2020 Speaker Profiles

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Postponing the DAN Conference 2020

The coronavirus COVID-19 is causing understandable concern among delegates. The situation is fluid but, as a precaution and to ensure the safety of the DAN community, we have decided to postpone this year’s conference. The new date will be determined as more information becomes available.


Mark Case joined Oxley College at the start of 2018, having been a Housemaster at Newington College in Sydney since 2011. His previous pastoral experience includes being Form Master for Years 11 and 12 and Deputy Head of Middle School at Trinity School in the UK from 2002. He has a Master of Arts from Oxford University and played rugby for the university as an undergraduate. 

Mark has a strong interest in critical thinking and has presented professional learning workshops at the 2013 International Boys’ School Coalition Conference and throughout Australia on the theme of ‘Inspiring Questions’ in 2017.

Mark has been extensively involved in promoting social justice issues, initiating his previous school’s involvement in White Ribbon Day and establishing a partnership with the Asylum Seekers Centre.

The Reverend Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He was then WVA’s Chief Advocate until 2019, continuing to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda.

Tim is currently Director of Micah Australia addressing issues of Australia’s Aid for global poverty. He is also Senior Advisor for the Centre for Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).

In 1997, Tim was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures and in 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

After ordination in 1988, Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black worked at the Hertsmere Progressive Synagogue near London for 15 years.  He was involved in developing a pluralist Jewish state school sector with primary schools and eventually the Jewish Community Secondary School.  He was also involved in developing the new liturgy of the UK Liberal Jewish Movement.

Jonathan also became heavily involved in environmental work, building an underground eco-home in London, and established JECO, the Jewish Ecological Coalition, in Melbourne in 2003, and has been involved with The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change for some years.  He is very concerned about the unfolding climate crisis and considers it the most pressing threat to humanity.

Jonathan was also instrumental in establishing the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia. In 2007, Jonathan spoke at an interfaith seminar in Canberra with the Dalai Lama on ‘Paths to Peace’, and also gave a keynote lecture for the First Common Dreams conference in Sydney and again in 2019. 

Dr Felicity McCutcheon has a First Class Honours degree in Religious Studies from London University and a PhD in Philosophy from University of New South Wales. She has lectured in Philosophy at the major Sydney universities, spent a year in Oxford as a Visiting Fellow and is a published author.

Her love of teaching led Felicity into school education in 1997 where she has worked to develop a more rigorous approach to philosophy, ethics, religion and values education. Felicity has been a keynote speaker at various national conferences, worked for 2 years across Australasia as a Religious and Values Education consultant and for 5 years was course coordinator for the Charles Sturt Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education.

She has been at Melbourne Grammar School since 2006 where she held the position of Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies before taking on the role of Head of Teaching and Learning in 2017.

Dr Rosalind McDougall is an ethicist in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Rosalind’s research and teaching focus on the ethical challenges faced by health professionals.

Her background is in philosophy and qualitative research, and she brings these ideas and approaches to interdisciplinary analysis of issues in patient care. She has published widely in clinical ethics and reproductive ethics, and is an award-winning educator.  In 2018, she was selected as one of the ABC’s Top 5 researchers in the humanities and social sciences. 

Rosalind is a co-founder of the Australasian Clinical Ethics Network, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Dr Luke Russell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. His research explores moral philosophy and he has written about evil, forgiveness, virtue and vice.

Luke’s book “Evil: A Philosophical Investigation” was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Luke teaches ethics, moral psychology, and critical thinking, as well as running the University’s high school philosophy course, Mind and Morality.

Professor Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as one of the “rock stars” of Australia’s digital revolution. 

Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka “killer robots”), speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT.

He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled 2062: The World that AI Made.