Wednesday 28 February

6.00 for 6.30pm until 8.30pm
Highball Express, Level 1, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra City
Cost: $20

In our first event for the year, the Women in Aid and Development network will discuss government relations, advocacy and public affairs.  So, how do you influence policy?  How do you work effectively with government? And, how do you ensure your organisation has a voice in the debate?

Our panelists will include Leanne Joyce, the Australian Red Cross' Head of Government Relations, and Joanna Pradela, ACFID's Director of Policy and Advocacy. Join Leanne, Joanna and the Women in Aidd & Development team for a fabulous conversation over wine and nibbles.

Pay online when you book, or drop in and pay at the door on the night.
Special offer for unwaged attendees: $15, pay at the door only.

Speakers February 2018

Ms. Leanne Joyce serves as Head of Government Relations - Canberra at Australian Red Cross Society. Ms. Joyce has a wealth of experience in government affairs and communications across the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors. Her experience is supplemented by my qualifications in journalism, public policy and business administration. Her corporate and government experience includes senior executive roles with Telstra, NSW State Government and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). Ms. Joyce served as an Executive Director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) in the 1990’s during a transformative time in health policy. She remains committed to social justice and to humanitarian issues. Leanne has worked with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) - an international non-profit foundation created to develop new, affordable antimalarial drugs - as well as the Digital Industry Group, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS and the Australian Primary Principals’ Association. She has also been President of the International Association of Business Communicators (Canberra) and Chair of the Asia Pacific region for IABC for which she won Regional Leader of the Year Award in 2016.


Joanna Pradela has been Director of Policy and Advocacy at ACFID since 2013.  Prior to this, she has had a decade of experience in the overseas aid and development sector specialising in humanitarian response; women’s empowerment; sexual and reproductive health and rights; education, and philanthropy and social justice. Joanna has a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and a Master’s degree in International Relations.

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