Program Details:  World Conference Forums

The forums are focused sessions designed to accommodate open discussion. They will consist of a panel of high profile speakers with varying perspectives on the forum topic. The forum venues will accommodate fairly large audiences so they will be like a small plenary session. Following is additional detail about the current forum topics:


Friday 19th September

Disaster and Emergency Service Dialogue:

A Dialogue - The Disaster Dialogue Forum will bring together the unique perspectives of government, corporations, not-for-profit and citizens on the role of volunteers in effective disaster responses and community rebuilding efforts and examine the potential for greater collective impact.
Moderator: Dr Kenn Allen, President Civil Society Consulting Group USA
  • Eduardo Martinez, President UPS International Foundation and Chairman World Economic Forum Logistics Emergency Team
  • Sam Johnson, Founder Student Volunteer Army Christchurch New Zealand
  • Dr Corazon de Leon, Vice-President Board of Directors Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre Thailand, Board Member IAVE Philippines 
  • Raelene Thompson, Executive Director Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI)

The Role of Government in Supporting Volunteering:

This panel session will explore the ways in which Government can, and should, support volunteering in our communities and how communities can garner this support.
Moderator: Dr Sev Ozdowski, Director Equity and Diversity University of Western Sydney Adjunct Professor Centre for Peace and Conflict
  • Hon. Tony Simpson, MLA Western Australia, Minister for Local Government, Community Services and Volunteering
  • Mary Porter AM, MLA Australian Capital Territory Government Member for Ginninderra representing Minister Barr
  • Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinatior, United Nations Volunteers
  • Wendy Osborne OBE, CEO Volunteer Now Ireland, Board Member IAVE
  • Evelyn O’Loughlin, CEO Volunteering South Australia and Northern Territory Australia

The World’s Atwitter: Volunteering and Social Media:

Join our panel to consider how the rise of social media is reshaping volunteering and citizen engagement - is it all a good thing? 
Volunteering in a Post-2015 World -As the decade of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws to a close and nations negotiate a new set of Sustainable Development Goals our panellists will explore what this means for volunteering. What role can, and should, volunteering play over the next decade to remedy the greatest ills of our time? Will volunteering gain the recognition it deserves.
Moderator: Karen Mahlab, Founder and CEO at Pro-Bono Australia
  • Annalie Killian, Director of Innovation and Communication, Founder Amplify, Catalyst for Magic AMP
  • Hayley Bolding, Co-founder Atma India supporting educational development for underprivileged children, Lead Foundation for Young Australian’s “Young People Without Borders”
  • Monica Beatriz Galliano, Senior Consultant on Latin American Corporate Strategy at IAVE
  • Avis Mulhall travel obsessed Irish import. Creator of stuff, Loves social innovation. Hates onions
  • Mara Basanovic, CEO Volunteering Western Australia

Saturday 20th September

Youth, Employment and Volunteering:

Rates of youth unemployment globally have led to the ILO calling it a ‘generation at risk’. In a special forum on Youth, Employment and Volunteering our panellists will be asked to consider the question “What role can volunteering play in increasing employability for young people, and how can we ensure that these are recognised by the employers that hire them, the NGOs that provide volunteering opportunities, and the governments that support the enabling environments for all?”.
Moderator: Kirsty Mitchell, General Manager Career Development Centre Bond University
  • Aaron McNeilly, G20 Youth Entrepreneurs Alliance
  • Jeremy “Yongurra” Donovan, is a Kuku Yalanji and Gumbaynggirr man from far North Queensland and Northern NSW. He is CEO Generation One an Australian Indigenous Employment Initiative and is also a internationally renowned didgeridoo player
  • Raaida Mannaa, Project Manager IAVE Global Youth Volunteers and one of 50 Shapers representing the voice of youth at World Economic Forum in Davos in December 2013
  • Clare Desira, National Australia Bank Employee Volunteering Program 

Volunteers and Advocacy: Challenging the Status Quo:

IAVE seeks to celebrate volunteering ‘in all its forms’, yet in many countries traditional notions of what volunteering is – and is not – abound. As society evolves and so-called wicked problems are still in need of solutions, the role of volunteers as advocates for the causes, communities and organisations they are involved with is an increasingly important one. This forum will examine the role of volunteers as advocates who challenge orthodoxy and the status quote, and who seek to change not only for the lives of individuals, but whole communities and societies.
Moderator: Susan Pascoe, AM Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission
  • Dr Bruce Bonyhady AM, Chairman National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Marian Juste Picon, Director Telefonica Volunteering Program
  • Rod Little, Board Director National Congress of Australia’s First People’s
  • Agnetta Nyalita, Co- Founder and Chairperson Partnership for Growth Foundation and IAVE Youth Board Member

Volunteering in a Post 2015 World of Sustainable Development Goals:

Moderator: Kathi Dennis, Executive Director International Association for Volunteer Effort
  • Richard Dictus, United Nations Co-ordinator
  • Omar Faruque Chowdhury,  Managing Director Verulam Associates Bangladesh
  • Diane Solinger, Head of Employee Engagement at Google Inc USA
  • Winsome Matthews, Senior Project Officer Innovation and Integration Unit Department of Family and Community Services NSW Australia

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15 August Standard registration open 
10 September  Online registration closes 
15-20 September Conference runs