Facilitator, MATE Program, Griffith University
Michael is a man of varied experience. Raised in Colombo, Michael came to Australia when his family was forced to flee the civil war in Sri Lanka. Michael went on to a 12-year career as a professional League cricketer before moving on to become a community leader. Michael runs lifeskills programs for elite sporting teams, schools and community groups. He is passionate about making a difference and supporting men in taking total ownership of the way they treat women. Michael is well known for his engaging facilitation and is an integral member of the MATE Program. He also has wildlife ranger status in Zimbabwe where he runs a business taking people on wildlife safari tours.
Katrina Irawati Graham
Chair & Queensland Board Member WIFT Australia; Facilitator, MATE Program, Griffith University
Katrina was instrumental in bringing together women filmmakers across the country to form WIFT Australia, a national advocacy body for gender parity and representation of women in the Australian screen industry. She is the Chair and Queensland board member for WIFT Australia. She is both a founding member and a board member of NOW Australia, a not for profit organization to combat sexual harassment and bullying in Australian workplaces. Katrina is an award winning writer and director as well as an emerging playwright. Her play, Siti Rubiyah, developed through the LOTUS program, is currently optioned by Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP). It recently had booked out works in progress showings at the Sydney Festival. Katrina’s memory play, Bi Empat, emerged from Playlab’s Incubator program and is part of La Boite’s 2019 Highway Festival. She celebrates her Indonesian-Australian heritage and champions representations of diversity.
Director, MATE Program, Griffith University
Shaan Ross-Smith commenced at Griffith University in late 2016 as the Director of the MATE program delivered through Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program. Shaan has spent 16 years working with prisoners though her various managerial and director roles with Queensland Corrective Services. Shaan chose to diversify this experience in 2014 to work with victims/survivors at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre. Shaan’s passion for ending gender-based violence saw her make the transition to MATE where she can focus on primary prevention, after years of working in the response phase. Shaan holds postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and is the Chair of the Board at DV Connect.
Assistant Director, MATE Program, Griffith University
Anoushka is a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies graduate, majoring in Psychology. She has worked in Human Resources for the Department of Education and Training for the last seven years with a focus on Employee Relations roles that enabled her to further understand drivers of human behaviour. Anoushka has a passion for social issues, particularly around gender equality and violence against women.