Lyndon Ormond-Parker, who was born in Darwin, is of Alyawarr descent from the Barkley Tablelands in the Northern Territory.
An Indigenous cultural expert of over 15 years’ standing, Mr Ormond-Parker is an Australian Research Council Fellow in the Indigenous Studies Unit of the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health. He is undertaking PhD studies under the co-supervision of leading academic and Indigenous spokesperson Marcia Langton and renowned conservation expert Robyn Sloggett, Director of the University’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.
His thesis, titled Aboriginal Cultural Heritage the Economics of Knowledge, examines the ways in which Indigenous communities are utilising and managing their cultural heritage resources and local knowledge in the digital era. As such, Mr Ormond-Parker is positioning himself as a virtual bridge: using his own culture and knowledge, in an exploration of the world’s oldest cultures, overlaid by a matrix of modern technological advances.
He was appointed to the board of the Australian Heritage Council in 2015.