Jenny Brockie from SBS Insight 

Jenny Brockie is one of Australia’s most gifted and sought after forum facilitators. Jenny is well known for hosting SBS TV’s INSIGHT, where she facilitates an always lively and thought provoking discussion on a wide range of topics with more than 50 participants weekly. Jenny’s experience on INSIGHT and as a journalist, documentary film maker and interviewer, give her a unique set of skills which she uses to elicit information in an informative and entertaining way. Her exceptional ability to draw out people’s ideas, get them talking to one another and encourage audience participation is a hallmark of her work as a facilitator.

Dr. Kang-Hyun Lee, President of IAVE

Dr. Kang Hyun Lee is the Co-Chair of the Board of the Korea Council of Volunteering, an umbrella organization recognized by  the Volunteering Act of 2005 providing leadership in the field of volunteering in Korea. Dr.Lee has taught on volunteerism and volunteer management at several Universities. recently, he serves as a co-chair of the Civil Society Organisation Solidarity and Volunteer 21 which he founded and served as the President. He also served as the Secretary General ofthe IYV2001 Korea Commission and the regional Director of Asia-Pacific and a board member of IAVE. He Hosted the 17th IAVE World Volunteer Conference held in Seoul in 2002 and has served many other advisory positions or board memberships such as; the World Cup 2002 Volunteer Committee, the National Commission for Rebuilding Korea, Korean Association of Volunteer Centres, Korea Volunteer Forum and Korean Association of Non-profit Organization Research. 
Dr. Lee introduced the modern concept of volunteer management in Korea and founded the first volunteer centre, Federation of Volunteer Efforts in Busan, Korea. He has also been instrumental in passing the Volunteering Act of 2005 and guided Joongangilbo, one of the most influential and largest newspaper, holding an annual Volunteer Festivity similar to ‘Make a Difference Day’ in the USA.

Richard Dictus

Richard is from the Netherlands and took up his present appointment in Januaray 2013. Prior to this he has served the United Nations in a variety of key roles in Malawi, South Yemen, the Sudan, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Pakistan, New York and Fiji. In each of these roles Richard has had extensive experience of examining the value of volunteering in capacity building.
Richard is keen to explore the conference theme VOLUNTEERING TODAYS IMPERATIVE in the context of the UN’s new development framework that will emerge as part of the post 2015 agenda.

Jody Broun, CEO of Red Cross NSW Australia

Jody Broun will give a keynote address on “ Volunteering The Australian Aboriginal Experience - A Reciprocal Model. 
Jody has spent almost 30 years in Aboriginal affairs at state and national levels, the majority of that time in senior executive roles.
She recently completed a two year term as the inaugural elected female Co-Chairperson of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. In this role she was involved in national policy development and community engagement in areas such as health, review of the Native Title Act, Aboriginal languages education, and the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Jody is also an artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1998 she won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in 2005 the Canberra Art Award.  Jody is passionately committed to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and continues to represent their views through membership on a range of boards and committees including the C20.  Jody is a member of the C20 committee and as such has advocated strongly on behalf of IAVE and the 2014 Conference for the G20 to recognise volunteering to be included in national accounts.  She has recently taken up her new appointment as CEO Australian Red Cross New South Wales Division.

Michael Kirby

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.
He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.  Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84).  Later, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands.  His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.
In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93).  He also served on many national and international bodies.  Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.  Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia.  He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings.  He has been awarded many honorary doctorates.
In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize.  He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group (2010-11) which was investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations; and has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law (2010-12). In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).  In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (2013-14).  Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2013-14).

Daniel Buritica Cordoba, Founder & President of the Columbian Network of Youth

Is the founder and President of the Colombian Network of Youth, the first young social entrepreneurs in that country which has developed a unique model to empower young people to create social change. Daniel has also created the summer camp BAKONGO which integrates underprivileged children with university students. He was recognised by Junior Chamber International as one of 10 outstanding leaders for 2012.  Daniel is a Youth Representative Board member of The International Association for Volunteer Effort, and an ambassador for Colombia in One Young World. He is also the Co-founder of the International Wake Up Call movement and he manages the law firm Francisco Buritca Abogados Consultores in Colombia.

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