Meredith A. Newman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Administration at Florida International University. Prior to her career in academia, Newman served with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (in France and Vietnam), the U.S. Department of State (in Senegal, Malaysia, and Singapore), and the World Bank.
Chris Eccles is the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in South Australia.
Chris was previously with the Victorian Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he held the position of Deputy Secretary, Sector Improvement Group and later Deputy Secretary, National Reform and Climate Change Group.
Lin Hatfield Dodds is the National Director of UnitingCare Australia, the national body for Australia’s largest non-government provider of community services. Lin is an experienced advocate with and for disadvantaged Australians.
UnitingCare is the community service network of the Uniting Church. It is one of Australia’s largest non-government providers of community services, with 1300 community service delivery sites located across every State and Territory, providing services to over 2 million Australians each year. UnitingCare employs 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers nationally and provides services to children, young people and families, people with disabilities, and older Australians, in urban, rural and remote communities.
Paul Ronalds is currently First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Prior to joining the Australian Government, Paul held executive roles in both domestic and international NGOs and in the private sector.