Phillip Adams AUSTRALIA

Author and filmmaker

Phillip Adams is a prolific and sometimes controversial broadcaster, writer and filmmaker. As presenter of Late Night Live, he has interviewed thousands of the world's most influential politicians, historians, archaeologists, novelists, theologians, economists, philosophers and sundry conversationalists. His latest book is Bedtime Stories; Tales From My 21 Years at RN’s Late Night Live.


Dr Kristin Alford Australia

Futurist & Founding Director of Bridge8

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the founding director of Bridge8, where she designs and delivers science engagement, facilitates foresight and strategic planning conversations and provides technology and innovation research.


Waleed Aly Australia

ABC Broadcaster

Waleed Aly is a broadcaster, author, academic and the host of the RN Drive, 6pm (AESD) Monday-Thursday and Big Ideas on ABC1 and News 24. A lecturer in politics at Monash University, working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre, Aly's social and political commentary has produced an award-winning book and multiple literary short-listings, and appears in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Australian, The Sunday Times of India, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is the author of What’s Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37). His debut book, People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for several awards including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.


Patricia Edgar AM Australia

Sociologist, film and television producer, and policy analyst

Patricia Edgar is a sociologist, educator, film and television producer, writer, researcher, and policy analyst. Through a career spanning four decades she has been at the forefront of media for children nationally and internationally, winning multiple awards for her achievements and programs. In her latest book, In Praise of Ageing, Patricia turns her attention to ageing policy in Australia.


Robyn Archer Australia

Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Artistic Director/Creator of The Light in Winter, and Deputy Chair of The Australia Council

Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and arts advocate, currently Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Artistic Director/Creator of The Light in Winter, and Deputy Chair of The Australia Council. She is patron of numerous arts organisations and has received many prestigious arts awards, most recently a Helpmann for Best Cabaret Performer 2013.


Phil Bland Australia

Prof of Planetary Science, Curtin University

Phil Bland is Professor of Planetary Science in the Department of Applied Geology at Curtin University. Phil has many research interests, but they generally involve using primitive meteorites to explore the origin and early evolution of the Solar System. His Laureate project is focussed on identifying the source regions for meteorites by making triangulated observations of meteorite fireballs.


Andrew Bovell AUSTRALIA

Playwright and screenwriter

Andrew Bovell is a playwright and screenwriter. His most recent film is the adaptation of John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted. Other films include Blessed, Lantana, and Strictly Ballroom. His most recent plays include an adaption of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, winner of six Helpmann Awards, and When the Rain Stops Falling, produced in Australia, Europe, Canada and the USA.


Dr Barry Brook Australia

Ecological Scientist

Barry Brook, a leading ecological scientist, is a Professor at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute, where he holds the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change.



Author and Photographer

Acclaimed author, photographer and lifelong activist, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s. After 10 years in the Tasmanian Parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation.


Rick Chen Australia


Rick Chen is an entrepreneur and a social change-maker with a strong focus on new media design. He has a keen interest in web-based technology, user interface design and innovative ideas that change people's behaviour, and in 2010 Rick co-founded Australia's first crowdfunding platform Pozible, which has raised over $13 million dollars.