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Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Editor & Executive Director

Misha 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

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 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.

Alexandra Hansen

Alexandra Hansen

Deputy Editor and 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. In 2016 she became The Conversation Australia & New Zealand's Executive Editor. In March 2020, she took on a new role overseeing an expansion of The Conversation's New Zealand team and coverage.

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.

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.

Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont

Deputy Section Editor: Arts + Culture

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 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.

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: Higher Education; Cities + Policy

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

Michael Hopkin

Michael Hopkin

Editor, Science + Technology, Health + Medicine

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.

Nicole Hasham

Nicole Hasham

Section Editor: Energy + Environment

Nicole is a Walkley Award-winning journalist based in the Canberra press gallery and a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. Before joining The Conversation she was environment and energy correspondent and federal politics reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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.

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.

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

Deputy 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: 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

New Zealand Senior Editor & NZ Editor: Politics, Business + Arts

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.

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.

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.

Noor Gillani

Noor Gillani

Deputy Editor, Science and 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 Science + Technology Editor

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.

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Deputy Editor, Politics + Society

Judith has been a journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery since 2011. She joined The Conversation from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, where she was a social affairs correspondent, political reporter and columnist. 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.

Liam Petterson

Liam Petterson

Assistant Editor, Health + Medicine

Liam joined The Conversation in April 2020 after interning on the Science + Technology desk. He's currently finishing a Master of Journalism at 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.

Tessa Ogle

Tessa Ogle

Social Storytelling Editor

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 has written for Broadsheet Melbourne and Women's Health Australia. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in media and communication.

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 is also a contributor to Crikey, and has written for Kill Your Darlings, Junkee and The Age. 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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Julianne Schultz AM, FAHA

Julianne Schultz AM, FAHA

Chair of The Conversation Media Group, Founding Editor of Griffith Review, Professor of Media and Culture

Julianne Schultz is the publisher and founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and Professor of Media and Culture in 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.

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

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 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 & Executive Director

Misha 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.

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.

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

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. https://orcid.org/...

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

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Annamarie Jagose is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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.

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Andrew Jaspan

Andrew Jaspan

Founder

Andrew Jaspan is the creator and co-founder of The Conversation. He launched the project in Australia in 2011 and was instrumental in seeing it established in the UK two years later. The project was born out of concerns Andrew had about public access to reliable information amid a dramatic shift in the production and consumption of journalism internationally. Andrew has been Editor of The Observer, The Age (Melbourne), The Scotsman and the Sunday Herald (Glasgow), which he also founded.

Harrison Young

Harrison Young

Patron

Harrison Young was born in Pittsburgh, studied at Harvard University and worked on the Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate scandal. Young 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. Harrison was Chairman of The Conversation from 2017 to 2019.

Jack Rejtman

Jack Rejtman

Co-founder

Jack was co-founder, General Manager and Managing Director at The Conversation Media Group from 2009 to 2013 and defined the digital strategy, business plan and tiered-membership model that underpins The Conversation's funding. He worked closely with developers to create the real-time, safe publishing platform and social-impact dashboards for academic authors. Jack is currently Business Development Director - Research, Innovation & Commercialisation at the University of Melbourne.

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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.

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

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 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.

Felicity Burke

Felicity Burke

Sponsorship and University Services Manager

Felicity has a background in sales, administration and office support roles, having worked in a number of art galleries across Melbourne before starting at The Conversation. She has also worked in administration and office support roles in retail distribution and real estate. Felicity is a keen painter and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Monash University- where she spent some of her degree studying in Florence, Italy.

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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. James leads the platform team that supports the global operation of 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.

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.

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 12k loyalists to live waste free; and supported the launch of Redbubble’s first iOS app and new-look design system.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Senior Developer

Alex studied computer science at RMIT University. Before joining The Conversation he built software at SitePoint, Flippa, and Stax.