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Theme: A Certain Optimism: Changing the Nature of the Game

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April 27, 2017
6:00pm - 9:30pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
Melbourne, Victoria

Following the footsteps of the TEDxFulbright community in Washington D.C., Santa Monica, Frankfurt & Dublin, TEDxFulbrightMelbourne will be the first to premiere in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting eight incredible speakers over three hours at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre this April.

Our theme, 'A Certain Optimism: Changing the Nature of the Game' draws directly from Senator Fulbright, a gifted statesman & the longest serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He had profound influence on America’s foreign policy, and his vision for mutual understanding shaped the extraordinary exchange program bearing his name.

Stay tuned - tickets on sale Monday, 3 April 2017!

About our theme:

On February 22nd 1967 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Senator Fulbright marked the 10th anniversary of the Fulbright program with a speech on “International Education and the Hope for a Better World”. He laid claim to the humanizing influence of education on world affairs during a time inundated by fear of nuclear weapons, poverty, communism, and tense relations both domestically and overseas. Today we are presented with different challenges but the impetus to face them is the same; to hope for a better future through education and cooperation, new techniques and new attitudes. Our intent is to show a new perspective on familiar technology, ideas, and structures – to show an optimistic future.

ABOUT TEDxFulbright:

Reflecting the Fulbright exchange program, TEDxFulbright seeks to facilitate an experience that embodies the continued power of progress through international, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary connection and community action.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
305 Grattan Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
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A/Professor Vinay S. Rane

Obstetrician | Gynaecologist | Lawyer | Professor
Associate Professor Vinay S. Rane is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist consulting at Melbourne Mothers. He provides a uniquely holistic and thorough approach to women’s health care, specializing in the care of professional and amateur athletes, working women and healthcare workers. Vinay returned to Melbourne in 2016 after undertaking attachments at several institutions in the United States, including the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University, where he maintains collaborative relationships.

Brigitte Smith

Founder & Managing Director | GBS Ventures
Brigitte Smith has twenty years’ experience in venture capital, business strategy and start-up company operations. Brigitte has been investing and managing investments for GBS’s $450m of life science specialized venture capital funds since 1998. Brigitte is on the board of GBS portfolio companies AirXpanders Inc, Endoluminal Sciences Pty Ltd, Neuromonics Pty Ltd, Proacta Inc, and Vivive Inc. Brigitte was the founding investor and chair of Pharmaxis Pty Ltd. Prior to founding GBS Brigitte worked in the U.S. and Australia in operating roles with early stage technology based companies, and at Bain & Company as a strategic management consultant. Ms Smith has a B. Chem Eng (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and as a Fulbright Scholar completed a MBA (Honours) from the Harvard Business School and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both in Boston, USA.

David Hobbs

Lecturer | School of Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics at Flinders University
David has undergraduate bachelor degrees in both Physics and Biomedical Engineering from Flinders University, and has extensive experience as a Rehabilitation Engineer in the field of disability, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies. David is a Lecturer and academic staff member within the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University, where he is also completing his PhD, developing a novel computer gaming system for children with cerebral palsy (CP) to improve their hand function. David also has experience working in rehabilitation engineering research and industry institutions in England, Canada and the United States. When not working, David loves Lego, traveling, catching up with friends, drinking red wine, pretty much all sports, and anything Star Wars related. He lives in Adelaide with his Biomedical Engineer wife, Jodie, and their three young children, two rabbits, two fish and Gracie - a guide dog in training - where life is never dull or boring!

Dr Hamish Graham

Founder, Global Health Gateway | Paediatrician | Research Fellow at the Centre for International Child Health
Dr Hamish Graham is a paediatrician and research fellow at the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne. He is currently leading an innovative program in Nigeria, helping hospitals bring life-saving oxygen therapy to sick children. Dr Graham is also a consultant paediatrician working in paediatric tuberculosis and refugee health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Graham has previously worked in remote Australia, Sudan, India, and Afghanistan. Dr Graham completed a Fulbright fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA. Dr Graham completed his medical and paediatric specialty training, and postgraduate study in international health, in Australia. He continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, research, and teaching in Australia and abroad.

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava OAM

Oncologist, Writer & Broadcaster
Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, was educated in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. In 2004 she won the prestigious Fulbright Award, which she completed at the University of Chicago. She was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and started practicing oncology in the public hospital system. Ranjana’s writing has been published worldwide, including in Time Magazine and The Week. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian and a health presenter on ABC TV and 774 Radio. Her first book, 'Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with My Patients about Life and Death', was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Her second book, 'Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown between Doctors and Patients' won the Human Rights Literature Prize. Her two books on navigating cancer, A Cancer Companion and After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well have been warmly reviewed and widely used.

Hamish Graham

Dr Hamish Graham is a paediatrician and public health researcher who is passionate about improving the health of children globally. His passion has taken him remote Australia, Sudanese refugee camps, Indian villages, and the war-torn capital of Afghanistan. He currently works at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for International Child Health, leading a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded project to improve oxygen therapy for children in Nigerian hospitals.

Melanie Poole

Director of Engagement | Federation of Community Legal Centres
Melanie Poole is the Director of Engagement at the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Before joining the Federation, Melanie was a Senior Advisor for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and led the ACTU’s civil society engagement. Melanie was previously CARE International’s Senior Advocacy Advisor the United Nations in New York, a post she held after a decade in international development, including country office work in Kenya and Pakistan. Melanie has also worked as a strategic communications consultant, with previous clients including Amnesty International, the CPSU, Sum of Us, GetUp, All Out and Just Leadership USA. During her time in New York, Melanie was active in civil liberties campaigns, and chaired the Stonewall Policy Alliance. Melanie holds a Masters in Public Policy from New York University which she completed as an Anne Wexler – Fulbright scholar, and Arts & Law degrees from the Australian National University.

Monique di Mattina

Singer | Songwriter | Radio Personality
In 2000, Monique received the prestigious Fulbright and Queens Trust awards for Masters study in New York City, New York. Over four years, Monique worked with Lou Reed, Bjork, Jimmy Cobb and the bands of Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega and Norah Jones, and recorded her first album ‘Live at the 55’ at the iconic 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. Following her return to Melbourne in 2009, Monique released three albums on the JazzHead label – two exquisite solo piano collections 'Senses' and 'Sun Signs' and the acclaimed rootsy jazz-pop inflected ‘Welcome Stranger’. Monique appears weekly on Tim Thorpe’s 3 RRR program Vital Bits for her ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ segment, in which she writes and performs a song within an hour, according to listener’s requests. She performs regularly with Clare Bowditch, The Melbourne Tango Quintet and Doug de Vries, she teaches piano and song-writing at the Victorian College of the Arts and her music features regularly on ABC, BBC London and local radio.

Monique diMattina

Singer songwriter and boogie-woogie barrelhouse basher Monique di Mattina has storng roots in New York and Melbourne. She’s worked with Lou Reed, Jimmy Cobb, Suzanne Vega and Norah Jones, and appears weekly on Tim Thorpe’s 3 RRR program Vital Bits for her ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ segment, in which she writes and performs a song within an hour, according to listener’s requests. She performs regularly with Clare Bowditch, The Melbourne Tango Quintet and Doug de Vries, she teaches piano and song-writing at the Victorian College of the Arts and her music features regularly on ABC, BBC London and local radio.

Patricia Aufderheide

Founder, Center for Media & Social Impact | Professor of Communication Studies, American University
Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and Founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is currently based at Queensland University of Technology, undertaking a Fulbright Scholarship. Her books include 'Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright', 'Documentary: A Very Short Introduction', 'The Daily Planet', and 'Communications Policy in the Public Interest'. Patricia co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center for Media and Social Impact with Professor Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law. She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Patricia received the George Stoney award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015.

Ranjana Srivastava

Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, award-winning author and columnist for The Guardian. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work on doctor-patient communication.

Vinay Rane

Vinay Rane is an Australian obstetrician, gynaecologist, lawyer and public health researcher. He practices high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery in Melbourne, Victoria.

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