Guest Speaker Requests

Speakers from the Edmund Rice Centre are available for local and interstate events, including conference presentations, seminars, forums, training programmes, rallies and school and community group workshops.

For information about the availability of ERC speakers, please contact us by completing the online form here, calling (02) 8762 4200 or emailing [email protected] 

Guest Speakers

'Alopi Latukefu - Director 

'Alopi Latukefu joined the role of Director of the Centre starting in February 2023. Prior to accepting the role with ERC, 'Alopi was most recently the Director for the Global Education and Scholarships team in DFAT. 'Alopi brings to the role knowledge and experience from nearly two decades of work on Australia’s aid, economic diplomacy and foreign policy. During this time he also worked as an adviser and chief of staff to the minister responsible for the Pacific (2008-09) as well as work on China, Japan and India. He has extensive experience working on Pacific issues including establishing one of the first web based network and information siites (the South Pacific Information Network - SPIN). Prior to joining the public service, he had a career working in the university sector, as well as with First Nations organisations and communities in northern Australia including with a project to improve telecommunications access to remote communities - the outback digital network - and for nearly two years as CEO of Goolarri Media Enterprises in Broome.


Corinne Fagueret - Coordinator of the Pacific Calling Partnership

Corinne is the Coordinator of the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) at the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education.  The PCP began in 2004 in recognition of the negative impacts of climate change on the peoples of Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait.  Members of the PCP are committed to listening to what Pacific leaders are saying about imminent threats to their way of life and collaborating with them in passing on this important message.

Before taking on the role of PCP Coordinator, Corinne spent 20 years working on public policy development and advocacy in the environmental and social justice fields, both in the Government and NGO sectors.

In 2013, Corinne was awarded the Nature Conservation Council of NSW's Myles Dunphy Award for ‘most outstanding environmental effort by an individual’ and in 2014, she received a Pride of Australia Medal in the NSW Environment category. 


Maria Tiimon - Pacific Calling Partnership

Maria works as Pacific Outreach Project Officer for the Pacific Calling Partnership and comes from the island nation of Kiribati right on the equator in the Pacific and one of the places in our region most at risk from the effects of climate change.

Maria presents the face of climate affected communities that have few resources to adapt. Maria is working to build links between Pacific Island Migrant Communities and the PCP, and to increase their awareness of how climate change is affecting islands in the Pacific.


Claude Mostowik - Just Comments, Faith and Justice

Claude, a Catholic priest and member of the community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, came to the Edmund Rice Centre in 2004. Claude works tirelessly to liaise with a multitude of groups on behalf of any issue or situation that calls for a social justice response. The scope of this work is both within and beyond Australia. Claude works to protect the human rights of many groups including Indigenous Australians, those who seek asylum, LGBTI people and any disadvantaged people in our community. Claude is a member of the Love Makes a Way movement - a group who are seeking to challenge government policy for people seeking asylum. He has been arrested on a number of occasions during these actions to express opposition to the government's current policies towards refugees and people seeking asylum. Claude produces the Edmund Rice Centre's Just Comment publication, a regular information sheet on current topics. He also serves as National President of Pax Christi Australia. 

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