Partnerships Theme Panellist
David Vadiveloo is a human rights lawyer, educator and screen producer.
He received the 2005 Australian Human Rights Award for Individual Community Achievement, recognizing his work with Indigenous communities and specifically with young people. In the same year he became the youngest person to be Highly Commended for the Australian Human Rights Medal which celebrates lifelong commitment to human rights.
For over 25 years across the legal, media and education sectors, David has been invited to partner with marginalised communities to facilitate community owned and driven reform. He has facilitated programs, consulted and been a speaker throughout Australia, Indonesia, Sth Africa, Canada, and the United States. An example of his work with Indigenous communities in Australia was documented in the popular 2-part ABC television series “Voices from the Cape”, described by Rachael Maza as “Inspirational! – A project that should be watched by all Australians.”
Since 2007 David and his wife, Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, have worked in close partnership with Indigenous and at-risk youth in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Alaska (www.communityprophets.com).
In 2015 David will commence a long-term, facility-wide pilot program with young offenders at the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Centres in Victoria.