MC – Tracey Spicer, Author, Journalist and Television Presenter

Tracey will be MC at our Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney Events

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years.

Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.

Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.

Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

Her essays have appeared in dozens of books, including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 2.5 million views.

The 50-year-old is also the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Her first book, the best-selling The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by HarperCollins in April 2017.


MC – Elizabeth Shaw 

Elizabeth will be MC at our Perth Event

Elizabeth was a Board Member of UN Women National Committee Australia since 2010, and President from 2014 – 2017.

A qualified company director, Elizabeth serves as Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA and serves on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, an initiative to increase the number of female directors on ASX-200 boards to 30% by 2018.

Beth is an Associate Director in KMPG’s advisory practice, supporting organisations to manage people impacts during times of significant change. Prior to this, she worked as the Executive Director of the UN Association of Australia and as a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia.

In 2008, she served as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, consulting with 5,000 young Australians before presenting her findings at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Elizabeth has published widely on gender and development issues and has presented on these topics around Australia and at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Elizabeth has been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection, a West Australian of the Year Award (Youth) from Celebrate WA and as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.


Panellist – Hiba Qasas, Chief Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response, UN Women
Hiba will be speaking at our Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney events

Hiba Qasas is the Chief of the Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response of UN Women based in Geneva. Prior to that Ms Qasas served as the UN Women Country Representative in Iraq and as the Head of the Middle East and North Africa section in UN Women’s Head Quarters in New York.

She has 16 years of international development and crisis prevention and response experience and an in-depth experience in the MENA Region and gender issues. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Qasas worked at UNDP  managing a broad range of programmes in the areas of poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery and providing programme guidance to country offices in the Arab states and horn of Africa Region in crisis response, economic recovery and women’s empowerment. Before joining the UN, Ms. Qasas worked for Palestinian NGOs with a focus on Micro-finance and rural development.


Panellist – Siobhan Hobbs, Women, Peace and Security Program Specialist, UN Women
Siobhan will be speaking at our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney events

Siobhan is a Women, Peace & Security Program Specialist, currently based with UN Women in Bangladesh. With over 12 years of experience in international human rights and women, peace & security, Siobhan has served as Gender Focal Point to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Gender Specialist on Reparations in UN Women’s office in Kosovo, Gender Advisor to two UN Commissions of Inquiry into human rights (Eritrea and North Korea), and Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary Generals’ Special Investigation in South Sudan.

Considered an expert in the field of conflict-related sexual violence, Siobhan has been an advisor to several independent international investigations and has also worked with governments and civil society across Asia, Africa and Europe on the design and implementation of laws, policies and programmes addressing the rights of sexual violence survivors, women and other specific groups.

Currently with UN Women in Bangladesh, Siobhan is managing the Women, Peace and Security portfolio encompassing work on the prevention of violent extremism, supporting the development of Bangladesh’s first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, and strengthening the UN humanitarian response through programmatic advice aimed at providing Rohingya women with participation and empowerment opportunities alongside life-saving measures.