Sections

Services

Information

AU Australia

Our team and boards

Editorial   Back to Top

Andrew Jaspan

Executive Director and Editor

Andrew co-founded The Conversation. He previously edited The Age, The Observer (London), The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue (London), and he founded and edited the Sunday Herald in Scotland. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media.

Misha Ketchell

Managing Editor

Misha most recently worked as a researcher and producer on ABC TV’s Media Watch. Previously he was editor of Crikey and The Big Issue (Australia) and a reporter for The Age.

Helen Westerman

Deputy Managing Editor and Section Editor: Business + Economy

Helen has covered news, business and finance for The Age newspaper and was the small business online editor for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Paul Dalgarno

Deputy Editor and Section Editor: Arts + Creative

Paul was a senior features writer and columnist for The Herald and Sunday Herald in Scotland, where he was also deputy weekend features editor. He moved to Australia in 2010.

Sunanda Creagh

Creative Industries Editor

Before joining The Conversation as News Editor, Sunanda Creagh worked for two years as a political and general news correspondent in the Reuters Jakarta bureau. Prior to that, she worked for five years as a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, where she covered general news, urban affairs, arts, features and sport. She also produced and presented a show for Sydney community radio station, 2SER fm.

Alix Bromley

Creative Industries Editor

Alix joined The Conversation after nine years working in the arts and higher education sector, most recently in communications at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Having initially studied a Bachelor of Screen and Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) in New Zealand, she is now finishing her Master of Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Catriona Menzies-Pike

Arts Editor

Before joining The Conversation as Arts Editor, Catriona Menzies-Pike was Managing Editor of the daily news website New Matilda. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Sydney and has taught undergraduates at several Sydney universities.

Charis Palmer

Deputy Business Editor

Charis joined The Conversation as News Editor in 2012 after working as editor of Business Spectator, where she was also founding editor of Technology Spectator. She later served as editor of iTnews and has also run her own publishing business focused on the banking sector. Charis returned to The Conversation in 2013 as Deputy Business Editor.

Michael Hopkin

Section Editor: Energy + Environment

Based in Perth, Michael joined The Conversation after several years as a journalist with Fairfax, Sky News and The West Australian. Before moving to Australia from his native UK, he was a senior news and features writer for Nature.

James Whitmore

Deputy Section Editor: Energy + Environment

James joined The Conversation after graduating from University of Melbourne. He has been sub-editor, feature writer and wildlife columnist for Farrago, and has presented on SYN community radio.

Fronscesca Jackson-Webb

Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Fron joined The Conversation from the Australian Medical Association, where she managed the Victorian media office. She previously worked for BBC Magazines in London and Melbourne consultancy Twenty20 Communications.

Reema Rattan

Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Reema has worked in the research sector in Sydney and Melbourne, most recently at The Florey Neurosciences Institute. She previously worked as a sub-editor at The Korea Times and the International Herald Tribune's local supplement in Seoul.

John Watson

Section Editor: Politics + Society

John has worked in the news media since he decided that a life tracking elephants (in the process of gaining an honours degree in ecology) was less interesting than being a journalist in apartheid-era South Africa. His residence was revoked and he returned to Australia. He joined The Conversation after nearly two decades with The Age as an editor, writer and columnist.

Michael Courts

Deputy Section Editor: Politics + Society

A graduate of Melbourne University's media and communications program, Michael returns to The Conversation after a successful internship on the Politics + Society desk in 2012 where he worked on the site's US elections coverage.

Alexandra Hansen

Education Editor

Alexandra has worked in various media and journalism roles in Melbourne, London, and Jakarta. Prior to joining The Conversation she worked at Foreign Policy Think Tank, the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne.

Michael Lund

Section Editor: Science + Technology

Michael has been a journalist for many years and worked for the BBC, ABC and more recently as a feature writer for The Courier-Mail, based in Brisbane. He has won several awards and commendations for his work including a highly commended in the Walkey Awards. Michael has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in journalism with Queensland University of Technology. He has a long interest in science and technology and holds a BSc (hons) in Mathematics and Physics and a MSc in Pure Mathematics.

Belinda Smith

Deputy Section Editor: Science + Technology

After working in neuroscience research, Belinda wrote for The Australian in 2011 and most recently spent a year writing for and editing Wild magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT.

Liz Minchin

Queensland Editor

Based in Brisbane, Liz is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author. She worked at The Age newspaper for a decade, most recently as news editor of The Saturday Age. She has also worked as a media trainer, and co-written a book on bigger-picture solutions to climate change, Screw Light Bulbs.

Prodita Sabarini

Jakarta Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Prodita worked for 7 years as a reporter for the Jakarta-based English daily The Jakarta Post. In 2013-2014, she was the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. As Neuffer fellow, Prodita also wrote for The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Debbie Dickinson

External Relations Manager

Debbie Dickinson joins The Conversation having run national and international digital media campaigns, including for the Australian Government on the carbon price, and for the UK Government's UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen. She previously worked as a strategic policy advisor at London's Sustainable Development Commission, and at the Amsterdam-based non-profit, the Global Reporting Initiative.

Emil Jeyaratnam

Multimedia Editor

Emil has a background in documentary post-production and has credits on documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and BBC, amongst others. He recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Journalism at La Trobe University, where he co-edited its online magazine, and after a brief stint at Business Spectator, he joins The Conversation as the Multimedia Editor.

Cory Zanoni

Community Manager

Cory graduated from RMIT with degrees in psychology and communications. He’s written an honours thesis about online behaviour and has managed the social media communities of multiple organisations. Cory manages The Conversation’s online community, including moderating comments and creating a space for intelligent discussion.

Development   Back to Top

James Healy

Technical Director

James studied software engineering at Swinburne University. Since then he has worked on researching network protocols and developing websites for several Australian companies and community groups.

Mark Cipolla

Developer

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Matthias Siegel

Developer

Matthias studied computer and media science in Germany before moving to Australia in 2008, sponsored by Tasmania. He has worked for web development companies in Hobart and Melbourne before joining The Conversation.

Nick Browne

Developer

Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Na

Travis Winters

Developer

Travis didn't let an Arts Degree at Monash University get in the way of editing the student paper. Twenty years later, he now has a beautiful wife, two kids and a career in software development.

Commercial and finance   Back to Top

Lisa Watts

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa leads the commercial operations of The Conversation and is responsible for funding and business development. Previously she was CEO of ArtsHub, the leading news and jobs site for the creative arts industry. Her career includes CEO of a search marketing firm, and GM of the MyCareer online employment business for Fairfax Digital. If you would like to support or partner with us to grow The Conversation, Lisa would be delighted to hear from you.

Damian Thompson

Global Coordinator

Damian came to The Conversation from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, where he worked on programs to deliver services to the agriculture sector. He previously worked as a policy adviser to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Small Business Department and joins The Conversation as the Business Development Manager.

Na

Jordan Kretsch

Business Development Manager

Jordan comes to The Conversation after having spent 5 years working as legal counsel at an investment bank in London. He studied Commerce/Arts at Melbourne University and Law at Monash.

Maria Troumboukis

Finance Manager

Maria joins The Conversation with extensive government experience, having previously worked as the Finance Manager at Arts Victoria within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet where she was responsible for reporting and managing large multi-million dollar operating and capital budgets. A qualified CPA, she also worked in the South Australian State Government in Services SA and the Auditor-General’s Department.

Georgina Hall

Finance and Administration Officer

Georgina studied Arts at the University of Melbourne. She started volunteering in 2010 and now works in finance and administration for The Conversation.

Board of directors   Back to Top

Robert Johanson

Chair

Chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and director of Grant Samuel Group. Deputy Chancellor at the University of Melbourne. Chairman of the Australia India Institute and the Melbourne University Fund and director of the Robert Salzer Foundation, an arts foundation. Also a sheep farmer.

John Kirby

Deputy Chair

Chairman, Village Roadshow Corporation Proprietary Limited. Deputy Chairman, Village Roadshow Limited. Deputy Chairman, Salvation Army Territorial Advisory Board and Red Shield Appeal Chairman, Director of the Sony Foundation and the Jigsaw Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Andrew Jaspan

Co-founder and Editor, The Conversation.

Lisa Watts

Chief Operating Officer, The Conversation.

Belinda Robinson

Belinda commenced as Chief Executive with Universities Australia - the peak body representing Australia's 39 universities - in January 2012. Belinda is a highly experienced Chief Executive of peak national organisations with an extensive background in public policy and in the private sector.

Linda Price

Group Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner Asia Pacific. Director of Australian Institute of Management Victoria & Tasmania. Previously HR and IT Director, Fairfax Media.

Matt Goldberg

Former CEO, Lonely Planet and Advisor to a number of content, technology and e-commerce companies at various stages of growth.

Michael Harte

Group Executive Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer at Commonwealth Bank Australia. Previously, VP Information Systems at Citibank in New York and EVP and CIO for PNC Global Investment Servicing.

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate and Australian of the Year in 1997. Professor of Immunology, University of Melbourne and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Richard Leder

Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth specialising in Media Law and Litigation. Corrs Melbourne office Pro Bono Partner. Deputy Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Director of Australian Friends of Asha for Slums Limited. Committee member of the Melbourne Press Club and Law Council Media and Communications Committee. Member Melbourne University Centre for Media and Communications Law Advisory Board.

Terry Cutler

Principal of Cutler & Company. Deputy Chairman at CSIRO. Director at National Health Call Centre Network Ltd. Chairman at The Open Technology Foundation. Director at Multimedia University, Malaysia.

Vince FitzGerald

Member of Council, ANU. Director, Allen Consulting Group Pty Ltd. Director, ETF Securities Ltd and ETFS Metal Securities (Australia) Ltd. Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of National Board and President, Victorian State Council. Trustee, Finkel and Tuckwell Foundations, and Director of the Goulburn-Murray indigenous community’s Kaiela Institute.

Editorial board   Back to Top

Mark Lonsdale

Chair

Chief of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. Dr Lonsdale’s areas of expertise include biological invasions, environmental risk analysis, biological control of weeds, and the ecological implications of genetically modified organisms.

Attila Brungs

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), responsible for research policy development and general oversight of UTS research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation. Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar, with a research focus on inorganic chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.

Martyn Hook

Prof. Dr Martyn Hook is Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Dean at RMIT's School of Media & Communication, and Director of multi award winning iredale pedersen hook architects, a studio practice based in Melbourne and Perth dedicated to appropriate design of effective sustainable buildings with a responsible environmental and social agenda.

Natalie Mast

Natalie Mast is the Associate Director for Research Data and Strategy at the University of Western Australia. She works predominately in the areas of research performance, bibilometrics and university ranking systems. Natalie trained in field of political science, focusing on the influence of institutional design upon the organisation of parties and the behaviour of members in the European Parliament.

Pauline Nestor

Pauline Nestor is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash University. Before this appointment Professor Nestor was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, as well as serving as Academic Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Julianne Schultz

Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW. Schultz is a professor at Griffith’s Centre for Cultural Research, Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a non-executive director of the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Grattan Institute.

Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison is a Professor of Political Philosophy and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney. Previously worked at the University of Toronto; University of York (UK) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU. Completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Karen Day

Prominent alumna and international biologist Professor Karen Day. Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.