ISABEL LO

Isabel Lo 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 two kids.

WALEED ALY

Waleed is one of Australia’s most prominent media commentators. The multi Logie and Walkley award winner presents ‘The Project’ on Network Ten, writes a regular column for Fairfax Media, co-hosts ‘The Minefield’ on ABC Radio National and lectures at Monash University. He also plays a pretty mean lead guitar for the Melbourne band Robot Child.

TANYA ORMAN

Tanya Denning Orman, a Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led NITV since joining SBS in 2012 and became its first Head of Indigenous Content. With more than 20 years’ experience working in media, Tanya has previously held positions as a journalist and producer for ABC and SBS, and a number of different roles at NITV since its inception in 2007. She also holds a number of industry Board positions including with First Nations Media Australia and the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network.

TIM SOUTPHOMMASANE

Tim is the Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2013-18. Before taking on his role at the Australian Human Rights Commission, he held positions at the University of Sydney and Monash University. He is the author of five books on national identity and multiculturalism, and chairs the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

LOUISA GRAHAM

Louisa Graham is the Chief Executive of the Walkley Foundation. Louisa has a background in both not-for-profit management and the media, having worked for United Nations Women, The Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Ten Network. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

KATRINA RATHIE

Katrina Rathie is the Partner in Charge of King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.  As the only Asian Australian woman to lead a top-tier law firm, Katrina is a role model for gender and cultural diversity in the professional services industry.  Katrina was named the winner of the AFR Woman of Influence awards in the Board & Management category and NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year.  She is a non-executive director of The Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, Cranbrook School and NSW Rugby/Waratahs. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW.

MONICA ATTARD

Monica is a multi Walkley award-winning journalist. In her 35-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 radio correspondent in Moscow. She is currently the head of journalism at UTS.

SHEBA NANDKEOLYAR

Sheba is a multicultural marketing and advertising expert. She founded Multi Connexions, one of Australia’s largest multicultural and diaspora advertising agency and advises leading brands and government on cultural strategy. She is on the board of the International Advertising Association – IAA Australia among other government and industry boards. Sheba was the first woman National Chair of Australia India Business Council and is Trustee & Board Member of Follow Your Dreams Foundation Australia.

HUGH RIMINTON

Hugh Riminton has worked as a foreign correspondent, host, political editor and bureau chief for over three decades. He was a correspondent for CNN, the presenter of Nine Network’s ‘Nightline’ and is currently a senior reporter at Ten Eyewitness News. Hugh is an ambassador for Soldier On, an organisation supporting soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. He also mentors young refugees who are considering careers in journalism.

TALAL YASSINE

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.