Trevor Wilson was Australian Ambassador to Myanmar from 2000 - 2003. He spent 35 years as an Australian diplomat and public servant before retiring and taking up a position as Visiting Fellow on Myanmar at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he has been co-convener of the Myanmar/Burma Update Conference since 2004.
Barclay O’Brien is Director – Asia and the Pacific for AYANI Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants. He has advised in microfinance for nearly 10 years, initially with the global operating network, Opportunity International. Barclay has a total of 25 years’ experience in the broader financial sector, having worked for HSBC, Barings and ING. He was Chairman for the UN Year of Microcredit in 2005.
Elizabeth Graetz is a strategic communications consultant with expertise in marketing and building communications capacity in organisations. Her experience spans diverse industries in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. With a Master of International and Community Development, she is exploring opportunities to partner corporate objectives with development initiatives.
Bruce Conolly, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Notre Dame and for over 30 years taught about and treated patients with conditions of their hand and upper extremity in over 25 developing countries. For more than 10 years he has visited Burma teaching the doctors, nurses and therapists and treating their patients. He received an Order of Australia (AM) in 1994.
Joyce Conolly is a medical officer and has had extensive experience in Asian countries and specifically Burma in educating poor and underprivileged women in maternal and child health. She visits Burma regularly and conducts teaching seminars with Graceworks staff. She has been involved in the translation and publishing of two health books by David Werner – ‘Where there is No Doctor and Where Women have No Doctor’.
Dr Anthony Ware has recently completed his doctorate on examining development aid effectiveness in Myanmar, and how to work within this complex socio-political environment. His first book, entitled Context-Sensitive Development: How International Non-Government Organisations Work in Myanmar, will be released globally in 2012. Anthony lectures in the Master of International and Community Development course at Deakin University, and has previously lectured international development subjects at The University of Melbourne and taught in international relations and philosophy at Deakin University. Anthony oversees the GWM community development sector. See his Deakin profile.
Dr Vicki-Ann Ware holds a doctorate from Monash University examining culture contact and change, as expressed through music. She currently works for a government agency, providing research synthesis and policy advice to the federal government for Closing the Gap, an initiative aiming to improve health, education and life outcomes for indigenous Australians. Vicki is particularly passionate to facilitate musical and creative art in community building for development work, and as expressions of identity and culture.