Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM
Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is the Managing Director of Transfield Holdings, and Prisma Investment – a private Family Office. He has a B. Arch. (UNSW) and a Dip.Urb.Est. Mgmt. (UTS) and is also a member of the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board.
In 2004 he founded The newDemocracy Foundation, a non-for-profit research organization focused on political reform. In 2009 he was awarded an AM for his work in arts and the community generally, and in 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Western Sydney University.
Iain Walker is Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) in Australia, a role he has held since 2011.
Iain has led over 20 trial projects at local government and state government level including projects for State Premiers on both sides of politics. The topics have ranged from long-term budgeting for the $4bn City of Melbourne Financial Plan to the potential for a high-level nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia. In the water industry, nDF designed the 2017 Citizens’ Jury process for Yarra Valley Water.
Research and Design Program Manager
Kyle is our Research and Design Program Manager at the newDemocracy Foundation. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the University of New South Wales (2017) and has since designed and managed a number of newDemocracy's most recent projects, including our Democracy in Geelong, Yarra Valley Water, ACT Housing Choices and Byron Shire Council projects.
He has also worked with international partners to design democratic innovations in Eupen, Fortaleza and Madrid. He has also co-authored the recently published handbook ‘Enabling National Initiatives to Take Democracy Beyond Elections’ for the United Nations Democracy Fund.
Kathy Jones, principal of communications consultancy KJA, is an expert in issues management.
She has twenty years' experience devising communications and consultation strategies on complex, politically sensitive projects, particularly in the areas of transport, infrastructure and human services.
Lyn Carson is a former professor in applied politics at the University of Sydney Business School, former professor with the University of Western Sydney, former academic director of the United States Studies Centre, and currently an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance at the University of Canberra. ‘Carson’ also currently serves as newDemocracy’s research director.
She has written handbooks on community engagement and many articles and book chapters on public participation, including a book, with Brian Martin, Random Selection in Politics (1999) and co-edited The Australian Citizens’ Parliament & The Future of Deliberative Democracy (2013).
Director of Engagement and Outreach
Polita is Director of Engagement & Outreach at the newDemocracy Foundation. She has a background in innovation and community building, having been the National Program Director for The School of Life in Australia.
She has worked extensively in the not-for-profit and arts sector and has over 10 years of experience as a facilitator and program designer.