The Justice Conference and Compassion Australia are proud to present ‘Poverty, Exploitation, and the Internet’, a Q&A featuring panellists Rev Tim Costello, Dr Allan Meyer, Melinda Tankard Reist and Danielle Strickland.
The Q&A will explore the connection between exploitation and the internet in the context of extreme poverty and the developing world. It will also examine the implications in Australian culture that fuel these injustices.
Introducing the Q&A Panellists
Rev Tim Costello
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought-after voices on issues of social justice, leadership and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia’s largest international development agency. Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practiced law, served as a Baptist minister, and been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.
Dr Allan Meyer
Dr Allan Meyer was the Senior Leader of Careforce Church and holds a degree in Economics and Politics, a Diploma of Education, a Doctor of Ministry degree and is the Founding Director of Careforce Lifekeys. Dr Allan and his wife Helen now devote themselves full time to coaching and encouraging churches to function as restoring communities. Allan’s doctorate involved the creation of the Valiant Man program, which focused on fortifying and restoring the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Allan regularly addresses audiences on the big issues facing men today.
Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, the harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. She is author/editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls. A newspaper columnist, Melinda is a regular guest on morning television. She has also appeared on ABC’s Q&A as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is cofounder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout, exposing corporations, advertisers, and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women. She is an ambassador for World Vision, Compassion and the Raise Foundation.
Danielle serves in The Salvation Army as an officer in Los Angeles, California, where she is committed to advocating for social justice in the United States. Danielle is also part of grassroots community work in a marginalised community in Edmonton, Alberta, and is leading anti-human trafficking campaign Stop The Traffik in Canada. Danielle is internationally recognised in her capacity as a leader, speaker, writer, justice advocate, mission developer, and church planter. She is passionately committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, is married and the mother of three boys.