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Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Editor

Misha is the Editor of The Conversation Australia and New Zealand. He has been an editor and journalist for more than 25 years. He was previously founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He was also a reporter and feature writer at The Age and 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

Chief Executive

Lisa is CEO and Executive Director 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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Alexandra Hansen

Alexandra Hansen

Deputy Editor and Acting Commissioning Editor: Health

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, Chief of Staff in 2018 and Deputy Editor in 2020.

Fron Jackson-Webb

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor/Senior Health Editor

Fron is The Conversation's Deputy Editor and leads the site's health coverage. She 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. Fron is a Jaara woman and lives on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in central Victoria.

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

Senior 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.

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Deputy Editor, Politics + Society

Judith joined The Conversation from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, where she was a social affairs correspondent, political reporter and columnist. She has been a member of the Canberra press gallery since 2011. She has also been a reporter for The Canberra Times and policy adviser in The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has a masters in international relations from Cambridge University and an honours degree in government from Sydney University.

Sunanda Creagh

Sunanda Creagh

Senior Editor

Sunanda Creagh is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Editor at The Conversation. 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.

Carissa Lee

Carissa Lee

First Nations and Public Policy Editor

Carissa Lee is a Noongar writer, editor and actor born on Wemba-Wemba country, based in Narrm (Melbourne). She previously worked as the First Peoples and Public Policy Specialist Editor at the Analysis and Policy Observatory. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne in Indigenous arts and cultures, and has written for The Conversation as an academic expert in First Nations performing arts. (she/her)

Anna Evangeli

Anna Evangeli

Deputy Editor: Health

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.

John Watson

John Watson

Senior Editor, Higher Education Editor

John joined The Conversation in 2013 as Politics & Society Editor. He later launched the Cities & Policy section. In 2020, he became Higher Education 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 wri...

Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont

Health + Disability Editor

With a background in the arts and textbook publishing, Lucy spent 14 years working at The Age newspaper as a reporter, reviewer, columnist and editor. She covered health for The Age and Sunday Age, was deputy editor of Green Guide and joint editor of The Melbourne Magazine. Lucy extended her communication understanding and academic skills with a Masters of Speech Pathology and subsequent clinical work before joining The Conversation.

Liam Petterson

Liam Petterson

Deputy Editor, Politics + Society

Liam joined The Conversation in April 2020 after interning on the Science + Technology desk. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced) from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded Melbourne Press Club Student Journalist of the Year 2019 for his work while interning at the ABC. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, which he studied in order to become very rich and famous.

Patrick Lenton

Patrick Lenton

Deputy Section Editor: Arts + Culture

Patrick Lenton is a journalist, writer, and author of books, including the short story collection 'Sexy Tales of Paleontology'. His writing has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, The Best Australian Stories, and The Best Australian Comedy Writing. Before joining The Conversation, he was the Editor of Junkee.

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. Her writing has appeared in publications including the ABC, the Guardian, Meanjin and the Sydney Morning Herald, and she sits on the board of Writers SA.

Michael Hopkin

Michael Hopkin

Deputy Chief of Staff

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.

Noor Gillani

Noor Gillani

Deputy Editor: Science + Technology

Before joining The Conversation, Noor worked as a regional reporter with Seven West Media and News Corp. Prior to that, she freelanced for Guardian Australia and various science magazines.

Michael Lucy

Michael Lucy

Deputy Editor: Science + Technology

Michael is a prize-winning science journalist. Before joining The Conversation he was an editor at The Monthly and Cosmos magazines and worked in communications for the Tongan ministry of agriculture and the Melbourne-based agency Science in Public.

Nicole Hasham

Nicole Hasham

Section Editor: Energy + Environment

Nicole is a Walkley Award-winning journalist based in Canberra. Before joining The Conversation she was environment and energy correspondent and federal politics reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her work has also appeared in the Griffith Review and Best Australian Science Writing.

Anthea Batsakis

Anthea Batsakis

Deputy Editor: Environment + Energy

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.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Section Editor: Business + Economy

Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. 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...

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Section Editor: Books + Ideas

Suzy is a former features editor, news editor and feature writer at The Age, where she wrote a regular oped column for more than a decade. She has taught writing 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 Good Weekend, Australian Book Review, The Guardian, Meanjin and Griffith Review.

James Ley

James Ley

Deputy Editor: Books + Ideas

James is a former editor of the Sydney Review of Books. He has more than twenty years experience as a freelance essayist and literary critic. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Australian Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement and Public Books. In 2014, he was awarded the Geraldine Pascall Prize for Australian Critic of the Year.

Jo Case

Jo Case

Deputy Editor: Books + Ideas

Jo Case is an Adelaide-based writer, editor and reviewer. She has been associate publisher at Wakefield Press, senior writer/editor at the Wheeler Centre, program manager of Melbourne Writers Festival, deputy editor of Australian Book Review and books editor of The Big Issue. Jo was a founding board member of the Stella Prize, a founding associate editor of Kill Your Darlings, and co-founder of the Feminist Writers Festival. She has published a memoir, Boomer and Me: (Hardie Grant, 2013).

Liz Minchin

Liz Minchin

Executive Editor

Liz Minchin is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in newspapers, radio and online. She co-authored 'Screw Light Bulbs' — a 2010 book on how Australia could get serious about tackling climate change. She joined The Conversation in 2012 and has been Executive Editor since 2016. Liz works closely with our NZ editors and partners, and also regularly delivers Pitching and Writing Masterclasses: https://theconversation.com/au/pitching-and-writing-masterclass

Doug Hendrie

Doug Hendrie

Deputy editor, Environment + Energy

Doug Hendrie is a journalist and author. Before joining The Conversation in 2021, he wrote books, taught media writing to university students and freelanced for Australian and international outlets.

Veronika Meduna

Veronika Meduna

New Zealand Editor: Science, Health + Environment

Veronika is an award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in radio, print and digital. Before joining The Conversation in 2017, 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 ...

Finlay Macdonald

Finlay Macdonald

Senior Editor, New Zealand

Finlay Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, editor, publisher and broadcaster with 30 years’ experience in the New Zealand media. He has been editor of current affairs magazine The Listener, a publisher at Penguin Books and HarperCollins, a weekly columnist for the Sunday Star-Times, and has written and presented for television and radio. He joined The Conversation in April 2020 and became the New Zealand Senior Editor in November 2020.

Debrin Foxcroft

Debrin Foxcroft

Deputy Editor, New Zealand – The Conversation Australia & New Zealand

Dr Foxcroft has 15 years of experience in journalism, public policy, project management and communications, including at The NZ Herald and Herald on Sunday. She completed her PhD in political science at the University of Waikato, her MA at the University of Missouri, and has also worked at AUT.

Molly Glassey

Molly Glassey

Digital Editor

Molly Glassey is The Conversation's Digital and Engagement editor. She oversees The Conversation's audience growth, digital strategy and annual donations campaign. Molly's work has seen The Conversation's audience triple since she started in 2017. Previous to working at The Conversation, Molly was a digital producer with New Regional Media in Queensland.

Benjamin Clark

Benjamin Clark

Deputy Engagement Editor

Ben joined The Conversation in 2019 as an Editorial and Communications Assistant, before taking on the role of Deputy Engagement Editor in 2020. He co-produces The Conversation's election podcast Below the Line. He is also a contributor to Crikey, and has written for Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Junkee and The Age. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Media) and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.

Lee Constable

Lee Constable

Social Media Producer

Lee is a STEM and climate presenter with a background in science, arts, and science communication. Prior to joining The Conversation, Lee hosted Network 10 science TV show, Scope from 2016-2020. She also authored a kids book, 'How to Save the Whole Stinkin' Planet'. When she isn't working at The Conversation as Social Media Producer, Lee is working on research communication projects, MC-ing or presenting on screens of all sizes and orientations.

Gabriela Sumampow

Gabriela Sumampow

Deputy Social Media Producer

Before joining The Conversation, Gabriela's work has been featured on VICE, Beat Magazine, RMIT ABC Fact Check, and Voxfrock. Alongside years of volunteering at numerous student media organisations, she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT University, where she’s currently pursuing a Master of Media.

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.

Chynthia Wijaya

Chynthia Wijaya

Deputy Editor: Multimedia

Before joining The Conversation, Chynthia worked in video production and editing, freelancing for Vice Australia and the Museum of Chinese Australian History. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master in Global Media Communications, following years of filmmaking studies and video production experience in Indonesia.

Samantha Wheeler

Samantha Wheeler

Editorial Assistant

Prior to the Conversation, Samantha interned with Publish What You Pay as a Digital Campaigner. She’s previously worked as an Electorate Officer with the Parliament of Victoria and Research Assistant with Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She’s recently finished her Bachelor of Science and Arts at Deakin University majoring in Cell Biology and Professional and Creative Writing.

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Julianne Schultz AM, FAHA

Julianne Schultz AM, FAHA

Professor of Media and Culture, Griffith University

Julianne Schultz Professor of Media and Culture in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, and publisher and founding editor of Griffith REVIEW. She is chair of The Conversation Media Group. 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.

Joseph Skrzynski AO

Joseph Skrzynski AO

Director

Mr Skrzynski is the co-founder of the pioneering CHAMP Funds Management Group which has invested over $5 Billion in private companies in Australia and South-East Asia. His current directorships include the global board of Human Rights Watch, The Observership Program, Philanthropy Australia, and as Chair of the Sky Foundation. Previously he has chaired the Sydney Opera House Trust, SBS TV and Radio, the National Planning Authority, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Lisa Watts

Lisa Watts

Chief Executive

Lisa is CEO and Executive Director 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 OAM

Richard Leder OAM

Director

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 and the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board. 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.

Marianne Broadbent

Marianne Broadbent

Director

Dr Marianne Broadbent is a Managing Partner at the innovative leadership advisory and executive search firm, NGS Global. Her career has combined executive roles in the private and education sectors. She was global Senior Vice President (New Product Development) for the technology advisory firm Gartner and her academic appointments include Associate Dean and Professor at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is...

Cameron Gough

Cameron Gough

Director

Cameron is a digital leader with over 25 years experience in a range of sectors through consulting and executive roles at Envato, Australia Post, ANZ Bank, Accenture and PwC. Cameron has successfully built and run large digital technology teams and in recent years has specialised in digital marketplaces as the founder of Digital iD, an award winning identity platform, and in his current role as a member of the executive team at Envato - a leading global marketplace for digital creatives.

Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Director

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

Thomas E. (Tom) Fiedler is a professor of the practice of journalism and the former Dean of the Boston University College of Communication, which he joined in 2008 following a distinguished career as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor, and finally, the executive editor of The Miami Herald. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Editor

Misha is the Editor of The Conversation Australia and New Zealand. He has been an editor and journalist for more than 25 years. He was previously founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He was also a reporter and feature writer at The Age and 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

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.

Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro

Director

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.

Tony Walker

Tony Walker

Vice-chancellor's fellow

Tony Walker is a vice chancellor's fellow at La Trobe University. He is a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a dual Walkley Award winner for commentary, and recipient of the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism. He is a former foreign correspondent for Fairfax and the Financial Times in China, the Middle East and North America. Publications include Arafat:The Biography and The Peter Thomson Five.

Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of Molecular Biology

Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UNSW and Professor of Molecular Biology. He has also worked or studied at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney. He has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, and the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Sciences in 2020.

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Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of Molecular Biology

Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UNSW and Professor of Molecular Biology. He has also worked or studied at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney. He has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, and the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Sciences in 2020.

Glenn Wightwick

Glenn Wightwick

DVC Innovation & Enterprise

Professor Glenn Wightwick is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Innovation and Enterprise) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is responsible for UTS’ innovation, entrepreneurship and external engagement strategies. Most recently, Professor Wightwick was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) where he led UTS’ research portfolio.

Julie Willis

Julie Willis

Professor of Architecture and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning

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

Professor Lisa French is Dean of The School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, and Professor of Screen and Media. She is internationally recognised for her research on women in Australian Cinema. Her scholarship reflects a career long interest the nation’s screen culture, with a specialist interest in gender. Her books include The Female Gaze in Documentary Film – An International Perspective (2021); Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2009); and Womenvisio...

Shamit Saggar

Shamit Saggar

Professor and Director, 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.

Giselle Byrnes

Giselle Byrnes

Provost

Professor Giselle Byrnes is Provost at Massey University, New Zealand, where she is responsible for leading the research and enterprise and the learning and teaching activities of the University. Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor and a member of Massey’s Senior Leadership Team, Giselle is responsible for supporting a high-quality research culture, further developing Massey’s national and international research collaborations and supporting excellence in teaching and academic development.

Annamarie Jagose

Annamarie Jagose

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University Schools

Professor Annamarie Jagose is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University Schools, at the University of Sydney, having previously held positions at the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne. She is internationally known as a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory and is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

Susan Forde

Susan Forde

Director, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

Susan Forde is Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and Professor of Journalism at Griffith University, Brisbane. She has authored or co-authored three books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on community and independent forms of media and journalism. She is Founding Editor with Professor Chris Atton of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, and in 2018 she was a Visiting Scholar with the Membership Puzzle Project at New York Universi...

Arthur Christopoulos

Arthur Christopoulos

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Drug Discovery Biology, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Department of Pharmacology

Arthur Christopoulos is the Professor of Analytical Pharmacology and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. Prior to this he was a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC. He is an international leader in novel approaches to drug discovery, a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Sarah Pearce

Sarah Pearce

Deputy Director, Astronomy and Space Science

Dr. Sarah Pearce is the Acting Chief Scientist of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. Dr. Pearce has been with CSIRO for 10 years as the Deputy Director of CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science. She became the third female Chief Scientist of CSIRO in January 2021. After completing her PhD in Physics, Dr. Pearce was a senior science advisor in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where she gained an understanding of how science can come together ...

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Lisa Watts

Lisa Watts

Chief Executive

Lisa is CEO and Executive Director 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

Chief Operating Officer, TC International

Damian is Chief Operating Officer of The Conversation International. He's previously worked in government on programs and as a ministerial policy adviser. Damian works with The Conversation teams across our global network to coordinate global strategies and secure funding from philanthropic foundations.

Susan Hornbeck

Susan Hornbeck

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Susan Hornbeck is Strategic Partnerships Manager at The Conversation Media Group. Susan has extensive experience in publishing and was Associate Publisher at Griffith Review and Publicity Manager at Scribe Publishing.

Maria Troumboukis

Maria Troumboukis

Chief Financial Officer

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 a qualified member of CPA Australia & a 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.

Helen Johnstone

Helen Johnstone

Philanthropy and Bequests Manager

Helen works with our philanthropic supporters and joins us from The Walkley Foundation where she was their development manager since 2018. She has held philanthropy, sponsorship and communications roles across the media, arts and not for profit sector including working with Anne Summers Reports online magazine and events, the Sydney Writers' Festival, City Recital Hall and the NSW Law and Justice Foundation.

Felicity Burke

Felicity Burke

Sponsorship and University Services Manager

Felicity joined The Conversation in 2017 and is responsible for running The Conversation Job Board, Newsletter Sponsorships and the Events, Courses & Podcasts Board. Felicity has a background in sales, administration and office support roles. She has also worked in a number of art galleries across Melbourne prior to joining The Conversation.

Samantha Wheeler

Samantha Wheeler

Editorial Assistant

Prior to the Conversation, Samantha interned with Publish What You Pay as a Digital Campaigner. She’s previously worked as an Electorate Officer with the Parliament of Victoria and Research Assistant with Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She’s recently finished her Bachelor of Science and Arts at Deakin University majoring in Cell Biology and Professional and Creative Writing.