programme of exchanges with the European Union, among others. From 1992 to 1998 she was the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Bogotá, Colombia, leading key changes on the adoption of child rights and introducing modern management practices. Her association with UNICEF started in 1974 serving as regional adviser on women’s affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean based in Santiago, Chile, senior planning officer in Pakistan, Representative in Mozambique and Swaziland and Chief of the Sub-Sahara Africa Section in Headquarters, New York.<br />
Maurás is Chilean, sociologist from the Catholic University of Chile, holds certificates on Public Administration from the University of Connecticut and in Ontological Coaching from the Newfield Institute. She is a member of the Council of Fundación Chile21, a Chilean think tank on public policies and is a director in the Board of Latinobarómetro, the opinion poll on democracy in the region. She is a member of the Council of ComunidadMujer, a women leadership NGO and member of the Board of South-North Development, an international NGO promoting social venture capital. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. She has one daughter and two grandsons.
Born in London England, to an Italian father and Anglo Burmese mother, and migrating to Australia in the early sixties, Kavisha is an ARIA Award winning musician and singer who crosses musical boundaries and create community experiences in her shows. She makes passionate, life-affirming music which is an energetic fusion of her own original music in which you can also hear echoes of Italian folk traditions tinged with Country, Celtic and Gypsy styles. As well as leading the Kavisha Mazzella Trio (with Irine Vela and Peter Vadiveloo), she collaborates with many artists in theatre projects,teaches workshops in voice in Italy and Australia and has run choirs such as Melbourne based "La Voce Della Luna" Italian Womens choir of which she is the current Musical Director. In 2008 Kavisha was a recipient of the Victorian Governments Multicultural Awards for Excellence for her contribution to Community Arts.
"Her voice flows like tears of joy and sorrow, there’s a saltiness and warmth of sensuality here that sings the great bitter sweet song of life"
Managing Director of UBINIG, Bangladesh (Policy Research for Development Alternative) which created one of the biggest community seed banks in the world and is a leading player in South Asian bio-diverse and ecological agriculture movements.
As a human rights lawyer Charlotte has a particular interest in marginalized groups, children, women and people with disabilities. In 1999, she was appointed by the President of South Africa to the South African Human Rights Commission, and reappointed in October 2002. At the Commission she focussed on socio-economic rights, disability rights and child rights, and was responsible for two provinces Mpumalanga and Limpopo. She currently is on a leave from the Commission to be at the World Bank where she is the Disability Advisor to the East Asia and Pacific region and the South Asia region. Charlotte has worked with various UN agencies, has represented the National Human Rights Institutions at the UN during the process of developing a Convention for People with Disabilities, and serves on a number of community boards. She is currently the deputy Chairperson of the Council of the University of South Africa, has written widely on human rights issues and is committed to social justice.
<p>From schools. factories and prisons, to the National Folk Festival, and supporting Peter Furler (ex-Newsboys) on a Canadian Tour 2011, Levi with his acoustic guitar, performs powerful folk songs and stories drawn from his experiences rehabilitating former child soldiers in Uganda. 2010 saw him tour 100 venues across Australia, sponsored by World Vision, celebrating his acclaimed second album 'Children of War', released by Small House Records. CEO of World Vision Tim Costello says 'Levi's incredible experiences and insights have influenced and shaped his music powerfully. His ability to communicate through his music is extremely moving and demonstrates his unique songwriting ability. It's impossible to listen to his music and not be stirred into action'. <br />
<p>Julie McKay, 29, has a passion for achieving social change and gender equality, in Australia and internationally. Having held the position of Executive Director at the National Committee for UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia) since March 2007, Julie has overseen many campaigns to raise awareness of gender equality issues. She has previously also been the National Campaign Manager for White Ribbon.</p>
<p>As a young professional, Julie advocates on key issues affecting women including women’s leadership, pay equity, political participation and violence against women. With experience in both the corporate and NGO sectors Julie actively works to support strong partnerships between the community, the private sector and government.</p>
<p>Julie was the Australian Institute of Management’s Young Manager of the Year in 2010 and was named Telstra Young Business Woman of the year (ACT) in 2011. Julie sits on the Steering Committee of the Australian Institute of Management ACT, the Equality Rights Alliance and the Royal Australian Navy’s Success Implementation Committee. In 2012, Julie was also appointed to the Australian Defence Force Gender Advisory Board.</p>
<p>Adding to her experience, Julie has recently completed her Executive MBA at the University of Sydney, with a Scholarship for Excellence in NGO Leadership. During her EMBA, Julie studied at Stanford, London Business School and the Indian Institute of Management. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from ANU and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and International Relations. Julie is also a current fellow in Ethical Leadership through the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship Program at Melbourne Business School.</p>
<p>Rosemary McKay has been Director of the Disability Inclusive Development Team at AusAID (the Australian government’s international development programme), since February 2011. <br />
She joined AusAID in 1997, and has also worked on Pacific regional health and gender programmes, the Papua New Guinea programme, and in the Asia regional and UN programme sections. She was posted to Southern Africa from 2000–2002.<br />
Having a particular interest and personal passion for working on disability issues, prior to working in AusAID she worked for the Office of Disability and Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service within Australia’s Department of Health and Human Services. <br />
Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice President: Research & Innovation, University of South Australia and member of the Premiers Climate Change Council