Speakers

Frank Brennan

Australia | Professor Frank Brennan was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre. He is a board member of St Vincent’s Health Australia and Jesuit Social Services. He is presently Advocate in Residence for Catholic Health Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society. He is an author of several books on Aboriginal issues, civil liberties, asylum and religion.

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Michael Leunig

Australia | Michael Leunig is a Cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world.

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Gillian Triggs

Australia | Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the president of the Australian Human rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former barrister and a governor of the College of Law.

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Carly Nyst

Australia-United Kingdom | Carly Nyst is Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fighting unlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world.

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Pavan Sukhdev

India | Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting collaborative that evaluates corporate and national performance, including externalities. Awarded Yale University’s 2011-12 McCluskey Fellowship, Pavan wrote Corporation 2020 while teaching at Yale. This book prioritises and describes four critical reforms to transform today’s business for tomorrow’s world.

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Sakdiyah Maruf

Indonesia | Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is one of the first Indonesian Muslim female stand-up comics. Passionate advocate for freedom and equality, she juggles life behind the mic as a comedian and interpreter. Winner of the esteemed 2015 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent and shortlisted for the 2016 Index on Censorship Awards.

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Ma Thida

Myanmar | Dr Ma Thida is a Burmese surgeon, human rights activist and writer, known as a leading intellectual whose writings deal primarily with her country’s political situation. She has published nine books in Burmese and English, including two fictional works and a prison memoir.

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Philippe Sands

United Kingdom | Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at University College London and a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers. He frequently appears before international courts, including the International Criminal Court and the World Court in The Hague, and has been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo.

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James Henry

United States | James Henry is author of the acclaimed investigative economics book The Blood Bankers, and his articles and citations have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, The Conference Board, The Washington Post, Harpers, Fortune, Jornal do Brasil, The Manila Chronicle, La Nacion, and many others.

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Charles Lewis

United States | Charles Lewis is a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer. He founded the award-winning, nonprofit Center for Public Integrity (1989) and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (1997), the first global network of premier investigative reporters to develop and publish online multimedia exposés across borders.

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Sarah Chayes

United States | Sarah is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of award-winning and critically acclaimed Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. She is an international authority on corruption and its causes. Her work explores how it exacerbates international crises such as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.

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Andrew Revkin

United States | Andrew Revkin is Founder and Editor, Dot Earth – the award winning environmental blog for the Op-Ed section of The New York Times – Senior Fellow, Pace University. Andrew has been writing about science and the environment for more than three decades.

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Bruce Schneier

United States | Bruce is the author of 12 books – including the New York Times best seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World – as well as hundred of articles, essays, and academic papers.

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Anna Neistat

Russia | Dr. Anna Neistat leads Amnesty International’s global research by setting the research agenda and ensuring consistently high standards for research strategy, methodology and quality. She provides political and human rights analysis and expert advice on human rights to the International Secretariat and the movement as a whole, and represents Amnesty International in major internal and external fora.

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Rafael Marques de Morais

Angola | Rafael Marques de Morais is a journalist and human rights defender with a special interest in political economy and human rights in Angola. In 2009, he founded the watchdog website “Maka,” dedicated to exposing government and industry corruption and human rights abuses – speaking out for those whose human rights have been violated in his country.

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Rebecca Levingston

Australia | Rebecca was quite happily delivering daily traffic reports to ABC listeners, before she was dragged kicking and screaming into the producer’s seat for Richard Fidler. Her life hasn’t been the same since. Host of ABC Weekends on ABC Radio Brisbane

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Nick Enfield

Australia | Nick Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, head of the Post-Truth Initiative, and director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC). His work on language and human sociality is based on extensive fieldwork in mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos. Among his more recent books are Relationship Thinking (2013), The Utility of Meaning (2015), and How We Talk (2017).

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Kev Carmody

Australia | Kev Carmody grew up on a ‘hard tack goanna block’ in the Darling Downs area of South Eastern Queensland with his family: drovers and stockmen who lived largely off the land, growing vegetables near the house and hunting. From the age of four, he and his brother interacted and worked with the stockmen, drovers, fencers, ring-barkers, shearers and the backcountry itinerant workers where he lived. It was around the stock and droving campfires that he learned his love for storytelling and music.

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Toby Walsh

Australia | Tony is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and a Research Group leader at Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, as well as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

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Tim Soutphommasane

Australia | Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

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Robert Manne

Australia | Robert Manne is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University. He was educated at the University of Melbourne and at Oxford University. Manne wrote regular columns on public affairs between 1987 and 2005 for the Melbourne Herald, The Age, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald and has been a commentator on the ABC for many years.

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Scott Stephens

Australia | Scott Stephens is Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. He is also co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on Radio National, and frequent guest presenter of The Philosopher’s Zone. He presented two series of the critically acclaimed Life’s Big Questions program on ABC1, and has guest presented Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC local radio.

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Alex Mathieson

Australia | Alex Mathieson is the Programs Director for Oxfam Australia, leading an Australian and international team to deliver positive impact and lasting change in communities around the world. Joining Oxfam in Great Britain as a volunteer in 1989, Alex has 25 years of experience in long-term development and humanitarian assistance, including leading programs in Vanuatu, the Philippines, Eastern Europe and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Raimond Gaita

Australia | Raimond Gaita is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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Peter Greste

Australia | Peter Greste began his career in regional television news in his native Australia through the late 1980s. Inspired by One Crowded Hour, the biography of frontline cameraman Neil Davis, he left his job at the Ten Network in Adelaide in 1991, to follow his dream of becoming a foreign correspondent.

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Philip Swinsburg

Australia | Phil Swinsburg is a retired Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel, having previously served over 24 years in the active military and has deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, with shorter operational visits to Timor Leste and Bouganville.

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Shellie Morris

Australia | Shellie’s voice and heart-felt music has seen her grace stages from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Sydney Opera House and Skirball in New York. Her advocacy and empowerment work has seen her gain recognition as the 2014 NT Australian of the Year, Music in Community award recipient as well as winning NIMAs and Deadlys for her music.

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Penelope Mathew

Australia | Professor Penelope Mathew is the former Dean and Head of School at Griffith Law School (Brisbane and Gold Coast, Australia). Prior to her appointment at Griffith Law School, she held the Freilich Foundation chair at The Australian National University.

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Aseem Trivedi

India | Aseem is a political cartoonist and human rights defender, best known for his anti corruption campaign Cartoons Against Corruption. He is the publisher of Black & White, an online cartoon magazine for human rights and a founder member of Save Your Voice, a movement against internet censorship in India.

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Luke Stegemann

Australia | Luke Stegemann is a writer, editor and Hispanist based in south-east Queensland. He has held senior positions in media, publishing and higher education in Australia, Europe and Asia, including 15 years in Spain.

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Julianne Schultz

Australia | Julianne is the founding editor of Griffith Review the leading Australian quarterly of ideas, current affairs and culture, which is published by Griffith University in conjunction with Text Publishing. She is recognised for her expertise in media and culture and as a thoughtful public commentator.

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Geoffrey Robertson

Australia / United Kingdom | Human rights barrister, author and broadcaster. Geoffrey is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He has appeared as counsel in many leading cases in constitutional, criminal and international law, and served as first president of the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone.

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Mark Pesce

Australia | Futurist, inventor, author, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 Mark co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web, with Tony Parisi and Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation.

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Victor Perton

Australia | Victor Perton is the Founder of the Australian Leadership Project and is a leadership adviser, advocate and barrister. He is a Board member of Yarra Valley Water and an advisory board member: Lifeguard Health Networks; Integrity 20 and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.

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James O’Loghlin

Australia | James O’Loghlin is an ABC television and radio presenter, author, MC, speaker and comedian. James hosted over 300 episodes of the much loved The New Inventors on ABC-TV and it was this role that fuelled his deep interest in innovation.

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Julian Morrow

Australia | Julian Morrow has made a career of public nuisance in various forms, co-founding satirical media empire The Chaser and joke company Giant Dwarf, as well as making TV shows including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel, and The Checkout. His work has been nominated, unsuccessfully, for many awards, and prosecuted successfully in many courts.

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Rebecca Lloyd Jones

Australia | Rebecca is a diverse musician who is passionate about percussion performance, research and education. She has worked extensively with a number of professional orchestras in Australia.

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Rae Langton

UK-Australia | Rae is the Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at Newnham College.

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Rachel Kleinfeld

United States |Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on issues of rule of law, security, and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and states in transition.

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Guo Jian

Chinese-Australian | Internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist. Guo Jian and his art, are products of the last fifty years of violence and tumultuousness in China, from the Cultural Revolution in the 1960’s and 70s, to the Sino-Vietnam war at the beginning of the 80’s, and through to the horrors of the Tiananmen Square incident.

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John Hewson

Australia | Former Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. John has had a distinguished business and academic career both before and after his political career.

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Stefan Hajkowicz

Australia| Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal scientist at CSIRO’s Data61 based in Brisbane who spends his time thinking about how people make choices and plan for an uncertain future. Stefan leads the Data61 Insight team – a group of researchers and consultants who examine digital economy trends, risks and opportunities.

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Gaia Grant

Australia | Company director, author, researcher and consultant. Gaia is the co-founder and managing director of Tirian International Consulting, and the author of a number of books including the breakthrough new book The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, along with international bestseller Who Killed Creativity?… And How Can We Get it Back?:

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Masha Gessen

Russia-United States | Author, journalist and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of ten books of nonfiction, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, to be published in October 2017.

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Susan Forde

Australia | Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Susan is known for her work on community and independent media forms and the connections between social movements and media. She is the Chief Investigator on a current ARC project investigating community representations of the land rights movement in Queensland.

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Hanifa Deen

Australia | Hanifa Deen is a Melbourne-based award -winning author and social commentator of Pakistani-Muslim ancestry who writes narrative non-fiction.

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Bryan Dawe

Australia | Bryan has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television and film. Best-known for his work with the late John Clarke on the ABC’s 7.30 Report where they pricked the balloons of the nation’s alleged political leaders. Bryan was also a cast member and writer of the critically acclaimed and highly successful spoof of the Sydney Olympics, the ABC TV series The Games.

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Jeffrey Bleich

United States | Jeffrey Bleich served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013, and as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House. In 2016 he was named one of the United States’ 500 most influential lawyers by the LawDragon 500. Based in Silicon Valley, he specialises in resolving complex international disputes and advising institutions on cyber-security and technology issues.

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Roy Baumeister

United States-Australia | One of the world’s most influential psychologists. Roy F. Baumeister is currently professor of psychology at the University of Queensland as well as at Florida State University. Roy’s research spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation.

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Kenan Malik

United Kingdom| Bestselling author, journalist and commentator. Kenan has presented Analysis, on BBC Radio 4, and Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3’s wonderful arts and ideas programme and The Moral Maze. He has written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries. His latest book is The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics.

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Kylie Lang

Australia | Kylie Lang is an award-winning journalist and presenter. As Associate Editor of The Courier Mail, Queensland’s metropolitan daily newspaper, she specialises in social issues reporting, delivering front-page exclusives and long-form features.

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Rowan Callick

Australia | Rowan Callick is an author and columnist. He has three times worked as China Correspondent, once for The Australian Financial Review and twice for The Australian, completing his last posting in April this year.

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Cathy Van Extel

Australia | Cathy is a reporter and producer for Radio National Breakfast based in Brisbane. She is a journalist with more than 20 years experience in radio reporting, presenting and documentary making.

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Virginia Haussegger

Australia | Virginia Haussegger AM is Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and BroadAgenda’s Chief Editor, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor.

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Clare Press

Australia | Clare Press is a journalist, podcaster and ethical fashion activist. She is the author of Wardrobe Crisis, named one of The Age’s Best Books of 2016. In 2018, she was named Vogue Australia’s sustainability editor.

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Emma Donovan

Australia | Emma Donovan is a passionate singer, songwriter and collaborative vocal artist whose musical expression is a fusion of roots, reggae and soul.

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Marilyn Waring

New Zealand | Marilyn is a renowned feminist, political economist, and author. Professor of Public Policy at AUT University in New Zealand, Marilyn’s seminal text Counting for Nothing/If Women Counted (University of Toronto Press) was the subject of award winning documentary Who’s Counting – Marilyn Waring on sex, lies and global economics.

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Seth Stephens Davidowitz

United States | Seth is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School, and a former Google data scientist. His research – which uses new, big data sources to uncover hidden behaviours and attitudes – has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics and other prestigious publications. He lives in New York City.

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Lior

Australia | Lior is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters, renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album – Autumn Flow.

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Matt Beard

Australia | Matt is a husband, dad, pop culture nerd, moral philosopher and ethicist. Matt is a Fellow at the Ethics Centre and the resident philosopher for the kids ethics podcast Short & Curly.

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Jodie Ginsberg

United Kingdom | Jodie is the chief executive of global freedom of expression organisation Index on Censorship. Index publishes works by censored writers and artists in an award-winning global quarterly magazine and campaigns against censorship worldwide.

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Julian Baggini

United Kingdom | Julian Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including A Short History of Truth, Freedom Regained, The Ego Trick, The Edge of Reason and most recently How The World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy.

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Tom Switzer

Australia | Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies, host of Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National and a Fairfax columnist.

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Jean H Lee

United States | Jean an award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer, commentator and expert on North Korea who serves as director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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Fiona Kerr

Australia | Fiona researches, speaks and consults on a range of topics including the neuroscience of human-human and human-technology interaction, neurogenesis, and leadership. She augmented early degrees in Psychology and Anthropology with a PhD that combines cognitive neuroscience and complex systems engineering in order to investigate the patterns she saw in flourishing systems and capable leaders.

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Kerry O Brien

Australia | Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership in journalism. In a career spanning over fifty years, Kerry has worked for newspapers, television and a wire service, and as a foreign correspondent.

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Anne Summers AO

Australia | Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thoughtleader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the nongovernment sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.

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Graeme Samuel

Australia | Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. Graeme has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Evan Mawarire

Zimbabwe | Evan Mawarire is a Zimbabwean clergyman who founded the 2016 #ThisFlag citizen’s Movement that challenges corruption and injustice in Zimbabwe. As a result of his viral facebook videos, this grassroots movement prompted strikes and protests against the Zimbabwean government.

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Paul Mazerolle

Australia | Professor Paul Mazerolle is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University, a position he has held since 2009. He has led and chaired Integrity 20 since its inception in 2014.

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Leigh Sales

Australia | Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. As the anchor of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30, she has interviewed dozens of world leaders and celebrities. Leigh is the winner of two Walkley Awards; the author of the books Detainee 002 and On Doubt; and the co-host of a popular podcast called Chat 10, Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb.

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Emma Dean

Australia | Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

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A C Grayling

United Kingdom | A.C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays.

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Deline Briscoe

Australia | Deline hails from Gugu Yalanji country in the Daintree rainforest. Her career started at the age of 17 with the Briscoe Sisters in Cairns. She soon established herself as one of Australia’s finest Indigenous female singers.

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Pamela Williams

Australia | Pamela Williams is an investigative journalist. She has won six Walkleys including the Gold Walkley, plus the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award, the Quill award, and the George Munster award. She has written two best-sellers: the political book The Victory; and business book, Killing Fairfax, a
Walkley winner.

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Charles Sampford

Australia | Professor Charles Sampford is Griffith University’s foundation dean and professor of law and research professor in ethics. He is convenor or the Integrity Roundtables.

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Madonna King

Australia | Madonna is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels at News Limited and the ABC. She has written seven books, all defined by her skilful reporting and her ability to get people to talk in depth.

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Hugh Mackay AO

Australia | Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author of 19 books, including The Good Life, The Art of Belonging, Beyond Belief and his latest, Australia Reimagined, published in May.

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Stan Grant

Australia | Stan Grant is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded journalists. He has more than 30 years experience in radio and television news and current affairs and a strong reputation for independence and integrity.

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Shami Chakrabarti

United Kingdom | Shami Chakrabarti is one of the UK’s best known campaigners. She served as Director of Liberty for more than a decade gaining a reputation for her fearless campaigning against anti-terrorist measures and the erosion of civil liberties.

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