WOW 2016 Speakers


Alex Kelly - Artist, Filmaker and Activist (Alice Springs, NT)

Alex Kelly is an artist, filmmaker and activist committed to social justice. For the last two and a half years she has worked as global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. Read more > 


Amy Hetherington - Comedian (Darwin, NT)

Amy Hetherington is a 27 year old comedian, filmmaker, marketing consultant and workshop facilitator from Darwin. Amy has just debuted her SOLD OUT solo comedy show at the Darwin Festival. Read more > 

Cathy Hunt - Cultural stategist and Director, Of One Mind (QLD)

Cathy Hunt is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane working across Australia and the Asia Pacific. As Director of non-profit company Of One Mind, Cathy is working with the Southbank Centre London to develop Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Read more >


Charlie King - sports broacaster and human rights campaigner (Darwin, NT)

Gurinjdi man Charlie King OAM is a veteran sports broadcaster and human rights campaigner. Charlie King is a passionate campaigner against domestic violence in both the Indigenous and wider Australian community, initiating the zero tolerance sports campaign 'No More' in 2006. Read more >

Courtney Collins - Author (Ngukkur, NT)

Courtney Collins is an Australian writer whose debut novel The Burial was published in 11 countries with shortlistings for numerous prizes in Australia and overseas. Read more >


Danielle Doyle - Pastoralist and author of the Miss Chardy blog (NT)

Danielle Doyle (Dan) and her husband, Marty, manage Mittiebah Station, a 1.7 million acre property, for The North Australian Pastoral Company on the Barkly Tableland in the NT.  Dan is best known as blogger Miss Chardy, her very popular, personal blog about life on a remote cattle station. Read more >


Lieutenant Colonel Dianne Elson – Army Officer, mother, parent volunteer (Darwin, NT) 

Lieutenant Colonel Dianne Elson is the most senior female in the 1st Brigade of the Australian Army, based in Darwin and Adelaide. Read More >


Fay Miller – Mayor of Katherine (Katherine, NT)

Fay Miller arrived in Katherine late 1989 and fell in love with the lifestyle and the community spirit, deciding to make Katherine her home.  In March 2012, she was elected as mayor of Katherine and continues in this role today. Read more >


Filotea Fahey - Owner of Fe's Variety (Katherine, NT)

Born in the Philippines, Filotea Fahey (Fe) arrived in Australia in 1981 and not long after settled in Katherine. In 1991, Fe had opened her own business what is now Fe’s Variety. This year will mark its 25th anniversary. Read more > 


Dr Gael Jennings - Award winning journalist, author and researcher (VIC)

Dr Gael Jennings is an award winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years' experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive. Read More >


Gillian Russell - Co-owner of The Finch Cafe (Katherine, NT)

Gillian Russell met her business partner Phoebe Quilty at their children's preschool. They began discussing the need for a socially inclusive space in Katherine and thought a café was a great way to connect the community. Read more >


Hannah Azieb Pool - Eritrean born journalist, author and commentator (UK)

As Senior Programmer, Contemporary Culture at the Southbank Centre, London, Hannah Azieb Pool is the lead programmer for the Africa Utopia festival and one of the curators of the Women of the World (WOW) festival. Read more >


Jane Sale - Pastoralist and Founder of the Central Station Blog (WA)

Jane Sale and her husband Haydn part own and operate Yougawalla Pastoral Company in the East Kimberley. In June 2013, along with Editor Stephanie Coombes, Jane launched the Central Station blog that has grown to have 40,000 followers and tells the stories from people involved in the Live Export Industry right across the North of Australia in their own words. Read more >


Kelly Beneforti – Dancer and choreographer (Darwin, NT)

Kelly Beneforti started dancing with Tracks Dance Company in Darwin as a youth dancer and youth leader. She then completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2011). Read more >


Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmão AO - Activist and Founder of the ALOLA Foundation (VIC)

Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmão AO is an Australian-East Timorese activist who served as the First Lady of East Timor from 2002 to 2007 and founded the ALOLA Foundation. In 2015, Dr Sword Gusmão was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to Australia-East Timor relations. Read more >


Lauren Mellor - Activist and co-ordinator of the Territory Frack-Free Alliance (Darwin, NT)

Lauren Mellor works with the Mineral Policy Institute, an Australian-based international NGO, coordinating the Mining Legacies project, assisting communities whose human rights and environment are impacted by resource extraction and on achieving mining industry reform through improvements to policy, law and practice
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Leigh Tabrett – Leadership coach, commentator and Director, Of One Mind (QLD)

As Director of non profit company Of One Mind, Leigh Tabrett PSM is working with the Southbank Centre London to develop Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in Australia and the Asia Pacific.  Leigh is one of the Executive Producers of WOW Brisbane in June 2015 and involved in the early stages of planning WOW Commonwealth for 2018. Read more >


Lesley Williams - Aboriginal Elder and activist (QLD)

Lesley Williams is a respected Murri (Aboriginal) Elder. She is best known for instigating the domestic and international Justice for Aboriginal Workers campaign, and has also been involved in the production of various documentaries and books. Read more >


Lisa Mumbin – Jawoyn Leader and WOW Katherine Cultural Advisor (Katherine, NT)

Lisa Mumbin was born and raised in Katherine and her traditional country is Jawoyn. Lisa is currently Chair of the Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation and Board of Management Director of Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre. Read more >


Senator Malarndirri McCarthy - Politician and Journalist (NT)

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She represented the people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory Parliament from 2005-2012 and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2016. Read more >


Murrawah Johnson – Queensland State Co-ordinator for Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous Youth Climate Network (QLD)

Murrawah Johnson is a volunteer for Seed, and also a spokesperson, community organiser and campaigner for the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council who are fighting to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine proposed on their traditional country. Read more >


Natasha Chong - Senior Client Services Officer, NAAJA Katherine (Katherine, NT)

Natasha Chong, known locally as ‘Chongy’ is a Wakka Wakka woman from Mareeba, Queensland. She was born in Darwin and raised in Katherine.  For the past 3 years she has been the Senior Client Services Officer in NAAJA’s Katherine office. Natasha recently received the 2016 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), Trevor Christianson award. Read more >


Pippa Bailey - Producer

Pippa Bailey is senior producer with Performing Lines where she produces the work of extraordinary independent artists including Ghenoa Gela, The Climate Guardians and Sandra Thibodeaux’s The Age of Bones. Pippa is an International Associate with Musical Theatre Network (London) and recently joined the Advisory Board of the IETM – International Exchange for Theatre and the Performing Arts network (Brussels). Read more >


Shaelee Tonkin Reeves - Singer/Songwriter (Katherine, NT)

Shaelee Tonkin Reeves is a very talented student from Katherine High School. She is part of the indigenous hip hop group, Ktown, that won the People' Choice Award for the Northern Territory Song of the Year for their song Shadows!. Read more >



Tammy Anderson - Award winning actor, playwright and author (VIC)

Tammy Anderson, a proud Palawa woman from Tasmania, is an award winning actor and playwright. Her film credits include Boxing Day (Kriv Stenders Director) and The Sapphires (Wayne Blair Director). Tammy has recently been appointed to the Victim Survivor Advisory panel chaired by Rosie Batty to work with the Victorian Government to address violence against women. Read more >


Toni Tapp Coutts - Author (Katherine, NT)

Toni Tapp Coutts is the author of the bestselling memoir ‘A Sunburnt Childhood’ published by Hachette Australia in 2016, depicting the story of her life as the eldest of ten children growing up on Killarney Station 270kms south east of Katherine. Read more >