Speakers

Professor Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian has served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and Director of Programmes at the OECD Development Centre. Ian has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.  Ian has been knighted by the French Government and has published 21 books, including Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas; The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; Divided Nations; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; and, Is the Planet Full? Ian is an honorary trustee of Comic Relief and Chair of CORE-Econ.org economics education.

Tolu Olubunmi

Tolu Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on immigrant integration, employment, access to technology, and education.

Tolu serves on the World Economic Forum’s Migration Council, co-founded Immigrant Heritage Month, and has helped draft and implement U.S. immigration policies. She sits on the Board of Directors of USA for IOM (the UN Migration Agency), and serves as an Advisor to the social impact investment platform, BRAVA Investments.

The World Economic Forum named her one of 15 Women Changing the World and an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur, and an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) In Concert Against Hate Honoree. Her inspiring personal story and work has been profiled by several media outlets, including NBC, TIME, BBC, US News & World Report, and MSNBC. 

Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.

 

Imelda Nicolas

Secretary Imelda Nicolas was appointed in 2010 as Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), a Cabinet-level Secretary position under the Office of the President of the Philippines. She held this position until June 30, 2016 as her term is co-terminus with that of President Aquino. In 2014, Nicolas was recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.”

While she was CFO Secretary, she served as the Philippine Government’s co-chair to the Migrants in Countries in Crisis initiative lauded, together with the United States’ Government, by the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon during the 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in New York in 2014.

In 2017, she was invited by the Open Society Foundations (more popularly known as the “Soros Foundation”) to be a member of its International Migration Initiative board. In 2014, she joined the Migration Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), whose advice was instrumental in the decision of the IOM to enter the UN system as the UN-related key migration agency. She remains a board member of both institutions.

For the past four years, she has been active in the United Nations Institute for Training and Research project in engaging local government in migration issues through the annual Global Mayoral Summit on Migration and Development. For the past eight years, she has been co-chairing Metropolis Asia and is a member of the Metropolis International Steering Committee.

Prior to her appointment at the CFO, she was Cabinet-level Secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission under President Arroyo, former Chairperson of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women under President Ramos, and Presidential Assistant helping Cabinet secretaries in monitoring implementation of major government-funded infrastructure under President Aquino.

She was also Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and the first woman member of the official delegation of the Philippines to the APEC Business Advisory Council. She is now the President of SPARK!, a Philippine-based non-governmental organization specializing on the economic empowerment of women and a founding-trustee of the ASEAN Women Economic Network.

Peggy Levitt

Peggy Levitt is Chair of the sociology department and the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College and co-Director of Harvard University’s Politics and Social Change Workshop. Her most recent book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display, was published by the University of California Press in July 2015.

Peggy has received Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the University of Helsinki (2017) and from Maastricht University (2014). She is currently a Guest Professor and Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute (2017-2019). She has held various visiting professorships including, most recently, at Queen Mary University of London, Tel Aviv University, the Lebanese American University, the National University of Singapore, Oxford University, and the American University of Cairo. Her books include Religion on the Edge (Oxford University Press, 2012), God Needs No Passport (New Press 2007), The Transnational Studies Reader (Routledge 2007), The Changing Face of Home (Russell Sage 2002), and The Transnational Villagers (UC Press, 2001).

Professor Catherine Whitol de Wenden

Catherine WIHTOL de WENDEN is Director of research at CNRS (CERI). For 30 years she has been a researcher on international migration, from a Political Science and Public Law approach. She studied in Sciences-Po Paris and University Paris I (Panthéon- Sorbonne) She got her Ph D in Political Science in 1986. She has published 20 books, alone or as co-writer and around 150 articles. She is also teaching at Sciences-Po, at the University La Sapienza and LUISS in Rome and she has been President of the Research Committee Migration of ISA –International Sociological Association- (2002-2008) and expert for several international organisations (UNHCR, Council of Europe and European Commission). Her distinctions are Chevalier de la legion d’hooneur (2014) and médaille d’honneur du CNRS (2017)

Her main books are Les immigrés et la Politique. Paris, Presses de Sc Po, 1988, Le défi migratoire (with Bertrand Badie, Presses de Sc Po, 1995, L’immigration en Europe, La Documentation française, 1999, Faut-il ouvrir les frontières, Presses de Sc Po, 1999, La Citoyenneté européenne, Presses de Sc Po 1997, La beurgeoisie (with Rémy Leveau), CNRS Editions 2001, Police et discriminations (with Sophie Body-Gendrot), L’Atelier, 2003, Atlas mondial des migrations , Autrement 2005, 2009 (2nd edition) and 2012 (3rd edition), Les couleurs du drapeau (with Christophe Bertossi), 2007, Sortir des banlieues (with Sophie Body-Gendrot), Autrement, 2007, La Globalisation humaine, PUF, 2009, La question migratoire au XXIème siècle Presses de Sciences-Po, 2010 and 2013 (2nd edition), Les Nouvelles migrations (Ellipses, 2013). Among her most recent books : Faut-il ouvrir les frontières ? Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014 (2nd edition) and Le droit d’émigrer, Paris CNRS Editions 2013 ; Policing the inner cities (with Sophie Body-gendrot), palgrave, 2014, Migrations in the Mediterranea. Socio-economic perspectives, Routledge 2016,  Migrations en méditerranée, CNRS Editions 2015 (with Hélène Thiollet and Camille Schmoll), L’immigration, Eyrolles, 2016, Les migrations. Une nouvelle donne, FMSH 2016. Her Atlas mondial des migrations (Paris, Autrement 2016) has been published on her 4rd edition since 2005. A third edition will be published in 2017 of La question migratoire au XXIème siècle and of Faut-il ouvrir les frontières?

Professor Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair), Department of Geography, as well as the Director of Humanities and Social Science Research (DHSSR) in the Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore. She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including key themes such as cosmopolitanism and highly skilled talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues; globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. She has published widely in these fields.

Jane McAdam

Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a research associate at Oxford University and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and was previously a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Professor McAdam sits on a number of international committees and advises the UN and other international bodies. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. In 2017, she received the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights, and in 2015 was honoured as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence, winning the ‘global’ category.

Paul Power

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national peak body on refugee policy, since 2006. He is on the Steering Committee of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, an alliance of NGOs in 28 countries working together on refugee issues. In his work representing Australian NGOs in national and international dialogue, Paul works closely with a variety of refugee-led networks, supporting their efforts to bring refugees’ perspectives directly to senior policy makers. This work has culminated in RCOA’s role as NGO focal point for the first Global Summit of Refugees in Geneva in June 2018.

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a second term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at the ITUC World Congress in May 2014. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006. Sharan has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns.

The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 331 national affiliates.

Alan Gamlen

Alan Gamlen is Associate Professor of Geography at Monash University in Melbourne where he heads up the Human Geography program. He received his Doctorate (in Geography) from the University of Oxford as a New Zealand Bright Future Scholar. Alan’s research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas and transnationalism. He has written more than 50 articles, book chapters and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies and Co-Editor of the Policy Press book series on Global Migration and Social Change. His latest book – entitled Human Geopolitics: Emigrants, States and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions – is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Alan is also a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator around the world.

Alan grew up in New Zealand, completing undergraduate degrees at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2016 he was appointed successor to the late Professor Graeme Hugo as Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre in Adelaide. Alan has also previously held appointments at Stanford University, Germany’s Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies and Oxford University. He has worked as a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments, regional agencies and NGOs.

Andrew Jakubowicz

Andrew Jakubowicz is Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. His books include “Cyber racism and community resilience”, “‘For those who’ve come across the seas…”: Australian multicultural theory policy and practice”, and “Racism Ethnicity and the Media”. He has consulted widely with government, and has recently been a member of the Advisory Board of MulticulturalNSW. He has a media life involved with the production of documentaries such as “Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta” ,”Great Australian Race Riots” and  “Vietnam the War the Changed Australia”. His websites include “Making Multicultural Australia”, “The Menorah of Fang Bang Lu” and “andrewjakubowicz.com”. He also writes for The Conversation.  

Nancy Ditomaso

Dr. Nancy DiTomaso is Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick. Her research addresses issues of diversity, culture, and inequality. Her 2013 book, The American Non-dilemma: Racial Inequality without Racism (NY: Russell Sage) won the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems; the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA); received Honorable Mention for the  Max Weber Award for Best Book given by the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA; and was Runner Up for the George R. Terry Award given by the Academy of Management for the Best Book in Management over a two-year period. Professor DiTomaso won the 2016 Sage Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Gender and Diversity given by the Academy of Management Division on Gender and Diversity. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Jawad Syed

Dr Jawad Syed, PhD, Academic FCIPD, is Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences. His main research interests include international human resource management, diversity management, organisational knowledge, and business ethics.

Professor Syed obtained his PhD in Business from Macquarie University and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent. Prior to that, he received Masters of International Business from the Western Sydney University. He has also attended Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

He is a Programme Co-Chair of European Academy of Management’s (EURAM) Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organisations (GRDO) Special Interest Group. He is a director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights (GCEHR) and coordinator of the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM).

Professor Syed has edited/authored seven books and written more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, including his articles in the British Journal of Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Resource Management Journal, Management Learning, and Gender, Work & Organization. His books include: Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective (Sage), Employee Motivation in Saudi Arabia: An Investigation into the Higher Education Sector (Palgrave Macmillan), Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Cambridge), Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar), and Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar).

Franck Duvell

Franck Duvell holds a PhD in Social Sciences. He is an associate professor and senior researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and at St Antony’s College at University of Oxford. He has previously worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, the University of Exeter and University of Bremen and was fellow at the European University Institute and is on the ExCom of PICUM (Brussels). He provided consultancies for Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management, IOM, UNHCR, HRW, MsF, addressed the EU Council, Council of Europe, House of Commons and many others. Franck is an expert on international migration and especially refugee, irregular and transit migration and the governance of migration, border security and migration control. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and leading research, analysis and policy advice. He has published 10 books and 50 journals articles and is co-editor of three journals.

Innes Willox

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.

Amongst other appointments, Innes is also a Director of Australian Super, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia and a Board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Prior to joining AiGroup in 2008 he served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006 and earlier was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in Canberra.

Farida Fozdar

Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on race relations and migrant settlement issues (including employment, housing, belonging and service delivery), racism, citizenship and nationalism, and refugees and asylum seekers. She works closely with migrant settlement agencies and community organisations. She has published widely (three books, 17 book chapters and over 60 journal articles), as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies. Her latest projects are three edited collections on mixed race, a monograph on Australian identity, and several papers on postnationalism.

Jo-anne Schofield

Jo-anne Schofield is a committed social justice advocate and trade unionist. She was previously Assistant National Secretary of United Voice having worked for the union for 14 years in a variety of research, industrial and campaigning roles. During this time Jo led the union’s first early childhood education and care campaign and worked with contract cleaners and security members. With over 20 years’ experience working for trade unions and not for profit organisations, Jo has a particular focus on equality and women’s issues. She is proud to be working to advance the cause of United Voice members in their workplace and in their communities.

Rez Gardi

Rez Gardi was born in a UN refugee camp in Pakistan where her Kurdish family lived having escaped persecution in their homeland of Kurdistan. Rez and her family were given the opportunity to resettle in New Zealand to create a new life for themselves. Rez has sought to use her difficult start in life as motivation to succeed, recently becoming New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer and being awarded t

he 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year for her services to human rights.

With an understandable passion for human rights, Rez hopes to focus her career on fighting for justice and equality and currently works at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. In late 2018, she will be commence a Master of Laws focussing on international law and human rights at Harvard.

Rez is a global refugee youth advocate having represented New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and various international UNHCR dialogues and other international forums. She holds a range of other positions including as a board member Asylum Seekers Support Trust, Deputy Chair of the Red Cross National Youth Panel and the co-founder of the Kurdish Youth Association in New Zealand.

Rez is passionate about supporting young refugees to achieve their potential. This led to her founding ‘Empower’ – a youth-led charitable organisation aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of refugees in higher education through mentoring and support and working to establish scholarships for refugees at the University of Auckland.

Abid Hussain

Abid Hussain is Director, Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture leading the organisation’s work on Equality, Inclusion and the Creative Case for Diversity. He is an alumnus of both the U.S International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and the Salzburg Global Seminar responding to themes of art and social change, migration, displaced artists and conflict transformation.

 Abid has led on the development of the Arts Council’s strategic equality and diversity framework since 2014 which included the development and launch of the transformative Elevate and Change Makers programmes which have made a significant contribution to diversifying the arts and cultural landscape in England.

 He has extensive experience of working with cultural institutions, academia, government and third sector agencies across North America, Europe and East Asia.

Ursula Rakova

Ursula Rakova is the Executive Director of Tulele Peisa, a local Carterets organisation which means “Sailing the Waves on Our Own”.  Its main task is to re

locate 2,700 Carterets Islanders to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

Ursula has been an Environmental Campaigner in Papua New Guinea for more than 30 years and in 2008, she was awarded the “Pride of PNG award” under the Environmental category for her contributions to the environmental protection for the rural communities who are the voiceless against the multi-million companies.

In 2014, in New York, Ursula was awarded the UNDP Equator Initiative Award in recognition for Tulele Peisa’s efforts to finding a local solution to the Carterets Islanders impacted by climate change.  Her efforts in the relocation of her people from the Carterets continues as she and her team of five staff continue tirelessly in their pursuit to relocate 2,700 people.  She continues to find strength in making sure her island people are safe and secure where-ever they are relocated to Bougainville; into some land the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville has gifted them.

Antoinette Braybrook

Antoinette BraybrookAntoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette’s grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland. 

Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra, a position she has held since it was established 15 years ago.  Djirra  is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence.

In addition to Antoinette’s leadership of Djirra, she was elected as the National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum in 2012. Antoinette’s advocacy work includes advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles at State and Federal levels. She has received numerous awards including the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award and the 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award. As a highly regarded public speaker, who seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal victim/survivors of violence, she has jointly presented with Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjo.

Gloria Careaga

Gloria CareagaGloria Careaga master in Social Psychology; works at the University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) as Professor and researcher of the Faculty of Psychology since 1979, she was academic Secretary of the Gender Studies Program for 12 years, where prompted a new perspective for the analysis of masculinities and sexual diversity studies and coordinated the Studies in Sexuality. She has coordinated nine anthologies and published multiple articles in Academic Journals and chapters in books on gender, sexuality and human rights. Active counselor locally and internationally as a feminist and human rights defender on women and LGBTI rights. She is a former Co-Secretary General of ILGA (2008-2014), member of the Advisory Board of Sexuality Policy Watch and backup member of the Advisory Board on LGBT issues for UN-Women in Latin America.

Arash Bordbar

Arash BordbarArash is a 25-year-old refugee from Iran living in Australia. He travelled to Malaysia aged 17, registered with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur, and spent five years there before being resettled in Australia in 2015. Arash is studying for a Bachelor of (Civil) Engineering and is an advocate for gender equality, sexual rights, and access to education and employment opportunities. He has a wide of experience volunteering and working for organisations including as Chair of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council, supporting young refugees in Malaysia and, more recently, in the Youth Transition Support Program with local NGOs in Australia. Since 2016, he has participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and the UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue in Geneva. At a regional level he has traveled to Malaysia where he ran youth consultations with various NGOs. He is also involved with the APRRN (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network) in Bangkok where he was elected Deputy Chair of the youth working group. He has also been an invited speaker at various conferences including, most recently, the International Refugee Rights Conference in Toronto. In 2016, Arash was awarded the Young People Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Karim Albrem

Karim Albrem is a 22-years-old refugee from Syria living in Germany. After graduating from the Banking Institute of the University of Aleppo, in 2015 the war created an unbearable security situation and he fled the country. In Germany, Karim Albrem has completed his training as a psychosocial counsellor and is working as a stress management trainer at the University Clinic of Hamburg. Since 2016 he is involved in the global refugee youth consultations in Geneva and is now a member of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council. As a volunteer youth delegate for Plan International Germany he is advocating for the protection and the rights of refugee children and youth on a national and global level. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences in Europe particularly on youth participation in reaching the SDGs, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees, as well as the Civil Society Stocktaking and Strategy Meeting in Mexico.

Jackie Huggins

NACCHO Conference 2017.
Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Dr Jackie Huggins.
Courtesy of NACCHO/Geoff Bagnall

Dr Jackie Huggins  AM  FAHA is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru from Queensland. Jackie is the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. She was the National Co-ordinator for the Aboriginal Women’s Unit in DAA in 1984 and on the Steering Committee for the Aboriginal Women’s Task Force which produced the Women’s Business report. She was the Co-Commissioner for the Inquiry Into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.  She was the first Indigenous woman to Chair the Qld Ministerial Council for Domestic Violence and on the Indigenous Reference Group for 14 years, Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Central Qld Uni, Mackay. In honour of this work she was granted an Honorary doctorate from CQU in December 2017. She has written widely on women’s issues, feminism and history.

Cassandra Goldie

Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010. With public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, Cassandra has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged, and civil society generally, in major national and international processes as well as in grassroots communities.

Cassandra has previously held senior roles in both the NFP and public sectors, including as Director of Sex and Age Discrimination with the Australian Human Rights Commission, Director and Principal Solicitor with the Darwin Community Legal Service and Senior Executive with Legal Aid in Western Australia.

Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Law from University College London and is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Law, UNSW.

In 2014, Cassandra was voted one of the Impact 25 Most Influential People in the Social Economy and recognised by the AFR in 2015 on their Annual Overt Power List. In 2018, Cassandra was recognised as one of Australia’s top 50 Outstanding LGBTI Executives by Deloitte.

Paris Aristotle AO

Paris Aristotle AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., also known as Foundation House, a position which he has held for the past 30 years. Throughout this period he has served on a wide range of state and federal government bodies. He is also an executive member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). In 2017 Paris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year. In the same year Paris was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from RMIT and in 2003 he was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal. Paris is supported by the Foundation House Agency Management Team and Board of Management.

Corinne Prince St Amand

Corinne first joined Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 9 years ago as the Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). She has served as the Director General for Settlement and Integration Policy Branch with IRCC since January 2013, a role that has expanded her connections to settlement partners across Canada.

Between October 2007 and December 2008, Corinne was the Director General of the Labour Market Integration Directorate at HRSDC, responsible for the work of the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, Labour Mobility, the Going to Canada Immigration Portal, and the Skills and Labour Market Information Division (National Occupational Classification system, occupational information and Essential Skills research).

Corinne graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 1991.

Corinne grew up in northern Saskatchewan and now makes her home in Ottawa, Ontario, with her two children.

Wang Huyiyao

Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the leading Chinese think tank that makes into the world’s top 100 think tanks of the 2017 ranked by University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wang is a Counselor of China State Council. He is also a member of Expert Committee of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Dean of Development Institute of University of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of China Overseas Returned Scholars Association, Chairman of China Talent Society. Dr. Wang is currently on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM) of United Nation. He is also a member of Yale University Asia Development, and a steering committee member of Metropolis International Network. Dr. Wang pursued his PhD studies at University of Western Ontario and University of Manchester. He was a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and was an adjunct professor at Peking University. He was also a senior fellow at Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution and a policy fellow at IZA.

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate.  

She was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya.  At eighteen, Nyadol moved to Australia as a refugee. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

Outside her work, and through the experiences of her family and community, Nyadol has developed an interest in human rights, multiculturalism and the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum.  She has volunteered extensively in relation to these areas has worked with government and non-government organisations. 

In terms of advocacy, Nyadol has presented at various conferences and forums on issues impacting the settlement of African Australians in Victoria and Australia in general.  She regularly appears in the media including recent appearances on the ABC Drum and as a panellist on ABC Q & A.

In 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians.  She is currently a board member of the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute.

Daniel Webb

Daniel Webb is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre in Melbourne. Since joining in 2012, Daniel has founded and leads the Centre’s Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit and also heads the Centre’s advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel currently leads an unprecedented coalition of law firms and barristers in High Court of Australia litigation preventing the deportation of over 460 people to Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea where the Australian Government funds detention centres. He has also lead High Court challenges to the Australian Government’s offshore detention regime and its secretive, month-long detention of 157 people at sea on an Australian customs ship.

Prior to joining the HRLC Daniel was a Senior Lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, specialising in mental health and disability advocacy, and also served as The People’s Lawyer in the Republic of Kiribati. His NGO experience includes stints with the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights and Transparency International in Papua New Guinea.

Daniel’s effectiveness in defending human rights led to him winning the inaugural Global Pluralism Award – awarded by the Canadian-based Global Centre for Pluralism – in 2017. Nominated by the United Nations OHCHR Regional Office in Suva, Daniel was selected by a jury of world leaders from over 200 shortlisted nominees from 43 countries.

Yamamah Agha

Yamamah Agha leads the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) at not-for-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI), which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. With over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, Yamamah has a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. She has a particular interest in women’s rights, and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their potential.

In 2018 Yamamah lead a delegation from SSI in Australia to Geneva, as the UNHCR-NGO Consultations Rapporteur 2018.

Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus is the Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Andrew has published extensively in the field of Australian race relations and immigration history. Since 2007 Andrew has been senior researcher for the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion research program, which in 2017 conducted its tenth national survey. . He is also a principal researcher on the Australian Jewish population research project. His book A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne, co-authored by Dr Margaret Taft, was published in 2018.

Tasneem Chopra

A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem has recently been appointed a ‘Anti-Racism Champion’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission.  Her consultancy addresses issues of leadership, diversity, cultural competence, and intersectional discrimination across private and public spheres.

She is a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), NOW Australia and Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights

Tasneem has appeared in numerous editorial outlets, including SBS Life, The Age and The Australian and has featured on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A, and is a regular panellist on The Drum and ABC Melbourne’s News Therapy.

Wendy Were

Dr. Wendy Were is Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy at the Australia Council for the Arts. Dr Were has extensive and wide-ranging experience in arts management and curation and business development. Dr Were has previously held the roles of Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Writers’ Festival; Program Producer at the Perth International Arts Festival; CEO of West Australian Music; and Business Advisor with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre.

Jock Collins

Jock Collins is Professor of Social Economics in the Management Discipline Group at the UTS Business School, Sydney, Australia and has been conducting research on Australian immigration since the early 1970s.  His research evolves around an interdisciplinary study of immigration and cultural diversity in the economy and society. His recent research has been on Australian immigration and multiculturalism policy, immigrant, refugee and Indigenous entrepreneurship, refugee settlement policy and outcomes and immigrants in regional and rural Australia. He is the author or co-author of ten books and over 140 articles in international and national academic journals and book chapters. He currently holds four Australian Research Council grants, two of which relate to refugee settlement in Australia.

Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He is the author or editor of 27 books, the most recent being “Rebooting the Regions” (2016). He is a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity (MBIE, 2014-2020) and is particularly interested in the issues of immigrant settlement and social cohesion. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009. He looked at second generation immigrant identities while he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015.

Linda Burney

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. She has since been appointed Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence.

As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives.  Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.

She began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000.  Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002.

Linda has a long held commitment the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publically her personal experience with it. 

Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.

Professor Steven Vertovec

Prof. Steven Vertovec is Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). He is author of five books including Super-diversity (Routledge, forthcoming) and editor of thirty-five volumes including the International Handbook of Diversity Studies (Routledge, 2015). Prof. Vertovec has acted as expert or consultant for numerous agencies, including the UK Home Office and Department for International Development, British Council, the European Commission, the G8, World Bank and UNESCO.

Marina Manke

Marina Manke heads Labour Mobility and Human Development Division in IOM Headquarters in Geneva. She joined the UN Migration Agency in 2004 as a migration data specialist. Since then, evidence-based comprehensive migration governance has become her prime area of specialization, proven by co-authorship of “Sharing Data – Where to Start” and “Migration Profiles – Making the Most of the Process”.

Marina Manke delivers technical assistance and advice to governments, academia, civil society and private sector, including as advisor to the Responsible Labor Initiative and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment. Her latest thematic focus has been on sustainable development; entrepreneurship; diaspora engagement; labour mobility and integration. She holds an M.A in Political Science from the Central European University and a Ph.D in International Relations from Cambridge.

Daniel Hiebert

Daniel Hiebert is a Professor of Geography at The University of British Columbia and conducts research on migration and its impact on cities. At the broadest scale, this includes an interest on how migration policy is formed and how it is regulated by nation states. This aspect of his work includes comparative policy analysis between Canada and other countries and an effort to understand Canadian immigration policy within the wider global context. Within Canada he is interested in the local consequences of immigration, with special reference to his home city of Vancouver. This work emphasizes the rapid socio-cultural diversification of urban populations in Canada and considers what this implies for the nature of Canadian society, and labour and housing markets. In conjunction with these research projects, Professor Hiebert plays an active role in the Canadian policy process. He is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Council (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada), works closely with the part of the British Columbia government that constructs immigration policy, and is a member of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration.

Sunil Badami

A Sydney-sider born and bred, and as proud of his Indian heritage as his Westie origins, Sunil Badami has written for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, Gourmet Traveller, The Australian, The Australian Literary Review, Art & Australia, Southerly, Seizure and Meanjin

Sunil’s work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in The UTS Writers’ Anthology, Goldfish: The Best Writing of the Last Five Years, Diamond Dog: The Best Australian Multicultural Writing, Growing Up Asian in Australia, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. 

Passionate about his hometown and its eccentric, fascinating history, as well being deeply interested in food, music, books and, most of all, people and their stories, Sunil lives with his wife and two young daughters in Sydney.

Pino Migliorino

Pino established Cultural Perspectives in 1994. The group began as a pioneering communications agency and has grown to include additional offers: Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) and diversity consulting brand DiverseWerks. Cultural Perspectives remains a strong market leader in the multicultural communications sector.

Pino has a prominence in the multicultural sector spanning his professional and community activities. Pino complements his professional experience with over three decades of involvement as a volunteer in civil society organisations concerned with settlement, welfare, the arts and aged care.

Pino’s skills in community engagement, strategic communications, and policy (including framework development) are widely recognised in the sector.

 

Jan Rath

Jan Rath is a Professor of Urban Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and researcher at the Center for Urban Studies and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) in the same university. He is also the President of UvA’s University Forum, that aims to facilitate intellectual debate about the UvA, its values and strategies, and its future. Jan Rath has, moreover, been an advisor of a wide array of local, national and supranational governmental organizations and civic society institutions, including the European Commission, the OECD, the United Nations (notably the IOM, UNHCR, UNCTAD, and the Population Division), and the World Economic Forum. He is a widely acknowledged specialist on migrant entrepreneurship. For a list of (downloadable) publications, go to www.janrath.com.

John Sintras

John Sintras is Chief Audience and Content Officer at SBS, bringing extensive industry insight and global leadership experience, as well as a strong track record of inspiring teams to make a purposeful difference, from his diverse roles across Australia and the US.

As SBS continues to put audiences at the heart of its business, John has end-to-end oversight of the SBS Audience and Content strategy – specifically its brands, marketing approach, audience engagement and analytics – focused on delivering maximum impact of SBS’s Charter, across TV, radio and online.

John has also contributed to the media industry and community issues, having sat on numerous industry and not-for-profit boards over his career.

Stephen Castles

Stephen Castles is an Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney. From 2006-9 he was the foundation director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. Stephen Castles is a sociologist and political economist, and works on international migration dynamics, global governance, migration and development, and migration trends in Africa, Asia and Europe. Stephen Castles’ recent books include: The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (Fifth Edition, with Hein de Haas and Mark Miller, Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan, and New York, Guilford, 2014); and Migration, Citizenship and Identity: Selected Essays (Cheltenham UK and Northampton, Mass. USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017).

 

George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. George is also the author of FaultlinesThe Longest Decade, Australia’s Second Chance, and Balancing Act, which contains his two Quarterly Essays, No. 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era and No. 61: Balancing Act – Australia Between Recession and Renewal. His latest book is The Football Solution.

Uieta Kaufusi

Uieta Kaufusi is a proud Tongan woman based in Canberra who is the National Sector Engagement Manager for 1800RESPECT: The National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselling service. Prior to joining the 1800RESPECT team in 2016, she led a breadth of initiatives on addressing Domestic and Family violence both in Australia and overseas.

Uieta is  the President of the Tongan Canberra and Queanbeyan Tongan Association Inc and sits on the Harmony Alliance Council: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change is Australia’s national migrant and refugee women’s coalition, the White Ribbon Australia Indigenous Reference Group, the Capital Region White Ribbon Committee and the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council.

Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage is professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has held many visiting professorships around the world including at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, University of Copenhagen, American University of Beirut, University of Amsterdam and Harvard.

His research interests include: Critical Anthropological Theory; Comparative nationalism, colonialism, multiculturalism and racism; The work of Pierre Bourdieu; The anthropology of the Palestinian question; and The anthropology of Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora. He is the author of White Nation: Fantasies of white supremacy in a multicultural society (1998) and Against Paranoid Nationalism (2003). His more recent works includes Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropological Thought and the Radical Imagination (2015), and Is Racism an Environmental Threat? (2017).

Lynn Dang

Lynn Dang is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Microsoft Australia with 14+ years experience in the tech industry. Her team work to attract and recruit domestic and international technical, sales and executive talent. She is passionate about the potential technology has to dismantle barriers, and improve opportunity for minorities and disadvantaged people.

Lynn was a refugee when she came to Australia which inspires her work with non-profit organisations such as the UNHCR, Tech Girls are Superheroes, Fitted For Work, and more. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was the HR Mergers and Acquisitions Manager for IBM Asia Pacific, Middle-East and Africa.