Dr Gabrielle Appleby is a Professor at UNSW Law and the Associate Dean (International & External Engagement) for the Faculty. She researches and teaches in public law, with her areas of expertise including the role, powers and accountability of the Executive; the role of government lawyers; and the integrity of the judicial branch.
Gabrielle is the Co-Director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and was the founding editor of Australia’s national public law blog, AUSPUBLAW. In 2015-2018, she was a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, Law, Order and Federalism, looking at the effects of the High Court’s chapter III jurisprudence on state government law and order policy development. In 2016-2017, she worked as a pro bono constitutional adviser to the Regional Dialogues and the First Nations Constitutional Convention that led to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016. Ed leads the Commission’s work on detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion.
Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees.
Melinda Tually is Director at NDLESS: The New Normal and Co-ordinator, Fashion Revolution Australia and New Zealand. Melinda is a trusted responsible fashion and retail strategist advising brands on responsible sourcing, stakeholder engagement, supply chain risk, sustainability and communications. She is passionate about human rights, elevating worker voice, going beyond compliance and using evidence based innovation.
In a pro bono capacity, Melinda established Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and sits on its Global Advisory Committee. She appeared in the 2017 ABC documentary series ‘War on Waste’ and is an Ambassador for The Garage Sale Trail.
Ingrid Gubbay is currently head of human rights and environmental litigation at the London office of the global claimant law firm Hausfeld & Co. where she has been practicing for the past 11 years.
Her practice broadly spans cases in the business & human rights and environmental fields, which she finds are increasingly interrelated. She often works with innovative and driven, campaigners, clients and partners, while also regularly contributing to high level UN, EU and UK legal and policy initiatives to improve access to justice for vulnerable communities living in host countries where large foreign corporates set up their working operations.
In 2015, she set up and chaired the first international climate change litigation forums in London, which provided a platform for climate litigators, related technical and other experts, to exchange valuable experience and knowledge across jurisdictions. Her climate cases, now include a mix of international and domestic projects strategically utilising a variety of legal mechanisms with the common aim of accelerating progress toward a sustainable and decarbonised future.
Isabelle Reinecke is the Executive Director and Founder of the Grata Fund. Before joining Grata full time, Isabelle was Director of Legal and Governance and Company Secretary of GetUp, Australia's largest campaigning community, where she worked to build the Grata Fund from 2014.
Isabelle started her career as a lawyer at Clayton Utz, where she specialised in corporate law and was deeply involved in their pro bono program, working with Aboriginal communities in the East Kimberley to secure compensation for stolen wages.
In 2015, she was nominated for a Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and was a finalist in the United Nations of Australia Media Peace Awards for the Promotion of Indigenous Recognition Award.
Paul Redmond AM is the Sir Gerard Brennan Professor at UTS:Law. He is an Emeritus Professor at UNSW Sydney where he earlier served as Dean of the Faculty of Law. His principal research interests are in corporations law, corporate governance and corporate responsibility.
He is a member of the Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Committee advising on the guidance document under the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act and a member of the Business and Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He was a member of the Supply Chains Working Group that originally recommended a Modern Slavery Act and of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the implementation of the United Nations framework on business and human rights which endorsed that recommendation.
Appointed as the inaugural Research Chair of the Minderoo Foundation in 2018, Fiona David is responsible for driving research strategy across more than $770+ million worth of philanthropic initiatives on human rights, human and environmental health, arts, education and culture. In her previous role as Executive Director of Global Research for Minderoo’s Walk Free Foundation, Fiona built and lead the team that created the Global Slavery Index and collaborated with the International Labour Organization on the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery.
A lawyer and criminologist, Fiona has worked for more than twenty years at the intersection of crime, law reform and human rights in locations ranging from Djibouti to Jakarta, with organisations including the Association of South East Asian Nations, the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Jaana Quaintance-James is the head of Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing at THE ICONIC. In the business since December 2017 she is responsible for delivering the whole of business sustainability strategy. In her role she draws on 13 years’ experience in multi-category retail developing and implementing change programs that deliver sustainability and ethical sourcing objectives. With a strong expertise in internal and external stakeholder engagement, Jaana has deep knowledge of both the issues on the ground and how to drive long lasting change.
Jaana has a Master of Arts in Organisations and Social Change from the City University of London specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Social Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Uncle Chicka is a respected Sydney Elder. He has lived in and around the Redfern and inner city area most of his life serving the Aboriginal community as Director or the Aboriginal Medical Service, member & representative of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Director of the Aboriginal Hostels NSW and is a life member of the Redfern All Blacks. Along with being an active community leader, Uncle Chicka is also an important artist creating a number of ceramic sculptures and paintings inspired by his Gadigal country. He has been commissioned to create a number of works including a painting for St Vincent’s Health Australia and an installation for the Redfern Community Centre’s Elders Lounge in collaboration with Nicole Monks.
Jonathon Hunyor is the CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He has practised for over 20 years as a lawyer in NSW and the Northern Territory in areas including criminal law, discrimination and human rights, migration and refugee law and Aboriginal land rights.
Jonathon’s previously roles have included Principal Legal Officer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin from 2010-2016, Director of Legal Services at the Australian Human Rights Commission, and lawyer at the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and the NT Legal Aid Commission in Darwin.
Jonathon is a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, has taught discrimination law at the University of NSW and has published widely in academic and professional journals.
Professor Jennifer Burn is the Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner for the NSW Government, with responsibility to drive the implementation of the NSW Modern Slavery Act in readiness for the commencement of the Act in July 2019.
She is Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and led Anti-Slavery Australia at UTS for over a decade. Anti-Slavery Australia is a university based law and research centre dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced all forms of modern slavery including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour and forced marriage.
Jennifer has substantial experience as a human rights lawyer and academic with over 17 years researching and practicing in the area of human trafficking and slavery. Since 2008 she has been an inaugural member of the Australian Government National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery.
The Hon Julia Gillard AC was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.
In April 2018, Ms Gillard, was appointed Inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, which works to address women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions, and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders.
Andrea Maksimovic is the Associate Director of International at the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
She has 19 years of experience working in Australia and Europe in unions and NGOs focusing on labour and human rights, trade and economic justice, corporate accountability, development and international governance.
Andrea has an Honours Degree in Journalism from RMIT and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.
Her passion is collaborating between unions, academics and NGOs to create a movement for a more equal and just world.
Keren Adams is a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and a co-founder of the Australian Corporate Accountability Network (ACAN). She has over 15 years’ experience working on corporate accountability issues as a human rights lawyer and advocate in Australia and internationally. She was previously a partner at UK law firm Leigh Day, where she litigated numerous landmark human rights cases, including the UK’s largest-ever group claim against oil trader Trafigura on behalf of 30,000 people exposed to toxic waste dumping in the Cote d’Ivoire.
Keren was also a voluntary director of the UK Corporate Responsibility Coalition, promoting stronger regulatory frameworks and improved access to remedies for individuals harmed by UK companies globally. Keren has lectured on issues of corporate accountability, human rights and tort law in Australia and internationally.
Rachel Nicolson is a disputes partner at Allens who has particular expertise in business and human rights and corporate crime. Rachel's human rights related experience includes having advised the Australian Government on various aspects of its business human rights agenda and the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights on Australian law matters throughout the course of his mandate including relevant aspects of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Rachel advises numerous companies on the application of modern slavery laws and business human rights obligations more broadly. Otherwise, Rachel's practice focuses on anti-bribery compliance and law enforcement matters and general regulatory investigations and disputes.
Rachel is a director of the Global Compact Network Australia and chair of its Anti-Corruption Leadership Group.
Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA).
Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries, including the financial services sector in Australia, the UK and Singapore and for Save the Children.
During her career, Kylie has developed responsible business and corporate responsibility strategies and policies; managed reputation risk on environmental, social and governance issues; and developed and implemented policies across thematic areas such as climate change, human rights, child rights and industries such as mining and metals, oil and gas and forestry.
Professor Nareen Young is Industry Professor, Indigenous Policy (Indigenous Workforce Diversity) at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at University of Technology, Sydney. She conducts the UTS Jumbunna Research Indigenous People and Work Research and Practice Hub, launched in March 2019, an international first institution.
Prior to this appointment, she spent over 20 years developing her standing as one of Australia’s leading and most respected employment diversity practitioners, leading two peak diversity employment organisations (NSW Working Women’s Centre and Diversity Council Australia) to enormous impact and success. She has led diversity thinking and practice in Australia, most recently as employment lead for PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, where she developed many concepts for Indigenous employment diversity practice. Nareen is influenced by her own Indigenous and culturally diverse heritages in this regard. She has received many awards and accolades for her work, has commentated widely and published and presented nationally and internationally.
Libby Lyons was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 12,000 employees, covering more than 4 million employees.
Soon after starting her appointment at the Agency, Libby initiated the development of a strategic plan focused on maximising the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining the Agency Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including heading up BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.
Poonam Datar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF), a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes ethical labour practices in the cleaning industry. She has been with the organisation since May 2018 and overseen the development and launch of the CAF Certification Scheme.
With expertise in social compliance schemes and stakeholder engagement, Poonam has worked with a range of actors to complete the CAF Certification process, combining a desk-based audit with a social audit that relies on meaningful worker engagement. Poonam’s expertise in responsible business conduct and supply chain due diligence draws from experience negotiating progressive policies on labour rights as a Political Advisor in the European Parliament, and working with businesses to achieve accreditation at Ethical Clothing Australia.
Poonam holds a Master of International and European Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Journalism) from Monash University.
Dr Luke Fletcher is the Executive Director of the Jubilee Australia Research Centre and a Visiting Scholar at the UNSW School of Social Sciences. He has been involved with Jubilee Australia since 2005 in various staff and Board roles.
He has co-authored many of Jubilee's major reports including Risky Business (2009), Alternatives to Debtor's Prison (2011), Pipe Dreams (2012), Double or Nothing (2018) and On Shaky Ground (2018). Luke has a PhD from Cambridge in Politics and International Studies (2015) and a Masters from UC Berkeley (2009).
Senator the Hon Lisa Singh, Labor Senator for Tasmania, was first elected to the Australian Senate in 2010, representing the state of Tasmania. During her term in the Senate Lisa has served as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Lisa is considered the first woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament and is a strong advocate for women’s rights, international development, refugees, multiculturalism and the important role of the Asian diaspora in Australia’s future prosperity. She is the Deputy-Chair of the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Law Enforcement which reported on Human Trafficking in 2017 and a member of the parliamentary committee that recommended a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. In 2016 Lisa was seconded to the United Nations General Assembly in New York as a delegate from the Australian parliament. In 2014, the Indian President awarded her the nation’s highest civilian honour for exceptional service in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia.
Madeleine Bridgett is a barrister who specialises in international human rights law. She was initially called to the Bar of England and Wales and later called to the NSW Bar in 2016. She was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholarship by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn and worked for the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
She also worked for the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales where she fearlessly advocated for the protection of human rights whilst actively promoting the rule of law in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
Madeleine is the Co-Chair of the Business and Human Rights Subcommittee for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She has published work in both national and international journals and has presented at conferences globally. She is known for her unrelenting advocacy in the area of human rights and international law.
Hennie van Vuuren is a South African activist and writer. He is the director of Open Secrets, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that investigates and seeks accountability for economic crimes, abuse of power and human rights violations. He has also worked as Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and for Transparency International in Berlin. He is the author of Apartheid Guns & Money: A Tale of Profit (Hurst Books, 2018) and co-author of The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011).
Amol Mehra is Managing Director, Freedom Fund.
Previously, Amol served as executive director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a leading human rights organisation that harnesses the collective power of progressive organisations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality.
Amol is an international human rights lawyer with expertise in the fields of business and human rights and corporate social responsibility. He has worked to promote human rights reforms in both domestic and international arenas across specific harms such as modern slavery, as well as in specific sectors, including apparel, private security and extractives.
Catherine McNair is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, QBE Insurance Australia and New Zealand.
Catherine brings deep subject matter expertise with over 10 years’ experience delivering innovative and impactful diversity & inclusion strategies with people at the centre.
Catherine is passionate about working collaboratively with senior leaders and organisations, taking a solutions driven approach, enabling future thought leaders and workplaces.
Her career spans over 20 years in a range of industries and organisations, including Minter Ellison, King Wood Mallesons and Deloitte.
Nicolette Boele is the Executive Manager of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), where she leads the organisation’s policy and research agendas and is a member of the PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group.
She also oversees the administration of the industry’s Responsible Investment Certification Program – that now covers more than 150 responsible and ethical investment and retirement savings products as well as financial advisers and financial planning groups.
Her professional interest lies in building purpose into finance, growing just social, and equitable environmental capital to underpin resilient and sustainable economies.
Catherine Fitzpatrick is a former journalist and political adviser with more than 20 years’ experience in customer, stakeholder and issues management across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
She currently heads the Commonwealth Bank’s Group Customer Relations team which is responsible for resolving complex customer complaints.
Catherine started her career as a journalist at the West Australian newspaper and its subsidiaries, where she was awarded for her reportage on equal opportunity issues. She moved into politics as a media adviser to the Federal Attorney-General and then Defence Minister in the Howard Government.
Following politics, she worked for UNICEF Australia, where she conceived and delivered the Designers United campaign to raise money for women and children affected by HIV. She then joined the Leighton Group (now Cimic) where she led various programs of work relating to risk, diversity, sustainability and government relations.
Paul Zahra is a board and company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian Retail Industry for over 30 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
Paul currently works as an independent Global Retail Advisor where he is focused on helping Australian brands achieve omni-channel transformation and global expansion as well as assisting international retail brands entering the Australian marketplace. Paul is also the Chair of PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, providing leadership on the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Jenny Stanger is Executive Manager at the Anti-Slavery Task Force, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
As a co-founder and staff person at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, Jenny has worked as a case manager and advocate for survivors of human trafficking and slavery since 1998. Jenny relocated to Australia in 2005 and co-founded Anti-Slavery Australia in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2007, Jenny established and became the manager of Australia's only refuge for women who have experienced slavery (including forced marriage), a program of The Salvation Army. In 2014, Jenny became National Manager of The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership - to End Modern Slavery. Jenny was a member of the Australian government’s National Roundtable on People Trafficking and Slavery for almost 10 years and has consulted for the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and United Nations in Myanmar, the United Kingdom, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Malaysia and Mexico.
Professor David Kinley is Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney and an Expert Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He specialises in relations between the global economy and human rights and has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international organisations, law firms, corporations and NGOs in the field.
His recent books include Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy (2009), Principled Engagement: Promoting Human Rights in Repressive States (2013, with Morten Pedersen)), and the ASIL book prize winning, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014, (with Ben Saul and Jacqui Mowbray).
His latest book, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. He also has a TEDx video: How Much Do Banks Owe Us?
Rosemary Kayess is a teaching fellow at UNSW Law and senior research fellow at UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and is serving a three-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Rosemary is the first Australian woman to be elected to the Committee, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Rosemary is an accomplished human rights lawyer, researcher and academic. She is currently Chair of the Australian Centre for Disability Law and was an expert member of the Australian Government delegation to the UN negotiations for the Convention. She has advised on the implementation of the Convention in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Richard Boele has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.
Today, as KPMG Partner for Human Rights & Social Impact Services, Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.
Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at University of Sydney. He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.
Tim is the author of five books: On Hate (2019), I’m Not Racist But … (2015), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), andReclaiming Patriotism (2009). He is also the co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010).
Tim completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with Distinction) at the University of Oxford. He holds a first class honours degree from the University of Sydney, and honorary doctorates from Deakin University and Western Sydney University. Tim is a board member of the Cranlana Programme and was the founding chair of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.
Dr Ruth Saovana-Spriggs is a linguist and socio-political scientist based in Bougainville after more than 20 years of working in the linguistics department as tutor, researcher, and lecturer at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now the School of Culture, History and Language) at the Australian National University, and at the Kiel University’s linguistics department in Germany.
She currently leads a couple of projects. One is the establishment of the Bougainville People’s Research Institute and the second project is a work in partnership with local researchers in expanding the work of the Bougainville National Heritage Foundation based in Arawa, Central Bougainville.
Jan Breckenridge is an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences, and the Co-Convener of the UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW Sydney.
Jan’s research is oriented towards maximum impact in innovative social policy development, service provision and outcome measurement of effectiveness. Jan leads an evidence informed knowledge-exchange stream ‘Gendered Violence and Organisations’ which provides expert advice to government, private and third sector organisations on best practice policies and organisational response to employees and the management of customers affected by domestic and family violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Sonja Duncan, Director at SD Strategies, has worked for 25 years to encourage, empower and support organisations to become sustainability leaders. With experience in environmental, WHS and social impact auditing, gap analysis, training, risk management and strategy development, Sonja is a sought-after sustainability consultant.
But what gets her out of bed in the morning is her desire to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and exploited people. She focuses on helping businesses operationalise the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and meet or exceed the requirements of modern slavery legislation. She cares deeply about the ‘unseen’ people in supply chains.
Rhiannon Di Martino has been working in the property industry for more than a decade with Senior roles spanning Human Resources, Marketing and Innovation. Rhiannon’s curiosity in Diversity and Inclusion was ignited from her time building innovation capability at Stockland which had its foundations in fostering diversity of thought when looking to solve customer problems.
Energetic and passionate, Rhiannon is motivated by purposeful work that contributes to the best we can be – as individuals, teams, organisations and communities.
Most recently as Stockland’s National Inclusion and Engagement Manager, Rhiannon’s focus has been on championing change for gender equality, flexibility and wellbeing as well as broader cultural work to support employee engagement.
Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney and Data61. He was named by The Australian newspaper as one of the "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution.
Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"), speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT.
He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled "2062: The World that AI Made".
Antony Cook is Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) for Asia. Antony leads a multi-disciplinary team of 70 professionals that are responsible for providing legal and compliance support to business groups operating in the region; industry, community and government affairs counsel to Microsoft’s in-country operations; and support for digital security, intellectual property and data protection issues.
Antony joined Microsoft in 2002 in Sydney, leading the legal support for Microsoft’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Antony moved to Singapore in early 2006, initially working as the Regional Director for Public Sector support in Asia Pacific before taking responsibility for the CELA team for Microsoft’s businesses in South East Asia in July 2007. Antony moved to Istanbul in December 2010 to build and manage the CELA team in the Middle East and Africa and held that position until 1 August 2017 when he returned to Singapore and his current role. Prior to joining Microsoft, Antony had responsibility for business development and corporate functions across Asia and Europe as Head of Business Affairs for BT LookSmart.
Vanessa Zimmerman is CEO of Pillar Two and Board member and Chair, Human Rights, Global Compact Network Australia. In 2016 she was recognised as one of 100 Australian Women of Influence and was shortlisted to join the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. In 2018 she was a finalist in the ‘Agenda Setter of the Year’ category for the Women’s Leadership Awards.
Vanessa has advised key global business and human rights initiatives such as the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), the UN Global Compact, and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights. She has also worked with Australian business, the Australian government and civil society. For the past seven years Vanessa has managed implementation of the human rights strategy at Rio Tinto. She recently founded Pillar Two, an advisory firm helping business to take an integrated and practical approach to managing their human rights risks, as well as guiding governments on how to support businesses in this work.
Jamila Gordon is CEO and Founder of Lumachain, a technology platform that disrupts traditional enterprise supply chains, globally.
Jamila is one of Australia’s most respected digital and technology leaders. She was selected by Microsoft to be their global Awardee in the 2018 International Women Entrepreneurship Challenge (IWEC), and has just been appointed by the Australian Federal Government to sit on the board of Questacon, the national science and technology centre.
Her background includes roles as Group Chief Information Officer of Qantas Airways and Leighton Holdings/CIMIC, and prior to this, as a global executive with IBM based in Europe, leading some of IBM's largest transformational 'mega-deals' with Solectron Manufacturing, AXA Insurance and ABN AMRO Bank. Jamila has a deep understanding of the corporate world from both a technology and business perspective, and an extensive network spanning the business, technology, start-up and VC worlds, both in Australia and globally.
Dr Mark Zirnsak is the Senior Social Justice Advocate, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia.
He was employed as the Synod Social Justice Development Officer in the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in June 1999 and became Director of the Justice and International Mission Unit of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in early 2004. In 2018 he became the Senior Social Justice Advocate.
He is a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, the Victorian Liquor Control Advisory Council, the Attorney General’s National Roundtable on Slavery and Human Trafficking, the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition, the Australian Open Government Forum, the Asia-Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and Chair of the Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce. Mark is also a member of the Secretariat for the Tax Justice Network in Australia and is actively involved in the anti-corruption movement Transparency International Australia.
Moe Turaga is an advocate for ending slavery globally. In 1988, aged 17, Moe left his home in Fiji for Australia, where he was promised the opportunity to continue his education and earn money to support his mother and siblings. After two years of agricultural work in Australia, Moe learned that none of his wages had been sent to his mother as promised. He was eventually employed by a farmer who helped him escape this exploitation. In 2017, when Moe learned that modern slavery continues in Australia, he was encouraged to become an advocate for improved rights for foreign workers. Moe lives in Central Queensland where he is also a disability sector worker and an Independent candidate for the seat of Hinkler in the 2019 federal election.
Justine Nolan is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Justine's research is focused on international human rights law and business and human rights, and in particular, accountability for corporate violations of human rights in supply chains.
She teaches international human rights law and related courses on development, globalisation and business and human rights, and has published widely on business and human rights.
She is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights and a member of the Editorial Board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is on the advisory boards of ICAR and the Diplomacy Training Program.
Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of governance roles across business, sport, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.
Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia, and Chair of Citi Australia. Sam joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League. In 2009, she was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia. Sam serves on the boards of the GO Foundation, the Foundation for Young Australians, is Chair of ANROWS (Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) and also chairs Carriageworks. Sam’s corporate roles encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.
Andrea Durbach is Professor of Law at UNSW where she was Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre (now Institute) (2004-2017). Prior to her academic appointment, she was Executive Director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and co-ordinator of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (1991-2004).
She has been a part-time member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (Legal Services Division), part-time commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission and member of the board of the NSW Legal Aid Commission. A Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, in 2013 Andrea was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.
Kristian Fok is the Chief Investment Officer at Cbus. His team is responsible for designing, setting and implementing the investment strategy for the Fund. The investment strategy is implemented with a mix of internally managed investments and outsourced asset managers.
Cbus is the leading Industry Super Fund for the building, construction and allied industries. As one of Australia’s largest super funds, it provides superannuation and income stream accounts to more than 790,000 members and manages over $47 billion of members’ money (as at 31 January 2019). Cbus members include workers and retirees, their families and employers.
Richard Birdsey is the Modern Slavery Lead at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Richard has a long history of working with organisations to balance people, planet and profit.
A career public servant, he has managed diverse projects across several government portfolios including environmental protection, business sustainability, health promotion and worker safety.
His current position working full-time to eradicate slavery from NSW Government operations and supply chains is unique in Australia and one of only a handful public servants in this role globally.
Richard’s purpose driven approach to addressing modern slavery is people-centric.
Laura McManus is Responsible Sourcing Manager at Woolworths Group and oversees the implementation of the company’s Responsible Sourcing Program.
As a former researcher, Laura seeks to translate theory into practice by developing new multi-stakeholder partnerships as strategic human rights interventions. She was co-author of the Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Guide, a publication by the Walk Free Foundation, where she harnessed an interest in the role of business in human rights. Transitioning to the corporate sector, Laura first worked with Konica Minolta Australia to develop and implement its Ethical Sourcing Roadmap and Human Rights Position Statement. For this work, Konica Minolta was recognised as the first business recipient of Anti-Slavery Australia’s Freedom Award.
Laura is a vocal business advocate of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and leads Woolworths Groups’ response in this area. She holds a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Sydney.
Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW Sydney and a Professor of Law, UNSW Law. Professor Davis was elected by the UN Human Rights Council to UNEMRIP in 2017.
Professor Davis currently serves as a United Nations expert with the UN Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples based in UN Geneva. Megan is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is a member of the NSW Sentencing Council and an Australian Rugby League Commissioner. Professor Davis was Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law from 2006-2016.
Dimity Kingsford Smith holds the Minter Ellison Chair of Risk and Regulation in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Dimity’s scholarship is distinctive in applying theoretical concepts and approaches usually considered as socio-legal, to investment regulation and corporations law. She holds professional qualifications for practice and is member of ASIC’s External Advisory Panel and has written research reports for ASIC. She was the inaugural chair of the Conduct Review Commission of the FPA and was between 2011-2017 a member of the Code Committee of the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority. While retaining her role at UNSW Law, Professor Kingsford Smith was NAB Wealth’s Customer Advocate and has acted as a consultant for the wealth business of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She was a member of the Treasury ASIC Enforcement Taskforce recently reviewing the adequacy of ASIC’s enforcement powers and penalties. She is currently a member of the Expert Advisory Panel, assisting APRA with its review of enforcement.
Chris Lamb is the Global Head of Talent and Organisational Development at Lendlease, leading learning and development, diversity and inclusion, talent management, strategic resourcing, employment branding, graduate programmes and recruitment.
He began his career at Lendlease in 2007 as Global Head of Human Resources for the Bovis construction business. In 2009 he transitioned to Human Resources Director, Australia. Since 2010, Chris has been a Non-Executive Director at the Diversity Council Australia, an independent, not-for-profit diversity advisor to business in Australia.
Since 2011 Chris has also been an Advisory Board Member for Pride in Diversity - the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Professor Louise Chappell is Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney.
A Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2010-14), Louise’s research interests are in the areas of women’s rights; gender, politics and institutions and comparative federalism and public policy.
Louise is a UNSW Sydney SHARP hire - an initiative identifying established research leaders to drive up the University's research performance and the number of high-quality and highly cited research publications.
Marcela Manubens joined Unilever in 2013 as Global Vice-President for Social Impact, responsible for leading the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the development of the livelihoods ambition of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, with focus on fairness in the workplace and women's empowerment. Since July 2016, Marcela's role expanded to driving social sustainability implementation in supply chain.
Marcela is a member of the Human Rights Advisory Group to UK Foreign Secretary; Member Social Sustainability Committee CGF; Member of International Business Women's Forum. Marcela has taught at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, New York and Business School, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina.
Dermot O'Gorman has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, including 15-years as CEO in the WWF offices of Australia, China and the Pacific.
As a WWF CEO, Dermot has been responsible for delivering major conservation and sustainable development initiatives from those with significant global impact to tangible on ground results.
Under Dermot’s leadership since 2010, WWF-Australia has undertaken a unique combination of on-the-ground field projects, strategic partnerships with business, and powerful advocacy campaigns. Dermot has a keen interest in the uptake of digital technologies for sustainable development and has recently overseen the development of a blockchain enabled traceability solution that can track food and other products and help consumers to avoid illegal, environmentally-damaging or unethical products.
Abigail McGregor leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s Business Ethics Anti-Corruption Group in Australia, which advises on the implications of increasing regulation and community expectation in anti-corruption, human rights and compliance generally.
Abigail advises clients on the introduction of appropriate policies and procedures responsive to risk, supply chain risk, the management of corporate human rights/modern slavery reporting, as well as conducting investigations.
Abigail has recently developed a data analytics program that assists businesses to identify human rights risks in their supply chains via an online survey issued to suppliers.
Professor Ian Jacobs has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney since 2015 and Chair of the Group of 8 universities since February 2018. Prior to this he was based in the UK as Dean of Medicine at University College London from 2009-11 and Vice President of the University of Manchester from 2011-15.
In his role at UNSW he has led the development and implementation of the “UNSW 2025 Strategy” focused on academic excellence, social engagement and global impact. This has involved an ambitious programme of initiatives in research quality, educational innovation, equity and diversity, thought leadership, knowledge transfer, global development and operational effectiveness. In his role as Go8 Chair he has initiated an engagement strategy focused on explaining the importance of the role and contribution of the Go8 universities to Australian society.
He qualified in medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London before specialising in surgical treatment of women’s cancers.
Elizabeth Tydd was appointed NSW Information Commissioner and CEO of the Information and Privacy Commission NSW in 2013. In April 2016, in addition to her current role, she was appointed NSW Open Data Advocate.
Elizabeth has extensive regulatory and governance experience at an executive and Board level, in a range of jurisdictions and industries including commercial, not for profit and public sector oversight. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as post graduate certificates in executive management and governance.
She has occupied a number of significant statutory roles, including Deputy President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission and Deputy Chairperson of the former Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.
Andy Hall is a migrant worker rights specialist, human rights defender and researcher, who works to increase access to rights, empowerment and remedies for exploitation in global supply chains.
In 2016, Andy was sentenced to three years in prison following a trial for criminal defamation and computer crimes concerning his role in researching a report on migrant conditions in Thailand's food export industry. His conviction was suspended for two years and then overturned in 2018. Andy was forced to leave Thailand at the end of 2016 following new criminal prosecutions launched against him as a result of his campaigning to improve migrant worker conditions in the Thai poultry export industry.
Andy now lives in Nepal and is focusing on promoting ethical recruitment of migrant workers in Asia.
Margaret Stuart is Head of Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania, where she has responsibility for communications and public affairs across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Pacific and for managing the issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment.
She has over 20 years specialist communication and issue management experience in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, working in both consulting and in-house roles in Australia and New Zealand. Her background includes consulting to a range of companies in agriculture, food and health as well as holding senior roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough.
Dr Katie Hepworth is the Director of Workers’ Rights for the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibilities (ACCR), engaging Australian listed companies’ performance on workers' rights.
She has a background in the Australian and international trade union movement, working across campaign, policy and research roles.
Her interests include labour migration and workers’ rights in global supply chains. Katie holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her book At the Edges of Citizenship: Security and the Constitution of Non-citizen Subjects was published by Ashgate in 2013.
Auret van Heerden became an activist as a young student. He served two terms as President of the National Union of South African Students and then launched a series of NGOs to support grassroots labour and community organisations. His anti-apartheid work led to long periods of solitary confinement and torture, house arrest and finally exile in 1987.
He was recruited by the ILO in Geneva in 1988. In 2001 he was detached to help establish the Fair Labor Association in Washington DC and served as its President and CEO until stepping down in 2013. Auret works as an Ombudsman doing special investigations and mediations, provides consultancy services and teaches. His latest venture is to use cognitive computing to give voice to refugees, slaves and trafficked workers.
Elizabeth Broderick has brought together captains of industry, sport, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. She established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality.
Elizabeth was appointed by the United Nations in Geneva as a UN Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert on discrimination against women. In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year.
Elaine Pearson is the Australia Director at Human Rights Watch. She works to influence Australian foreign and domestic policies in order to give them a human rights dimension. Elaine regularly briefs journalists, politicians and government officials, appears on television and radio programs, testifies before parliamentary committees and speaks at public events. Elaine writes frequently for publications including Harper's Bazaar, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.
Elaine is an adjunct lecturer in law at UNSW Sydney. From 2007 to 2012 she was the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division based in New York. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Elaine worked for the United Nations and various non-governmental organisations in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kathmandu and London. She is an expert on migration and human trafficking issues and sits on the board of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. Elaine holds degrees in law and arts from Australia's Murdoch University and obtained her Master's degree in public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Bassina Farbenblum is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law where she is the founding director of the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and the global Migrant Worker Justice Initiative. Bassina has led numerous national and global research teams on migrant workers in Australia, the US and Asia, and frequently advises governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations globally. Bassina’s current research focuses on exploitation of migrant workers and access to remedy, including governance of migrant recruitment, the role of business, and the transformative potential of technology.
Prior to directing the Human Rights Clinic at UNSW, she was a member of the New York Bar and held senior positions at WilmerHale LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union, and previously worked as a solicitor at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney.
Bryce Hutchesson is Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking. A senior career officer with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Bryce was previously Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka (2016-19).
He has also served as Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi (1999-2002), with earlier postings in Bangkok (1995-97) and Tel Aviv (1990-92). He worked in Washington DC with Australia’s Office of National Assessments (2008-10). In Canberra, Mr Hutchesson has led DFAT's South and West Asia Division (2015-16) and, at various times, branches responsible for South Asia and Indian Ocean affairs, regional and international security, and executive planning and coordination.
Sarah McGrath is the Director of International Engagement, Business and Human Rights at the Australian Human Rights Commission. At the Commission, Sarah is responsible for the leadership and management of multiple large-scale international human rights programs. She also oversees the Commission’s business and human rights strategy and projects.
Sarah has experience in a range of multi-stakeholder settings at the national, regional and international level and frequently facilitates dialogue and engagement across civil society, government and the private sector. Sarah returned to the Commission in July 2018 after spending nearly three years working at the forefront of business and human rights issues at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). At ICAR, Sarah oversaw a range of initiatives aimed at ensuring governments create and enforce rules over corporations that promote and protect human rights.
Ben Slade is Managing Principal of the NSW practice of Maurice Blackburn, a national plaintiff and union law firm. Ben specialises in consumer, human rights, mass tort and shareholder class actions. Ben’s first 10 years as a lawyer were at Redfern Legal Centre where learnt to identify and address mass wrongs for prisoners and consumers of credit.
He was Manager, General Law at Legal Aid NSW for six years before joining Maurice Blackburn 18 years ago where he has conducted or supervised the conduct of over 30 class actions. Ben is the Chair of the Law Council’s Australian Consumer Law Committee, he is a co-Chair of its Class Actions Committee and he is a member of the Board of CHOICE.
Libby Ferrari is Manager of Indigenous Affairs for BHP Australia.
Libby joined BHP in 2001 and has worked across the company’s Coal and Iron Ore assets in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland. She has a background and qualifications in Environmental Science and a Masters in Business Administration.
She has worked in senior roles with BHP across a variety of functional areas including Environment, Business Improvement and Corporate Affairs. Libby has been involved in Indigenous engagement for the majority of her career and is passionate about reconciliation and understanding the role of large corporations in advocating for and making a positive difference to Indigenous issues in Australia. Libby is married with four beautiful children and lives in Brisbane.
Amy Sinclair is the Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a leading international NGO tracking the human rights policies and performance of companies worldwide.
Amy works to reduce exploitation and abuse by advancing respect for human rights in business. She advises NGOs, companies and governments on business and human rights law and policy. Amy has been at the forefront of recent corporate human rights developments in Australia, including the creation of the Modern Slavery Act 2018. She is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on business and human rights developments, and is an adjunct lecturer at UNSW Law. Amy was formerly a corporate lawyer, practicing with major international legal practices in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK.
Dr David Cooke was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013. The company is a global firm operating in the technology sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a non-executive director of UN Global Compact Network Australia and has served on the boards of several anti-human trafficking NGO’s.
He completed his doctorate in 2008. David’s dissertation was titled “Building Social Capital though Corporate Social Investment” which dealt with the role of profit–making corporations in furthering the work of the NGO sector. His work was awarded the Globally Responsible Leadership award for Social Impact in 2011 and in 2014 he was awarded the Top Alumnus of the last 20 years by the Southern Cross University Business School.
Professor Richard Dunford joined UNSW Business School in January 2017 as Associate Dean, International & External Relations. Richard has held a range of academic leadership roles, including PVC (Business and Law), University of Newcastle; Chair of the International Business Discipline, University of Sydney Business School; Deputy Dean / Interim Dean, MGSM; Head of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies, UTS.
As well as working within the university sector, Richard has worked in business (the oil industry) and government (technology policy) and has provided consulting services on strategy, managing change and executive education to a wide range of companies in Australasia and South-East Asia. Through these roles, Richard has had extensive experience in engaging with Asia, industry and government.
Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope has 25 years’ experience working extensively with government, business, academia, the media, and the public to develop excellence in humanitarian practise and human rights. As Head of Business and Human Rights at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Phoebe works with clients to consider the human rights impacts of their operations and the value to be gained by adopting a human rights framework when assessing risks and opportunities.
Prior to joining Corrs, Phoebe worked in South East Asia, the Middle East, central and southern Africa and in Europe in response to humanitarian and human rights emergencies. She has represented organisations at the United Nations, and was a founding Director of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, a social enterprise committed to delivering excellence in the humanitarian sector. Phoebe was a Director and part of the Leadership Team of Australian Red Cross and worked with government, academia, the media, and the public on the promotion of international humanitarian law.
Dr Shelley Marshall's research focuses primarily on business and human rights and labour law and development.
She has undertaken empirical studies of business impact on human rights in a diverse range of countries, including Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Australia and Cambodia, and has published widely based on her findings.
Shelley's latest book is Living Wage: Regulatory Solutions to Informal and Precarious Work in Global Supply Chains, published by Oxford University Press. She was one of the co-founders of the Australian Corporate Accountability Network. Her work can be found at shelleymarshall.net
Professor Rosie Campbell is Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King's College London. Prior to joining King’s in 2018, she held positions at Birkbeck and UCL.
She has recently written on barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of support for the populist radical right and what voters want from their elected representatives. Her publications cover the subjects of voting behaviour, public opinion, the politics of diversity and political recruitment. She is the principle investigator of the ESRC funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 British General Elections, and co-investigator of a Leverhulme funded study of British parliamentary candidates and MPs from 1945-2015.