Banteay Srei started out life as IWDA Cambodia in 1989. Immediately after the Khmer Rouge genocide, there were no local development NGOs to partner with, so IWDA set up IWDA Cambodia to implement IWDA projects. Banteay Srei became the first international NGO in Cambodia to be headed by a Cambodian national. IWDA Cambodia eventually evolved into a separate independent local non-government organisation in Cambodia, passing to full local management in July 2000.
Banteay Srei focuses on empowering communities at the grassroots level and establishing strong community networks to combat violence against women. Banteay Srei 's Safe House in Battambang provides the only crisis centre in the Province where adult women can find immediate care and address personal safety and economic needs.
Melissa was elected as the federal member for Fremantle in the November 2007 election that marked the beginning of the new Rudd Labor Government. Before entering parliament, she worked as a senior lawyer in the United Nations – with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in Gaza to assist Palestinian refugees, and in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management in New York where she was responsible for oversight of the internal system of administration of justice, as well for establishing the UN Ethics Office, including instituting programs for whistleblower protection, financial disclosure, ethics training and advice and standards of conduct. In 2006 Melissa took up a legal position in the UN International Independent Investigation Commission in Beirut, investigating the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri. At this time, Melissa also became the Deputy Chief of Staff of UNIIIC. Prior to joining the UN, Melissa was a lecturer in the law school at Murdoch University and, before that, the solicitor in charge at the Bunbury Community Legal Centre. It was in this role that Melissa's strong sense of a public service vocation was formed through her direct experience of working with people who could not afford private legal advice or representation.
<p>Brett is an economist focussed on the interactions between economic development, the environment, climate change, poverty, energy and conflict. He also has a strong interest in the political forces impacting on the poor and the oppressed, the legal underpinnings of economic systems, the roles of religion and spirituality in development and higher level issues such as the philosophies of science and religion, how to understand complex systems, and how to work with so-called ‘wicked problems’.</p>
<p>His academic background is in science, theology, development studies and economics.He currently works as the Senior Economist for the Australian Conservation Foundation and holds an Adjunct Research Fellow role in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. Before 2010, he worked for the aid agency World Vision for almost 15 years, including four years coordinating WV International’s economic policy work. His most recent role there was leading a team of economists and technical specialists in WV Australia, and coordinating WV International’s climate policy development. From February 2010 to February 2012 he was a lecturer in Deakin University’s Master of International and Community Development programme, where he taught economic development, microfinance, and aid and trade.<br />
<p>Gaye has been part of the media industry for almost 16 years. A local girl born and raised in Albury, Gaye made her break into radio while still at high school when commercial station 2AY, offered her a full time position. After working in commercial radio and television in Albury, Melbourne, Adelaide, Lismore and Liverpool UK, Gaye was enticed to the ABC in 1993. Since then she's worked for several ABC local radio stations including Bega, Alice Springs, Shepparton and the Wodonga office of ABC Goulburn Murray.</p>
Noted multiple award winning scientist and committed environmentalist. A science advisor to former US Vice President Al Gore and consultant on Gore’s notable documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Graeme is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in research and the impacts of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere.
<p>Zoya is an author and one of the leading Burmese democracy activists in Europe. She is from the Karen ethnic group in Burma. When she was 14 Burmese army soldiers attacked her village, and she and her family were forced to flee. They hid in the jungle for weeks before finding their way to a refugee camp in Thailand. She is now a refugee living in London.</p>
<p>In 2008 Zoya and her family founded the Phan Foundation, which provides aid for the Karen people, protects Karen culture and promotes human rights. She is also chair of the European Karen Network, which brings together Karen people across Europe, on the board of Austria Burma Center, and advisor of the Karen Community Association UK. Zoya is a fellow of TEDGlobal 2009, Rising Talent for Women’s Forum 2009, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Professionals Network of the UN Association of the UK (UNA-UK).</p>
<p>Her autobiography is published as ‘Undaunted’ in the USA and ‘Little Daughter’ in the rest of the world.<br />
Minar began his professional life as coordinator for the Para Professional Training Programme at the College of Social Work of Bombay University where he made a great contribution to the concept and methodology of training for transformation. From 1984, he devoted 25 years to establishing and developing “Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action” (YUVA), an organization that works towards human rights and sustainable development for urban and rural poor in India. He became Deputy Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign in 2006, leading the Campaign to promote the Millennium Development Goals and governance accountability in the Asia Pacific region. He is also Chair of Oxfam India, a member of the Oxfam International Board and a member of Housing and Land Rights Network’s board.
Prior to becoming Timor-Leste's Finance Minister, Ms Pires was the Senior Coordination Advisor on the International Compact of the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General as part of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. During the Dili International Dialogue held in Timor-Leste in 2010, Minister Pires was elected by 45 nations to co-Chair the International Dialogue on Peace-Building and State-Building. Ms Pires was also selected to Chair the g7+ of Fragile States, an independent forum of fragile and conflict affected countries and regions that have united to form a collective voice. The eldest of 7 children, Ms Pires travelled with her family to Australia in 1975 as a refugee. She completed a Mathematics degree at Latrobe University, post graduate studies in Government Law at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in Development Management from the London School of Economics. After starting her professional career as a junior public servant with the Victorian Government, Ms Pires reached senior management level, and was appointed as Regional Executive Representative of the National Council of Timorese Resistance and coordinated the Conference on the Strategic Development Plan for Timor-Leste in Melbourne, Australia. Ms Pires served as Board Member of the East Timor Human Rights Centre and President of the Timorese Association in Victoria before returning to Timor-Leste. She has over 25 years of management, community planning and development experience which includes senior posts with the United Nations and the World Bank.
With over 20 years’ experience working in government and the not for profit sector, Sophie Plumridge has been involved in a wide range of high profile marketing and education campaigns aimed at fundraising, changing behaviour and influencing key decision makers. Sophie has an Applied Science qualification in Planning (with distinction) and is a graduate of Melbourne Business School with a Master of Marketing. <br />
Sophie commenced at Vision 2020 Australia in July 2008. She is the Director of Global Policy and Programs overseeing the implementation of AusAID's Avoidable Blindness Initiative through an innovative partnership model - the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium. Prior to her current role she was Head of Communications for World Vision Australia and also worked in a range of marketing and communications positions at the City of Melbourne.<br />
Sophie has worked extensively in the international development sector. More recently, in 2012, she was elected to the executive committee of the Australian Disability Development Consortium (ADDC) and in 2013 was elected Chairperson. Sophie has represented her organisations internationally at conferences, and has travelled throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific to give a voice to people whose lives have been positively impacted through the support of the NGO sector. <br />
Rini is currently undertaking a PhD on the burden of malaria on maternal and child health at Charles Darwin University under the Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship Scheme. She has worked as a paediatrician, mother and child health consultant, and malaria researcher at Tmika, Papua. She has also worked as a Mother and Child Health Program Consultant for UNICEF Indonesia; as a researcher at the Indonesian National Institute of Health Research and Development in collaboration with Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin; and as a doctor and Head of the Kumbe Remote Health Centre, Merauke, Papua. Rini received her medical degree from Padjadjaran University, Bandung and qualified as a paediatrician at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. In 2005-06, she received the Chevening Award from the British Council Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for a Master of Science in Mother and Child Health at University College, London.
<p><span style="color: #000000">Dr Alice Aruhe’eta Pollard is among the Solomon Islands most prominent women leaders. . She founded in 1999 and is currently leading a rural based women’s association named West AreAre Rokotanikeni Association, an advocacy group that promotes women in leadership, women’s economic strength and livelihoods.</span></p>
<p><span style="color: #000000">As a researcher on various social issues and leadership in Solomon Islands, Dr Pollard has a deep understanding of the impact of gender, development and culture on agriculture and food security, leadership, community development and gender.</span></p>
<p><span style="color: #000000">She was a key figure in the Women for Peace movement at the height of the Solomons’ civil conflict, a member of various boards and committees, Coordinator of Women in Government Strategic Programme (2008 -2010), Chairperson of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education Council (2009 -2011), currently chairs the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands Campus Advisory Committee, also chairs the Solomon Islands Democratic Party and Director of Leadership development program. Dr Pollard is one of only three Solomon Islands women with a PhD.</span></p>
Steve Pollard has 40 years' experience working as an economist in macro, micro, sector and project analyses, in economic reform, economic management, and general development. He began his career as an Agricultural Economist with the World Bank Karonga Rural Development Project in Malawi in 1973. He has since undertaken other resident assignments in Kenya, Kiribati, the Turks & Caicos Islands, UK and the USA. He was a Director of a successful private company in Sydney, Australia from 1988 to 1992. He was then employed as a Research Fellow for the East-West Center in Hawaii from 1992 to 1996. He then worked for the Asian Development Bank as an economist in various positions from 1996 to 2011.<br />
Stephen has extensive experience of short and medium term analytical and advisory assignments in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and South America. He is the author of several papers on economic development in Africa, the Pacific, and on private sector development, poverty and economic theory. He is now a consultant.<br />
Mr. Pollard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Lancaster (UK) and a Masters degree with Distinction in Agricultural Economics from the University of Leeds (UK).<br />
Ipul is a person with a disability who has been instrumental in working for the rights for disabled people in Papua New Guinea, particularly in access to public facilities and amenities and as a facilitator for national policy initiatives. Prior to her role at the National Research Institute, Ipul worked at the National Agricultural Research Institute where she was Senior Information and Outreach Liaison Officer. Before that, she worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Fiji, and was Head of the Scientific Liaison Unit at the Coffee Research Division of the Coffee Industry Corporation. Ipul has a Masters in Business (Communication Management) from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of PNG. As Ipul herself says: “I have never seen myself as a disabled person. I believe that as long as I have the brain, I can contribute to nation building.”
<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 12px;">"To solve global food insecurity, the first step is to know the right question to ask."<br />
Bill Pritchard, human geographer, challenges our views on what it takes to create a food-secure world. Bill is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Sydney, where he teaches and researches on food, agriculture and rural and regional development. He embraces a geographer's passion to understand the world, believing that the best way to understand an issue is to see it first hand and talk directly to the people involved.<br />
Since 2004 he has been working on a series of research projects in India dealing with issues of agricultural change and food security. He has published around 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, and is co-author of “Feeding India: Livelihoods, Entitlements and Capabilities”, to be published by Earthscan later in 2013. </span>
Murray Proctor commenced duties as Australian Ambassador, HIV/AIDS on 1 December 2007. With more than 25 years experience in aid and development, Murray is well placed to further cooperation with Australia's regional partners in advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS. He is concurrently Deputy Director General of the Program Enabling Division at Australia's Agency for International Development (AusAID). This Division provides advice to AusAID program areas on sectors such as education, economics, health, infrastructure and rural development. Murray was previously Deputy Director General of AusAID's Asia Division, and before that managed the AusAID Office of Review and Evaluation and Australia's aid program to PNG. He worked from 1999 to 2001 in the World Bank on East Timor reconstruction and public sector reform.
He holds degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Queensland and Australian National University respectively.
Doris Puiahi is a passionate and committed Solomon Islands woman who is currently Program Manager for the Tugeda Tude fo Tumoro project with Live and Learn Environmental Education. As part of this project she is able to use her leadership and community development skills to help rural based Solomon Island communities practice sustainable inclusive natural resource management. One focus of the project is working with communities to acknowledge and address the need to empower rural based women to realise their leadership potential and take part in important decision making processes regarding natural resource management.
Doris’ hope for the future is that Solomon Islands will be a society where gender equality is not talked about, because it is not an issue anymore.