Lucy Bloom
Award-winning leader, consultant and author 


Lucy is a change maker, an ideas machine and an exceptional communicator. After leading a successful ad agency for 20 years she focused on using her skillset to change the world. She was the founding CEO and director of a new international women’s health charity, building the team and the strategy to raise $7M in less than three years for a network of hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Lucy then went on to transform Sunrise Cambodia as the charity’s first CEO before hitting the speaker’s trail full time, writing her second book and consulting. She’s the creator of the world’s first childbirth education program written specifically for men which is run in pubs all over Australia and she’s working on her next industry disruption. Lucy is an accomplished photographer, a social media gun and a mother of three.


Opeta Alefaio
Director, National Archives of Fiji 


Opeta Alefaio has served since early 2012 as the Director of the National Archives of Fiji. He is a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan (Nukufetau & Vaitupu) and Fijian (Rewa & Cakaudrove) descent. Opeta was bitten by the history bug at a young age. He received most of his education in Fiji where he read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, and later on spent two eye-opening years at Monash University in Melbourne where he was the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of
Archivists Margaret Jennings Award. After 8 years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, he joined the National Archives of Fiji where he has spent the last 14 years, as part of a passionate team working hard to improve access to heritage. Opeta is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.


Dr Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University 


Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor at the School of Information at San Jose State University. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, has consulted for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and for over a decade has presented keynotes and plenaries to national and international library and higher education audiences. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education.
His research focuses on the use of emerging technologies in libraries, professional development, and learning programs. He is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support users, participation, creation, and encouraging the heart. In 2016, ALA Editions published five years of the “Office Hours” columns from Library Journal as a book entitled The Heart of Librarianship.


Professor Dave Snowden
Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge 

Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at Bangor University in Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry, looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants.  He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.



Luke Briscoe
Founder and Director, Indigi Lab


Luke Briscoe (Junjirrba Wawu Kaitbal) is a proud Kuku-Yalanji descendant from Far North Queensland. Luke has experience in the creative and media industries and Indigenous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Luke founded the Indigenous owned and operated business INDIGI LAB to create innovative projects for social and environmental change through the use of Indigenous knowledge.

Luke’s goal is to establish national Indigenous ethical guidelines in science and digital technology to support a better understanding, value and respect for Indigenous knowledge.



Plenary Panel

Bill MacNaught
National Librarian, National Library of New Zealand

Bill Macnaught is the National Librarian, the general manager of the National Library of New Zealand. He became Chair of NSLA in 2016. Bill was appointed in 2011, following the integration of the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand with the Department of Internal Affairs. Prior to that, he was Manager of Puke Ariki, New Plymouth – the flagship multidisciplinary library, museum and visitor information centre in Taranaki. In 2006 he was appointed as a member of the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) which advises the Minister for the National Library. He has held the offices of Chair of the Association of Public Library Managers and the Deputy Chair of Museums Aotearoa. Bill was a founder member of the Governance Group for the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa programme. He initiated the discussions that led to the National Library supporting the current Kōtui project to deliver better value for public libraries through the collective procurement of library management IT services. Before coming to New Zealand, Bill was Director, Libraries and Arts and then Head of Cultural Development at Gateshead Council in the north of England. He was awarded a CBE in the UK for services to public libraries and cultural life. He was Chair of the UK Advisory Council on Libraries and was a visiting Professor (Librarianship) at the University of Northumbria. Bill was born in Scotland, and is now also a New Zealand citizen. He says his key challenge as National Librarian is to ensure that New Zealand is a leader in the development of 21st century libraries.


Elaine Ng
CEO, National Library Board of Singapore

Mrs Elaine Ng is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore. Elaine has more than 20 years of experience in the public service of Singapore, covering a wide range of portfolios from policy development to research and corporate governance. As the CEO of NLB, Elaine oversees its strategic development. Established as a statutory board in 1995, NLB is dedicated to the promotion of reading, learning and history through our network of 26 Public Libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. Prior to joining the NLB in April 2011, Elaine was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board (NHB) where she was responsible for overseeing heritage development. During her tenure in NHB, she played a pivotal role in mapping out NHB’s strategic plan and in actively reinforcing inter-government agency efforts to strengthen the role of heritage in the public realm.



Marie-Louise Ayres
Director-General, National Library of Australia

On 2 March 2017 Dr Marie-Louise Ayres was appointed, for a period of five years, as Director-General of the National Library of Australia. Dr Marie-Louise Ayres has worked in research libraries for more than 20 years, and in senior management roles at the National Library of Australia since 2002.  Her career has spanned development and management of very large archival collections, and development of innovative digital services which provide access to Australia’s rich documentary heritage, including AustLit and Music Australia.  More recently, Dr Ayres has worked to increase the prominence of the National Library’s collection – and the collections of hundreds of other cultural institutions – by leading Trove, the Library’s flagship digital service. She has been a leader and participant in numerous National and State Libraries Australasia projects and working groups, and was a founding member of the GLAMpeak coalition.  She is actively involved in discussions around national research infrastructure, the role of libraries in that infrastructure and opportunities to leverage investments across public and research infrastructure.  She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has published extensively. Dr Ayres holds a Ph.D. in Australian Literature from the Australian National University.  Reading remains a passion.  



Author panel

Frank Moorhouse 

Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator and in 1970s became a full-time writer. He has won national prizes for his fiction, non-fiction, and essays.  He is best known for the highly acclaimed Edith trilogy, Grand Days, Dark Palace, and Cold Light, novels which follow the career of an Australian woman in the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s through to the International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s as she struggled to become a diplomat. His most recent book published last year by Penguin Random House is The Drover’s Wife – a reading adventure. which brings together works inspired by Henry Lawson’s story and examines the attachment Australia has to the story and to Russell Drysdale’s painting of the same name. Frank has been awarded a number of fellowships including writer in residence at King’s College Cambridge, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. His work has been translated into several languages. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and was made a Doctor of the University by Griffith University in 1997 and a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Sydney, 2015.


Caroline Overington 

Caroline Overington is a bestselling Australian author and an award-winning journalist.  She has written eleven books, including the top ten bestseller The One Who Got Away, and Last Woman Hanged, which won the Davitt Award for True Crime Writing in 2015. She has profiled many of the world's most famous and respected women, including Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton, and has twice won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism. She has also won the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Journalistic Excellence and the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature. She is currently Associate Editor at The Australian and is based in Sydney. Her new novel, The Ones You Trust will be published in September 2018 by HarperCollins. 


Rachael Johns

Rachael is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, and a writer the rest of the time. Rachael writes women’s fiction and romance fiction and lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. The bestselling ABIA winning author of The Patterson Girls, she is Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women’s issues. Her most recent release, The Greatest Gift is a poignant, heartwarming story of two women: one who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother. Her new book, Lost Without You is coming November 2018.

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir won the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the 2013 Queensland Literary Award, 2014 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize, 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and 2013 Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award. Her other works include the biography, Kilroy Was Here, and novels In One Skin and The China Garden. Shell will launch the Scribner Australia imprint in October of 2018.


Hannah Richell

Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in the UK and Canada. She is the author of two previous best-selling novels: Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Hannah has a background in book and film marketing and has worked in both the UK and Australia on a range of popular entertainment brands. She has also written for media outlets such as Harpers Bazaar, Australian Women's Weekly, Fairfax and the Independent. Hannah is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives in the South West of England with her family.


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