ROXANE HORTON is a communications practitioner who has spent more than a decade working as a political writer and researcher. She recently established an ethical clothing label in order to better understand and articulate the benefits of ‘socially good’ consumption. She utilises marketing and writing skills through social media channels, website content and traditional media outreach. With a Masters Degrees in International Relations/ Human Rights from the University of Auckland and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Brown University, USA, Roxane’s strengths lie in her ability to communicate issues in an authoritative yet digestible style.
Roxane has undertaken study on US/Asian foreign policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC and regularly attends foreign affairs and public policy conferences. In establishing her Cambodian-made ethical fashion brand, Alexandria Main, Roxane understands first hand, the challenges facing sustainable businesses.
Roxane has worked as a government policy/media adviser, researcher and speech writer in New Zealand and Australia at both state and federal levels. Writing shorter pieces for publication or long form research briefs, she is used to meeting demanding deadlines. Roxane has a particular interest in sustainable development, public policy, trade and ethical fashion. She has been a regular contributor to the World Politics Review, a specialist foreign policy publication. Roxane also has an interest in social issues, establishing and running pro bono a major medical research charity in New Zealand for six years and undertaking research for homeless NGO, Micah, in Brisbane.
Roxane’s interests include travel, yoga and fashion. She has been a board member of Cambodian NGO, Human and Hope Association.
JULIE BUXTON is a human rights lawyer with a Masters of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne. Julie is a 2017 Churchill scholar and will be undertaking research into truth and reconciliation models around the world. She has a unique perspective that merges expertise in law and public policy with use of the arts and digital media to promote respect for human rights and social inclusion. Following more than a decade in corporate law, Julie has spent the past seven years focussing on Indigenous and multicultural issues.
Julie has been invited by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to appear on a regional consultation panel examining Transitional Justice for the Asia Pacific.
Julie co-established and is a director of Big Red Films, a not-for-profit film company that utilises the power of film to give a voice to those who are otherwise marginalised and underprivileged. She is an impact producer at Prison Songs Impact Campaign, a documentary that gives voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has directed and produced two Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festivals. Julie has also worked in Timor-Leste with the United Nations Serious Crimes Unit and subsequently worked with the Timor-Leste government and NGOs in delivering a professional development session [for government and NGO workers] on family violence laws and policies. In addition, Julie has worked as a senior policy adviser in Victoria’s Koori Justice Unit and as a Human Rights Adviser to the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People.
Julie is also an avid photographer, traveller and enjoys reading in her rare spare time. She won an AUSAID Award for her photographic representation of girls in a post-conflict zone in Asia (Timor Leste). She has also published a gift book, which was distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Hardie Grant: www.miggytree.com.au.