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Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ She is the Director of SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW. In 2012 Professor Sahajwalla was named Overall Winner of the Australian Innovation Challenge Award. She also was awarded the 2012 Banksia Award, the GE Eco Innovation Award and the 2005 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Mike Sandiford

Mike Sandiford is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Geology at the University of Melbourne. He was the director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne from 2009-2016. He has received consecutive ARC professorial fellowships and the Mawson Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2004. His research interests include tectonics, earthquake geology, geomorphology and geothermics, with a special focus on the young tectonic activity in the Indo-Australian tectonic plate. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Geological Society of Australia.

Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO

Cheryl Saunders is a President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law, a former President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies, a former President of the Administrative Review Council of Australia and a senior technical advisor to the Constitution Building program of International IDEA. She was the first woman to be appointed as a professor in the Law Faculty at University of Melbourne. She was also a founding director of its Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. Her specialist interests are in Australian and comparative public law, including comparative constitutional law and method, intergovernmental relations and constitutional design and change.

Professor Julian Savulescu

Professor Julian Savulescu is an award-winning ethicist and moral philosopher. He is the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is also a Distinguished Professorial Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research institute and Melbourne Law School, where he spends part of the year and directs the Biomedical Ethics Research Group. Professor Savulescu’s research focuses on the ethics of various new or emerging technologies, including new methods of reproduction and bio-enhancement of physical and cognitive performance and the ethics of genetic engineering.

Professor Susan Sawyer AM

Susan Sawyer holds the Geoff and Helen Hanbury chair of adolescent health at The University of Melbourne and is director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital. A paediatrician by training, she is internationally recognised for her leadership in adolescent health. She is increasingly focused on global issues and has undertaken various advisory roles with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank. In 2016, she was a lead Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. She is the current president of the International Association for Adolescent Health.

Dr Louise Schaper

Louise Schaper is CEO of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health where she advocates for the transformation of healthcare. She is an Honorary Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Dr Schaper was on the  Advisory Board for Stanford Medicine X 2013 conference, was part of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. She has a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health and a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Professor Brian Schmidt AC

Brian Schmidt is the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). He was previously a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at the University’s Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2012. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM

Steven Schwartz is an American and Australian academic and Senior Fellow, at the Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney. He was Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University in Perth, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London and Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney. He was former Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and former Chair of the Fulbright Commission Board. He is the author of 13 books and 300+ articles as well as numerous radio and TV appearances. 

Professor Emeritus Dorothy Scott AM

Dorothy Scott is a renowned leader in the field of child and family welfare, previously serving as Foundation Chair of Child Protection at the University of South Australia and Inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She was formerly the Head of the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and prior to that, the Executive Director of The Ian Potter Foundation. She has conducted numerous reviews and inquiries in Australia in the field of child protection and served on Ministerial advisory bodies in several States and Territories. For her service to the community, Dorothy Scott has received both the Medal of the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal.

Emily Serle

Emily Serle is the National Program Manager at The Reach Foundation, a youth not-for-profit organisation that run group workshops to develop the social and emotional wellbeing of young people. She is also the Director and Co-Founder of the Gravity Initiative, a mental health not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne that runs university, corporate and community mental health events.

Dr Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp is an internationally renowned leader in the fields of Positive Psychology and mental health. He has three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and is the founder & CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in Positive Psychology within the School of Management, Faculty of Business at UTS as well as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences, RMIT. His primary area of interest is enhancing happiness at work including building positive cultures, developing positive leadership and boosting resilience, optimism and positive working relationships.

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons AO

Michelle Simmons is a Scientia Professor of Quantum Physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales. She has twice been an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. She is the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology and is recognised internationally as a pioneer in atomic electronics. Simmons was named as the 2018 Australian of the Year for her work and dedication to quantum information science. In 2019, She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Dr Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is an Australian academic, freelance journalist and author of  many books, articles and essays. Her essay Fallen Angels won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. She was director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and coordinator of the Master of Journalism degree at the University of Melbourne from 2012 to 2017, and served as Associate Professor of Journalism at Monash University between 2017 and 2019. From 2018 to 2021 Simons was a Director and Chair of Research at the Public Interest Journalism Initiative. Simons is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University.

Professor Stephen J. Simpson AC

Stephen J. Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, and a Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, and Executive Director of Obesity Australia. His core research aims are to understand swarming in locusts and to devise a new framework for studying nutrition. He was awarded the Wigglesworth Medal of the Royal Entomological Society in 2011 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2015. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013 and is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Andrew Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair is Deputy Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne. Professor Sinclair co-leads the Australian Genomic Health Alliance and he leads an NHMRC research Program (2004-2019) focusing on disorders of sex development; genomics and diagnosis to inform clinical care. Professor Sinclair has received numerous national and international awards including the 2009 Sutherland Award for contributions to Human Genetics, the 2010 Emil Steinberger Memorial Award from the American Society of Andrology and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Tara Sklar

Tara Sklar is Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona. She also holds appointments as the Faculty Senior Advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson and at Innovations in Healthy Aging with University of Arizona Health Sciences. Professor Sklar’s scholarly research examines legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse ageing population, with a particular focus on the integration of health technology.

Jane Smith AM

Jane Smith is inaugural Director of M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) built on the site of the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, Victoria. She is currently works for The Xfactor Collective as a Specialist Organisational Strategist. She has held senior roles for Telecom Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, she was Chief Executive for the NSW Film & Television Office and Vice President of Seed Australia: Hugh Jackman’s start-up production company. Her areas of research include analysing technology platforms, film, broadcasting, content generation and consumer behaviour.

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon is the Executive Director and co-founder of Access Now, where he leads the organisation’s fight to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Data Policy and Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. Brett is also the founder of RightsCon, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. He previously worked at Avaaz, GetUp, Oxfam Australia, and Amnesty International Australia. Brett has a Masters in International Law from the University of New South Wales.

Professor Terry Speed

Terry Speed is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and lab head in the Bioinformatics Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, and an associate of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. He is recognised as one of the world’s leaders in the field of bioinformatics. Professor Speed is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he was awarded the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Fiona Stanley is an Australian epidemiologist noted for her public health work, her research into child and maternal health as well as birth disorders such as cerebral palsy. She is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She was Australian of the Year in 2003 for her work on folate and spina bifida and Aboriginal Child Health, and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.

Dr Joan Staples

Joan Staples is a public commentator and academic based in Melbourne. She is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies in the College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University. Her areas of expertise include public advocacy, civil society and human rights. Her publications focus on the democratic role of non-government organisations (NGOs), their relationship with government, and what constitutes effective public advocacy for social change. She was Vice-President of Environment Victoria from 2012 to 2016 and was Consumer Representative, Financial Ombudsman Service, from 2004 until 2020.

Dr Zornitza Stark

Zornitza Stark works at Australian Genomics and at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Zornitza completed her medical studies, including an intercalated science degree with first class honours, at the University of Oxford, UK. This was followed by basic paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and advanced training in clinical genetics at VCGS. Her main area of practice is paediatric genetics, with a special interest in the clinical application of genomic testing technologies for the diagnosis of rare genetic conditions.

Dr Diana Stojanovski

Diana Stojanovski is a mitochondrial biologist located in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne and the Bio21 Institute. Her team researches the molecular mechanisms underscoring mitochondrial diseases linked to fundamental mitochondrial pathways like protein trafficking.

Emeritus Professor Simon Swaffield

Simon Swaffield is Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and Honorary Professor at Copenhagen University. His research focuses on landscape dynamics, values and public policy; and theory and research methodology in landscape architecture. He was Founding Editor of Landscape Review, a member of International Advisory Boards for the Landscape Journal and the Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Deputy Director, Centre for Land Environment and People.