Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is the ninth and youngest President of Malta, following a forty-year career in politics. Coleiro Preca founded the Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, and is an Honourary Professor at Warwick University. President Coleiro Preca is frequently invited to speak in International Fora, on various areas including Children, Social Inclusion, Peacebuilding and Migration.

Mr Agio Pereira, Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Timor-Leste

Mr Agio Pereira is the Government of Timor-Leste’s Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste. He has been a member of Government since 2007. Prior to joining the Government, he served as the Chief-of-Staff for the first and second elected presidents of Timor-Leste.

Professor Carmel Cefai, Director, Centre for Resilience and Socio-Economic Health, University of Malta

Professor Carmel Cefai is the Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Head of the Department of Psychology, at the University of Malta. He is Joint Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence. His research interests are focused on how to create healthy spaces which promote the resilience, wellbeing and psychological wellbeing of children and young people.

Professor Catherine Blaya, The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Catherine Blaya is Chair of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools and Professor in Education Sciences at the University Nice Sophia Antipolis. She has been dedicating her academic career to researching issues that might affect the young people’s lives such as dropping out of school, school climate and cyberbullying.  She has been involved in many International projects seeking to identify protective factors and management issues that contribute to offer the young people a positive learning environment.

David Kelly, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 

Drawing on more than 30 years' experience as a strategist and planner committed to working with disadvantaged groups, David Kelly has received national recognition for creativity and innovation. Before joining the WRC, David was deputy CEO of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Vikki Ryall, Head of Clinical Practice, headspace National Office

Vikki joined headspace National Office in 2009. She first qualified as a social worker and is trained in a range of different therapies. Vikki has extensive clinical experience with young people who are difficult to engage, high risk, and present with complex needs. Vikki has extensive experience in strategic management and clinical leadership. Vikki managed the set up and development of eheadspace, has lead both eheadspace and headspace School Support before commencing in her current role of Head of Clinical Practice.


Dr Jamie Lee, Principal Researcher, Relationships Australia South Australia

Jamie Lee PhD is Principal Researcher at Relationships Australia South Australia. He is also a Counselling Psychologist working exclusively with children, young people and their families after separation. Jamie is at his happiest when playing games with families – strictly for therapeutic purposes! – or when digging into the story behind numbers.



Dr John Halsey, Professor of Rural Education and Communities, School of Education, Flinders University

John is a Professor (Rural Education and Communities) at Flinders University  and a consultant in rural education through the Center for Relationalearning in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His doctoral research focused on how principals of rural schools construct their roles, and pre-service country teaching placements in Australia.

Prior to joining Flinders University, John was a teacher, a principal of two schools in South Australia- Ceduna Area School and The Heights School (both reception to year 12, one rural, one metropolitan), Associate Director of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, an Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services and a Chief of Staff to a State Minister for Education and Children’s Services.

He has worked in educational facilities, was a project officer with the Australian School’s Commission Choice and Diversity in Education initiative and has been a Fulbright Scholar. John has also worked as the Executive Officer of the Rural Education Forum Australia.

He helped establish and is a Life Member of Victims Support Service, South Australia.