Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Book Club

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Join Dan Bourchier as former political journalist and author of uniquely honest parenting book You Will (Probably) Survive Lauren Dubois, ABC Radio Canberra Breakfast host Lish Fejer, sustainability entrepreneur Sophia Hamblin Wang, and leader in sustainability Dr Kate Ringvall share their favourite books but with a subtle Floriade twist!

Lauren is a former political journalist who worked in TV and radio in the federal Press Gallery before taking a break to have her children. Having dealt with tantrums, meltdowns and hissy fits from the people who run our country, Lauren thought dealing with one tiny baby would be a breeze. She was wrong.

As she struggled to find her way in this new, isolating and confidence-crushing world, Lauren started to write: and people started to read. Her award-winning blog, The Thud, shares her sometimes raw, often hilarious, occasionally foul-mouthed observations of surviving motherhood, warts and all.

Lish Fejer presents ABC Radio Canberra’s Breakfast program.

She loves an early start. Growing up in the bush she studied science at ANU.

She’s worked in the field of science communication as a presenter, speaker, writer and exhibition developer including co-hosting ABC TV’s eco-home-reno show Carbon Cops.

Lish rides a bike, does science experiments at parties (she met her husband when she fired a scone out of a potato cannon), spends her down time in the garden and kitchen and loves Canberra.

Sophia Hamblin Wang is a carbon technologist, circular economy expert, university lecturer and diversity advocate.

She is the Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International, a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and other valuable industrial products.

Sophia completed a Bachelor of International Business with First Class Honours at ANU. She has been featured in ABC TV’s Q&A, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Australian Newspaper’s The Deal Magazine and Sky News.

An Australian representative at many international stages, Sophia presented on a panel ‘Building a New Carbon Economy’ at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos, was a delegate at the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York 2019 and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India in 2017.

Sophia is a Founding Director of CO2 Value Australia, an advocacy group for technologies utilising CO2 into chemicals, fuels and minerals. A key part of her work is educating the public and policy-makers that carbon dioxide is a resource that can be turned into value-added products, and that utilisation technologies can make a significant impact to our climate change targets.

Additionally, Sophia is a Member of the Australian Capital Territory Climate Change Council, Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School and was titled Resource Innovator of the Year at the New Materials Summit in Berlin in 2018.

Ms Hamblin Wang is the outgoing curator of the Global Shapers Canberra Hub, has a long-service medal for work with the Australian Red Cross and was awarded an Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award in 2006 for work in aged care, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

Kate is a leader in the sustainability field and have been for more than 20 years – working, studying and exploring the many facets that make up Sustainability as we know it today. Her first job as a graduate was in a recycling processing plant in Fremantle and she remains an avid and committed recycler!

With a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning, her areas of expertise and interest are in the Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainability Branding, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. She has worked for governments at all levels, large corporations, and Universities – implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices.

Kate is also a Co-founder and a Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative, who are leading the way for the development of a Circular Economy in WA.

Dan Bourchier presents ABC Canberra’s 7pm News bulletin, is a regular on radio, tv, and major events coverage across the ABC.

Dan grew up in the outback Northern Territory mining town of Tennant Creek and began reporting for the local newspaper when he was 14, going on to work for the NT News. His younger years in Tennant Creek, together with his coastal Victorian Aboriginal heritage, have instilled in him a deep interest in the culture, history and social justice issues of Australia’s First Nation people.

From 2010 he was with National Indigenous Television (NITV) in Sydney and Canberra before moving to Darwin in 2012 to join Sky News as its NT bureau chief. In that role he covered stories including the fourth inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Top End and the subsequent deployment of US Marines to the Territory. He was the first to announce the rolling of NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, breaking the news on air while the Cabinet was still in discussion. Most recently he was Political Reporter and National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Sky News based in Canberra.

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