The Russell Taylor Oration celebrates the achievements and contributions of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in the public service. Established in celebration of the service of former AIATSIS CEO Russell Taylor AM, the oration aims to inspire the next wave of leaders.
Mr Taylor retired as the CEO of AIATSIS in December 2016 and was at the time one of the most senior Indigenous Commonwealth Public Servants. He spent over 20 years in various public sector Senior Executive Service positions.
The Oration acknowledges Russell’s leadership legacy, his service and dedication to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian nation, and his contribution to the Commonwealth Australian Public Service.
Ms Leilani Bin-Juda PSM
Ms Leilani Bin-Juda is the first Indigenous woman to be substantially appointed as the CEO of the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
Ms Bin-Juda is a proud Torres Strait Islander, with ties to Hammond, Darnley and Murray Islands. Her appointment to the role of CEO at the TSRA follows an extensive career in the Australian Public Service including thirteen years working at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she served in China, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and more recently at the Treaty Liaison Office on Thursday Island.
Ms Bin-Juda has been an active proponent and champion of Australia's Indigenous heritage both domestically and internationally. She was the Manager of Australia’s Cultural Program at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, an adviser on economic governance in the Solomon Islands, and a diplomat promoting gender and sports diplomacy in Papua New Guinea.
With a deep commitment to driving policy, programs and services to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians living in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, Ms Bin-Juda is dedicated to the social, cultural and economic development of the region.
In 2019 Ms Bin-Juda was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in promoting the inclusion of Indigenous heritage in Australia’s cultural and foreign policies.
Ms Bin-Juda holds degrees in Business, Cultural Heritage and International Relations.