Oxfam International Executive Director
Winnie Byanyima is a leader on women’s rights, democracy and peace. She previously served in the Ugandan Parliament, the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender & Development at the UN Development Program.
President, Australian Human Rights Commission
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. Gillian is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law. Gillian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including law including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights. Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans. Gillian also served the Commission as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1 August 2016 to 9 February 2017.
Human Rights Campaign Director, GetUp!
Shen Narayanasamy is the Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp! She leads the No Business in Abuse campaign which targets corporate involvement in mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and #LetThemStay which aims to prevent the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers to Nauru. Shen's background is as human rights lawyer and advocate working in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific on issues of economic justice and land rights.
Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, patriotism and national identity has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain. Tim is the author of four books: I’m Not Racist But … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and presented the documentary series Mongrel Nation on ABC Radio National (2013). Tim is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University and chairs the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity. Born in France and raised in southwest Sydney, Tim holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of The University of Sydney.
Co-chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Rod Little is from the Yamatji and Nyoongar nations of Geraldton and Perth. He is currently Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and before that a Director of Congress from 2011-2015. He is an active member of the multicultural alliance opposing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act; as well as a champion for the ACT Human Rights Office ‘Diversity in the Territory’ campaign. Rod has broad experience in public policy and strong commitment to young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander person’s education; he has participated on the CRC Ninti One – Remote Education Systems research advisory group, plus was previously a member the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory group. He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010. With extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in international, national and local grassroots processes.
Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia
Dr Helen Szoke is a strong advocate for foreign aid, international development, human rights, gender and race equity. She was previously the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
Community Engagement and Education, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Pemba was born in the DR Congo, and grew up in a refugee camp in Tanzania before leaving to study. Becoming involved in political activism meant he was forced to flee and last year came to Australia as a refugee. Pemba brings more than 12 years experience working with under-privileged communities, including refugees and is focused on community engagement, peace building and entrepreneurship. In 2012 he founded the Tumaini Sports Academy, a not-for-profit organisation using sports and music to promote peace and human rights. He has been an action partner with Oxfam International and met President Obama when selected for The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Pemba dreams of a time when people are treated equally regardless of their background. He wants to help create an Australia which welcomes people seeking asylum, and whose children and grandchildren can flourish and be part of a thriving, peaceful community.