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Donna Benjamin - bio

Donna Benjamin - Photograph by Peter Lieverdink. License CC BY NDDonna Benjamin is the Executive Director of Creative Contingencies, a small Australian company specialising in customised web services, research, project facilitation and event management. However she has recently joined Catalyst IT Australia full time as a Project Lead. Donna also sits on the boards of the Drupal Association, and the Open Australia Foundation.

Donna is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions for small business and education. In particular, the use of web applications on the Drupal platform, open source graphics tools such as Inkscape and GIMP, and the Moodle and Sugar learning platforms.

Donna has taken on a range of leadership roles in the Australian Open Source community, sitting on boards and committees and organising events.

She is a regular speaker and facilitator at open source events, and has twice been asked to keynote. In various capacities, she has also been involved in organising, Open Source Developers Conference, Software Freedom Day, Drupal Downunder, DrupalCon, Libre Graphics Day, OpenEdge, and the Australian Computers in Education Conference.

Donna was a great facilitator and kept the summit on track and focused. It was great to have such a diverse group to discuss issues in the community - Participant, Drupal community summit.

In 2011 Donna instigated a campaign to Digitise The Dawn, Louisa Lawson's journal for Australian women. The Dawn is now available to all in the National Library Trove archive of Australian Newspapers.

She has been profiled by Lorna Jane Mitchell, Jacinta Richardson, Kathy Reid and Roland Gesthuizen for Ada Lovelace day and featured in Delimiter's Friday Five and Tech Stream's special on Women in Technology on Radio Australia.  Donna is a regular guest on Technogaze, a technology show broadcast on Melbourne community radio station Joy94.9FM.

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photo credit: Donna Benjamin - Photograph by Peter Lieverdink. License CC BY ND

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