Scott Eacott is currently Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Higher Research Degree programs in the School of Education UNSW Sydney and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada).
In 2018 he was recognised as the Australian field leading researcher in ‘educational administration’. Scott has previously held positions at the University of Newcastle (School of Education), Australian Catholic University (School of Educational Leadership | Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership), the New South Wales Department of Education (teacher | assistant principal), and is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
He is widely published with research interests and contributions falling into three areas:
- school leadership theory and research;
- leadership preparation and development; and
- strategy in educational leadership.
Current projects include a three-year Australian Research Council funded study on school autonomy and social justice; a four-year NSW Department of Education funded project of regional secondary school consolidation reforms; and ongoing work on the ‘cult of the guru’ in educational leadership.
Further information about Scott’s work can be found at http://scotteacott.com and you can connect with him on Twitter through @ScottEacott
Anna Funder is the author of the acclaimed All That I Am, winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, among other awards. Her first book, the internationally bestselling Stasiland, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages.
Anna Funder is a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris and now lives in New York with her husband and family.
Cate Kennedy is an Australian author best known for her short stories, although she has also published three collections of poetry, a novel, and a travel memoir about her time volunteering in a Mexican microcredit cooperative.
Her 2006 collection Dark Roots was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Gold Medal and the Queensland Premier's Awards and her most recent collection, Like a House on Fire, won the Queensland Literary award for a short story collection in 2013.
Her work has been published both in Australia and internationally, and she teaches as part of the fiction faculty on the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University, Oregon. Both her short fiction collections are currently on the VCE syllabus, and she has been enjoying talking with Year 11 and 12 students across Victoria who are currently studying the themes and techniques of her stories.
Ceridwen was born in South Africa, and grew up between South Africa and Australia. She studied anthropology on scholarship at Harvard and New York University before returning permanently to Sydney in 2010.
Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s '5 Under 35' honours list.
The Wall Street Journal named her one of their 'artists to watch'. Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award and the Steele Rudd Award for a short story collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and is currently on the VCE Literature Text list.
Her latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in 2018 in Australia, the U.S., the U.K. and France. Her short non-fiction book, On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers, was published in late 2018 as part of the acclaimed 'Writers on Writers' series by Black Inc. Books.
Ceridwen also regularly contributes creative non-fiction and essays to newyorker.com (the New Yorker’s website), the Monthly magazine, and WIRED (U.S.).
Dr Michael Anderson is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has taught, researched and published in education and transformation for over 20 years including 14 books and 55 book chapters and journal articles.
Michael is co-founder and academic leader of 4C Transformative Learning and presents internationally to schools and other groups on transformation, creativity and learning. His international research and practice focus on how the 4Cs can be integrated using coherent frameworks to make learning meet the needs of 21st century learners.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, which is devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing.
Mohammed's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. He is the award-winning author of The Tribe (Giramondo 2014) and The Lebs (Hachette 2018). Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.
Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker. She holds a bachelor degree in Arts from Victoria University and a law degree from the University of Melbourne. She now works as a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler.
Nyadol was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. In 2005, at the age of eighteen, she moved to Australia as a refugee.
Nyadol is a vocal advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum. She has worked and volunteered extensively in these areas with a range of organisations.
Nyadol is also a regular media commentator in these areas, having appeared on ABC’s The Drum, as a panellist on Q&A and contributing to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, to name just a few.
In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Future Justice Prize.
In 2018 her efforts to combat racism were widely recognised, with achievements including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism, It Stops With Me Award. The prestigious award was in recognition of her advocacy and activism on behalf of the Australian-African and Melbourne’s South Sudanese communities. Nyadol also received the Harmony Alliance Award for significant contribution to empowering migrant and refugee women, and was a co-winner of the Tim McCoy Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the South Sudanese Community. She also received the Afro-Australian Student Organisation’s, Unsung Hero Award.