Meet the Project Team
Leading social license expert, Dr Sara Bice, heads the project team. Sara is President-Elect for the International Association for Impact Assessment and has worked with organisations including, Oxfam Australia; Rio Tinto; the Brotherhood of St Laurence; local, state and Commonwealth governments; Transurban; AustralianSuper and the United Nations Association to advance their global sustainable development goals.
In 2016, Sara was named an inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellow, one of only four in Australia. She is Director, Research Translation and Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne. Here, she leads a range of projects on corporate social performance in impactful industries and the ‘Public Policy in the Asian Century’ project. She is an award-winning author and regular media commentator. Her latest book, Responsible Mining, is out now.
Kirsty O’Connell has successfully led communication and engagement for more than $17 billion in transformational multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects during her 20 year career. Most recently she was Head of Communications and Engagement for the Australian Government’s $10 billion Inland Rail Project where she led engagement across a 1700km project alignment working with stakeholders from the Australian Government, three states and 46 local government areas.
Kirsty is a member of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ISCA) and has worked closely with ISCA to develop its updated stakeholder credits. In 2016 she was the only Australian engagement practitioner invited to participate in an international forum with the world’s development banks, identifying gaps in social and environmental safeguards for international development projects.