Keynote speakers for the 25th annual Conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics.
Wednesday September 5
Ethics of localisation in humanitarian crises: action, voice and advocacy
The drive towards localisation of humanitarian practice is strong, and for good reason, but practice does not always follow the ideal. In this session, two practitioners reflect on the challenges of localisation in the refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh, where over 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from persecution in Myanmar. In particular they consider the challenges of truly localising under the pressure of humanitarian crisis.
Aimé has recently returned from his RedR Australia and Australia Assists deployment, serving on the United Nations humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis at the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Aimé is also a PhD student at the University of Sydney researching post-conflict reconstruction challenges in post-war societies, particularly on negotiating hybrid norms of peacebuilding and statebuilding. Aimé’s extensive experience includes previously worked for the UN Mission in Liberia; work on transitional justice processes in Cambodia, East Timor, South Africa and Rwanda; and for the Australian Government’s overseas aid program (AusAID) on various country desks including Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Pakistan, and North Korea.
An experienced humanitarian professional Megan has deployed to emergencies in Bangladesh, Kenya, Slovenia and the Philippines working in the areas of coordination and child protection in emergencies, recently returning from a deployment with RedR Australia and Australia Assists to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. Megan has a Masters of International Development from RMIT University.
Director of International Programs, RedR Australia
Thursday September 6
From Yes Minister to Utopia: The ethical challenge of climate change
Chair, Environment Institute, University of Adelaide
Experienced Chief Executive. Senior public servant in State, Commonwealth and UK governments. National Telstra Business Women’s Award winner 2012. International spokesperson on Climate Change and renewable energy transitions. International Women’s Forum Australia.
Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group
Friday 7 September
Technology and Human Rights
This event will explore on how Human Rights Watch is using new technologies to document human rights abuses. Hear how Human Rights Watch is using satellite imagery, drones and AI to corroborate field research, unearth new evidence, and effect change in countries including Burma, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and beyond. The session will include a forward-looking discussion on the expanding toolkit of technologies available to human rights activists to prove abuses and to hold perpetrators to account.
Director of Geospatial Analysis, Human Rights Watch Geneva
Josh Lyons conducts satellite imagery analysis to support human rights investigations in a wide range of countries, including in recent years Burma, Syria, Iraq, DRC, Sudan and Somalia. Before joining HRW in 2012, Mr. Lyons was the principal analyst of the UN’s operational satellite applications program (UNITAR/UNOSAT) responsible for the overall research, development and production of satellite-based reports in support of humanitarian operations during natural disasters and armed conflicts. Mr. Lyons has directly contributed to a number of international investigations, including the Goldstone Report in 2009, the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka in 2011, and the UN’s Commission of Inquiry report on Syria. Before joining the UN, he worked for a number of international organizations and NGOs in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Indonesia. Mr. Lyons has master’s degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), and Geographic Information Science from University College London (UCL).
Prof Michelle Gee
Director, Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre, RMIT