Alex Jenkins is the Director of the Western Australian Data Science Innovation Hub at Curtin University. In this role, he supports businesses, government, and academia with building their knowledge of, and capability in, data science and artificial intelligence.
Anaesthetist and columnist
An anaesthetist, columnist, and former President of Australian Medical Association WA, Andrew's entertaining manner and ingrained habit of direct speech helped set WA on a path to a world-leading response to COVID-19.
Greg is an outback Australian ‘bush’ astronomer. Using his unique perspective and engaging presentation he shares a new way of seeing both the earth and the cosmos that surrounds us.
Greg has been featured as the Practical Astronomer for the last four seasons of the ‘Stargazing Live’ with Professor Brian Cox on BBC and Australian ABC television. In 2018, Greg’s own 10-part television series ‘A Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos’ was released on ABC. He is known to many as #spacegandalf.
Jahna has spent over 20 years advocating for equal rights for Indigenous people in Australia. A proud Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region, She has represented her people at the United Nations on three occasions, shining a spotlight on issues such as children’s rights and equal access to employment, education and training for women. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be elected into the Western Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame. Her achievements were further acknowledged in 2017 when she won Business News 40 Under 40, First amongst equals and Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise. In 2022, Jahna was announced as the WA's recipient of the Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, by Women in Leadership Australia.
Jahna is a board member of International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Australian Honey Ventures, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and North Metropolitan Health Services Board. She is also an Associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA and Governance Institute of Australia. Jahna lives in Perth, working as Executive Director of IPS Management Consultants, an independent first nations-owned consultancy.
Jarrad is an acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, creative director, and part-time Steve Aoki impersonator.
Kirk Docker’s approach to interviewing includes questions that people are often afraid to ask. In so doing, he breaks down stereotypes and offers us insight into the lives of misunderstood and marginalised people. He has showcased this approach to conversation in his role as interviewer, co-creator and director of the award-winning Australian television series “ You Can’t Ask That”.
Lauren Crooke has built a portfolio of daring, large-scale photographs showing women and non-binary folk through the female gaze. These photographs form powerful and challenging statements on gendered oppression, violence and inequality - and have also been a source of healing for trauma.
With a background in literature and communications, Len has dedicated much of his career to recording and reclaiming Aboriginal language and culture. Through his former role as Australian Research Council Chief Investigator at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia, Len completed several studies to help preserve the Nyungar language. His work included creating a public database of 25,000 Nyungar words for places in the South-West of Australia and the first Australian bilingual Aboriginal Wikipedia.
In 2022, Len was acknowledged as a WA Nominee Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards.
Dr Nerida Wilson is a marine biologist who has published over a hundred peer-reviewed articles and has four species named after her. She has participated on sixteen oceanographic expeditions, leading several of these as Chief Scientist. Her interests span marine environments from the tropics to the poles, and from shallow reefs to the deep sea. Nerida's most recent projects examine seadragon biology and conservation.
Peter Holmes à Court
Peter has over 20 years’ experience as an executive and company director, running companies in the US, UK and Australia. As the founder of Back Row Productions, he produced artists in 30 countries, including Tap Dogs in China, Eddie Izzard in New York and Jerry Seinfeld in London. As CEO of the Australian Agricultural Company, he ran what today is the largest cattle company in the world. Peter was also Executive Chairman of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team, working alongside Russell Crowe to transform the team from bottom of the league to 2014 premiership winners. He also turned his attention to writing with contributions to The Guardian, The World Post, The Australian, Huffington Post, Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald as well as writing his own book, Riding with Giants.
Peter lives in Nairobi, Kenya, documenting humanitarian and climate issues. Writing each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Peter documents his continued questioning of capitalism in all its different forms.
Sandor Mulsow led the Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources at the International Seabed Authority, the organisation tasked with protecting our deep seas. He has been a UN Scientist for over 20 years, primarily with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and he is a Professor of Marine Geology at the Universidad Austral de Chile. He is featured in the documentary ‘Deep Rising’ narrated by Jason Momoa.
Sustainability and urban community activist
Shani Graham is an educator, author, inspirational speaker and passionate community builder. She also grows veggies and milks goats.
Community development advocate
Over fifteen years working with vulnerable people, Susie Delaporte has implemented practical solutions to address complex, underlying issues of accessibility for youth in regional Western Australia. She is a strong advocate for young people who face systemic barriers, and is a psychology graduate. Susie is a Senior Community Development Officer at the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.