Speaker Date Topic
Husna Pasha Sep 26, 2017
Bridging the Gap between Humans by creating Happier People
Bridging the Gap between Humans by creating Happier People

After becoming a Guest Host on The Project and appearing numerous times in the media due to an initiative called ‘Speed date a Muslim,’ Husna has successfully raised her profile and is now speaking at many events to motivate and inspire people to take the right step forward in their lives.

She started her own live-on-stage talk show in 2015 with the aim of empowering people through entertainment. It’s the only show of its kind in Australia and is set to take the country by storm!!

The show, has been very successful with a full house of 220 people in January and July 2017. The shows have raised funds for suicide prevention, as the mission of the show is to ‘bridge the gap between humans by creating happier people!’

As a result of this success, she been approached by ABC Compass to do a documentary on her life and talk show which will be aired on September 30th 2017.

Husna Pasha is a Melbourne-based business woman, author, media personality and public speaker. She’s funny, smart, brave and outspoken and she’s attracting bigger and bigger audiences to her great mission – to create happier people.

Husna is an Indian Australian, raised in Tasmania by her hardworking parents, a mother of two, a wife and a Muslim woman. She embodies the true face of Australian life and culture – globally connected, female, educated, experienced and aspirational.

Prof Alan Pears Oct 03, 2017
Challenges for consumers and government: Victoria’s retail electricity and gas markets
Challenges for consumers and government: Victoria’s retail electricity and gas markets

In November 2016, the Victorian Government announced an independent bi-partisan review of Victoria's electricity and gas retail markets, to examine the operation of the Victorian electricity and gas retail markets and provide options to improve outcomes for consumers. On 26 May 2017 the panel presented its preliminary findings to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The final report will be presented to the Government in late July 2017. As a highly respected expert on the subject of sustainable energy supply, Mr Alan Pears was a key contributor to the review.

Alan has worked in the sustainable energy and environment fields since the late 1970s for community groups, government and the private sector.

While working for the Victorian government in the 1980s, he helped develop and implement programs such as the Home Energy Advisory Service, public information and education, appliance energy labelling and mandatory building insulation regulations.

Since 1991, Alan has been an environmental consultant, and has been involved in building energy and environmental rating and regulation, green building projects, educational software, green appliance development, industrial and business energy and environmental management, and policy analysis in Australia and, more recently, the Asia-Pacific region.

Alan is a highly regarded analyst, consultant and commentator on sustainable energy and climate policy, and has written or peer reviewed many articles in specialist media such as The Conversation, Energy Policy and ReNew magazine, as well as other academic journals, chapters of books and major reports.

Alan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for his contribution to environmental and energy policy. He has also received a number of awards from industry associations and RMIT media awards.

James Tonkin Oct 10, 2017
Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project
Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is responsible for the delivery of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project - a twin 9km rail tunnel under the heart of Melbourne. This $9-11 billion infrastructure project will unlock rail congestion in the City Loop and deliver a transformation to the capacity, reliability and frequency of train services across metropolitan Melbourne to cater for Victoria's growing population. Melbourne Metro will run between South Kensington and South Yarra, including five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain. It is a project that is crucial to maintaining Melbourne's hard-won reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities, and will involve close consultation with a range of stakeholders as planning work gathers pace. Construction works are due to begin in 2018.

Di Gillies Oct 17, 2017
Interplast Making a Difference
Interplast Making a Difference

Interplast was started in 1983 in a formal partnership between Rotary and the Royal College of Surgeons. It sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

They do this in partnership with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. Interplast’s mission is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’ by providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through training and mentoring programs.

Interplast is a fully accredited NGO with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), registered by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission and is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.

Di was born in Auckland and completed her nursing training at Thames Hospital in New Zealand. She subsequently worked in hospitals in  Melbourne  and London before returning to settle in Melbourne where she settled and raised 3 children, now young adults.

She has been involved in numerous Not-For-Profit organisations over the last 20 years, and held a variety of positions of community service ranging from 10 years as School Board President to other Board, Grants assessment panels and Advisory Committee positions.

She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Balwyn  in roles such current President elect, Mentor to an Indigenous student, Donations In Kind, Youth Services Director, and although she’s not really sure how it happened, also D 9800  Conference 2018 Committee Chair.

Di took up the position of Rotarian Co-ordinator at Interplast early 2014, a role which involves supporting and co-ordinating advocates and Chairs for Interplast across all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. She feels extremely proud and privileged to be involved with the work of Interplast and to have the opportunity to tell you about it.

Bob Slater Oct 24, 2017
Life After Stroke Program