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 Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment Program with The Asia Foundation based in San Francisco. In this role she provides intellectual and programmatic leadership for The Asia Foundation’s programs to empower women and advance gender equality in Asia and the Pacific working with a team in San Francisco and Washington and with the foundation’s 19 country offices in the Indo-Pacific. Jane’s previous roles include Vice President of Programs, Global Fund for Women (San Francisco), Vice President of Development, Women’s World Banking (New York) and Executive Director, International Women’s Development Agency (Australia). 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. She’s a Senior Atlantic Fellow with the Atlantic Institute in Oxford UK, an advisory board member with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at London School of Economics and she’s one of the original climate messengers trained by Al Gore.  Jane blogs at janeintheworld and her book is called Citizen Jane.

Isobel Marshall
2021 SA Young Australian of the Year

At 17 and 18 years old, Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall Co-Founded the South Australian based social enterprise TABOO.

In 2017, Eloise and Isobel crowd-funded $56,000 to launch their range of high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons. They sell to the Australian market with 100% of net profits donated to Charity partner OneGirl, and all business activities dedicated to eradicating period poverty and challenging menstrual stigma locally and abroad. TABOO has partnered with many Australian organisations, providing free access to pads for Australian women who require menstrual support.  

The TABOO team is made up of 10 young women from SA and VIC. They have a strong focus on the education of Australian students through schools and campaigns, aiming to change the conversation around periods and increase the understanding and respect of menstruation across all demographics and genders. 

Eloise works as Managing Director of TABOO and studies Business and International Studies at Flinders University. Isobel is working as Director of Health and Education at TABOO and is studying Medicine at the University of Adelaide.


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


Dr Kay Danes, OAM

Kay is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia, awarded for her service to the international and Australian community in human rights & social justice. For over two decades, Kay helped establish an advocacy service that directly assisted more than 1000 individuals and their families in navigating complex foreign judicial systems and social inequities in over a dozen countries. Kay also took a leading civil rights advocacy role with the Centre for Public Policy Analysis in the United States and on official invitation, was frequently called upon to speak about human rights issues before US Congressional forums. She is a published author. Her latest book accepted by Cambridge Publishers deals with travel security and offers insights on kidnapping, risk mitigation and contingency planning which, in part, draws from her work experiences in the Middle-East. 
In previous years, Kay was a State finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Last year, she was awarded the ‘Avenues of Service’ award, one of Rotary International’s highest awards for exceptional dedication to global humanitarian service. Her humanitarian work in Afghanistan is recognised by Australian and Foreign Officials and was integral to the discussion on Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan. Kay continues to work with the Afghan community to promote Peace and Security and advance awareness of women and civil society’s role in the US-Taliban ‘Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.’
 
Kay earned her doctorate from the Southern Cross University’s School of Law & Justice, has a Master of Human Rights from Curtin University, and various other professional qualifications. Her doctoral research resulted in developing a best practice model to evolve the Australian Humanitarian sector’s professionalisation, focusing on duty of care.
 
For over three decades, Kay has shown a long-standing commitment to the Defence and Veteran community, as a former President of the Army Families (WA) Committee, the 1st Commando Regiment Auxiliary, and as a board member of varying other prominent Defence and Veteran organisations. During that time, Kay helped establish numerous Defence and Veteran Community initiatives. Among these, her more personal experiences of surviving torture when Kay and her husband Kerry, a SAS Veteran, were held hostage for 321 days in a secret political prison. Her resilience from this ordeal led to an ongoing engagement with the Defence Intelligence Training Centre, which resulted in developing an in-house training program, “Hostage—Survive with Dignity.” This became a mandatory module for ADF personnel deploying on operations. 
Kay is an Ambassador for Bolt4MentalTrauma and uses her personal insights on suicide risk and self-harm to promote Defence and Veteran wellbeing. She is extremely committed to working with Government, Defence and other agencies and contributes to discussions on policy reforms in key areas impacting society, especially Defence and Veteran suicide prevention.
 
Dr Kay Danes, OAM, PhD (Law & Justice), MHumRights.
Southern Cross University  School of Law & Justice Alumni Researcher/Policy Analyst

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
 
Michael Sawyer, OAM, MBBS, PhD, Dip Child Psych., FRANZCP, FRCPC is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide.
 
Prior to retiring in 2019 he was Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia. During his academic career he also held appointments as Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
 
Michael is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. In 2008, he 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.

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, with collaboration with SAHMRI he turned it into a free app – Lifeback Tracker was born.

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


John George OAM
 

John is now delivering the presention scheduled for Peter Davies.

These notes relate to Peter's involvement with 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.


Sam Camporeale
Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Rotary Club of Mitcham, South Australia  
 
Sam joined the Rotary Club of Glen Osmond in 1998 after returning from living in Tasmania for 10 years. He served as President in 2004/5, as well as holding a variety of different Board positions during his time at that Club. When the Glen Osmond Club decided to return its Charter in 2009, Sam joined the Rotary Club of Mitcham, SA. He was President of Mitcham Club in 2013/14. During his time in Rotary, Sam has also been Chair of District Community Service, has been a member of the District Information Systems Committee and Chair of that Committee for several years. He has also been a member of the District Membership Committee and has served on the District Foundation Committee. For the past few years, Sam has been busy in his role as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator working across 16 Districts in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He joined Rotary because he has always been keen to be a part of helping and improving his local community, having also previously been in Apex for 8 years. Sam also was profoundly impacted by a meeting with a young Polio survivor and wanted to support Rotary’s flagship international project to end Polio. He is still a member of Rotary because he believes that, in today’s world, our local and international communities need the support of Rotarians more than ever.
Sam’s professional career has been predominantly in the Information and Communications Technology industry. He is married to Lee and they have two sons, Adam and Paul.
Aaron Stobie
 
Captain Aaron Stobie is currently in his 13th year as an Officer in The Salvation Army. During this time he has worked for the Salvos in Melbourne, Hobart, Perth & Adelaide where he is the Corps Officer & Team Leader of The Salvation Army in the North East Adelaide region. 
Aaron is married to the beautiful Lauren and they have 4 Children - Bella (8), Hudson (4), Jasper & Frankie who were born in September 2020. Life is full, but it's also a lot of fun! 
Aaron is an enthusiastic lover of life and is passionate about working alongside others in partnership to see goals achieved, projects completed & communities positively impacted. 
Music plays a big part in Aaron's life! He loves to sing, he plays various instruments and in his spare time you'll often see him on the dance floor competing at Rock n Roll Championships! He also enjoys catching up with people over a good coffee!
 
Aaron is currently the District Chair for ‘Partnerships - Local Government’ and is currently developing resources in this space to better equip Rotary Clubs across the District to engage, develop and strengthen working partnerships with Local Government. 

 
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