Invited Speakers:

Conference speakers will be from federal and state governments and agencies, international agencies such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, universities, think-tanks and research institutions, the private sector, civil society and non-government organisations, and religious organisations

Opening Address

  • His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Welcome to Country

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

Key Note or Plenary Speakers 

  • Senator the Honourable Richard di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens Party (confirmed)
  • Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs (confirmed)
  • Honourable Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia (confirmed)
  • Dr Anne Aly MP, Member of the Australian Parliament  for Cowan (confirmed)
  • Ms Lisa Annese, Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia (confirmed)
  • Associate Professor Nina Burridge, Co-Director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney (confirmed)
  • Professor Ted Cantle CBE, Founder, Institute of Community Cohesion Foundation
  • Mr Joseph Caputo OAM JP, Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (confirmed)
  • Ms Hanifa Deen, Author and Chair, Institute of Cultural Diversity
  • Dr B Hass Dellal AO, Chair, Special Broadcasting Commission and Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation (confirmed)
  • Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Science and Psychology and Professor in Human Geography and Urban Studies, Western Sydney University (confirmed)
  • Mr Michael Ebeid, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Special Broadcasting Commission (confirmed)
  • Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University (confirmed)
  • Ms Anthea Hancocks, Chief Executive Officer, Scanlon Foundation (confirmed)
  • Mr Andrew Harper, Head of Innovation, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr Christina Ho, Senior Lecturer and Discipline Coordinator, University of Technology Sydney
  • Ms Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies (confirmed)
  • Mr Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and Community Affairs, Australia / Israel and Jewish Affairs Council
  • Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, former President, Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales and former Chair, Multicultural New South Wales (confirmed)
  • Professor Andrew Markus, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilization, Monash University (confirmed)
  • Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, Director, Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilization, Charles Sturt University
  • Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University (confirmed)
  • Mr Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection (confirmed)
  • Professor Adam Possamai, Director, Religion and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University (confirmed)
  • Professor Andre Renzaho, Professor of Humanitarian and Development Studies, Western Sydney University
  • Honourable Philip Ruddock, Special Envoy for Human Rights (confirmed)
  • Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission (confirmed)
  • Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor, Western Sydney University (confirmed)
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission (confirmed)
  • Mr Tim Wilson MP, Member of the Australian Parliament for Goldstein


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