Invited Speakers:

Conference speakers will be from federal and state governments and agencies, universities, think-tanks and research institutions, the private sector, civil society and non-government organisations including from the arts, religious organisations and international agencies.


  • Uncle Greg Simms, Aboriginal Elder on Campus (Community Elder) and Gadigal Elder


  • His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales

  • Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor, Western Sydney University

  • Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

  • The Hon Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia

  • Senator the Hon Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens Party

  • Hon Stuart Ayres MP, New South Wales Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for WestConnex and Minister for Sport (TBC)

  • Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University

  • Ms Yenny Wahid, Director, The Wahid Institue, Indonesia

  • Professor Ted Cantle CBE, Founder, Interculturalism and Community Cohesion Foundation, United Kingdom

  • Dr Anne Aly MP, Member of the Australian Parliament for Cowan, Australian Labor Party, and Adjunct Professor, Edith Cowen University

  • The Hon Philip Ruddock, Special Envoy for Human Rights

  • Mr Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection

  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

  • Professor Andrew Markus, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilization, Monash University

  • Ms Lisa Annese, Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia

  • Dr B Hass Dellal AO, Chair, Special Broadcasting Service and Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

  • Mr Joseph Caputo OAM JP, Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

  • Ms Gail Ker OAM, Chief Executive Officer, Access Community Services

  • Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

  • Ms Anthea Hancocks, Chief Executive Officer, Scanlon Foundation

  • Ms Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies

  • Dr Sonja Hood, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hubs Australia

  • Mr Michael Ebeid, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Special Broadcasting Service

  • Professor Adam Possamai, Director, Religion and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University

  • Ms Violet Roumeliotis, Chief Executive Officer, Settlement Services International

  • Associate Professor Nina Burridge, Co-Director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney

  • Ms Catherine Scarth, Chief Executive Officer, AMES Australia

  • Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

  • Dr Hazel Easthope, Senior Research Fellow, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales

  • Ms Aimee Griffin, Community Portfolio Manager, Victoria Police

  • Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, former President, Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales and former Chair, Multicultural New South Wales

  • Ms Tanya Hosch, General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, Australian Football League

  • Dr Sean Gorman, Senior Research Fellow, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University


  • Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Science and Psychology and Professor in Human Geography and Urban Studies, Western Sydney University


  • Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Director, Equity and Diversity, Western Sydney University and Chair, Australian Multicultural Council

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