Dr Michelle Maloney – Co-Founder and National Convenor
|Dr Michelle Maloney has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle manages the strategic direction and governance of AELA, including the extensive partnerships and networks that AELA has with the legal, academic, indigenous and environmental advocacy communities. Michelle also designs and manages AELA programs and events, including AELA’s Rights of Nature Tribunals, and coordinates the work of more than 25 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia.
Michelle is the Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the Chairperson of the Queensland Environmental Defender’s Office. Michelle lives in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband, daughter and Raz the Wonderdog. To see Michelle’s profile and publications please click here
Annabelle Nilsson – Challenging Consumption
|Annabelle Nilsson (BA/LLB(Hons) is an indigenous land rights lawyer currently advising on the co-management of environmentally protected land and sea areas. Her legal experience includes the practice of planning, environment, native title and property law within private practice, the Commonwealth government, and international and domestic NGOs.
Annabelle is passionate about challenging consumption as a means to addressing one of the drivers of climate change and leads the planned obsolescence law reform and community engagement campaigns of AELA’s Challenging Consumption project. Annabelle currently resides in Cairns with her family and enjoys immersing herself in the natural wonders of Far North Queensland.
Mahesh Kandasamy – Program Manager, New Economy
Julia Grieves – Earth Ethics and Exploring Eco-spirituality
Janelle Rees – Earth Laws and Governance
Maggie Shambrook – Community Development
Maggie Shambrook is a community development practitioner with over 30 years of experience, including locality development, social research, organisational development, management of community centres, managing social justice programs and overseeing varied service delivery. Maggie is passionate about social justice and local scale governance, and enjoys the challenge of applying her skills and knowledge in an ever-changing environment.
Maggie provides invaluable support to AELA’s multi-disciplinary team by providing advice about community engagement and community development processes, working on projects within AELA’s ‘Supporting Earth Friendly Governance’ stream of work and providing community development training and support for AELA volunteers.
Dr Edward Morgan – Science Coordinator
Peter Thiedeke – Earth Arts and Transmedia Projects
|Peter Thiedeke has a Masters in Interactive Digital Media and a diverse history, working internationally as a Photographer and Creative Director producing award winning stills and moving image work across the physical and digital worlds.
With a roundly unique perspective, he has worked extensively with advertising and digital agencies large and small, publishers, record companies, musicians, designers, web developers, entrepreneurs, architects, creative collectives, universities, galleries and museums. His clients span the globe from London, Paris and New York to Sydney, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. Peter works with AELA on a range of projects, including RONA16 and a new project creating short films about Earth jurisprudence. You can see some of Peter’s work on his website – http://www.peterthiedeke.com/
Luke Day – IT and website support
Patricia Sauer – Book keeper and administration
|Patricia Sauer has 20 years’ experience in book keeping, business management, human resources and office administration.
Patricia is an invaluable member of the AELA team and provides support to a range of AELA’s programs.