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Professor Kim Rubenstein
Kim’s academic and professional reputation as a legal scholar and leading gender equity advocate is second to none. From 2006-15 she served as Director of the Centre for International and Public Law at ANU, and was a founding Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute. She has completed two Australian Research Council grants as chief investigator and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Edna Ryan award for ‘leading feminist changes in the public sphere.’ Kim is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She regularly appears in mainstream media, in both print and broadcast, with her extensive commentary on citizenship keenly sought and widely reported.
Trish has held Senior Executive Band 2 positions with the Australian Public Service, most recently leading the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also worked at the Senior Executive Service (SES) level within other Commonwealth portfolios, including the Finance, Education and Employment. In the private sector, she held General Manager and Regional Director level positions with listed companies such as SMS Management & Technology and Hudson Global Resources in Canberra. For 11 years Trish ran her own consultancy, working with clients to implement organisational strategy, facilitate change and facilitating leadership development programs. Trish holds academic qualifications in economics, management and leadership.
Meredith has been a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator through her career. She served as a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra. She set up the National Institute for Governance in 1999, of which she was Director until 2004. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).
Carmel is an adjunct professor at the University of Canberra and a private consultant working with a range of Governments across Australia. Prior to her retirement from the Australian Public Service Carmel held Deputy Secretary roles in a number of departments – Defence, Australian Public Service Commission and Immigration and Citizenship. She has also worked internationally at the OECD Public Governance Directorate and was vice chair of the Public Governance Committee from 2008-2012.
Jane Alver is an Australian gender equality advocate. Jane has been a women’s rights activist for more than 25 years, at the local, national and global levels. She holds degrees in government, law and women’s studies and her PhD research focus is on diverse feminist civil society forming strategic alliances for Pacific regional gender equality.
Virginia is the founder of the 50/50 Foundation and former Chief Editor of BroadAgenda. She is passionate gender equality advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years. For the 15 years Virginia has anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra (2001-2016). In 2014, Virginia was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media.
Founder Virginia Haussegger AM
Associate Professor Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace is Associate Professor at the 50/50 By 2030 Foundation where she researches structural solutions for gender equity in public sector leadership roles and political representation. She works in modern and contemporary political, international and global history with special reference to leadership, transnational lives, and transformational change and the information strategies underlying it. She is the National Archives of Australia Cabinet Historian 2020-2021. Wallace is the author of several books including an analysis of Labor’s shock 2019 election loss, How To Win An Election (NewSouth, 2020); a biography of maverick Australian feminist Germaine Greer, Greer, Untamed Shrew (1997, 2013); a biography of the then crusading neoliberal policy exponent John Hewson during his Opposition leadership in the early 1990s, Hewson: A Portrait (1993); and an exploration of the intense 30 year relationship between Don Bradman and his confidante, journalist Rohan Rivett, The Private Don (2004). UNSW Press will publish Wallace’s book on political biography as political intervention, ‘The Man Inside’: 20th Century Australian Prime Ministers and Their Biographers, in 2022. A first career as an economic and political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery has contributed to Wallace’s success in public-facing scholarly communications, including through The Conversation which has twice named her one of Australia’s ‘Top Thinkers’ (2017 and 2019).
Pia is a Research Fellow at the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra. Her research interests include gender studies and innovative forms of citizen-participation, particularly in forums that are often overlooked in traditional paradigms. Pia is currently the project lead on an Australian study on the division of unpaid labour at home during COVID-19.
Dr Pia Rowe
Kat is the Associate Director of Development and Campaigns for the 50|50 Foundation. Kat is a dedicated NFP professional who is passionate about the safety of Women and Children; She previously worked for Lifeline Australia as the National Communications Manager for the DV-alert program. Kat has also held business development and communications roles with Vanuatu Red Cross and Coca-Cola Amatil
Ginger Gorman is the chief editor of Broad Agenda; a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. In the course of a media career, which has spanned more than two decades, she’s watched bodies burn at the crematorium, been strapped to a bondage wheel and recorded her own cancer treatment.
She’s interviewed everyone from eminent scientists and artists to hardened criminals and vicious Internet trolls. She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with some of the most interesting and marginalised people in our community. Ginger works hard to translate those untold stories into powerful and insightful journalism.
Ginger’s bestselling book, Troll Hunting, came out in 2019. Since then, she’s been in demand both nationally and globally as an expert on cyberhate and the real-life harm predator trolling can do.
She regularly writes stories, makes radio and TV for media outlets such as: news.com.au, Fairfax (Nine), The Guardian and the ABC.
Ginger hosts the podcast “Seriously Social” for the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and works with Women in Media to fight for gender equity in her sector.
Her documentary-arts project On Thin Ice – about methamphetamine addiction and recovery – is touring in regional Australia this year and next year.
You can follow Ginger on Twitter @GingerGorman or find more of her stories here.