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Sydney PEN’s Management Committee is annually elected and brings together a collective experience and expertise across communications and human rights law, publishing and editing, journalism and media, writing and teaching.



Zoë Rodriguez


Zoë  is a lawyer at Copyright Agency, a not-for-profit that manages the collective copyright interests of its 42,000 author, artist and publisher members. She regularly writes articles and gives presentations on copyright and developments in publishing around Australia, and is active in responding to policy issues of relevance to Australian creators. Since 2008, Zoë  has managed Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.  This provides around $2 million annually to support a wide variety of projects that support Australia’s visual arts and publishing industries, including practical training and workshops for emerging and mid-career creators, prizes for authors and artists, initiatives that will assist Copyright Agency’s members to develop new markets for their works – especially ones that will assist with transitioning to the digital environment – and activities that will raise awareness of issues for Australian creators.

Before becoming a lawyer, Zoë provided policy advice, ran the visa office and was the speech writer for the Korean Consulate-General in Sydney. This followed two years working for the Korean Ministry of Education in South Korea where she was engaged with a number of other English language teachers from English-speaking countries to train Korean English teachers, and to assist in the development of a new syllabus to supplant the syllabus which had existed in Korea since Japanese occupation.


Dragana Zivancevic

Committee Member

An independent scholar and higher education professional, Dragana is also a freelance translator for English, Serbian and Spanish. She studied Spanish language and literature at University of Belgrade and Complutense University in Madrid, later specializing history of the Spanish language, medieval dialectology and literature at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dragana has lived and worked on four continents, and now divides her time between Brisbane and Sydney. She strongly believes in freedom to read and write. For her, culture in general, and literature in particular, play the most important role in bringing people together and bridging both visible and invisible divides. Dragana first joined Perth PEN Centre in 1994 and served on the Organizing Committee for the PEN World Congress held in Fremantle in 1995. For many years she was the editor of Perth PEN Newsletter, chaired the Centre’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, and served on Writers in Prison Committee.


Tessa Lunney

Committee Member

Tessa Lunney has had her fiction, poetry, and reviews published in Southerly, Mascara, Cordite, and Contrapasso, among others, as well as Best Australian Poems 2014. Her first novel is currently in development. She has a DCA from Western Sydney University on silence in contemporary Australian war fiction. She works as the Adminstrator at Southerly and as a casual academic at universities around Sydney. She volunteered for Amnesty International through high school and university and worked as part of their Schools team in 2006. Working with PEN Sydney allows her to use her passion for literature for social justice. tessalunney.com






Daniel Rowland

Committee Member

Daniel Rowland is currently the Law and Development Advisor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Prior to taking up this position in late 2010, he was Senior Law and Justice Adviser in AusAID for 10 years, and before that, Principal Solicitor in the Australian Government Solicitor. During the 1980’s he was involved in various film and television projects, including managing Metro Televison as Sydney’s first community television centre, and running the (then) Australian Film Commission. During the 1970’s he practised law in London and Amsterdam and taught public law at Adelaide and UNSW Law Schools. In all of these activities, human rights, including the freedom of expression, have been central to his practice.



Antony Stockdale

Committee Member

Antony is a founder of The Republic Group of Companies . He is also an innovative entrepreneur who has developed and launched a wide range of companies and products over the last 12 years. His entrepreneurial experience spans digital and marketing services, building and resident management, mobile applications and digital media production.

Antony’s primary focus is with his organisation Pangea Collective, which is an communications agency for social enterprises. A member of The Republic Group of Companies, Pangea provides campaign and strategic planning advice, project management and production resources to ensure good causes find and engage with their audience.  He is also an active member on the board of Mibbbinbah, Australia’s leading health promotion charity for Aboriginal men


jenelle dellar

Jenelle Dellar


Jenelle is a passionate marketing communications professional who loves working in social enterprises and creating digital campaigns for social justice. Her 15 year career has provided her experience in a wide-range of portfolios, spanning wildlife conservation, Aboriginal employment and welfare, mining and resources, property, finance and retail, through government, agency and client-side environments.

She has been an active member and local campaigner of Amnesty International for more than 10 years cares deeply about civil rights and social action.


Mark Isaacs

Committee Member

Mark is a writer, a community worker, an adventurer, a campaigner for social justice, and author of The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), an account of his work with asylum seekers. Mark continues to work for an asylum seeker settlement service in Sydney and he writes as a freelancer. Mark’s second book, “Nauru Burning” will be published in July this year and Mark is currently working on a podcast series on Afghanistan with ABC’s Earshot. Mark has also published articles with Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Huffington Post, New Matilda, VICE, Conscious Magazine, Roads and Kingdoms and many others.


Aleesha Paz

Committee Member

Aleesha Paz is a Sydney-based editor who currently works for the Copyright Agency as the editor of Reading Australia, an initiative dedicated to celebrating Australian literature. She is also a freelance book editor and enjoys supporting writers in their publishing journeys. In 2013 she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish Studies, and in 2014 she received a Master of Publishing from the University of Sydney. She joined Sydney PEN in 2016 because of her love of words and writers and the belief in the social importance of freedom of speech.