Our Alumni

Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft is the founder of AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. In recognition of AIME’s impact, it was voted ninth in the 2015 BRW Best Places to Work list. Jack is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Stanford University, a board member of the Advertising Standards Bureau and the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled board. He is also a published children’s author.

On Mentorship – 4 May, 3pm


Dasia Black-Gutman

Dasia Black-Gutman

Dasia Black-Gutman was born in 1938 in Rzeszow, Poland. She survived Zbaraz Ghetto with her parents and was then given to a Polish Catholic woman to live under a false, non-Jewish identity. She was left orphaned when both her parents were murdered in the Holocaust. Dasia spent her infant years hiding in cellars and forests, memorising a new non-Jewish name, Stasia. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle after the war and moved to Australia in 1951. Her memoir is entitled Letter From My Father.

My Word to Remember – 6 May, 3pm


Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael has recently joined the ABC's Four Corners as a reporter. In 2017 he published his first book of fiction, The List, a thriller set in Sydney.

Straight from the Headlines – 3 May, 1.30pm


Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments for thirteen years, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and is now Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards, and has written or edited thirteen books, most recently Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary and Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir.

Incorrigible Optimist – 4 May, 4.30pm


Felicity Fenner

Felicity Fenner

Felicity Fenner is a leading curator of contemporary art. Her work focuses on aspects of place and place-making, encapsulated in projects such as Primavera 2005 at Sydney’s MCA, the 2008 Adelaide Biennial and exhibitions commissioned for the 2009 Venice Biennale and 2013 International Symposium of Electronic Arts. She publishes regularly in leading art journals, is a lead investigator on the international Curating Cities database of public art, and a member since 2007 of City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel.

Running the City – 2 May, 6.30pm


Jeremy Heimans

Jeremy Heimans

Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organisation headquartered in New York that builds and supports social movements around the world. He is the co-founder of GetUp!, an Australian political organization with more members than all of Australia's political parties combined. With Henry Timms, Jeremy is co-author of the book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World–and How to Make It Work for You.

New Power – 5 May, 10am


David Hill

David Hill

David Hill's latest book, The Fair and the Foul, is his eighth book. Prior to becoming an author, he was Chairman and Managing Director of the ABC, the CEO of the State Rail Authority, Chairman of Sydney Water, Chairman of Soccer Australia, and President of the North Sydney Rugby League Bears. He holds a Masters of Economics degree and in 2006 returned to university and graduated in classical archaeology. He is now the project manager of the archaeological survey of the ancient Greek city of Troizen and between 2005 and 2016 was the Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

Good Sports – 3 May, 4.30pm


Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Tony Jones is one of Australia's most experienced journalists, and the winner of six Walkley Awards and many others for his work on the ABC as a reporter for Four Corners, Lateline and as a foreign correspondent in Europe during the chaos of the Yugoslavia civil wars and the end of communism. For the past decade he has been the presenter of the ABC's much-loved Q&A. The Twentieth Man is his first novel, and he's currently working on the sequel.

The Twentieth Man – 2 May, 12.30pm


David McKnight

David McKnight

David McKnight is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales where he researches media, politics and history. His current book is Populism Now! The Case for Progressive Populism. He is the co-author of Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit, and was the author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, as well as Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War, which won the Henry Mayer Book Prize. He co-edited Goodbye to All That? with Robert Manne. His book on the cold war, Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, won the Premier's Prize for non-fiction in 1994.

Fox and Friends: The Far Reach of Murdoch – 4 May, 8pm
The Rise of Australian Populism – 6 May, 11.30am


Michael Pembroke

Michael Pembroke

Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian, naturalist and author. His book Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy became a television documentary and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and runner-up in the National Maritime Museum history award. The research for Pembroke’s latest book, Korea, has taken him to Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Washington DC, Princeton and Cambridge. In 2016, he travelled through North Korea from the Yalu River to the Demilitarised Zone. He has been a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2010.

Going Rogue: North Korea – 4 May, 1.30pm


Michael Slezak

Michael Slezak

Michael Slezak is the environment reporter at Australia's The Guardian. Before working at [[i||The Guardian], Michael wrote about science and its effect on the world for New Scientist. Prior to that, he was s a full-time medical journalist and freelanced for publications around the world.

The Future of Science Writing – 4 May, 5pm