Matt Wade recently returned to Australia after a three-year posting as the South Asia Correspondant for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, based in New Delhi. He has written extensively about economic, social and political change on the subcontinent and has covered a series of major news events in South Asia including the Mumbai terrorist attack, the Sri Lankan civil war, turmoil in Pakistan including the 2010 floods and Delhi Commonwealth Games. During 12 years at the Herald, Matt has worked as its Economics Writer and Canberra-based Economics Correspondent. Before joining Fairfax, Matt worked in the aid and development field, including a two-year stint based with NGOs in India. Matt is now a Senior Writer for the Herald based in Sydney.
<p><span style="color: #000000">Professor Waring is a clinical psychologist with 40 years experience working in mental health. He is a Conjoint Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle where he is also the Chancellor. He is currently the Chair of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and member of the Hunter New England District Health Board. He has been a Director of the Australian Psychological Society, was President of the NSW Psychologists Registration Board and Chair of the National Council of Psychologists Registration Boards for 14 years.</span></p>
<p><span style="color: #000000">Professor Waring’s clinical experience includes 17 years as a clinical psychologist in outpatient psychiatric services and 12 years as Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and Deputy Director of the Hunter Centre for Mental Health Studies. He has also been in private practice for 30 years and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his work in mental health and psychology. He has recently been awarded the Australian Psychological Society’s 2011 President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology in Australia. <br />
<p>Gambhir Watts is the President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia, one of the largest NGO’s in the world. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, literally meaning the House of Indian Knowledge/Wisdom, has over 180 centres in India as well as offices in Sydney, the UK, USA, Canada, Portugal, Mexico and South Africa and Singapore. The Bhavan have<span style="line-height: 18px;"> built many schools that provide the best education and resources to young people in India, with a total of approximately 7,000</span> full-time students studying in various institutions of the Bhavan this year.</p>
<p>Gambhir is also Founder and CEO of International Centre of Nonviolence Australia set up with the blessings of Ela Gandhi (granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi) and in association with International Centre of Nonviolence South Africa and Gandhi Development Trust South Africa.</p>
<p>Previously Ghambhir has held positions as Director of Sydney Community Foundation; Director of Advocacy For Inclusion in Canberra; Commissioner of the Community Relations Commission for Multicultural NSW and Chair of the Northern Regional Advisory Council; and National Treasurer of the Australia India Business Council, the most influential organisation promoting two way business between Australia and India, from 2006 to 2008.</p>
<p>Since arriving in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan Najeeba Wazefadost has graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Sydney and is now studying a second degree at the University of Technology Sydney.</p>
<p>Najeeba has been involved in a number of organisations such as ChilOut (Children out of Detention), Amnesty International, Bamiyan Association and is now the president of Hazara Women of Australia, advocating for the rights of women, refugees and the release of children from detention centres.</p>
<p>In 2010 Najeeba was a finalist of the Young Human Rights Medal Award and a finalist for the Local Young Citizen Award. In 2011 she won the 'Young Woman of the West Award' for her work in not-for-profit organisations. Najeeba is currently working as a case manager with new arrivals and refugees for SSI (Settlement Services International), and is an accomplished author.</p>
<p>Gordon Weiss is a writer, speaker and documentary maker on international affairs. He worked for the United Nations for twelve years in conflict and disaster response, including in Sri Lanka, an experience that resulted in a highly acclaimed book about the conflict, The Cage.</p>
<p>Gordon spent over two decades as a journalist, aid worker, and international civil servant in numerous notorious hotspots such as Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Sudan.</p>
<p>After studying law, history, politics, military strategy, anthropology, philosophy and literature he acquired an MA in International Relations with a focus on security.</p>
<p>Born in Sydney to a Czech father and a New Zealand mother, he has lived in Barcelona, New York, Prague, Sarajevo, and Tokyo. He currently divides his time between Australia and various extended overseas projects. He is also a visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University.</p>
<p>John Whan Yoon joined World Vision in 2001, and began work as the Thai-Myanmar border trafficking prevention project coordinator. Then, from 2005 to 2011, he worked as the regional manager for World Vision's first multi-country anti-trafficking project, the Mekong Delta Regional Trafficking Strategy (MDRTS) Project.With the conclusion of the MDRTS project, he has assumed the role of regional program manager for World Vision's new 5-year anti-trafficking program called the End Trafficking in Persons (ETIP) Program.</p>
<p>Through these projects, he has worked to promote community-based prevention efforts in source communities, develop peer education approaches to building life skills and self-protection skills for children and youth, provide protection services to victims of trafficking especially when they have returned to life in society, and contribute to improving government policies to combat trafficking in persons.</p>
Stuart has worked and undertaken research in sustainability for over twenty years, with a focus on sustainable infrastructure, sustainable cities and improved decision making. This includes specialising in the use of least cost planning for utilities and the advocacy, design, implementation and evaluation of programs for improving resource use efficiency. At the Institute, and previously as Director of Preferred Options (Asia-Pacific) Pty Ltd, he designed or implemented three of Australia’s largest water efficiency programs, in Kalgoorlie Boulder in Western Australia, in northern New South Wales and in Sydney. In 1998 he was appointed as a member of the NSW Task Force on Water Conservation and in 2001 as a member of the Expert Panel on Environmental Flows for the Hawkesbury Nepean. In 2000 he was requested by the NSW Minister for the Environment to undertake an Independent Review of Container Deposit Legislation and has written and presented widely on sustainable futures including taxation, participatory decision-making and public policy.
<p>In his current role, Michael focuses on mapping industry based trends and analysing the impact of these sectoral changes and dynamics on stakeholders across the agribusiness sector.</p>
<p>Previously, Michael was the Product Specialist for Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management in New York, as well as Executive Director of Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness and Advisory team in North America, providing industry research and corporate strategy. Michael has also worked with the United Nations and the International Red Cross in Switzerland, as well as in regional economic evelopment in Australia and China.</p>
<p>Michael has been featured widely in the global media outlets, including CNBC, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has a background in agricultural production and consulting, particularly in Australia and China. Michael has a BA from La Trobe University, and MBA from the Melbourne Business School and the Rotterdam School of Management, and has also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Agribusiness Course.<br />
Richard studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology. His research drew attention to widening health inequalities, and led him to ask the UK Secretary of State for Social Services to set up an “urgent government inquiry”. The result was the Black Report (1980) which stimulated research on health inequalities internationally. Since then Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems.</p>
Richard is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett, a best seller now available in 23 languages, which won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. He co-founded The Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust). In 2013 Richard received Solidar’s Silver Rose Award and was named as Community Access Unlimited’s ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award.</p>
Dr Willetts has extensive experience in participatory monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment approaches that combine quantitative and qualitative information. She has conducted independent reviews and evaluations for AusAID and non-government organisations and is currently managing research on improving organisational M&E systems and practice for a private sector contracting organisation. She supports a fluid, flexible approach to aid effectiveness that provides room for different understandings of effectiveness among donors, implementers and aid recipients.
<p>The Global Ambassador for Women and Girls is responsible for high‐level advocacy to promote Australian Government policies and activity regarding gender equality and the social, political and economic empowerment of women and girls, particularly in the Asia‐Pacific region. The Ambassador works closely with foreign governments and international organisations to support measures that: eradicate violence against, and trafficking of, women and girls; promote better educational and health outcomes; protect women and girls in conflict and promote the role of women in peace‐building; eliminate discrimination; and enhance the participation of women in decision‐making and leadership.</p>
<p>Ms Williams was appointed Australia's first Global Ambassador for Women and Girls on 13 September 2011. Ms Williams has most recently served as Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia (2007‐10). Prior to that, she held a number of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, as well as diplomatic appointments in Chile and Syria.</p>
<p>Ms Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Hons) from the Australian National University. She speaks Spanish, Indonesian and has studied Arabic. She is married and has four children.<br />
<p>John Williamson is Professor of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education, at the University of Tasmania. Prior to this appointment he was Chair of the Academic Senate, UTAS, for 12 years.<br />
John has contributed to education policy and practice through membership of government committees and professional associations, particularly in the areas of teacher education and registration, vocational education and training, and teacher quality.<br />
Over three decades he has conducted large and small scale research in the areas of classroom processes, teacher education, youth gambling, teachers’ work lives, and school-based decision-making. This research has been shared through four monographs and 70 journal articles/book chapters/refereed conference papers. Agencies he has conducted research for include the OECD, ANTA, WA Department of Education, and the Tasmanian DHHS.<br />
He is passionate about providing high quality higher education for all those who have the commitment and interest to pursue it.<br />
John believes education transforms lives and that it is the primary means for assisting individuals to lead enriched lives as citizens contributing to their communities and civil life through informed participation and respectful engagement.</p>
<p>Stevie Wills is a young woman with a passion. In 2011, she travelled with CBM to South Africa and Zambia to meet with people with disabilities. Stevie has qualifications in counseling and is also an artist.</p>
<p>Stevie uses her performance poetry and writing to communicate the cycle of poverty and disability. She has spoken in front of thousands of people with her powerful words of inclusion for people with disabilities. Recently, Stevie joined the staff of CBM Australia as a Community Education Officer. <br />
Caitlin Wilson has extensive aid experience, gained through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) where she has worked for almost 15 years. She has filled a range of operational, policy, and program management positions in AusAID, the latter with a focus on the Pacific region. Her overseas roles have included postings to Port Moresby, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and most recently the Australian Delegation to the OECD in Paris.
Ms Wilson has been Director of Humanitarian Emergency Response since May 2011, which builds on her experience as Australia's Alternative Permanent Representative to the World Food Programme Board from 2008-February 2011 and associated engagement on food aid and food assistance issues. Her professional experience reflects interests in humanitarian assistance, early recovery and working effectively in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Prior to joining AusAID, Ms Wilson worked for the Department of Defence for four and a half years. She holds a Masters in International Development from Deakin University, and has a Bachelor of Business-Management (Queensland University of Technology) and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland).
Born in Brisbane, Major General Richard (Dick) Wilson is an infantryman with extensive practical command experience. His service in command and leadership appointments under challenging situations is extensive. He is currently serving as Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation.
He has also held a wide range of staff appointments, mainly in the areas of operations, plans and strategy. Seconded to the Office of National Assessments as a Defense Liaison Officer and Military Analyst in 1993, he was subsequently the Army representative on the Writing Team for the 1994 Defense White Paper, 'Defending Australia.' Major General Wilson has also served on exchange with a US Army Division (1991-1992). His operational military service includes assignment with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (2001-2002).
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the Australian Army Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College, his educational qualification include a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of NSW.
More than a third of Major General Wilson's Army career has seen him based in Queensland, specifically Brisbane and Townsville. He has served as the Chair of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority since September 2011
<p>Tara Winkler is the founder of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), a secular non-profit NGO running projects to help break the cycle of poverty in Battambang, Cambodia.</p>
<p>Tara first travelled to Cambodia in 2005. On that trip she visited a small impoverished orphanage. In 2007 Tara discovered the director of the orphanage was physically and sexually abusing the children. He was also embezzling donated funds, causing the children to starve. Tara partnered with a local qualified NGO director, Pon Jedtha. With support from the department of Social Affairs, Tara and Jedtha established CCT and rescued the children from the abusive orphanage, providing them with a new safe home. At age 21, Tara became responsible for fourteen Cambodian orphans.</p>
<p>CCT is now much more than just an orphanage. Tara and the CCT team are dedicated to making a lasting change in Cambodia through sustainable community development, small business enterprise, microloans, and job creation. Tara now lives in Battambang and is fluent in the Khmer language. In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition for her achievements in Cambodia. She was also an Ambassador for National Youth Week 2012.</p>
Dr Scott Wisor is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University. He received his PhD in philosophy, and graduate certificates in women and gender studies and development studies, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and did his undergraduate degree, in philosophy and history at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently serves on the ARC funded project, “Assessing Development: Designing Better Indices of Poverty and Gender Equity”. Scott’s current research interests include global justice, global poverty, development ethics, and feminist philosophy. Scott previously served as the Senior Field Organizer for the Sudan Divestment Task Force and as the International Coordinator for the Genocide Intervention Network.
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Ms Mellissa Wood is the Director of the new Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC). Melissa is passionate about supporting African-led food security priorities. Ms Wood has international experience in food security issues having returned to Australia in 2012 after working with the Rome-based Global Crop Diversity Trust for two years as Director of Operations and for three years as the Director of Program Development.<br />
<span style="line-height: 18px;">In these roles she has worked with many partners and engaged with global institutions, including the FAO, the CGIAR, World Bank and major donor organisations and governments. Prior to this, Ms Wood's 15 years of Australian experience includes as a Program Leader, Information and Biosecurity Risk Sciences, in the Bureau of Rural Sciences within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In that role Ms Wood managed the establishment of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis.</span><br />
<span style="line-height: 18px;">Prior to that, Ms Wood was Manager of the National Forest Inventory. Ms Wood has led scientific teams working on natural resource management issues, monitoring and sustainability reporting, the development of online tools for knowledge management, conservation agriculture and food security. She has partnered with international Governments, the Australian Commonwealth and state governments, industry bodies and with national and international NGOs and farmer groups.</span><br />
<span style="line-height: 18px;">She holds a BSc in Resource Environmental Management from the Australian National University.</span></p>