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 political and media adviser with more than fifteen years of experience in journalism and five years' experience in the Australian government sector. A former Spanish radio journalist and television presenter with a strong interest in social justice, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science, and a Master's degree in Development Practice with a major in Politics of Global Development. Azucena’s media involvement in Australia includes 4EB and ABC. Internationally, she’s also a researcher with the Geneva Institute of International Relations on topics of human rights and global socio-political dynamics. She’s passionate about cultural diversity, international relations, and unconscious bias towards multiculturalism.
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 media, communications and advocacy professional with public relations expertise. Multifaceted Akashika has given PR elevation by running campaigns for multicultural communities. With her boutique Media & Advisory platform, Akashika's journalism broadcasts contemporary Australia and is the voice in International Affairs spanning India & Australia.
Akashika heads the PR & advocacy for a BetterLaws4Safer Qld Advocacy Coalition for Queensland Human Rights Commission. She is passionate about politics, people & policy.
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. He's been in Australia for more than 10 years and has always been interested in radio journalism. He's the Executive Producer of The Wire in Brisbane, produced at Radio 4EB 98.1FM. Eduardo is always seen in the mornings with a cup of coffee.
Sophie has been a journalist with News Corp for over 25 years working mostly across business journalism, finance, real estate, digital and general news, including senior editorial roles offshore. She was a peer judge for The Walkley Awards in 2020 in the business journalism category. Sophie is currently News Corp's Queensland Digital Editor Real Estate and is also on the committee of Pacific Women In Network #mypacificsister.
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