SPEAKERS

Our Speakers

The Organising Committee are pleased to bring together high profile speakers for a full day of discussion, debate and dialogue with fantastic networking opportunities.  Here are our speakers confirmed so far with more to be announced shortly.

  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

    Principal Scientist, CSIRO

  • Jody Broun

    Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Housing Office

  • John Brogden

    Chief Executive Officer, Landcom

  • Simon Doble

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SolarBuddy

  • The Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

  • The Hon. Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Principal Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Hajkowicz is a principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures.  He lives in Brisbane and is both a keen supporter and active participant in the city’s rapidly growing knowledge and creative economy.

Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory. He was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community, a group of 32 strategy and foresight experts meeting annually in New York to share ideas about the future of the world. Stefan is widely published in the scientific literature and his new book, titled Global Megatrends, hit shelves in May 2015.  Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England.

Jody Broun

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Housing Office

Jody Broun was appointed Chief Executive of the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) in November 2018.

Following the inclusion of the AHO in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Jody is also leading work across the cluster on Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes.

Previously Jody held various senior positions in the government and not for profit sector including: Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment WA; Director General Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW; and, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Jody has been responsible for delivery of community and state wide policy and programs, developing and contributing to national policy reforms, and negotiating national and state government agreements.

Before joining the AHO Jody was Director of NSW and ACT for Australian Red Cross for four and a half years. During this time Jody implemented strategies and delivered a range of programs to strengthen social participation for vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

John Brogden

Chief Executive Officer, Landcom

John was appointed to the Board of Landcom in January 2012 as Chairman before accepting the permanent role of CEO in May 2018. Prior to this John was the Managing Director & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the CEO of the Financial Services Council and the CEO of Manchester Unity.

In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

John holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon Doble

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SolarBuddy

As the Founder and CEO of SolarBuddy, Simon Doble is uniting a global community of light givers with a big dream to gift six million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them continue studying after dusk and improve their education outcomes. He is a highly sought after keynote speaker and has shared his inspiring story with over 50,000 corporate employees around the world, while facilitating the SolarBuddy program, in under two years.

He is also the Founder of Boo Boo Bikes, a range of natural bamboo bikes handmade in Ghana, West Africa and assembled in Australia. Simon is also the author of 12 children’s books focusing on child safety and positive social messages.

The Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

Gareth Ward was born in Gerringong and has lived in the Illawarra and South Coast his entire life. Born with Oculocutaneous Albinism, Gareth has been legally blind since birth.

Gareth is on the roll of admitted solicitors for the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.  In 2011, Gareth became the first Liberal Member for the State Seat of Kiama and in 2019 was appointed the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services.

The Hon. Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing

Melinda entered the Legislative Council in 2002 at the age of 33, shortly after the birth of her second child. In 2015 Melinda ran as for the seat of Oxley after the retirement of the former leader of the NSW Nationals Andrew Stoner.

The Oxley electorate takes in everything east of the Great Dividing Range, from the timber towns of Wauchope and Comboyne in the south to Dorrigo in the North. Running along the coastline, the seat also takes in the major centres of Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to the smaller towns of Bellingen, Cresent and Hat Head, South West Rocks, Urunga, Bowraville and Macksville.

During her time as Member for Oxley, Melinda served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health from 2011 to 2015, and in 2017 accepted the role of Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.

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