Speakers


An outstanding lineup of international leaders of business, journalism, government, and academia will assemble in Sydney this November for the Public Knowledge Forum.
 

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Journalist, broadcaster & author
@bairdjulia

Julia Baird's writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, the... Read more

John Barron

John Barron

Fact checker, journalist & author
@JohnBarronUSA

John Barron has more than twenty years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, he is the author of a book about US Presidential politics and has...Read more

       
Eric Beecher

Eric Beecher

Publisher, editor & writer

Eric Beecher is the publisher of Crikey. He is a former editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and former editor in chief of the Herald and Weekly Times.... Read more

Conrad Black

Conrad Black

Author, newspaper publisher & columnist

Conrad Black is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon. His other books include A Life in Progress, A Matter of Principle and most recently, Flight of... Read more

       
Bob Carr

The Hon. Bob Carr

Former Australian foreign minister
@bobjcarr

The Honourable Bob Carr was the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. He served as Leader of the Opposition from... Read more

Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan

Al Jazeera correspondent & Stanford fellow
@melissakchan

Melissa Chan is a correspondent for Al Jazeera and a 2012–2013 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Chan was Al Jazeera... Read more

       
Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb

Political writer, TV host & lawyer
@annabelcrabb

Annabel Crabb is the ABC’s chief online political writer and host of the popular political cooking program Kitchen Cabinet. A still-at-large fugitive... Read more

Hal Crawford

Hal Crawford

ninemsn editor & news sharing expert
@halcrawford 

Hal Crawford oversees the entire ninemsn content division, encompassing all 80+ content sites across the web portal, Bing, and MSN... Read more

       
Helen Dalley

Helen Dalley

Journalist & news anchor

Helen Dalley is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and one of Australia's most experienced and highly respected TV journalists and interviewers. Helen joined Sky News in 2007...Read more

James Fallows

James Fallows

Journalist, author & Rhodes scholar
@jamesfallows

James Fallows is visiting professor at the US Studies Centre and national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. One of the world's leading journalists... Read more

       
Marie Ficarra

The Hon. Marie Ficarra

Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier

The Honourable Marie Ficarra MLC is the Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell. She brings to the Parliament, professional and corporate experience together with... Read more

Bates Gill

Bates Gill

CEO of the United States Studies Centre

Bates Gill commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in 2012 after a five year appointment as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He previously led... Read more

       
Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer

American media and politics scholar
@pastpunditry

Nicole Hemmer is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Miami and a visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre. Her work.... Read more

Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes

Media commentator, presenter & journalist
@jonaholmesAge

Jonathan Holmes has been a television journalist and documentary-maker for almost 45 years. He is a former executive producer of the ABC's... Read more

       
Sara James

Sara James

Commentator & NBC correspondent
@sarajNBC

Sara James covers Australasia for NBC News, filing reports for The Today Show, Dateline, and NBC Nightly News. Among her many assignments, James... Read more

John B. Judis

John B. Judis

Writer & editor for The New Republic

John Judis has been writing for The New Republic since 1984 and has been a senior editor since 1994. He has also been a contributing editor of GQ (where his attire was a constant... Read more 

       
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Editor-at-large & author

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. He is a regular television.... Read more

Mary E. Kissel

Mary E. Kissel

Wall Street Journal editorial board member
@marykissel 

Mary Kissel is a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and host of Opinion Journal every weekday on WSJ Live. She joined the Journal in... Read more

       
Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Professor & American Interest editor
@wrmead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clark Chase Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Editor-at-Large of The... Read more

Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small

Washington correspondent for TIME
@jnsmall 

Jay Newton-Small is a Washington correspondent for TIME. She writes on foreign policy and the State Department. She has also covered... Read more

       
Jonathan Rauch

Jonathan Rauch

Scholar, author & editor
@jon_rauch 

Jonathan Rauch is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington and is the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture... Read more

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Columnist & associate editor
@eugene_robinson 

Eugene Robinson is a columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post and a commentator for MSNBC. His twice-weekly column on The... Read more

       
Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen

Professor, blogger & media critic
@jayrosen_nyu 

Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives... Read more

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales

Journalist & current affairs anchor
@leighsales 

Leigh Sales is one of Australia's most respected journalists. She anchors the ABC's nightly flagship current affairs program, 7.30. She is a former.... Read more

       
Robert Schlesinger

Robert Schlesinger

Opinion editor, blogger & author
@rschles 

Robert Schlesinger is managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report, overseeing all opinion content while also writing the biweekly... Read more

Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Director of news & executive producer
@katetorney 

Kate Torney is the Director of News for the ABC. Before that, Torney was Head of Asia Pacific News. She has worked as a radio and television news... Read more

       
Iain Walker

Iain Walker

Advocate for democratic reform
@newdemocracyAUS 

Iain Walker is the Executive Director of The newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) in Sydney, a not-for-profit, non-partisan and non-issue based research... Read more