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Keynote Speakers

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco 

Position: Professor of language and Literacy Education (University of Melbourne)

Bio: Joseph Lo Bianco, AM, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and previously Director of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia and author of the 1987 Australian Policy on Languages. He was elected President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012, the first educator to serve in this role.   From 2011-2017 he led the UNICEF Language and Peacebuilding initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand and pioneered a form of language problem solving called the Facilitated Dialogue which transforms public policy processes advancing language rights.  He has more than 25 books and major reports and over 130 articles and chapters.

Dr Tyson Yunkaporta 

Position: Senior Lecturer indigenous Knowledges

Bio: Tyson belongs to the Apalech Clan on western Cape York, is a maker of traditional tools and weapons, published author and poet working as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledge’s at Deakin University. His recent book is called Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world.

Dr Angel M.Y. Lin 

Position: Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual and Intercultural Education

Bio: Angel M. Y. Lin received her Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada in 1996. Since then her research and teaching have focused on bilingual and multilingual education, academic literacies, languages and literacies across the curriculum, and language policy and planning in postcolonial contexts. She has published seven research books and over a hundred research articles. She serves on the editorial boards of leading international research journals including Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Language and Education, and Pragmatics and Society. In January 2018, Angel Lin moved to Simon Fraser University to take up the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Plurilingual and Intercultural Education.