Therese Davis (Chair)
Therese Davis is an Associate Professor and head of the Film and TV Studies program at Monash University. Previously, she has worked on community radio and as a media activist. Therese holds a degree in Communications, a Masters in Cultural Studies and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney. Her doctoral thesis on the face, death and spectatorship in the media age was published as The Face on the Screen: Death, Recognition and Spectatorship (Intellect, 2004). She is also the co-author with Felicity Collins of Australian Cinema After Mabo (CUP, 2004).
Therese has been teaching film and television studies at Australian universities since 1994. Throughout this time she has maintained a strong interest in the relationship between theory and media practice in both her teaching and research. Therese is the co-recipient of a 2006 ARC Discovery Grant to investigate collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers and writers in Australia since 1960, and has co-edited with Belinda Smaill a special issue of Camera Obscura on “The Place of the Contemporary Female Director” (2014). In 2009, she was awarded the Ivan Hutchinson Prize for Best Writing on Australian Film by the Australian Film Critics Association. Currently, Therese is collaborating with filmmaker Romaine Moreton on a research project funded by Screen Australia looking at Indigenous filmmaking models.
Emma Jenkin (Deputy Chair)
Emma Jenkin is a finance professional who has worked internationally in investment banking, funds management, environmental finance and in several start-ups including as a CFO. Emma has a degree in mathematics and finance and has a love of numbers combined with an aptitude for problem solving. Emma is a film lover who is passionate about gender equality and supports increased participation of women in all facets of the film industry. Emma recently become an executive producer on a television series pilot – profiling a female tech start up entrepreneur and directed by an emerging female director.
Leanne Tonkes develops and produces engaging and emotional stories with a focus on content for female audiences worldwide. She has become an advocate for Gender Equality in the film industry and champions the careers of female writers and directors. Her credits include director Mairi Cameron’s debut feature The Second which will premiere in cinemas and on STAN in 2018, award winning web series This is Desmondo Ray!, feature film My Mistress, and AFI award winning short Dog with an Electric Collar. She is currently producing Emma Freeman’s feature film The Circus written by Alice Bell and Tigress to be directed by Leena Yadav and written by Jane Hampson. She is also adapting two novels - Erin McKean's The Secret Lives of Dresses and The Wedding Season with Menik Gooneratne, Gurinda Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (Bend It Like Beckham).
Hari is a practising lawyer with over 15 years experience in professional and financial services. She is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary of an ASX listed fund manager and Company Secretary on another ASX listed investment company. Prior to this, Hari spent more than a decade at a global financial institution in various senior legal, risk and compliance roles. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.
Throughout her career Hari has been a mentor, supporter and champion of women. She is equally passionate about film.
Emma formed CloudPlanning.com.au, an online town planning consultancy, in 2016. Prior to which Emma held senior positions in metropolitan and regional local Councils and the private sector in town planning. Emma also worked for Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. Emma is a full member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Association.
In addition to a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (Hons), Emma has completed a Masters in Public and International Law. During her studies at Melbourne Law School, Emma was elected President of the Melbourne Law Masters Student Association for two consecutive terms.
Emma’s high level communication and negotiation skills, combined with her win-win attitude and enthusiasm are responsible for her success in planning and business. Emma is also a passionate advocate for gender equality and human rights.