Inala Cooper is a Yawuru woman with German and Irish heritage, from Rubibi/Broome in the Kimberley in Western Australia. She grew up on Gunditjmara land in south-western Victoria and has lived on the land of the Kulin nation in Melbourne for over twenty-five years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Drama/Contemporary Dance) and a Masters in Human Rights Law, and has long been an advocate for Indigenous rights, access to education, and social justice. Inala is a regular contributor on ABC News Breakfast and The Drum, and is also a director on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Culture Is Life, Jesuit Social Services, State Library Victoria and the Adam Briggs Foundation. Inala is currently the Director of Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne.