Mele Maulaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
Events: Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney
Mele Maualaivao is the Country Program Coordinator for UN Women based in Samoa, operating in four countries – Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.
Under her leadership, UN Women has been able to develop partnerships with organisations such as the Samoa Judiciary to facilitate forums on “Family Law and Restorative Justice”. Mele has been instrumental in establishing the Ending Violence in Samoa Roundtable, a monthly discussion group which address issues of family violence featuring a range of guest speakers. Mele has also been closely involved in supporting projects focussed on women’s political participation and leadership in Samoa. She has been involved in post-cyclone response efforts to Tonga and Samoa where addressing gender in humanitarian action was key to interventions supporting women in urban and rural areas.
Prior to working for UN Women, Mele worked with the National University of Samoa in hosting forums on Domestic Violence, Women’s Political Participation and Women’s contribution to Samoan’s Political Development.
Sue Morphet – Chief Executive Women (CEW) President, Non Executive Director and Adviser
Sue Morphet has over 30 years of brand, consumer goods, manufacturing and retail management experience across Australia and New Zealand.
Sue was CEO of Pacific Brands Limited from December 2007 to September 2012, following 12 years with the company. Sue also chaired Manufacturing Australia from 2012–2014 and now holds non-executive directorships with Asaleo Care Limited, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited, Godfreys Group Limited, Noni B Limited and is Chairman of National Tiles Co Pty Ltd.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Science and Education.
David Gallop AM – Chief Executive Officer, Football Federation Australia
David Gallop AM was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia (FFA) in November 2012.
David’s tenure since this time has coincided with a period of stability, growth and innovation in Australian football, underpinned by the successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup that saw the Socceroos crowned as the Champions of Asia, Australia’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and the Matildas’ inspiring run during the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and qualification for 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.
On the domestic front, initiatives include the launch of the Westfield FFA Cup, roll out of the Aldi MiniRoos initiative, Foxtel A-League All Stars, the National Premier League, and sustained growth in Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League ratings, crowds and memberships.
A law graduate and a former first grade cricketer, David is known for a considered approach in dealing with complex issues and for his ability to combine the passion of sport with the realities of a competitive business world.
Todd Battley – Chief Executive, AECOM Australia New Zealand
Todd Battley became chief executive in 2017 and leads a team of over 3,500 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers across 25 offices in Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of AECOM’s global Executive Committee and Asia-Pacific leadership team.
The traditional engineering consulting firm he joined as a civil engineering graduate of James Cook University in 1996 has changed significantly in the past 22 years.
Todd has a relentless focus on staff and client service excellence which has enabled him to build a resilient and dynamic business, despite the highs and lows of the Australian infrastructure market.
Most recently Todd led the cultural change that has made flexible work the norm at AECOM and helped launch Australia’s first term time contracts for professional engineers. He plays a leadership role in improving gender diversity across the infrastructure sector through his participation in the Male Champions of Change initiative and as a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Elizabeth Gaines – Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group
Elizabeth Gaines commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.
A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.
After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights Plc.
Elizabeth has significant exposure to the impact of the growth in Asian economies, particularly China, on the Australian business environment and economy as well as a deep understanding of all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level in both listed and private companies.
A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree.
Elizabeth has previously held Non-Executive Director roles with NEXTDC Limited, Mantra Group Limited, Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited and ImpediMed Limited.
Frances Adamson – Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.
From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.
Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.
She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.
Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.
Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.
She is married with four children.
Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM FASSA – Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016.
Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O’Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.
From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury. Prior to this, he was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.
Martin is a member of the Male Champions of Change and has previously served as: a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management; and as a member of Prime Minister Abbott’s Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Gillard’s Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation, and the Board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.
In 2008, Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy. In 2017 he was awarded a Companion (AC) in the Australia Day Awards for eminent service to the Australian community through his public sector leadership roles. He is a life member of the Australian Business Economists, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Fellow of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, recipient of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance Public Sector Award for Excellence, and was awarded the Australian National University’s inaugural Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Martin holds a Ph.D and a M.A. from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons 1) from the University of Adelaide. In May 2015, Martin was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by the University of Adelaide.