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David Pembroke

CEO, contentgroup

Merryn McKinnon

Professor, ANU

Jim Macnamara

Professor, UTS

Helena Cain

Founder, Artemis Partners

Chris Huet

Public Speaking Coach, TEDx Canberra

Sarah Mitchell

Founder, Typeset Pty Ltd

Phillip A. Jones

Consultant, Two Degrees Group

Craig Thomler

Founder, SimpleMarketing.AI

Nicole Thomson-Pride

Speechwriter, The Speechwriter

Kerri Hartland

Principal Advisor, Proximity

Oscar Trimboli

Speaker and Author

Howard Parry Husbands

CEO, Pollinate

Shannah Hayley

Director of Communications, City of Plano

Dan Slee

Director, Dan Slee C2 Ltd.

Anna-Maria Arabia

Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Lyndal Byford

Director of News and Partnerships, Australian Science Media Centre

Dave Kiser

Assistant Executive Director, CCX Media


Professor, Stanford University

Dana Healy

Executive Director, CTV North Suburbs Cleveland

Morgan Owen

Research Director, Pollinate

Bradley Roche

Education Consultant, Wisdom Learning

Mary Souter

Partner, Artemis Partners

Thijs Berman

Director, Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy

Gennie Sheer

Campaign Director, R U OK?

Brian Solis

Global Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce

Stephen Welch

Director, Archetypical

Laurian Hubbard

Strategic Communications Lead, UK Cabinet Office

Kerry Sheehan

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

Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)

Amanda Nagl

Founder, Unlocking Government

Zora Artis SCMP

CEO, Artis Advisory

Rosemary Deininger

Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

Will Grant

Professor, ANU

Ying-Yi Chih

Associate Professor, ANU School of Management

Maureen Taylor

Professor of Public Communication, UTS

Sammy Obeng

Director, Parliamentary Network Africa

Hermenegildo Mulhovo

Executive Director, Institute for Multiparty Democracy Mozambique

Don Lenihan

President and CEO, Middle Ground Policy Research

Rhonda Moore

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

Simon Blake

Executive Manager, Client Engagement, Proximity

Sarah Byrne

Principal Legal Advisor, Proximity

Bruce Brown

Consultant, Proximity

Kelly Corsette

Communications and Public Affairs Director, City of Scottsdale, Arizona

Long Nguyen

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

Sheena Adams

Global Communications Director, Accountability Lab

Mandy Pearse

President-Elect, CIPR

Susan Redden Makatoa

Group Managing Director, Edelman Australia

Jo Scard

CEO and Founder, Fifty Acres

Neryl East

Conference Speaker and Facilitator

Karine Badr

Policy Analyst, OECD

Eddie Jones

Head Coach, England Rugby

Anthony Clark

Director Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service

Taylor Willmott

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Julia Carins

Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University

Sameer Deshpande

Managing Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Alexander Campbell

Research and Marketing Manager, Lysn

Carina Roemer

Research Fellow, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Tom Verhelst

Program Director, Regional Innovation Data Lab

Joan Young

Research and Evaluation Director, The Behaviour Change Collaborative

Jessica Harris

Associate Lecturer, Griffith University

Tori Seydel

Researcher, Griffith University


Engagement Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Christiane Stock

Professor, Charite Berlin

Donna van Bueren

Director of Behavioural Insights, The Behaviour Change Collaborative

Sean Larkins

Global Director of Capability, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice

Patricia Gurviez

Professor, AgroParisTech

Rowena Merritt

Head of Research, The NSMC

Tanja Kamin

Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana

marie-laure gavard-perret

Professor, University of Grenoble-Alpes

Marie-Claire Wilhelm

Maître de conférences, Grenoble IAE

Boris Chapoton

Researcher, University Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne

Fiona Spotswood

Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Bristol

Jeff French

Owner and CEO, Strategic Social Marketing Ltd

Denni Arli

Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Minnesota

Tracey Bridges

Co-Founder and Director, The Good Registry

Joy Parkinson

Research Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Mohammad Kadir

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Yannick van Hierden

Founder, Impaktr

Brad Watson

Special Advisor, Proximity

Cheri-Leigh Erasmus

Global Director of Learning, Accountability Lab

Odeh Friday Odeh

Country Director, Accountability Lab Nigeria


Founding Managing Partner, Astrum

Patricia David

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Bo Pang

Research Fellow, Griffith University

Raffin Sandrine

CEO and Founder, La LinkUp Factory

Nina Perger

Chair of Theoretical Sociology, University of Ljubljana

Jeffrey Jordan

President & Executive Creative Director, The Behaviour Change Agency

Sara Shawky

Researcher, Griffith University

Ken Godfrey

Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

Matt Fenwick

Owner and Lead Consultant, True North

Sally Dooley

Executive Coach, Facilitator, Speaker, Sally Dooley Leadership

Maike Brill

Director, Zeitgeist Coaching and Training


Group Head, Gov Com Group

Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP

Strategic Communication Consultant & Trainer, Cropley Communication

Brant Trim

Co-Founder, Codifynd

Anya Dua

Founder and President, Gen Z Identity Lab

Brian Merrifield

Executive Creative Director, Common Ventures

Michael Schwager

Director General, IP Australia

Mark Crosweller

Director, Ethical Intelligence

Max Hardy

Founder, Director of Max Hardy Consulting

Clare Murrell

Sector Lead of Local Government, Capire Consulting Group

Rod Farrar

Director, Paladin Risk Management

Mel Flanagan (she/her)

Creative Director, Nook Studios

Aarti Sewak

Researcher, University of South Pacific

Thomas Abel

Head of Research, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

Gilles N'GOALA

Vice President, AFM

Adam Rowland

National Director, Federal Government at Kantar Australia

Gill Savage

Deputy Director – Professional Development, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Michelle Harrison

Global CEO of Public Division, Kantar

Amir Aryani

Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

Vanessa Salamone

Social Media Manager, Social Marketing @ Griffith

Julie Steenson

Fiscal Officer, City of Missouri

James Crawley

Founder, Common Ventures

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor, Griffith University

Robert Hoge

Executive Director - Strategic Communications, Queensland Health

Simon Holt

Founder, MyCity Logan

Lucy Ibrahim

City Marketing Coordinator, Ballarat City Council

Andrew Bell

Producer and Journalist

Jeremy Lasek

Communications/Marketing Advisor, Proximity

James Durl

Researcher, Griffith University

Richard Bagnall

Chairman, AMEC

Sharyn Rundle-Thiele

Professor and Director at Social Marketing @ Griffith

corinne ROCHETTE

Professor, University of Clermont Auvergne

Andy Bhanot

Director of Social and Behaviour Change Communication at Project Concern International

Robyn Rutley

National Director, Kantar Public Australia

Francesco Di Costanzo

President, PA Social

Luis M. Arellano

Researcher, Pangaea Wire Group

Amanda Dennett SCMP

Head of Digital Experience, Australian War Memorial

Eric Roche

Budget Officer, City of Pearland (USA)

Ash Moore

Co-CEO, Kantar Public Division Australia

Lucy Ibrahim

Coordinator, City Marketing Ballarat

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