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 is also a contributor and researcher at the Geneva Institute of International Relations. She's passionate about examining political dynamics, international media, unconscious bias towards foreign accents, and the development of 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 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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