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Speakers

ISS Australia has speakers available in Melbourne and Sydney for community, NGO sector or corporate events, meetings, AGMs and other occasions. Our speakers can cover a wide range of topics including ISS Australia’s services, our current research and areas of interest, and more general topics.

To organise an ISS Australia speaker for your organisation or event, please contact Doug Smith on (03) 9614 8755 or email: iss@iss.org.au with details.

Our National Office (Melbourne-based) speakers include:

Fionn Skiotis

Fionn Skiotis – Executive Director

Fionn has over 25 years’ experience in the not for profit sector, working both in Australia and internationally. His career experience takes in human rights advocacy, disability, mental health, and community development.

Topics include: the mission, services and history of ISS Australia and the ISS global network; international human rights advocacy; and children’s rights.
 
 
 
 

Jessica Redwood – Deputy Director (Business Development)

Jessica Redwood
Jessica has extensive not for profit sector experience in Australia and overseas, including in PNG, East Timor and other Pacific countries.

Topics include: business development in the not for profit sector; the importance of capacity development in the not for profit sector; successful not for profit and philanthropic partnerships; and international development.
 
 
 

Helen Freris – National Services Manager

Helen is an experienced intercountry social worker and trainer, and has particular expertise in the area of international parental child abduction or IPCA.

Topics include: international parental child abduction (IPCA); intercountry social work; and working in the best interests of children.
 

Dr Ann Wollner – Manager, Legal Service

A practising family lawyer and child psychologist, Ann manages ISS Australia’s Hague Legal Assistance Service in the National Office and has particular expertise on the legal aspects of international parental child abduction.

Topics include: the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.
 

Siobhan Kavanagh – Project Officer

Siobhan is experienced in social work practice, program and project management, policy and research, and has a particular interest in cross cultural practice, working with people affected by migration, and the rights of children in migration situations.

She is currently a team leader at Australian Red Cross in Migration Support Programs, as well as undertaking research and policy work with ISS Australia.

Most recently, Siobhan was engaged to look into the issues experienced by children, young people and carers in international kinship care arrangements in Victoria. This research was the basis for ISS Australia’s Home Safe Home report.

Topics include: the Home Safe Home report and international kinship care arrangements; and intercountry social work.
 

Our NSW Office (Sydney-based) speakers include:

Damon Martin

Damon Martin – Manager, NSW Office

Damon has extensive experience in working internationally as a social worker and in all aspects of intercountry social work practice. He is an experienced presenter and trainer whose particular interests are the adoption field (both post adoption and intercountry adoption) and more recently the rights to information for donor-conceived persons.

Topics include: ISS Australia’s services and intercountry social work practice; adoption and donor-conceived persons.
 

Rosa Saladino – Manager, Legal Service

Rosa brings significant experience in legal casework involving the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction to her role as Manager of ISS Australia’s Hague Legal Assistance Service in the NSW Office

Topics include: the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.