Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jacques De Vos Malan

Dr. Jacques de Vos Malan is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has spent the past 6 years directing Australia’s largest interdisciplinary research program, publishing evidence-based research reports for Australia’s Chief Scientist. With a group of Australian academics and Academy Fellows, each distinguished in their own field, he authored "Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility", ACOLA 2015, a major report on the future of Australian cities. With the launch of the Australian National Development Index (ANDI), he will help to establish Australia's first big transdisciplinary research program.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Cape Town, London (King’s College) and Pretoria. His work is published in New York, Cape Town and Canberra and included in the National Library Canberra, the Gaudeamus Foundation Contemporary Music Library, Amsterdam and the New York Public Library. He worked as an arts administrator in South Africa and Australia for more than thirty years, where his roles included Executive Director of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Recital Centre.


Dr Aileen M. Pidgeon

Aileen Pidgeon, PhD (Clin)  is an Assistant Professor Psychology at Bond University, co-Director of the Mindfulness Resilience Wellness Centre. and a board registered Clinical Psychologist.  Aileen's widely published research identifies innovative ways to reveal the full transformative potential of mindfulness training. She explores how much a person can change under ideal circumstances by leading evidence-based mindfulness training initiatives and evaluating their effectiveness  on  improving cognitive  resilience, psychological well-being and social connectedness.

Another focus of Aileen’s work is determining the optimal ways to integrate mindfulness into Universities. At Bond University, Aileen has led the development of the evidence-based Mindfulness Awareness Resilience Skills Training (MARST) program and App.  She also designs and teaches research-based mindfulness retreats and n the science and practice of mindfulness. She has also led training, workshops and retreats on Mindfulness and Resilience skills training to promote the psychological health and wellbeing in the community. Aileen sits on a number of boards and advisory groups in the field of education and research .

Dr Pidgeon is the  co-author of Pathways Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, which is an internationally recognized program that is currently in use across 24 countries worldwide, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Netherlands, France, Scotland and the United States, translated into 6 languages, with 30,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to many families.  Continued research shows its effectiveness in reducing the incidences of child maltreatment in families at risk and improving parent-child attachment.