Keynote Speakers

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Carman’s founder Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business, love what you do and have a genuine work-life balance. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. As an 18 year old university student, Carolyn Creswell founded Carman’s in 1992. She bought the tiny business for $1,000.
  • 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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Jordana Borensztajn is a social media strategist, creative content consultant author, speaker and humourist. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Jordana’s experience includes being a News Corp Australia journalist, working as online music editor, content producer and social media manager at Nova Entertainment, writing a business-marketing book called Capture My Attention: How to Stand Out Online with Creative Content, performing two sold-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, speaking at corporate conferences around the world, and running a schools program that explores online safety for students.

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Adam Ferrier is a thought leader for motivating change through the science of behavioural economics and creativity. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Adam is the founder of THINKERBELL, an agency that creates ‘measured magic’. Adam is one of the leading consumer psychologists in Australia, a brand strategist and an authority on Behavioural Economics.
  • Naked Communications
  • Gruen Transfer (TV Program)
  • The Project (TV Program)
  • Cummins & Partners

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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