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Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Editor & Executive Director

Misha has been a journalist for more than 20 years. In previous roles he was a reporter at The Age, founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He also spent several years at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

Lisa Watts

Lisa Watts

CEO & Executive Director

Lisa is Chief Executive Officer of The Conversation Media Group and is responsible for funding and operations, and the IT and Product teams who serve the international group. Previously Lisa was CEO of ArtsHub, CEO of a search marketing firm, and GM online employment for Fairfax Digital. Lisa has been a Director of Vertical Networks Group and Chair of Midsumma Festival. Lisa is a Deloitte Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leader.

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Fron Jackson-Webb

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor/Senior Health + Medicine Editor

Fron joined The Conversation in March 2011 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.

Alexandra Hansen

Alexandra Hansen

Chief of Staff

Alexandra interned at the Jakarta Post and worked at foreign policy think tank, the Australia India Institute prior to joining The Conversation in 2014 as Education Editor. She became Health and Medicine Editor in 2016 and Chief of Staff in 2018.

Sunanda Creagh

Sunanda Creagh

Head of Digital Storytelling

Sunanda Creagh is an award-winning journalist and The Conversation's Digital Storytelling Editor. Previously, Sunanda has been The Conversation's FactCheck Editor, News Editor and Arts + Culture deputy editor. She began her career at The Sydney Morning Herald and worked at the Reuters bureau in Jakarta as a political correspondent before joining The Conversation in 2011.

Liz Minchin

Liz Minchin

Executive Editor

Liz is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in newspapers, radio and online. Liz is now Executive Editor, a newly-created role that includes leading The Conversation’s national training program, which teaches pitching, writing and public engagement skills to academics and researchers; working with the senior editing team; and public presentations and outreach for member organisations. She joined The Conversation in 2012 as its first Queensland Editor.

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Section Editor: Arts + Culture

Suzy is a former features editor, news editor and arts editor at The Age, where she wrote a regular oped column for many years. She has taught journalism at the University of Melbourne and freelanced in New York. Her essays, criticism, feature articles and fiction have been published widely in places such as Meanjin, Good Weekend, Island and Australian Book Review.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Section Editor, Business and Economy

Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU. A former Commonwealth Treasury official, he has worked as economics correspondent for the ABC, as economics editor of The Age, and as host of The Economists on ABC RN. In 2019 He was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University.

Tim Wallace

Tim Wallace

Deputy Editor: Business + Economy

Tim has worked at The Canberra Times, the Australian Financial Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and on magazines including AFR BOSS, The Diplomat and Cosmos. Along the way he's worked on news, opinion and features in business, politics, foreign affairs, the environment, religion and science. He has held most positions in the editorial food chain, from freelance contributor to staff writer, subeditor, chief subeditor, associate editor, production editor, production manager and ed...

John Watson

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

John joined The Conversation in December 2013 as politics & society editor. After two years, he took up the new role of cities & policy editor. John has worked in news media since deciding in the mid-1980s that a life tracking elephants (for 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 two decades with The Age as a chief leader writer, columnist...

Anthea Batsakis

Anthea Batsakis

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

Anthea is a journalist and editor with articles published in Cosmos, The New Daily, Crikey, Australian Geographic and more. Before joining The Conversation, she was the editor of Focus magazine at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and worked as an SEO producer for the Herald Sun.

Michael Hopkin

Michael Hopkin

Science + Technology Editor

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

Madeleine De Gabriele

Madeleine De Gabriele

Deputy Editor: Energy + Environment

In 2015 Madeleine became The Conversation's Arts + Culture deputy section editor, before moving to the Environment + Energy section in 2017. In 2018 she was seconded to the FactCheck desk to cover the South Australian and Victorian state elections.

Amanda Dunn

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

Prior to joining The Conversation, Amanda was a reporter and editor with The Age for 16 years, covering health, education, social policy, pop culture and the arts. She was also news and features editor for The Sunday Age, which included overseeing the paper's coverage of the 2007 federal election.

Justin Bergman

Justin Bergman

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

Prior to joining The Conversation, Justin spent seven years covering news, business and culture in China as the Shanghai correspondent for Monocle magazine. He's also a former news editor on the International and National desks at The Associated Press in New York and European digital news editor at Time Magazine in London and has taught magazine writing with Stanford University.

Sasha Petrova

Sasha Petrova

Section Editor: Education

Sasha is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Crikey, the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and New Matilda. Before starting at The Conversation in 2015, she worked as a reporter at the Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs. At The Conversation, she has worked as an editor in Health and Medicine, Cities, Politics and Society, and Education.

Anna Evangeli

Anna Evangeli

Deputy Editor: Health+Medicine

Anna is an experienced health and science journalist, educator and workshop presenter. She returns to The Conversation after a stint on the health desk in 2016/17. She is a former editor of online science news at the ABC, has degrees in biochemistry and journalism, and has taught journalism and media ethics and law at two universities. She is also an award-winning blogger and travel writer.

Phoebe Roth

Phoebe Roth

Assistant Editor, Health+Medicine

Phoebe joined The Conversation in 2018 as an intern on the Health + Medicine desk. Prior to that, she worked for four years as a journalist at The Australian Jewish News. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University and has recently completed her Masters of Public Health at La Trobe University.

Michael Lund

Michael Lund

Commissioning Editor

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 Walkley Awards. Michael has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in journalism with Queensland University of Technology.

Veronika Meduna

Veronika Meduna

New Zealand Editor

Veronika is an award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in radio, print and digital. Before joining The Conversation, she produced and hosted a weekly science programme for New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ, for which she won several journalism awards, including the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s prize for best documentary. She has also contributed to other broadcasters and publications in New Zealand and internationally, including the NZ Listener, NZ Geograph...

Debbie Dickinson

Debbie Dickinson

Head of communication and engagement

Debbie is responsible for communciation, audience development, stakeholder engagement and marketing at The Conversation. She previously held roles running digital campaigns for the Australian Government on the carbon price, and for the UK Government's UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen. She was a policy advisor at London's Sustainable Development Commission, and at the Amsterdam-based non-profit, the Global Reporting Initiative. She joined The Conversation in 2011, shortly after it launched.

Molly Glassey

Molly Glassey

Digital Editor

Molly Glassey graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in Journalism, majoring in Law. Since graduating, she has worked as a features writer for Concrete Playground and was the court and crime reporter for The Warwick Daily News. She spent 2015 in Germany freelancing and studying German and Arabic. Molly returns to The Conversation after interning and working on the Arts + Culture desk in 2014.

Emil Jeyaratnam

Emil Jeyaratnam

Data + Interactives Editor

Emil has a background in documentary post-production and has credits on documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and BBC, amongst others. He has 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 joined The Conversation as the Multimedia Editor.

Wes Mountain

Wes Mountain

Multimedia Editor

Wes joined The Conversation in late 2015. In the past he has written for Crikey, Junkee and the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s The Citizen. He is also a cartoonist and has had cartoons featured in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s annual best of Australian political cartoons exhibition, Behind the Lines.

Jane Howard

Jane Howard

Deputy Section Editor: Arts + Culture

Jane is a Walkley award-winning journalist. Prior to joining The Conversation she was a freelance journalist and critic for ten years, writing for publications including the Guardian, Meanjin, Crikey, the ABC, and Kill Your Darlings, where she is a contributing editor focusing on podcast criticism.

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Harrison Young

Harrison Young

Harrison Young was born in Pittsburgh, studied at Harvard University and worked on the Washington Post where Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate scandal. Young was conscripted into the US army, served in Vietnam and then began a career in banking. He was a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Bank until late 2017, is an executive-in-residence at the University of Melbourne's Department of Finance and has written fiction books.

Joseph Skrzynski

Joseph Skrzynski

Mr Skrzynski is the Founding Partner of Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP), the pioneering direct investment fund manager in Australia. He is a Director of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, The Observership Program, the Sydney Film School, the Australian Committee of Human Rights Watch and Philanthropy Australia. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Lisa Watts

Lisa Watts

CEO & Executive Director

Lisa is Chief Executive Officer of The Conversation Media Group and is responsible for funding and operations, and the IT and Product teams who serve the international group. Previously Lisa was CEO of ArtsHub, CEO of a search marketing firm, and GM online employment for Fairfax Digital. Lisa has been a Director of Vertical Networks Group and Chair of Midsumma Festival. Lisa is a Deloitte Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leader.

Richard Leder

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.

Ian Jacobs

Ian Jacobs

Vice Chancellor

Professor Ian Jacobs is President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Australia (the University of New South Wales), a position he has held since February 2015. Professor Jacobs came to Australia from the UK, where he had a distinguished career as a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer and in university leadership. Immediately prior to joining UNSW he was Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. ...

Marianne Broadbent

Marianne Broadbent

Director

Marianne Broadbent is Managing Partner, South East Asia at NGS Global, based in Australia. She has worked in the leadership, management and strategy areas for over 20 years, working particularly with organisations to shape and develop their strategic executive and team capabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from University of Sydney, a Master of Arts from Macquarie University, an A.Mus.A. (AMEB) and a PhD from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne...

Cameron Gough

Cameron Gough

Director

Cameron is a digital leader with over 20 years of experience across diverse sectors including online, telco, finance and logistics in Europe and Australasia. Cameron is currently part of the executive team at Envato, a global leader in marketplaces for digital creatives and has held a number of digital focused roles at Australia Post, Superpartners, ANZ Bank, Accenture and Telstra.

Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz

Founding Editor of Griffith REVIEW; Professor, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

Julianne Schultz is the publisher and founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and Professor of Media and Culture n the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. She is a non-executive director of The Conversation and chairs its Editorial Advisory Board. She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the award-winning operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. ...

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

Vice-Chancellor

Professor Kristjanson AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE). Professor Kristjanson is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and serves as a non-Executive Director of the Global Citizen Australia. In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year ...

Kate Torney

Kate Torney

CEO of the State Library of Victoria

Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. Kate joined the Library during an exciting period of transformation, overseeing its evolution into an innovative contemporary centre for knowledge, learning and culture. From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus.

Thomas Fiedler

Thomas Fiedler

Dean and Professor of Journalism; Member, Board of Trustees, Director TCMG

Tom Fiedler began his tenure as Dean of the Boston University College of Communication in 2008, following a distinguished career in journalism. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor’s in engineering, he earned a master’s in journalism at COM. Later, he joined the Miami Herald, where he would work for more than 30 years, as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor, and finally, the executive editor, from 2001 to 2007.

Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Editor & Executive Director

Misha has been a journalist for more than 20 years. In previous roles he was a reporter at The Age, founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He also spent several years at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

Rob Moore

Rob Moore

Director TCM

Rob Moore is the Executive Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observator. Prior to this, he joined the University of the Witwatersrandin (Wits) in 2006 as Director of Strategic Planning, before being appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor (2007-2014). Before joining Wits, he spent twelve years (1992–2004) at the University of Cape Town researching and teaching in higher education studies. This expertise led to his secondment from UCT to the Council on Higher Education (CHE) from 2004 to 2006...

Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro

Founder of The Conversation Spain

Founder of The Conversation Spain, is responsible for 'Global Media Partnerships', for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was special project manager with media for the Open Society Foundations. Training and education journalist, he has worked as a radio reporter, written press and ENG. He has also worked as a professional photographer and has been a visiting professor at the School of Human Sciences and Technology at IE University.

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Cathy Foley

Cathy Foley

Chief Scientist

Dr. Cathy Foley is Chief Scientist CSIRO, formerly the Deputy Director and Science Director of the CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship. She has worked in Superconducting Devices and Applications Project which is developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration and the detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, terahertz imaging, submarine and UXO detection. Cathy has a world-class reputation in her field, serving as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK, ...

Duncan Ivison

Duncan Ivison

Professor of Political Philosophy, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

I am currently Deputy VC (Research) and also teach at the University of Sydney. I did my BA at McGill University in Montreal, where I grew up, and my MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have held academic appointments previously at the ANU, York University (UK), and the University of Toronto. Between 2010-2105, I was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. In 2009, I became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz

Founding Editor of Griffith REVIEW; Professor, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

Julianne Schultz is the publisher and founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and Professor of Media and Culture n the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. She is a non-executive director of The Conversation and chairs its Editorial Advisory Board. She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the award-winning operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. ...

Glenn Wightwick

Glenn Wightwick

DVC Innovation & Enterprise

I am Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Enterprise at UTS. I have been mucking around with computers since I was ten, and spent a wonderful 27 years working for IBM involved in everything from research through to the systems for the Olympics in Sydney and Nagano!

Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of Molecular Biology

I have been doing molecular biology since 1985 and been in academic administration since 2004. I continue to run a large laboratory and to teach at UNSW Sydney. We work on DNA-binding proteins that facilitate epigenetic changes to turn genes on and off. We are interested in developing ways to artificially regulate the expression of particular genes. We recently used CRISPR and other gene editing approaches to introduce beneficial mutations to boost the output of important genes. ...

Julie Willis

Julie Willis

Professor Julie Willis is Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Capability) at the University of Melbourne. She is a Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning. She has extensive editorial and editorial board experience, including as editor of the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012).

Lisa French

Lisa French

Professor & Dean, School of Media and Communication

Lisa French is the Dean of RMIT's School of Media and Communication and Professor in Cinema Studies, Media and Communication. She is the co-author of the books 'Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute' (2009 & 2014) and 'Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia' (2003). Lisa’s PhD and MA research were both centrally interested in gender and Australian film, and she has published widely in these fields in local and international journals. ...

Catherine Burnheim

Catherine Burnheim

Director of the Education Portfolio

Catherine Burnheim is Director of the Education Portfolio at Monash University. She leads a team that supports education innovation, inclusion and quality for Monash’s 70,000 students globally. Catherine has held roles in strategy, policy and research in student equity, pathways, evaluation and planning at Monash University, RMIT University and La Trobe University. Her doctoral research examined research-intensive universities’ external engagement with government, industry and community. ...

Shamit Saggar

Shamit Saggar

Director of The University of Western Australia's Public Policy institute

Professor Shamit Saggar is the Director of the University Western Australia Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy. The UWA Public Policy Institute was launched in 2018 as a new way for the University to share its world-class research and expertise with decision makers and community leaders to help shape the future of our society. Professor Saggar has held academic appointments at the universities of Liverpool, Queen Mary London, Sussex, UCLA, Yale and Toronto. ...

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Lisa Watts

Lisa Watts

CEO & Executive Director

Lisa is Chief Executive Officer of The Conversation Media Group and is responsible for funding and operations, and the IT and Product teams who serve the international group. Previously Lisa was CEO of ArtsHub, CEO of a search marketing firm, and GM online employment for Fairfax Digital. Lisa has been a Director of Vertical Networks Group and Chair of Midsumma Festival. Lisa is a Deloitte Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leader.

Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson

Director of Foundation Relations

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.

Maria Troumboukis

Maria Troumboukis

Finance Manager

Maria is responsible for finance and operations and has 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.

Suji Gunawardhana

Suji Gunawardhana

Management Accountant

A finance and accounting professional with global exposure, who is an associate member of CPA Australia & special degree in Business Administration with experience in the fields of financial & management accounting and auditing. He previously worked for KPMG and CITIC Resources Australia.

Felicity Burke

Felicity Burke

Sponsorship and University Services Manager

Felicity joined The Conversation after working in a number of art galleries across Melbourne. She is a keen painter and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Monash University- where she spent some of her degree studying in Italy. Felicity has also worked as an Executive Assistant within retail distribution and real estate.

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins

Director of Development

After working in development and fundraising in the education sector for more than 10 years, Kate joins The Conversation to look after donor relations, bequests and major gifts. She is a firm believer in the power of philanthropy and welcomes the opportunity to hear from anyone interested in supporting The Conversation so that it can remain free and independent for all.

Tessa Ogle

Tessa Ogle

Editorial Assistant

Prior to joining The Conversation, Tessa worked as an Editorial Assistant at The Age. She has a background in human resources, administration and sales. Tessa is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in media and communication.

Ben Clark

Ben Clark

Editorial Assistant

Alongside working at The Conversation, Benjamin Clark writes freelance journalism for publications including The Age and Crikey and works in public engagement at the National Gallery of Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Media) from the University of Melbourne, where he is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Management.

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James Hill

James Hill

Head of Engineering

James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Mark Cipolla

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.

Nick Browne

Nick Browne

Developer

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

Josh Bassett

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

Ben Macleod

Ben Macleod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.

Tiago Amaro

Tiago Amaro

Developer

Tiago studied computer science at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). His motto is to write better software that people will love.

Zoe Jazz

Zoe Jazz

Design Lead

Zoe works across a variety of products to enhance The Conversation’s user experience. As a UX specialist and design thinker, Zoe is excited about technology’s ability to enable better human communication and collaboration. Zoe has previously managed the Wilderness Society’s brand and website launch to raise awareness of nature conservation; founded Ain’t no Planet B to inspire 11k loyalists to live waste free; and supported the launch of Redbubble’s first iOS app and new-look design system.