In an exciting first for UQ, our final GLS event for the year is in partnership with the ABC for subsequent broadcast.  UQ's Professor Peter Greste will guide a panel discussion with input from key experts in the audience, to unpack the complexities of a sustainable future in a society dependent on minerals.

Developed by UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute, working in collaboration with the School of Communication and Arts and the ABC, this event aims to take mining out of the political arena and facilitate a national conversation about the role of the sector in Australia's sustainable future.

We hope you can join us as a part of the studio audience for this unique and exciting GLS event.


Professor Peter Greste
UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland

Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places. From Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond. He may be best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera and charged with terrorism offences. In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. 

He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom – a stance that has earned him awards from Britain’s Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL’s ANZAC Peace Prize, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award. He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty. He continues to investigate and report on critical challenges facing Australia and the world.


Sandeep Biswas
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Newcrest Mining

Newcrest is one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. Sandeep graduated from The University of Queensland in 1983 with a Bachelor of Engineering and has since gained extensive experience within the mining industry across Europe, North America and Australia. Sandeep is committed to maintaining safe and stable operations and running existing operations to their full potential, while profitably growing the company.

Mara Bun
President of the Australian Conservation Foundation

Mara is a passionate environmental activist with experience in non-profit, finance, public policy and consulting and is committed to fostering innovative climate solutions. She is also the non-executive Director of Australian Ethical Investment and the non-executive Director of Enova Community Energy alongside a number of consulting roles.


Vanessa Elliott
Vanessa Elliott is a Jaru woman from the Kimberley region of WA

She has over 20 years, experience in economic development, community services, regional and remote project management, town planning, headworks, energy, mining and service commissioning. Her career has spanned the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors and includes a decade of experience within the resources industry. Vanessa is currently on the board of Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) and Commissioner of the Forest Products Commission WA. 

Professor Neville Plint
Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), The University of Queensland

Neville holds over 20 years of experience in the mining sector. Neville’s extensive background focused on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organisations.


About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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