Speakers 2017-10-24T12:56:37+00:00


We will continue to add to this list as we confirm speakers for the Technology Safety Summit.

Keynote Speakers

  • Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety Commissioner
  • Celeste Liddle
  • Noelle Martin, Survivor and Advocate
  • Julie Oberin, Chair WESNET
  • Andrew Scott, Head of Technology within Telstra’s Chief Technology Office.
  • Cindy Southworth, founder of the SafetyNet Project, Executive Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence.


  • Samantha Yorke, Google
  • Jason Holandsjo, Telstra
  • Mia Garlick, Facebook
  • Amanda Karpeles, Safe Tag
  • Jasmeet Kaur, Uber
  • Andrew Scott, Telstra

Technology Safety Experts

  • Karen Bentley, National Director, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Heidi Guldbaek, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Kaofeng Lee, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Erica Olsen, Director Safety Net, National Network to End Domestic Violence


  • Maya Avdibegovic, Family Safety Victoria
  • Helen Campbell, Women’s Legal Service NSW
  • Maria Dimopoulos, MyriaD Consultants
  • Detective Bryan Franke, C2Solutions
  • Inspector Regan Carr, QLD Police
  • Acting Superintendent Marc Hogen, QLD Police
  • Rina Garner, 1800Respect
  • Emily Maguire, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Bonnie Millen, Women with Disabilities
  • Manjula O’Connor
  • Leanne Sinclair, Victoria Legal Aid


  • Nicola Henry, RMIT
  • Mohammed Ayyoob Ahamed Hamza, University of New South Wales

Maya Avdibegovic, Strategic Advisor, Sector and Diversity, Family Safety Victoria

Maya Avdibegovic is the Strategic Advisor, Sector & Diversity at Family Safety Victoria, the first government agency dedicated to ending family violence. The agency is leading the implementation of many of the government’s family violence reforms including establishing and operationalising 17 Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria, establishing a Central Information Point, which will allow police, courts and government services to track perpetrators and keep victims safe and establishing and housing the new Centre for Workforce Excellence to build workforce capacity and capability in partnership with the sector.

Maya was born in Bosnia and graduated from Sarajevo University. She fled war-torn Bosnia in 1992 and lived in Germany for three years before migrating to Australia in 1995.

Maya is MBA qualified and highly skilled in strategic and business planning, innovation, operational, financial and change management.

From 2009 t0 2107 as the CEO of inTouch, Multicultural Centre against Family Violence, she transformed the organisation from its grassroots level to becoming a national leading agency.

Being a refugee and a migrant herself, Maya is passionate about supporting migrant women and their families to settle in Australia and have equitable access to services.

Karen Bentley, National Director SafetyNet Australia, WESNET

Karen Bentley is the National Director of Safety Net Australia, WESNET, which examines the intersection between domestic violence and technology. Karen helped establish the program in Australia in 2011 by working with the US-based Safety Net program. A tech enthusiast and strong women’s advocate, she combines both passions to lead and manage WESNET’s work on technology safety. Major projects include the WESNET-Telstra Safe Connections program, which provides smartphones to women impacted by domestic and family violence; and the Safe Technology for Women project that provides advanced technology safety training to frontline agencies.

Karen has been working with the violence against women sector for nearly 20 years. Karen’s career began in the Australian Public Service where she worked in different departments over 14 years, including as a senior executive in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she managed the Partnership Against Domestic Violence program. She went on to run a successful management consultancy business for 10 years, working predominantly with government and NGOs. She has held board positions in domestic/family violence or sexual assault services. Between 2008-2012 she also worked in a high security women’s refuge in central Victoria.

Helen Campbell, Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Services NSW

Helen Campbell is the Executive Officer of Women’s Legal Service NSW, a state-wide specialist community legal centre for women. She is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the community and public sectors. In addition to her legal qualifications she is a Master of Women’s Studies and holds a Diploma in Frontline Management.

In 2011 she obtained funding to establish an online legal support service for community workers assisting women escaping domestic violence. This innovative model, now known as Ask LOIS, is now an effective way of connecting with workers in rural regional and remote areas, with over 200 active members. Ask LOIS is free to join here: http://www.asklois.org.au

In 2014 she received a grant from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network to research and produce information guides, training and resources to assist women experiencing technology-facilitated stalking and abuse. These resources can be accessed here: http://www.smartsafe.org.au/legal-guides

Maria Dimopoulos, Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants

Maria Dimopoulos is the Chair of the National Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance. She is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert specialising in the intersections of cultural diversity, gender equality and the law. As Managing Director at MyriaD Consultants, she has had extensive experience in policy formulation for Government, research for social planning and in community education. Much of Maria’s work has been aimed at promoting and enhancing cultural diversity and gender informed approaches in the ongoing complex legal and political reform processes and in ensuring the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in those reform processes. She also continues to deliver judicial education programs across Australia. Maria’s expert contributions have included knowledge provision and advisory roles in access and equity, multiculturalism, gender justice, advocacy, bridging and supporting participation in mainstream processes, coordination, capacity-building, and piloting innovative projects. In 2008, she was appointed by the Federal government to the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. The Council provided expert advice to Government on reducing the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and sexual assault on women and their children and was tasked with the development and distribution of a National Plan of Action. Maria was also a member of the Access and Equity Inquiry Panel which reported to Government in 2012 on the accessibility of government services to multicultural Australia.

Detective Brian Franke, President and Founder 2C Solutions, LLC

Detective Bryan Franke is a 29-year veteran of the Longmont Police Department. He is currently assigned to, and was instrumental in forming, the Cyber Crimes Unit, as well as the development of the Boulder County Computer Forensics Lab; a combined computer forensics lab made up of personnel from four agencies. He has been qualified as an expert witness multiple times. Detective Franke has performed forensic examinations on computers, cell phones, GPS units and other portable devices such as tablets, external HDD and various types of flash storage. He is the President and Founder of 2C Solutions, LLC; an organization dedicated to training other professionals on how to investigate, prosecute, and proactively monitor the use of technology by probation clients, as well as how to deal with various digital crime/technology based investigations. 2C Solutions, LLC

Mia Garlick, Director of Policy, Australia & NZ, Facebook

Mia’s role at Facebook means that she often finds herself explaining Facebook’s policies & products and providing best practice tips to a wide range of people, all informed by a healthy amount of time spent on the platform following people, businesses and interests. She’s excited to join us to share some of these insights and hear your questions.

Rina Garner, Project Manager, 1800Respect

Rina Garner is the Project Manager for 1800RESPECT Marketing and Digital. In the three years that Rina has been with 1800RESPECT she has managed a range of digital content projects and been an integral part of the developing the new, trauma-informed website. 1800RESPECT has a range of digital resources, including website, online service directory and the Daisy app. Rina will be speaking about the development of Daisy and the service it provides to people experiencing violence and abuse. Rina has a background in specialist writing, particularly in the digital context, as well as a social science degree in women’s health that she brings to her role as Project Manager for 1800RESPECT.

Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant was appointed as the eSafety Commissioner in January 2017.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.

Heidi Guldbaek, National Trainer, WESNET

Heidi Guldbaek is a National Trainer for the Safety Net Project at WESNET, where she provides education and expert consultation to practitioners on technology-safety issues that impact survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Heidi contributes to technology safety curriculum and content, and advocates for the needs of survivors in policy development and legal reform.

Heidi has worked in the anti-violence against women sector as an educator, advocate and activist since 2007. Prior to joining WESNET, Heidi worked towards overcoming women’s structural oppression and injustice in her role as the National Law Reform Coordinator for Women’s Legal Service Australia. She has extensive experience in working with victims and victim advocates to ensure that the voices of women escaping violence are heard in policy, program and legislation development.

Heidi is also a member of the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition; an international coalition of practitioners and survivors. She serves on the Mandatory Training and Prevention Education Sub-Committee, working to advance a grass-roots driven international convention on the prevention of violence against women.

Heidi has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Master of Human Rights degree.

Ayyoob Hamza

Ayyoob Hamza received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to his research career, he worked at WSO2 Inc. as a Senior Software Engineer. He was one of the pioneers of WSO2’s IoT Server. His research interests include Internet of Things, security, distributed systems, computer vision and software-defined networks.

Dr Nicola Henry

Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University. Her research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of gendered violence, including legal and non-legal responses to addressing and preventing violence. Her current research is focused on technology-facilitated sexual violence, and image-based sexual abuse. Nicola is the lead Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and lead Chief Investigator of a Criminology Research Council project on image-based sexual abuse in Australia. Her research with colleagues Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Asher Flynn has led to law reform on image-based sexual abuse in multiple Australian jurisdictions.

Nicola has published widely in the gendered violence field, including the following books: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice (2011: Routledge); Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (2014: Palgrave Macmillan); Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017; Palgrave Macmillan), as well as numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Marc Hogan, Acting Superintendent, QPS, Gold Coast Police

In late 2015 a number of very tragic domestic violence deaths occurred at the Gold Coast. National attention became focused on domestic and family violence and the new emerging environment required new approaches. The Queensland Police Service (QPS), Gold Coast Police District established a taskforce, embracing relationships for collaboration across government and non-government agencies and groups.

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan established the taskforce in January of 2016. In the time since, the taskforce has established an unblemished reputation as being innovative, progressive and a leader in the provision of high end services for treating complex social harm environments. Success has been achieved in developing sound approaches around working to negate the impacts of advancements in technology and in understanding the role of policing in this area.  Taskforce programs and systems have saved lives and have provided greater safety for victims.

Marc holds a Master of Leadership and Management and other formal qualifications. He has completed the Queensland Social Leadership Australia program and has served as a board member with non-government organisations involved in substance rehabilitation and health services.

Jason Holandsjo, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Telstra

Jason is the Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Telstra. He is responsible for setting and managing the overall Telstra compliance monitoring and reporting framework, as well as direct accountability for the Privacy, Ethics, Competition and Data Compliance programs.

Previously, Jason was the Chief Compliance Officer for the Toll Group, managing the design and implementation of Toll’s global compliance program, including its privacy program, across Toll’s operations in 55 countries.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University. He practised as a solicitor in a regulatory environment at ASIC and APRA and in private practice at Hall & Wilcox. Prior to joining Toll, he practised in-house at UniSuper and Australian Unity as part of their senior management teams in Operations.

Amanda Karpeles, Director and CEO, Raise Digital Management

Amanda is the Director and CEO of Raise Digital Management and a lawyer and business leader with 20 years legal acumen advising ASX listed corporations, SMEs and individuals in WHS and injury law. Amanda has a degree in psychology and a strong sense of justice and integrity. Amanda is using her unique experience and skills developed during her forensic investigation of over a thousand injuries to disrupt what it means to be safe.

By deconstructing assumptions that plague traditional approaches used to keep people safe in a workplace, Amanda seeks to make safety something that is available to everyone when they need it. With this in mind she has developed the SafeTag Emergency Messaging App.

Having recently obtained a Masters in OHS with Distinction Amanda has launched into using technology and smart phone software as a solution – proactively scaffolding people before things go wrong to be sure people everywhere can get real help sooner. Harnessing technology, Amanda seeks to empower the people to be more involved in their own safety. SafeTag App is the first module in a powerful tool designed to deliver rapid and relevant communication. Amanda has recently launched her group manager dashboard to drive SafeTag further, the first step to achieving her ultimate vision of helping to save lives and reduce injuries.

Kaofeng Lee, National Trainer, WESNET

Kaofeng Lee is a National Trainer for WESNET Safety Net Australia, where she provides education and expert consultation to practitioners on technology-safety issues that impact survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kaofeng develops technology safety curriculum, writes resource guides for practitioners and survivors of abuse, and has trained more 10,000 practitioners in the United States, Australia, and internationally on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety.

Prior to joining WESNET, Kaofeng was a Deputy Director of the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Safety Net Project. In her nine and a half years with NNEDV, Kaofeng worked with victim service providers, technology companies, and policymakers to improve safety and privacy for victims of intimate partner abuse. She has written Congressional testimony, administrative regulatory comments, and participated on committees that address privacy, technology, and safety.

Kaofeng’s previous professional experience included working as a bilingual advocate for a local domestic violence program, editing for a publications and design agency, and providing project management for a top 5 accounting firm, where she learned that listening is most important, the Oxford comma should reign supreme, and obsessing over details is totally okay. Kaofeng has a Masters in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State University.

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist in June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications. Along with Daily Life (Fairfax), Celeste’s work has been seen in The Guardian, New Matilda, Tracker Magazine and others, and she has contributed chapters to anthologies such as Pan Macmillan’s Mothers and Others.

Celeste is also an accomplished panellist and public speaker. She has appeared at the Bendigo Writers’ Festival, All About Women, Women of the World, Cherchez La Femme and a number of others. She has been a regular voice on radio as well, in particular giving comment to the National Indigenous Radio Service, CAAMA and ABC Radio National. In 2016, she delivered the International Women’s Day Address for the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and also gave the Molly Hadfield Oration for the City of Darebin.

Celeste has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in theatre and drama from La Trobe University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Arts (political sciences mainly) from the University of Melbourne.

In her time both writing and speaking, Celeste has gained a certain notoriety and a fair bit of praise for delivering tough topics in concise and accessible ways. Mixing a bit of anecdote and humour as she goes along, Celeste takes her lead from many amazing Indigenous thinkers who have inspired her along the way.

Noelle Martin, Survivor Activist

Noelle Martin is currently completing her Law/Arts degree at Macquarie University. She has worked as a chess teacher and tutored in public speaking and English. She is a survivor of around 5 years of image-based abuse and sextortion.

After years of abuse, she spoke out publicly about her experiences and her story reverberated around the world. Since speaking out, she has contributed in some small way to the criminalisation of image-based abuse in NSW and to a potential Commonwealth civil penalty regime that could help combat image-based abuse.

Noelle is now an activist who uses her voice and story to raise awareness about image-based abuse, and to fight for justice and change for victims.

She hopes to one day work in the area of social justice, women’s rights or human rights.

Emily Maguire, CEO, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Emily Maguire is the CEO of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), a statewide resource centre supporting workers and families to help stop family violence.

Prior to leading DVRCV, Emily worked at Our Watch where she was involved in writing the National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children. She also designed and led Our Watch’s innovative new Respectful Relationships Education in Schools project being established across over 20 schools in Victoria, and managed a range of other violence prevention initiatives targeting workplaces and capital city local governments.

In 2014, Emily led the development of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national workplace sexual harassment campaign, Know Where the Line Is, and has also previously worked at VicHealth where she managed a range of initiatives including the Creating Healthy Workplaces: Y Respect Gender project and VicHealth’s innovative workplace focused Bystander Intervention Pilot Project.

Julie Oberin, National Chair, WESNET

Julie Oberin is the CEO of Annie North Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service in regional Victoria, Australia.  She has worked in the domestic and family violence sector for more than 25 years. Julie has published, delivered conference papers nationally and internationally on domestic and family violence and homelessness, and undertaken important research on women’s domestic and family violence services across Australia.  She is an experienced practitioner both working with women and children who have experienced violence, and also with men who have used violence against family members.

Julie is the National Chair of WESNET (the Women’s Services Network), Australia’s leading women’s organisation working on the elimination of domestic and family violence. She is also the contract manager of AWAVA, the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance. Julie currently chairs or sits on a range of other committees and boards including the Victorian Statewide Steering Committee to prevent violence against women and their children; Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Family Violence Advisory Committee; Regional Chair delegate on the Victorian Statewide Family Violence Advisory Committee; and Australian Board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters.

She was a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Violence Against Women and co-chaired the Technology Round Tables. Julie also regularly attends the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and has presented at several side events on technology-facilitated abuse and its intersection with violence against women.

Erica Olsen, Safety Net Project Director, NNEDV

Erica Olsen is the Director of the Safety Net Project at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Since joining NNEDV in 2007, Erica has advocated on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence by educating and advocating victim service providers, policy makers, and technology companies on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has provided trainings to technologists, attorneys, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other practitioners in the United States and internationally. Erica leads the team’s ongoing efforts to address how technology impacts survivors’ safety and privacy.

Erica’s prior work at the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence included writing curriculum and training statewide on a project focusing on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. She also worked in local domestic violence and homeless shelter/housing programs, conducted research on welfare reform initiatives, taught GED classes for individuals who were court ordered into a mental health facility, and participated in several international social work programs. Erica has a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.

Andrew Scott, Head of Technology, Telstra

Andrew is the Head of Technology within Telstra’s Chief Technology Office, and has been deeply involved in the telecommunications industry for over twenty years. During his career he has built software for an Internet Fridge, developed games for smartphones, led technology strategy for mobile wallets, and initiated Telstra’s social network monitoring product. Currently, his team assesses new technologies from 5G to Augmented Reality to IoT and develops long-term strategy for Telstra. He is regularly asked to speak to customers and at conferences about technology trends and their impacts.

Leanne Sinclair, Associate Director, Victoria Legal Aid

Leanne Sinclair is the Associate Director Family Violence Response at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and is responsible for leading VLA’s whole of organisation efforts to implement reform and innovation in family violence service delivery for the benefit of clients affected by family violence and of the community as a whole. Leanne is leading VLA’s response to the recommendations for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and provides advice in relation to strategy, policy, legal issues and priorities relating to the provision of legal services as well as designing and implementing projects to improve services.

Previously, as Program Manager Family Violence at VLA, Leanne was responsible for managing VLA’s family violence services, coordinating and advising on law reform directions and strategic advocacy priorities as well as managing family violence projects throughout the state.

Leanne contributes to and sits on state wide law reform committees and stakeholder reference groups with the Department of Justice and Regulation. Leanne undertakes legal file work, provides family violence and family law duty lawyer services and acts as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in commonwealth parenting disputes, representing the best interests of children.

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President, NNEDV

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).  She joined NNEDV in 2002 after founding the Safety Net Project in 2000 to address technology and violence against women. Ms. Southworth has worked closely with over 30 corporate leaders including 3M, Airbnb, Avon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Verizon. She has presented internationally in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, and at the United Nations. She makes frequent media appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and other major radio, television, and print media outlets.

Through the Safety Net Project, Ms. Southworth works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has presented over 500 trainings to more than 43,000 advocates, technologists, corporate employees, and justice professionals, including over 50 international presentations and keynote addresses. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety.

Ms. Southworth has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She is a founding board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and co-led the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in February 2012. She has spent the past 19 years focusing on how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth serves on the Trust/Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Sam Yorke, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google

Sam works in Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Australia, with a focus on privacy, safety and security.  She is an accredited mediator, technology lawyer and policy advisor with almost twenty years experience working within the digital media and technology sectors both in Europe and Australia.

Prior to joining Google, Sam established the regulatory function at the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Australia and worked as General Counsel and Asia Pacific Legal Director for Yahoo!’s Australian business.   Sam also spent ten years working in London as a corporate attorney for Microsoft where she supported the MSN business through a period of exponential growth and contributed to the launch of the Xbox consoles across Europe.

Sam has acted as a media spokesperson and is a regular public speaker on trends and challenges affecting the digital industry.