• Speakers

    The 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference is pleased to announce the following invited speakers who bring their expertise and knowledge to share with attendees at 2019WIHC. Our local and international speakers will bring to life the focus areas of this three-day conference on the Gold Coast. Their keynote presentations will be complemented by concurrent sessions, panel discussions, plenary sessions and networking opportunities.


    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz 2019WIHC

    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

    Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an Indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. A social development consultant, Indigenous activist, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant, and an advocate of women’s rights in the Philippines, she is the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010).
    She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education) and is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson-rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations among many other high profile credits to her name.

    Ivan Simon 2019WIHC

    Ivan Simon

    Co-Chair NATSIHA


    Ivan Simon has worked in the NSW and Australian Government Public Service for over 34 years, with experience across Public and Social Housing; Juvenile Justice; Family and Community Services and Hostel Accommodation for Aboriginal people. Ivan has worked across all levels of administration and community development, specialising in Aboriginal communities and related government services and programs.

    Ivan previously headed up the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and now works with the Dtarrawarra Resource Unit, which provides advice and support to the network of Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services.

    Stan Grant 2019WIHC

    Stan Grant

    ABC's Global Affairs and Indigenous Affairs Analyst


    Stan is an award winning media host, author and passionate about justice and humanity. His presentations are insightful, engaging, always professional and at times, controversial. As a major news and current affairs host across Australian and international broadcasters, Stan nurtured his sense of adventure while forming a deep understanding of how the world works. He can link the importance of leadership and the impact of history, and above all believes in the power and resilience of people.


    Victoria Carroll 2019WIHC

    Victoria Carroll

    LLB (Hons), Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Limited [New Zealand]

    Victoria is Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Limited (PSL), an advisory and project management service to Maori and non Maori organisations specialising in the delivery of quality affordable housing to Maori communities. PSL broker collaborative property partnerships and property development on Maori and Treaty Settlement land. Recently PSL assisted in the development of a shared equity model bespoke for Maori organisations. Victoria has acted in an advisory capacity to local, regional and central government. She is a trustee of Community Housing Aotearoa ; the New Zealand Blood Service Board; Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Inc; Ngā Potiki a Tamapahore Treaty Settlement Trust and is a Director of Pacific Coast (Lifestyle) Village.

    Margaret Pfoh 2019WIHC

    Margaret Pfoh

    Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Housing Management Association [Canada]

    Margaret is Tsimshian from the Eagle Clan of the Gitga'at First Nation. She joined the non-profit housing sector 24 years ago. She is the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and her career has been built on her dedication to serve and support the Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia. Margaret currently serves on both the CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Advisory Caucus and the CHRA’s Board of Directors. AHMA is the first housing authority of its kind in Canada and second in the world. Her devotion to British Columbia’s Indigenous communities expands beyond the housing division. She’s an avid public speaker and actively participates in events on local, national and international stages. Margaret amplifies the voices of AHMA which oversees over 4000 housing units with an additional +1000 upcoming projects and the voices of the indigenous peoples of BC by constantly engaging in conversations to ensure all Aboriginal people have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

    Roger Boyd 2019WIHC

    Roger Boyd

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office Of Native American Programs U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development [USA]

    Currently the founder and Principal of RJB and Associates, Mr. Boyd has a proven track record promoting sustainable economic and community development strategies in Indian Country; leveraging tribal resources with Federal and private impact investments; creating public and private partnerships. Specialities include fostering affordable housing and homeownership utilizing both conventional and manufactured housing products, facilitating tribal government relations, economic and real estate development, strategic planning, public policy, program development and public speaking.

    From 2002 through 2015 Roger served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), Department of Housing and Urban Development. He directed federal programs to develop safe, decent and affordable housing for Native Americans in the U.S. Recipients of HUD funds included 567 Federal recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The ONAP team also introduced the first tribal veterans housing demonstration program (VASH) to assist homeless native veterans; programs to support Indian youth; initiated a comprehensive national study on the housing needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

    Professor Tom Calma 2019WIHC

    Professor Tom Calma AO

    Hon DLitt CDU, Hon DSc Curtin, Hon DUniv Flin, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia [Australia]

    Professor Tom Calma is Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory. Currently the National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Chancellor of the University of Canberra.

    Professor Calma has a special interest in Indigenous education, employment and training programs. Professor Calma served as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2004 to 2010 and as the Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2004 until 2009. During this time the Social Justice Report 2005 called on Australian governments to commit to achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the areas of health and life-expectancy within a generation (25 years) and advocated embedding a social determinants philosophy into public policy around health, education, employment, housing and behaviours in order to address Indigenous inequality gaps.

    Patricia Turner 2019WIHC

    Patricia Turner AM

    National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) [Australia]

    The daughter of an Arrente man and a Gurdanji woman, Pat was raised in Alice Springs. As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Pat has over 40 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in government, business and academia including being the only Aboriginal person, only woman and longest serving CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission (ATSIC). Amongst her many appointments, she also spent 18 months as Monash Chair of Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and was inaugural CEO of NITV. Pat holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Canberra where she was awarded the University prize for Development Studies.

    Andrew Leach 2019WIHC

    Andrew Leach MBA

    Chair of National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) [Canada]

    Andrew is a proud member of the St'at'imc Nation (Interior of BC). He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration. Andrew owns and operates a successful management consulting business, www.andrewleach.com, specializing in First Nations leadership support. He is Chair of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA), a leading economic development organization for Canada’s diverse Indigenous communities.

    Antoinette Braybrook 2019WIHC

    Antoinette Braybrook

    CEO of Djirra [Australia]

    Antoinette Braybrook is the CEO of Djirra (formerly FVPLS Victoria), a position she has held since the service was established 15 years ago. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence - predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers important, community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence. Antoinette’s advocacy work includes positions held on advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles to State and Federal Organisations also having received the following awards:

    • 2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award
    • 2015 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment
    • 2016 Harvard Club of Victoria’s Non-Profit Fellowship Program to attend Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School, Boston USA
    • 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award
    Juanita Sherwood 2019WIHC

    Juanita Sherwood

    Professor and Academic Director National Centre for Cultural Competence at University of Sydney [Australia]

    Juanita is a registered nurse, teacher, lecturer, researcher and manager with a depth of working experiences of some thirty years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education. She has an extensive track record specifically in the area of Indigenous research spanning over 3 decades. Her career has encompassed the health and education government and non-government sector, as well as the academy.
    Through her lived experience, personal study and working history, Juanita has developed a strong cultural framework from which she can effectively present her knowledge in relation to education, history, culture, health and social justice. Having had the opportunity to work and live in urban, rural and remote communities she has been provided a hands on appreciation of the diversity of environmental, political and service delivery issues that implode upon our communities.

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