Speakers

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Plenary speakers

Danielle Bear

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Danielle obtained her Nutrition and Dietetics degree at the University of Wollongong and after working for a short time in Sydney, she moved to London and has been the Principal Critical Care Dietitian at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) for the last 10 years. Danielle was one of two dietitians on the trial management group for the CALORIES Trial and she has recently completed prestigious Health Education England / National Institute for Health Research (HEE/NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship where she is exploring the measurement and prevention of skeletal muscle wasting during critical illness and the effect on recovery. Danielle has been instrumental in guiding critical care dietetic services during the COVID-19 pandemic, being awarded British Dietetic Association Roll of Honour 2020 for her work.

Tory Crowder

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Tory Crowder is currently the Clinical Manager of Nutrition and Dietetics for the Christchurch Health Campus, Christchurch New Zealand. Until recently, and for the last 23 years, she has worked in Cystic Fibrosis and was a lead author on the nutrition guidelines for cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand. Tory has a passion for malnutrition and is on the expert panel for the development of an Australian and New Zealand guideline for the identification and management of malnutrition and frailty in the community. On March 15th, 2019 she led her team at the hospital through the Christchurch terror attack events. Two Years on the impact and learnings continue.

Sandro Demaio

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Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation. He has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles and the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food. Dr. Demaio also co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world. Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Joel Feren

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Joel Feren is The Nutrition Guy, an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a background in the biomedical sciences. He is a media dietitian, recipe developer and nutrition consultant.

Joel specialises in credible and evidence-based health communications and nutrition marketing. He helps food brands and businesses tell their nutrition story and engage, educate and connect with customers to drive meaningful change. Joel also considers nutrition to be too important to be an afterthought for food brands and businesses.

Joel is also a seasoned media performer and appears regularly on tv. He is a Dietitian Australia media spokesperson.

Karen Inge

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Karen Inge is one of Australia’s most established and recognised leaders in the fields of sports nutrition and dietetics. She is an award-winning author and provides specialist nutrition commentary to the media as well as having her own weekly radio segment on Melbourne radio 3AW.

Karen is passionate about culinary nutrition and is a Founder of the healthy food company Dineamic. She has also created a food destination at her family owned Flinders Hotel and Georgie Bass Cookery in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Karen is a Director of St Vincent’s Institute (SVI) of Medical Research and Chair of the SVI Foundation. She is also an ambassador for FareShare a food rescue organisation that cooks and distributes nutritious meals to people in need.

In 2015, Karen was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Monash University for her work in sports nutrition and named Deakin University Alumni of the Year 2018.

Professor Liz Isenring

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Dr Liz empowers people to Be Healthy via the healing power of nutrition. Dr Liz is Director of LINC Nutrition, Adjunct Honorary Professor at Bond University, international speaker, author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and received over 4 million dollars in research support. she has been on the board of the Maggie Beer Foundation, Dietitian Connection and international and national professional organisations including Dietitians Australia. Dr Liz was an Associate Editor of the Nutrition & Dietetics journal for over 10 years. As a foodie, Dr Liz loves to help busy professionals improve their energy, productivity and health via the 3 pillars of MINDSET, MENU and MOVEMENT.

Dr Bronwyn King AO

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Dr Bronwyn King AO is a social entrepreneur, movement maker and a globally renowned humanitarian on a mission to inspire and transform organisations into purpose driven businesses. She is a sustainability expert, company director and radiation oncologist who has worked with everyone from the terminally ill to the fittest athletes in the Australian Swim Team. Her engagement across the global corporate, finance, health and diplomatic sectors has provided unique insights into universal power structures, how to build trust, harness influence and sidestep ‘the impossible’. Her TEDxSydney talk has been viewed more than three million times.

As the founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios, Bronwyn took her place on the stage at the United Nations in New York to launch The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge, a global initiative she led, which now has >150 Signatories – global financial institutions with combined assets under management of > AU$15 trillion.

As a speaker, Bronwyn is exceptional. Her presentations are uplifting and engaging, with a focus on business outcomes and practical takeaways for every audience member. Whether virtual or in person – Bronwyn is guaranteed to add spark and energy to your event! Bronwyn has received countless awards in recognition of her outstanding expertise and accomplishments. Most notably, she was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2019 for distinguished service to community health and named 2019 Melburnian of the Year.

Helen Little

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Helen has been a clinical dietitian for over 30 years and has worked as a neonatal dietitian in Christchurch. During this time, she opened the neonatal milk room for preparing safe enteral feeds; she has conducted nutrition audits in infants less than 1500g and presented at the Perinatal Society Australia and New Zealand conferences; and she has taught paediatric registrars, neonatal nurses and on parenteral and neonatal nutrition. She was the inaugural member of New Zealand’s first human milk bank that opened in Christchurch Women’s Hospital in 2014, recently co-author of a paper on the composition of human milk New Zealand. She is a member of the Australasian Dietitians Neonatal Network Steering group.

Helen moved into leadership roles and was the Clinical Manager of the Nutrition and Dietetic department at Christchurch Hospital. She Led the implementation of the CDHB Ketogenic Dietary Therapy Service in 2016, followed by the extension to the South Island. In 2018 Helen became the Director of Allied Health at Christchurch Hospital leading 10 Allied Health Services following the events in March.

Manling Ng

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Manling Ng has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) after graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2016. She has been working as a corporate dietitian at Sanitarium Health Food Company since 2017.

She is part of the team of dietitians and nutritionists, who help the company to identify and drive nutrition opportunities, translate and communicate nutrition science and engage with key external stakeholders in support of a healthy plant-based diet.

She has years of experience in the area of liquid nutrition and beverages, working with the multidisciplinary teams within the company in new product development, reformulation and associated nutrition education, communication and marketing.

She is also experienced in food and nutrition-related policies and regulations in Australia and export countries including China, Thailand and Singapore.

Gihan Perera

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Digital disruption, the global pandemic, and the changing workplace affect us all, and at all levels – individual, team, organisation, and community. Gihan Perera is a futurist, online presenter, conference speaker, and author who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and shows you how to become fit for the future and be successful in a fast-changing world.

Since 1997, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and North America.

He is the author of “The Future of Leadership”, “Disruption By Design”, and 10 other books.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Associate Professor Paul Willis

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Science Communicator and research palaeontologist, Paul spent 14 years at the ABC mostly as a presenter on the Catalyst program. He was Director of the Royal Institution of Australia for six years where he oversaw the creation of Australia’s Science Channel. Today Paul heads up his research communication company Media Engagement Services and his video production company Palaeo Pictures.

Dr Summer Finlay

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Dr Summer May Finlay (CSCA, TAE, BSocSC MPHA, and PhD) is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up on Awabakal country (West Lake Macquarie). Summer has extensive experience in social marketing, social media, communications and Aboriginal health research and policy. Summer has also worked in a variety of capacities with a range of organisations across the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, not-for profit, university and for profit sectors. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow on a NHMRC funded project with University of Canberra and is a lecturer at the University of Wollongong. She currently works as a contributing editor for Croakey Health Media. Summer occupies position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia and was previously the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group Co-Convener. She is also Co-Chair of the international Indigenous movement #IndigenousNCDs, Co-Vice Chair of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group and Board member of Thirrili.

Elena George

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Dr Elena George is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics and early career researcher at Deakin University. Elena is interested in translational research, in particular enhancing evidence based practice in dietetics through research. Her interests are in development and delivery of dietary interventions (Mediterranean diet) for the prevention and management of chronic diseases (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease). She is particularly interested in translating traditional dietary patterns in Western and multicultural populations.

Associate Professor Christina Pollard

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Christina is a dietitian and calls herself a pracademic.  A career public servant, with a career spanning over 30 years with experience in clinical dietetics, public health and health promotion.   She developed, implemented, and evaluated numerous public health nutrition interventions in Australia at all levels (national, state and locally). She led the Gofor2&5 fruit and vegetable campaign, Foodcents and Start-Right Eat-Right programs.  She believes that strong policy measures are essential to protect and promote the public health of those who are the most vulnerable in our society.  Christina believes in building the evidence-base to support effective practice.  She has a strong commitment to policy and advocacy, and this has led to her recent appointment as Associate Professor Public Health Priorities at Curtin University.  She is currently the Public Health Association of Australia’s Vice-President (Development) and a member of the Nutrition Committee of the National Academy of Science.

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