Board

“Brilliant and clever people sit on the AFoI board.”

Founder and Chairman

Greg Mackie OAM

In 1999, Greg Mackie was founder and is now Chairman of The Adelaide Festival of Ideas Association Inc. Cutting his teeth as a cabaret musician and department store executive, From 1984-2007 Greg co-founded and was managing director of Adelaide’s iconic Imprints Booksellers. With a wealth of governance experience, including...

Professor Robert Phiddian

Robert Phiddian is a professor of English at Flinders University. He joined the Adelaide Festival of Ideas  as a ‘youth representative’ on the first Advisory Board in 1998. As the youthfulness ebbed away, he took on other roles, most notably as Chair for the 2009, 2011, and 2013 festivals....

Professor

Professor John Williams

Professor John Williams is the Acting Provost and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide. He is the founding Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the Adelaide Law School. John is a member of the National Archives Advisory...

Emeritus Professor Ian Gibbins

Ian Gibbins retired in 2014 after 30 years as a neuroscientist including 20 years as Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University. He is internationally recognised for his research on the microscopic organisation of nerves connecting between the internal organs and the spinal cord. Ian is also a widely published...

Elizabeth Ho OAM

Elizabeth Ho OAM has held a number of senior positions in the public and higher education sectors. As an Associate Director of the State Library of SA and later, as the inaugural Director of the award–winning Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA (1999-2014) she built deep community connections...

Nick Crowther

Nick is the Managing Director of Freerange Future, a B Corp certified creative agency that works to further progressive causes and cultural initiatives. He has almost 20 years experience across digital, branding and marketing. He’s writing a novel.