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TEDxUniSA Speakers 2021

Each year, we invite a wide range of professional and remarkable speakers to share their ideas and stories via TEDx platforms and to inspire their local communities.

Explore our list of incredible speakers and performers who are going to share the ideas of ‘Reflexivity’ in TEDxUniSA 2021.

Paul Dare

Born in the UK but migrated permanently to Australia in 1999, Paul Dare is an Australian-based engineer, pilot, and mapping scientist. He has volunteered as a firefighter, a surf lifesaver and served in the Australian Defence Force.

Nathan Jones

Nathan has been playing piano and writing songs since he was seven years old. He recently performed some live music for a meditation at the Googleplex in California. He is a little obsessed with understanding emotions and what makes people tick!

Dr Jo Lackenby

Dr. Jo Lackenby is the President of the Australian Nuclear Association Environmentalist for nuclear energy, passionate about nature and often feel more comfortable in the bush than in a city.

Brian Murphy

Brian’s main areas of focus are presently in project management, entrepreneurship, and advanced mechanical and process engineering design. He is currently Engineering Design Manager and Project Manager with a leading design engineering firm based in Adelaide, Australia. He is presently a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering (nano-materials) at the University of South Australia and was the 2018 Winner of the University’s prestigious Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Kirrilie Rowe

Kirrilie’s working life has been within the environmental sciences, including working as a hydrogeologist with consultancies and government departments in South Australia. She was later involved with an electrical company which undertook solar installations. Learning about renewable energy and also understanding the importance of community, allowed her to realise her passion in this area and desire to undertake further research in it. 

Accordingly, she undertook a PhD with the Research Node for Low Carbon Living, University of South Australia, to develop renewable energy systems for community precincts. Currently, she is undertaking an internship with TreeNET, looking at the financial benefit of the services provided by urban trees. Her aim is to combine all she has learnt and undertake further research into the potential benefits of alternative urban forms.

Isabelle Kingsley

Isabelle started her illustrious teaching career at 7 years old. She is a researcher who explores the science of science education. She co-founded and led the annual Sydney Science Festival to captivate the curiosity of young and old in pubs, opera theatres, alleyways and all kinds of other quirky, unexpected and entertaining places.

Dr. Ruchi Sinha

Dr. Ruchi is an Organizational Psychologist who loves to research and teach Negotiation Skills. She is passionate about integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines especially psychology, management, sociology and philosophy to better understand how humans relate with others at work. She loves learning about and, sharing of ideas that have the potential to change the lens through which we view this world.

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall

At 17 and 18 years old, Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall Co-Founded the South Australian based organisation TABOO, a social enterprise providing a range of high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons.TABOO has partnered with many Australian organisations to provide free access to pads for Australian women who require menstrual support. The TABOO team is made up of 10 young women from SA and VIC.Eloise works as Managing Director of TABOO and studies Business and International Studies at Flinders University. Isobel works as Director of Health and Education at TABOO and is studying Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Alice Gorman 

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, New Scientist, and Archaeology magazine. She is a faculty member of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide.

Her book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (NewSouth Publishing, MIT Press, 2019) won the NIB Award People’s Choice and the John Mulvaney Book Award, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW and Queensland Premier’s Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards.

She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management, providing advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local councils and Native Title groups in NSW, WA, SA and Queensland. She is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

Matt Anderson

Matt has been a purpose-driven leader for over 20 years — founding a number of social startups, working as an innovation consultant, catalysing many cross-sector collaborative initiatives, as well as leading a number of impact organisations. He understands the synergy between purpose, strategic design and rapid commercial prototyping — as well as the broad collaboration needed across multiple sectors to achieve outcomes of significant scale.

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