Kirstie Parker

Kirstie Parker, a Yuwallarai woman from northern New South Wales, has been CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence since October 2015. She was formerly a Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. She is also a Director of Reconciliation Australia.

Kirstie has a long and distinguished career in Indigenous affairs and especially media. Among other roles, she was editor of the Koori Mail newspaper for seven years, the inaugural Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), and Director of Public Affairs for ATSIC. Her work has been acknowledged by multiple awards, including an Australian Peacewoman Award in May 2015, a Human Rights Award (Media Category) in 2008, and being named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012.

Kirsty Parker
CEO, NCIE

Jackie Coates

A seasoned community investment leader, Jackie has a strong mix of social innovation skills and corporate philanthropy experience, gained in senior Corporate Affairs and CSR roles over the last 25 years. Jackie is passionate about Indigenous Digital Excellence and enabling “tech for good”, which she describes as the intersection of social innovation and digital technology.

Analogue at birth, digital by design, Jackie advocates for the transformative power of tech to enhance social inclusion, particularly for young people. As head of the Telstra Foundation, Jackie manages a multi- million dollar community investment portfolio that has a focus on Indigenous community development, accessibility, wellbeing and regional/remote communities. Feminist, mother, geek, and grant-maker Jackie juggles many balls and tries hard not to drop the glass ones.

Jackie Coates
General Manager, Telstra Foundation

Natalie Walker

Natalie has over 15 years experience across small business, government, not for profit and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles.

Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a national collaboration of policy wonks, political operatives and technical geeks who love making the world a better place by designing new solutions to complex social and economic policy challenges. One of the ways they do this to build apps like Slice of Pie to better understand open government data.

Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie established Supply Nation, a social enterprise designed to integrate Indigenous Australian owned, controlled and managed businesses into the supply chains of Australia’s largest companies and government agencies.

In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Natalie Walker
Founder & Managing Director, Inside Policy

Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male, is a Broome based consultant and social entrepreneur. In 2016 he received the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award for his work in the prevention of Indigenous Suicide. He is the Founder and CEO of Black Rainbow and is currently working in on a pet project in the digital space; developing a mental health app for men who work Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) in the resources sector.

“Positive reinforcement is determinant of positive living. As we move further into the digital space, the excellence from our mob that is achieved in this space, needs to recognised, nurtured, and loved every single day.”

Dameyon Bonson
2016 Dr. Yunupingu Award for Human Rights
Indigenist Managing Director
www.dameyon.com

Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male, is a Broome based consultant and social entrepreneur. In 2016 he received the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award for his work in the prevention of Indigenous Suicide. He is the Founder and CEO of Black Rainbow and is currently working in on a pet project in the digital space; developing a mental health app for men who work FIFO in the resources sector.

“Positive reinforcement is determinant of positive living. As we move further into the digital space, the excellence from our mob that is achieved in this space, needs to recognised, nurtured, and loved every single day.”

Dr. Yunupingu Award for Human Rights
Indigenist Managing Director
www.dameyon.com

Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male, is a Broome based consultant and social entrepreneur. In 2016 he received the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award for his work in the prevention of Indigenous Suicide. He is the Founder and CEO of Black Rainbow and is currently working in on a pet project in the digital space; developing a mental health app for men who work FIFO in the resources sector.

“Positive reinforcement is determinant of positive living. As we move further into the digital space, the excellence from our mob that is achieved in this space, needs to recognised, nurtured, and loved every single day.”

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