Mary Graham

Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Graham is a Kombumerri person (Gold Coast) through her father’s heritage and affiliated with Wakka Wakka (South Burnett) through her mother’s people. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she is one of Australia’s leading thinkers, philosophers and governance experts.

Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities including:  Department of Community Services, Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Agency, the University of Queensland and the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action. Mary has also worked extensively for the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, as a Native Title Researcher and was also a Regional Counsellor for the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

Mary has been a  lecturer with The University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy.  She is a proud member of the Ethics Council for the National Congress of Australia’s First Nations and teaches across the country with The BlackCard. In 2015 Mary was appointed Associate Adjunct Professor (POLSIS) at UQ and was awarded an Honourary Doctorate at QUT for her lifetime commitment to Scholarship and Community. In 2019 she co-founded Future Dreaming Australia, with other First Nations and non-indigenous community leaders, to build Indigenous and cross-cultural ecological knowledge networks and projects around Australia.

Mary will deliver the keynote presentation in the first webinar on Wednesday 24 February 2021 6 – 8 pm (AEDT) and will be returning as special guest panellists in Webinars Two and Three.