Founder and Director of Strong Women Talking and Advocate for First Nation’s Women
Sono Leone is a Garawa and Butchulla woman who has grown up most her life on Turrbull country in Meanjin Brisbane.
Sono is a passionate advocate for First Nation’s women, particularly women who have experienced family and domestic violence. Sono has a long spanning career working with her mob in community on Brisbane’s Northside over the last 15 years. Sono is the Founder and Director of Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu, which is a domestic & family violence prevention organisation, working with First Nation women in community since 2016.
Her passion is to see the cycle of violence broken within communities and see women living safe, healthy lives able to pursue their destiny’s and dreams again.
June Oscar AO
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD .
She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.
June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.
In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.
June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3, 2017.
Non-Executive Director and Advisor to several Fintech Start-ups
Hugo is a financial services executive with over 20 years of wealth management and capital markets experience.
Originally from El Salvador, Hugo’s family migrated to the US where he studied and later built a successful career in funds management working for Fidelity Investment, Scudder Investments and Alliance Bernstein. Prior to relocating his family to Sydney, Hugo was Partner and Head Trader at Philadelphia International Advisors, L.P. (PIA), a US international money manager. In 2010, Hugo worked for Deutsche Bank (Sydney) and later founded Opico Capital, a Sydney based hedge fund.
Hugo now serves as Non-Executive Director and Advisor to several fintech start-ups. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bentley University as well as an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.
Hugo was previously a Responsible Officer for an Australian Financial Services License (AFLS) and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow at FINSIA.
CEO/Founder of ID. Know Yourself
Isaiah is a Butchulla and Gawara saltwater man. Butchulla of Fraser Island, Hervey Bay and Gawara of the Northern Territory, his skin name is Yakamarri.
Isaiah is a strong advocate for Indigenous children in Out of Home Care and showing that “Its not what you know, it is what you do that matters”. Isaiah is currently the CEO / Founder of the first Aboriginal mentoring organisation to support Aboriginal young people in Out of Home Care in New South Wales called ID. Know Yourself. This infused passion is derived from his own experience growing up with disadvantage in foster care for 18 of his childhood and shifting through multiple foster homes.
Isaiah has worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Lendlease and the AFL. He has studied at Charles Sturt University, gaining a diploma in workforce essentials and has completed a certificate III in Vocational and Study Pathways, with also completing training Introduction to Trauma Informed Care and Practice with Blu Knot.
Isaiah was the finalist for the 2019 NSW / ACT Channel 7 Young Achiever Awards and was the winner of the 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander TAFE NSW student of the year and was the overall TAFE NSW student graduate of the year, being the first Indigenous person to do so.
Isaiah has represented his community at the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, bringing home the major award of ‘Positive Influence’ and represented in Australia in America amongst 9 young Indigenous Leaders chosen by the National Congress of the Australia’s first Peoples. Isaiah was a part of the first Aboriginal team to sail in the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Sydney to Gold Coast race, Isaiah was previously selected by Prime Minister and Cabinet to attend the World Indigenous Business Conference in New Zealand.
Isaiah believes that “it doesn’t matter what you know, what matters is what you do”.