Dr Amaya Gillespie | International Development and Public Health Expert

Keynote Speaker: Dinner

Dr Amaya Gillespie manages Global Partnerships and Special Initiatives in the Program Division of UNICEF Headquarters, in New York. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health and a PhD in health-related behavior change and has worked across a range of sectors including education, child protection, HIV and reproductive health. In November 2014, she was deployed to Sierra Leone as the lead on behavior change and community engagement, as part of the national response to address the Ebola outbreak.

Dr Gillespie has held a range of leadership positions within the UN, starting in East Asia and The Pacific in the mid-1990s, managing large multi-country programs focusing on social and behavior change programs related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health and a wide range of related social and health issues, including gender and human rights. She was the Director of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, the first global collection of evidence on the issue which has since stimulated programs worldwide. Subsequently she was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Zambia from 2009 to 2011. She advises on a number of NGO and not-for-profit boards, in the interests of child and adolescent health.

She is an adjunct Professor and an inaugural member of the External Engagement Committee for IHBI, QUT in Brisbane, Australia. Her work has taken her to more than 70 countries, and she has lived in five of the seven continents, and aims to reach six in her lifetime! Dr Gillespie is Australian and Spanish, and is originally from Brisbane.



Professor Hugh Possingham | The Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy

Keynote Speaker: Day 2

Prof Possingham is The Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental non-government organization. He has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers by sitting on committees and boards including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists (founding member), founding editor of Conservation Letters (an international scientific journal), The Myer Foundation Environment committee and several Environmental NGO scientific advisory committees. In 2016, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious science academy in the world. The Possingham lab at the University of Queensland uses mathematics to formulate and solve problems for saving plants, animals and ecosystems. They developed Marxan, the most widely used conservation planning software in the world.