Judy Brooker (Director of Learning, ALIA)
Judy Brooker is the Director of Learning at the Australian Library and Information Association; she joined the ALIA National office team in 2008 in a research position. Judy has studied at UNE, Monash, RMIT, UQ and USQ and has been a Public Library Branch Manager and a Reference Librarian at the National Library of Australia, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and at the Australian National University.

Judy has been an Associate Member of ALIA since 1979 and has been active in a number of group committees as convenor, treasurer and secretary. Her passion for the profession has led to her interest in Library and Information Science education and professional development. She is a committee member of the IFLA MLAS and Chair of the Business Services IRC.

Jean-Francois Desvignes-Hicks (Solution Consultant, Scientific and Academic Research, Clarivate Analytics)
My name is Jean-François Desvignes, I live, work, and study in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). I am a Solutions Consultant for Clarivate analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters’ IP & Science). In 2015, I was awarded IP & Science solution specialist of the year. I work with research organisations and policy makers to better understand their research outputs and research trends. I also work with clients across Australasia to build skills across the “scientific and Academic Research” solutions (such as Web of Science and InCites), often referred as ‘scientometrics’ information.

Before joining Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics, I was a senior project manager in the Science division of the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA, formerly DEEDI, www.science.qld.gov.au) and an advisor to the Forum for European-Australian Science & Technology Cooperation. With my team in DSITIA, we developed partnerships across Queensland and with international organisations. I was involved in the development of investment programs under the umbrella of Queensland Smart State Strategy. In addition, I have been the Australian National Contact Point (NCP) in the 7th EU Framework Programme (FP7).

From my successive roles, I developed a solid understanding of science drivers and research policy trends at a global level. I have a strong interest in using novel tools to analyse research capabilities and impact. The extensive network I developed, gives me a fantastic resource to create significant partnerships in the Asia Pacific region and Europe. From a series of successful participation in the EU Framework Programmes, I developed a unique expertise in EU projects, specialising in the technical issues facing funding programs. Prior to 2010 in Canberra, I was FEAST’s deputy director and I worked in CSIRO’s international and government engagement team.

Rosalia da Garcia (Managing Director, SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific)
As the Managing Director and Head of Sales & Marketing, SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, Rosalia is responsible for the strategic direction of textbook and library sales, as well as development and marketing within the Asia Pacific region. Her role also involves cooperating with our partners and about the future of big data and publishing including Open Access. Rosalia also sits on the board of directors of SAGE Asia-Pacific. She is passionate about publishing and which she sees as a means of educating the future leaders and researchers of the world.

Rosalia has previously worked for McGraw Hill, Pearson Education, Wiley and Elsevier and has experience in various aspects of publishing; from customer service and acquiring journals, books and journals/library sales to marketing and foreign rights management.

Dr Julia Kuehns (Liaison Librarian Research, Arts, University of Melbourne)
Julia has been working as Research Liaison Librarian (Arts) since mid-2015. Previously she worked as a cataloguer, library service officer, and collection manager, as well as in a number of editorial roles. A serial collector of university degrees, amongst other qualifications she holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow (where her doctoral research explored the textual transmission and manuscript tradition of an Early Modern Irish death tale, Oidheadh Con Culainn). Julia is a passionate Zotero user and was excited to discover that Google Scholar recently indexed her first citation, officially giving her an h-index.

Ingrid Mason (Deployment Strategist, AARNet)
Ingrid Mason is a research data and digital cultural heritage sector technologist, librarian, deployment strategist, and data specialist. Ingrid leads change associated with digital transformation and manages online and software development projects for academic researchers and cultural sector practitioners. She is also a self-professed metadata nerd and digital curator that has found a work-space that satisfies her interests in culture and society, humanities research, informatics, software and the web.

Charis Palmer (Deputy Editor, The Conversation)
Charis Palmer is the Deputy Editor The Conversation. She joined as News Editor in 2012 after working as editor of Business Spectator, where she was also founding editor of Technology Spectator. She later served as editor of iTnews and has also run her own publishing business focused on the banking sector.

Dr Thomas Shafee (Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science – LIMS)
Dr Shafee is an evolutionary biochemistry researcher at La Trobe University and a Wikimedia Australia ambassador. He also coordinates Wikipedia related activities across his institution and globally. An open access advocate, his recent blog post for the Australian Open Access Support Group outlines some of his work. Dr Shafee is an Editorial Board member for PLoS Genetics and WikiJournal of Medicine

Natasha Simons (Program Leader for Skills, Policy and Resources, ANDS)
Natasha Simons is the Program Leader for Skills, Policy and Resources with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). She works with a variety of people and groups nationally and internationally to improve data management skills, platforms, policies and practices. She is co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation and Deputy Chair of the Australian ORCID Advisory Group. A writer and reviewer of papers related to libraries and research data, Natasha is an Industry Fellow at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Sharron Stapleton (Research Data Librarian, QUT)
Sharron has over twenty years’ experience in information research and management in corporate, academic and government sectors. She is currently Research Data Librarian at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) supporting researchers to manage and publish their data. Sharron also manages Research Data Finder, the university’s public data repository. Along with teaching PhD candidates the Advanced Information Research Skills (AIRS) unit at QUT, Sharron has undertaken a variety of information management and curation projects for researchers, scientists, authors and medical practitioners. When not teaching data management skills she wrangles with learning Data Carpentries skills and has recently certified as a Data Carpentry Instructor.

Ashley Sutherland (Arts Faculty Librarian, The University of Melbourne)
Ashley Sutherland is the Arts Faculty Librarian at the University of Melbourne, leading the team of liaison librarians that support the Arts Faculty in both Research and Learning and Teaching. She has held a number of roles at the University Library: Senior Librarian, Digital Learning Technologies, Liaison Librarian and Professional Library Cadet. Ashley is also a professional musician, and has performed with many orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Kylie Tran (Senior Client Services Librarian, The University of Melbourne)
Kylie is the Senior Client Services Librarian at the University of Melbourne and is responsible for the delivery of client-facing services that support learning, teaching and research activities at the University of Melbourne Library. Kylie has worked in various academic libraries and has a strong interest in librarianship and human rights.