Speakers' Profile


Dr Patricia Edgar

Founder and inaugural head of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF)

Dr Patricia Edgar AM. Founder and inaugural head of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).
She was the architect of the Australian Children’s Television Standards and founder of the World Summit Movement, hosting the first World Summit on Media for Children in Melbourne in 1995. She is a teacher, researcher, producer, writer and experienced policy maker. Her programs have garnered more than 100 national and international awards. She is the author of 12 books, numerous articles and reports and widely recognized as an authority in the media field Website www.patriciaedgaranddonedgar.com


Dr Javad Mottaghi

Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

Dr Javad Mottaghi is currently the Secretary General who is also Chief Executive of the ABU. He has 35 years of national and international experience in media/communication in the following areas: International Affairs, Media/communication development and broadcasting, AV productions and co-production, ICTs, capacity building, networking, research, publications, negotiations, fund raising, news and programming for radio and television, social and cultural television programmes and sports coverage. He is also a member of the Board for the World Radio & Television Council (WRTVC) since 2001, Dr Mottaghi is currently Associate member of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York and a member of The International Academy of Television and Radio in Russia since December 2002. In 2009, Dr Mottaghi was awarded with the Elizabeth R Award for Exceptional Contribution to Public Service Broadcasting.


Olya Booyar

Head of Radio for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

Olya is Head of Radio for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) an association of broadcasting and industry bodies reaching more than half the world's population. She organized the 2014 World Summit on Children and Media, hosted by the ABU in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Olya began her career at Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). She was General Manager of the Content, Consumer and Citizen Division of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and managed communications and public affairs for the Australian Writers' Guild. Olya is a past-President of the global International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) and is on the Board of Australia's National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).


Adrian Mills

Director, Business & Operations, England, BBC

Adrian is responsible for the operations of the BBC in England and has more than 30 years' experience in education and broadcast media, working on television, radio and online. He has produced, directed, commissioned and scheduled programs for adults and children for public service broadcasters in the UK and Canada. An International Emmy Award winner and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Adrian was Chair of Summit 2000 – Children, Youth & Media Beyond the Millennium, held in Toronto, Canada.