Áslaug Arnoldsdóttir

Áslaug Arnoldsdóttir studied nursing because her real passion was for travelling.

Since receiving her B.Sc. degree in nursing from the University of Iceland in 1994, she has divided her time between the Intensive Care Unit in Reykjavik’s University hospital and working in conflict areas around the world with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).  Since 1998, Áslaug has been a regular facilitator at the Icelandic Red Cross’s Basic Training Course for new delegates and from 2015, a part time lecturer at the University of Iceland, mainly focusing on transcultural nursing and health care in conflict areas.

Áslaug lives in Reykjavík Iceland and has not lost her passion for travelling.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.  Soon after, he became inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84).  Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96) and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6).  His appointment to the High Court of Australia followed in 1996 and he served thirteen years.  In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93).  He also served on many national and international bodies.  Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007- 9) and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights(2004-).

Following his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010.  He served as a Board Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2009-14).  He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings.  He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates at home and abroad.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia (2009 – ).

He served 2011-12 as a member of the Eminent Persons Group on the future of the Commonwealth of Nations. He was a Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law 2011-2012.  He was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, based in Berlin in 2012.  In 2013- 2014, he was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea.  He a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Lancet Commission on AIDS to the Right to Health (2013-2014); the Global Fund’s Equitable Access Panel (2015-16); the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines (2015-16); and UNAIDS/OHCHR’s panel on overreach of criminal law (2017); and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (2018 – ).

He was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize in 2010 and has been Patron of the Kirby Institute on Blood Borne Diseases in UNSW Sydney, Australia since 2011.  In May 2017, he was invested by Japan with the insignia of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in Tokyo, with an audience with the Emperor of Japan.

Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins has spent most of his career nursing in remote and/or difficult locations, initially in Australia where he worked for 12 years in more than 25 remote areas in South Australia, West Australia and the Northern Territory. Since then, he has worked for the United Nations in Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya and is currently the Senior Professional Nurse for the United Nations Medical Services Division, based in New York City.

Following his undergraduate nursing education in New Zealand, Michael worked in Auckland in an Orthopedic Trauma center. In 1991 he travelled to Australia after being recruited by Alice Springs Hospital, which lead on to 16 years of work in remote area nursing. Michael studied at the Centre for Remote Health and was awarded a Masters in Remote and Indigenous Health from Flinders University in 2011, winning the CRANAplus prize for Outstanding Graduate of that Year.

Michael’s current practice is centered on international nursing administration and education with a strong focus on occupational safety and health, including health preparation for UN staff deploying to the field. His role also includes membership in the United Nations Medical Services Division Public Health Working Group which advises on response to public health emergencies around the globe.

Barbara Shellian

Barbara Shellian is a Registered Nurse committed to nursing practice, health care reform and people. Barb is a graduate of the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing and earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Calgary. She is Director Rural Health – Calgary Zone Alberta Health Services and is located in Canmore, Alberta. She has extensive experience as a staff nurse, educator, manager and clinical nurse specialist. As a clinical nurse specialist, her practice focused on the care of children and families.

Barb has also been very active in professional and community organizations. She has been involved in the provincial professional association and served as President of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses from 1995 – 1997. Barb has presented many papers on clinical and professional issues across Alberta and at national and international conferences. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing and has been instrumental in establishing a national association for rural and remote nurses and was elected as the first President of the Canadian Association of Rural and Remote Nurses in 2004. She is currently a co-chair of the International Council of Nurses Rural and Remote Nursing Network.

Barb has been the recipient of several awards including the Spirit of Planetree Award in recognition of Patient Family Centered Care, the Calgary Health Region Peoplefirst Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contribution to Canada and nursing.

Community service has included membership in several local and provincial groups, including the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation, Bow Valley Society for the Prevention of Family Violence, AIDS Bow Valley, Team Health for Cochrane, Healthy Canmore Coalition and the Bow Valley Task Force on Seniors Housing Issues.

Barb was elected as the President of the Canadian Nurses Association and is currently serving her two year term from 2016 -2018. The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice of Registered Nurses in Canada – representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses in all provinces and territories.

Barb believes that the essence of nursing is the opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings and situations in the context of caring. Barb continues to have a strong clinical focus in her practice and is an active advocate for excellence in nursing care and a sustainable health care system for Canadians.