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His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)  Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) was sworn in as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 July 2019. David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. In a long and distinguished 42-year military career, his service culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force. He commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross. Following promotion to Colonel, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st Division in June 1994, attending the U.S. Army War College in 1996 and 1997. He commanded the 1st Brigade from 1999-2000 in Darwin, supporting Australian-led operations in East Timor. He was appointed the inaugural Chief of Capability Development Group from 2003-07, Chief of Joint Operations Command in October 2007, and Vice Chief of the Defence Force in July 2008. Promoted to General, he succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 2011 until his retirement on 30 June 2014. In 2010, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force.

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Anna Burke AO Chairperson

Ms Burke has been a full-time Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal since 16 January 2017.

She is a former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. As a member of the Australian Labor Party, Anna represented the Division of Chisholm, Victoria in the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2016. After Labor's win at the 2007 federal election, she was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In 2012 she was nominated and elected, unopposed, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Prior to entering Parliament, Anna worked in Industrial Relations at the Finance Sector Union, Victoria University and VicRoads.

On Australia Day 2019, Anna was awarded an Order of Australia for service to the Parliament and the Community.


Jennifer Barton

Jennifer is a Director in Governance Branch at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria), and holds a Masters Degree of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge. She completed Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Western Australia. Jen was previously a Principal Legal Adviser at the Department of Premier and Cabinet and a senior associate in the dispute resolution group of King & Wood Mallesons. While at UWA, Jennifer was awarded the Patrick O’Brien Graduate Internship Scholarship which she used to complete an internship and research in Washington DC for her Politics Honours dissertation.


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David Bell

David is a Financial Accountant at an ASX listed company called the DUET Group, which specialises in infrastructure investment in the energy and utilities sector. Prior to this he worked at several chartered accounting firms assisting clients in multiple industries with their taxation & business advisory needs, including the non-for-profit sector. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the University of Queensland and was involved in many clubs and societies while there. David is also a Provisional Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is based in Sydney.

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Varun Ghosh

Varun is a Senior Associate in the dispute resolution team of King & Wood Mallesons in Perth. He holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge, where he studied on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Varun was previously a Consultant at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where he worked on insolvency law reform and financial sector policy. He also held an Associate role at White & Case LLP in New York. He enjoys writing and the theatre and is also an enthusiastic, if amateur, cricketer and hockey player.

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Dhanush Girish

Dhanush joined Global Voices in November 2017 with a passion to provide transformational opportunities to develop the global leadership of young Australians. He is an experienced finance professional and is currently the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director and Company Secretary of The Oaktree Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of Cire Services. Prior to Oaktree, he worked as a Tax Consultant at Ernst and Young whilst studying a Bachelors of Commerce at The University of Melbourne.

Dhanush is currently studying for an Executive Education Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Alix Pearce

Alix is the Director of the Cities Power Partnership for the Climate Council, the biggest climate program for local government in the country.

Prior to that Alix was the strategic projects manager at the Climate Council, leading projects in climate change and renewable energy that have generated millions of dollars worth of media, reaching over 350 million people and engaging hundreds of stakeholders and decision makers. This included spearheading Australia’s first climate security summit, involving international and Australian security leaders.

Formerly a researcher at the Climate Council and the University of Sydney, she has co-written dozens of reports on climate change impacts and solutions with some of Australia's premier scientists.

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Ashley Midalia

Ashley is Director of Government, Policy & Strategy at Australian Catholic University. Prior to joining ACU, Ashley served as Deputy Chief of Staff to then federal minister The Hon Chris Bowen MP and as Senior Adviser to then Attorney-General The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP. He has also worked as a journalist at The Australian Financial Review and as a lawyer at Allens.

Ashley has undergraduate degrees in Law (Hons) and Arts (Political Science) from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Ashley is an incorrigible Essendon supporter and a cricket tragic, having watched the Australian cricket team from behind the picket fence at Edgbaston and in front of Table Mountain at Newlands.

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Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth is a passionate engagement leader who has worked for over twenty years for equal access to economic opportunities and a fairer, more sustainable society. Working at both the international and local level, she has brokered partnerships, led projects, conducted research, shaped policy and mobilised action for sustainable social and economic development. She has extensive experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her speciality is working across  sectors and building multi-partner collaborations; she amplifies impact with strategic use of communication mediums and new tools and resources.

Elizabeth’s professional experience includes Deputy Director of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme - seven years working with city and regional governments, United Nations agencies, private sector and civil society to advance sustainable development in cities; Research Coordinator for the Equity Research Centre - an advisory body to the Victorian State government; Engagement Manager (Global Business Development) with RMIT University; and Industry Engagement Manager Northern Workplace Network (Melbourne). Elizabeth leads an international consultancy, Urban Vitality and holds a Global Advisor role with the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme.

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Thomas Gole

Tom is a Principal at Boston Consulting Group. Tom is a core member of BCG's Public Sector Practice Area, and has worked with senior leadership of large organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to manage change and develop strategic direction. He focuses on economic development, infrastructure, justice and human services.

Prior to joining BCG, Tom worked as a consultant for the World Bank and for the International Monetary Fund. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Scholar, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.


Elizabeth Buchan (Non-voting)

Elizabeth is an experienced Diplomat, currently based at the Australian Embassy in Croatia as Second Secretary and Consul, with four countries of accreditation in the Western Balkans. Prior to this appointment she was a Policy Officer and Negotiator with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was a senior member of Australia's Delegation to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change and worked on addressing climate change through the Australian Aid program. She is an expert in governance, carbon markets, renewables and energy policy after developing and implementing policy in several federal government agencies. Elizabeth also has non-government experience, leading teams at UN climate negotiations and has mentored several students and young professionals.