Diversity Luncheon Panel Members


Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Dr Tim SoutphommasaneDr Tim Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m not racist but … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

A first-generation Australian, Dr Soutphommasane was raised in southwest Sydney. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of The University of Sydney.

For those interested in the correct pronunciation of Dr Soutphommasane’s surname, the phonetic spelling of it is Soot-pom-ma-sarn.

Ms. Deborah Hadwen

Deborah Hadwen Deborah Hadwen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Australia and New Zealand business in April 2011. In this role Deborah is responsible for all operations of TCS in the region. Previously Deborah led the banking and financial services business. In this role she led teams that acquired a significant portfolio of key clients and delivered a wide range of complex technology services.

Deborah joined IBM Australia upon graduation and worked for IBM and Goal Systems (acquired by Legent Corporation) in technical roles. Deborah then spent nine years with Compuware Asia Pacific, while based in Singapore as Sales Director, Software & Services, and prior to that based in Melbourne and Sydney in various management roles. Deborah is skilled in business management, leadership and complex technology delivery. She has a depth of experience in leading and developing high performing teams.

Deborah received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Merit) from University of Sydney, her Master of Commercial Law from Macquarie University and completed executive management education at Harvard Business School. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2011 Deborah was NSW finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the year awards.

Ms. Alison Monroe

Alison MonroeAlison has directed a number of industry first career and ageing workforce projects, including the Federal Government Corporate Champions programme, the NSW Government Mature Workforce Retention Project and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games career transition.

Alison is a passionate and insightful career and ageing workforce specialist, conference chair, presenter and awards judge.

Alison was a founding director of Sageco in 2004 and was appointed as a director to the HREXL board in 2013.