ADA Copyright Forum 2018 - Speakers

Sam Ahlin

Director, Copyright Law Section, Department of Communications and the Arts

Sam Ahlin is a Director in the Copyright Law Section of the Department of Communications and the Arts. He is responsible for providing support and advice to the Australian Government on copyright policy issues.

He has extensive experience and achievements in developing and implementing reforms to Australia’s copyright, privacy and criminal laws. He is currently working on implementing key aspects of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s report on Intellectual Property Arrangements. He has played a key role in developing copyright enforcement provisions, including website-blocking measures, and in implementing copyright obligations under free trade agreements, including the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

He has represented Australia and presented at a number of international conferences and seminars, and regularly presents to visiting foreign delegations in Australia on copyright issues.

Elliott Bledsoe

Copyright Officer, Australian Digital Alliance

Elliott Bledsoe is ADA's Copyright Officer. He has more than 10 years experience working in the arts. He has held marketing and communications positions at a number of organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, ABC RN at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Queensland Writers Centre. He has a strong interest in copyright and creative practice and worked at the Creative Commons Australia project. He also runs Agentry, a communications agency delivering tailored solutions for individual arts practitioners and small-to-medium arts organisations and groups.

Paula Bray

DX Lab Leader, DX Labs, State Library of New South Wales

Paula is the DX Lab Leader at the State Library of NSW. Paula develops, manages and promotes an innovation laboratory, driving experimentation based on new and existing technologies. The DX Lab is a place where innovation and collaboration are explored. Paula is responsible for delivering creative, engaging and new ways to explore the Library’s collections, data and services through a diverse range of digital experiences. The DX Lab is a place for creative partnerships with digital peers, cultural heritage organisations, students, researchers, artists and creators.

Delia Browne

National Copyright Director, National Copyright Unit (NCU), Copyright Advisory Group, COAG Education Council

Delia Browne is the national copyright director of the National Copyright Unit (NCU), Copyright Advisory Group, COAG Education Council. Delia is a highly respected copyright lawyer and policy advocate. She is currently leading the advocacy for the introduction of flexible fair use and other education related copyright law reform on on behalf of the Schools and TAFE sector.

She is the Education sector Lead of Creative Commons Australia and works closely with Creative Commons, Open Society Institute and many other international organisations advocating OER and copyright law reform. She is one of the co- drafters of the Cape Town Declaration on Open Education and one of the co- founders and President of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU).

Dinesh Burah


Dinesh Burah specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the Manager Information and Education Services at VisAbility WA.

Dinesh is an experienced senior manager with more than 20 years’ experience both in public, private and not for profit sectors in Australia and New Zealand. This includes change management, project management, service delivery, account & relationship management, budget management (incl P & L) and business development.

Dinesh’s skills are supported by a strong technical background in project management, IT software development, system administration and operations management.

With a Degree in Business Computing from New Zealand, post graduate certificate in Management from Macquarie University in Sydney and project management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Dinesh is a recognised leader in business process outsourcing.

Seb Chan

Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Seb Chan is ACMI’s Chief Experience Officer. Prior to this he led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011-2015) and drove the Powerhouse Museum's pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience during the 2000s. He has also worked as a museum consultant with institutions across North America, Europe and Asia; and was a member of the Australian Government's Gov2.0 taskforce. His work has won awards from American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company and Core77. He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, in College of Design and Social Context at RMIT. He also leads a parallel life in digital art and electronic music.

Jessica Coates

Executive Officer, Australian Digital Alliance

Jessica Coates is a copyright and communications policy expert with 15 years of experience working in Australia and overseas. She previously worked as the Global Network Manager of Creative Commons. In this role she worked out of its San Francisco HQ to support the activities of its international community and represent CC in discussions globally. Prior to joining CC, Jessica spent time as the Project Manager of Creative Commons Australia and the Creative Commons Clinic, a research program at the Queensland University of Technology. She has also had stints working as a copyright and broadcasting policy adviser for the Australian government and Australia’s commercial television broadcasters, as well as an academic, lecturer and educator. She has a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (English Hons) from the Australian National University.

Julia Mant

Archives and Records Manager, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Julia Mant is Archives and Records Manager at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She has been working in educational archives since 1999, first at Tranby Aboriginal College, then from 2004 to 2012 at the University of Sydney Archives. Julia has a BA (Hons I) from the UNSW (majoring in History and Theatre) and has a Graduate Diploma in Science (Information Services) from Edith Cowan University and Graduate Diploma in Applied Intellectual Property from the UNSW. Julia is the current President of the Australian Society of Archivists, and has served on the ASA Council since October 2013​.

Roxanne Missingham

University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University

Roxanne Missingham is University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University. She was previously Parliamentary Librarian and Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division, National Library of Australia. She has a long career in libraries and IT focused on the development of digital delivery and digital services. Formerly President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), she is currently a member of the CAUL Executive. She has published more than 180 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.

Professor Jill McKeough

University of Technology Sydney

Professor Jill McKeough was Commissioner in charge of the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy, 2012-2013. Before joining the ALRC Professor McKeough was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) from 2005. Professor McKeough is a highly experienced researcher and has written and taught primarily in intellectual property (copyright, designs, patents, trademarks, confidential information, biotechnology and indigenous cultural heritage) as well as torts, commercial law, legal system and legal history. Professor McKeough’s many publications include Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials, Thomson LBC (with Professor Kathy Bowrey and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS) and Intellectual Property in Australia, Lexis Nexis (with Professor Andrew Stewart of Flinders University and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS). Professor McKeough has held a number of Board positions and until her appointment to the ALRC was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) and served for 6 years as a member of the professional Standards Board of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

Professor Ruth Okediji

The Jeremiah Smith. Jr Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center

Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She teaches contracts, international intellectual property (IP), copyright, and other courses on law and development, and Christian Legal Studies. She has written widely on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, global knowledge governance, and sustainable development. Her current research focuses on the regulation of publicly funded technologies, the protection of traditional knowledge, and the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and copyright law.

Professor Okediji is internationally renowned and cited for her work on copyright and the public interest, and on the design and implementation of IP norms in developing and least-developed countries. She has advised governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America on copyright reform efforts to address issues of access to knowledge, TRIPS compliance, and inclusive innovation policies. Professor Okediji was a member of the United States National Academies' Board on Science, Technology and Policy Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era, and she served as the lead technical negotiator for the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (Marrakesh VIP Treaty). In 2015, Professor Okediji was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to the High Level Panel on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines. In that same year, Managing IP recognized her as one of the world’s 50 influential leaders in the field.

Professor Okediji is chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources at the International Law Research Program of the Centre for International Innovation Governance (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada. A recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research and mentoring, Professor Okediji currently serves as president of Order of the Coif, and she is on the Board of Creative Commons and IP-Watch. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and an Editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property Law.

Professor Okediji is a co-author of the leading casebook, Copyright Law in a Global Information Economy (Aspen, 4th edition 2015), and of The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her most recent book, Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

John O’Mahony

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

John specialises in the digital economy and how it is changing business, government and everyday life. He leads a range of research projects including economic contribution reports, cost benefit analyses, and business change projects. As a former journalist and Senior Economic Adviser to two Prime Ministers, he is also a regular media commentator and undertakes government policy analyses.

Dr Kylie Pappalardo

Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Kylie Pappalardo researches in intellectual property and innovation law, focusing primarily on the intersection between copyright and creativity, and the role and regulation of technology intermediaries. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ARC Discovery Project, “Inventing the Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing.”

Kylie is a Lecturer in the Law School at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, where she leads the research program on copyright law and creative communities. She holds degrees in Law and Creative Writing from QUT, a Masters of Law from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and a PhD from the Australian Catholic University. Her doctoral thesis examined the regulation of internet service providers for online copyright infringement.

Kylie has been a senior researcher with the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project and with Creative Commons Australia. She has also worked with the Arts Law Centre of Queensland and served on the board of Youth Arts Queensland.

Jonny Roses

Policy and Public Affairs Lawyer, Interactive Games and Entertainment Association

Jonny Roses is the Policy & Public Affairs Lawyer for the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). Jonny joined IGEA from Ernst & Young, where he worked as a consultant within the advisory practice, working closely with government departments and agencies to improve their performance, particularly with regards to people, organisation and change, finance and customer relations. Prior to this, Jonny worked as a finance officer within Australia’s department of immigration and border protection. He graduated from the Australian National University with a bachelors in laws and finance.

At IGEA, Jonny leads IGEA’s policy, public advocacy and government outreach work, regularly writing submissions for government inquiries that impact the Australian and New Zealand video games industry. While he deals with a wide range of areas of law, Jonny’s policy work heavily focuses on classification, intellectual property, gambling, consumer law and immigration. Recently, Jonny’s biggest focus has been driving IGEA’s lobbying of the Australian Government to introduce funding, tax breaks and other support mechanisms for current and future games developers in the country.

Sarah Runcie

Manager, Strategy and Policy, Australian Publishers Association

Sarah is Manager of Strategy and Policy at the Australian Publishers Association (APA). Sarah has worked in film and television production, arts administration, and communications. Sarah is the key contact for publishers on issues from copyright to curriculum and the liaison with other organisations involved in our policy issues. Since joining the APA in 2014, Sarah has been responsible for all issues relating to accessibility. Sarah initiated the Marrakesh Treaty Forum in 2016.

Tony Starkey

Government Relations & Accessibility, The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)

Tony has been an advocate for the blindness sector for over 30 years. Tony is currently employed by the Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia in the area of Government and Public Policy, Accessibility, client Consultation. Previously Tony’s career has been in IT, Marketing and Fundraising and Service Development.

Tony is the current vice Chair-Policy of the Australian Blindness Forum-Peak Body for the Blindness Sector.

Jessica Stevens

Queensland University of Technology

Jessica Stevens is a PhD Candidate in Intellectual Property and Innovation law at QUT. Her research focuses on open access to knowledge, human flourishing and open publishing models. Jessica is a member of Creative Commons Australia and is an advocate for Open Access and Open Education.

Anthea Taylor

Manager Accessible Information Library Services, Vision Australia

Anthea Taylor is the Manager, Accessible Information Library Services at Vision Australia. Prior to joining VA in 2013 she has held library, copyright and knowledge management positions in public, school and TAFE libraries. Her mission is to connect people to the right information and the right time. As an advocate for equity of access for people with a print disability, she is a standing committee member of the International Federation of Library Associations Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilites section and a Board member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Accessible Book Consortium.

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