Speakers Profile - Indira Naidoo

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ndira Naidoo is one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters.

During her 25-year award-winning journalistic career, Ms Naidoo has hosted and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programs – including ABC’s LATE EDITION nightly news and as an anchor and reporter for SBS TV’s the WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.

In recent years Indira’s journalistic interest has shifted to the role global environmental issues play in conflict, poverty and food security.

She has been the media manager for consumer advocacy group CHOICE and was a Geneva-based sustainability consultant with the United Nations’ trade development arm – The International Trade Centre.

In 2009 she was selected from 2000 applicants to be trained by former US Vice President Al Gore as a climate change presenter.

Her first book, the best-selling ‘The Edible Balcony’ published in 2011, about growing food in small spaces, has been launched in London, Hong Kong and New York and she lectures internationally on food sustainability issues. Her follow up second book – ‘The Edible City’ - about community gardening will be published in August 2015.

Indira also hosts urban food garden tours. Last year she took a tour group to explore the rooftop farms of New York City. In 2016 – with Adventure World Travel - she will lead a group through the urban food gardens of London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna.

She has designed two award-winning food gardens for the Australian Garden Show Sydney, in Centennial Park, and through her garden company helps community group build their own food gardens.

Indira is an ambassador for Sydney’s homeless crisis centre the Wayside Chapel and conducts weekly gardening classes on its rooftop vegetable garden for its homeless visitors.