Speakers

Aliya Ahmad

Aliya Ahmad
Aliya Ahmad is the Associate Director at the Economic Media Centre, an organisation that trains and pitches diverse spokespeople with lived experience of economic issues into the mainstream media to help create more inclusive policies. She is a media campaigner with deep experience shifting narratives in the mainstream media and has developed and led state and national campaigns across a diversity of issues including homelessness and social housing, racial justice and education. Aliya sits on the Board of Switchboard Victoria and a part of the Our Watch Making Media Change Advisory Group. She is a seasoned public speaker, regularly contributing campaign media expertise and racial and economic messaging advice for social change campaigns.

Moderator: Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi
Roj Amedi is a strategist, community organiser and writer. She is the Head of Engagement at Justice Connect, Chair of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Chair of Overland Literary Journal and a steering committee member of the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women. Her life’s work is economic and racial justice.

Previously Roj was the Senior Human Rights and Racial Justice Campaigner at GetUp! and Colour Code - leading a national movement of First Nations people and communities of colour for racial justice. She has supported communities across the country to to advocate for economic justice, a non-discriminatory migration system, improve representation across public institutions, combat the rise of white supremacist groups and stamp out structural racism and discrimination.

Roj’s expertise is underpinned by her lived experiences as a Kurd, a queer woman and a former refugee from Iraq. She lives and works on the sovereign lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation.

Panel Session: Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Dr Deb Anderson

Deb Anderson

Deb Anderson is a journalist, oral historian and academic based in Melbourne. Raised on a dairy farm in north Queensland, she spent more than a decade working for the press in Australia and overseas, principally for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, before becoming a lecturer at Monash University in 2013. Her work explores the meaning of extreme weather for Australians, and how this shapes perceptions of issues of climate change. She enjoys collaborative projects that bring together people in communities, industries and university, and recently completed a new oral history collection on drought for Museum Victoria. The stories in that collection became the basis of the book Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought (CSIRO Publishing, 2014). She has begun a new collection on cyclone experiences in northern Australia and an investigation of media coverage of bushfire protection policies in Victoria.

Panel Session:  Climate Change Communication above 1.5: Hope, fear and justice in a hotter, scarier world (Wednesday 6 October at 4pm)


Dr Belinda Barnet

Belinda Barnett
Dr Belinda Barnet is Senior Lecturer in Media at Swinburne with research interests in digital cultures, social media, the app economy, data analytics, AI, data privacy, cyberstalking, and the history of digital media. She welcomes applications from prospective students working on topics in social media and digital media.

Her current projects include examining the role of automation in speech rehabilitation in order to improve the use of Cochlear Implants in deaf children, and investigating Shadow Data.

Alongside her research work, Dr Barnet has worked as Service Delivery Manager (Wireless Content Services) for Ericsson Australia. She is the author of "Memory Machines: the Evolution of Hypertext" (Anthem Press UK, 2013). She convenes the Social Media Major at Swinburne.

Panel Session: Public Infrastructure for the digital town square (Thursday 7 October at  6pm)


Marcella Brassett

Marcella Brassett
Marcella Brassett is a writer, media & communications expert and campaigner. She has worked for Corporate and Not for Profit organisations, Members of Parliament, federal and state election candidates and in the racial, social and gender justice, climate and forest protection movements for the past 15 years. Her specialisation is cross cultural empowerment of people with lived experience to participate in and shape political movements and media narratives, and powerfully represent and advocate for themselves and their communities.

Marcella is currently the Media and Engagement Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, where she trains, supports and facilitates people seeking asylum and refugees to appear in the media, and regularly secures coverage by The Project, ABC, SBS, The Guardian, Fairfax, Saturday Paper and commercial TV news and radio. Marcella played a leading role in the Kids Off Nauru, Medevac, Home to Bilo, Nobody Left Behind (COVID19) and Time for a Home campaigns. Marcella was one of the lead national organisers for March for Justice.

Panel Session:  Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Bridget Brennan

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Bridget Brennan is the ABC's national Indigenous affairs editor, covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs across Australia. Bridget has worked as a reporter in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Hong Kong. She is a former Europe correspondent for the ABC.


Panel Session: Settler media vs Black Sovereignty (Wednesday 6 October at 6pm)


Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown is an internationally recognised VR and new media artist focused on immersive and interactive art installations and creating storytelling experiences in the mixed reality space. She has produced documentary series for Australian television, created music videos and visuals for a variety of artists and festivals and has exhibited work internationally and around Australia. Michelle has exhibited VR experiences in LA and Melbourne and was the recipient of Brisbane City Council’s Creative Sparks award in 2019 to present a solo interactive VR installation locally. Her work has been featured in the Museum of Other Realities, Cannes XR, Toronto New Wave Festival, DreamlandXR Festival, Github Universe and she has worked with Snapchat, Google, The Other Art Fair, Splendour in the Grass plus many more.

Panel Session: Non-Fungible Tokens: To buy or not to buy an NFT? (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Hans Chang

Hans Chang
Hans Chang is a dynamic EdTech founder and startup community builder based in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, Self-Sovereign Identity blockchain technologies and maker education.  Making is characterised by exploratory, interest-driven, and hands-on learning. Hans Chang holds a Bachelor of Engineering EE degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson, USA.



Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 7 October 2021 at 1pm)


Dr John Cook

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John is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. His research focus is understanding and countering misinformation about climate change, with an emphasis on using critical thinking to build resilience.

He obtained his PhD at the University of Western Australia, studying the cognitive psychology of climate science denial. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge. In 2013, he published a paper quantifying the 97% scientific consensus on climate change which was highlighted by President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2015 at the University of Queensland, he led the development of a Massice Open Online Course on climate science denial, that has received 40,000+ enrollments from over 185 countries. He co-authored the college textbooks Climate Change: Examining the Facts and Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis, as well as the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand.

Panel Session: Climate Change Communication above 1.5: Hope, fear and justice in a hotter, scarier world (Wednesday 6 October at 4pm)


Dave Court

David Court
Dave Court is a multi-disciplinary artist working in areas of painting, design and installation. Current work includes large scale mural painting, public sculpture, digital and new media exploration and creation of immersive installations.

After graduating with Visual Arts honours specialising in painting in 2013, Dave was involved with award winning immersive art project Mr IST followed by other major projects including ethical clothing brand foolsandtrolls, retail space Created Range and Yewth Magazine and serving as a board member for Renew Adelaide.

Dave’s practice is based around painting, and has expanded to include experimental aspects of photography, video, tech, performance, installation and collaboration.

Panel Session: Non-Fungible Tokens: To buy or not to buy an NFT? (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Professor Mel Dodd

Mel Dodd
Mel is the Head of Architecture at Monash. Her pedagogical practice focuses on the relationship between academia and practice, specifically within contested urban regeneration contexts.  Previously, Mel was Associate Dean at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where she was responsible for developing innovative partnerships between the university, external agencies and communities.

Panel Session: Creative Precincts - Policy and Possibility (Thursday 7 October at 4pm)


Dr Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham
Dr Ben Eltham is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. Ben is a passionate teacher who leads several of the core subjects in Monash's innovative Masters of Cultural and Creative Industries. Before taking up his position at Monash, he lectured at Deakin University in the School of Communications and Creative Arts. After completing his doctoral thesis at Western Sydney University's Institute of Culture and Society in the field of cultural policy, he held a three year post-doctoral fellowship at Deakin in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention.

Ben’s primary research interest is the public policy of culture in Australia, particularly at federal level. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations, creative works, and edited book chapters. His monograph, When the Goal Posts Move: Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013-2016 was published by Currency House in 2016. His key research collaborations are currently with Professor Mark Andrejevic's Culture Media Economy group at Monash, and with Professor Deb Verhoeven’s Kinomatics Group for digital humanities at the University of Alberta.

Ben also works extensively in the popular media as a journalist and essayist. Ben has covered federal politics for a decade as the National Affairs Correspondent at New Matilda, and he is a regular contributor to journals such as Crikey, Guardian Australia, Overland, Meanjin and the Sydney Review of Books. He is also sought out as a cultural policy consultant by federal, state and local policymakers, penning reports for the federal Department of Industry, Creative Victoria, the Victorian Music Development Office, and the City of Sydney.

Twitter:  @beneltham

Moderator: Climate change communication above 1.5: Hope, fear and justice in a hotter, scarier world (Wednesday 6 October, 4pm)


Associate Professor Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz
Rebecca worked in the Victorian cultural sector for over 20 years as curator, educator and, most recently, Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia, before taking up a Practice appointment at Monash in 2019. Her role at Monash includes coordination of an initiative to develop a “creative precinct” at the Monash Caulfield campus.

Moderator:  Creative Precincts - Policy and Possibility (Thursday 7 October at 4pm)


Dr Xin Gu

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Dr Xin Gu is an Expert appointed by UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Expression of Cultural Diversity (2019-2022). She heads the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCI) at Monash University in Australia. She has published widely on urban creative clusters and agglomerations, cultural work, creative entrepreneurship, cultural and creative industries policy, media cities, maker culture and cyberculture. Xin has worked with policy initiatives in the UK, China and Indonesia to support small-scale local creative industries development services. Her work focuses on the transformation of creative cities and the creative economy under different social, economic and political conditions. Xin’s current research concerns the digital creative economy, looking at the democratization of creativity through vast transformative digital media ecosystems. Her co-authored book Red Creative historicises the rise of creative economy in China, to be published by Intellect in 2020.

Twitter: @guxin2010

Moderator: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 7 October 2021 at 1pm)
Panel Member:  Creative Precincts - Policy and Possibility (Thursday 7 October at 4pm)


Anna Huggins

Anna Huggins
A lover of how cities work, Anna completed an Urban Planning degree at RMIT and worked as a consultant before moving to New York to work as a Project Manager delivering affordable housings and creative spaces. Returning back to Melbourne and working at DELWP led her to her current role at Creative Victoria where she delivers new policy and partnership programs to support and secure creative spaces.

Panel Member: Creative Precincts - Policy and Possibility (Thursday 7 October at 4pm

Daniel James

Daniel James
Daniel is an award-winning Yorta Yorta Melbourne based writer and broadcaster. He hosts the Mission on 3RRR and is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days.

Born in Melbourne and raised on Taungurong country in North East Victoria, Daniel’s work explores notions of empathy, intergenerational trauma, hidden history and the political landscape that continues to shape the lives of Aboriginal people across the country.

Daniel’s work explores what it means to be Aboriginal in the modern context and the impacts the impacts that political and societal attitudes continue to have on Aboriginal people, their sense of place and their sense of land.

Moderator: Settler media vs Black Sovereignty (Wednesday 6 October at 6pm)


Ketan Joshi

Ketan Joshi
Ketan Joshi did a science degree at Sydney University, and since he was a teenager, he has loved science, technology, philosophy and psychology. He has worked in the renewable energy industry for about eight years, doing operational monitoring, data analysis, community engagement and corporate communications. He has also worked in data science and innovation communications at Australia’s national science agency. At the moment, he lives in Oslo, Norway. I’m a full-time writer, analyst, communications consultant and author.


Panel Session: Climate Change Communication above 1.5: Hope, fear and justice in a hotter, scarier world (Wednesday 6 October at 4pm)


Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis
Peter Lewis is one of Australia’s leading public campaigners and commentators with more than two decades experience in media, politics and communications. Director of Essential Media Communications, he has been behind some of Australia’s most successful and innovative campaigns including Every Australian Counts for the NDIS and Never Alone of the Luke Batty Foundation. He oversees the fortnightly Essential Report and is a regular columnist for the Guardian Australia.

Moderator: Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


David Li

David Li
David Li is the Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab which facilitate the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem. Prior to SZOIL, he co-founded XinCheJian in 2010, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker Community.

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 7 October 2021 at 1pm)


Dr Luzhou Li

Nina Li
Nina Li is a research fellow in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. She is the author of Zoning China: Online Video, Popular Culture, and the State and currently holds an early career research fellowship from the Australian Research Council to study Chinese social media platforms. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communications Association.




Panel Session: Public infrastructure for the digital town square (Thursday 7 October at 6pm)


Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle
I am an Arrernte woman, unionist, feminist and writer, and I’m ready to fight for our future.

I’ve lived in this area for over two decades. Preston market is my local and I’m a big supporter of our live music scene. Our community is diverse and creative, and has one of the highest proportions of Indigenous people in Victoria. We need a representative from a truly progressive party that’s powered by people instead of big corporate donors.

As a union organiser, I’ve seen first-hand the power of collective action. With a small change in the vote, we can hold the balance of power. We can tax billionaires to fund a massive increase in renewable energy and get dental into Medicare. Treaties and proper recognition of Indigenous sovereignty, as well as robust rights for workers are all possible.

Together we can act where the major parties won’t.

Panel Session: Settler media vs Black Sovereignty (Wednesday 6 October at 6pm)


Lizzie O'Shea

Lizzie Oshea
Lizzie O'Shea is a lawyer and writer. Her commentary is featured regularly on television programs and radio about law, technology, or human rights. In print, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Her book Future Histories - looking at the history and politics of technology - was published with Verso in 2019.

Panel Session: Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Kate Pattison

KatePattison
Kate is a former social media director of entertainment brands including Southern Cross Austereo, Fox, and Triple M. She's the co-founder and director of The Idea Cult, creators and makers of social media strategy. Kate creates fangirl moments everywhere.



Panel Session: Why Social Media Matters to conversations and careers (Thursday 7 October at 12noon)


Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson
CEO & Founder of IndigenousX.  Luke Pearson is a Gamilaraay man, who founded IndigenousX in 2012. Luke leads the IndigenousX team and oversees day to day operations across the different sections of the business. Luke’s passion for IndigenousX stems from his commitment to Indigenous self-determination, truth-telling, and education.


Panel Session: Settler media vs Black Sovereignty (Wednesday 6 October at 6pm)


Dr Mugdha Rai

Mugdha Rai
Dr. Mugdha Rai is Director of the Master of Strategic Communications Management at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She has degrees in media and communications, international law, and journalism from the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Delhi University. Her teaching and research focuses closely on issues of globalization, comparative media studies, political communication, advocacy and democracy. She has taught extensively at postgraduate level both at Monash University and the University of Melbourne and published widely in journals including Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette and Global Media and Communication.

Moderator: Student Showcase: From Theory to Practice - Industry Project Presentations (Wednesday 6 October at  4pm)


Dr Lucy Richardson

Lucy Richardson
Lucy is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. Her current research focuses on understanding Australian climate change audiences and their responses to messaging, and understanding how various aspects of climate change are represented by the media. She also teaches the university’s Climate Change Communication unit.

With her broader research interests sitting at the intersections of environmental science, communication, and social psychology, Lucy’s PhD examined these intersections in the context of climate change mitigation behaviour, which involved statistical modelling, quantitative meta-analysis, and practitioner interviews.

Lucy is co-editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change, and she has work published in the Journal of Social Issues and Oxford Bibliographies Online. She has also presented research on sustainability and climate change and facilitated workshops at conferences held by the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, the American Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Australasian Evaluation Society, the International Communication Association, and NRM Regions Australia.

Panel Session: Climate Change Communication above 1.5: Hope, fear and justice in a hotter, scarier world (Wednesday 6 October at 4pm)


Dr Anubha Sarkar

Anubha Sarkar
Dr Anubha Sarkar recently gained her doctorate at Monash University and her PhD explored the intersection of soft power and commerce in one of India’s film industries, Bollywood. She is originally from India where she pursued her BA and MA in Journalism and Mass Communication. She then moved to the Netherlands for her double MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship. Amidst moving countries and studying, she has dabbled in content writing, media production and public diplomacy. You can find more about her research interests at https://www.anubha-sarkar.com


Moderator: Non-Fungible Tokens: To buy or not to buy an NFT? (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Angela Simons

Angela Simons
Angela has led Renew Australia's consultation, project development, and management teams since 2015. Angela joined Renew Australia to promote the creative industries and the importance of capacity building creative entrepreneurs. Angela's work brings together and engages a broad subset of stakeholders across the arts and property sectors from big cities to small regional towns. Utilising her extensive knowledge of tourism, business operations, people, and property management Angela brings industry leaders together to address the blight of underutilized space and how it can be harnessed to empower the creative economy.

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 7 October 2021 at 1pm)


Nevena Spirovska

Panel Session: Communicating for justice:creating change with comms and media (Thursday 7 October at 11am)


Dr Emily van der Nagel

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Dr Emily van der Nagel researches social media identities, platforms, and cultures, with a focus on anonymity and pseudonymity.

She has published work on secondary or alternative social media accounts, ways people negotiate unknowable algorithms , embodied verification on NSFW Reddit, and the shift from usernames to profiles in social media. Emily’s most-cited article, co-authored with Jordan Frith, argues that we would lose dynamic, engaging social media practices in a move to the “real name web”.

Emily’s book, Sex and Social Media, co-authored with Katrin Tiidenberg, takes a feminist, sex-positive approach to how social media platforms shape and restrict sex, and how sexual identities, practices, and communities must all negotiate platforms to survive and thrive.

Twitter: @emvdn

Moderator:  Why Social Media Matters to Conversations and Careers (Thursday 7 October at 12:00pm)


Joan Westenberg

Panel Session: Why Social Media Matters to conversations and careers (Thursday 7 October at 12noon)


Faye Wongsodiredjo

Faye Wongsodiredjo
Faye Wongsodiredjo is the CEO and Co-founder of KUMPUL, a startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder. Through its co-learning platform, KUMPUL empowers its 60+ hubs in 28 cities through programs that focus on entrepreneurial growth. Faye is President of Coworking Indonesia, the national association of coworking spaces and coworking players in Indonesia. Her vast experience working in the development sector across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East instilled her passion for active citizenship, women empowerment, and community development. She believes Coworking is a crucial element in growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and entrepreneurship is key to innovation and economic development.


Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 7 October 2021 at 1pm)


Amena Ziard

Amena Ziard
Amena studied at Monash University before becoming a Communications Officer for Gender Equality Victoria, the Victorian peak body for gender equality, women's health, and the prevention of violence against women.

Panel Session: Why Social Media Matters to conversations and careers (Thursday 7 October at 12noon)


Dr Angel Zhong

​​Angel Zhong
Angel is a senior lecturer in finance in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. Angel joined RMIT in 2018 after receiving her PhD in finance at Monash. Her areas of research are asset pricing, investments and capital market (e.g., stock market anomalies, multi-factor asset pricing model). Her research has been published in Critical Finance Review and Journal of Banking and Finance.



Panel Session: Non-Fungible Tokens: To buy or not to buy an NFT? (Thursday 7 October at 11am)