Keynote Speakers

Running through a keynote speech is easy – delivering a compelling keynote speaking address is something altogether different. That’s where we come in. A keynote address sets the underlying tone and summarises the core message of your event, while the right keynote speaker will raise awareness of your event and potentially attract more delegates.

Our keynote speakers invigorate their audiences, effectively and in an entertaining way. They are the ideal way to deliver your conference theme and event message. As Australia’s most significant Speakers Bureau, our expert staff can manage the sometimes complicated decision-making process to discover key note speakers that completely satisfy your brief. The keynote speaker you select can make a significant difference to the outcome of your event. We have a huge selection of top keynote speakers that will provide the impact you need.

Discover more about our Speakers Bureau at our definitive guide to selecting keynote speakers, or for personal assistance on selecting the right keynote speaker for your event, call our expert staff on 1300 884 485.

The world is in a continuous state of change. Seasons of great success may be followed by seasons of frustration. A journey marked by innovation can rapidly become plagued by stagnation.

With each transition from mediocrity to prosperity comes a moment where vision is needed. Leaders must rise to provide stability as your organization survives the changes inevitable in our ever changing world.

While every keynote speaker on our team is a well-known personality, not every well-known personality can be a keynote speaker. Our assembly of keynote speakers are equipped to provide you with timely solutions and much -needed insight.

For expert advice on speaker selection, topic choice and effective implementation, speak to one of our consultants on 1300 884 485 today. Discover more about our Speakers Bureau here.

“Gravitas” is a good way to explain an important trait of a keynote speaker. They have a commanding presence which catches the interest of the crowd, when she or he takes the podium. We have chosen our keynote speakers for expertise as well as their experience, but also for the excitement and self-confidence they exude when they take the stage.

There are moments where, regardless of how experienced your leaders are, you’ll need an external perspective to bring life and motivation to your own team. Our keynote speakers choose personal narratives and experiences tailored directly to your needs.

Our keynotes are also well-known in the world of business, leadership, the media and sport worldwide for their popularity. Their name alone will attract interest from managers and workers who might otherwise remain uninspired by unknown speakers.

For further reading, visit Keynote Speakers: The Definitive Guide, discover our Australian Speakers Bureau, or for personalised service on the proper selection of a speaker for your event, call us on 1300 884 485 today.

Deciding on the best keynote speaker could be the difference between a mediocre year or excellent one, where staff and supervisors embrace the energy of a renewed vision.

Through their expertise in an unmatched breadth of industries, our keynote speakers offer methods to rejuvenate and revitalise your mission and focus. They bring a depth of knowledge brimming with actionable events.

As Australia’s favourite Speakers Bureau, we invite you to browse our list of keynote speakers below to find the right style to provide the spark to achieve the greatness you deserve.

Or call 1300 884 485 to get expert advice from our experts on correct speaker selection at your next event.

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Carolyn Creswell, the founder of Carman's, is a perfect example that it is indeed possible to run a multinational business, and still have a healthy work-life balance. She is an inspirational leader who has achieved great success both in business, and in her home life. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Carolyn manages to raise four kids under eight and maintain a great relationship with her husband, while at the same time growing Carman’s to be the number one muesli brand on supermarket shelves throughout Australia.
  • Network Ten
  • Recipe to Riches (TV Program)
  • Carman's Fine Foods

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Associate Professor Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne University creating baby universes on the nation's most powerful supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way form and explore nature of the hidden universe, dark matter and dark energy. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. He is a regular on ABC TV’s Breakfast News, Network Ten’s The Project and has recently appeared in Stargazing Live: Back to Earth with Brian Cox and Todd Sampson’s Life on the Line.
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The Project (TV Program)
  • ABC TV's Breakfast News (TV Program)

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Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life affirming female speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • UK's Australian Woman of the Year 2009
  • M.A.D for Peace

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Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996, after 10 years as an MHA in Tasmania's state parliament. In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it has taken 10 years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate change. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Since 1996, Bob has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely, stand on issues across the national and international spectrum. Some of the many issues that Bob has raised in the Senate include petrol sniffing in Central Australia, self-determination for West Papua and Tibet, saving Tasmania’s ancient forests, opposing the war in Iraq, justice for David Hicks, stopping the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme and opposing the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia.
  • IUCN: Packard Award (1984)
  • UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour (1987)
  • National Trust Australian National Treasure (1998)
  • Australian Peace Prize 2009
  • Australian Humanist of the Year (2010)
  • Australian Greens (Political Party)

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The real life star of Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin was born into utter poverty in Mao's communist China. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. In extraordinary moment of chance at the age of 11 he was selected to train in Madame Maos Beijing Dance Academy never having ever heard of let alone seen ballet performed. And so began Lis journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Lis astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers China has produced.
  • Australian Father of the Year (2009)
  • Australian Book of the Year - Mao's Last Dancer
  • Queensland Ballet
  • Houston Ballet
  • Australian Ballet
  • Penguin Books Australia

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Adam Ferrier is co-owner of Cummins & Partners – Adnews Agency of the Year, founder of Naked Communications, author of “The Advertising Effect” and part of The Australian Creatives’ ‘Power 20’; A regular on the Gruen Transfer and featured on The Project, Celebrity Apprentice and ABC Radio Adam is an ex psychologist and the global authority on Behavioural Economics. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. The creator of one of only nine ideas to ever win the Gold Effie and Gold Lion and winner of the World Innovation, as well as being the driving force behind the global phenomenon “The Best Job in the World” part of an iconic tourism Australia campaign. Adam Ferrier doesn’t just think outside the square – he’s blown the square up.
  • Naked Communications
  • Gruen Transfer (TV Program)
  • The Project (TV Program)

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When Bill Gates visited Australia, he requested to see two people: the Prime Minister and Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Tony wrote his first guidebook Across Asia on the Cheap in 1972 and since then he has written and contributed to over 20 Lonely Planet guides. From those early guidebooks Lonely Planet Publications has grown to become the worlds largest independent guidebook publisher with more than 500 titles in print, over 400 staff and offices in London and Oakland as well as the head office in Melbourne.
  • Officer of the Order of Australia 2014
  • Lonely Planet

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Through his appearances on ABC1's hugely successful show 'The Gruen Transfer' Russel has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. In fact according to media mogul, Harold Mitchell, Russel Howcroft has become a brand himself. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Indeed Harold Mitchell awarded Russel a much coveted Charlie Award on the basis of personal brand creation. And while Russel was pleased to be recognized in such a fashion, his mum was particularly pleased, as she is a Huge Harold fan!

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Film director, screenwriter, and teacher Khoa Do is one of the funniest and most moving speakers in Australia. His presentation topics range from tapping into inherent creativity, following your passions, and harnessing natural talent to reach success. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Khoa arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam and, since then, has specialised in working with marginalised communities, including at-risk and homeless youths, former convicted prisoners, and fellow refugees. He was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Director for his film The Finished People, which was also nominated for 2 other AFI Awards, 3 Film Critics’ Circle Awards, 2 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, and an Australian Screen Director’s Award. The Finished People was also shortlisted for a 2001 Academy Award.
  • 2005 Young Australian of the Year

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One of Melbourne's most respected legal authorities David Galbally QC has a profile amongst the legal fraternity, and the wider community, that is second to none. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. David is regularly called upon by channel’s 7, 9 and 10, as well as top rating radio programs, to provide comment and expert opinion across a broad range of topics ranging from corporate governance, workplace relations, human rights, privacy and superannuation regulation.
  • Member of the Order of Australia
  • TWUSUPER