Sally Sara, AM, is an award winning journalist and foreign correspondent with the ABC. She has reported from more than 30 countries including Iraq, Lebanon and Sierra Leone.
Sally spent 2011 covering the news from the frontline of the war in Afghanistan. During her career, she has broken the glass ceiling, as the first female correspondent appointed to the ABC's Africa, South Asia and Kabul bureaus.
Sally has written for The New York Times and The Boston Globe and is the author of the best selling biography, Gogo Mama.
Sally has been named South Australian Young Journalist of the Year and Queensland Journalist of the Year. She has won United Nations Media Peace Awards and medals at the New York Festival Radio and Television Awards. She has been a finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism, six times.
Sally received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of South Australia.
In 2011, Sally was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for service to journalism and the community.
Moya Sayer-Jones is a novelist (Penguin, Allen & Allen), columnist and screenwriter. As the original Modern Guru for Good Weekend magazine, Moya mused on the mercurial dynamics of human behaviour. And used her own life as a typical example.
These days, as Chief Story Activist for onlyhuman.com.au, Moyais focused on helping other stories be told and heard.
When she’s not writing, blogging, keynote speaking or in pursuit of the latest app, you can find her working with government, NFPs, corporate clients and restless creatives bringing more meaning to their storytelling.
A graduate of Sydney University and the Australian Film and Television School, her idiosyncratic voice reminds us that it’s our stories that keep us human.
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review, the award-winning literary and public affairs quarterly established by Griffith University in 2003 to provide a public intellectual leadership and a platform for long-form essays and other writing addressing topical issues beyond the daily news agenda.
Professor Schultz is Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and she was, until recently, a non-executive director of the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Grattan Institute. She chaired the reference group on the National Cultural Policy (2011- 2013) and Queensland Design Council, (2010-2013) and was deputy chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies Securing Australia’s Future program (2012 – 2013). Her pro bono attachments include membership of the Advisory Boards of the Miles Franklin Award and the Music Trust; Centre for Advancing Journalism; Editorial Boards of the The Conversation and Companion of Australian Media; she has been a member of the advisory boards for the High Resolves Initiative; the leadership council of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Enterprise and ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Schultz is the author of Reviving the Fourth Estate, Steel City Blues, Not Just Another Business, co-author of The Phone Book and the librettos to two operas, the multi award winning Black River and Going into Shadows, which was produced in London and Brisbane. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her services to the community as a journalist, writer, editor and academic, for fostering debate on issues affecting society and for professional ethics and accountability. She was elected an honorary Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy in 2010.
By chance, Greg Sheridan's early life saw him become intimate friends and colleagues with a fascinating list of people who now make up Australia's political leadership. At university Tony Abbott was his best friend; he became close to Peter Costello as well as Labor figures Michael Danby and Michael Easson. As a young journalist on The Bulletin he became friends and colleagues with Bob Carr and Malcolm Turnbull. When he first joined The Australian he was posted to China, there to befriend another future leader, Kevin Rudd.
Peter Singer is an Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Life You Can Save. Singer was born in Australia.. His most recent book is The Most Good You Can Do.
Renata Singer is a writer who conceived the idea of Older and Bolder when she realised how much she loved talking to older people. Her other books include True Stories from the Land of Divorce, Goodbye and Hello (on the experience of migration) and a novel, The Front of the Family. With her husband, the philosopher Peter Singer, she co-edited The Moral of the Story: Ethics Through Literature.
Renata likes to get things done. After working with disadvantaged women in New York, she co-founded Fitted for Work, the Australian non-profit that helps women back into the workforce. In earlier lives she was a high school teacher, a community worker, a publications officer for Oxfam Australia and a member of the Workcare Appeals Tribunal.
Renata and Peter have three children and four grandchildren. They divide their time between New York and Melbourne.
Jennifer St George writes sexy romance novels set in exotic international locations. She has four books published with Penguin’s Destiny Romance – The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love (2014), The Love Deception (2013), Seducing the Secret Heiress (2013) and The Convenient Bride (2012). The Love Deception was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Romance Reader Awards in the Favourite Short Romance category. Prior to being published, Jennifer won the prestigious NZ Clendon award for best-unpublished romance manuscript in 2012.
Business was Jennifer’s first career. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Communication from QUT then headed to London for an international marketing career. Upon her return to Australia, she completed her MBA at the Melbourne Business School. She was awarded the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship and the academic Award of Distinction. She also spent a semester studying at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (USA).
Jennifer worked with McKinsey & Co, Ford Australia and established her own award-winning marketing firm for which she won The Outstanding Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year Award.
She’s currently the Communications Manager for the Byron Bay Writers Festival and has been the past Vice-President of Romance Writers of Australia.
In 2011 Wayne Swan was named Euromoney Finance Minister of the Year. He was federal Treasurer from 2007 to 2013 and has been the member for Lilley since 1993. He is the author Postcode: the Splintering of a Nation (2005), and the much read and hugely influential essay 0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests.