Jason De Santolo (Garrwa and Barunggam people), Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (UTS Sydney, Australia)
Jason has a background in law and a Research Masters in Social Science. Prior to working within Indigenous higher education research centres he undertook various legal consultancies and worked on Indigenous documentary production. Over the past few years he has taken part in a diverse range of research projects including Treaty claims research in Aotearoa/NZ, Indigenous program/policy evaluation, comparative legal analysis and creative practice. He actively collaborates with artists, musicians and filmmakers through creative practice and has coordinated international Indigenous delegations to Aoteaora/NZ and the U.S. Jason continues to pursue documentary and new media potential for enhancement of research and project outcomes in communities. Jason’s work at Jumbunna focuses on developing creative self determination strategies, the sharing of knowledge for the earth’s sustainability and the enhancement of indigenous wellbeing.
Professor Jon Dovey (Director, Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE Bristol)
A distinguished scholar and practitioner with previous publications in the areas of documentary, reality television and new media, Jon has most recently drawn these threads together to focus on future oriented digital practices that embrace documentary form and content. Director of the UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre, he was an organizer of the first i-Docs symposium on interactive documentary in Bristol, 2011. Most recently, the Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies Hub (REACT) headed up by Jon was awarded £5 million by the UK government’s research and funding agency, AHRC. The funding is targeted towards encouraging linkages and entrepreneurial development in the creative economy as well as encouraging more researchers in the arts and humanities to actively engage with research-based knowledge exchange.
David Hernandez-Palmar (Lipuana Clan, Wayuu. Venezuela)
A photographer, videomaker, programme organizer and journalist, David has produced documentaries for broadcast in Europe for Deutsche Welle and Canal Arte and has worked collaboratively on documentaries on the Wayuu such as Dalia se va de Jepira (2006). He has participated twice in NMAI Native American Film + Video Festivals, as a co-director of the documentary Owners of the Water and as a discussant in the roundtable, “Mother Earth in Crisis” at the 2011 Native American Film Festival. He has been a guest researcher at the Anthropology Department of the University of Iowa, and is a member of the advisory boards of PeruVine/PeruDigital, the Ethnographic Digital Laboratory of the University of Central Florida and the International Ethnobotanical Association.
Emma Kaye (CEO, Gate7 New Media, Cape Town, South Africa)
Recently profiled by IT News Africa as one of the top five African women in Science and Technology, Emma is internationally recognized as a thought-leading industry catalyst in animation and mobility. In 2005, she co-directed the award winning animated documentary Beyond Freedom. She was co-founder of Triggerfish Animation and AnimationSA.org (the voice of the animation industry), and founder of the animation festival for Sithengi (Africa’s largest film market). She is currently active in mobile entertainment consulting and social development. In 2008 Emma co-founded Mobfest - Africa’s first User Generated Mobile Content platform and is the founder and CEO of Bozza, a mobile application which enables communities to tell their stories from the inside out. Focused on contextually relevant made-for-mobile content, Bozza is rooted in townships across Africa, allowing friends and communities to see and share life through local music, videos, photos, a market place and more.