George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His books include The Australian Moment, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. Annabel Crabb said “George Megalogenis is Australia’s best explainer”, David Marr posits “this man is perhaps the sanest journalist in Australia. He believes in facts and figures. He has a unique grasp of politics in all its messy detail. The result is this splendid account of the great reforms of the last 40 years that have made Australia”. Waleed Aly claims “Megalogenis has the rare gift of being both comprehensive and detailed.
He identifies big-picture global trends and demonstrates them forensically. The Australian Moment is him at his insightful, meticulous best.” George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era. His most recent book Australia’s Second Chance was launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This year George will publish Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.
Rabia Siddique is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.
Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence.
Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace, gender equality, inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change.
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Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.
She is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a board member of the Grattan Institute. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.
Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals and institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation.
Indy Johar is a co-founder of the Project00.cc Research Laboratory & Skunk Works.
Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.
Indy was Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Impact Hub in the Hub Network] and worked with Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling.
Indy has taught and lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton.
Indy has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.
Scott Smith is the founder and managing partner of Amsterdam based futures consultants Changeist, where he leads strategy, research and design activities. His work is built on over 20 years’ experience tracking social, cultural, technological and economic trends, and combines grounded research with narrative design to explore the unanticipated. Scott has over two decades of experience in the forecasting and futures fields, having worked and led workshops in almost 20 countries. Scott has been deeply involved in foresight and innovation education, first as codeveloper, lead instructor and advisor for the Futures Institute at the Duke University TIP program, and currently as programme coordinator and lead lecturer in futures, innovation and design at IED Barcelona. He was also a 2015 visiting lecturer at the School of International Futures (SoIF) in the UK. On the public side, Scott is also a commentary writer for Quartz and has been a contributor to How We Get to Next, WIRED UK and HOLO. He has guest lectured at the RCA in London, and has been a returning speaker at LIFT, FutureEverything, and Media Future Week, and has spoken at SXSW, EPIC, NRC Moonshot, and The Next Web Europe. He also designed and led an innovation lab for FutureEverything in fall 2015 in Singapore.
The Australian Financial Review’s political editor Laura Tingle has reported politics from the Canberra press gallery for almost thirty years, after beginning her career in Sydney reporting on the financial markets and economics. She is the author of Chasing the Future –a book about the recession of the early 1990s – and a 2012 Quarterly Essay Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an angry nation. She has won both Walkley and Lyneham Awards for Journalism.
Jay Weatherill is South Australia’s 45th Premier. Jay was born and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School. He is a lawyer with an economics degree. He established his own law firm in 1995 and practised until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment & Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business & Public Sector Management, Families & Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development & Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling. Jay held additional portfolio responsibilities including Treasury, from January 2013 until the March 2014 election. Following the successful 2014 election, he was sworn in as Premier of South Australia on 26 March 2014. Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.
Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA, has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to Australian Indigenous studies. Her primary research has concerned the engagement between Indigenous people and the mining and resource sector through the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements research projects (atns.net.au).
Her other research concerns Indigenous relationships with place, land tenure and legal recognition in Australia. In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honored as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.
John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. He has been Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute, Australia’s leading domestic policy think tank, since it was founded seven years ago. Grattan Institute’s work is independent, rigorous, and practical. It fosters informed public debate on the key domestic policy issues for Australia, through both private forums and public activities, engaging key decision makers and the broader community.
John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990. He has 25 years’ experience spanning academic, government and corporate roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co and ANZ Bank. John has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy and Australia’s growing public debt, and tax reform. He has written a number of reports on fiscal policy for Grattan institute, including Budget Pressures 2013, Budget Pressures 2014, Fiscal Challenges for Australian Government (being re-published by Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies), Balancing Budgets, and a number of other papers on the reform of taxation in Australia. These are frequently cited in government and parliamentary publications. John regularly speaks with senior politicians, public servants and journalists, and appears in media such as The Australian Financial Review and on the ABC’s 7.30 Report to discuss budget issues. John is a keen amateur pianist and gardener.