Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan has been a Senior Planning Adviser to the Irish Government, at the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, since 2015. He was the Project Manager for the development of the National Planning Framework as part of ‘Project Ireland 2040’ and is currently working on the implementation of national, regional and urban planning policy. Paul has more than 25 years professional planning experience, including 18 years in local Government at South Dublin, Meath and Kildare County Councils and 5 years in the private sector, in both Ireland and the UK. During 10 years as Senior Planner at South Dublin County Council, he led teams that delivered a range of planning (county and local plans) transport (road, rail, walking and cycling projects), energy-related initiatives and school delivery projects, as well as development management.

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.

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.

Megan Davis

Professor Davis is a constitutional lawyer who researches in public law and public international law. Her current research focuses on constitutional design, democratic theory and Indigenous peoples. Professor Davis has been the leading constitutional lawyer working on Indigenous constitutional reform since 2011. In 2015 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Referendum Council and designed the deliberative constitutional dialogue process the Council undertook. In 2011, Megan was also appointed to the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution and continues to be involved in legal discussions on the constitutional issues relating to the referendum model.

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.


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.


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.