MEET THE TEAM
Our team at EveryGen brings together a coalition of policy experts, academics and social entrepreneurs, to collaborate on an intergenerational equity project.
DR DEBBIE BARGALLIE
Dr Debbie Bargallie is a descendent of the Kamilaroi and Wonnarua peoples of New South Wales. Debbie will soon take up her new role as Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Futures and is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith Criminology Institute and Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Debbie holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Queensland University of Technology and research on race and racism. Debbie also holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master of Social Policy and Planning. She has been the recipient of the prestigious Stanner Award for her doctoral thesis manuscript. Her book Unmasking the racial contract: Indigenous voices on racism in the Australian Public Service (2020) was published by AIATSIS Aboriginal Studies Press in June 2020. Dr Bargallie’s postdoctoral research focussed on fostering critical racial literacy as anti-racist praxis in Australian institutions to enhance understandings of the ways that race, and racism functions.
With over 25 years of experience, Terry has worked at the forefront of digital both in Australia and internationally. He currently works as the founder of the digital agency “Futureantics”, working across multiple sectors providing digital leadership, strategy, technology, and customer engagement in an ever-changing environment. Futureantics as a digital innovation company that develops startups in MedTech, EdTech, iOT and eCommerce utilising emerging advances in AI, VR, and Blockchain to create future solutions.
Dr Cameron Cliff
Dr Cameron Cliff is an audience engagement specialist, focussing on connected experiences and education. Currently managing content development and social impact program for world leading eLearning company GO1, Cam has spent the last ten years working across film, television, virtual reality and educational technology with a focus on using storytelling as a tool for social change.
Dr Julie Connolly
SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Dr Julie Connolly is a Senior Research Director at the Social Research Centre. She has over twenty years of experience in research and evaluation, including her PhD and post-doctoral studies. You can find details of her publications here. Julie is passionate about social justice and building a better world, her advocacy work has included mental health promotion, refugee resettlement and anti-poverty activism.
Chris co-founded Go1 and is the Co-CEO. Chris obtained a degree in Law and International Relations from Griffith University, and has worked extensively in international relations and law, representing Australia at the United Nations General Assembly, as a National Commissioner for UNESCO, and working in constitutional law in the UK and South Africa. Chris is a firm believer in education as one of the greatest levers for change.
PROFESSOR SUSAN HARRIS RIMMER
Professor Susan Harris Rimmer is the Director of the Griffith University Policy Innovation Hub, which helps policy-makers solve policy problems through evidence based collaboration with multidisciplinary experts. Sue works at the intersection of human rights and politics and researches gender dynamics in transitions. She is a member of the Law Futures Centre and the Griffith Asia Institute. With Professor Sara Davies, Susan is co-convenor of the Griffith Gender Equality Research Network. Sue also leads the Climate Justice theme of the Griffith Climate Action Beacon. In 2018, she was named one of Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy, globally, and one of 20 Queensland Voices Female Leaders in 2019. Sue was previously the Director of Studies at the ANU Asia Pacific College for Diplomacy. She was Advocacy lead at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches, Attorney-General’s Department and the Parliamentary Library.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Jack Hayes is a PhD candidate in International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Coral Bell School for Asia Pacific Affairs, researching LGBTI+ experience in international diplomacy in addition to working as a Research Assistant at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, ANU, chaired by the Hon. Julia Gillard AC. His research expertise includes LGBTI+ representation in Australian politics at a local, state and federal level, democracy and electoral health, and good governance in public service.
FOUNDATIONS FOR TOMORROW
Taylor Hawkins is an Advisor to the Our Future Agenda initiative of the United Nations Foundation and is Co-founder of Foundations for Tomorrow, a non-profit with the mission of advancing the protection of future generations. Taylor has spoken at COP26, Stockholm+50 and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting as well as working directly with the office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to support intergenerational collaboration and the development of the future generations agenda. Taylor’s professional background also includes being a leadership development specialist working with organisations such as CSIRO, Google and Salesforce to foster leadership fit for the future. Taylor also sits on the Advisory Council of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and on the board of directors for High Resolves Australia. Taylor’s work has been recognised through the Smart Company’s 30 under 30, the NSW Young Achiever Awards and the MBAus Awards.
Natasha Hennessey is a Senior Research Assistant and Program Coodinator for Griffith University’s Climate Action Beacon. She has a background in Environmental Science (ecology and conservation) and Environmental Management, majoring in Climate Change Adaptation. Her work to date has focused on policy guidance on the barriers to implementation and supporting the development of programs for motivating climate action, climate change adaptation, sustainability and conservation across a broad range of disciplines. She has a particular interest in systems and systems thinking and is passionate about developing the information required to support communities, organisations and governments in being leaders for climate action, understanding risk and creatively exploring solutions to support an ecologically and socially resilient society.
Allison Henry has more than two decades experience in law, politics, public policy and advocacy. Allison has been the principal of Millwood Consulting since 2012, working with a diverse range of not for profit and non-government organisations on various public policy and campaign projects. Prior to establishing Millwood Consulting, Allison served as a Ministerial Advisor in the Federal Parliament between 2006 and 2011, as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister and advisor to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Shadow Attorney-General and the Shadow Minister for Health. Allison was the National Director of the Australian Republican Movement between 2003 and 2006 and has also worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Review Tribunal.
DR GWYNN MACCARRICK
Dr Gwynn MacCarrick is a Research Fellow in the Policy Innovation Hub and has previously work as a law lecturer with University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Tasmania Law School with expertise in environmental law, international law and human rights. She has worked with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees in Bosnia and the border of East Timor as a Refugee Lawyer. Gwynn was assigned international defence counsel before the UN Special Panel for Serious Crimes in East Timor representing a militia commander on 23 counts of crime against humanity in the Lolotoe trial. Domestically, Gwynn has also worked as a criminal defence lawyer with Legal Aid representing indigent clients and with Aboriginal Legal Aid covering the remote courts in central New South Wales and the Cape York Peninsula as counsel for indigenous clients. She has also worked as a discrimination lawyer putting complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Gwynn was Amicus Curiae to the International Monsanto Tribunal advising in the Question of Ecocide. She has also been Tribunal Member for the Australian Peoples Tribunal on Nature and Communities Rights (or Rights of Nature Australia RONA). Gwynn is an associate of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance AELA and is a member of the Ecocide Laws in Australia Working Group. Her latest book is on the emerging crime of ecocide.
DR JEANNE MCCONACHIE
Dr Jeanne McConachie grew up in regional Queensland as a member of a single parent family of twelve. She has a well-developed understanding of the power of education to bring about change, not only for individuals but also their communities. Jeanne is married with three sons and has worked full-time while studying since the age of fifteen, so is cognisant of the many diverse challenges in the workforce. For the last few decades, Jeanne has travelled throughout SE Asia to deliver training and to lead student community action groups. After leaving Griffith University, she had the opportunity through grants and consultancies to continue her passion of mentoring people so they can achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.
Dr Ed Morgan
Dr Ed Morgan is a Research Fellow and is currently researching and implementing trans-disciplinary and participatory landscape scale planning and governance of natural resources, in particular round climate change, forest protection and water resources. He works closely with Griffith University’s Climate Action Beacon.
JAN OWEN AM
Jan Owen AM has spent her career working at the intersection of individual, organisational and societal change as an entrepreneur, innovator and social sector leader. Her work includes: building and leading alliances; campaigns and advocacy on the rights of children and young people around the globe; strategy, innovation and leadership on the future of education, work and entrepreneurship; facilitating and building powerful strategic community, business, government and philanthropic investment and partnerships committed to our collective future as an inclusive, imaginative and courageous world. Jan has been the recipient of many Awards acknowledging her commitment to unleashing the unlimited potential of children and young people and services to the Australian community. Jan is Founder & Principal, AdaptabilityQ: working with innovative leaders and organisations on strategy, innovation & systems change; co-Chair/Convenor, Learning Creates Australia; co-Convenor, FoyerInvest Consortium; Chair, Cool Australia and co-Founder, Be Well. She is the co-author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014); and Host of the New Work Bites Podcast.
Dr Kirstie Petrou
Dr Kirstie Petrou is a human geographer. Kirstie’s research interests include migration, guestworker schemes, urbanisation and development in the Pacific. She comes to Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub from a role as a Social Protection Specialist in the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs team. In her position, Kirstie works heavily with the Climate Action Beacon.
Mikhara Ramsing (LLB(Hons)/BEcon(Hons); GAICD) is a social entrepreneur from regional Australia. She is the founder of Miks Chai - a tea social enterprise which funds suicide prevention – and Ethnic LGBT+ - a national resource platform for culturally and linguistically diverse LGTBIQA+ communities. She believes stories save lives and has travelled 70,000Km around Australia in a self-built tiny home connecting with rural communities. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directions and has been nominated as the Young Australian of the Year QLD 2019, AFR Top 100 Women of Influence and was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship enabling her to attend Harvard University and work with communities around the world. She is passionate about using business as a tool for social impact, you can watch her Tedx Talk here.
DR NANCY SPENCER
Dr Nancy Spencer is an experienced executive with demonstrated leadership in policy development and implementation and the associated change management; governance; project management and developing dedicated motivated teams. Nancy has worked across a range of industries and government agencies as a relational leader. Through this she has developed expertise and extensive experience in diverse range of content areas covering economic and social issues. Nancy has experience dealing with and presenting to politicians, executive public servants, senior industry leaders as well to the public. She is adept at developing bids for government funding, grant applications, strategic planning and resource allocations Most recently topics of discussion have included energy management, disaster management and resilience, risk assessment and management, and establishing micro-enterprises. While Nancy trained as a statistician, she developed a love of the governance, strategy and policy: both developing and then implementing these in government agencies and non-government organisations Through her Board and secretariat positions and her work as a consultant she has financial and board skills to manage businesses and has the political savvy and emotional intelligence needed to address complex, multi-dimensional problems and deliver high profile projects. She is currently the Board Secretariat and business manager for the Centre in Applied Energy Economic and Policy Research and provides governance and policy support to the Disaster Management Research Network.
DR ELISE STEPHENSON
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Dr Elise Stephenson is Research Fellow in the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) and National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University, as well as an Adjunct in the Griffith Asia Institute. A political scientist and international relations scholar, Dr Stephenson’s research focuses on intervening at critical junctures to ensure equality in ‘frontier’ international affairs and grand challenges. She researches gender and sexuality, leadership, equality and justice across politics, diplomacy, national security, government, intelligence, and the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the ANU she was a researcher in Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub, working across various topics from intergenerational justice to climate justice, democracies, election coverage and more. She is a 2022 Fulbright Scholar for her research on gender diversity and outer space, was a 2020 Griffith University Outstanding Young Alumni, and is recognised by Google, Deloitte and Energy Australia as one of Australia’s Top 50 Outstanding LGBTIQ+ Leaders. In her business, she is the director for the Australia-ASEAN Council’s flagship program, the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program.
Raise Our Voice Australia
Described by Forbes Magazine as a “youthful visionary”, Ashleigh has worked in youth advocacy and campaigns since she was a teenager. Ashleigh has been recognised by the Foundation of Young Australians as one of the Young Social Pioneers, was named the youngest ever Australian Capital Territory Woman of the Year and on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2018. She is the former Vice-President of YWCA Canberra and previously co-founded Jasiri Australia’s Girls Takeover Parliament in 2017. In 2020, Ashleigh launched Raise Our Voice Australia, a social enterprise to boost the presence of young female and non-binary voices in public decision making. Raise Our Voice Aus has already graduated 74 young women and gender diverse people from its programs, collected 603 speeches to the inaugural Raise Our Voice in Parliament campaign, and has published research on young people and politics.
dr indigo willing
Dr Indigo Willing is a sociologist, research consultant and community volunteer. She currently lives and works in Meanjin on the land of the Jagera and Turrbal Peoples. She is currently a researcher at Griffith University where her theoretical and empirical work examines issues of power, social change and representation. Her research and community work creates bridges between academia and community sectors, and spans a number of social worlds that reflect her own diverse background and lived experiences as a Vietnam War orphan and adoptee, an Asian Australian creative, academic and skateboarder involved with inclusive community building projects. This includes establishing the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) network, co-founding Consent is Rad and We Skate QLD, and the Asian Australian Films, Forum, and News Network.