In 2012 Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann and the Parnkalla Aboriginal community of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia, launched a reclamation of the Parnkalla language, a language not spoken for over half a century based on 170-year-old documents. Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide and Australian Research Council Discovery Fellow. Professor Zuckermann applies insights from the Hebrew revival to the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages in Australia. He is currently establishing ‘Revivalistics’, a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry, and has launched, with the Barngarla Aboriginal communities of Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Augusta, the reclamation of the Barngarla language of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
Professor Zuckermann graduated DPhil from St Hugh’s College at Oxford University in 2000 and received a titular PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2003. He also holds a MA from Tel Aviv University summa cum laude. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at East China Normal University, Oriental Scholar at Shanghai International Studies University, and Visiting Professorial Scientist at the Department of Molecular Genetics of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Professor Zuckermann is President of AustraLex and elected member of AIATSIS and the Foundation for Endangered Languages. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellow in 2007–2011 and Gulbenkian Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge in 2000-2004. He has taught inter alia at the University of Queensland, University of Cambridge and National University of Singapore, and has been a Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy; Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (RCLT), Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; and Kokuritsu Kokugo Kenkyūjo, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo. He is Internationalisation Adviser at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Dr Liz Gulliford has an interdisciplinary background. She gained a Theology degree from Trinity College, Oxford University, and also has a BSc in Psychology. She previously worked for the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge, where she published work on forgiveness and other virtues, co-editing Forgiveness in Context: Theology and Psychology in Creative Dialogue, with Fraser Watts, in 2004. Dr Liz Gulliford studied for her doctoral thesis, an interdisciplinary evaluation of positive psychological approaches to strengths and virtues, at Queens’ College, Cambridge University, and was awarded her doctorate in October 2011. She has worked as a Research Fellow for the ‘Attitude for Gratitude’ project at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in the School of Education, University of Birmingham since September 2012.
Dr Blaire Morgan is a Research Fellow within the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is currently working on a project entitled ‘An Attitude for Gratitude’. This project is examining how gratitude is understood and valued in British society. In particular, it is exploring the ways in which gratitude is conceptualised by capturing ‘gratitude profiles’ and what kinds of people are grateful through a newly created multi-component gratitude measure. Importantly, this research should highlight the ways in which we might promote the principle of gratitude within society and increase people’s awareness of the value of gratitude.
Dr Morgan’s background is in Psychology and her PhD in particular has been within the area of Psycholinguistics. She has investigated the coordination of speech production and speech comprehension and has taken a cognitive perspective to examine dialogue.
Matthew Cowdrey returned home from the 2012 Paralympics in London as Australia’s greatest ever Paralympian. Matthew won a medal in every event in London – five gold, two silver and one bronze – to go with his eight medals from Beijing 2008. This included breaking his own world record in the 50m freestyle. Born with a congenital amputation to his lower left arm, Cowdrey has shown immense strength and courage to succeed and reach incredible heights in the world of swimming. He started swimming at the age of five and was determined to be not just as good, but better than most able-bodied persons. Having set his goals for success, he quickly stamped his mark on his S9 classification, breaking his first Australian open record at age 11 and world record at age 13.
Matthew was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for Service to Sport as a Gold Medallist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. It was at the Paralympics in Beijing 2008 that Matthew truly arrived as a dominant force on the world stage, with a staggering haul of five world records, five gold medals and three silver medals. Matthew followed this up the following year at the World Championships in Brazil with seven world records, seven gold medals and two silver medals, which demonstrated the true versatility of this athlete, drawing many comparisons to Michael Phelps of America. Matthew currently trains in his hometown of Adelaide where he also studies law full time at Adelaide University. Matthew is a confident and articulate speaker, lending his time to charities and motivating workplaces and kids with his ‘can do’ attitude.
Dr Yong Zhao has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. An internationally known scholar and author, his works focus on the implications of globalisation and technology on education.
Dr Yong Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his BA in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his AM in Education in 1994 and PhD in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.
He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.
He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 ten most influential people in educational technology by the ‘Tech & Learn Magazine’. He is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).
He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.
He is a licensed psychologist, coach, international presenter, and is adjunct professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan is author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing, which integrates the best research and practices of both mindfulness and character strengths; and co-author of a few other books including Positive Psychology at the Movies; and Movies and Mental Illness. His 50+ peer-review publications have focused in the domains of clinical, health, and positive psychology, and span the areas of character strengths, mindfulness meditation, primary care psychology, health psychology, religion/spirituality, positive movies, psychopathology, and the clinical use of films.
Ryan offered 100 presentations on character strengths in 2014 and has been leading the education of character strengths practice and research for the international community over the last several years. For May 2015, he is sponsored by the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy to offer a national workshop tour on Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP). Ryan created MBSP as a cross-cultural approach that integrates mindfulness and character strengths practices, and is the first, structured program for building character strengths.
He has been invited to present his work with the United States Air Force Academy, Harvard University, Washington University, University of Iceland, Universidad Iberoamericana, International Positive Psychology Association, American Psychological Association, and European Positive Psychology Association. He blogs for Psychology Today, and in addition to consulting on a project with Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Studios, his work has been featured by a variety of sources including Happify, Dr. Oz, USA Today, Live Happy magazine, the Huffington Post, Positive Psychology News Daily, and Greater Good.
In 2011, Ryan received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association.
Seb Henbest is Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), a global research firm specialising in the decarbonisation and transformation of the world’s energy systems.
From 2009 to 2012 Seb Henbest was Head of Research and Manager of BNEF in Australia, establishing the firm’s Sydney offices. During this time he wrote extensively on clean energy, carbon market economics and climate politics, and gave evidence before the House of Representatives Economics Committee on the price dynamics of linking Australia’s Carbon Price Mechanism to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. He is quoted widely in print media, and has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC’s Lateline, ABC’s The Drum, Sky News, Radio National, and Bloomberg TV.
Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Seb Henbest worked with research consultancy FreshMinds, activist investment firm Hanover Investors Management and taught maths and physics at the Centre for Dynamical Meteorology and Oceanography at Monash University. He currently serves on the Board of the Gulf-region Clean Energy Business Council, based in Dubai. Seb Henbest has degrees in physics and atmospheric science from the University of Adelaide and Monash University. He also studied at Cambridge University where he read International Relations, and won a full Blue for hockey.
At the University of Adelaide he was Vice President of the Student’s Association, a University Union Board member for five years and represented the student body on the Academic Board and University Council where he chaired the Student Affairs Committee. Seb Henbest matriculated at St Peter’s College in 1997. An all-rounder, Seb represented the School in tennis and hockey and was involved in debating and drama. He was Vice Captain of the School, Captain of Farr House, Caterer Scholar and was awarded the School’s highest award - Keys. He currently lives in London with his wife and one year old daughter.
Named one of Australia’s Laureate Fellows in 2014, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with emphasis on environmental benefits. Professor Sahajwalla is an international award- winning engineer who has widely presented on her research and experiences throughout the world and has published in excess of 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings.
As the Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) Faculty of Science, UNSW, Professor Sahajwalla provides leadership in research programs on sustainable materials, with strong emphasis on the science urgently needed to enhance sustainability.
She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow (2014). In 2013, Professor Sahajwalla won AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award. In 2012 she was named Overall Winner of the Australian Innovation Challenge Awards for tackling real world problems with imaginative solutions that offer positive environmental and community benefits.
She was awarded the 2012 Banksia Award, the GE Eco Innovation Award for Individual Excellence, and the 2012 CRC Australian Collaborative Innovation Award. She also won the National Nokia Business Innovation Award and the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award from the Indian Government in 2011. In 2005 she received the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.
Professor Sahajwalla’s has a MASc, Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada; and PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, USA.
Dr Peter Binks was CEO at the General Sir John Monash Foundation, which awards postgraduate international scholarships each year to outstanding Australians. Peter led the Foundation through a significant turnaround: doubling the number of Scholarships; building the Endowment fund to over $20 million; and establishing the Scholarships as one of the pre- eminent postgraduate awards in Australia.
Peter was the 1983 Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania, and completed a D.Phil. in Theoretical Physics at Oxford University, in his research topic modelling the orbits of stars in normal galaxies. After returning from Oxford, Peter worked with McKinsey & Company, BHP Pty Ltd, and Telstra Mobile. From 2003 to 2009, Peter was the startup CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, responsible for managing a budget of close to A$30 million, delivering investment, research, policy and educational outcomes for Victoria based on nanotechnology.
Dr Alvarez-Jimenez has pioneered the use of social media-based interventions and positive psychology to promote long-term recovery in youth mental health.
Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla (Spain) in 2004; this was followed by a Masters in Research Methodology, Design and Statistics at the University Autonomous of Barcelona, and a PhD in at the University of Cantabria in 2009 (Spain).
Dr Alvarez-Jimenez is the Head of Online Interventions & Innovation Research at Orygen, Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. His current research focuses on long- term recovery in early psychosis and youth depression through innovative technologies, cross-disciplinary research and new models of positive psychotherapy.
In 2013, he was awarded the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research by the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference (ASC). In 2012, Dr Alvarez-Jimenez was granted the CR Roper Fellowship a highly competitive 3-year fellowship in the field of bio-medical and health research awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In addition, he was awarded the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) Young Investigator Award in 2012.
His work includes over 70 articles published in internationally leading journals. He has obtained 13 competitive grants (eight as lead investigator) since 2010 totaling over $8.5 million in research funding.
Barbara Arrowsmith Young is the Founder and Director of the Arrowsmith Program, and author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain. Diagnosed in grade one as having a mental block, which today would have been identified as multiple learning disabilities, she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble processing concepts in language, continuously got lost and was physically uncoordinated. Barbara eventually learned to read and write from left to right and claims to have masked a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities through heroic effort; however she continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning.
Founded by Barbara Arrowsmith Young in 1978, the Arrowsmith Program helps students with learning disabilities by using the research in neuroplasticity theories, which suggest the brain is dynamic, and constantly rewiring itself. It is also founded on Ms Arrowsmith Young’s personal experience in living with learning disabilities. The Arrowsmith Program is founded on two lines of research, one of which established that different areas of the brain working together are responsible for complex mental activities, such as reading or writing, and that a weakness in one area can affect a number of different learning processes.
The other line of research investigated the principle of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to physically change in response to stimulus and activity, to develop new neuronal/synaptic interconnections and thereby develop and adapt new functions and roles believed to be the physical mechanism of learning. Neuroplasticity refers to structural and functional changes in the brain that are brought about by training and experience.
The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, a description of which appears in the article, ‘Building a Better Brain’ or in Chapter 2 of the book, The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge.
Barbara Arrowsmith Young holds both a BASc in Child Studies from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). After her undergraduate studies were completed Barbara worked as the Head Teacher in the lab pre-school at the University of Guelph for two years where she began to observe learning differences in pre-school children.
Geelong Cats’ dual-flag winning skipper Tom Harley retired in 2009 leaving behind one of the best captaincy records in AFL history. Harley’s leadership skills were consistently praised during his time and he established himself as one of the most respected leaders in AFL.
On retirement, Harley joined the Seven Network as a commentator filling the much- coveted seat on Friday Night Football and making regular appearances during games and on talk show AFL Game Day.
Also in 2010, Harley took up a year-long role as Project Consultant to the Greater Western Sydney Football Club while working with the AIS/AFL Academy as an Assistant Coach and Mentor. In September 2010, Harley released, through Penguin Books Australia, Standing Tall – a book on confidence, teamwork and leadership that he penned himself.
In 2011, Harley was appointed Planning & Operations Manager of the AFL NSW/ACT and Coach of the NSW/ACT Under 16 team and AIS/AFL Academy Mentor.
In June 2011, Harley was promoted to General Manager – AFL NSW/ACT; the most senior AFL appointed role in NSW/ACT. As General Manager, he was responsible for all AFL activity in NSW and the ACT outside of the Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS. Harley resigned from his position in December 2013 to focus his energies on his young family, media commitments and a Masters of Commerce postgraduate degree from Sydney University.
Harley was awarded “Best Special Comments Analyst – TV” at the 2014 Australian Football Media Association awards and at the conclusion of the 2014 AFL Premiership season, Harley decided to return to full-time work and relinquish his role at Channel 7. In November 2014, Harley was appointed General Manager – Football at the Sydney Swans.
Tom Harley matriculated from St Peter’s College in 1995. An all-rounder, Tom was School Prefect, Captain of Da Costa House and Vice Captain of the First XVIII. He was awarded the Opie Medal for the Best on Ground during the Intercollegiate Football match against Prince Alfred College. He also represented the School in cricket and athletics and was a member of the Mooting Society.