WIBF 2018 Featuring: Ruth Link
Ruth has a strong connection her country, language and cultural practices as a Gugu Yalanji Jaradama Jalbu (Cape York) and Woppaburra (Keppel Islands) woman. Ruth also is a Butchella Woman from Fraser Island, a Torres Strait woman from Moa Island (St Pauls) and deep connections to Wakka, Wakka, Wulli Wulli and the historical communities of Palm Island, Wooribinda and Hope Vale. She grew up in north Queensland’s Bama Communities between Palm Island and HopeVale. She is passionate about her People and the Land.
Ruth practiced Criminal Law and Immigration Law and now focuses on commercial, corporate, native title and solutions to the intergenerational and transgenerational issues impact community wellbeing and progress. She has a Masters of Law in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law and Criminology, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Change Management and Managing Successful Programs.
Ruth is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, a Board Member of the Indigenous Advisory Group – Queensland State Library, Prisoner Legal Services and Queensland Law Society’s Reconciliation and Advancement Committee. Her professional and technical experience includes legal and advocacy, program and project management, supply chain, research and evaluation, change management and bama cultural skills, capabilities and knowledge. Ruth is able to leverage her cultural understanding of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to engage the community and build commitment towards successful outcomes for all.