Anna Maria Faust, Head of Conference Production, Australia
Conference platforms have traditionally been dominated by white male speakers, but the representation of women and people of colour is improving – thanks to people like Anna Maria.
In 2022, Anna Maria and her team made it their goal to attract a minimum 50% of female speakers across RX Australia’s conference programmes. Leaving no stone unturned they were successful in improving female representation in industries often dominated by males, especially within the mining and energy sectors.
In a first for All-Energy Australia, Anna Maria and her team also successfully incorporated a First Nations ‘Community and Local Energy’ panel and speakers into the 2022 programmes. The First Nations speakers included representatives from Indigenous Energy Australia, the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Original Power and the session was packed to the rafters.
Anna Maria and her team also invited an elder from the Torres Strait Island Regional Council to speak in a Waste Expo Australia panel session around future waste strategies for local councils. This was another first for this event and a great opportunity for a remote part of Australia to have its voice heard amongst its peers.
Anna Maria drives the culture of the conference team which always has inclusivity and diversity front of mind, whilst at the same time being thoroughly researched and based on industry needs. Wherever possible Anna Maria promotes female, LGBTQIA+ and First Nations speakers within the conference programs – providing a broader depth to programmes. It is an area Anna Maria and her team champion and intend to expand in future years.