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 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.
Alvaro has over 18 years’ experience in commercial planning and strategy and currently works for Qantas. 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 from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wayne is an Indigenous leader from the Kimberley region. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading advocates for Indigenous self-determination through economic empowerment and opportunity, specialising in native title and mining negotiations, capital and business structuring.
Bergmann is a Nyikina man, boilermaker-welder, lawyer and entrepreneur. He has served as Executive Director of Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Land Council and KRED Enterprises Charitable Foundation. Bergmann was proud to have chaired the Expert Indigenous Working Group for the Coalition of Australian Government investigation into Indigenous Land Administration and Use.
He is currently Managing Director of Leedal Foundation, an Indigenous enterprise that operates, hotels, pubs, a supermarket and a mechanic vehicle servicing business; serves as Executive Chairman of National Indigenous Times, Australia’s largest independent media news and business news; and is a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales Business School of Management and Governance.
Monica is a multi Walkley award-winning journalist. In her 40-year career, she hosted prime-time shows for the ABC including 'Media Watch', 'PM' and 'The World Today'. She is the author of the best-selling “Russia: Which Way Paradise?”, which details the collapse of Soviet communism. Monica received an OAM in 1992 in recognition of her work as a foreign correspondent in Moscow. She was formerly the head of journalism at UTS and is now the co director of the UTS Centre for Media Transition.
Amanda is MDA's Company Secretary. She has worked in a number of industries including transportation, utilities and insurance over the last twenty years, primarily in project management and governance roles. She currently works in the not-for-profit sector establishing a Project Management Office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Management) from UTS and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Media Diversity Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.