The SpeakOut Authors

Wendy Sarkissian PhD
, an author and lecturer with a doctorate in environmental ethics, has taught in schools of planning, landscape architecture and architecture and has co-authored several award-winning books.

She is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

As a consultant and researcher focusing on sustainability and community engagement, she has pioneered innovative planning and development approaches, earning over forty professional awards.

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Wendy Sarkissian

Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau, MURP
, is a trained planner with several years of community planning experience in rural and urban settings in Hawaii. She maintains her involvement in various community collaborations in Hawai’i through her consulting practice that focuses on community engagement.


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Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau

Andrea Cook, MPIA
, is a strategic urban/community planner with 18 years’ experience in the public, private and tertiary sectors in Australia and on overseas development projects. Since 2004, Andrea has managed her own small consultancy firm, Red Road Consulting.


Andrea Cook

Kelvin Walsh
, is an Urban Designer recognized for his innovative development work where new approaches and models have been required in response to the complexities of local environments and cultures. He has worked across Asia and the Middle East, and has held senior positions in Australia in the public and private sectors.

Kelvin Walsh

Steph Vajda (
formerly Walton) is passionate about social change and in working with communities to develop their ability to articulate and actualise their needs through active participation. With a background in creative arts, social justice and environmental advocacy, Steph has combined this practical community building experience with tertiary environmental planning studies and social planning experience. He currently manages   a cultural planning consultancy using public events to create opportunities for collaboration, networking, capacity strengthening and skills exchange.

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Steph Vajda