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International Women's Day Breakfast 2018

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Palladium at Crown, Southbank, Australia




Journalist & Televison Presenter

Stephen Quartermain started his career as a cadet journalist for Leader newspapers before moving to the ABC.

He switched to Channel 10 in December 1984 where he still remains today as its news anchor.

Along the way Stephen has covered most of the world’s biggest sporting events including 3 Olympic and 3 Commonwealth Games.

He also featured on shows like “The Panel” and worked for more than a decade at Triple M.

Stephen was also the main host for Channel 10’s AFL coverage. He has called and hosted more than a dozen grand finals and 5 Brownlow medals. He also works as a private media consultant.


Victorian Ombudsman

Before her appointment as Ombudsman in March 2014, Deborah was Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission of England and Wales, carrying operational responsibility for the IPCC's regional Commissioners.

Deborah is committed to ensuring fair and reasonable decision making in the Victorian public sector, and to improving public administration. She holds a firm belief in public sector integrity and the protection of human rights.


Journalist & Broadcaster

Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and for the BBC's global news network, based in Singapore.

She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China. In her more than two decades as a broadcaster Ali has interviewed key decision makers from a range of companies, industries and political theatres. Her previous roles include ABC China Correspondent, host of Australia's premier late night TV current affairs program (Lateline), and anchor of some of the country's key business news programs (Business Sunday, Lateline Business). She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist and a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.


CEO of Telstra

Andrew (Andy) Penn became Chief Executive Officer on 1 May, 2015 after serving as Telstra's Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International.

Andy is an experienced senior executive with a career spanning almost 40 years. Prior to joining Telstra, Andy was with AXA Asia Pacific for 20 years where he held a number of positions including Group Chief Executive (2006-2011), Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand, Group Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive for Asia and spent time based in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.  Under Andy’s leadership AXA built a successful Asian platform, which was sold to its parent company in 2011 for $10.4bn.

In addition to his business activities, Andy contributes widely to not-for-profit and community organisations. He is Life Governor and Foundation Board member of Very Special Kids.  He is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, The Big Issue Advisory Group, and an Amy Gillet Foundation Ambassador.

He is passionate about the visual arts and supports Telstra’s programmes with the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Art Award.

Andy is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, he has an MBA from Kingston University, London. Andy is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management.


Co-founder Emma & Tom's Food

In late 2003 Emma and her childhood friend Tom Griffith decided to start their own business - nothing really new about that. Like many Australians starting up their own small business they wanted to own and work in something which would be done their way - not someone else's.

Emma and Tom identified that Australians wanted more super-premium, super-tasting juices with nothing added apart from the goodness. As a result, Emma & Tom's Life Juice was born.

Emma has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Melbourne University and an MBA from INSEAD France. She is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Emma spent quite some time in the corporate world, with Cargill, Mars, LEK Consulting and in banking with the National Australia Bank; but her dream had always been to have her own business. She knew she had the knowledge and the passion to create a successful business based on truly premium whole fruit juices and smoothies that Australian's would love.  


Partner Ernst & Young

Adam Fennessy is a partner in Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice, with a focus on government and strategy.  This follows a 20 year career at State and Federal Government level, including over four years at Secretary (CEO) level.

In Government, Adam was Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) from January 2015 to June 2017. He led the organisation in creating liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria while maintaining the State’s world class liveability.  Prior to this, Adam was Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, from April 2013 to December 2014.
Adam was appointed as a member of the inaugural Victorian Male Champions of Change group in 2015, and led change to embed gender equity across DELWP and areas of state government.  Adam was appointed to the inaugural board of Infrastructure Victoria, and served on the board of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).  Adam is currently serving on the advisory councils of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.
Adam lives in Bendigo with his partner and young family, which gives him a unique perspective of the opportunities and challenges across regional areas of Victoria and Australia.


Businesswoman & Media Personality

Husna Pasha is a Melbourne based business woman, author, media personality, stand-up comedian and public speaker. She’s funny, smart, brave and outspoken and she’s attracting bigger and bigger audiences to her great mission - to create happier people.

Husna is an Indian Australia, raised in Tasmania by her hard working parents, a mother of two, a wife and a Muslim woman. She embodies the true face of Australian life and culture - globally connected, female, educated, experienced and aspirational.

After becoming a Guest Host on The Project and appeared numerous times in the media due to an initiative called 'Speed date a Muslim,' Husna has successfully raised her profile and is now speaking at many events to motivate and inspire people to take the right step forward in their lives.

She started her own live on stage talk show in 2015 with the aim of empowering people through entertainment. It’s the only show of its kind in Australia and is set to take the country by storm!!

The show, has been very successful with a full house of 220 people in January and July 2017. The shows have raised funds for suicide prevention as the mission of the show is to ‘bridge the gap between humans by creating happier people!’
As a result of this success, she was approached by ABC Compass to do a documentary on her life and talk show which was aired on September 30th 2017.