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Director of Story & Strategy, ActionStation
Marianne is the Director of Story and Strategy at ActionStation in New Zealand. As a human rights lawyer, Marianne has worked for the UN in Afghanistan, and with non-governmental organisations in the Gaza Strip and Timor Leste. Marianne is dedicated to the causes of human rights and global disarmament and peace, with considerable experience in building online communities, social entrepreneurship and storytelling. She has also worked for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Oxfam, has contracted to various UN agencies and social research agencies and is co-owner of two Living Wage restaurants.
Digital Campaign Manager, NZ Human Rights Commission
Ryan is the digital campaign manager at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission where he works on their Give Nothing To Racism and Never Again campaigns and leads the Commission’s digital communication. Prior to the Human Rights Commission, he worked as a campaign director for ActionStation in its first two years. He’s also been a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp in New Zealand and has consulted for a range of NGOs on campaign strategy, front-end web development, video production and branding.
Advocacy advisor and campaign coach, Anita Tang Pty Ltd
Anita Tang is an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.
Development and Communications Manager, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
Verity has a long career in working with large not-for-profits to grow their fundraising programs, including five years as Donor Development Program Manager at Amnesty International Australia. She is passionate about Indigenous rights and recently made the move to NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy), a small Aboriginal youth organisation. Her role as Development and Communications Manager means that she has the daunting yet exciting challenge of growing sustainable fundraising from the ground up. In a fundraising environment dominated by need driven propositions, she is determined to create positive promotions of Aboriginal communities that inspire audiences to support.
Founder and National Director, Democracy in Colour
Tim is the Founder & National Director of Democracy in Colour. He also works at United Voice as a senior organiser. Previously, Tim was the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, led communications for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC.
National co-director, SEED
Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and is the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaign. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initiatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Tom is one of Australia's top filmmakers for cause-based campaigns, having created video content for clients like Amnesty International, The Climate Council, GetUp! and Greenpeace. Tom runs GoodChat TV, a production agency that specialises in purpose driven video content.
Head of Campaigns, Save the Children
Tim manages Save the Children's advocacy campaigns and public engagement activities. He has extensive experience in building social movements around political moments and human rights issues, and co-ordinates Save the Children's engagement with its supporters and advocacy partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, Tim worked as a Digital Campaigner for Oxfam Australia and a Press Secretary for Senator Rachel Siewert. Tim also manages Save the Children's youth advocacy program, which supports passionate young people to take part in political, social and international diplomacy and lobbying. He and his team work to ensure that children's right are a core part of Save the Children's public-facing campaigns. He is the current Chair of Digital Rights Watch.
Managing Director, Agency Ventures
Tom is an expert in digital technology and online communications, especially in the area of youth – he directed UN Youth communications in Australia for several years. He’s a vegetarian who loves tending to his courtyard garden to shake off hours spent swimming in code. Tom’s a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and reckons digital media can give us all the knowledge and all the access we need to change the world for the better.
Executive Director, Fair Agenda
Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate for growing movements for positive change. She was named one of 2015's '100 Women of Influence'. Previously Renee co-directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, helping engage 6,000 Australians to raise more than $1.4 million for projects tackling extreme poverty. She was also part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million additional funding for global polio eradication effort
Author and campaigner
Anna Rose is an author and campaigner who comes from a family with a long farming history. She is co-founder of Farmers for Climate Action. Anna ran Earth Hour with WWF-Australia for two years from 2013-2015. In 2006 she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was National Co-Director for five years. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012) and co-starred in the ABC documentary ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change’. Anna previously convened the Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence at the Australian National University. She is a former Churchill Fellow and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Earthcare award for her services to international environmental protection. She was the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015 and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (A.C.T.) the same year. She is an advisory board member of the Australian Geographic Society, and a Director of the Aussie Farmers Foundation and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She is a former Director of Solar Citizens, the Bob Brown Foundation, and Green Music Australia. Anna is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Climate Change Centre and an Associate of Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute. Anna is currently completing a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellowship.
Head of New Things, CHOICE
Viveka is an inventor, a 20-year pioneer of virtual and augmented reality, and a builder of powerful creative communities. Previously Creative Director of R&D at the ABC and a researcher at the UTS Creativity and Cognition Studios he now leads a team of designers and technologists who are inventing the future of fair, just and safe markets.
Community & Fundraising Manager, Climate Council
Cassie manages a community of over 150,000 donors, members, volunteers, and supporters as the Community & Fundraising Manager at the Climate Council. Cassie's work spans fundraising, community engagement, digital content, marketing, communications and strategy. Key achievements include growing the Climate Council’s online regular giving program by 27%, more than doubling the size of the Climate Council’s supporter base and coordinating the Kimberley Fundraising Challenge which raised over $110,000 for the Climate Council. Cassie previously worked in the higher education sector and is currently undertaking a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability.
Campaigner, United Voice NSW
Sara works for United Voice – the union for cleaners, early educators, casino and home care workers. Sara focuses on digital strategy and implementation, aiming to connect members working in isolated workforces, and to help them build power on and offline.
Documentary storytelling and impact campaign specialist
Teri’s career has spanned almost 20 years across both the film industry and the not-for-profit sector. In the not-for-profit sector Teri has worked in communications, advocacy, strategy and fundraising roles for organisations including Greenpeace, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Jubilee Australia and the Council for International Development. She spent almost five years working with Screen Australia, first managing the agency’s communications and then in her final year with Screen Australia managing the agency’s feature film distribution program. She has also worked with boutique distributors running national marketing and publicity campaigns for social change feature documentaries and has co-distributed two feature films. Most recently, Teri was an impact producer with Media Stockade, a production company specialising in documentary storytelling and impact campaigns where she led the company's impact campaign consultancy. She is currently working as a freelance impact producer with NITV and on Larissa Behrendt's feature documentary After The Apology.
Digital Campaign Director, The Equality Campaign
Adam is a campaign communication specialist with a community organising background. He believes in empowering others to tell their stories as a way of bringing people together to create change. Adam has helped students, the LGBTIQA+ community, and higher education workers win campaigns. Adam joined Australian Marriage Equality from the National Tertiary Education Union, where he was head of communications and campaigns in NSW. He played a leading role in developing the 'No $100,000 Degrees' campaign against university fee deregulation and worked with colleagues to increase membership by 12 percent in 2 years.
Deputy Director, The Sunrise Project
Sam La Rocca is a strategist and organiser committed to building people powered movements for a socially just and ecologically sane world. Sam's been active since the early 1990s. He co-founded activist education outfit the Change Agency, pioneered electoral organising with the Greens and led Adam Bandt’s successful re-election campaign. More recently he facilitated a process to reset climate movement strategy and developed GetUp’s Environmental Justice, election and organising strategies. He’s now Deputy Director at The Sunrise Project.
Digital and Grassroots Lead, Campaign for Australian Aid
Jody is the Digital and Grassroots Lead at Campaign for Australian Aid. Jody has played lead roles in the formation and growth of faith-based justice movements, Common Grace and Love Makes A Way, and has led anti-poverty campaigns with World Vision Australia and the Oaktree Foundation.
Public Narrative Coordinator, Australian Conservation Society
Tessa is a change maker and framing expert who tells stories to change the world. She works across engagement, fundraising and campaigning, where she inspires and skills up ACF’s community to stand up and speak out. She has a PhD in cultural studies and a background in academia, law and design. She has also trained with digital fundraising experts Mike Whitney and Nicole Aro and messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio through Progress’ experts-in-residence program. Tessa has green thumbs, lots of coloured pencils and big dreams for a more beautiful world.
Social Media Specialist, Amnesty International Australia
Jessie is a commsy/campaigny/webby all-rounder with a long career in Australia's non-profit sector. In her current role at Amnesty, Jessie has worked on flagship campaigns aimed at ending the practice of offshore detention of asylum seekers, and reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in the justice system. She also headed up digital comms for Amnesty's 2015 anti-death penalty campaign in response to the imminent, and ultimately tragic, execution of two Australians in Indonesia. In her former role at The Wilderness Society, Jessie lead comms work for the successful campaign to save Walmadan (James Price Point) from the clutches of the gas industry. Jessie is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has previously spent a year working for UNICEF in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.
Communications and Campaign Director, United Voice
Tim Petterson is a communications and campaigns director at United Voice, where he does digital and media strategy. He works extensively on Big Steps, a campaign by early childhood educators who are fighting for equal pay. For the last year he's also been leading an innovation project aimed at helping young hospitality workers organise online, build power and win respect and better jobs.
Digital Campaigner, The Wilderness Society
Warrick has been working in conservation advocacy since 2001, primarily on forest conservation issues. For the past 12 months he has been developing and implementing new digital strategies at The Wilderness Society, one of Australia's leading environment organisations.
LGBTQIA+ campaigner, GetUp
Sally Rugg is a LGBTQIA+ rights campaigner, activist and public speaker. She is the Creative Director at GetUp, overseeing their video, social media and public narrative work, and leads the campaign for marriage equality. Her work was instrumental in parliament blocking legislation for a plebiscite in 2016. Sally regularly speaks at LGBTQIA+ rights rallies and events, helps lead the community campaign to save the Safe Schools program, and volunteers with LGBTQIA+ youth at Twenty10. She received the Young Achiever Award at the 2016 Honour Awards, was named in TimeOut's 40 under 40 and was number 5 on LOTL's Lesbian Power List. In 2017 she has been named as one of Australia's most influential LGBTQIA+ people by Cosmopolitan Magazine and Mamamia.
Digital Director, Democracy in Colour
Neha is the Digital Director at Democracy in Colour. She has almost ten years of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. Most recently she worked on the Yes campaign at Australian Marriage Equality, and is a Digital Campaigner at the Australian Services Union NSW & ACT. Previously she has worked for a NSW politician and was a Community Organiser on the Land Water Future campaign with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Disability and accessibility advocate
Aine is changemaker who spends her time working on making the world a more inclusive place. She’s headed up advocacy for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, worked for a range of NFPs in the disability sector and loves making things accessible - movements, policies, info, comms & beyond.
National Director, AYCC
Gemma is the National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to stepping up, Gemma was AYCC's campaign and programs co-director, driving strategy and the rollout of AYCC's campaigns and programs through their huge grassroots network across the country. Gemma been with the AYCC since 2010 as a NSW State Coordinator, National Fundraising Director and Campaigner and recently led their successful Don't Risk the Reef campaign which saw Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank publicly withdraw from coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. Gemma is passionate about empowering young people to take action on climate change and has run training days for hundreds of young people and even facilitated climate change workshops in the Antarctic.
Director of Strategy, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
Tamsin Lloyd has been the head of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s National Communications Team for 4 years, and has recently moved to be the Director of Strategy. Although now infamous for the union’s dank memes, the AMWU’s communications team spends most of its time focused on union ‘core business’ – organising and growth work. Over the last 4 years the AMWU’s Communications Team has undergone a radical transformation to bring digital and communications tools to the union’s work in organising new members, supporting industrial bargaining, and rolling out political campaigns, with a focus on the way the union communicates with members in small and dispersed sites and across a range of occupations and industries. Their focus is on how digital tools can best be used to support the work of union members. Prior to working at the AMWU, Tamsin has worked at other trade unions, as a campaigner, and in Government.
National Digital Manager, Australian Workers' Union
Linda is the National Digital Manager at the Australian Workers’ Union, where she heads up digital and communications strategy. This year Linda has been working to launch Hair Stylists Australia - an innovative new union that is tackling the challenges of organising a disparate workforce. She is passionate about using effective messaging to motivate people, and translating online engagement to offline action. Linda is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has experience in leading community campaigns in the areas of gender and sustainability.