Lisa is a multi-award-winning author and public speaker. She is exploring how news professionals can better represent disability — drawing on her own first-hand experience — and the positive ways it can impact other areas of popular culture. For years she has strategically and creatively achieved visibility for her clients' messaging and is now helping to ensure more authentic visibility for disability.
Azucena is a Spanish journalist and has more than 15 years of experience as a radio and television presenter. She has worked in government and has a master’s degree from the University of Queensland in development practice. She’s interested in social justice, examining unconscious bias towards gender, foreign accents and development initiatives focusing on inclusion.
Stefan is the Brisbane-based correspondent for SBS World News, a federal delegate with journalist union MEAA and an Industry Fellow at Griffith University. For a decade he worked overseas at the BBC, Dow Jones and CNBC and, with the ABC’s Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), trains journalists in the region. His reportage on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, multicultural and Pacific affairs has been recognised with several national journalism awards.
Niels is a journalist from the Netherlands with nearly two decades of experience. Based as a foreign correspondent in Australia since 2008, he works for a variety of media outlets including radio, print and online platforms. Niels is also an adjunct research fellow in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research where he specialises in cross-cultural media and communication research.
Faith has worked in radio and television newsrooms both in Australia and internationally. She started in radio in Brisbane before joining the AFN network as a video journalist and television news the producer and presenter for 'The Wire'. After a stint as Media Director at the Media Center in Tokyo, she returned to Australia to work for ABC local radio. She was the a producer and presenter for The Wire and a senior producer for 'Mornings on 4BC'.
Akashika is an experienced community manager and journalist spanning India and Australia. She started and runs Abhaya, a support forum for migrant women in Australia. She also works in policy development to support diverse women in employment, health and domestic violence. She was a finalist at the India Australia Business Community Awards in 2017.
Behrooz is originally from Iran, where he presented and produced various programs in Persian and English. He has a background in community broadcasting and has been a volunteer broadcaster with Radio 4EB — Queensland’s only full-time ethnic radio station. Since joining the ethnic broadcaster in 2010 he has been responsible for project management, marketing and event coordination.
Eduardo earned his PhD in journalism for analysing coverage of international news in the Australian landscape. Since arriving in Australia from Mexico, he has been a reporter for 'The Wire' and co-produces 'Fair Comment', a radio program exploring grassroots issues affecting Australians. Both programs air on Radio 4EB. He is always seen in the mornings with a cup of coffee.
Sophie Foster has been a News Corp journalist for two decades in Fiji and Australia, specialising in real estate, business, finance and crisis journalism. She was the deputy editor of the Fiji Times and is currently a finance and property reporter at the Courier Mail. She loves nothing better than to curl up with a good data-set or swipe right on a bit of property porn.