Keynote Speaker 

Dr Roger Haston

Roger is the Chief of Analytics, PetsMart Charities, and has dedicated himself to animal welfare since 2012. He also serves on the board of the U.S National Council on Pet Population and on the board of the U.S Shelter Animal Count.

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  • Dr Caroline Lee

    Dr Caroline Lee leads the animal behaviour and welfare research team at CSIRO. She completed her PhD at The University of Sydney in 2001.

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  • Dr Alison Small

    Alison Small graduated as a veterinarian from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1993 and spent 12 years working in mixed, mainly livestock practice.

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  • Ms Alexandria Lausev

    Alexandria Lausev has worked across hundreds of different tele-fundraising campaigns acquiring knowledge and insight into what it takes to run a successful phone campaign.

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  • Dr Amanda Doughty

    Amanda Doughty is a Research Scientist for Allflex Australia and works as part of the Animal Monitoring Research and Development team.

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  • Dr Andres Ardila

    Andres is a veterinarian with extensive clinical and practical experience in production animal medicine.

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  • Dr Arnja Dale

    Dr Arnja Dale is the Chief Scientific Officer of the SPCA NZ. Arnja’s portfolios include Science, Accreditation, Education and Targeted Intervention. Arnja has an extensive background in advancing the welfare of animals through a collaborative approach of working with Government, industry and NGOs.

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  • Dr Cam Day

    Dr Cam Day is full-time Veterinary Behaviourist in Brisbane, Queensland. He gained membership of the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995.

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  • Dr Caroline Audrey Kerr

    Caroline Kerr is a veterinarian with an interest in shelter medicine, animal welfare and behaviour. Caroline originally studied Agricultural Science majoring in Animal Husbandry and went on to complete a PhD in animal skin cancer research (both at The University of Sydney) and then undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in pig stress at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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  • Ms Cassanah Heal

    Growing up on a large wheat and sheep property in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia, Cass completed business and communications degrees at Murdoch and Curtin Universities before returning to manage the farm for seven years.

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  • Chief Inspector Daniel Young

    Daniel has 20 years’ experience in the animal welfare industry. For the past 15 years he has worked in the area of enforcement and compliance. As Chief Inspector, RSPCA Qld, he currently manages the Inspectorate department for the state of Queensland.

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  • Professor Darryl Jones

    Professor Darryl Jones is an urban ecologist based at Griffith University in Brisbane.

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  • Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez

    Dr Gonzalez is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (ECCS), Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT, with a passion for innovation in the fields of aerial robotics and automation, and conservation.

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  • Mr Graham Jones

    Graham has 15 years’ experience in Customer Support and Trust & Safety across a wide variety of industries. For the last 7 he has worked across Gumtree Australia and other eBay Classifieds Group markets.

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  • Mr Grant Maudsley

    Grant Maudsley is a third-generation beef and grain producer from the Mitchell district with a passion for broadacre agriculture. Grant is currently serving as AgForce General President and is one of Australia’s most prominent rural advocates, leading significant reforms and overseeing the modernisation of both agriculture and agri-politics.

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  • Ms Jacqueline Baptista

    Jacqueline is a communications professional with a successful history in issues management, public relations and stakeholder communications.

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  • Ms Jan Allen

    Jan is a founding member, Secretary and Director of the Veteran Tree Group Australia Ltd, a not for profit group interested in promotion and preservation of Australia’s veteran, ancient and other significant trees.

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  • Associate Professor Jennifer Carter

    Associate Professor Jennifer Carter is a geographer working at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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  • Dr Jill Fernandes

    Dr Jill Fernandes is a public policy scientist at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland.

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  • Dr Josephine Previte

    Dr Previte is a Senior Lecture in marketing in the UQ Business School whose research focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of consumer behaviour, market systems, transformative service and social change.

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  • Dr Julia Hoy

    Julia Hoy is the Research Manager at the University of Queensland’s newly opened Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre, where she coordinates and supervises postgraduate students studying a wide range of wildlife conservation projects.

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  • Dr Karmele Llano Sánchez

    Dr Karmele Llano Sánchez is the Founder and Program Director of International Animal Rescue’s projects in Indonesia, under the name of Yayasan IAR Indonesia (YIARI). YIARI is a non-profit organisation born in 2008 created with the aim to conserve habitats and protect the animals that live on them.

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  • Prof. Kenneth Beagley

    Ken Beagley is a Professor of Immunology at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. He has worked in the area of mucosal immunology for the past 30 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Newcastle prior to moving to QUT.

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  • Dr Lana Harriott

    Lana Harriott is a project officer at Biosecurity Queensland, working within the Invasive Plants and Animals Research team. Her current research areas are focused around peri-urban wild dog ecology and management.

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  • Ms La Toya Jamieson

    La Toya graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wildlife Science major) in 2014 and completed her Honours research the following year.

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  • Ms Linda Behrendorff

    Linda has been a QPWS ranger since 2000, working in a broad range of fields including threatened species conservation, dingo management, and fire and pest species management. She has a passion for the conservation of threatened species and protected areas, and is currently undertaking a part time PhD with the University of Queensland, researching the diet, ecology and conservation management of dingoes on K’gari – Fraser Island.

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  • Dr Mark Kelman

    Mark is a veterinarian and independent scientific researcher, who graduated from Murdoch University in 2000 and in 2016 started a PhD with University of Sydney on Canine Parvovirus epidemiology and currently he is leading a research-and-intervention project with the goal of stopping Parvo in Australia.

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  • Associate Professor Mark Trotter

    Mark Trotter is an Associate Professor in Precision Livestock within the School of Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU).

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  • Dr Martin Taylor

    Born and raised in SE Qld, Martin graduated from Environmental Studies at Griffith University.  Martin worked for a decade in the US and internationally on endangered species and whale protection, and then at CITES and the International Whaling Commission before taking up the conservation science role at WWF-Australia where he has been since 2006.

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  • Ms Megan Edwards

    Meg is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland’s Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre.

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  • Professor Nancy A. Pachana

    Dr Nancy A. Pachana is a clinical geropsychologist and professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, and is co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, providing a focal point for clinical, translational ageing-related research at UQ.

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  • Dr Richard L'Estrange

    Richard L’Estrange is a 1987 graduate of the University of Queensland. He worked in mixed and small animal practices in South East QLD and the UK before purchasing a Small Animal practice in Brisbane in 1996. He is one of a team of vets within the companion animal division of Zoetis, and has an interest in investigating the prevalence of heartworm in Australian cats.

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  • Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Megalhaes

    Assoc. Prof. Soares Magalhaes (LMV MSc PhD DiplECVPH) is an infectious disease epidemiologist with qualifications in both human and veterinary public health. He leads the UQ’s Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory (www.spatialepilab.com) a One Health medical geography group within the University of Queensland, Australia.

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  • Ms Ronelle Reid

    Ms Reid has worked through many positions within RSPCA for over 20 years; from Complaints Coordinator within the Inspectorate to the Call Centre Supervisor. She has now combined her knowledge and skills in customer experience with her passion for promoting everything RSPCA and now proudly holds the title of Head of Marketing and Customer Experience.

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  • Mr Shannon Laverack

    Shannon Laverack has held senior roles in the not for profit (NFP) sector since 2001, and is currently the CEO of ethical fundraising agency Clever Contacts. Clever Contacts partners with some of Australia’s most loved and highly regarded for-purpose causes to help raise funds and awareness.

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  • Dr Sonja Dominik

    Dr Dominik works with CSIRO Agriculture and Food at the FD Mc Masters Laboratories located 15 km south of Armidale.

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  • Ms Tracey Jackson

    Tracey Jackson has 20 years’ experience in law enforcement, and for almost 10 years specialised in investigation of child abuse and sex offences in her role as a detective in the Queensland Police Service. She served for 4 years as the Assistant Chief Inspector for RSPCA Qld, managing prosecutions throughout the state to improve court processes and outcomes and increase penalties for animal welfare offences.

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