Ambassadors

Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA MAICD

Founding Editor, Griffith REVIEW

Professor Julianne Schultz AM is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, the award-winning topical literary and public affairs quarterly, which has been published by Griffith University in conjunction with ABC Books since 2003. Griffith REVIEW is the most widely extracted and read quarterly in Australia and has actively expanded and developed public discussion in Australia. In her role as editor she has commissioned ground-breaking essays which have contributed to setting the national agenda on a wide range of policy issues including Indigenous, climate change, education, censorship, cities and community relations. This has been recognised in national awards, including the Victorian Premier’s Alfred Deakin Prize for best essay advancing public debate (2005, 2007, 2008), a Walkley Award and other commendations and short-listings.

Her academic background is in politics and media, her doctorate is from the University of Sydney, and she is a professor in the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University. She was co-chair of the Creative Stream at the Australia 2020 Summit and is a director of the Grattan Institute and the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Professor Schultz is the author or editor of more than twenty books including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge Uni Press); Steel City Blues (Penguin); Not Just Another Business (Pluto) and co-author of The Phone Book (Penguin). In addition to her extensive academic writing, journalism and public speaking, she is also a creative writer whose work includes the librettos for the award winning operas Black River and Going into Shadows.

Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied

President, Youth without Borders

Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied is the founder of Youth without Borders and a final year mechanical engineering student at the University of Queensland. The 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year and Pride of Australia nominee is also on the management committee of the Youth Affairs Network Queensland and on the board of the Queensland Museum.

An Edgy Advisor for the development of the State Library of Queensland’s initiative ‘The Edge’ and a member of the Queensland Government’s 2009 Year of Creativity Roundtable, Ms Abdel-Magied is involved in variety of organisations in the community and corporate development sectors.

She is a member of the Queensland Youth Council, was the Youth Premier at the 2008 QLD Youth Parliament and volunteers for the United Nations Youth Association of Australia. She attended the Australia 2020 Youth Summit.

In 2009, Ms Abdel-Magied was named one of Brisbane’s ‘Top 100 Movers and Shakers’ by City News and in 2007 was named the Young Australian Muslim of the Year (at 16 years old). Her work with non-government organisations in various community sectors allows her to access a wide network and often present an alternate perspective.

With a strong personal interest in all things design, Ms Abdel-Magied works as a casual freelance graphics designer and later hopes to utilise her engineering degree to work in the product design industry.

Ms Mara Bún

Chief Executive Officer, Green Cross Australia

Green Cross Australia is the new Australian member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s global network dedicated to fostering a global values shift toward a sustainable and secure future. Activities support community resilience and mitigation of environmental risks with a focus on preparing for sea level rise and severe weather.

Ms Bún has 20 years of community and business experience. In the community sector, she was a familiar media commentator about consumer issues when she led policy and media activities for the Australian Consumer’s Association (CHOICE). She was head of financial and corporate matters for Greenpeace Australia in the early 1990s, and for eight years has served as a Director on the Board of Bush Heritage Australia as Treasurer. She was a member of the NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority Advisory Council for six years.

Ms Bún’s private sector experience is grounded in the finance sector. She was a senior financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in the high technology area in the 1980s, and returned to investment banking in Australia as Senior Equities Analyst covering Internet and ecommerce equities. As Director of The Allen Consulting Group Ms Bún advised companies such as Microsoft and the ANZ Bank in relation to Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and programs.

Before moving to the Queensland hinterland two years ago, Ms Bún married her passion for commercial and public good impact in the role as Director of Business Development for the CSIRO, where for three years she helped to shape science funding partnerships involving government, academic and corporate interests.

Ms Bún was Head of Research at CANNEX, Australia’s leading consumer finance research firm before joining Green Cross as founding CEO.

Mr Sean Cummins

Executive Director, CumminsRoss

Mr Sean Cummins is the former Chief Executive Officer of CumminsNitro advertising agency, now SapientNitro. SapientNitro has offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Prior to his departure, Mr Cummins worked with Virgin Blue, Velocity, Tourism Queensland, Nestle, Mars, Kmart, PPQ, News Limited, Symbion and Stockland.

Mr Cummins is a patron of Marie Stopes International Australia (MSIA), a sexual and reproductive health not-for-profit organisation working with women and their families in the Asia-Pacific region, and with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He is also a director of the Hawthorn Football Club. SapientNitro is one of Queensland’s largest agencies and specialises in brand, retail, direct and digital marketing. The agency is committed to achieving tangible results in marketing and advertising for its clients. SapientNitro places a heavy importance on fostering creative talent within their staff. The agency also encourages emerging talent and sponsors a student award for excellence in production at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Lawyer turned advertising creative, Mr Cummins has crammed a huge amount into his advertising career so far. His work is renowned for its variety, creativity and durability. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to take the most complex marketing challenges and deliver simple, single-minded strategic thinking. He has won every major advertising award in Australia and internationally.

Mr Cummins is the youngest person to win FACTS Commercial of the Year and he was youngest ever director appointed to the George Patterson Board. He remains the only person in Australia to win a “grand slam”: a television commercial of the year, radio commercial of the year and newspaper advertisement of the year.

Professor Philip Follent

Head of School, Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University (QLD)

Professor Philip Follent is the Founding Head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast. He was the Queensland Government Architect for three years until June 2011.  In this role, he oversaw and advised on matters of design that affected the shaping of contemporary Queensland architecture.

Professor Follent was one of the youngest architects elevated to the position of Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1989 and was awarded life fellowship in August of 2007. In 1992 he was selected as one of five Architectural Judges to assess the Regional and State Awards in Queensland Architecture and became State Director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards Program in 2002.

Professor Follent is greatly involved in environmental issues and was President of the local Gold Coast environmental watchdog organisation – ‘Friends of Currumbin’ for six years. His environmental work has involved the preparation of major submissions to both local and state government bodies. His efforts were recognized by a Golden GECKO Award from the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council in 1994.

He was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and in 1996 was declared Lecturer of the Year across all QUT campuses.

Professor Follent was the Gold Coast City Council’s City Architect in the Office of City Architect & Heritage from 2003 to 2008 and was a member of the Advisory Panel of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Alexander Lotersztain

Principal, Alexander Lotersztain Studio

Mr Alexander Lotersztain was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. After graduating from Industrial Design he moved to Australia at age 19. In Australia, he graduated from Queensland College of Art, winning the prestigious Design Institute of Australia prize for Best Design Student.

Mr Lotersztain has had an outstanding career, developing products for high profile clients such as Asahi, Mizuno and others. He has participated in international exhibitions in London, Moscow, Milan, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco and Berlin, and one of his products is a part of the permanent design collection at the Pompidou Museum in Paris.

Mr Lotersztain was awarded the inaugural Smart State Design Fellow in the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Design Awards. In 2007, he was named one of the top 10 most influential faces in design by Scene Design Quarterly and one of the top 10 young achievers in the ‘100 Young Brightest Australian Achievers’ Bayer/Bulletin Award. Mr Lotersztain currently collaborates with IDEE-Sputnik in Japan, Planex and Street and Garden in Australia, SIGG in Switzerland, COVO in Italy, and Artquitect and Escofet in Spain. He also consults for the In Africa Foundation to create sustainability among African arts and crafts communities, with the vision of creating a vibrant and modern African design style. Recent projects include the furniture strategy for the South Bank TAFE redevelopment and a comprehensive design strategy for the Limes Hotel, which included everything from branding to interiors to the guest experience. Opened in 2008, the hotel is Australia’s first member of the Design Hotels Group.

Mr Lotersztain has been commissioned as the creative and design supervisor for NEST Management and over the next five years will create the entire interior design strategy for the company’s student accommodation developments in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. In 2010, Mr Lotersztain was the inaugural recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Design Awards Smart State Design Fellowship.

Mr Richard Munao

Managing Director, Corporate Culture

Mr Richard Munao established Corporate Culture in 1997. Corporate Culture provides furniture, services and solutions to the architectural and design community. Mr Munao has led Corporate Culture to the forefront of Australian corporate and retail design by virtue of his uncompromising high standards, which are expressed at every level of the business.

With a background in the furniture industry as a cabinet maker and a strong passion for design, Mr Munao has worked for and with some of the leading brands in the Australian and international markets and has held roles in sales, marketing and senior management. In 1997, Mr Munao realised the potential in starting his own company that focused on both quality of design and a high level of service not experienced in the Australian marketplace.

Over the past 12 years, Corporate Culture has grown from its only location in Sydney to showrooms in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland as well as distributors in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.

Mr Michael Rayner AM

Principal, Cox Rayner Architects

Mr Michael Rayner is the Principal of Cox Rayner Architects. Mr Rayner joined the practice in 1980 upon graduating from University and was appointed as director in 1983. He opened the Queensland office in Brisbane in 1990, and has overseen its growth to 100 staff. Major projects by Cox Rayner include the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane Magistrates Court, Ipswich Courts, the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Esplanade, Thuringowa Riverway, Brisbane Powerhouse with City Design, and the Kurilpa Pedestrian Bridge.

Mr Rayner’s awards include the Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Thuringowa Riverway (2007), the Australian Institute of Architects National Commercial Award for James Street Market (2003), and the Australian Institute of Architects National High Commendation for the Goodwill Bridge.

His current significant projects are the redevelopment of South Bank TAFE, the SW1 mixed use development on Melbourne Street, Brisbane City Council’s Green Square in Fortitude Valley, and the Thuringowa Riverway Cultural Development – the latter a focus on land art and sustainable architecture. International projects include Singapore EXPO and the creation of the new Singapore CBD waterfront at Marina Bay.

Mr Rayner is a member of the Premier of Queensland’s Smart State Council and the Queensland Government’s Creative Industries Leadership Group. He is Chair of Griffith University’s Architecture Professional Advisory Board, and is also a member of the Brisbane City Council’s Urban Futures Board and Independent Design Advisory Panel. Since 2000, he has been Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Mr Rayner is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and was President of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter from 2000-2002. He is a persistent advocate for collaborative design with artists, for architecture distinctive of the subtropics and tropics, and for enhancing connectivity in the city, particularly by a continuous line of pedestrian bridges and avenues.

Professor Suzi Vaughan

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Queensland University of Technology

Professor Suzi Vaughan started with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2002, and was QUT’s inaugural head of fashion. She is originally from the United Kingdom (UK), and completed her fashion training at St Martin’s School of Art in London. She began her career as a freelance womenswear designer, exhibiting for several years under the label Wilbraham Vaughan.

In 1988, Professor Vaughan began working exclusively for womenswear design company Keoma International in Hong Kong and London, travelling extensively in Asia and the United States and Canada to develop the company’s American label Terranova. She went on in 1991 to be an account manager for womenswear design and product development at Tillsonburg Co Ltd in Hong Kong, with day-to-day control of the company’s US $20m Lerner New York account. She was responsible for all design, product development and liaison with American buyers for the label. In 1995, Professor Vaughan returned to the UK as a design lecturer, and later, as course director of the fashion design and technology course at the London College of Fashion. There, she led and managed the college’s degree course in menswear, womenswear, surface textiles for fashion, and accessories, which had a total enrolment of about 380 students.

Mr Malcolm Middleton OAM

Queensland Government Architect (QLD – ex-officio)

Malcolm Middleton is an architect and qualified urban designer and the principal of Malcolm Middleton Architects.  His private sector experience commenced with Lend Lease and he has had over 30 years professional private practice experience across many sectors.   Projects include the Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane Airport Rail Stations and the recently completed Hinze Dam Visitor Centre and Parkland.  His private practice experience also includes a two year period of urban design consulting within China and practice experience in New Zealand, Fiji and Asia. Mr Middleton’s practices have received a number of awards including the Australian Institute of Architects State Urban Design Award for the Roma Street Parkland, and awards from the Planning Institute of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

He was a long standing member of the South Bank Design Advisory Panel and in 2011 was the Director of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Awards program. He has served on the Queensland Heritage Council its Development Committee and also as Queensland President for the Property Council of Australia. Mr Middleton is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Additionally he is the deputy chair of children’s welfare charity Act for Kids with an active personal involvement in the delivery of safe houses on the Western Cape. He was the joint author and illustrator of the best selling Great Brisbane Walks publication.

Ms Nicola Lloyd

Director, Lloyd Grey Design/ 2011 Smart State Design Fellow (QLD – ex-officio)

Nicki Lloyd is one of Australia’s most celebrated and distinguished graphic designers. She has worked in London, Adelaide and Brisbane on integrated branding projects ranging from government initiatives through to major hotel groups, Allianz, Suncorp and the Port of Brisbane.

Winner of multiple industry awards for her work, Ms Lloyd teamed with Tim Grey in 1993 to establish Lloyd Grey Design in Brisbane. Over the past 19 years, the company has earned a reputation as a leading integrated branding and communications consultancy with a diverse range of dedicated clients.

In 2009 Ms Lloyd was appointed as a Brand Positioning Analyst for the Queensland Government’s Ulysses program. Her expertise in branding is instrumental in transforming Queensland companies through design and design thinking methodologies. Ms Lloyd also acts as design mentor for selected member companies.

Ms Lloyd is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the Australian Marketing Institute (Certified Practising Marketer), Australian Institute of Management and a former State Vice-President and National Councillor for the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).  She is regularly invited to judge national design awards and to deliver guest lectures to students throughout the State.

Mr Shane Thompson

Director, Shane Thompson Architects; Past President, Australian Institute Architects, Queensland Chapter; Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland; and 2012 Queensland Smart Design Fellow (QLD – ex-officio)

Shane Thompson is recognised for his strategic leadership of government bodies, industry and education initiatives to strengthen the viability of design and industry for Queensland and has a clear understanding of the future possibilities of design in the region, underpinned by significant advocacy resources for managing the challenges that come with visionary advancement.

Shane Thompson’s enthusiasm and dedication for Queensland design development built towards the establsihment of the Brisbane-based enterprise, Shane Thompson Architects, and his work as Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland. He is the immediate Past President of Australian Institute Architect’s Queensland Chapter and an AIA National Councillor, and was a Creative Director of the Brisbane-hosted 2012 National Architecture Conference.

Mr Thompson has maintained a strong connection to Queensland throughout his design career of over thirty years. As director and principal of BVN Architecture from 1987 to 2011, he took the unprecedented step of expanding a Brisbane-based architectural firm to include studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and London. His application of design principles raised the level of Queensland commercial building design unique to its sub-tropical climate. During this period, BVN’s projects both in Australia and Asia received numerous national and international awards and appeared regularly in built design publications.

Mr Thompson’s list of advocacy roles includes board membership on the Architecture Practice Academy Advisory Board, Green Cross Australia and membership of the Board for Urban Places. Recent past board memberships include Creative Industries Representative for Queensland Industry Advisory Board and Artworkers Alliance.

The current economic landscape across the state is perceived by Mr Thompson as an opportunity to re-evaluate design purpose and approaches, and advocate design thinking with evidence-based arguments. He acknowledges the importance in understanding what is unique to Queensland and how to effectively translate this into a commodity. Mr Thompson also advocates engaging the Queensland design community more effectively with the science, engineering, mining sectors; assisting graduates transition to professional practice; and ensuring innovative projects are developed without the business process diluting the vital qualities of good design.