Eve Fesl is a member of the Gubbi Gubbi clan (maternal) and the Gangulu clan (paternal). She grew up on a sheep station in south-west Queensland. Although Fesl dropped out of education in primary school she went on to become the first Indigenous Australian to receive a PhD. Fesl has served as the Director of the Aboriginal Research Centre, Monash University; Senior Lecturer at the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education; and Associate Professor at Griffith University. Her field of expertise is in providing Indigenous language education programmes to Indigenous school children.