Producer & Businesswoman
With a media career spanning thirty years, Carmel Travers has become a familiar face and voice to radio and television audiences across Australia.
Formerly a journalist with the ABC, and foreign correspondent based in East Africa, Carmel Travers became best known to audiences as the producer and presenter of the science and technology television show, Beyond 2000.
She has produced hundreds of hours of television and documentaries, which have been screened throughout the world and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work.
In recent years Carmel Travers has become best known as a successful businesswoman, having initiated and developed into successful enterprises two major Australian production companies - Beyond International and Energee Entertainment.
Throughout the eighties Carmel was a founding Executive Director of Beyond International, where she Executive Produced and wrote several series of Beyond 2000, and a number of award winning documentary films including Red Flag Over Tibet, winner of the ACE Best Documentary award for the American Cable Industry.
Carmel Travers was appointed General Manager of News and Current Affairs for the National Ten Network in Australia, a position she held for three years. She has also reported for Foreign Correspondent from Bosnia and East Africa.
Through the nineties Carmel Travers established Energee Entertainment, the film and television production company which produced amongst other things the feature film version of the great Australian classic, Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding, Paul Jennings and Morris Gletzman's television series Wicked, and Gloria's House.
As Managing Director of the film and television production company, Purple Pictures Carmel Travers has produced the highly acclaimed documentary Refugee Like Me which screened on ABC-TV and she is currently in pre-production on a feature film.
She has sat on a number of government and private boards, including the Commission for the Future, the Advertising Standards Board and Greenhouse Action Australia.
Carmel Travers has been a frequent speaker at national events including at the Sydney Opera House UNHCR World Refugee Day commemoration, the Australians for UNHCR annual Canberra fund-raiser at the National Museum, and her book Refugee Like Me was launched at the Victorian Immigration Museum by Sir Gustav Nossal and Premier Steve Bracks. She was the keynote speaker at the AsiaLink-University of Melbourne seminar on the rights of the refugee, and has been invited by the Federal Senate to be the keynote speaker at next year's International Women's Day celebration in Adelaide.
For the past four years Carmel Travers has been an Australia Day Ambassador and has delivered addresses at Citizenship ceremonies throughout the country on various national and international issues.