Due to Covid travel restrictions, some speakers may change.
 
 
 
Conference Presenters
 
 
 
 
PDG Jessie Harman
Rotary International President's Personal Representative
Regional Coordinator
 
Jessie has been a Rotarian for the past seventeen years, a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast in District 9780, Australia.
She has been active at club, district and international levels.  Jessie is a past club secretary and president, and was District  Governor in 2010-2011.  More recently she has served as Rotary Co-ordinator (2013-2016) and project lead for the Regional Membership Plan for Zones 7B & 8 (2013-2017).  She has been a member of the national training team and training leader at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego.  She is presently the seminar trainer for International Assembly.
Jessie’s first experience of Rotary was as a participant of RYLA in 1987, and she maintains an active interest in Rotary’s youth and leadership programs to this day.  She is also keenly interested in membership development, and is co-author of ‘101 strategies for recruiting and retaining members’.  Continuing her interest, Jessie was recently appointed to Rotary International’s Membership Committee – a standing committee of the Board of Rotary International.
In her working life, Jessie is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Partnerships) at Federation University Australia.  She is married to Andrew, also a Rotarian, and mother to Claire, Georgia and James.

PDG Tim Moore
 
Following 20 years in education Tim started and operated his own IT support company for 24 years. A Group study alumni, he has been a Rotarian for 25 years and has been presented with many rewarding opportunities. A member of the Rotary Club of Berwick, Tim headed many director portfolios, became president, held an array of club and district responsibilities, progressing to Assistant Governor and then District Governor for district 9820 in south eastern Victoria.  Subsequent roles have included 3 years as a trainer on the Governors Elect training team, representing District Governors on zone membership committees, serving as IT and membership chair of his district whilst concurrently serving 3 years as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator, he is a current board member and Deputy Chair of Rotary Down Under representing Victoria and Tasmania, and Co-Chair of the Communications Area for the Rotary Regional Pilot project.
Tim is the 2017-2020 Rotary Coordinator for 13 districts in Australia, working closely with other Rotarians and Coordinators in our Zone.   His role is to publicise and encourage all Districts and Clubs to promote and practice the objectives of our Zone Membership plan.   It is a role that he really enjoys, particularly working with the many Rotarians that share his passion for growing Rotary so we can achieve so more in the local community and worldwide.
Above all Tim really enjoys working with Rotarians to make a difference in our local communities and worldwide, especially when we can have bit of fun too.

Dr James Muecke
Australian of The Year 2020
 

As an ophthalmologist James began his career in Kenya. He relocated to South Australia and became an eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer, starting both Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000, and Sight For All, a social impact organisation "aiming to create a world where everyone can see".

On being appointed the 2020 Australian of the Year, Muecke immediately advocated for a tax on sugary drinks in the fight against Type 2 diabetes

Jane Sloane
 
Jane Sloane is a societal futurist whose current role is as director, women’s empowerment program with The Asia Foundation, overseeing a team working with the White House in Washington and liaising with the foundation’s 18 offices in the region. She was previously been vice president of programs at Global Fund for Women, an organization that uses its powerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the work of women who are building social movements that are challenging the status quo and working to transform systems, power and economies. Jane moved to the United States in 2011 to take up the role of vice president of development with Women’s World Banking in New York and prior to this she was executive director of International Women’s Development Agency in Australia, supporting women’s rights organizations across Asia and the Pacific. In this role she led a Breakthrough women, faith and development initiative that generated $1.2 billion in new funds for women and girls.
Jane has held executive positions with social sector organizations including World Vision, Marie Stopes International, Austrade and the Social Entrepreneurs Network, where she was founding CEO. Jane is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide in recognition of her global women’s human rights work and a Global Ambassadors Award from the Advance Foundation, of which the Prime Minister is Patron. She was awarded a Woman of Distinction Award from the Asia Pacific Women’s Business Council, a Churchill Fellowship, an Australian Award (formerly Endeavour Award) from the Australian Government, a Human Rights Medal from the Vietnam Women’s Union, a Future Summit Scholarship from the Australian Davos Connection to the World Economic Forum and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She was one of the original 100 climate change messengers trained by Al Gore.
Jane was inspired by the advice given to her by Nelson Mandela who told her in 2000 that, if she really wanted to make a positive difference in the world, she should focus on conflict resolution and citizen led change.
Jane holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. Jane serves on the Board of the Women’s Funding Network, is an advisory board member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and is a Patron of Marie Stopes International. Her blog is janeintheworld.com and her book is called Citizen Jane (Amazon Create Space, 2015)

Mark Balla
 

Author of the Toilet Warrior

During a business trip to India, the author made an unexpected discovery, a discovery that was to turn his understanding of our world upside down. He was so shaken by what he learned that he felt unable to simply walk away.

​More often than not, when people are confronted by a major issue with global implications you will hear them say "What can I do? I'm only one person." Mark decided that such a response would be unacceptable and he made up his mind to get involved.

​Rather than just sit on the sidelines, in 2014 Mark and a group of his friends took decisive action. As a result, Mark's inner humanitarian was awakened and the lives of tens of thousands of underprivileged children in India have been changed for the better.

Chris Herrmann
 

Chris Herrmann is a member of the Rotary Club of Mill Point in Perth.

At the age of 64, grandfather Chris Herrmann has a few years on the average backpacker.

His solo round-the-world trip saw him visit 23 countries in 12 months — a "senior gap year" that was prompted by the death of his wife of 40 years.

Finding himself back in the same position he was in decades earlier — single with no dependents — Mr Herrmann made a radical decision to set his life on a different course. His experiences are shared in his book My Senior Gap Year


Kay Danes
 

Kay Danes knows what it is like to live dangerously. In December 2000, she and her husband Kerry, an Australian SAS soldier, were illegally held hostage in Laos. There they endured brutal interrogations, mock executions and torture. The Australian Government immediately intervened and after almost a year of diplomatic haggling, finally secured the couple's release.

Since that horrific ordeal, Kay Danes has become one of Australia's most recognised humanitarians. She has addressed several U.S. Congressional forums on democracy, human rights and normalized trade relations, the US National Press Club on torture and arbitrary detainment, and the Conference on World Affairs (2009) in Colorado USA. Speaking on genocide, slavery, human trafficking, trial by media, torture and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Kay is a dynamic and results-driven administrator with over 15 years experience in organisational leadership in the security industry. She provides consultation to the Centre for Public Policy Analysis (foreign policy, national security, refugee and international humanitarian issues).


Dr Melanie Bagg
 
Dr Melanie Bagg is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Science Forum and adores all aspects of science, especially in engaging others with it. Melanie has a BSc, a BHSc (Hons) and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide. One of the highlights of her academic career before pursuing was winning a scholarship to live and study her PhD at the University of Milan, Italy. Since her research days, Melanie has gained more than 15 years experience in STEM management, science communication, outreach, fundraising, publishing and media for the not-for-profit and higher education sectors. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course amongst a range of other management and business qualifications and courses. In 2016 Melanie was awarded the Unsung Hero of SA Science Communication for her science media work on ABC Adelaide that showed a commitment to translating complex science into something for everyone. In 2018, Melanie moved to Canberra to take up the role of Director of Communications at the Australian Academy of Science. At the Academy, Melanie led her communications and outreach team to unprecedented online science publishing success and they were awarded the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) Golden Target Award for Not-for-Profit In-House Team of the Year both in ACT and Nationally. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys all types of skiing, roller-skating and learning new musical instruments with her husband and two young daughters.

Emeritus Prof Michael Sawyer OAM
 
Emeritus Professor Michael Sawyer OAM is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital. He is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. He has previously been Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. In 2008, Professor Sawyer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the field of child and adolescent mental health as a researcher and educator.
Professor Sawyer completed his undergraduate medical education at Monash University and his post-graduate training in psychiatry at McMaster University and the University of Toronto in Canada. Professor Sawyer's research has focused on the quality of life of children with chronic illness and the epidemiology of child and adolescent mental disorders. Professor Sawyer was the lead investigator in the Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being in Australia and the beyondblue Schools Research Initiative.

Brad Chilcott
 
Brad is the Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia.
 
In 2011, Brad founded the “Welcoming Australia” movement, now a national organisation with staff in four states, a range of initiatives across Australia and a national network of local government associations implementing the Welcoming Cities framework for building communities where everyone is welcome to belong, contribute and thrive. Brad is the Chair of the Welcoming Australia Advisory Panel and a Board director.
Brad founded and convened the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia, created the annual Adelaide White Ribbon March, is on the Board of Reconciliation SA and the Advisory Board Food for Education (Kenya) and was named in South Australia’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018.
He has also worked as the Interim CEO of Australians for Mental Health and as advisor to Tim Costello and the Campaign for Australian Aid, leading the “Elite Influencers” strategy.
Brad was the founder and Lead Pastor of a progressive and inclusive Christian community in Adelaide called Activate Church and was on the national steering committee of Christians for Marriage Equality.
In addition to these advocacy roles, Brad has worked as a Ministerial Adviser at both the State and Federal levels and coordinates Australian support for a school for stateless children and a kinship foster program for Khmer children in Cambodia. Brad writes regularly for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/profile/brad-chilcott

Gabrielle Kelly
 
Gabrielle is the founding Director of SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre 2014-19 and former Director SAHMRI Health and Wellbeing program until 2019.
Gabrielle has worked on human behaviour and systems change  in support of a better society as:
 
  • an international film-maker, producing award-winning films on climate change for the BBC and UN,
  • a tech innovator, developing a wellbeing measurement platform
  • as a social entrepreneur and strategist. 
She is a member of the UAE World Government Summit’s committee, investigating Wellbeing as an enabler of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
She was Senior Vice President of the New York start up Health Accord (2000), and Director of the  Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program (2009). Her work contributed to significant systematic advances in city design, advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, ageing and  wellbeing in Australia: Tonsley, Bowden Urban Village, Reggio Emilia early childhood centres, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing and The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre are some of the long-term systems impacts of the program, she lead in collaboration with local leaders. She was an inaugural Board Member of the Australian Film Finance Corporation ( Screen Australia)  and founded the successful Australian International Documentary Conference and Film market. She is the City of Adelaide Citizen of the Year 2020 and shortlisted for South Australian of the Year 2020

Sarah Brooker
 
Sarah Brooker was involved in a serious car accident in 2002. She woke up with no memory of the first 20 years of her life and has spent the past 18 years recovering.  Along the way she has achieved a First Class Honours and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience; a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling; and then another in Education.  She has been a scientist, a radio host, a counsellor, and is currently a Relief Teacher in the Adelaide Hills.  She released a book about her accident and recovery earlier this year, called My Lucky Stroke.

Anthony Hart
 
November 7th, 2003, Anthony on anti-depressants, sleep deprived, and suffering depression made a significant attempt on his life. Through a remarkable stroke of luck, he clung onto life and survived.
 
Anthony shares insights into the mind of someone struggling mentally, and paints a picture of the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of someone who battles poor ‘Mind Health’. Through his arduous recovery journey back, Anthony uncovered four powerful yet simple steps to better mind health.
 
Fast forward to today, the business he leads, Invigor Wellbeing has through his learnings, created a simple, yet powerful Mind Health Annual Program designed to unite Employers with Employees by building a ‘Culture of Care’ throughout the organisation. The program has the potential to significantly improve the mind and physical wellbeing of participants. The mutual benefits are enormous.
 
It is Anthony’s mission in life that by sharing his story, that others won’t have to go down the same path he did. In 2018 his attraction to the clear messaging around R u OK saw him become a Brand Ambassador.
 
The takeaway learnings attendees with leave with will be lifelong.

Peter Davies
 

Peter’s career began in education and working with troubled youth, then moved into the business and IT world. Peter has been the Managing Director of two IT consulting businesses and for 12 years was the CIO of Austbrokers Holdings Ltd (renamed as AUB Group Ltd).
- Already involved in Cambodia since 2004, Peter became a Director of AllKids in 2013 and has been Chairman since 2018. Peter’s involvement in Cambodia relates specifically to providing support and education services for children from disadvantaged circumstances.
Connection to Paul Otto.

I met Paul Otto in Cambodia in 2011 when he was managing the construction of a 4 hectare village and clinic for HIV children in the rural village of Smach Deng, near the coastal port of Sihanoukville. I was a Director for the NGO responsible for its construction.

While working in the village Paul became acquainted with the locals and discovered a significant number of children in the region were not attending school regularly – and many not at all.  We know that education and lifelong learning are important tools for breaking the cycle of exclusion, poverty, domestic violence and family breakdown. Without education a child can become an “at risk” street kid with few prospects.

AllKids has a mission to ensure poverty and inequality will not limit the educational opportunities of the children in the Smach Deng region. This brings great hope that these children will reach their potential. I applaud Paul, who undertakes the challenges of the AllKids projects in a voluntary capacity, and his Khmer staff, for the ongoing success of their initiatives and the high regard in which they are seen by the local community.


 
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