Keynote speakers

Professor Chris Matthews

Professor Chris Matthews is from the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Queensland Australia.

Chris received a PhD in applied mathematics from Griffith University and was a Senior Lecturer in applied mathematics at the Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University.

Over the last ten years, Chris developed a deeper interest in mathematics education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners and exploring the connections between mathematics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges. He was a senior curriculum advisor for Australian Curriculum, Asessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for the National Mathematics Curriculum working to included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the curriculum. 

Chris is currently the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA) that aims to transform mathematics education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. Chris is also Associate Dean (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) in the Science Faculty at University Technology of Sydney (UTS). As part of this role, Chris will be leading a team of academics to transform the Science curriculum to meet the Indigenous Graduate Attribute and develop a Community of Indigenous STEM professionals at UTS.


Professor Wilfredo Alangui

Professor Wilfredo Alangui

I am a Kankana-ey-Ilocano professor of mathematics at the University of the Philippines Baguio. My main research interest has been on the interplay of mathematics, mathematics education and culture, Indigenous Peoples’ education and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Since 2012, I have been involved in the Indigenous Peoples (IP) education efforts in the country, guiding elementary and secondary teachers in the development of culturally relevant mathematics lessons for Indigenous students.

I also helped develop an Indigenous Curriculum Framework for the IP Education program of the Department of Education. As a technical expert for the Indigenization of Science and Mathematics Education project of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute and the IPs Education Office of the Department of Education, I work with teachers in designing their own indigenized and contextualized mathematics and science lessons.

I have worked with Muslim teachers of the Madrasah Education program in my region in their efforts to develop culturally relevant materials for their students. My other engagements are in Graph Theory research and in Topological Data Analysis.

Professor Tony Trinick

Professor Tony Trinick has been involved in developing the corpus of Māori-medium mathematics terms from the 1980s to the present.

He is a former school teacher specialising in the teaching of mathematics and science.

He started working in tertiary education in the early 1990s as a facilitator supporting teachers and as a lecturer at the University of Auckland in Māori-medium mathematics and science education.

He has been contracted by various agencies to support and develop several national initiatives including developing the first ever mathematics curriculum for Māori-medium schools. His main research areas is in the development of indigenous curriculum and the revitalisation of language and culture.

He has collaborated for many years on community research projects supporting Māori-medium mathematics education.