Hugh Riminton - MC

Hugh Riminton is a multiple-award winning journalist, foreign correspondent, political editor and presenter.

He has reported from more than 50 countries, including from the frontlines of almost every major global conflict of the past 25 years.

In that time, Hugh has held senior positions as presenter and correspondent with CNN and for Channels 9 & 10.

Among many journalistic honours, he has won Walkley Awards as a foreign correspondent and as TEN’s political editor based in Canberra, where he and colleague Matt Moran broke the “Skype Scandal” which triggered half a dozen federal government inquiries.

Hugh is a foundation board member of Soldier On, a national charity helping Australians who have suffered as a consequence of their service to the community. He also chairs the John Mac Foundation, founded by former child soldier and criminal lawyer Deng Adut. The foundation provides scholarships and mentoring for students from war-torn or refugee backgrounds.

Hugh is married with four children. His memoir “Minefields: A Life In The News Game” was recently released through Hachette.

Ian Riseley - Rotary International President

Ian Riseley is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham in Victoria, Australia. He is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.

Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and president of Beaumaris Sea Scouts Group. He has been president of Langi-Taan Ski Club as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.

Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.

He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Jim Molan AO DSC

Retiring from the Australian Army in July 2008 after 40 years, Jim Molan served across a broad range of command and staff appointments in operations, training, staff and military diplomacy.

Jim has been an infantryman, an Indonesian speaker, a helicopter pilot, commander of army units from a thirty-man platoon to a division of 15,000 soldiers, commander of the Australian Defence Colleges and commander of the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands in 2000. He has served in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Malaysia, Germany, the US and Iraq.

In April 2004, Major General Molan deployed for a year to Iraq as the Coalition’s chief of operations, during a period of continuous and intense combat. On behalf of the US commanding general, he controlled the manoeuvre operations of all forces across all of Iraq, including the security of Iraq’s oil, electricity and rail infrastructure. This period covered the Iraqi elections in January 2005, and the pre-election shaping battles of Najaf, TalAfar, Samarra, Fallujah, and Ramadan 04. Described in the recently (2017) declassified “unofficial history” of Australia’s Participation in the Iraq War as “… the ADF member most directly involved in fighting the insurgents”, Major General Molan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government for “distinguished command and leadership in action in Iraq”, and the Legion of Merit by the United States Government.

Before retiring he was the Adviser to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force on Joint Warfighting and the first Defence Materiel Advocate, promoting Australian defence industry overseas.

Major General Molan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Queensland. He has held civil commercial licences and ratings for fixed and rotary wing aircraft and due to pressure of work, he has only recently sold his aircraft.  He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), is a Member Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and was an accredited Master Project Director (MPD).

In August 2008, General Molan published his book ‘Running the War in Iraq’, which is a best seller and an E-book on Amazon. He has since collaborated on a book for the Australian Defence College on the British Army in southern Iraq. Jim was also recognized as the “2009 Australian Thinker of the Year”.

Since leaving the military, General Molan has been a commentator on defence and security issues in the Australian and international print and electronic media and has written regularly for a number of journals and blogs. Until September 2014, he was a principal of aadiDefence Pty Ltd, facilitating access for Australian industry to defence technology grants and working with other high technology industries, and was nominated as chairman of two companies attempting to commence trading in Australia. He was a consultant to Deakin University, BAE Systems Australia and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).

His pro bono work includes five years as a director of the St James Ethics Centre (now The Ethics Centre) and an airpower think tank, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation Inc. He is co-Patron of a foundation commemorating the life of a member of his bodyguard, Sgt Matthew Locke MG, an SAS soldier killed in Afghanistan, and also co-Patron of Friends of Gallipoli Incorporated, a body aiming to increase the knowledge of school children of both sides of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Up until a year or so ago, Jim was a director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, an interest in aerial firefighting he has held for many years flying as a civilian fire and rescue helicopter pilot. He has been very active as a corporate speaker on “Leadership in Challenging Times” managed through ICMI, Australia’s premier Speakers bureau. Until December 2014 he was the Honorary Colonel of the Australian Army Aviation Corps. In 2010 he was called as an expert witness on the subject of crisis management to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, and is a volunteer firefighter with the ACT Rural Fire Service at Guises Creek, ACT. He has also been a member of a Defence second track diplomacy body between Australia and Indonesia known as the Ikahan Senior Advisory Group.

Jim has been active with the conservative think tank the Menzies Research Centre, contributing a chapter to the 2009 book “Don’t Leave Us with the Bill – The Case Against an Australian Bill of Rights” entitled “Trust Me – It Will Not Be As Bad As You Think”, and a chapter in the 2013 book “State of the Nation: Aspects of Australian Public Policy” (initially published in Quadrant Magazine March 2013) entitled “The Terminal Decline of Australia’s Defence”. He has contributed a chapter on defence to another conservative book on Government policy (“Making Australia Right”) entitled “The Provocation of Weakness”, launched by in Feb 2017.

As well as being involved in formulating the Coalition’s defence policy while in opposition (2012-2013), Jim was a co-author of the Coalition policy on Border Control and launched the policy publicly with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister Scott Morrison. Following the 2013 federal election, Jim was appointed to the fulltime position of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders (the border control operation), leaving that position in July 2014 to work for a short time as a Special Adviser to the Defence Minister on the Defence White Paper.

Jim was invited in 2015 to be part of an international High Level Military Group that conducted and launched an ethical assessment of Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza in mid-2014 as an attempt to address the issue of ‘Lawfare’. Jim joined this group again in March 2017 to review the level of threat which Hezbollah out of Lebanon represent to the state of Israel. Over the last few years, Jim has been actively involved in the controversy surrounding uncontrolled migration into Europe, mainly through the European media.

Jim is a member of the Liberal Party in NSW and was a candidate for the Australian Senate in 2016. Despite being 7th on the Coalition Party ticket, Jim achieved the fourth highest personal below-the-line vote of all 182 NSW Senate candidates, and the second highest of the 12 candidates on the Coalition ticket, gaining 10,182 votes. Jim has been in the leadership group for the Democratic Reform Movement of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party. ON the 22 Dec 17, the High Court of Australia appointed Jim as a Senator for New South Wales in the federal parliament as a result of ineligibility of other candidates

Jim Molan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his part in disaster relief operations in 1991, and made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his role in Indonesia and East Timor in 1999.

Jim is married to Anne and they live just outside of Queanbeyan NSW. They have three daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.


Steve Killelea AM

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve directed most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.

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Muhammad Yunus






 Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” 

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. 

Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of 55 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006). In Bangladesh he  got President’s Award in 1978 for introducing an innovative organisation in agriculture. He was awarded the Independence Day Award in 1987, by the President of Bangladesh for the outstanding contribution in rural development. This is the highest civilian national award of Bangladesh.

Professor Yunus was chosen by Wharton School of Business as one of ‘The 25 Most influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years’. AsiaWeek (Hong Kong) selected him as one of ‘Twenty Great Asians (1975-1995).” Ananda Bazaar Patrika (India) selected Professor Yunus as one of “Ten Great Bengalis of the Century (1900-1999).” 

In 2006, Time Magazine listed Professor Yunus under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the 2nd topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”. 

Professor Yunus has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardtalk on BBC and The Simpsons. Financial Times chose Professor Muhammed Yunus as one of six Finance Pioneers. In the March 31, 2015 issue in an article entitled “Business Pioneers in Finance” Professor Yunus has been placed alongside Warren Buffett, Amadeo Giannini, Henry Kravis,  J.P Morgan, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild as greatest business finance pioneers of all time. He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine. 

Yunus (Banker to the Poor), a Noble Prize winner and founder of the Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank, which pioneered microcredit, describes himself as “fundamentally optimistic about the future.” That optimism permeates his argument that the capitalist system’s economic framework, driven by personal interest, is broken and must be redesigned so that “both personal and collective interests are recognized, promoted, and celebrated.” Yunus’s preferred vehicle for this redesigned economy is social business, which aims not to enrich investors but improve people’s lives and make the world better. Yunus explains how social businesses can help reduce poverty, unemployment, and environmental degradation. And in his address, he will link his goals of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions to advancement of peace in the society.  


Jean Nepo Sibomana


 Nepo is Co-Founder and Director of The Mustard Seed Institute, a social enterprise working at the grassroots level on Poverty Alleviation, Reconciliation, and Sustainable Peace through Agriculture, Vocational Training and Research in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. Born in Eastern Province, Rwanda, Nepo is a Genocide Survivor and has been a long-time advocate for the rights of Genocide Survivors, Youth Empowerment and Peace.

He has held leadership positions in several youth organisations advocating for peace and sustainable development across Rwanda and East Africa; The Nursery of Peace, The Rwanda Student Genocide Survivors’ Association, Initiatives of Change Rwanda, East African Youth Forum for Peace and Development, and the Commonwealth Alliance for Young Entrepreneurs East Africa. Nepo previously worked at African Rights and The Pan-African Bank, Ecobank. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Kigali Institute of Technology,            Rwanda.

He lives in Eastern Province, Rwanda, with his Australian–born wife and young daughter, in the same community where he grew up and lost his whole family during the Genocide. His passion is to inspire his community to work together towards a common goal of achieving socio-economic transformation, which provides the foundation to eradicate genocide ideology, promote reconciliation and ensure sustainable peace for future generations.

The Genocide in Rwanda was the greatest horror of modern times; Nepo, a Genocide survivor, will share how, The Mustard Seed Institute ‘s practical model of reconciliation is bringing former perpetrators and survivors together to work towards a common goal of socio-economic development in his community to ensure sustainable peace.


Noel Clement

Noel Clement is Director of Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations with Australian Red Cross. He first joined Red Cross in 2001 as National Manager of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme and since 2002 has held senior management roles including General Manager (Domestic Operations), Head of Australian Services and Director Australian Services.

Reporting to the Red Cross CEO and as a member of the Executive, Noel’s responsibilities include migration and emergency service programs across Australia, International Humanitarian Law activities and leadership of key Red Cross Red Crescent Movement relationships.

Noel has worked for almost 30 years in the not-for-profit sector, including many years in community-based organisations in community health and public housing.  He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (PIT) and a Masters of Social Policy and Community Service Management (RMIT).



Mahir Momand


 Mahir Momand is a Microfinance expert who has lived 2/3 of his life as a refugee. Mahir currently serves as the CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise. Thrive provides micro-finance and business support to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

Mahir’s current work is focused on highlighting how refugees can contribute to economic growth by creating jobs for themselves and others. Mahir’s work shows that when refugees become economically active, it leads not only to economic integration and financial independence but also faster social integration. 

Previously, Mahir served as CEO of the National Association of Credit Unions in Afghanistan, worked for the World Bank, UNHCR and was Financial Adviser to the Federal Ministry of Labour in Afghanistan. The Microfinance programs run by Mahir have helped establish a total of 165,000 small and medium business enterprises in Afghanistan that provided a livelihood for nearly 1 million people.

This presentation exhibits the economic value refugees bring and how they contribute to the growth of the Australian economy. It also highlights that when refugees become economically active, it leads to economic integration, financial independence and faster social integration. 



Peace in RotarAction Presentation

 Ben MacNevin

Ben MacNevin is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, Australia. Ben’s Rotary journey began as a Rotaractor, joining the Rotaract Club of Sydney City in 2013, and holding the positions of Vice President, President and Past President. Ben also has a passionate association with RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which provides amazing leadership training for people aged 18 to 30.

 By embracing the bridge between Rotaract and Rotary, Ben has a deep understanding of how emerging leaders are making a positive impact in their community. Rotaract is the perfect platform for young people to drive Peace projects, and during his presentation he will showcase how Rotaractors are changing the world.

 The crane is the symbol for the Rotary International Presidential Peacebuilding Conference, and thanks to Rotaractors from all around Australia, the Conference will be adorned with thousands of folded paper cranes. It is a fitting demonstration of the incredible scale of Rotaract and the collective desire to foster goodwill. Ben will facilitate a panel discussion with key Rotaractors and Rotarians, to explore what makes Rotaract such a positive force.

Aritra Ray
Dr. Aritra Ray is a current Rotarian and President-Elect with the Rotary Club of Mount Eden in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Aritra joined the Rotary family as a Rotaractor in New Zealand after migrating from Kolkata, India with his family in 1999. Since 2005, he has served in multiple roles as a Rotaractor including being the President of two clubs and District Rotaract Representative for two years from 2011-13. He has helped organize a Rotaract Roundtrip, and an International water project in Samoa, and is currently involved in developing the Rotary District 9920 Diabetes Youth Initiative. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his services to the Rotary family in the year 2013. 

Aritra serves as the District 9920 Rotary-Rotaract Liaison Officer. He is a strong believer in the great potential of collaboration between generations and uses this actively in his practice of geriatric and internal medicine. His personal passions include meditation, hiking and writing.

Aritra is a strong advocate of open borders and cultural interchange, and has been an avid traveler. He is strongly optimistic that soul-filled, cross-cultural voluntary organizations such as Rotary and Rotaract hold the keys to world peace. Having experienced the goodwill and collaboration of Rotaractors and Rotarians throughout the world, Aritra will hope to share some of his passion and vision for their global reach through his words today. 

Eeshwar Rajagopalan
Eeshwar Rajagopalan started his Rotary journey in 2009, when he was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum (Canberra). After completing the John Curtin Leadership Academy program he helped to start the Rotaract Club of Rossmoyne. During his time with the club he took on numerous leadership roles, including Vice President, President and Director of Professional Development. Since moving to India for work in 2017, Eeshwar has become the District Director of International Service and is passionate about getting clubs all over the world working together.

In 2016, Eeshwar led the first iteration of the Thousand Paper Cranes project, bringing over 300 people together worldwide to fold paper cranes and promote peace as a Rotary Area of Focus. The project succeeded in folding 5000 paper cranes and raising over US $2500 for the Sakuji Tanaka Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship. In its second iteration, the project will see thousands of paper cranes folded by Rotaractors from all around Australia adorn the conference.

He will be discussing his experiences using focused, meaningful and grounded projects to foster collaboration and conversation.

Rebecca Fry
Rebecca Fry is the current Chair of Rotaract in Australia. Rebecca’s Rotary journey began in 2006 when she was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum (Canberra) and a subsequent National Science Program in South Africa. She has attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, International RYLA (Sydney) and Youth Leadership Summit (South Korea), serving in numerous leadership roles and as a speaker.

Rebecca has been a member of Rotaract for 6 years, serving on Club, District and National Boards and has recently joined the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley. The e-Club enables her to fit Rotary around her work, health and Rotaract commitments. Her passion lies within professional development and engagement of Rotaractors and Rotarians, with a vision to make the most effective and largest impact in our local and global communities as possible.

Professionally, Rebecca works in Community Impact (Corporate Social Responsibility) at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. She will be providing insights on our ability to create more meaningful change through collaboration at all levels.

Panel: Rabbi Zalman Kastel, Kate Xavier, Madenia Abdurahman, Taha Allam


Rabbi Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel was ordained as a Rabbi in the Chasidic Jewish tradition in a racially divided part of Brooklyn NY. Encounters with Christians and Muslims transformed him and inspired a passion for interfaith dialogue. He has run interfaith workshops and countered alienation among Aboriginal and Muslim youth since 2002. 


Education is indispensable in the prevention of violent extremism of whatever type. For education to prevent extremism it must instill critical thinking, respect for diversity, and values for citizenship, utilising integrated holistic approaches. Schools are being supported in this by NGOs that facilitate cross-cultural and interfaith contact and teacher training.


Kate Xavier

She was born in Bankstown into a Croatian migrant family. She is a high school teacher specialising in Studies of Religion and Geography. Kate has a graduate certificate of Interfaith Dialogue and was a member of the Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship in Canberra in 2009. She has an interest in South Asian culture and in particular Bollywood film. She regularly contributes articles to the Society and Culture Association journal ‘Culturescope’ helping teachers and students explore Bollywood as a popular culture.She is also a mother of two daughters.


Good Practice Program which engaged 20 schools Australia wide in an Intercultural Understanding project designed by the school. Each project focused on ways to enhance the Intercultural Understanding of students, in particular students who have experienced feelings of alienation and marginalisation as a result of experiences of prejudice as a result of race, religion or culture. 


Madenia Abdurahman

Madenia Abdurahman is a retired principal and is currently still involved in numerous charitable oganisations. Madenia was born in Cape Town, South Africa during the Apartheid Era.
She got her Teaching degree in 1966 and taught in a sub economic area where there was a lot of poverty. While she was teaching in the sub economic area she got involved with the struggle of underprivileged students that suffered because of Apartheid. She instilled in them a strong desire for learning, making them aware of the power of education which they could use as a weapon against the “White Man”.


Whilst teaching full time, she did a lot of volunteering work with:

  • National Cancer Foundation of South Africa
  • Old Age homes
  • The Mental Health Institute
  • Welfare Organisations

She moved to Australia in 1981 with her husband and her 4 year old son. She started casual teaching in public sector and in 1982 gave birth to twin daughters. In 1986 she started a fulltime teaching position in the private sector of Education. From the moment she arrived in Australia she continued with her charity work with many different organisations. She is currently working with:

  • Muslim Aid Australia – Chairperson
  • Together for Humanity – President

Madenia Abdurahman is now a proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren.

Acknowledging the challenges students face about alienation and extremism is very important.

Organisations such as Together for Humanity can improve conditions and hopefully find solutions in educating our students to shape the way in which they look at the world, and to empower the marginalised.

They need to be able to feel as Australians whether they are in a predominantly Muslim, Christian or Jewish community.

Taha Allam

Taha Allam is a science teaching student, and Together For Humanity Facilitator and role-model. Taha is a  Muslim Lebanese Australian who has come a long way from his insular experience growing up in a monocultural community in Greenacre and Punchbowl. During his formative years he was exposed to media coverage “hammering his religious beliefs”.  As the same time as the media onslaught, a group appealed to Taha under the name of “Islamic State”, which hinted at big ideas such as protection and justice. However, he soon discovered that things didn’t appear as they seemed.   

I grew up in Punchbowl, Sydney in the aftermath of September 11 in a time when anti-Muslim sentiment was on the rise. My community was faced with a barrage of negative media discourse and grappling with how to respond to the rise of groups such as ISIS. Growing up, Critical Thinking skills were instrumental for making judgments and understanding what my religion, Islam is really about- peace. 

Rebecca Tolstoy


 Rebecca Tolstoy is managing director of Tolstoy Consulting (accounting practice) and CEO of FinTech Start-Up Tolstoy System with more than 24 years of professional and executive business experience.

Rebecca is Founding Chair and Director of Path of Hope Foundation, collaboration initiative between Rotary and the Salvation Army. In this role, she provides strategic vision and facilitates the formal collaboration between Rotary and the Salvation Army worldwide.

In 2017, Rebecca received the Rotarian of the Year award in District 9455.
In 2014, the Foundation received a Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International for its efforts to support disadvantaged women and children.
Rebecca is and advisor board member to the Salvation Army in Western Australia and a Board Member of the Victims of Crime Reference Group, advising the Attorney General of Western Australia on issues affecting victims of crime in that State.

Late last year, Rebecca was invited by the Hon. Michael Jeffery, a former Governor General, to join the Board of Future Directions International. This is a not-for-for profit strategic research institute conducting comprehensive research of key medium to long-term issues facing Australia and the world.

“Breaking the Cycle of Family and Domestic Violence”
One of many ripple effects of Family and Domestic Violence is the EXPLOSIVE economic and extensive monetary cost factor effecting individuals, communities, companies and governments GLOBALLY. Australia, has an estimated cost linked to ‘violence against women and their children’ of $ 22BILLION a year. The “Rotary – Path of Hope” initiative joins the local Rotary Clubs and Salvation Army in the joint mission of Breaking the Cycle of Family and Domestic Violence.

Shane Phillips

 CEO Tribal Warrior & Local Australian of the Year 2013 Sydney, NSW
“We have to create our own destiny and develop our own tools to do it.”

Advocate for Aboriginal rights, Shane Phillips is a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is regarded as their voice on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody. He was named 2013 Local Hero in the 2013 Australia Day awards An indigenous entrepreneur, Shane is the fulltime CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association, a non-profit organisation directed by Aboriginal people and Elders that offers training for employment and helps at the grassroots level with emergency relief for struggling families. He also operates a mentoring program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to achieve their full potential. The concept is uncomplicated: it’s about forming good habits, guiding by example, including everyone and acknowledging achievements.

Shane is also credited with improving the relationship between his community and the police. His biggest personal achievement is with the Clean Slate Without Prejudice Program that has been running since 2009. The program is based around a morning boxing program run three days a week at the Eora Gym in Redfern. The Program is run in collaboration with the police, and since its inception the number of crimes committed by local youth has declined by 80 per cent. Born and raised in Redfern, Shane is an outstanding community leader, respected by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike for his integrity, hard work and determination to get things done.


Since 2009, Tribal Warrior & the Redfern Police have collaborated in the Clean Slate Without Prejudice (CSWP) program involving young Aboriginal people (at risk) from the community. The program involves the close mentoring, via community members and a boxing training program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. This is followed by cultural and language classes to provide the foundation for the young people to develop a strong identity, self-confidence and resilience for the future.

The program is in high demand, with referrals from multiple sources including Police, Local community, FACS and Justice system professionals, Meanwhile, the boxing classes now average 50-80 people a session.

This program is contributing to significantly reduced crime rates, incarceration rates and recidivism rates for Aboriginal young people in the Sydney inner city area.  This has received significant national recognition and requests for information from Aboriginal communities around Australia.

Jeremy Blackman

 As a member of the Foundation’s Knowledge and Innovation team, Jeremy’s work focuses on issues surrounding social media and online behaviour, cyber safety resources and ensuring youth perspectives are considered in industry initiatives. Jeremy has written about, presented and facilitated discussions on these topics across Australia and internationally.

Jeremy was an ambassador for the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) in 2013 and 2014, running expert panels and introducing youth issues to the event for the first time. He also convened sessions at the Global IGFs in Bali and Istanbul and represented the Alannah & Madeline Foundation on the Dynamic Coalition on Child Online Safety.

Jeremy organised the first cyber safety stream at the 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, and regularly appears as session moderator for key annual events such as the Child Online Safety and Protection conference. Jeremy is also on various industry roundtables and panels and collaborates with organisations such as Google, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner  and     leading academics.

His recent projects at the Foundation have included designing the framework and content for the eSmart Digital Licence – an interactive cyber safety resource for teachers, parents and children; working with McDonald’s Australia on youth cyber-risk prevention; and authoring book chapters on ‘sexting’ and ‘cyber safety’ for prominent youth mental health publications. More of his writing can be read on selected websites and media outlets, including the London School of Economics’ Parenting for a Digital Future blog.

The Trolling Fields: Online hate and conflict – Causes, effects and what’s being done.
Has social media united or divided us? Prominent platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have made the world smaller and seemingly within our grasp, but at what cost? Jeremy will discuss some of the ongoing social challenges and the measures being taken to address them.

Dave McCleary

 Dave McCleary is a son, husband and father.  He is a small business owner from Roswell, Georgia.  He is a man with a heart for making a difference in other people’s lives by getting involved.  In January of 2012, Dave volunteered as a ‘doorholder’ at the Passion 2012 Conference held in Atlanta.  It was there he became aware of the Human Trafficking issue and felt the first sparks of desire to get involved.   He learned that it’s not only happening worldwide in impoverished, third world countries, but in his own hometown community and other communities across the U.S.  With two teenage daughters of his own, the reality of the issue became real and awareness led to action. 

In October 2013 Dave was appointed by the Rotary Action Group, Worldwide Vice Chair Rotarians Against Child Slavery. Dave is the founder of the End Human Trafficking Now, Dave serves on Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) as the Chair “Deterring Traffickers and Buyer”. Business Engagement.

Dave was awarded District 6900 Rotarian of the year 2013-14 for his work on Human Trafficking. 

Dave Chaired a World Summit with President Carter on ending human trafficking in 2015. Dave moderated a panel on Human Trafficking at the UN for Rotary Day in 2015.

Dave was on the Atlanta Host committee for the Rotary International Convention in 2017 and was responsible for assembling the main panel on Human Trafficking, with Actor Ashton Kutcher, Founder IJM, Gary Haugen, US Senator, Bob Corker and Survivor, Rebecca Bender. Dave also chaired the candlelight vigil to shine a light on Slavery with over 12,000 Rotarians in attendance.

Modern Day Slavery: How Rotary Action Group is working to end human trafficking.

The issue of Human Trafficking also known as Modern Day Slavery is in every community in the world. It is a $150B business and globally effects 45 million people from every social economic background. 

The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery is addressing this issue through Rotary Clubs working within their own communities across the world. Whether working on issues of poverty, clean water, education, etc or supporting victim rescue/restoration, these clubs are making a difference in the lives of people by directly addressing the root areas of the issue accomplishing the action step of keeping people from becoming victims of being trafficked.   give examples of how Rotary Clubs have made a difference in the lives of people and action step to address the issue of human trafficking. We will give examples of how Austaians are addressing the issue. Tell the Rotary story how we are making a difference  in peoples lives every Day.

Stephanie Woollard



Stephanie Woollard is a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and Rotarian who has created the international aid organisation Seven Women, tour-company Hands On Development and the International Training and Hospitality initiative.

In 2016, Stephanie was recognize on the global stage with a prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award, one of only six honorees worldwide. The award presentation took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with Rotary International President John Germ, more than 1500 Rotary members, UN officials and NGO leaders present. Other accolades received include, Moral FairGround’s, National Most Ethical Enterprise Award in 2014, the Nepali Association of Victoria’s award for “Commendable service to the Nepalese Community, “ and the distinguished La Trobe Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016. She has this year also been nominated as Australian of the Year.

Stephanie is a deeply inspiring young woman dedicated to education and empowerment of the world’s most marginalised. Her journey demonstrates how through persistence and unrelenting commitment one person can truly make a difference. Steph’s vision that underpins all her work, is to create a more tolerant and compassionate world.

Stephanie holds an Undergraduate degree in International Development from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and a Masters degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Tony Stuart

Tony Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates for children’s rights internationally and domestically and supports international development programs. Mr. Stuart is also the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and is a member of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals Expert Advisory Panel on Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises and Human Services.

Previously, Mr Stuart was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.

Mr. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

UNICEF is present before, during and after crises and provides life saving services to children and their families.  But beyond saving lives, how does this work help to build a generation of young people who can broker peace, rebuild societies and maintain ongoing stability?

Panel: University of Queensland Rotary Peace Centre

 Dr Melissa Curley

Dr Curley is a senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director, UQ Rotary Peace Centre. Her research and teaching interests include Southeast Asian politics and international relations, Cambodian politics and post-conflict reconstruction, and non-traditional security in East Asia (including trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, pandemic disease and child protection issues). Dr Curley also co-facilitates the UQ Working Group on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in the T.C Bernie School of Law (http://www.law.uq.edu.au/humantrafficking). She has published in internationally peer reviewed journals including: Review of International Studies, The Journal of Law and Society, Australian Journal of Human Rights, and Australian Journal of International Affairs, amongst others. Her most recent book is Migration and Security in Asia (Routledge 2008) with S.L. Wong.

Before joining the School in January 2006, Dr. Curley was a researcher in the China-ASEAN project at the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong, where she also coordinated a consultancy project on Southeast Asian affairs for the Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit. She holds a Ph.D in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University in the UK, and BA(Hons) in Government from UQ.

In 2015, Dr Curley joined the Executive Advisory Board of Bravehearts, an Australian not-for profit organisation that aims to educate, empower and protect Australian children from sexual assault. Bravehearts operates in four states in Australia with headquarters in Queensland and offices in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.


Shen Huang

A first-generation Chinese-American, Shen Huang is an engineer and works to protect public health and the environment with marginalized communities. Her area of focus is water and sanitation. Shen has a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering and is a current Rotary Peace Fellow studying a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. Her Rotary Sponsor is the Visalia County Center Club in District 5230 (California), and her Host Counsellor is the Club of Woolloongabba in District 9630.

Shen loves to solve problems together with communities with a holistic approach, develop community leadership capacity, and advocate to improve quality of life. She has helped advance the human right to water with Californian farm-working communities at the local, state, and federal levels. Other projects have included renewable energy and sustainable farming in Nicaragua, Zambia, and China. Complementing her current studies, Shen is working with Indigenous Australian and Pacific Islander communities to improve health outcomes, including assisting Rotary’s End Trachoma by 2020 program and researching if there is a link between unsafe drinking water and kidney disease.


Nicholas Drushella

Nicholas Drushella was born in the USA and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors degree in International Studies and a concentration in Journalism. His multidisciplinary education and volunteer work led him to pursue a career in conflict prevention through expanding student educational opportunities in vulnerable communities.


Nicholas has worked with several youth development nonprofit organizations, including Imagine Scholar in South Africa. He has placed an emphasis on connecting students with experiential learning opportunities and advocating for more equitable resource dispersion in rural communities. He became heavily involved with Rotary and has spoken to over 50 clubs about engaging youth in proactive peace processes. He is conducting his Applied Field Experience at the United Nations Population Fund in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He is passionate about social justice and intercultural cooperation and communication. He plans to utilize the Rotary Peace Fellowship and the worldwide Rotary network to more effectively empower local agents and create sustainable community change.


Perla Padilla

Perla Padilla was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and migrated to the United States at the age of 20. She has completed bachelor degrees in Psychology and Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego, and has been the recipient of various prestigious fellowships and honours programs, including the McNair Scholars program, Minority Health Disparities International Research Training program, Psychology and Latin American Honours Research Programs and the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Her work focuses on the intersections between immigration, education, health services accessibility and human rights. Her research also covers questions of motivation and learning in children, the relationship between civil unrest and religion in Honduras, and the availability of mental health services in Mexico City’s disadvantaged areas.

Perla is an advocate for the rights of immigrant and vulnerable youth. Her work with unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant youth on the Mexico-US border assisted in reconnecting over 100 children with their families. She has collaborated with the Honduran, Salvadorian, and Mexican consulates to introduce policies aimed at accelerating the process of bringing families back together. She has also worked in marginalized areas of San Diego, supporting homeless, low-income, pregnant and parenting youth in educational and employment programs. Perla’s goal is to continue advocating for the human rights of immigrants and at-risk youth across the world.

During her Applied field experience in Colombia she will be evaluating a program that seeks to reduce violence against youth by providing psychosocial coping skills to members of the community. She will also be involved in another program that is seeking to increase the political participation of youth in the peace process and in politics in Colombia.

Our panel showcases The Rotary Foundation’s Peace Centres Programme and the work of the Rotary Peace Centre at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Rotary is deeply committed to advancing peace and justice internationally and annually funds up to 110 Peace Fellows to pursue postgraduate education in peace building and conflict resolution fields. The Centre Director and UQ Rotary Peace Fellows speak to how peace education is vital to advance more innovative and inclusive methods to build peace within communities worldwide. We highlight how incorporating other pillars of Rotary’s work, for example in water and sanitation, poverty alleviation, addressing inequalities, and economic development, can strengthen a holistic approach to peace building in project work and advocacy alike.





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