Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of thirteen books and numerous articles and essays. She won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism in 2015, and the Quill Award for best feature in 2016, both for her article Fallen Angels, published in The Monthly, on the children of Australian sex tourists in the Philippines. Margaret has co-written biographies with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and mass media proprietor Kerry Stokes, both of which went on to win awards. Her most recent book, Six Square Metres, was launched in October 2015.
Antony Loewenstein is a Jerusalem-based Australian journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Nation, Huffington Post, Haaretz, and many others. His latest book is Pills, Powder and Smoke: inside the bloody war on drugs. He's the author of Disaster Capitalism: making a killing out of catastrophe; the writer/co-producer of the associated documentary, Disaster Capitalism; and the co-director of an Al-Jazeera English film on the opioid drug tramadol. His other books include My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution, and Profits of Doom, and he is the co-editor of the books Left Turn and After Zionism, and is a contributor to For God’s Sake.
Damon Gameau is an Australian director, writer and producer who was a NSW Australian of the Year nominee in 2020 for starting The Regeneration movement As a director he wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, ANIMAL BEATBOX, which has now played at over 25 festivals worldwide. THAT SUGAR FILM was Damon’s first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards and became the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time. The also wrote THAT SUGAR BOOK and That Sugar Guide, the first is now published in 9 languages. Damon’s recent film, 2040, is an innovative feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet. It was released in April 2019 and is already in the top 5 highest grossing documentaries of all time in Australia and is now releasing around the world. ‘2040: a handbook for the Regeneration’ was published with the film’s release. In previous days, Damon was an actor who starred in several feature films, including Rolf De Heer’s critically acclaimed THE TRACKER, Robert Connolly’s BALIBO opposite Anthony LaPaglia for which he received an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and PATRICK with Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance. His television credits include UNDERBELLY, HOWZAT, LOVE MY WAY, PUBERTY BLUES, SECRETS AND LIES, GALLIPOLI and THE KETTERING INCIDENT.
Andrew Wear is a senior Australian public servant. He has degrees in politics, law, economics and public policy, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. A fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), he is also a director of Ardoch Ltd, a children’s education charity. His work appears in peer-reviewed journals as well as in The Mandarin, the Guardian and others. His first book is Solved! How Other Countries Have Cracked the World's Biggest Problems and We Can Too. His next book RECOVERY will be published in September 2021.