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Keynote speakers

Millie Ingram
Millie Ingram
Ms Ingram is a highly respected Elder born on an Aboriginal reserve in Wiradjuri country in central New South Wales (NSW). She has spent most of her life working life in Redfern fighting for Aboriginal rights at community level, in childcare, employment and education. She currently serves as CEO of Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care Organisation, which strives for excellence and best practice in the provision of culturally appropriate services and quality care for our Elders in their own homes and in the community 

For 13 years from 1982 she worked for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs as Assistant Secretary advising the government on community/state relations and partnerships. She was also an elected Councillor for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for four years representing the Wiradjuri Region of NSW, being the only woman popularly elected by the community on a council of 13 people.


Millie is a Justice of the Peace and was a finalist in the NSW 2010 International Woman of the Year Award which was celebrated on 8th March 2010. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” in 2010 for the electorate of Heffron, held by The Hon. Kristina Keneally, MP.

Bruce BonyhadyBruce Bonyhady AM

An economist by training, who began his career in the Australian Treasury, Mr Bonyhady has spearheaded the campaign, over the past 7 years, for a government funded National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia.

His work has included helping to develop a national campaign, called Every Australian Counts, which has attracted over 150,000 supporters, speaking to thousands of people across Australia, meeting with Ministers, Parliamentarians and public servants across Australia and contributing to a number of Government Inquiries and Committees.

Based on the work of the Disability Investment Group, of which Bruce was a Member, the case was referred to the Australian Productivity Commission. Bruce was appointed Co-Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts advising the Commission inquiry and, then, Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Select Council on Disability Reform. The NDIS legislation is now before the Federal parliament and is expected to be passed in March 2013.

Disability economics, which can be considered a part of health economics, has been critically important to proving the social, economic and, ultimately, political case for the NDIS.

In the private sector, Mr Bonyhady is Chairman of Acadian Asset Management Australia Limited and a Director of Dexus Wholesale Property Limited. Community positions include: President, Philanthropy Australia; Chairman of Yooralla, one of the largest disability service providers in Australia; and Chairman of the Advisory Panel to Solve!, at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

In June 2010 Mr Bonyhady was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to people with disabilities, their families and carers, particularly as Chairman of Yooralla, and to the community as a contributor to a range of charitable organisations.

Mushtaque ChowdhuryDr. Mushtaque Chowdhury
Mushtaque Chowdhury is the Vice Chair and Adviser to the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization. Previously, he was its Deputy Executive Director, founding Director of the Research and Evaluation Division and founding Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health.

Dr Chowdhury is also a Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York. During 2009-12, he worked as the Senior Adviser to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also served as a MacArthur Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hon’s.) from the University of Dhaka.

Dr. Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan. He is a co-recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA and in 2008 he received the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal. He has wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and environment. Dr. Chowdhury has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals including the International Journal on Education, the Lancet, the Social Science & Medicine, The Scientific American and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of his recent books is From One to Many: Scaling Up Health Programs in Low Income Countries (co-edited with Richard Cash et al.), published in 2011.

Dr Chowdhury is a founder of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watch-dogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organizations and initiatives, including: International Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable International Development at the University of Aberdeen.