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Learn more about some of the exceptional speakers and panelists who presented at the 2017 Welcoming Cities Symposium.

    Sarah Janali
    Team Leader Cultural Diversity & Community, City of Stirling

      George Osborne
      Economic Development Manager, Hume City Council

        Charlie Foran
        CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

          Mohamud Noor
          Executive Director, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota

            George Osborne
            Economic Development Manager, Hume City Council

              Sarah Janali
              Team Leader Cultural Diversity & Community, City of Stirling

              [ Program ]


              Opening Reception

              Welcome to Adelaide. All Symposium attendees are invited to celebrate the commencement of Symposium 2018. 5.45pm (for 6pm) Adelaide Town Hall, Banqueting Room 128 King William Street


              Welcome to Symposium 2018

              Welcome to Country
              Welcome - Anthea Hancocks (Scanlon Foundation) & Tina Karanastasis (Welcome to Australia)
              Opening - Lord Mayor Martin Haese, City of Adelaide

              Keynote + Q&A

              How to Think Post-Nationally

              Cities, States, and the challenges of truly sharing spaces
              The modern nation state is a fairly recent development.  Since its emergence a couple of centuries ago, it has been bound up, usually in an exclusionary manner, with a dominant identity, often based on ethnic or religious divides.  But with so many people on the move, and so many nation-states in crisis, what does nationhood, identity, even citizenship, look like into the future?  Are there better, fairer, more inclusive ways of thinking about belonging and community?   Will any such abstract conceptions withstand impact with hard present-day realities?

              A talk by Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, followed by a Q&A.

              Address + Q&A

              Mohamud Noor

              Executive Director of the Confederation of Somali Community (Minnesota, USA) will share his wealth of knowledge, and experience, of effective settlement and community change.

              Morning Tea

              Panel Discussion

              What’s working (or not)? Migrant Perspectives on Welcoming and Inclusion

              Panellists, including Ahmed Dini, Khadija Gbla And Magda Gamar will share:

              • their story and experience of arriving and settling in Australia
              • examples, of what’s working in migration and settlement
              • what could be done better
              Each panel will include a Q&A.

              Panel Discussion

              Local Government Approaches to Economic Development and Social Cohesion

              Presenting and discussing localised approaches to economic development and social cohesion:

              • George Osborne - Hume City Council
              • Dr Helen Barrie - Australian Population and Migrant Research Centre
              • Sarah Janali - City of Stirling

              Lunch served

              Lunchtime Address

              Jodie van Deventer & Mark Glazbrook

              Over lunch, CEO of Committee for Adelaide (Jodie van Deventer) and CEO of Migration Solutions (Mark Glazbrook) will present and discuss:

              • specific population and economic challenges faced by Adelaide and South Australia;
              • what’s working; and,
              • what could be done better.

              Panel Discussion

              We Need to Be Welcoming

              Presenting and discussing regional approaches to migration and inclusion:

              • Jack Archer - Regional Australia Institute
              • June Rout - Immigration New Zealand
              • Kate O’Malley - Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative


              Towards Better Government

              Government plays a pivotal role in solving local and global challenges. How can we find and share what’s working and reduce duplication of effort?

              Afternoon Tea


              The Australian Standard

              Launching the first public release of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities.


              Closing Address

              Mary Patetsos, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), will share key observations and learnings from the Symposium and consider some possible next steps.


              Event Close

              [ LOCATION ]

              The Pavilion is the premier function and event space of the Arts Centre Melbourne.


              The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

              100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC

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