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bootcamp 2015

SPEAKERS:

World Vision

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Australian Conservation Foundation

Oaktree

Solar Citizens

Oxfam

Australian Labor Party

Voices for Indi

350.org

Health Futures

Liberal Party

350.org

2014 UN Youth Representative

Save the Children

AYCC, Fair Agenda

The Australian Greens

Save the Children

TEAR

Oaktree

Make Poverty History

 

Adam Valvasori

World Vision 

 

Social campaigner and gnocchi roller, Adam Valvasori is passionate about a great many things. These days he’s focused on trying to save the humans from the humans. But he has also spent time campaigning on: racism, HIV, climate change, human rights, child sex trafficking, domestic violence, animal welfare and even the evil bear bile industry.   He’s worked for the Australian Government, World Vision, The Body Shop, World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA) and the Zoo! Speaking of which, If he could be any animal in the world, he’d be a honey badger – have you seen them? They’re bloody brilliant - Youtube it now! Anyway, he’s having the best life of his life and hopes you are too.

Adam is currently managing the Campaign for Australian Aid because he knows we can be better than this. Have you joined yet? www.australianaid.org

Amelia Telford

Australian Youth Climate Coalition  

“I really do believe in people power. One person can start something that continues to grow strength and momentum and eventually a mass of people are working together as a team. This is already starting but we need to continue to educate, enlighten and motivate people to stand up for their future and for future generations." -Amelia Telford

Raised in a close-knit family in the Bundajalung nation (North Coast of NSW), Amelia Telford is a young Aboriginal woman who advocates combating climate change and to create a more sustainable environment. She is currently Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) which encourages young Australians to come together and stand up for a more environmentally sustainable future. AYCC believes that climate change is the single greatest threat facing humanity, and puts young people and future generations at risk. The organisation also believes that addressing the climate crisis is the best way to create a world that is more sustainable, just and fair.

Amelia attributes her connection with the land to her Aboriginal heritage. From a young age, her parents taught her and her brothers the importance of respecting all living and non-living things in the world. These values that were instilled in her at a young age manifest themselves now through her work within her community. She aspires to become a doctor in remote Indigenous communities.

 

 

Basha Stasak

Australian Conservation Foundation

 

Basha has a very impressive CV in campaigning, starting back as WA State President for the National Union of Students and continuing at the Australian Conservation Foundation.

She has previously worked in policy development and operations for the AYCC, the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation, the Conservation Council of Western Australia and the Western Australian Government. She was a Member of the Board for BJL Connecting Communities, and has experience in a wide range of campaigns including 350.org Australia and GetUp. 

She was the General Muppet (or General Manager, although she prefers the clearly superior title of Muppet) of Useful Inc, an NGO "seeking to make doing good as mainstream as cheeseburgers". The organisation was the winner of the 2010 WA Youth Innovate! Award.

 

Chris Wallace

Oaktree CEO 

Chris is a fresh face to the Oaktree team, commencing as CEO in January 2015. However don't be fooled, he was actually at the launch of Oaktree, 13 years ago as a fresh-faced year 7 student. Since then, he's done a variety of things: working alongside refugees, leading youth groups, selling bikes, finishing uni and working in an inner city law firm. He loves variety, mountain bikes, good coffee and is passionate about education, righting the injustice that is extreme poverty, and the impact we (young people) can have on the issues we're passionate about! 

Claire O’Rourke

Solar Citizens

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Claire is the National Director of Solar Citizens. She has more than 15 years’ extensive experience in communications, advocacy and organising.  A proud solar owner, Claire is a former journalist and campaigner and was part of the Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Solar Citizens is an independent community based organisation bringing together millions of solar owners and supporters to protect and grow solar in Australia. Since starting in May 2013, Solar Citizens has grown to over 70,000 supporters around the country and they work to represent the more than 5 million solar owners in Australia and the millions more who wish to go solar one day.

 

Conor Costello

Oxfam

 

According to her wonderful twitter bio, Conor is a human "interested in social justice, women's rights, creative arts, education, current affairs and a spot of whimsy". She works with Oxfam staff to engage diverse audiences around the world. Her current focus is on Oxfam's GROW campaign - aiming for a sustainable future where everyone has enough to eat. 

 

Daniel Mulino MP

Australian Labor Party

 

Daniel is the Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance for the Parliament of Victoria, from the electorate of Eastern Victoria. He is widely regarded as one of the most qualified members of parliament, having earned a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons), Masters in Economics, and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

He has been an economic advisor to many politicians including Bill Shorten, and has sat on the Legal and Social Issues Committee since 2015. He has also advised government, corporate and not-for-profit clients to improve economic management, including policy development with the express aim of protecting some of the most vulnerable demographics such as at-risk youth and rural youth. 

 

Denis Ginnivan

Voices for Indi

 Denis is a farmer, social worker, and founding member of the Border Trust and Yackandandah Folk Festival. He is passionate about our local area and wants to see a respectful and active debate on the issues that matter to Indi residents. He has a work background in development of programs in rural counselling for farm families, farm debt mediation, support for people with acquired brain injury, and strategies for improving services for people with a disability for people living in rural and remote areas, on a regional and national level.

Isaac Astill

350.org

 

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 Raised in rural South Australia, Isaac now resides in Sydney and is currently 350.org Australia's Divestment Campaigner for off-campus campaigns.

Isaac joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), and was a member of their delegation to the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Later, Isaac became the National Tour Manager for Co-Founder and Chair of the AYCC.

Isaac was awarded the Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year in 2013, for his efforts in campaigning against proposed coal ports along the Great Barrier Reef. In 2014, he worked as the Director of Campaigns for Make Me Fossil Free.

 

Harry Jennens

Health Futures

Harry Jennens, former Victorian Student Representative for Doctors for the Environment Australia, is passionate about helping people in the most responsible way possible. He is a recipient of the Community Organising Fellowship. He seeks to create a "broad, diverse and powerful movement" to support the fight against climate change.

Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP

Liberal Party of Australia 

 

Kelly O'Dwyer is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer in the Australian Parliament. She is the epitome of international knowledge, serving as Chairman of the Australia-United States Parliamentary Friendship Group and Convenor of the Australia–Americas Network. She is an activist politician: she is the founder and Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering, and serves as an Ovarian Cancer Ambassador, a Dementia Champion, Patron of the Stonnington City Brass and Patron of the East Malvern Junior Girls Football Team.

Kelly has a background in both corporate law, serving at the top tier law firm Freehills, alongside a history major in an Arts degree. She has also served as an economics advisor to the Federal Treasurer and has worked as an executive at the National Australia Bank.Kelly is a former board member of Bowls Australia and has also been a member of the Victorian Advisory Council of Camp Quality, an organisation that supports children and families affected by cancer.

 

 

Koreti Tiumalu

350.org 


Koreti Tiumalu works with 350.org in Melbourne as the Pacific Outreach Coordinator. Her work focuses on building a Pacific movement in New Zealand around climate change. She is the child of Samoan migrants who moved to Newtown, Wellington. Through them, Koreti’s passion to help the Pacific people was ignited.

Although she was very passionate, like many others, she knew very little about climate change and the impacts it had. Koreti went on to educate herself on climate issues after joining 350.org by watching YouTube videos regarding climate change and engaging in Pacific outreach work by 350.org. The organization is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.

Koreti's experiences taught her how the Pacific people have been directly impacted by the effects of climate change. Though she was raised in New Zealand, she still feels a bond to the Islands and believes that all Pacific Youth should ask what they can do to help overcome climate change.

 

Laura John

2014 UN Youth Representative

Laura John hails from Melbourne, and has an impressive history of leadership roles and initiatives with the likes of the Oaktree Foundation, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and most recently Human Rights First in New York City, all the while completing her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at Monash University.

She has been involved with the Multicultural Multifaith Youth Network and the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and has represented Victorian young people as the 2011 Young Member for National Youth Week. More recently, she has interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights First in New York City.

In 2014, Laura was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Australia's sole Youth Representative to the UN, a role that saw her making a speech to world leaders at the UN General­ Assembly, followed by a five-month tour of Australia to talk to young people about issues that most concern them.

 

Mat Tinkler

Save the Children 

Mat is the voice for the most vulnerable members of our society in the places that can effect the greatest change. He is currently the Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Save the Children, focusing on the most making sure that the most basic of rights- that of nutrition, justice, early childhood education and the rights of asylum seekers - are heard, listened to and addressed though advocacy, media and government.

Mat began his career as a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison before becoming acting executive director for the Publish Law Clearing House, an organisation that seeks to provide legal services to the most disadvantaged Australians. He has also worked as a Chief of Staff to a senior Cabinet Minister with the Federal Government, overseeing portfolios covering taxation law; superannuation and financial services regulation; consumer credit; charity and not-for-profit regulation; insurance reforms; workplace relations and disability reform. 

 

Renee Carr

AYCC, Fair Agenda 

 

Renee is the Founding Executive Director of Fair Agenda - a community campaigning organisation advocating for fairness and equality for women. Previously, Renee worked with the Global Poverty Project, and Co-Directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign. Renee was born and raised in the Latrobe Valley - home of some of the largest brown coal fields in the world. She is passionate about climate justice and first got involved in the AYCC in 2009 after attending the first Power Shift summit.

She is currently the chair of the board for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Senator Scott Ludlam

The Australian Greens

  Elected in November 2007, Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. He is one of ten Australian Greens in the current Parliament and is the spokesperson for Communications, Housing, Heritage, Nuclear Issues, Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities.

Also, as the spokesperson assisting on Defence and Resources and Energy Scott has led opposition in Canberra against attempts to impose a radioactive waste dump on an unwilling community near Tennant Creek in the NT. Scott has also dedicated his time to phasing out uranium mining.

Drawing from his past experience as a film maker, Scott created a 30 minute documentary titled 'Climate of Hope' on why nuclear energy is not the solution to climate change.

 

 

Tim Norton

Save the Children

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Tim is a specialist in digital engagement and communication strategy.

He has worked as a Digital Account Manager with Essential Media Communications, a digital campaigner for Oxfam Australia, a press secretary for Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, and is one of the founding members of the FWD Digital Campaigning Conference.

He has spoken on digital communications at forums such as the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, the International Network of Street Papers Conference and the National Young Writer’s Festival, and is the author of the Internews Social Media for Advocacy guidebook.

Tim currently works as Campaigns Manager for Save the Children Australia.

Tim Johnson

TEAR 

 

Tim Johnson, better known as TJ, is the Victoria/Tasmania Church Engagement Coordinator for TEAR Australia. TEAR is a Christian-based organisation that focuses on alleviating the suffering of the most marginalised and exploited members of the global community. Tim has a passion and commitment to those on the margins, and a deep faith and theological understanding of God's work of redemption and reconciliation with creation.

TJ, together with his wife Cath and their friends, live life and love people as part of a missional community on the Mornington Peninsula. TJ has also worked in pastoral ministry for the last six years and has spent the last year pioneering a network of youth ministries centred on engaging with kids in their local community. 

 

Tim Lo Surdo

Oaktree Head of Campaigns

 

Tim is studying computer science at RMIT, has worked on numerous political campaigns, and has played key advisory roles for two federal parliamentarians. An organiser at heart, Tim is passionate about people-driven change and the role Oaktree plays in activating young people & building the movement to end poverty. Tim likes technology (only when it works), spoken word poetry and the cartoon Bob's Burgers.

 Tony Milne

Make Poverty History 


Born to working class parents in Invercargill, Tony Milne was the first in his family to attend University.

Since then, he spent five years working for MPs and Ministers, has been the National Manager of Public Health for the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, was elected to the House of Representatives as a representative of the Labour Party in the Christchurch Central electorate, and is currently the Executive Officer for Make Poverty History Australia. 

Make Poverty History Australia is a Coalition of many of the anti-poverty organisations within Australia. The various national Make Poverty History campaigns are part of the international Global Call to Action Against Poverty campaign. The main focus of Make Poverty History has been uniting the sector in campaigning to meet the Millenium Development Goals.

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