TEDxPerth, The Age of Wonder: Speaker Breakfast

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Welcome to TEDxPerth, The Age of Wonder

TEDxPerth returns to Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 3 November for an amazing day of original ideas from some of WA’s brightest minds. As the largest TEDx event in Western Australia we are excited to showcase some of the most extraordinary thinkers and doers our vast state has to offer.

Start your day with an exclusive five-star, hot breakfast only 60-seconds from Perth Concert Hall at the Duxton Hotel. You'll meet previous TEDxPerth speakers and share in the excitement of the day before the main event. This is a intimate event and places are strictly limited to ensure a great experience.

Our Alumni Hosts

Josh Byrne

Josh is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and research academic. He regularly consults with West Australian Government agencies such as Water Corporation and LandCorp on matters relating to urban water management and environmental design, and contributes to projects around Australia.

Josh is a Research Fellow with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living, and an Adjunct Associate Professor with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research activities span high performance housing, water sensitive design and sustainable urban developments.

Over the past 15 years Josh has showcased the benefits of sustainable gardening as a television presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. Josh has four consecutive National Horticulture Media Association television awards for excellence in communication. In 2014 Josh also became a Business News ‘40 under 40’ recipient. In 2013 he received the Australian Water Association’s WA Water Professional of the Year Award, and Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Science and Engineering.

Josh is Patron for the Conservation Council of WA, Sustainable Gardening Australia and the Living Smart household sustainability program. He is also an Ambassador for Nature Play WA.

Charlie Bass

Charlie is Founder and Chairman of CERI, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research & Innovation. CERI works with post-graduates and researchers across all WA universities and research institutes to instil an entrepreneurial mindset and provide the mentoring and knowledge that will foster a start-up culture in high-knowledge and high-value industries in WA. At the other end of his philanthropic journey is education for disadvantaged children.

Charlie’s working life included founding two very successful ASX-listed resource companies, Eagle Mining Corp and Aquila Resources. He was also involved in in putting together a team of telecommunication engineers in the US to pioneer high speed wireless internet. His academic background includes a B.Sc. in Geology and M.Sc. in Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing.

Natasha Hurley-Walker

Natasha is an astronomer who uses radio waves to explore the distant reaches of the Universe. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2010, and in 2011 moved to Australia to help commission a cutting-edge radio telescope that is a precursor to the much larger Square Kilometer Array. Her latest achievement is using this telescope to survey the whole sky, providing a cornocopia of data on exploded stars, super-massive black holes, and our local space environment.

Communicating this research to the astronomy community and the public is important to her, and this year she has talked over beers at the Pint of Science Festival, given an invited talk at the Astronomical Society of Australia's 50th anniversary meeting, and featured in supercomputing expos such as the Pawsey Roadshow and Curtin University's Big Data Week.

Natasha and her family live in Perth, Western Australia, where she currently works at Curtin University as part of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Aside from her passion for astronomy, she is a keen transport cyclist, seeing it as a way to stay healthy, cut carbon emissions, and better connect with the local community. She also devours science fiction novels and enjoys film and film criticism.

Fred Chaney Jnr

Fred Chaney is an architect, urban designer and advocate for progressive thinking about the future of our cities. He has lived, studied and worked in the UK, the US and the east coast of Australia and founded his architectural studio in Perth in 2014.

He is interested in how our cities can grow successfully and equitably. The work of his practice focuses on civic, urban and commercial projects that add to the life and quality of our cities and communities, and includes projects with leading cultural institutions and development agencies.

Fred applies his passion for cities, and what makes them tick, to a variety of projects including his work with the Western Australian Planning Commission, Artsource, the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (which he chairs) as well as his own architectural practice.

Professor Anas Ghadouani

Anas is passionate about all aspects of water engineering and management. With more than 20 years of experience, which has taken him all over the world while researching water in a wide and diverse range of environments, Anas has developed a unique, integrated and solution-focused approach for the study of water issues.

He has won multiple awards and is an active contributor to public discourse about water related issues, via mainstream and social media. Anas provides expert advice to numerous organisations in Australia and around the world and also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and Frontiers.

Anas is currently a Professor and Programme Chair of Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Australia.

Emma Gibbens

Emma works as the Community Engagement and Activation Specialist at CGM Communications, a West Australian-owned strategic communications consulting firm. Emma has nine years experience in political campaigning across the United States and around the world.

Emma helps individuals and organisations connect, engage, and activate any audience. Working one-on-one or in large groups, she bring stories and people-centred messages to the forefront. In this role she served as Field Director for WA Labor for the 2016 Federal Election, and the 2017 State Election. Most recently she was the WA State Coordinator for Australians for Marriage Equality, Postal Survey Campaign 2017.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing cello in an Aussie pub rock band, exploring Perth’s surrounding parks, and enjoying the tasty culinary scene.

Esther Onek

Esther was born in South Sudan, part of the Acholi tribe. Due South Sudan’s instability her family fled to a Kenyan refugee camp for seven years. Arriving in Australia aged 10, and knowing no English, Esther ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Social Work. Esther now works with The Women’s Health and Family Services as a Multicultural Women’s Domestic Violence Advocate.

Noelle Martin

Noelle Martin is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Law/Arts, majoring in philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney. Born and raised in Perth she was the 2010 Western Australia’s Women’s Chess Champion, and has worked as a chess teacher during her university studies.

She has fought for the criminalisation of image-based abuse in New South Wales. She has also contributed to the public consultation into a Commonwealth civil penalties regime that could provide further support to victims of image-based abuse. She continues to fight for the Commonwealth Government to enact specific criminal laws to effectively combat image-based abuse.

Professor Alan Harvey

Alan Harvey was born in London. After education at Forest School and the University of Cambridge, he gained a PhD in neurophysiology from the Australian National University in Canberra. Following a period of research and teaching in the USA and South Australia, he moved to The University of Western Australia in 1984, where he is now an Emeritus Professor.

Alan’s main experimental neuroscience interests are in trauma, transplantation, gene therapy and regeneration, his research primarily focused on understanding the growth of circuits in the visual system and spinal cord, and how best to protect and repair these circuits after injury.

He is also passionate about music, and over the past 50 years or so he has sung in numerous choirs and played many concerts as a solo artist or as a member of various folk or rock bands. In 2017, his book Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls was published by Oxford University Press, bringing together his musical and neuroscientific interests, exploring the importance of music throughout human evolution and emphasising its continued relevance to human welfare in the twenty-first century.

Professor Steve Wilton

Steve is Director of the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Therapies at Murdoch University.

His research career has focussed on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common and serious form of childhood muscle wasting, which arises from mutations in the dystrophin gene. His insights into the cause of DMD have led to an innovative treatment where the first of a series of drugs has just been granted accelerated approval by the FDA. This mutation specific approach promises to revolutionise treatments for DMD and many other genetic diseases.

Over the past twenty-five years, Steve and his team have made significant discoveries in their gene research and his work has been recognised with the 2012 Western Australian Innovator of the Year award; the 2013 Australian Museum Eureka Award for Translational Medicine; the 2014 LabGear Australia Discovery award; and most recently, he was a finalist in the 2016 Western Australian of the Year (professions category).

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