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Professor Marcia Langton AM, Associate Provost and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne 

Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. Read Prof. Langton's biography.

IanAnderson GuestPresenter

Professor Ian Anderson AO, Deputy Secretary for Indigenous Affairs at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Professor Anderson was previously the Foundation Chair, Indigenous Higher Education; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne. He was previously the Foundation Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne and has held a number of academic, policy and practice roles in Indigenous health over a thirty-year period. Read Prof. Anderson's biography. 

lil anderson
Lil Anderson, Deputy Secretary Crown/ Māori Relations, Ministry of Justice (New Zealand)

Lil has more than 25 years’ experience spanning the public service and wider state sector. Authentic leadership, vision and strategy, problem solving and driving results have been key features of her career to date. Read Lil's biography.

ricky archer

Ricky Archer, CEO, North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance

Ricky has a strong network of on ground land and sea managers across northern Australia from which to draw from and has demonstrated an ability to connect on-ground work of Indigenous organisations with regional, state and commonwealth priorities. Read Ricky's biography. 

jason ardler

Jason Ardler PSM, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW

As Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW, he is leading Aboriginal affairs strategy and reform across such diverse areas as economic participation, community governance, land rights, culture and heritage, community safety, environmental health and service accountability. Read Jason's biography.

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Dr Stephen Arnott PSM, First Assistant Secretary for the Arts Division, Department of Communications and the Arts 

Stephen has 15 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service in arts, screen, creative industries, communications and technology policy areas. He has also worked as a ministerial advisor. Read Dr Arnott's biography. 

daryn bean

Dr Daryn Bean, Deputy Chief Executive Māori, New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZ) 

He has extensive public sector experience at the interface of Māori development and brings high level relationship management skills, strategy and leadership development capabilities in the areas of education, international business and community development. Read Dr Bean's biography.leilani bin juda

Leilani Bin-Juda, Torres Strait Treaty Liaison Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

With an extensive career in the Australian Public Service spanning 24 years, Ms Bin-Juda has policy and program experience across international relations, health, fisheries, crime prevention and the arts and cultural industry. Read Leilani's biography. 

Denise Bowden
Denise Bowden, CEO, Yothu Yindi Foundation

Denise Bowden is a born-and-bred Northern Territory Indigenous woman. She has an extensive knowledge base stemming from her background working in Indigenous affairs in the more remote pockets of Australia’s north. Read Denise's biography.

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Associate Professor Morgan Brigg, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Brigg is a specialist in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, governance, development and innovative approaches to cross-cultural relations and the politics of knowledge. Read Dr Brigg's biography. 

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Professor Tom Calma AO 

Professor Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, respectively. Read Professor Calma's biography. 

adrian carson

Adrian Carson, CEO, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)

Adrian Carson has over 28 years’ experience working in the Indigenous Health sector, working within government and non-government organisations. As CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) Ltd, Adrian leads the development and integration of health and wellbeing services to Australia’s largest and fastest growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in South East Queensland. Read Adrian's biography. 

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Professor Len Collard, Australian Research Council, Chief Investigator, School of Indigenous Studies, the University of Western Australia

Len has a background in literature and communications and his research interests are in the area of Aboriginal Studies, including Nyungar interpretive histories and Nyungar theoretical and practical research models. Read Professor Collard's biography

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Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia

Franchesca has worked in the museum and art gallery sector for the last 30 years. She was employed in several state and national institutions throughout Australia, including the South Australia Museum, the National Museum of Australia, and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and more recently the National Gallery of Australia. Read Franchesca's biography. 

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Professor Glyn Davis AC, Chair, ANZSOG Research Committee; Distinguished Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; CEO, Paul Ramsay Foundation 

Professor Davis teaches and researches in the field of public policy. Professor Davis has had a distinguished career in higher education as Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University and the University of Melbourne. Read Prof. Davis' biography.

Michelle deshong

Michelle Deshong, CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute

Michelle has completed a BA with First Class Honours in Political Science and Indigenous studies and is working on her PhD (on the participation of Aboriginal women in public and political life) at James Cook University. Read Michelle's biography. 

karen diver

Dr Karen Diver, inaugural Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota; former Special Assistant for Native-American Affairs during the Obama Administration

She has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and as a 2002 Bush Leadership Fellow, she received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Read Dr Diver's biography.

Peter Douglas

Peter Douglas, Policy Advisor, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand) 

Peter Te Matakahere Douglas has worked in government, including at the highest levels in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. For more than twelve years he ran Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd – the Maori Fisheries Trust, which achieved outstanding settlement results. Read Peter's biography.

miranda edwards

Miranda Edwards, CEO, Lullas Children and Family Centre

Miranda is a Noongar woman from Collie, Western Australia, who has lived in the Victorian town of Shepparton for 13 years. She has been the CEO of Lullas Children and Family Centre for 120 Indigenous children, for the past 11 years and the Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG) Chair for the Goulburn Valley Area for 5 years. Read Miranda's biography. 

Jill Gallagher

Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner

A proud Gunditjmara woman, Jill is a highly respected Victorian Aboriginal leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for self-determination outcomes on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal community. Read Jill's biography.

mick gooda

Mick Gooda, Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory

Mick Gooda’s people are the Ghungalu from the Dawson Valley in Central Queensland. He has spent the last 30 years advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Read Mick's biography.

adam goodes
Adam Goodes, former AFL footballer, Co-founder, GO Foundation and CEO & Director, Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) - Reception plenary speaker   

In 2014, Adam was named the Australian of the Year. This distinguished award recognised Adam's community work and advocacy in the fight against racism, empowering the next generation of Indigenous Australians. Read Adam's biography. 

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Karla Grant, Presenter, producer and journalist, SBS 

Karla Grant has dedicated a huge part of her career to working in Indigenous news and current affairs, witnessing and reporting on the shifts in policy and attitude towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Read Karla's biography.

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Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research, University of New South Wales

Kalinda is a Yawuru woman of Broome, born and living in Darwin. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Read Dr Griffiths' biography. 

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Michelle Hippolite, Chief Executive, Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) (NZ) 

Michelle Hippolite from Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki is the first female Toihautū (Chief Executive) to lead Te Puni Kōkiri; it’s a position she has held since 2012. Read Michelle's biography

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Fred Hooper, Chair, Murrawarri Peoples Council and the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations

Fred has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to secure Water Rights for First Nations and their peoples in the Northern Murray Darling Basin. Read Fred's biography. 


brandi hudson

Brandi Hudson, CEO, Independent Maori Statutory Board 

Works alongside the executive leadership of the Auckland Mayoral office and Auckland Council to influence policy, planning and statutory development and implementation that improves the success and wellbeing of Maori. Read Brandi's biography. 

Maui Hudson

Associate Professor Maui Hudson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato

Maui Hudson affiliates to the Iwi of Te Whakatohea, Nga Ruahine, and Te Mahurehure. is research has an interdisciplinary nature focusing on the application of indigenous knowledge to decision-making across a range of contemporary contexts from new technologies to health, the environment to innovation. Read A/Prof. Hudson's biography. 


Horiana Irwin-Easthope, Managing Director, Whāia Legal (NZ) 

Horiana Irwin-Easthope (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rakaipaaka) is a critical legal thinker with a reputation for hard work. Read Horiana's biography.

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Dr Rawiri Jansen, General Practitioner

Formerly a resource teacher of Māori language, Dr Rawiri Jansen completed medical training at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland in 2000. Dr Jansen's main focus  is providing clinical leadership towards Maori health equity as a General Practitioner and Clinical Director for a Primary Healthcare Organisation. Read Dr Jansen's biography. 

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Sam Jeffries, Special Advisor Regional Governance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Sam has spent practically all his life in north-western NSW, having long term involvement in the development of responsible leadership, community development, and developing regional and community governance models. Read Sam's biography. 

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Dr Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director, University of Arizona Native Nations Institute & the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

Her work in Indigenous governance and economic development—in the US, Canada, and Australia—has addressed issues as wide-ranging as child welfare, policing and justice systems, natural-resource management, cultural stewardship, land ownership, tribal enterprises, housing, and financial education. Read Dr Jorgensen's biography. 

hoani lambert

Hoani Lambert, Deputy Chief Executive, Voices of Children, Ministry for Children (NZ) 

Hoani Lambert (Ngati Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) is responsible for advocating for children and young people’s interests across the government system, ensuring their voices are at the centre of government policy, service design and delivery. Read Hoani's biography.

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Dr Sana Nakata, Lecturer in Political Science, ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Fellow (2016-2019) and Co-Director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, the University of Melbourne 

Trained as a lawyer and political theorist, her research is centred upon developing an approach for thinking politically about childhood in ways that improve the capacity of adult decision-makers to act in their interests. Read Dr Nakata's biography.

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Sharon Nelson-Kelly, Senior Advisor, First Peoples Programs and Strategy, ANZSOG

Sharon is NZ Māori – Rongomaiwahine ki Kahungungu from Pakipaki, Hawkes Bay.  She has been living in Australia for the past 12 years, and has comprehensive operational and strategic experience working in human services in the government sector over a 25 year period in New Zealand, ACT and VIC. Read Sharon's biography. 

sarah maddison

Professor Sarah Maddison, Professor and Co-Director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, the University of Melbourne 

Sarah's areas of research expertise include reconciliation and conflict transformation, Indigenous political culture, and social movements. Read Professor Maddison's biography

Liz marsden

Liz Marsden, General Manager, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services (a subsidiary of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi) (NZ) 

Liz has more than 30 years experience working within the social services sectors both in government and non-government agencies. Read Liz's biography


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Damien Miller, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Soft Power, Partnerships and Research

Mr Miller previously served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador to Denmark, Norway and Iceland (2013-2017); Deputy Ambassador to Germany (2010-2013) and at the Australian High Commission in Malaysia (2000-2003). He joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1995. Read Damien's biography. 

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Lydia Miller, Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Australia Council for the Arts

A Kuku Yalanji woman from Far North Queensland, Ms Miller has a wealth of experience in the arts and cultural sector spanning some 30 years as a performer, artistic director, producer, administrator, senior executive and advocate. Read Lydia's biography


Romlie Mokak
Romlie Mokak, CEO, The Lowitja Institute

Romlie has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research since 2014. Under his leadership, the Institute is transforming into a leading research and policy impact organisation in Australia, while extending its global networks and partnerships. Read Romlie's biography

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Paulina Motlop, Director, Aboriginal Education Teaching and Learning, the Department of Education (WA)

Paulina has a wealth of experience in education, including as a teacher and academic tutor in Western Australia, and as a teacher and school leader in the Northern Territory. Read Paulina's biography. 

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Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, ARC Research Fellow, Indigenous Studies Unit, University of Melbourne

Lyndon has been involved in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiations at the local, national and international level focused on Indigenous communities in the area of information technology, cultural heritage, materials conservation and repatriation.  Read Dr Ormond-Parker's biography

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Elly Patira, Aboriginal Affairs Policy, Department of Premier and Cabinet (VIC)

Elly is an indigenous woman with links to Gunai and Ngapuhi country. She is a lawyer and policy advisor with broad experience across constitutional, indigenous and minority rights law and policy, both domestically and internationally. Read Elly's biography.


Linnae Pohatu, Tumuaki Director Māori and Pacific Development, Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum (NZ)

Linnae started at Auckland Museum in 2012. Her role is designed to enhance the Museum’s relationship with Māori and Pacific, embed the Museum’s Māori and Pacific strategies across Auckland Museum. Linnae co-leads Auckland Museum’s Human Remains Repatriation Programme. Read Linnae's biography. 


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Steven Renata, CEO, KIWA Digital (NZ) 

KIWA Digital is a Māori owned and operated digital technology business working in the intersection between language and technology for more than 15 years. Read Steven's biography

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Geoff Richardson, Executive, First Nations Development Services

Geoff is a descendant of the Miriam people of Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Strait and the Kuku Yalanji/Tjapukai peoples of Cairns and lower Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. Read Geoff's biography. 


craig ritchie
Craig Ritchie, CEO, The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Craig is one of growing cohort of senior Indigenous public servants who provide significant leadership in the broader whole-of-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, particularly as a member of the APS Indigenous SES Network. Read Craig's biography.  

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Josh Smith, Executive Director, Aboriginal Victoria 

After practising law as a solicitor for the NSW Crown Solicitors Office and at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Josh has held executive positions within the Victorian public service across family violence, health and human services portfolios. Read Josh's biography. 

Leila Smith

Leila Smith, Deputy CEO, Aurora Education Foundation

Prior to the Aurora Education Foundation, Leila was the Knowledge Translation Manager at the Lowitja Institute, and a Senior Management Consultant at Nous Group.Read Leila's biography. 

Maggie Walter Guest Presenter
Maggie Walter, Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania.

Maggie Walter (PhD) is palawa, descending from the pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Briggs family. Read Maggie's biography. 

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