Say hello to the passionate and dedicated people that bring MDA’s work to life. Our team of Non-Executive Directors bring passion, media insights, business and non-profit knowledge to govern MDA in accordance with our values and Strategic Plan.
Isabel is the founder and co-chair of Media Diversity Australia. She is an advisory board member at the Centre for Media Transition. Prior to this she was part of the fledgling team that launched ABC News 24, Australia's first free-to-air 24-hour news network. She later went on to work at CNN International in London and as the Editor of Opinion and Commissioning at Mamamia. She is the mother of three kids and lives in New York City.
Antoinette is the co-founder and co-chair of Media Diversity Australia. She is a multi-award-winning journalist and media commentator. Antoinette has worked across television, radio and online news and current affairs at Network 10, ABC, triple j and SBS. She has appeared on panels including ABC's Q&A and Afternoon Briefing, Sky News, Studio10, and SBS and has written opinion articles for several publications including Sydney Morning Herald, news.com.au, The Guardian and Mamamia.
In 2019, Antoinette was named among AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, she was awarded a Women’s Agenda Leadership Award and B&T Women in Media Champion of Change. Her first book, ‘How to Lose Friends and Influence White people’ will be published by Penguin Random House in early 2022.
Antoinette is also part of the Judith Nielson Institute For Journalism and Ideas’ International Advisory Council. She is an Ambassador for mental health organisation the Gidget Foundation and the Australian Thyroid Foundation.
Alvaro is the company secretary of Media Diversity Australia. He has has over 15 years’ experience in commercial planning and strategy and currently works for Qantas Loyalty. He worked for several years in the not-for-profit sector, delivering funding strategies to ensure the sustainability of the organizations he worked for. Originally from Spain, Alvaro has lived in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor's in Law and recently completed an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales.
Talal is an accomplished business figure, academic and philanthropist. He is the managing director of Crescent Wealth, an Islamic superannuation and investment firm, and the company secretary of the Crescent Foundation charity. He serves on the boards of The Whitlam Institute and the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal received an OAM in 2010 for his services to business and community. His charity funds a dozen scholarships a year at Western Sydney University for refugees.
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