KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Robert R. Janes

Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship from 2003 to 2014. He is also a visiting research fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). Janes has devoted his career to championing museums as important social institutions that are capable of making a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities. He began his career as an archaeologist in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories and continues to work with Canada’s indigenous peoples. His latest book is Museums without Borders (2016) – a collection of nearly 40 years of his writing.

David Garneau

David Garneau (Métis) is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. His practice includes curation, critical writing, painting, performance art, and video. He is most interested in issues of nature and culture, metaphysics and materialism, contemporary Indigenous identities and display. Garneau is currently working on curatorial and writing projects featuring contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and Australia, and is part of a five-year, SSHRC funded curatorial research project, “Creative Conciliation,” that tackles art after the Apology and the report on Indian Residential Schools.

Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth Merritt is the Founding Director of the American Association of Museums (AAM) program, Center for the Future of Museums (CFM). Before being appointed CFM’s first director, Elizabeth led the Excellence Programs at AAM—Accreditation, Museum Assessment and Peer Review—as well as the association’s research activities. Her areas of expertise include futures studies, museum standards and best practices, ethics, collections management and planning, and assessment of nonprofit performance. Her books include National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums and the AAM Guide to Collections Planning.

Boon Hui Tan

Boon Hui Tan is the former Director of the Singapore Art Museum and is currently Assistant Chief Executive (Museums and Programs) of the National Heritage Board of Singapore, where he is responsible for overarching exhibitions, programs and outreach strategies and collaborations.  In December 2015 he will take up the position of Vice-President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director of the Asian Society Museum in New York. There he will lead the Asia Society’s global arts and cultural activities, including cinema, performing arts and literature, as well as oversee the museum’s acclaimed art collections, exhibitions and programs.  Boon Hui will draw on Asia/Pacific perspectives to discuss the importance of championing local cultures in museums, along with participating in panels on exploring global trends and challenges.

Dr Dawn Casey PSM FAHA

Dawn Casey has previously held the positions of the Director of the National Museum of Australia and the Western Australian and Powerhouse Museums.  Dr Casey’s career includes a number of key executive positions in the Public Sector in areas including Indigenous Affairs, Cultural Heritage and Overseas Aid and Development. Previous board appointments include Member of the Charles Sturt, Western Australia and Canberra University Councils, Member of the Queensland Design Council, Executive Member of the Australasian Council of Museum Directors, Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia and Indigenous Land Corporation, Lead Member of the Global Environment Facility (International) and Member Development Board for Commonwealth Countries (International).

Dawn Casey is a descendant of the Tagalaka clan group from around Croydon, North Queensland.

Dawn Casey has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates (QLD Charles Sturt, QLD and Macquarie), Commonwealth Government’s Public Service Medal (PSM), Australian Government’s Centenary Medal, Three Australia Day Public Service Medals, The Australian Institute of Architects’ Glem Cummings Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Moana Jackson Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Moana Jackson has spent his legal career specialising in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and indigenous rights. In 1987, he co-founded Ngā Kaiwhakamarama i Ngā Ture the Māori Legal Service for which he remains the director as well as lecturing in the Māori Laws and Philosophy degree at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. He has also worked extensively overseas on international indigenous issues, particularly the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He was a judge on the International Tribunal of Indigenous Rights in Hawaii in 1993 and again in Canada in 1995. He was also counsel for the Bougainville Interim Government during the Bougainville peace process.