Guest speakers



President International Play Association (IPA)

As a beneficiary of a happy, healthy childhood, Robyn has made her life’s work advocating the same for all children.  Her career has spanned 35 years, encompassing senior leadership roles in education, local government, children’s services, and the charity sector . Robyn’s work as an advocate has included participation on a UN working group for the development of the General Comment on Article 31 “The child’s right to play”.



University of Melbourne

Melissa is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems. Her research examines what players value about modern boardgames and boardgame play, and what interactions play evokes, as well as how players use a game and its components during play. 



CEO, Volunteering Victoria

Scott has been CEO of Volunteering Victoria, since 2018 and was previously CEO of Volunteering New Zealand. Scott has led several innovative initiatives to maximise the volunteering impact over the years, including the world’s first continuing professional development program for leaders of volunteers. Internationally, Scott has worked with the Kettering Foundation, a US democracy think-tank, on the role of civil society in supporting and sustaining democratic dialogue.

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Managing Director, Culture Hero

Culture Hero is a playful, boutique, global consulting agency. They create deep, systemic culture change in workplaces through play-based learning experiences. They improve workplace culture by enabling people to be more authentic, creative and playful at work. Their unique approach allows organisations to think differently and develop greater emotional intelligence. From in-person to virtual and hybrid, they provide organisations with the mindset and skills needed to navigate this ever-changing world.

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