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.
Communications Expert (Back by Popular Demand!)
Anat Shenker-Osorio is an Oakland, California-based communications expert, researcher and political pundit whose one-of-a-kind work is challenging the way dozens of organizations and political figures talk about the pressing issues of our time.
Vice President of Product & Design, Change.org
Nick Allardice is the Vice President of Product & Design at Change.org - the world's largest online platform for social change. He's responsible for building all the user experience and technology for Change.org's more than 60 million monthly and 200 million all time users. As the founder of Change.org in Australia and one of the first campaigners employed at Change.org globally, he helped pioneer the model of story based distributed organising which has now lead to a huge number of significant people powered victories, and 1 in 6 Australians joining a Change.org campaign. He went on to launch and manage Change.org's presence in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, and also lead Change.org's team of 100+ campaigners around the world focused on incubating the most inspiring and compelling campaigns started on the platform. Nick is the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign, and has held senior or board roles at PL+US, The Oaktree Foundation, AYCC and MakePovertyHistory.
Community leader and activist, Paga Hill Settlement, Papua New Guinea / The Opposition film
Joe Moses was a resident of Paga Hill and elected Chairman of the Paga Hill Community in 2012. A trained anthropologist, he was employed by the University of Papua New Guinea as an administration assistant. He led the community in its attempt to resist the eviction by the Paga Hill Development Company (PNG) Ltd. Assisted by many in the community, he created the Paga Hill Heritage Association and tried to use the justice system to prevent the eviction. His house was the first to be bulldozed followed by his neighbours’, and later in 2014, the church and the school. He has continued to fight for adequate restitution and for his efforts has been harassed by the police and has received death threats. Afraid for his life (and his family), he has left PNG temporarily and continues to seek support for his struggle from international sources. In 2017, he received support to study a short course in International Human Rights Law at Nottingham University.
Digital Fundraising Manager, Bernie 2016
Michael Whitney is an expert marketer, fundraiser, and campaigner with thirteen years of experience building digital programs to engage supporters for political candidates and non-profit organisations. Currently an Australian Progress Expert-in-Residence, Michael was the Digital Fundraising Manager of Bernie Sanders' U.S. presidential campaign, which raised more than $218 million USD online from 8 million contributions. Michael was named one of Rolling Stone's "16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election." He also led the digital fundraising strategies for Gabby Giffords' gun violence prevention group Americans for Responsible Solutions, Zephyr Teachout's campaign for U.S. Congress, and for Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson's campaign for Mayor of Baltimore, and has previously worked with groups including Change.org, MoveOn.org, Amnesty International USA, and Howard Dean's 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. Michael's work in grassroots fundraising and mobilization has set new standards in how organisations can engage supporters and volunteers in support of their mission and values.
Principal Strategist, NetChange
A digital pioneer for two decades, Jason is an organizational change consultant and senior campaigner supporting institutions committed to deepening their impact and engagement. He has led projects and campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized social change organizations and movements including the Tar Sands Campaign, Human Rights Watch, NRDC, the Elders, the UN Foundation, and the David Suzuki Foundation. The co-authour of the Networked Change Report, Jason is a recognized thought leader in the fields of digital strategy, directed network campaigns, and organizational change. Jason is also the founder of Web of Change and a Leadership Fellow at the Broadbent Institute.
Senior Strategist, Netchange
Tom cut his teeth as a strategist pioneering distributed organizing tactics as global coordinator of Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day in the late nineties. In the course of his career, he has also spent time in academia earning an M.A. in Media Studies and then several years in the private sector, where he co-founded a publicly-traded social media agency, developed patented performance evaluation software and gained unique experience leading online stakeholder dialogue projects. An avowed digital people-power wonk, his insights on the power of networked social movements have led him to speak repeatedly before the leaders of major NGOs and the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. He is now back to his principal passion, helping social movements and causes gain traction through the application of new networked strategies. He writes frequently on these subjects for The Guardian, Mashable, Mobilisation Lab and Open Democracy.
Deputy Director of Advocacy, LICADHO
Ms. Naly Pilorge has worked at LICADHO since 2000 as Director for 15 years and now as Deputy Director of Advocacy to prepare for a younger new leadership at LICADHO. As a holder of three citizenships: Cambodian, Canadian and French, Naly obtained graduate degrees in marketing and business administration from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to working at LICADHO, Naly worked at Revenue Canada and was co owner of several businesses in Vancouver, Canada and Quepos, Costa Rica and has lived in Canada, Cambodia, France, Thailand, Angola, Costa Rica and Brazil.
Former Director of Digital Strategies at AFL-CIO & Australian Progress Expert-in-Residence
For the last five years, Nicole led the Digital Strategies team at the AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor federation, to bring the latest in political and organizing technology to the fight for working families. Previously, she was the Organising Director at the Sunlight Foundation, where she worked to build grassroots support for open government initiatives. At Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee she managed the online-to-offline program through the fight for Obamacare. And on Obama's 2008 campaign, she directed the national phonebank program for GOTV after working in a number of other field and digital roles from the primary to the general election. She also used to teach middle school and still gets excited about lesson plan ideas. Nicole’s been involved in campaigning since high school, when she joined the Philadelphia Student Union… and when she organised her drama club to overthrow the tyrannical staff sponsors. She’s been an organiser and campaigner ever since. Nicole is super excited be here in Australia as an Expert-in-Residence for the Centre for Australian Progress. She can talk for hours about campaigning, organising, civic engagement, the labor movement, digital strategies, education policy, organisational change, political technology, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, theatre as pedagogy, and management and leadership development in the progressive movement.