Professor Jan Pronk
International Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands
Professor Jan Pronk, is arguably, one of the most respected social democratic politicians and professionals in Western Europe. Between 1973 and 2002, Professor Pronk was a senior government minister for the Dutch Labour (PvdA) government, including Minister for Development Cooperation. Professor Pronk has an unparalleled career in Dutch politics, and is currently pursuing an academic career as a Professor of Theory and Practice of International Development the International Institute of Social Studies based in the Hague. He is a highly respected politician, and held a number of key roles with the UN, including Special UN Envoy for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, and in 2004, was appointed UN Special Representative for Sudan. Professor Pronk is highly decorated with a wide range of awards including the Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Union, and an Officer in the French Legion d’Honneur.
Professor John Quiggin
University of Queensland
John Quiggin is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in Economics and Political Science at the University of Queensland. Professor Quiggin is prominent as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. He hosts the blog website johnquiggin.com providing commentary on Australian and world events from a social-democratic perspective. He has published over 1000 research articles, books and reports in fields including risk analysis, production economics, and environmental economics. He has written on policy topics including unemployment policy, micro-economic reform, privatisation, competitive tendering, and sustainable management of the Murray–Darling system. He is a Fellow of the Australian Social Science Academy, the American Agricultural Economics Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and a Fellow of the Econometrics Society. His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was published by Princeton University Press in 2010.
Other presenters include
Dr Nick Dyrenforth and Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno
Authors of A little history of the Australian Labor Party
Professor Carol Johnson
University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Andrew Scott
Philosopher and commentator, The Australian