Conference Speakers

Speaker Biographies

Ceremony and Keynote Speakers

Opening Ceremony

Rohan Mahadevan

CEO of Paypal Asia 

As PayPal’s CEO of Asia, Rohan Mahadevan provides strategic direction for one of the company’s fastest-growing regions covering many of the largest commerce markets in the world, including Greater China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for increasing the company’s presence and local payment capabilities to capitalize on the explosive growth of e-commerce and m-commerce across all Asian markets. His deep knowledge of PayPal’s products and capabilities drives the company vision of enabling secure payments anytime, anywhere and any way for millions of Asian consumers.

Rohan has been with PayPal since 2004 in various leadership roles. Prior to his current position, he held the dual roles of Vice President of Global Cross Border Trade and Vice President of Latin America. As VP of Global Cross Border Trade, he was responsible for defining and executing PayPal’s cross-border strategy to enable 123 million PayPal users to conveniently and safely purchase from international merchants in 190 markets. As VP of Latin America, he led the strategy and localization of PayPal’s services for domestic consumers and merchants and partners in Brazil and Mexico, opened up PayPal’s first offices in these markets with Spanish and Portuguese language support, and accelerated cross-border trade across this region.

His passion to work and understand the challenges of growing businesses is not new; his career started with his own start-up where he was founder and CEO of Aftermind Inc., a software company in the aftermarket protection industry.

Before he started his own company, Rohan was a post-doctoral scientist at Cambridge University, England. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University in the field of astrophysics.

John Lord

Chairman of Huawei Technologies Australia

John has been Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd since 2011 and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Corrections Advisory Committee.  In a voluntary capacity he is Chairman of the Defence Bank Foundation and Patron of the Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Melbourne.  Previously he has been Chairman of the Victorian Veterans Council, a Director of the Victorian Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board, a member of the Victoria Defence Council, Chairman of DMS Maritime Systems Pty Ltd, and Managing Director of the Marine Board of Victoria. John was also an Executive Director of P&O Maritime Services responsible for global operations and government business and served on Company Boards in Ireland, UK, South Africa and Singapore.  He served with the Royal Australian Navy for over 36 years during which time he saw active service in Vietnam, had two warship commands, and was the Head of Defence Education and Training. He retired as the Fleet Commander responsible for Australian naval operations worldwide with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Keynotes

Brad Bass

2007 Co-Nobel Peace Prize laureate as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Dr. Brad Bass received is PhD in Geography from Penn State University, in 1989. He has been working with green walls in since 1996, and in 1998, he co-authored Greenbacks from Green Roofs, the first green roof publication intended for Canadian audiences.   He helped establish the first green roof field site in North America and pioneered the use of simulation models to assess the potential for green roofs to reduce energy consumption.  Dr. Bass has spoken extensively on how green infrastructure could enhance urban biodiversity and has written a manual on constructing an integrated green wall-biofilter system to treat wastewater. In 2010, he ran a field course where his students had to build an ecological shower that recycled all of its waste.

Dr. Bass has been very active in climate change research, chairing the Weather Generator Project for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme – Biological Aspects of the Hydrologic Cycle, developing the Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Netwrok and working with the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. In 2012, Dr. Bass was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Green Roof Research, and was one of the scientists that contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In 1999, Dr. Bass led the development of the first version of COBWEB (Complexity and Organized Behaviour Within Environmental Bounds), an agent-based simulation model that was intended to explore how a population adapts to climate change and the new structures that would emerge during this process. Since its original development, it has been applied to numerous science and social science disciplines, including neuroscience, ecology, soil chemistry, economics, economic geography, social psychology and sociolgy. In 2013, Dr. Bass founded the University Research Experience in Complex Systems, which provides secondary school and university students opportunities to use COBWEB to conduct their own research on complexity using computer simulation. Most recently, Dr. Bass has recently been named as an Associate Executive Director of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology.

Dermot O’Gormon

Australia, China, and the Pacific CEO for World Wide Fund for Nature 

Dermot has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, including 15 years as CEO in the WWF offices of Australia, China and the Pacific.

As a WWF CEO, Dermot has been responsible for delivering major conservation and sustainable development initiatives, from those with significant global impact to those with tangible on-ground results.

Under Dermot’s leadership, since 2010, WWF-Australia has undertaken a unique combination of field projects, strategic partnerships with business, and powerful advocacy campaigns.

Dermot also has a keen interest in the development of digital technologies and has overseen substantial growth in WWF Australia’s supporter base to nearly one million supporters, as well as the organisation’s digital influence and impact.

Dermot is chairman of the WWF Asia-Pacific CEOs Growth Group; is on the Board of the Australian Council for International Development; has led WWF’s Global Conservation Committee (2007-2010); was a member of the China Green entrepreneurs club (2008-2010); was on the 2014 Australian C20 Committee, and is a founder of the Australian (Business) Climate Roundtable.

Ultimately, Dermot’s passion lies in the big picture of conservation, actively working with businesses, international development agencies, NGOs and community groups towards a planet where humans live in harmony with nature.

Dermot has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Master of Science from London School of Economics and degrees from University of London and Southern Cross University.

Damian Kassabgi 

Director of Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Uber 

Damian Kassabgi is the Head of Public Policy for Uber Asia Pacific. He leads Uber’s team responsible for working with policy makers and third parties to make a positive case for change to help create a favourable environment for ridesharing and other innovations in transport.

Before Uber, Damian worked as a public policy executive at Google Australia, which involved partnering with government on transport matters through the Google Maps application.

Prior to that Damian was Senior Adviser for the Digital Economy & Transport to Prime Minister of Australia.

During his tenure in Australia Government he served two Prime Ministers. Viz., Hon. Kevin Rudd and Hon. Julia Gillard.

Damian has also worked in political offices for State Government in Australia, including as an advisor to the former Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Bob Carr.

Courtney Miller

Former General Manager of Australian Fashion Chamber; McKell Institute Fellow 

Courtney Miller was formally the General Manager of the peak industry body for fashion, the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC). The AFC is Australia’s industry body united by the vision to strengthen, promote and develop Australian fashion design by nurturing talent and originality, domestically and globally.

Courtney was born and bred in the seaside town of Byron Bay before living, traveling and working across in the globe in places as wide ranging as Sardinia, Paris and Kenya. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations, a Masters in Communications and is a French speaker who attended France’s premier political university, Sciences Po, Paris for which she has a diploma.

Courtney was formerly the Head of Communications at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (the MCA). She worked as a Ministerial advisor for the Hon Bill Shorten (now Opposition Leader of the Labor Party).

She has worked on a variety of Federal Government policy and legislation ranging from Free Trade Agreements at the Department of Finance (including the recently concluded FTA’s Japan, Korea and China) through to consumer credit, tourism and the future of Australia’s workplaces as a Ministerial advisor. She has an in-depth understanding on the nature of government and its operations as well as a passion for the creative.

Courtney currently lives and works in Singapore as a policy consultant for AlphaBeta across the APAC region and is a McKell Institute Fellow.

Richard Henfrey

Chief Operating Officer, Blackmores

Richard Henfrey has more than 25 years of experience in strategic and business development roles across a wide range of blue chip, start up and strategy consulting businesses in Europe, North America and Australia, including key leadership positions with Telstra. Much of his career has focused on developing and implementing new businesses or change initiatives in the highly regulated industries of healthcare and telecommunications.

Richard joined Blackmores in 2009 as the Director of People and Strategy and became Director of the Blackmores Strategic Sourcing Division in 2011. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Richard served as Board President of the industry association Complementary Medicines Australia from 2011 to 2015. He leads a positive approach to engagement with regulators and governments to advocate for a greater recognition of complementary medicines in the development of health policy and improved regulation of complementary medicines. Richard is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kalee Kapoor

Founder of HopeInU

Kalee is a founding member of HopeInU, a not for profit organisation in India. HopeInU is India’s first women-focused active citizenship organisation that empowers university students and builds active, inclusive and gender-sensitive communities. Young people in urban India, especially women, face a scope of issues relating to everything from safety to harassment to restrictions on personal freedom. Through engaging workshops, grassroots work, mentorship opportunities, community development, and focused closed group sessions we hope to give them the skills to deal with these issues and change society for the better–creating a new normal for women in India.

Kalee has been a director of this organisation for the past two years. She has been active in building a network with 50 partner colleges and has reached out to 5,000 girls. She is currently in Australia completing her Masters degree at the University of Sydney – so that she can greater facilitate the development of the organisations vision in the future.

University Day

Michael Spence

25th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney

Dr Michael Spence is the 25th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. An alumnus of the University, Dr Spence graduated with first-class honours in English, Italian and law.

His other languages include Chinese and Korean. Dr Spence lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council prior to departing from Australia and establishing himself at the University of Oxford in order to undertake doctoral studies.

At Oxford, Dr Spence obtained a Doctor of Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology. He became a Fellow of St Catherine’s College at Oxford, and during his 20 years at the college, he headed Oxford’s law faculty and social sciences division, one of the four divisions that make up the University of Oxford.

Dr Spence is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory. His work includes articles and books on both intellectual property law and the law of obligations, with a critical focus on suggested ethical and economic justifications of the existing regimes.

John Shields

Deputy Dean (Education) of the University of Sydney Business School 

John Shields is Deputy Dean (Education) of the University of Sydney Business School and Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. John holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sydney (1990). His principal areas of research and teaching include performance management, reward management, executive remuneration and corporate governance, and business and labour history. He is currently engaged in national and international collaborative research projects in the fields of strategic reward configuration, predictors of employee pay preferences, the impact of the director human and social capital on firm financial performance, and the relationship between employee emotional intelligence, cultural value orientation and workplace wellbeing.

Simon Tormey

Head of the University of Sydney School of Social and Political Sciences 

Simon Tormey is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Prior to his appointment at Sydney in 2009, he was Professor and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham UK. He was educated at the University of Wales, Swansea receiving his doctorate in 1991.

Simon has wide interests across politics, critical theory, philosophy and history. He is the author of numerous books and articles which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Italian, French, Hungarian and German. His current research concerns the causes and consequences of the contemporary crisis of representative politics.

Closing Ceremony

Dr Vivek Murphy

Former Surgeon General of the United States 

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19 th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 to 2017. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally. During his tenure, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis. He also issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, calling for expanded access to prevention and treatment and for recognizing addiction as a chronic illness, not a character flaw. An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy has co-founded a number of organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India; Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators; software company TrialNetworks; and Doctors for America. Murthy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his MD at Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ong Keng Yong

Former Secretary-General of ASEAN; Executive Deputy Chairman of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University 

Ambassador ONG Keng Yong is Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at- Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran. Mr Ong also serves as Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF).

Mr Ong was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. He served as Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), based in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2003 to January 2008.

Mr Ong started his diplomatic career in 1979 and was posted to the Singapore Embassies in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the United States of America. He was Singapore’s High Commissioner to India and concurrently Ambassador to Nepal from 1996 to 1998. From September 1998 to December 2002, he was Press Secretary to the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Goh Chok Tong. At the same time, Mr Ong held senior appointments in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the People’s Association in Singapore. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Mr Ong graduated from the then University of Singapore with a LLB (Hons) and the Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA) with a MA in Arab Studies.

Conference Track Speakers

Business & the World Economy

GLOBALIZATION AND BUSINESS EXPANSION (8/19 1-3 PM)

John Brumby

Board Director of Huawei Australia and National President of Australia China Business Council

The Hon. John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.

During his time as Treasurer and then Premier, Mr. Brumby forged closer links with China, releasing Victoria’s first ever China Strategy, visiting China on numerous occasions opening new trade and investment offices in Nanjing and Shanghai and officially welcoming then Vice President Xi Jinping to Melbourne in 2010.

Since retiring from politics, Mr. Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund;
  • Chairman of Citywide Solutions Pty Ltd;
  • Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd;
  • Professorial Fellow at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University;
  • Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute;
  • Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation; and
  • National President of the Australia China Business Council.

In addition, Mr. Brumby is also involved in a range of other organisations.  He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Victoria.  He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (Advanced).

Amanda Budde-Sung

Senior Lecturer in International Business, University of Sydney Business School

Dr. Amanda Budde-Sung is a senior lecturer in International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. Her research interests include cross-cultural management, international intellectual property management, and global business ethics. She has a B.A. (with Honors) from Smith College, with majors in government and economics. She earned an MBA focusing on international business, and a Ph.D. in International Business Management, from the University of Hawaii. Prior to entering academia, she worked in management consulting for several years, and she now teaches multiple courses on topics within international business. She received the Students’ Choice Teaching Award at the University of Sydney Business School in 2014. She serves on the University of Sydney Business School’s Board of Undergraduate Studies and is the Vice President of the Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB) Board. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of World Business. She has lived in five countries and speaks French and Japanese. She is currently studying Spanish. She is a certified yoga instructor, and volunteers with the Sydney Writers’ Festival each year.

Karthik Ramanna

Professor of Business and Public Policy and Director of the Master of Public Policy Programme at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government

Mr. Ramanna joined Oxford in September 2016 after nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School, where he also held the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship in ethics and the Marvin Bower Fellowship. Professor Ramanna received his Ph.D. from MIT. At Oxford, he is a fellow of St. John’s College. As Director of the Master of Public Policy Programme, which aspires to be the world’s preeminent programme for public-leadership development, Mr. Ramanna is responsible for its strategy and operation.

Professor Ramanna’s scholarship explores the role of business leaders in shaping the basic rules that govern market societies. His 2015 book Political Standards (University of Chicago Press) studies the political and economic forces that have shaped financial-reporting standards over the previous 30 years. He argues that accounting rulemaking is an allegory for the “thin political markets” where businesses shape – and sometimes subvert – the essential technical edifices of our economy.

Professor Ramanna has authored over a dozen original research articles in leading professional outlets such as the Journal of Accounting & Economics and the Harvard Business Review. His scholarship has won awards from numerous bodies such as the American Accounting Association. He is also a prolific author of case studies, having written more than thirty cases over the past decade. In 2017, he was awarded the international Case Centre’s Outstanding Case-Writer prize, dubbed by the Financial Times as “the business school Oscars.” He has helped establish and now leads a case-writing institute at Oxford’s Blavatnik School. The institute aims to bring this powerful participant-centred pedagogy to public-leadership education.

Oskar Tetzlaff

Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company

Oskar Tetzlaff is an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Sydney office and a leader in the Telecommunications, B2B Marketing and Sales, and Recovery and Transformation Services Practices.

Oskar has nine years of experience working with B2B and B2B2C companies on commercial transformation topics, with a particular focus on commercial transformation, pricing, sales force effectiveness, sales compensation and frontline capability building programs. Oskar serves clients in many sectors, with a particular focus on telecommunications and industrial goods.

Oskar has advised and contributed to over 50 global transformations, mostly in regard to B2B/Enterprise levers as well as broader top-line/margin improvement. This has included leading a holistic two-year transformation for an Asian incumbent provider as well as a three-year transformation of a global agriculture player with a presence in over 90 countries. Oskar successfully expanded the transformation of the agriculture company to include capability, digital and advanced analytics programs. In addition, Oskar has developed an international enterprise services strategy for a major Asian telco, which led to major realignment of the company’s expansion strategy.

Oskar received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Jack Zhang

Co-founder and CEO of Airwallex

Jack Zhang is co-founder and CEO of Airwallex, a multinational cross-border payments platform. The company has raised US $16 million in funds from investors including Tencent, Sequoia Capital China and Mastercard.

Prior to founding Airwallex, Jack was a foreign exchange solution designer at NAB and ANZ, where he was responsible for their respective digital forex trading platforms. A Melbourne University graduate, he has over a decade of experience in foreign exchange trading and investment banking across London, Melbourne and Hong Kong.

MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IN THE MODERN AGE (8/21 4-6 PM)

Vinnie Lauria

Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

Vinnie is entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 30 investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.

Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience with more than 10,000 members.

Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering.

Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems. He joined his first startup while still in high school. His latest activities can be followed here: @vlauria

Nick Molnar

Co-founder and CEO of Afterpay Holdings Ltd

Afterpay Co-Founder and CEO Nick Molnar has raised the profile of ‘FinTech’ immensely over the last 12 months and at the tender age of only 27, he is one to watch for years to come. With his retail experience and out of the box thinking, Nick brings a refreshing addition to the retail space; an industry that was still tied to traditional financial models and practices.

Nick has been in the online retail industry for close to 10 years. A born entrepreneur, Nick started selling jewellery at school and soon realised how to create a successful business online. Prior to establishing Afterpay, Nick launched leading American online jeweller, Ice.com, into Australia which he successfully grew to become the largest online-only jewellery and watch retailer. From becoming the most successful jewellery store on eBay to launching Iceonline.com.au, it was just a matter of time before he embarked on his next venture.

Nick is a true leader in every sense of the word. He leads through example and inspires his staff every day. He is the quintessential multi-talented entrepreneur possessing the rare ability to effortlessly transition from consumer finance to consumer marketing and everything in between. He is not one to shy away from hard work and despite his obvious success, remains incredibly humble.

A few of his achievements include:

-Afterpay successfully listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in May 2016

-Since listing, Afterpay has grown to 840,000 customers and 6000 retailers

-Afterpay has processes 15 per cent of total online fashion sales in Australia

Sam Nickless

Partner and COO at Gilbert + Tobin

Sam is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. He is responsible for the firm’s operational functions and plays a leadership role in the development and implementation of the firm’s overall strategy. With a focus on technology and innovation, Sam drives the firm to challenge the status quo, particularly in relation to the delivery of legal services.

Sam represents the firm on the board of LegalVision, a technology-based legal start-up which is partly owned by Gilbert + Tobin.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2015, Sam worked in innovation and strategy roles for corporates in mature industries facing disruption. He was Head of Property Innovations at GPT Group, steering its response to the disruptive threats to its retail and office portfolios. Sam led GPT’s investment in on-demand workspace platform LiquidSpace and represented GPT on its Board.

Sam has also worked as an executive at Aristocrat Leisure, National Australia Bank and as a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he served a range of clients in financial services, retail, agribusiness and telecommunications, with a focus on strategy and organisation. Sam has Economics and Law degrees from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ian Pollari

Global co-leader for KPMG Fintech practice

Ian Pollari is a partner at KPMG and is currently the Global Co-Lead for KPMG’s Fintech practice.  He is also the Head of KPMG’s Banking Sector in Australia and on the Board of Stone & Chalk.

Ian has over 16 years’ experience servicing clients in the financial services industry and brings knowledge and insights into the experiences of local and international banks, payment providers and fintech start-ups in areas such as strategy development, market entry and digital innovation.  He is currently working with a number of financial institutions, in Australia and globally, to enhance their understanding of the fintech landscape and helping them develop their fintech and innovation strategies and operating models. He has also advised Government and regulatory agencies in relation to fintech and digital developments.

Prior to joining KPMG, Ian worked at Telstra Corporation in Strategy for Business & Government.

Jamie Twiss

Managing Director at Americas for First State Investments

James Twiss is the Managing Director, Americas for First State Investments (‘FSI’). In his role, James is responsible for the establishment of a US presence and is currently focused on building the business. This includes developing infrastructure, including regulatory approvals, and building relationships with current / potential clients and asset consultants.

He is a member of the Colonial First State Global Asset Management Executive Committee.

Prior to joining FSI in July 2011, James was the General Manager, Cross-Business Unit projects, Group Strategic Development at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In this role, James was responsible for leading a team that manages high-profile strategic projects for the Group from inception to the implementation stage.

Prior to this, James worked at McKinsey & Company, where he spent several years developing and implementing market entry strategies.

James holds an AB from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford and is proficient in Russian.

Entrepreneurship & Technology

Bootstrapping the 3rd Wave: Emerging Technologies and The Evolution of Industry (8/19 1-3 PM)

Tianyi (Joe) Zhu (朱天怡)

Tianyi Joe is an international entrepreneur and angel investor, 2017 AABDC 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business award recipient, and co-founder/partner for the SmartHealth Activator, a biotech accelerator and venture firm in North Chicago. Recently, SmartHealth announced a partnership with Rosalind Franklin University to build a $50 million biotech research and innovation park. Lake County Partners estimates the first phase of the project will create 498 jobs and have an annual economic impact of $117 million.

Tianyi Joe is also a co-founder of West Suburban Angels, and is the founder and chairman of the Zhu Holdings Group Company which just recently opened Cooper China, the China operations of the famous Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. Cooper China just had its grand opening of a 250,000 square foot health clinic in Nanjing, China.

Tianyi is a proverbial serial entrepreneur getting his start at the age of 19, when he founded Life&Qi, an eastern medicine supplier that operated through partnerships with companies in China. He’s since then founded many others, and has recorded exits in both his personal ventures as well as investments.

Tianyi was recognized by Hennessy’s with their “Never Stop, Never Settle” entrepreneurship award, and received the honor of Mandarin Leader for Entrepreneurship in 2015. In his personal life, Tianyi is a professional boxer, having competed in the 2008 Chinese Olympic Trials and trained with the Chinese National Team, and was a IKF Amateur Thai Boxing World Champion.

Nima Baiati

Investment Banker turned Technology Product Leader, Mr. Baiati serves as the Senior Director of Product Management and Corporate Development at Absolute Software. In this regard, he works as the GM of Absolute’s Persistence security portfolio which encompasses firmware persistence (embedded in over 1BN devices through HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.), application persistence and IoT security.  Mr. Baiati is also responsible for developing and driving the technology ecosystem, corporate development (e.g. M&A) and global partnerships at Absolute Software.

Prior to Absolute, he was the head of global go-to-market strategy at Symantec, where he also worked with the team responsible for turning Symantec into a pure-play cybersecurity company by spinning-off the information management business to The Carlyle Group.

A passionate entrepreneur, Mr. Baiati  has worked in several start-ups in technology in business development and marketing roles, ultimately mastering expansion and the vision of scalability across companies.  Mr. Baiati began his career in banking at Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Baiati earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and received his M.B.A. from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  He was also a Fellow of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at Cornell University and a recipient of the 2017 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business Award.  

He resides in San Francisco with his wife and three young children.

Annie Luu

Annie is the Head of Asia for Investible. Investible is an early-stage investment group that provides high potential founders the financial, human, and intellectual capital needed to scale. Investible’s mission is to de-risk angel investment on a global scale, through developing a comprehensive methodology to source, screen, secure, and support the best early stage tech companies.

Annie has delivered 5 x accelerator programs in Australia, and is coaching start-up teams on founder chemistry, pitching, business development, and raising seed capital.

Annie has a double degree in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and she holds a diverse background in technology, operations, sales, project management, and human potential growth, enabling her to develop a novel training mechanisms for portfolio start ups. Last year, she organized Australia’s first OTEC Phoenix Pitch Competition for the Beijing (Chaoyang) Government, where she took the top 2 most innovative companies to pitch alongside 70 internationally renowned companies.

Annie is passionate about building a strong Asian entrepreneurial ecosystem to support start-ups in scaling across the continent, a capacity driving her motivation at Investible.

Caitlin Iles
Caitlin is an experienced venture capitalist, angel investor, advisor, serial entrepreneur, and keynote speaker.

As a venture capitalist, Caitlin has helped to raise close to $100m and establish Australia’s largest portfolio of early stage start-ups. As a result she knows what drives individuals and businesses to succeed.

Caitlin started her career in advertising and has since gone on to work with and establish businesses in the Middle East (UAE), Europe, USA, and domestically in Australia.

Caitlin’s entrepreneurial DNA, combined with her concern about the ongoing lack of women in senior leadership roles (especially the technology sector), has driven her to establish Xchange, an EduTech business that will provide female entrepreneurs (existing and aspiring) with the education, experience, support and investment capital to produce successful, globally scalable businesses.

Start-Ups in an age of saturation – Ideation to Tteration, Founding to Funding (8/21 4-6 PM)

Tianyi (Joe) Zhu (朱天怡)

Tianyi Joe is an international entrepreneur and angel investor, 2017 AABDC 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business award recipient, and co-founder/partner for the SmartHealth Activator, a biotech accelerator and venture firm in North Chicago. Recently, SmartHealth announced a partnership with Rosalind Franklin University to build a $50 million biotech research and innovation park. Lake County Partners estimates the first phase of the project will create 498 jobs and have an annual economic impact of $117 million.

Tianyi Joe is also a co-founder of West Suburban Angels, and is the founder and chairman of the Zhu Holdings Group Company which just recently opened Cooper China, the China operations of the famous Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. Cooper China just had its grand opening of a 250,000 square foot health clinic in Nanjing, China.

Tianyi is a proverbial serial entrepreneur getting his start at the age of 19, when he founded Life&Qi, an eastern medicine supplier that operated through partnerships with companies in China. He’s since then founded many others, and has recorded exits in both his personal ventures as well as investments.

Tianyi was recognized by Hennessy’s with their “Never Stop, Never Settle” entrepreneurship award, and received the honor of Mandarin Leader for Entrepreneurship in 2015. In his personal life, Tianyi is a professional boxer, having competed in the 2008 Chinese Olympic Trials and trained with the Chinese National Team, and was a IKF Amateur Thai Boxing World Champion.

Josephine Macmillan

Josephine Macmillan (麦佳慧) is in her final year of a dual Laws and Arts degree from the University of Queensland. Majoring in Art History with electives in French and Chinese, she spent last semester at Peking University in Beijing. In 2015, Josephine interned at the Queensland Art Gallery where she helped to launch a corporate and government sponsorship network for the Asia Pacific Triennial exhibition. Since then, she has become increasingly passionate about cross-cultural engagement in the Asia Pacific.

Last year, Josephine was awarded the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarship for Asian Exchange. Before spending a semester in Hong Kong, Josephine volunteered in rural China, teaching English in Gansu and Guizhou. This gave her insight into the disparity that exists in China and the challenges this poses to its development. This year, Josephine was elected as Managing-Director of the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and she has launched an online and in-person peer-mentoring program between ACYA and charity, Educating Girls of Rural China.

Earlier this year, Josephine worked with King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai. She found working in law in China to be fascinating and challenging, requiring a more consulting mindset due to the developing nature of the legal system and the role of government. Following her experience studying and working in Hong Kong and China, Josephine was engaged by The Legal Forecast (TLF) to lead their Asia insights project ‘TLF: Asia’. The project aims to understand and report on the status of legal-tech and legal innovation in the region, taking into consideration country-specific opportunities and constraints.

James Alexander

Founder of INCUBATE

James Alexander is the Founder and Program Manager at INCUBATE, Australia’s multi-award winning and largest student startup startup accelerator program. Based on-campus and supported by the University of Sydney and the University of Sydney Union INCUBATE has funded and graduated 70 startups launched by students, researchers and alumni who have gone on to raise over $10 million in seed funding, create over 120 jobs and have a combined valuation of over $50 million and growing fast.

Chris Gilbert

Chris has a professional background in investment banking and management consulting. He has been named in Forbes 30 under 30 for Venture Capital in Asia and is considered a thought leader in the startup investment space, frequently appearing in the AFR and Sky Business News. Chris is a member of the EY Growth “Global Accelerating Entrepreneurs Program” and regularly speaks at conferences about digital disruption and transformation. Equitise is a capital raising platform founded in 2014. We are currently positioned as market leaders in the online equity funding space in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Since inception, Equitise has accrued over 8,000 members on the platform and almost 31,000 total members in our distribution list, raising over $20m for 27 different businesses.

Environment & Sustainability

Moderator: Oscar Metcalfe

Oscar Metcalfe is a postgraduate student at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra.  He is interested in integrating individual, group and trans-sectoral change processes toward governance for addressing unruly problems, considering squaring who we are with real-world challenges as fundamental to building agency and resilient solutions for challenges emerging from the confluence of climate, environmental, social and economic change.  Seeing tremendous opportunity in the space between organisations, he takes the attitude of ‘better together’, valuing curiosity, enthusiasm and kindness to temper critique for productive trust-based relationships and distributed leadership.

In alignment with his values, he is currently actively volunteering in the Australian Capital Territory’s strategic climate planning blueprint.  This process seeks to engage the whole community to achieve net-zero emissions for the ACT by 2050 at the latest, including government, community and business sectors.  His contribution has been to listen for and relate back emergent themes, encourage transsectoral relationships and to help shape digital engagement processes.

Originally trained as an environmental engineer, Oscar has experience across infrastructure, catchment management, land rehabilitation, post-disaster and development projects in remote, rural and urban environments in Australia and Romania, including as a volunteer in the Philippines and Indonesia.  Building on studies in process facilitation, community and international development, he sees collaborative development of public policy as key to collectively developing solutions for meeting complex challenges.  He aims to use his diverse experience in service of eliciting the collective insight of participants for HPAIR Sydney 2017.

Environmental Agency (8/19 1-3 PM)

Clare Penrose

Director of Climate Change Policy, Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning

Clare Penrose has worked in climate change, energy and environment policy at the state, national and international levels for almost 15 years. Clare took a leading role in establishing the Climate Change Authority, the independent agency that advises the Australian Parliament on climate change policy. She was also a senior adviser on climate, energy and environment policy to two Australian Prime Ministers and worked on the introduction of Australia’s first national carbon price. Clare was General Manager Asia Pacific for the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, where she worked collaboratively with Australian and overseas governments, researchers and corporations across the Asia Pacific region to support technological solutions to climate change and energy security. Clare has degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies and is currently completing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Melbourne.

David Ritter

Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

David Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He has been with Greenpeace for nine years, campaigning to secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all its amazing diversity. Prior to joining Greenpeace, he worked as a lawyer and academic. David is a widely published commentator on politics, law, history and current affairs. He is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia, and a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Sydney Democracy Network, both at Sydney University.

Leslie Hughes

Distinguished Professor of BiologyMacquarie University

Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems.

She is a former federal Climate Commissioner and former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report. She is also a Director for WWF Australia, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the Director of the Biodiversity Node for the NSW Adaptation Hub and a member of the expert advisory committee for Future Earth Australia.

Michael McWalter

Vice President, Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources

Michael McWalter is a geological specialist in petroleum exploration and production regulation, administration, and institutional development with over 37 years’ experience of the oil and gas industry, predominantly in the Ministries and Agencies of newly-emerging oil and gas producing nations. He is graduate of the University of Cambridge, England. He has spent much of his working life in Papua New Guinea where he joined the Geological Survey in 1987 and subsequently became Director of the Petroleum Division in the Dept. of Mining and Petroleum, and then Adviser. Since 2004, he has under taken many assignments for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID, which have taken him to Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, South Sudan, Seychelles, Cambodia, and Turkmenistan. He is Vice-President of the Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources, President of the Asia-Pacific Regional of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a lay member of the Finance Board of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of PNG and the Solomon Islands, and a Director of the Board of Transparency International – Papua New Guinea. He is an advocate of good governance in the petroleum industry though the establishment of sound institutional development, use of best technical practices, and good management and administration of the sector.

Environmental Justice (8/21 4-6 PM)

Charlie Hargroves

Sustainable Development Fellow, University of Adelaide

Dr Charlie Hargroves is a world renowned sustainable development author, researcher and consultant – working in Colorado with Hunter Lovins in 2004/05. After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2000, and working as a practicing civil/structural design engineer, Charlie worked with his team on 5 books (selling over 85,000 copies in 6 languages) and has developed 2 comprehensive online education programs, 16 book chapters, 11 peer reviewed journal papers, 27 conference papers, and delivered over 50 keynote presentations and guest lectures around the world. The first book won the Australian Banksia Award for Environmental Leadership, Education and Training in 2005, and the two released in 2010 were ranked among the ‘Top 40 Sustainability Books’ in the world that year by the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Program. Charlie works on a number of national and international projects focused on understanding how to achieve greater sustainability outcomes, in particular those related to the low carbon transition. Charlie is a full member of the Club of Rome, an expert advisor to the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, and a member of the Decoupling Working Group of the UN International Resource Panel. Charlie has a PhD in Carbon Structural Adjustment, is a sustainable development fellow at the University of Adelaide, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, working with Professor Peter Newman.

Ashok Swain

UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, Uppsala University

Ashok Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, the UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, and the Director of Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1991, and since then he has been teaching at the Uppsala University. He has been a Mac Arthur Fellow at the University of Chicago, visiting fellow at UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva; and visiting professor at University Witwatersrand, University of Science, Malaysia, University of British Columbia, University of Maryland, Stanford University, McGill University, Tufts University and University of Natural Sciences and Life Sciences, Vienna. He has written extensively on new security challenges, environment, conflict and peace, and water sharing issues. He has worked as a consultant on environment and development issues for various UN agencies, OSCE, NATO, EU, Arab League, IISS, Governments of Sweden, Netherlands, UK and Singapore.

Mark Diesendorf

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, UNSW

Dr Mark Diesendorf has a BSc (Hons) in physics from University of Sydney and a PhD in applied mathematics from University of New South Wales (now UNSW Sydney). He teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable energy, energy policy, sustainable urban transport, theory of sustainability, ecological economics, and practical processes by which government, business and other organisations can achieve ecologically sustainable and socially just development.

Prior to joining the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW Australia in 2004, he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO in the 1980s, senior lecturer in Human Ecology at the Australian National University (1994-1996), then Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (1996-2001), and then Director of the private consultancy Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd (2001-2007).

He was Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies from 2004 until its closure in 2015. He continued as Associate Professor in the new Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies network at UNSW. In mid-2016 he ‘retired’, continuing his research as Honorary Associate Professor.

He is co-editor with Clive Hamilton of the interdisciplinary book Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable FutureAllen & Unwin (1997) and author of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy (2007) and Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions (2009), both published by UNSW Press. His latest book, Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change, was published by UNSW Press, Sydney, and Routledge-Earthscan, London, in 2014.

Aimé Saba

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Australian Civilian Corps

Aimé Saba has worked in the field of international development, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding and peacekeeping for over 10 years. He is a sessional lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Sydney and UNSW on International Development (Program Evaluation), the United Nations, International Relations theories, while completing his PhD thesis at the University of Sydney. Aimé recently returned to Sydney after serving as a civilian peacekeeper with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in Monrovia and was a French news producer and broadcaster at the UN Radio Station (UNMIL Radio) and has in the past, briefly served on the Iraq desk of the Department of Political Affairs at the UN Secretariat HQ in New York. Aimé also worked for the Australian Government’s overseas aid program (AusAID) between 2005 and 2010 on humanitarian programmes on various country desks including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, North Korea, and the Philippines. He has also worked for a number of research centres on Pakistan’s internal security threats at Bradford University’s Pakistan Security Research Unit; at the South African Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg; and at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Burundi, in the area of dissemination of norms of International Humanitarian Law. Aimé is an accredited Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and is currently part of the Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) Cadre with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a deployable pool of experts in humanitarian emergencies, stabilisation and recovery programmes in post-disaster areas.

Aimé holds a MA in Peace Studies and International Development (Bradford, UK) and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University. He is currently working with his colleague Patricia Garcia, AO to establish an inter-disciplinary network and Hub at the University of Sydney dedicated to achievements in the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, after being trained at the UN System Staff College, by Professor Jeffrey Sachs (key architect of the SDGs and Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General).

Security & Diplomacy

Hard Power (8/19 1-3 PM)

Dr. Carl Ungerer

Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy 

Dr Carl Ungerer is the Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has over 20 years of experience as both a practitioner and academic in international security affairs.

He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Queensland, an MA in Asian Studies from Griffith University and post-graduate diplomas in both education and foreign affairs and trade.

Between 2012-13, he was the Senior Adviser to the Australian Foreign Minister. His previous appointments include: Director of the National Security Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; senior Strategic Analyst at Australia’s peak intelligence assessment agency, the Office of National Assessments; and a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Carl has published widely on foreign policy and national security issues, including edited books on The Politics of Nuclear Non-Proliferation (2001) and Australian Foreign Policy in the Age of Terror (2008). His academic research focuses on the intersection of foreign policy, national security and transnational threats. He has particular expertise on Asian security developments and has worked extensively across the region.

Bob Carr

Robert John Carr is a former politician from Australia. A member of the Labor Party, he served in the government of Australia as Minister for Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to September 2013, while also serving in the Australian Senate as a Senator for New South Wales.

Luke Nottage

Dr Luke Nottage is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at the University of Sydney Law School, specialising in arbitration, contract law, consumer product safety law and corporate governance, with a particular interest in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. He is founding Co-Director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) and Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney. He is also Managing Director of Japanese Law Links Pty Ltd.

Frances Kitt

Frances Kitt is a Research Associate in the International Security and East Asia Programs at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Frances received her Master of Philosophy in 2016 from the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, where her research focused on China and the Koreas. She has full professional working competency in Mandarin, having studied Chinese language and politics as an undergraduate as well as at Beijing Normal University and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She learnt Korean soon after at Seoul National University and Cambridge. Previous to the Lowy Institute, Frances worked in North Korea on cultural affairs and in London at Asia House. Her core research interests include domestic politics, public opinion and social media in Northeast and Southeast Asia. She has recently started learning Japanese.

Vivienne Bath

Vivienne’s teaching and research interests are in International Business Law and Chinese law (particularly Chinese investment and commercial law). She has first class honours in Chinese and in Law from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice in Australia, New York, England and Wales and Hong Kong and, prior to joining the University of Sydney Law School, was a partner of international law firm Coudert Brothers.

Soft Power (8/21 4-6 PM)

James Palmer

James Palmer is the Asia editor at Foreign Policy, which he joined in the winter of 2016. He was born in Manchester, U.K., and educated at Cambridge, before moving to Korea in 2002 and then China in 2003. He won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing in 2003, for his work on South Korea. He has written two books — The Bloody White Baron and Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes — and is working on a third.

Victor Mallet

Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with three decades of experience in Europe, Asia,the Middle East and Africa. He is currently Asia news editor for the Financial Times. Previously he was bureau chief in Madrid and Asia editor in Hong Kong. From there, he managed the FT’s coverage of the Asia-Pacific and wrote editorials, columns and features on security, politics,economics and business.

He twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for opinion writing. InIndia, he was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent for a 2012 feature about the rise of Narendra Modi.

His highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financialcrisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. He is now writing a book on the Ganges.

James Cotton

James Cotton (PhD, London School of Economics) is Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Having studied in London, Beijing and Princeton, he has held many academic positions. These include visiting professor in international relations at the London School of Economics (2001), Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC (2009), and Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia (2013).


Between 1997 and 2003 James Cotton was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Council convened by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

James Cotton has published extensively on Australian foreign policy, regional international relations and Asian politics.His most recent books are (edited with John Ravenhill), Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press/AIIA, 2012); (edited with David Lee), Australia and the United Nations (Canberra: Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade/Longueville Media, 2012); The Australian School of International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A regular visitor to the Koreas for 30 years, James Cotton has published many items on Korean politics and inter-Korean relations.

James Der Derian

James Der Derian is Michael Hintze Chair of International Security and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. His research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film.
He is the author of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial- Media-Entertainment Network (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2009) and Critical Practices in International Theory (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor with Costas Constantinou of Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

He has produced three film documentaries with Udris Film, Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, and Human Terrain, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Festival dei Popoli in Florence and has been an official selection at numerous international film festivals. His most recent documentary, Project Z: The Final Global Event (co-produced with Phillip Gara), premiered at the 2012 DOK Leipzig Film Festival.
He is also author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War; editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations and The Virilio Reader; and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics. His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Harvard International Review, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, Global Agenda, and Wired.
Der Derian received a Joint First Class Honours in Political Science and History at McGill University and
M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations at Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Humanitarian Affairs

Balancing Governance and Human Rights: Social Welfare, Progress and Development (8/19, 1-3PM)

Jenik Radon

Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University

Jenik Radon is Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the area of sustainable natural resource development with a focus on risk and strategic management, sovereignty and human rights, especially environment, minority rights (including social license) and anti-corruption. He is the founder and director of the Eesti and Eurasian Public Service Fellowship, which has provided students from Columbia, Stanford Law School and other institutions the opportunity to intern with government officials and civil society in emerging nations across the global, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Estonia, Georgia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania and Uganda. Radon also participated in the constitutional peace process of Nepal and served as a drafter of the interim (2006) peace constitution, which, among other things, granted citizenship to millions of stateless people in the Terai region. In the early 1980s, Radon founded Radon Law Offices, a boutique international law firm representing international companies in corporate matters and, with respect of the extractive industry (energy and mining), exclusively representing foreign governments and public sector entities. In 1980, Radon co-founded the Afghanistan Relief Committee that sought freedom for Afghanistan and supported refugees displaced during the Afghan-Soviet war. Furthermore, Radon served as Georgia’s key foreign advisor and negotiator of the multi-billion dollar and multi-nation oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan to Georgia to Turkey (the BTC), featured in the James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough. Radon obtained his B.A. from Columbia University, M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Steve Killelea

Founder & Executive Chairman of Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace. Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly-listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software for business-critical computing and Unified Communications environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies. Steve was recognized as AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and 2003, amongst numerous other business awards. Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people. In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history. Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.

Ramit Singh

Founder of The RASICH Group

Ramit Singh began his career spending 7 years as an independent pro bono activist working towards social causes, especially the upliftment of farmers. In the process, he has dealt with the legislature, executive and the judiciary at the grass-root as well as the national level, helping bring about tangible change in the lives of farmers in one of the country’s agrarian belts. He then returned to The RASICH Group, which he founded in 2007, and for the last 5 years has worked closely with law firms in India in areas including strategic planning, practice management, productivity enhancement, financial reviews and organization structuring. Ramit is also an advisor to Football Solutions, India’s premier football management company, which he helped co-found. FS aims to increase football penetration in the country, promote the sport from the ground-up, and help players from of every stratum get increased exposure and opportunity. He has published two books till date, the most recent one on management principles for the legal industry, which features contributions from some of the top legal management gurus from across the world. India’s North-East is a hub of football, and his work in the region helped fuel his interest in working for the development of its extremely community-driven people. He thus cofounded the 8one Foundation, which refers to the 8 states in the North-East, which are diverse in culture but similar in character. The Foundation aims to affect pragmatic sustainable development, with social development taking priority over other interpretations of the term development.

Annie Herro

Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW (UNSW) Australia

Annie Herro is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW (UNSW) Australia. Her current research looks at the role of transnational activist networks in advancing the campaign to establish a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. Annie has previously published on issues relating to the United Nations, peacekeeping, the responsibility to protect and the protection of civilians in conflict. Her first book UN Emergency Peace Service and the Responsibility to Protect (2015) is published by Routledge and her work has appeared in journals such as International Peacekeeping and the International Journal of Human Rights. She received her PhD from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University and, most recently, at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University.

Thy Try

Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief of Open Development Cambodia (ODC)

Mr. Thy Try is Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief of Open Development Cambodia (ODC). He joined ODC as an advisory board member in 2011 and has progressed to become chairman of the board. As executive director/editor-in-chief, he plays important roles in ODC as it increases public access to current and historical information about Cambodia’s development trends in an online ‘open data’ platform, compiling freely-available data from a wide range of public sources. The site strengthens public knowledge and analysis of development issues to enable constructive dialogue between public, private, civil society, and international sectors in support of good governance. Before working with ODC, he worked for the National Network on Extractive Industry Social and Environmental Impact (EISEI) as coordinator at Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) for four years. In his role, Try worked with indigenous communities, community base organizations and national NGOs to build their capacity to monitor issues regarding natural resource management, especially around databases for the mining, oil and gas sectors in Cambodia. He has experience working with companies and government ministries in the extractive industries sector, as well as leadership and management at board of director level. He had two years’ experience working for the human right organization Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) as human rights investigator and another two years’ experience working with a private company in social and commercial research, Indochina Research Limited (IRL). He holds multiple education and training-related certificates.

Nationality, Statelessness, Asylum and Refugees (8/21, 4-6PM)

Liana Downey

Executive Director of Liana Downey & Associates

Liana Downey is an internationally strategic advisor, author and speaker dedicated to creating social change. Liana is the author of “Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More and Change the World” (Bibliomotion, 2016). As Executive Director of Liana Downey & Associates, Liana leads a high performing global team that helps leaders increase focus and change lives. Clients include social enterprises, non profits and federal, state and city governments, such as Speak up Africa, Community Solutions, the Nature Conservancy and the NYC Education Department. Liana and her work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post and Crain’s Business Magazine. Liana is the host of the Mission Control podcast, and founder of the Social Sector Leadership Forum, based in NYC. Previously, Liana led the social sector practices for McKinsey & Company Australia and was an special advisor to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Liana holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar), taught leadership at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and served on the National Board of Room to Grow, an innovative nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of families living with poverty.

Lilianne Fan

International Director and Co-Founder of Geutanyoë Foundation

Lilianne Fan is International Director and Co-Founder of Geutanyoë Foundation, a regional humanitarian organisation based in Aceh, Indonesia and Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN). She is a cultural anthropologist and humanitarian professional with more than 16 years of experience working with refugees, internally displaced persons, and communities affected by conflict and disaster, including in Aceh, Myanmar, Haiti and with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and currently specialises on the situation of the stateless Rohingya in Rakhine State and in ASEAN. She provides regular expertise to a range of institutions and governments including the UN, the World Bank, ASEAN, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Indonesia. Between 2005 and 2012 Lilianne served in several large-scale post-crisis recovery missions, including with the UN-led humanitarian response in post-earthquake Haiti; as Advisor to the ASEAN Special Envoy on Post-Nargis Recovery in Myanmar; as member of the advisory team of the Governor of Aceh on sustainable development following the Aceh peace agreement of 2005; and as Senior Policy Coordinator for Oxfam International in Aceh and Nias from 2005-2008. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York.

Leif-Eric Easley

Assistant Professor in the Division of International Studies at Ewha University

Leif-Eric Easley is Assistant Professor in the Division of International Studies at Ewha University and an International Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. At Ewha, Professor Easley teaches international security and political economics. His research interests include contested national identities and changing levels of trust in the bilateral security relationships of Northeast Asia. He specializes in U.S. security alliances, U.S.- ROK-Japan trilateral coordination on China and North Korea, and the geopolitical implications of domestic political reform (especially in the case of Myanmar). Dr. Easley was the Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia- Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. He was also a visiting scholar at Yonsei University, the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute (KSI), the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo, and the East West Center in Honolulu. Professor Easley is an alumnus of the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Young Leaders Program and is a Korea Foundation CSIS-KSI NextGen Scholar. He completed his B.A. in political science with a minor in mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government.

Helen Luu

Legal Counsel for Legal Services Commission of South Australia

Helen Luu is an Australian lawyer who speaks Vietnamese, Cantonese and French. Her parents were boat refugees. For the past nine years, Helen has advocated in the criminal justice system for people from many walks of life. After working as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Vanstone for a year, Helen joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in South Australia in 2009. Helen worked for that organisation for six years as a trial prosecutor. Helen was then seconded to South Australia’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. Moved by a desire to represent the underprivileged and work in the field of international human rights, Helen left Australia in 2014 and completed a Masters of Laws at Columbia University. During her time in New York, Helen interned at two United Nations bodies: the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Committee Against Torture. Helen was also an intern at the Immigration Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York and travelled to Tanzania to advise its anti-corruption bureau. After returning to Australia, Helen took up her current position as in-house counsel in the Legal Services Commission of South Australia. In this role, Helen represents clients from low socio-economic backgrounds who are charged with serious criminal offences. Helen strives to ensure her clients’ legal and human rights are protected and advanced in the courtroom. She believes the protection of human rights starts with a legal system that upholds the rule of law, irrespective of one’s nationality or race.

Alison Gibbins

Deputy National Director of Amnesty International Australia (AIA)

Alison Gibbins has been in the newly created role of Deputy National Director at Amnesty International Australia since March 2017. Alison has over 20 years’ experience as a non-profit and public sector executive, including in social change campaigning, organisational strategy, communications and program management, with a focus on environmental issues. She has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Project Management and a Masters in Management. Alison comes to AIA from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, where her roles included Director Conservation, National Parks and Wildfire Service; Director Strategy, Program Management and Reporting and Manager, OEH Strategic Realignment/EPA Transition. Before that she worked with Greenpeace, first as Political & Corporate Team Leader and then as Head of Media & Mobilisation. Early in Alison’s career she was a Researcher for Federacion de Rondas Campesinas in Peru, where she lived and worked with Indigenous Peoples to establish a social and environmental case against a major gold mine. Alison was also briefly the Executive Director of Project Underground, a small international NGO supporting the human rights of communities resisting mining and oil exploration. Alison Gibbins said, “I’ve always been interested in the overlap between human rights and the environment: they are interrelated.” On her appointment at Amnesty International , Alison said, “With the rise of intolerance across the world, we need to recommit to basic principles of human rights. For me, it’s the right time to work for an organisation that stands up for those values.”

Health & Social Policy

Labor and Migration Policy (8/19 1-3 PM)

Vivi Alatas

Vivi Alatas is a Lead Economist for the World Bank’s Poverty program in Indonesia. She leads a team of seasoned economists who prepare evidence-based analysis and policy reports on issues related to poverty reduction, such as income inequality and labor market informality. Her team has produced several flagship reports for national and global audiences, including ‘Targeting Poor and Vulnerable Households in Indonesia’, ‘Making Poverty Work in Indonesia’ and most recently ‘Indonesia’s Rising Divide’. These reports are important sources of reference for government, civil society, private sector, and development agency counterparts. After its launch, a presentation of ‘Indonesia’s Rising Divide’ was held at the Presidential Palace, in front of the full cabinet and the country’s provincial governors. Alatas says that everyone has a role to play in the fight against poverty.

Professor Xiaoping Luo

Professor Xiaoping Luo is an Associate Professor of Sociology and a post-doctoral fellow at Peking University. She has published numerous articles on China’s internal migration patterns in both Chinese and English journals and books.

Disability (8/21 4-6 PM)

John Mendoza

John is a Director of ConNetica, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health andSport Science, University of the Sunshine Coast, Adjunct Professor, Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Sydney, and Foundation member of the Queensland Mind and Neuroscience Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His previous appointments include Inaugural Chair National Advisory Council on Mental Health to the Federal Health Minister, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, CEO of the Australian Sports Drug Agency, Foundation Board member of the Young and Well CRC, Honorary Chairperson headspace Maroochydore, and Deputy President of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.

T.V. Asokan

Dr. T.V. Asokan is the Zone 16 representative of the World Psychiatric Association. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital.

Kate Liebelt

Kate Liebelt serves as Chief of Staff for Deloitte’s U.S. Health Care Provider Consulting practice. In this role she supports practice operations, investments, and strategic initiatives around innovation and global healthcare

Karn Ghosh

Karn Ghosh is the Founder and CEO of Hit 100, a social enterprise committed to improving the health of vulnerable and under-served communities. Hit 100 empowers Australians living with disability to improve their health behaviours (and outcomes) through affordable, accessible, science-based health coaching and home-delivered meals. Hit 100 is a certified B Corp and has further pledged 1 percent of all company product, employee time and equity to charity.

Seminar Speakers

University Day

Ashok Swain

UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, Uppsala University

Ashok Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, the UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, and the Director of Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1991, and since then he has been teaching at the Uppsala University. He has been a Mac Arthur Fellow at the University of Chicago, visiting fellow at UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva; and visiting professor at University Witwatersrand, University of Science, Malaysia, University of British Columbia, University of Maryland, Stanford University, McGill University, Tufts University and University of Natural Sciences and Life Sciences, Vienna. He has written extensively on new security challenges, environment, conflict and peace, and water sharing issues. He has worked as a consultant on environment and development issues for various UN agencies, OSCE, NATO, EU, Arab League, IISS, Governments of Sweden, Netherlands, UK and Singapore.

Michael McWalter

Vice President, Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources

Michael McWalter is a geological specialist in petroleum exploration and production regulation, administration, and institutional development with over 37 years’ experience of the oil and gas industry, predominantly in the Ministries and Agencies of newly-emerging oil and gas producing nations. He is graduate of the University of Cambridge, England. He has spent much of his working life in Papua New Guinea where he joined the Geological Survey in 1987 and subsequently became Director of the Petroleum Division in the Dept. of Mining and Petroleum, and then Adviser. Since 2004, he has under taken many assignments for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID, which have taken him to Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, South Sudan, Seychelles, Cambodia, and Turkmenistan. He is Vice-President of the Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources, President of the Asia-Pacific Regional of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a lay member of the Finance Board of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of PNG and the Solomon Islands, and a Director of the Board of Transparency International – Papua New Guinea. He is an advocate of good governance in the petroleum industry though the establishment of sound institutional development, use of best technical practices, and good management and administration of the sector.

Carl Ungerer

Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Dr Carl Ungerer is the Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has over 20 years of experience as both a practitioner and academic in international security affairs. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Queensland, an MA in Asian Studies from Griffith University and post-graduate diplomas in both education and foreign affairs and trade. Between 2012-13, he was the Senior Adviser to the Australian Foreign Minister. His previous appointments include: Director of the National Security Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; senior Strategic Analyst at Australia’s peak intelligence assessment agency, the Office of National Assessments; and a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Carl has published widely on foreign policy and national security issues, including edited books on The Politics of Nuclear Non-Proliferation (2001) and Australian Foreign Policy in the Age of Terror (2008). His academic research focuses on the intersection of foreign policy, national security and transnational threats. He has particular expertise on Asian security developments and has worked extensively across the region.

Patricia Garcia

Visiting Scholar, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Patricia  Garcia  AO is  a  highly  respected  humanitarian  and  human  rights  advocate,  who  has  lived  and  worked  in war  zones  for  over  20  years.  Patricia’s  work  to  assist  refugees  and  internally  displaced  persons  (IDPs)  has  taken her   to   Afghanistan,   Sudan   and   Burma,   amongst   other   conflict   zones.   In   recognition   of   her   work, she was appointed  as  an  Officer  of  the  Order  of  Australia  and  a  State  Finalist  for  Australian  of  the  Year  in  2016. Patricia has  worked  with  international  NGOs  and  UN  agencies  such  as  Oxfam,  Peace  Winds  Japan,  German  Agro  Action, Norwegian  Church  Aid,  UNHCR  and  UNOPS. During  the  early  1990s  she  was  instrumental  in  drawing  international attention  to  the  issue  of  Female  Genital Mutilation  by  presenting  a  paper  entitled  “  FGM  a  Human  Rights  Issue”  at an  international  conference  in  Nigeria  on  behalf  of  the  Inter-­African  Committee  to  eliminate  harmful  traditional practices.  From  1994  to  1997  she  travelled  to  Bosnia  and  Croatia  on  behalf  of  Austcare  to  provide  humanitarian assistance  to  Bosnian  women  survivors  of  rape  and  collected  their  personal  testimonies  as  evidence  used  in  the trial of  three  Serbs  in  2001  at  the  ICTY  (International  Criminal  Tribunal  for  the  Former  Yugoslavia)  in  The  Hague,  the first  landmark  case  of  rape  in  war  as  a  crime  against  humanity.  In  2001  she  was  a  Human  Rights  Research Fellow with  USyd  Department  for  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies (DPACS),where  she  designed  the  Human  Rights  Course  for the  Masters  of  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies  program.  In 2011  Patricia  received  an  Australian  Federal  Government  award  for  services  to  the  humanitarian  aid  sector. Currently,  she  is  a  Visiting  Scholar  with  DPACS  working  on peacebuilding  and humanitarian  practice  issues.

Aime Saba

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Aimé  Saba  is  a  PhD  student  in  the  Department  of  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies,  University  of  Sydney.  Aimé has worked  for  AusAID  and  the  UN  Peacekeeping  Mission  in  Liberia  and  recently  completed  a  course  on  SDGs  at the UN  System  Staff  College  (under  Professor  Jeffrey  Sachs,  UN  Senior  Advisor  on  MDGs  and  now  on  SDGs). Aime was  at  DPACS  as  Visiting  Research  Fellow,  working  on  post-­‐conflict  reconstruction  challenges  in  post-­war societies. He  has  previously  worked  as  a  research  assistant  at  DPACS  (under  Wendy  Lambourne)  on  aresearch   project   exploring   transitional   justice   and   reconciliation   processes   in   the   aftermath   of   mass   waratrocities.    His  work focuses  on  interactions  between  external  actors  and  local  actors  in  peacebuilding  and  statebuilding  processes  in Somalia  and  Burundi.  At  UQ,  he  was  a  teaching  assistant  and  tutor  in  courses  on  international  peacekeeping, peacebuilding,  International  Politics  and  Human  Rights,  Mediation  and  Principles  of  Deep  Seated  Conflict Resolution).  He  is  a  graduate  of  the  University  of  Bradford,  UK  (MA  in  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies)  and  of  the Australian  National  University  (BA,  Honours,  in  Political  Science  and  International  Relations).  Aime   also   worked   for   the   Australian   Government’s   overseas   aid   program   (AusAID)   on   various   country   desks including   Sri   Lanka,  Solomon  Islands,  Philippines,  Pakistan,  and  North  Korea.  He  also  worked  as  a  research  assistant  on Pakistan’s  internal  security  threats  at  Bradford  University’s  Pakistan  Security  Research  Unit  (under  Prof  Shaun Gregory);  and  as  a  volunteer-­‐mediator  for  ACCORD-­‐Bradford  (UK)  and  at  the  South  African  Centre  for  the Study of  Violence  and  Reconciliation  (CSVR)  in  Johannesburg;  and  has  interned  at  the  UN  Secretariat  in  New  York  (Iraq Desk).  Aime  is  a  professional  member  of  the  Australasian  Evaluation  Society  and  an  executive  member  of the African  Studies  Association  of  the  Australasia  and  the  Pacific  (AFSAAP).

Jane Fulton

Consultant to Energy Transition Advisors

Dr.  Jane  Fulton  obtained  her  PhD  from  the  University  of  Sydney  1998  in  Arts  (Sociology/Anthropology)  looking  at conflict  over  natural  resources  and  concepts  of  nature.  She  then  took  on  the  role  of  Coordinator  at  the  inception of the  Centre  for  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies  1998-­‐2002  where  she  taught  ‘Peace  and  the Environment’  as  part  of  the MA  in  Peace  and  Conflict  Studies.  Jane  was  co-­founder  and  jury  member  of  Sydney  Peace  Foundation  1998-­‐2002  with  its  remit  to  bring  the  conversation  of  peace  with  justice  to  a  broader  community.  During  that  time  the Sydney Peace  Prize  was  awarded  to  Professor  Muhammad  Yunus,  Arch  Bishop  Desmond  Tutu,  Xanana  Gusmao,  Sir William Deane  and  Mary  Robinson. From   2002   Jane   moved   to   New   York   where   she   joined   the  United   Nations   Development   Programme’s Water, Sanitation  and  Ocean  Governance  team  (2006-­‐2016),  coming  up  with  the  2008  UN  International  Year  of Sanitation  campaign  ‘Stand  up  for  those  who  can’t  sit  down’.  This  led  to  UK  Water  Aid and  other  NGOs taking  up what  became  a  Guinness  Book  of  Records  entry  for  the  longest  line  to  the  toilet, highlighting  the  plight of  those without  access  to  sanitation.  Her  work  at  the   UNDP   was   focused   on   meeting   the  2015   Millennium   Sustainable Goals,   hence   her   interest  in,   and   advocacy   for,  Sustainable  Development  Goals 2030  that  grew  out of  the  MDG programme.  Currently  Jane  is  a  consultant  to  Energy  Transition  Advisors  with  its focus  on  sustainable, clean solutions  to  global  energy.

Jenik Radon

Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University

Jenik Radon is Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the area of sustainable natural resource development with a focus on risk and strategic management, sovereignty and human rights, especially environment, minority rights (including social license) and anti-corruption. He is the founder and director of the Eesti and Eurasian Public Service Fellowship, which has provided students from Columbia, Stanford Law School and other institutions the opportunity to intern with government officials and civil society in emerging nations across the global, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Estonia, Georgia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania and Uganda. Radon also participated in the constitutional peace process of Nepal and served as a drafter of the interim (2006) peace constitution, which, among other things, granted citizenship to millions of stateless people in the Terai region. In the early 1980s, Radon founded Radon Law Offices, a boutique international law firm representing international companies in corporate matters and, with respect of the extractive industry (energy and mining), exclusively representing foreign governments and public sector entities. In 1980, Radon co-founded the Afghanistan Relief Committee that sought freedom for Afghanistan and supported refugees displaced during the Afghan-Soviet war. Furthermore, Radon served as Georgia’s key foreign advisor and negotiator of the multi-billion dollar and multi-nation oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan to Georgia to Turkey (the BTC), featured in the James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough. Radon obtained his B.A. from Columbia University, M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Ramit Singh

Founder of The RASICH Group

Ramit Singh began his career spending 7 years as an independent pro bono activist working towards social causes, especially the upliftment of farmers. In the process, he has dealt with the legislature, executive and the judiciary at the grass-root as well as the national level, helping bring about tangible change in the lives of farmers in one of the country’s agrarian belts. He then returned to The RASICH Group, which he founded in 2007, and for the last 5 years has worked closely with law firms in India in areas including strategic planning, practice management, productivity enhancement, financial reviews and organization structuring. Ramit is also an advisor to Football Solutions, India’s premier football management company, which he helped co-found. FS aims to increase football penetration in the country, promote the sport from the ground-up, and help players from of every stratum get increased exposure and opportunity. He has published two books till date, the most recent one on management principles for the legal industry, which features contributions from some of the top legal management gurus from across the world. India’s North-East is a hub of football, and his work in the region helped fuel his interest in working for the development of its extremely community-driven people. He thus co-founded the 8one Foundation, which refers to the 8 states in the North-East, which are diverse in culture but similar in character. The Foundation aims to affect pragmatic sustainable development, with social development taking priority over other interpretations of the term development.

James Palmer

Asia Editor, Foreign Policy

James Palmer is the Asia editor at Foreign Policy, which he joined in the winter of 2016. He was born in Manchester, U.K., and educated at Cambridge, before moving to Korea in 2002 and then China in 2003. He won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing in 2003, for his work on South Korea. He has written two books — The Bloody White Baron and Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes — and is working on a third.

Alice Brennan

CEO, SettleIn

Alice Brennan is a humanitarian and tech entrepreneur, who is dedicated to freeing human potential. She believes that everyone, regardless of background, ability or gender, should have the opportunity to live a fulfilling and flourishing life, and works to make this a reality. Brennan is the CEO and Co-Founder of SettleIn, a technology organisation that provides goal setting software to improve mental health and case management services for refugees, with the aim of helping people escaping conflict and persecution to rebuild their lives. Her work has earned her a place on Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 social entrepreneur list, first prize from Techfugees Australia and joint first prize at The Difference Incubator’s pitch event. Brennan holds an anthropology degree from Oxford University. She moved to Japan in 2010 to be a teacher, but became an unintentional humanitarian when the country was hit by the Tohoku earthquake the following year. She spent a year working on rebuilding projects, raising over $5million USD with her small team. After leaving Japan, Brennan became one of the first employees at a social-good tech start-up in London. She learned to code in order to fulfil the company’s mission of empowering young, disadvantaged people in the UK, Germany and China to get jobs in the digital economy. She helped turn the early-stage start-up into a profitable, multi-million-pound business. Brennan is currently earning a Master’s degree in Psychosocial Interventions, and combines her understanding of human psychology with her software skills to develop technology that empowers people made vulnerable by conflict and war.

Alison Broinowski

Former Australian Diplomat, Author and Journalist

Alison Broinowski graduated in Arts at the University of Adelaide and joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1963. She worked as an Australian diplomat until 1996, including in Manila, Tokyo, Amman, and New York, where she was in the Australian Mission to the United Nations. She also worked as a journalist and author in Japan, Burma, Iran, South Korea and Mexico. Her first monograph, The Yellow Lady: Australian Impressions of Asia, was published in 1991 and was followed by About Face: Asian Accounts of Australia (2003), based on her PhD thesis in Asian Studies at ANU. She has written or edited 14 books on Australia’s interface with Asia and with the United Nations, including Howard’s War (2003), Allied and Addicted (2007) and, as co-editor with David Stephens, The Honest History Book (2017). She has taught Asian Studies and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra and Macquarie University in Sydney, and has been a co-Chief Investigator in two projects funded by the Australian Research Council, at ANU and at the University of Wollongong. In 2014-5 she was an elected member of the Council of the University of Adelaide. She is a Research Affiliate at ANU and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. She is Vice-President of Australians for War Powers Reform and Vice-President of Honest History. A Japanese speaker, she regularly revisits Japan and regularly reviews Asian Australian fiction.

James Carouso

US Chargé d’Affaires for Australia

James Carouso is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor.  He arrived in Canberra in July 2016 as the Deputy Chief of Mission, and assumed the role of Chargé upon the departure of Ambassador John Berry in September 2016. This is Mr. Carouso’s second tour in Australia.  As an economic officer based in Canberra in the early 2000s he was a member of the negotiating team for the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).  Today, this agreement underpins the U.S.-Australia economic relationship, which is as strong and dynamic as ever. Mr Carouso’s experience in Australia is matched by his knowledge of the region. During a posting to Bangkok, he took part in negotiations towards a free trade agreement with Thailand and served as the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, as well as directing the State Department office responsible for relations with the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and East Timor. In the course of his 22-year career with the State Department, Mr Carouso also served in a variety of economic and commercial roles in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Cyprus.  He joined the diplomatic corps in 1995 following a 14-year career in international banking and finance. Mr Carouso holds a degree in Economics from Hamilton College and a Masters in International Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management.

Michelle Price

COO for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd

Michelle Price is Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd (ACSGN). Prior to joining the ACSGN, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University, where she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement. Before joining the ANU, Michelle was with the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy. In a previous role at PM&C, Michelle delivered the National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the first of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget. Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across Government, having come to the public service from the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector. Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and helping people be inspired by the possibilities of cyber innovation. Michelle is a member of the Life Journey Industry Advisory Board and .au Domain Administration Industry Advisory Board.

Takuya Hane

CEO of Active Learning Co.

Takuya Hane is an accomplished entrepreneur and creative leader reinventing Asian business and education methods. After an unsatisfactory Japanese university experience, Hane theorized that the key to success in business and education is active participation, in contrast to traditional Japanese models that espouse passive learning. Inspired by his teaching career at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania, Hane founded Active Learning Co. in 1997, and soon became well-known for his progressive, revolutionary idea: “active human resource development”. Hane has been invited to consult for companies such as Sony, IBM, Prudential, Toyota, Panasonic and Shiseido, developing manager training programs that have circulated widely around Japan. Furthermore, Hane serves as an advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, helping promote economic vitality in Japanese business. Finding success in his company lectures and leadership training in the educational and public sectors, Hane quickly expanded his work to consult for businesses in countries all over Asia. Some of Hane’s recent projects include supporting local Japanese farmers through Undiscovered Gems of Japan, scouting cutting-edge startups for NexGen, and organizing the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japanese diplomatic relations.