Gawaine Powell Davies is Chair of the Buddhist Council of NSW.. Until recently he was Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of NSW, where he worked for 20 years in research, development and evaluation of primary health care. He is also Chair of Sydney Insight Meditators, and a member of the Kookaburra sangha in Forest Lodge. In the light of recent world events his favourite word is now solidarity.
Magali Goirand is a systemics practitioner. She has worked with small and large international high-tech organisations in Europe and the U.S as consultant, learning facilitator, and researcher. Her dual background in science and business allows her to navigate the two communities with ease. She is a talent development professional with an extensive facilitation experience fostering collaborative learning. She is a director at Systemic Development Associates, and a founder and consultant at Papillon Transformative Consulting. Prior to joining SDA, she worked for IBM, leading programs aiming at enabling sales teams around the world.
Magali has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, major in signal processing and acoustics (France), and an MBA in sustainable enterprise (USA). She is a certified WindTunneling facilitator. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute (Australia).
Tom’s sustainability focus is in empowering community led responses using the many tools that have been developed over the last several decades, particularly Deep Listening. He has a BA in sustainable development from Murdoch University in W.A
Stephen Hill is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Though graduating initially as a research chemist, he also was awarded Australia’s first PhD in Business Administration (University of Melbourne) and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong at age 30.
He has authored or coauthored 22 books and over 350 publications or major international speeches across eleven disciplines. From 1995 to 2006 he served as the United Nations’ Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and Ambassador of the UN Agency, UNESCO – based in Indonesia and Paris.
Stephen is a key advisor to the Communities of Practice series.
Jade Hutchinson is a graduate from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of International Studies and Sociology from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Jade is a Master of Research Candidate under the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. He has previously worked as a Research Analyst at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Jade maintains a position as an Early Career Researcher Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Member Researcher at The Urban Violence Research Network, Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University.
Dr Nadine Levy is a lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing at the Nan Tien Institute. She holds a PhD in sociology and Honours degrees in both law and gender studies. Her research investigates women’s lived experience across a range of social sites, including health, therapeutic landscapes and spiritual movements, and examines the themes of belonging, emotions and social connection. Nadine’s approach to teaching is student-centred, contemplative and grounded in critical theory. She has a particular interest in Buddhist sociology/a sociology of Buddhism and the ways these two paradigms can enliven each another. Nadine is a long-term Buddhist practitioner and is currently completing teacher training in the Insight meditation tradition.
Remy Low is a lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work. In his research, Remy examines educational policy and practice in relation to broader social, cultural, and religious issues. He is also interested in exploring ways to cultivate greater awareness of such issues through contemplative pedagogy (e.g. mindfulness, deep listening, process art, etc.).
Bruce McKenzie is a change practitioner and academic who develops systemic thinking principles and practices to assist organisations, governments and communities to address their transformational goals to improve productivity, relevance and alignment in a changing world. He is one of the world’s most experienced Systemic practitioners. Recognised globally for successfully building organisational capacity to initiate and manage change, through generating innovative, sustainable strategies and developing alternative ways of thinking about challenges and crisis. He is a director of the Center for Systemic Leadership, director of Systemic Development Associates (SDA), co-founder and president of Future Insight Maps, a pioneer of WindTunneling software and Fulcrum online learning. Bruce is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute.
Dr Jonathan Page has been a Medical Oncologist for 36 years with a long-term interest in Palliative Care.
Although he prescribes chemotherapy (and other drugs) and refers patients for radiotherapy and surgery if necessary, he also incorporates an inquiry into the psychospiritual domain to address matters of fear, regret, guilt, meaning, purpose, love and legacy (as they arise).
The psychospiritual domain can be accessed through meditation, presence and deep listening with an open heart-mind.
Alex Trauth-Goik is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong whose research focuses on the civil liberty implications associated with the development and application of new surveillance technologies. He has previously worked for the media intelligence company Meltwater as a government media analyst and is currently a top writer in politics on the online publishing platform ‘Medium’. In 2017 he graduated with First Class Honours in International Studies majoring in Chinese Mandarin from the University of Wollongong.
Venerable Miaoyou is the Director and Company Secretary of the Nan Tien Institute. She has been a resident teacher at the Nan Tien Temple for more than 15 years, and during that time has conducted meditation retreats for hundreds of visitors. In addition to leading meditation retreats, Venerable Miaoyou has assumed several positions, including overseeing the development and construction of the bridge connecting the Temple and the Institute. She is also a spokesperson for the media and interfaith events and conferences.
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