Dr Nora Amath is an internationally-respected expert in Islamic studies, passionate humanitarian, and was a Queensland finalist for 2017 Australian of the Year. Nora completed her PhD in Humanities and Human Services in 2014 and draws on her academic insight to share stories of the Muslim world, and to enhance interfaith understanding between all people. In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. She was also recognised in 2007 and again in 2012, receiving Australia Day Community Awards.
For insight into Nora's background and research interests:
- Dr Nora Amath: My Story, Jubilee of Mercy (Youtube video 5:59m)
- Dr Nora Amath: God, the Most Gracious, the Most Compassionate (Youtube video 6:44m)
Angela Cox is a journalism graduate who is now the US correspondent for Seven News. Angela is a rising star in the space of international affairs, and has covered major international events including the Boston bombing, the Oklahoma tornado and the US Presidential campaign.
Alyse Edwards is a Bachelor of Journalism graduate, and one of the first female video journalists for the ABC in Queensland. In 2015 she was awarded the New Journalist of the Year at the Queensland Media Awards. Currently working as a producer for BBC World News in London, she has covered major news events, including the recent Colombia peace deal, 2016 US Presidential debate, G20, natural disasters, major criminal cases and terrorist attacks
Harry Harding has been working as a journalist and presenter at GDTV World channel in Guangzhou, South China for the past three years, where he hosts a talk show, a travel show and a documentary program. During his time with the TV station, Harry has interviewed a diverse range of guests, from well-known singers and actors, politicians and diplomats to farmers and ordinary Chinese citizens. Not only is Harry a talk show host but he is also a talented musician, he has released two singles on the Chinese new music charts and his videos have gained 50 million hits on Chinese video sharing websites.
Kathy Leigh started her education with a Bachelor of Arts, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate study in Law, to lead an influential career in human rights, courts and tribunals, evidence, private international law and administrative law. Since 2014 Kathy has served as the Director General of the ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and Head of the ACT Public Service. The first female to hold this position, Kathy provides high level strategic advice to the ACT Chief Minister and Cabinet on key current and important issues.
Early in his career, Linus was a high school teacher of English and Japanese – his career change came upon his politics studies at Griffith as well as an MBA from Harvard University. Linus then served as National Organiser for ALP National Secretariat for seven years, while also assisting in the development of democratic institutions and party building in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. He successfully ran for the State Office of Logan in 2015, and currently holds the position of Senior Government Whip, and serves on the Transport and Utilities Committee.