2017 Keynote Speakers

The Hon Rob Stokes MP

NSW Minister for Education

Rob Stokes is the NSW Minister for Education. Prior to this appointment, he has served as the Minister for Planning, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast and Assistant Minister for Planning as well as the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Innovation.

Rob was previously a lawyer and academic in environment and planning law, and holds a life-long interest in environmental land use planning, heritage and sustainability.

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

Robert Fitzgerald is currently a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is on leave from the Productivity Commission, where he has been serving as full-time Commissioner since January 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Productivity Commission, Robert was the Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman in New South Wales.

Robert has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services including extensive involvement in numerous not-for-profit agencies. He is inaugural Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board.


The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO

Margaret Beazley attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1989.

 In 1993, her Honour was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal, where she currently sits and is one of the most senior women judges in Australia. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre. Her Honour was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards, to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008, her Honour was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney.

Ms Megan Mitchell

Megan Mitchell is Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, appointed in 2013.

Megan has previous experience in both government and non-government roles in child protection, out-of-home care, youth justice, disability, and early childhood services. Megan also holds qualifications in social policy, psychology and education.

In her role as Commissioner, Megan focuses solely on the rights and interests of children, and the laws, policies and programs that impact on them.

Each year, Megan presents a statutory report to federal Parliament on the state of children’s rights in Australia. In her work to date, Megan has focused on the prevalence of suicide and intentional self-harm in children and young people, the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people, and the oversight of children and young people in correctional detention.

Mr Jihad Dib MP
Shadow Minister for Education

Jihad Dib is the Member for Lakemba.  In March 2015, Jihad was elected as the Labor Member for Lakemba and was made the Shadow Minister for Education in March 2016. He is the state’s first lower house Muslim MP in the NSW Parliament. 

His purpose is to ‘make a difference’.

At the age of 33, Jihad Dib was appointed as the Principal of Punchbowl Boys' High School; a school that had been on the verge of closure. Under his leadership, the school made highly significant and externally recognized improvements in educational and social outcomes for students and the school community through a systematic and practical approach to educational reform.

Jihad is a former: Australia Day Ambassador; Commissioner on the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW; and, board member of the Together for Humanity Foundation.   

Jihad was recognised as the 2011 P&C NSW Secondary Principal of the Year, received the Director NSW Public Schools Principal Award and was conferred an honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of NSW in June 2014. In 2013, Jihad was awarded the NSW Pride of Australia Medal in the inspiration category.


Platinum Conference Sponsor

Gold Conference Sponsor


Conference Secretariat


For all Conference enquiries, please contact
GEMS Event Management Australia
on +61 2 9744 5252.