Keynote Speakers

Jefa Greenaway

Jefa Greenaway of Greenaway Architects is a nationally recognised architect, academic at the University of Melbourne, an advocate through IADV and an active design communicator. Over two decades he’s championed Indigenous led design, cultures and knowledge systems. With less than 6 registered Indigenous architects in private practice in Australia, he seeks to reveal layers of history and memory through connections to place, demonstrating the value of people centred design which interrogates one’s own philosophical or ethical underpinning and design responsibilities.

Trooper Sanders

Trooper Sanders is a Rockefeller Foundation fellow addressing market-based approaches to containing the risks and democratizing the benefits of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. He is founder of Wise Whisper, a boutique policy and partnerships practice. Previously, Trooper worked in and outside of government on issues ranging of policy and public interest concerns including as an advisor to former US President Bill Clinton at his charitable foundation and in the White House for former American first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. He is on the board of Girls Scouts of the USA, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and chair of the Emerging Markets Development Corporation. He has an LLM in computer and communications law, a graduate degree in financial and commercial regulation, and an undergraduate degree in international political economy. He is conducting doctoral work in intelligence studies and warfare.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks

Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynamics of urbanisation. Passionate about creating neighbourhoods people love and feel connected to, Jessica is a thought leader in innovative citizen participation, and particularly the value of ‘placemaking’ as a tool for collaboration and inspiring active citizenship. With experience across Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Jessica has been fortunate enough to advise the public and private sectors, along with major international aid agencies. As Co-founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, Jessica has side stepped into the world of big data to develop a social analytics platform for neighbourhood development. Neighbourlytics harnesses social data feeds to provide real time insights into local neighbourhood identity, place attachment and social connectedness.

Nicole Kalms

Nicole Kalms is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Gender and Place. In this role, Kalms is leading two significant research projects Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in Cites and Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Public Transport. These projects are in partnerships with state, national and international stakeholders. Nicole has a PhD in Architecture from Monash University. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from RMIT and practiced architecture for several years before undertaking a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (RMIT). Nicole is currently a full-time member of Monash University’s Faculty Art, Design and Architecture where she is focused on cross-disciplinary teaching and research.

Dr Sharon Harwood

Dr Sharon Harwood is a practicing social and urban planner, convener of tropical north Queensland branch of PIA and was recently awarded Queensland Planner of the Year. Sharon lead and co-authored the Queensland PIA division’s Indigenous planning policy in 2017 with Ed Wensing, and lobbied the Queensland government to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the recent planning legislation reforms. Sharon strongly advocates planning as the means to achieve empowered and self-determined Indigenous communities.

Master of Ceremonies 

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She spent over a decade with ABC Canberra, reporting on everything from politics to human interest, and developing a deep understanding of her community. Telling our city’s stories is her great passion. She works with a wide range of organisations including the Tara Costigan foundation, Gift of Life ACT and ACT Wildlife Rescue among others, sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for historic places and the boards of the Canberra International Music Festival, the National Folk Festival and the Conflict Resolution Service. She is also a champion for the Capital region Landkeepers Trust and has an enduring interest in strengthening.