Dr. Susu Thatun joined UNICEF Headquarters in early 2009 as the specialist on the issues of child trafficking and migration. Prior to this, Susu had worked on the issue of human trafficking in the Asia Pacific region for nearly ten years, two and a half of these being with World Vision Australia as Senior Policy Advisor on Human Trafficking. She spent 6 years in varying capacities with the UNDP administered UN Inter-agency Project against trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region at a time when human trafficking was little recognized. Susu was at the forefront of spearheading the development of bilateral as well as multilateral regional cooperation in the Mekong region. Susu holds a PhD in International Political Economy from University of Tsukuba, Japan.
One of Australia's leading and best loved actresses, Sigrid Thornton has starred in many television, film and theatre productions that are now regarded as milestones in the Australian industry. Notably she has performed to sold-out audiences across Australia in The Blue Room, in addition to taking the lead in the popular ABC series, SeaChange, which broke all ratings records for the national broadcaster becoming the No. 1 drama show on national television.
Sigrid’s leading roles in The Man From Snowy River and the highly successful mini series All The Rivers Run resulted in one of the first US network series roles created for an Australian actress in the popular western series Paradise. Some of her other credits include The Lighthorsemen, 1915, Snapshot, The Last Outlaw, Getting Of Wisdom, Slate, Wyn & Me, FJ Holden, the mini-series The Boy In The Bush, Whipping Boy, The Far Country and Great Expectations – The Untold Story. Sigrid has made a significant contribution behind the cameras on behalf of the film and television industry, the arts and various charities and continues to work extensively for children’s charities, Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, World Vision and the Animis Foundation.
Sigrid appeared alongside Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn in a national tour of ‘Talking Heads’ - a production of Alan Bennett monologues in which Sigrid performs ‘Her Big Chance’.
Most recently Sigrid played the role of Desiree in Opera Australia production of A Little Night Music.
<p> Laura Tingle is political editor of the Australian Financial Review. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley Awards in 2005 and 2011. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders.</p>
<p>Elizabeth comes from a family of subsistence farmers in a remote village called Klampun in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. They are traditional environmentalists and have continuously sustained their lives through their relationship with the land and resources that they live in.</p>
<p>A teacher by profession, she initiated Wide Bay Conservation Association to help facilitate peoples’ thinking about active engagement in development and environmental sustainability in the face of a traditional society that is changing very rapidly. She says: “The environment and land provides security for my people. Without these there is no meaning to life.” Elizabeth Tongne has been a recipient of the Pride of PNG award, a courage and bravery award for women.</p>