Angie Abdilla | Trawlwoolway
Founder & CEO
Angie works across culture, research, strategy and technology, informed by our old ways. Her peer-reviewed, journal published research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence created the foundations for the social enterprise, Old Ways, New. As a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous consultants and technologists, Old Ways, New develops the cultural capacity of non-Indigenous organisations; develops integrated service design solutions, and produce research and development for deep technologies, based upon Indigenous Traditional Knowledges. Angie’s work within the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is focused on future technologies and human rights policy. She is also a Studio Lead teaching Futuring Studies in the Interdisciplinary Lab for Human Technology Relations at the University of Technology Sydney and a Fellow of The Ethics Centre. Previously, Angie was the Director of the Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) initiative as part of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and prior, was known as an acclaimed film Director for her immersive film and cross-disciplinary arts works. Angie continues to utilise culture and the craft of storytelling as the central component of all her work.
Dr Keir Winesmith
Chief Technology Officer
Keir is a digital leader, strategist and theorist who has been working at the intersection of digital, culture and place for the last 15 years. In June 2018 he was included in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for his work in this area. Keir is the lead digital strategist and practitioner for Old Ways, New. Previously, he directed the award-winning digital department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where he created and led the museum’s R&D group, SFMOMA Lab. Before moving to California, he led the digital team at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and spent 4 years working as a software developer and then technical lead within the online team at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). Keir is a Professor at UNSW Art & Design where he completed his Ph.D. in New Media. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Sydney.
Haylee Davis | Worimi & Dunghutti
Research & Operations
Haylee is an experienced researcher, strategist and policy manager. From 2011- 2018 Haylee has worked in various roles at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), most recently as Manager of the Policy and Programs Unit. In 2013, she completed a fellowship at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Haylee holds a Bachelor of International Studies majoring in Global Politics and has recently commenced a Postgraduate Masters by Research degree examining Indigenous advocacy and new technologies within the Faculty of Engineering and IT at University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Tania Leimbach
Researcher & Strategist
Tania is a social researcher, designer and educator. Her research and design practice orients around projects that challenge, inform and inspire audiences about issues of environmental health, energy, climate and sustainability. She is experienced in qualitative social research, publishes widely and is passionate about quality education. Tania completed her PhD at UTS within the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), a research institute conducting independent project-based research for government, industry and academia. ISF tackles some of the most complex sustainability challenges facing our world through innovative approaches and fosters in its graduates the capacity to solve whole problems, integrating knowledge from several disciplines, along with the skills to navigate complex multidisciplinary environments. Tania lectures in the School of Communication, School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney.
Natalie Walker | Kuku Yalanji
Associate | Inside Policy
Natalie has over 15 years experience across small business, government, not for profit, and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles. Natalie has tackled every role with her entrepreneurial spirit – always being driven by innovation; her desire to build something or improve something either inside companies she’s worked in or by starting new companies herself. Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a national collaboration of policy wonks, political operatives and technical geeks who love making the world a better place by designing new solutions to old and complex policy challenges. Since starting in 2013, Inside Policy has advised Department of Employment, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Indigenous Business Australia, Reconciliation Australia, Supply Nation, Accor, Qantas, NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, and City of Sydney.
Brett Leavy | Kooma
Associate | Virtual Songlines
Brett is an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist. His innovative idea to re-create the real environment for mapping Indigenous culture and heritage values combines his communicative, creative, organisational, technical and editorial skills into writing, editing and making an engaging and exciting experience. His artistic skills showcase a proven record of achievement in implementing a variety of websites, enterprise management and specialised applications especially in the field of cultural heritage management. His multi-faceted skills cover the areas of management, media and communications and cultural heritage management including functional design, project management, education and user experiential design. Brett's energy and enthusiastic support for cultural heritage management and education has led to him being a published author in print and web media including radio, newspaper, award-winning virtual design, web design and creative innovation.
Mukgrrngal Wayne Armytage | Wiradjuri / Kuku Thaypan
For the last 40 years, Wayne has worked in various positions both informally and formally in Aboriginal affairs, including Life Promotions (Suicide Preventions), he has also worked as a Grief Counsellor, a Drug and Alcohol counsellor and with The Northern Rivers Aids Council as an Aboriginal men’s sexual health educator, Prison Support Officer/Investigator for the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Wayne has undertaken a diploma in trauma work from Central Qld University. He has tour managed the Mona Mona Aboriginal dance company, initiated a series of forums at the Maleny / Woodford folk festival entitled Rhythms of Reconciliation. He also chaired a series of workshops with Aboriginal elders and community leaders over a seven rear period, and was integral in the set up of the Murri camp at these venues. Along with his traditional father Mukrrngal Peter Costello, Wayne toured and held workshops throughout Europe at various venues promoting Aboriginal ways of knowing and being. Mukrrngal / Wayne has also worked as an Independent Service Provider to the education department furthering cross cultural understanding and conflict management in this area. In 1988, Wayne set up The Fourth World Foundation, with the aim of promoting culture, education and unity within an Australian context.
Anni is fundamentally an observer and practitioner of Web Science and a passionate advocate for digital literacy. She served as Research Officer to Hon. Peter Collins QC MP, then NSW Minister for the Arts, which afforded her the opportunity to contribute towards the encouragement and support of the arts at a strategic policy level. Since 2013, Anni has been a Board Member of the Web Science Trust, helping to promote and develop Web Science internationally, and her current focus is to promote and develop “Digital Literacy“, particularly within Government and Not-for-Profit environments. In 2015, Anni began working with New Philanthropy Capital as a member of the Steering Committee of their Digital Transformation Programme. As a complement to her consulting work Anni and her family formed the Intersticia Foundation, a Private Ancilliary Fund which supports emerging ideas and projects in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and leadership for social benefit.
Associate Professor Robert Fitch
Robert is the Deputy Director of Research at UTS and a leading research scientist in the area of autonomous field robotics. He is interested in systems of outdoor robots and their application to key problems in agriculture and environmental monitoring. Robert received the PhD in computer science from Dartmouth (USA) and worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. Robert has led research in planning and collaborative decision-making for both ground and aerial robots in a variety of government and industry sponsored projects including those in broad-acre agriculture, horticulture, bird tracking, and commercial aviation.
Catherine has over 10 years of financial experience in multinational US, UK and Australian companies bringing together wide variety of experience from her various finance roles in auditing, process improvement, ERP system implementation, Business Intelligence Tool design and implementation and financial planning and analysis. Catherine is a strong advocate of utilising technology to increase transparency, understanding and mobility of financial content across all levels of business to enhances business decision making. She is a Certified Practising Accountant with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce majoring in Professional Accounting from Macquarie University.
Alison has an international career in marketing and digital communications sector for more than 20 years predominantly in consultancy has developed from the operational management of events through to the commercial strategy and content curation and production of marketing driven campaigns and experiences. She has worked at Director level in the UK, Singapore and Australia over the past 10 years, in the B2B space my core skills of relationship building, project management and strategy development while engaging with clients driving their stakeholder, governance, employee, customer / audience engagement in a variety of formats are well developed. Alison is also a strong advocate of developing people, and consider mentoring a key element to my role within the industry. In a personal capacity, Alison also works with a number of charities and foundations predominantly in the sporting arena and was on the Board at Sport NSW for 2 years.