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Lucy Ibrahim

Coordinator, City Marketing Ballarat

Ash Moore

Co-CEO, Kantar Public Division Australia

Eric Roche

Budget Officer, City of Pearland (USA)

Amanda Dennett SCMP

Head of Digital Experience, Australian War Memorial

Luis M. Arellano

Researcher, Pangaea Wire Group

Francesco Di Costanzo

President, PA Social

Robyn Rutley

National Director, Kantar Public Australia

Andy Bhanot

Director of Social and Behaviour Change Communication at Project Concern International

corinne ROCHETTE

Professor, University of Clermont Auvergne

Sharyn Rundle-Thiele

Professor and Director at Social Marketing @ Griffith

Richard Bagnall

Chairman, AMEC

James Durl

Researcher, Griffith University

Jeremy Lasek

Communications/Marketing Advisor, Proximity

Andrew Bell

Producer and Journalist

Lucy Ibrahim

City Marketing Coordinator, Ballarat City Council

Simon Holt

Founder, MyCity Logan

Robert Hoge

Executive Director - Strategic Communications, Queensland Health

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor, Griffith University

James Crawley

Founder, Common Ventures

Julie Steenson

Fiscal Officer, City of Missouri

Vanessa Salamone

Social Media Manager, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Amir Aryani

Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

Michelle Harrison

Global CEO of Public Division, Kantar

Adam Rowland

National Director, Federal Government at Kantar Australia

Gill Savage

Deputy Director – Professional Development, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Gilles N'GOALA

Vice President, AFM

Thomas Abel

Head of Research, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

Aarti Sewak

Researcher, University of South Pacific

Mel Flanagan (she/her)

Creative Director, Nook Studios

Rod Farrar

Director, Paladin Risk Management

Clare Murrell

Sector Lead of Local Government, Capire Consulting Group

Max Hardy

Founder, Director of Max Hardy Consulting

Mark Crosweller

Director, Ethical Intelligence

Michael Schwager

Director General, IP Australia

Brian Merrifield

Executive Creative Director, Common Ventures

Anya Dua

Founder and President, Gen Z Identity Lab

Brant Trim

Co-Founder, Codifynd

Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP

Strategic Communication Consultant & Trainer, Cropley Communication


Group Head, Gov Com Group

Maike Brill

Director, Zeitgeist Coaching and Training

Sally Dooley

Executive Coach, Facilitator, Speaker, Sally Dooley Leadership

Matt Fenwick

Owner and Lead Consultant, True North

Ken Godfrey

Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

Sara Shawky

Researcher, Griffith University

Jeffrey Jordan

President & Executive Creative Director, The Behaviour Change Agency

Nina Perger

Chair of Theoretical Sociology, University of Ljubljana

Raffin Sandrine

CEO and Founder, La LinkUp Factory

Bo Pang

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Patricia David

Research Fellow, Griffith University


Founding Managing Partner, Astrum

Odeh Friday Odeh

Country Director, Accountability Lab Nigeria

Cheri-Leigh Erasmus

Global Director of Learning, Accountability Lab

Brad Watson

Special Advisor, Proximity

Yannick van Hierden

Founder, Impaktr

Mohammad Kadir

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Joy Parkinson

Research Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Tracey Bridges

Co-Founder and Director, The Good Registry

Denni Arli

Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Minnesota

Jeff French

Owner and CEO, Strategic Social Marketing Ltd

Fiona Spotswood

Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Bristol

Boris Chapoton

Researcher, University Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne

Marie-Claire Wilhelm

Maître de conférences, Grenoble IAE

marie-laure gavard-perret

Professor, University of Grenoble-Alpes

Tanja Kamin

Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana

Rowena Merritt

Head of Research, The NSMC

Patricia Gurviez

Professor, AgroParisTech

Sean Larkins

Global Director of Capability, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice

Donna van Bueren

Director of Behavioural Insights, The Behaviour Change Collaborative

Christiane Stock

Professor, Charite Berlin


Engagement Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Tori Seydel

Researcher, Griffith University

Jessica Harris

Associate Lecturer, Griffith University

Joan Young

Research and Evaluation Director, The Behaviour Change Collaborative

Tom Verhelst

Program Director, Regional Innovation Data Lab

Carina Roemer

Research Fellow, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Alexander Campbell

Research and Marketing Manager, Lysn

Sameer Deshpande

Managing Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Julia Carins

Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University

Taylor Willmott

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Anthony Clark

Director Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service

Eddie Jones

Head Coach, England Rugby

Karine Badr

Policy Analyst, OECD

Neryl East

Conference Speaker and Facilitator

Jo Scard

CEO and Founder, Fifty Acres

Susan Redden Makatoa

Group Managing Director, Edelman Australia

Mandy Pearse

President-Elect, CIPR

Sheena Adams

Global Communications Director, Accountability Lab

Long Nguyen

Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Kelly Corsette

Communications and Public Affairs Director, City of Scottsdale, Arizona

Bruce Brown

Consultant, Proximity

Sarah Byrne

Principal Legal Advisor, Proximity

Simon Blake

Executive Manager, Client Engagement, Proximity

Rhonda Moore

Practice Lead in Science and Innovation, Institute on Governance in Ottawa

Don Lenihan

President and CEO, Middle Ground Policy Research

Hermenegildo Mulhovo

Executive Director, Institute for Multiparty Democracy Mozambique

Sammy Obeng

Director, Parliamentary Network Africa

Maureen Taylor

Professor of Public Communication, UTS

Ying-Yi Chih

Associate Professor, ANU School of Management

Will Grant

Professor, ANU

Rosemary Deininger

Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

Zora Artis SCMP

CEO, Artis Advisory

Amanda Nagl

Founder, Unlocking Government

Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)

Kerry Sheehan

Artificial Intelligence in PR Chair, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

Laurian Hubbard

Strategic Communications Lead, UK Cabinet Office

Stephen Welch

Director, Archetypical

Brian Solis

Global Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce

Gennie Sheer

Campaign Director, R U OK?

Morgan Owen

Research Director, Pollinate

Thijs Berman

Director, Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy

Mary Souter

Partner, Artemis Partners

Bradley Roche

Education Consultant, Wisdom Learning

Dana Healy

Executive Director, CTV North Suburbs Cleveland


Professor, Stanford University

Dave Kiser

Assistant Executive Director, CCX Media

Lyndal Byford

Director of News and Partnerships, Australian Science Media Centre

Anna-Maria Arabia

Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Dan Slee

Director, Dan Slee C2 Ltd.

Shannah Hayley

Director of Communications, City of Plano

Howard Parry Husbands

CEO, Pollinate

Oscar Trimboli

Speaker and Author

Kerri Hartland

Principal Advisor, Proximity

Nicole Thomson-Pride

Speechwriter, The Speechwriter

Craig Thomler

Founder, SimpleMarketing.AI

Phillip A. Jones

Consultant, Two Degrees Group

Sarah Mitchell

Founder, Typeset Pty Ltd

Chris Huet

Public Speaking Coach, TEDx Canberra

Helena Cain

Founder, Artemis Partners

Jim Macnamara

Professor, UTS

Merryn McKinnon

Professor, ANU

David Pembroke

CEO, contentgroup

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