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Dr. Anne Poelina

Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council

Dr. Anne Poelina, Managing Director of Madjulla Inc. and Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian. She is a Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) Scholar and submitted her second doctoral thesis on “First Law and Justice: Land, Living Waters and Indigenous Peoples Wellbeing.” She has been a Peter Cullen Fellow and was awarded a laureate from the Women's World Summit Foundation. She is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame (Nulungu Institute of Research) and Visiting Research Fellow at Australian National University.

Anne is an active Indigenous community leader, a respected human and earth rights advocate, and filmmaker. Her current work explores the entrepreneurial ‘New Economy’ opportunities for Indigenous people of the Martuwarra, Fitzroy River. In a time of climate chaos and uncertainty, Anne combines First Law, Indigenous Science (traditional ecological knowledge), and the rights of nature as solutions for planetary health and human wellbeing.