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Making a difference

Gain practical responses to the world’s most pressing problems

Don’t miss this webinar featuring three of our graduates to hear how their work across human rights, development, and peace and conflict has made a difference in the lives of others.

We live in a time of both amazing opportunity and widespread disadvantage. Abundance in culture sits uncomfortably with poverty and deprivation. Modern technologies have allowed people to connect globally at the same time that conflict plagues us globally. We face increasing risks of natural disasters and health pandemics. It is a time when many of us have stopped to ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference.

This webinar will be hosted by Dr Susan Banki, Program Director of the Master of Social Justice. This is a not-to be missed opportunity to be inspired and be part of positive change.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2022

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

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Our speakers

Marcus Brennan

Marcus Campbell

Marcus is the Communications Manager of UnitingWorld, the international aid and partnerships agency of the Uniting Church in Australia. UnitingWorld is a non-government organisation (NGO) and a partner of Australia's overseas development program, delivering projects on poverty alleviation, gender equality and disaster response.

Marcus has a background in human rights research and communications, with previous roles at the University of Sydney, Oxfam Australia, and the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Cambodia.

He holds a Master of Human Rights and a Master of Arts (Research) from the University of Sydney, and his thesis investigated the role of religion in peacebuilding and human rights in West Papua.

Zoe Robinson

Zoe Robinson  

Zoë Robinson was appointed NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) in January 2020 for a five-year term following a productive 12-month stint while acting in the role. Zoe previously worked as a solicitor for firms in NSW, for Deloitte in internal strategy and was the CEO of the NSW Peak Body for Youth Homelessness.

Prior to commencing her appointment as the Advocate, Zoë worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her role was focussed on breaking disadvantage. Zoë also volunteered for several months for an organisation that represented death row inmates based in Houston, Texas.

Having both experience in the professional services industry and the not-for-profit industry means that Zoë brings a balance of passion coupled with a “can do” attitude to her role as Advocate. Zoë firmly believes that children and young people should be given every opportunity to succeed and set themselves up for success, and that they should have the opportunity to choose what that means to them. Zoë believes that all children and young people should be heard, listened to and be central to the work that we do both in government, business and community. Zoë is enthusiastic, energetic, and pragmatic and thoroughly enjoys collaborating with people to achieve a purpose and an outcome.

Zoë holds a law degree and a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney.

Indu Balachandran

Indu Balachandran

Indu Balachandran has over 20 years of experience in innovation and leadership in the Indigenous, arts and community development sectors. Indu works in leadership in the for-purpose sector, most recently Director of Strategic Support at the Aboriginal Housing Office. Prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern. 

Indu plays the veena (an Indian instrument) and is a cultural producer. Indu is particularly interested in creating work that speaks to place, most recently co-directing "Bhoomi: Our Country" for the Sydney Festival. Her film "Her Inner Song", which explores the stories of older Indian women in Carnatic music has screened nationally and internationally.  

Indu is a Global Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity and Co-Chair of Community Resources which provides environmental services nationally. She is on the leadership team of the Australia India Business Council, and on the Advisory Board of Western Sydney University’s Institute of Culture & Society.

Indu holds a Masters in Social Change Leadership and a Masters in Economics (Social Science), the latter from Sydney University.

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