Meet Our Speakers

Ronni Kahn AO

Founder of OzHarvest

Ronni Kahn AO is a South-African born Australian, social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest. She is an advocate, lobbyist and activist well renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. Ronni appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government, and is a keynote speaker all over the world.

 

Her mission towards sustainable action is supported through close collaborations with some of the world's finest chefs, including Jamie Oliver, Massimo Bottura, Neil Perry and Bill Granger. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year in 2010. In 2018 her journey became the subject of the independently produced documentary, Food Fighters.

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(Waskam) Emelda Davis
Activist & Community Leader

(Waskam) Emelda Davis has worked across Grassroots, State, Federal government agencies and capacity building initiatives for First Nations, Australian South Sea Islander and broader community development.

 

Emelda boasts a continuous ability to apply skills derived through her working career in film, television and radio that have extended to social media platforms in raising a global awareness and inclusion of an integral narrative as part of Australian history namely the Blackbirding trade which is derived from the Atlantic slave trade.

 

Currently Chairwoman of voluntary national lobby/capacity building group ASSI-Port Jackson www.assipj.com.au Emelda is recognised more broadly through a number of awards for her dedication to raising the importance of social justice needs for her marginalised community.

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Amisha Ghadiali

Yogi, Mentor & Activist

I have always been curious as to how we can live in awareness, be present and feel energised, whilst doing our best to make the world a better place. It was this quest for understanding myself whilst working on innovative and demanding projects that led me to yoga and meditation, and ultimately to becoming a teacher and healer. I love sharing this ancient wisdom and find it to be truly transformative.

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Francesca Emerson

Author & Activist

In her 79th year, Francesca Emerson has seen a thing or two. Living between Sydney Australia and Selma Alabama USA , she has been troubled not only by the recent pandemic but also by the continual racial tension in her country of birth.


"Where does this Fear and Hate come from?" We are not born with prejudice it is something we learn by example. It would be great to see a  world with the sight of a young child who's innocent eyes look at the world not through fear and hate but through curiosity.   My vision would be as a woman especially a woman of colour for people to see colour and appreciate someone who looks different from us and have it not matter.   

How do we achieve this, that is the question and I don't have an answer. 

 

I  wake up each and every day with the joy and expectation of enjoying a new day and sharing that day with whoever I come in contact with a smile, polite conversation and respect if everyone would just make that simple effort every time they meet someone, whether they are a stranger, family or friend, the world would be a better place to live in”. Francesca gifts us with her story of hope! 

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Joanne Fedler

Author & Activist

Becoming the Spellbreakers
 

Covid19 has challenged the dominant narratives that drive the world (politically, economically, socially) and exposed unsustainable hypocrisies and inequalities.

 

We as women in our midlife are the ones being summonsed to break these old narrative spells and restory the world fearlessly, humbly and humanely beyond the cult of the individual.

 

How can we reframe the conversations, break the spells and hold the paradoxes for the benefit of humanity?

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Boneta Marie Mabo

Youth Program Manager

Sisters Inside

During this pandemic the world ended as we have known it, we have been forced to be present. It's been a revelation of what we need to do. Slow down, take care of each other, prioritise our health and wellbeing and heal.


Since colonisation my peoples have accumulated trauma with every generation, have been forced to live in a whirlwind of separations while our health deteriorates and our overall wellbeing is an inconvenience to the colony.


As a First Nations woman and a prison abolitionist I believe that to decarcerate our bodies and minds from all prisons, physical and non physical we heal. I want a future that continues to prioritise health and wellbeing, prioritises caring for each other and is present. They way my old people were for 60000 years. 

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Jane Waterhouse
GM, Bauer Media's Story 54

My vision is that we don’t have to single out women in the media and have a vision for them because they will no longer be under represented in the C suite of media companies.

 

We will be living in a media world where there will be more  age and ethnic diversity, a greater focus on EQ and SQ over iQ in management and more originality.

 

I will continue to seek and crave more original ideas particularly in mainstream media that are more relevant to what women really think and feel.

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Chan & Dee

Comediennes

I have always been curious as to how we can live in awareness, be present and feel energised, whilst doing our best to make the world a better place. It was this quest for understanding myself whilst working on innovative and demanding projects that led me to yoga and meditation, and ultimately to becoming a teacher and healer. I love sharing this ancient wisdom and find it to be truly transformative.

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Marcia Howard

Singer & Songwriter

Award winning singer-songwriter Marcia Howard (Goanna Band) has graced the stage with many International artists over her long career. Her voice described as “one of the finest” (The Voice) and her songs recorded in Ireland, Nashville, and Australia reflect her Celtic and folk-rock influences.

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Bea Star

Hoop-Star

Bea Star (aka Bunny Hoop Star) is the founding owner and lead instructor of Australia’s first hula hoop business, Hoop Empire. Whirling around Australia and the world since 2005, Bea has activated thousands of events, classes, and parties with the magic of the hoop for both adults and kids.

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