Keynote Speakers

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award winner    has video    author event host and MC

Olympic Champion, champion speaker and genuine onstage motivator and entertainer is a unique skill set. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Transitioning from being an expert speed skater to an expert motivational speaker, MC and after dinner entertainer has been an interesting ride over the last 10 years. Steven Bradbury has presented at over 800 conferences and events in 15 countries and still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people.

  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2011
  • Medal of the Order of Australia 2007
  • Nine Network

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award winner

Seven time ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley is one of Australia's greatest athletes, dominating the sport of surfing for almost two decades. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. At the age of 16 Layne made her debut on the ASP Women’s World Tour and by the time she was 22 she was ranked number three in the world. Her first tour event win came in 1993 and in 1998 Layne won the first of her six consecutive world titles (from a total of seven) in her illustrious career, making her the most successful female professional surfer of all time.
  • Laurels World Sports Award: Action Sportsperson of the Year (Surfing)
  • Australian Sporting Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Order of Australia.International Surfing Association - World Champion
  • Surfing Australia
  • International Surfing Association

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The award-winning author of 41 books about subjects ranging from the legions of ancient Rome to the lives of rock music legends, Stephen Dando-Collins is a captivating speaker who entertains people around Australia and around the world. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Stephen provides rollicking after-dinner speeches, inspiring conference presentations and masterful MC services.

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Comic, Author, Playwright, Director, Keynote Speaker. Ben Elton is a hugely successful and influential stand-up comedian, scriptwriter, playwright, librettist and novelist whose work includes some of the funniest and most successful comedy of our time. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Ben’s sitcom credits include The Young Ones, Happy Families, Thin Blue Line and The Blackadder, collectively winning five BAFTAs, an EMMY, a British Comedy Award and Jury Awards at Reims. His own hit television shows include Saturday Live, The Man From Auntie (winner of the 1991 Royal Television Society Writers Award) and The Ben Elton Show. In 2007 Ben Elton was awarded the Special Golden Rose D’Or at The International Television festival in Lucerne Switzerland for his lifetime contribution to the Television Arts.
  • Rose d'Or Festival: Honorary Rose for lifetime achievement
  • an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester. BAFTA Best Comedy Series - The Young Ones
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder the Third
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder Goes Forth
  • Olivier Award - PopcornOlivier Award - We Will Rock YouRoyal Television Society Writer's Award - The Man From Auntie
  • Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Crime Fiction - Popcorn
  • Swedish Kaliber Award - Popcorn
  • WH Smiths People's Choice Fiction Award - High Society
  • Prix Polar International Crime Writer Award - Amitiès Mortelles for Past Mortem (French edition)
  • The Young Ones (TV Series)
  • Alfresco (TV Series)
  • Happy Families (TV Series)
  • Filthy Rich and Catflap (TV Series)
  • Blackadder II (TV Series)
  • Blackadder the Third (TV Series)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (TV Series)
  • The Man From Auntie (TV Series)
  • The Ben Elton Show (TV Program)
  • Stark (TV Series)
  • Andrew Llyod Webber

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Geoff Knight knows how to truly wow an audience. His onstage energy is infectious, weaving the at-times shocking true story of bootstrapping his way out of a shadowy criminal bikie gang and into the limelight. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. As a keynote speaker he is utterly unique; interspersing anecdotes from his awe-inspiring journey with spellbinding operatic performances that leave the audience breathless.

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Nick Bowditch is a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, storyteller, marketer, best-selling author, addict, mental health advocate, sexual abuse victim, suicide survivor, and someone who lives with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. He is only person in the Southern Hemisphere to have worked at both Facebook and Twitter, and the only person in the world to have worked at both brands in their marketing departments, he’s a thought-leader in using social media as a storytelling tool for business, a sought-after keynote speaker and MC and now travels nationally and internationally encouraging people to be the very best versions of themselves, to find their true voice, to tell their story better, and to find their kindness.

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Michael Groom grew up in the wild Australian mountains, in a family of mountain climbers. During his very first abseil, at the tender age of 10, his dad talked him over the edge of a 100-metre cliff. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Somehow, he got to the bottom, but had experienced a life-threatening fear that he would carry with him for the rest of his life. The fear that Michael will tell you has saved him many times, when others have died. In the Himalayas, fear and respect are comfortable bedfellows. The big mountains demand your respect, and respect your fear.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia

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award winner event host and MC

Ray Martin is an Australian television journalist best known for his on-air roles on Channel Nine from 1978 to 2008. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for journalism. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Ray Martin was appointed the ABC’s North American correspondent in 1969. Over the next 10 years his coverage included race riots, anti-Vietnam War protests, Olympic Games and presidential elections for news and current affairs television and radio, from Four Corners and This Day Tonight to science and religion programs.
  • 1987 Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality of Australian Television
  • 1993 Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality of Australian Television
  • 1994 Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality of Australian Television
  • 1995 Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality of Australian Television
  • 1996 Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality of Australian Television
  • Centenary Medal (2001)
  • Member of the Order of Australia (2010)

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Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona, is the Chair of the Australian Republican Movement and has written over 27 best-selling books. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade and in November 2013 released his current best-seller on Ned Kelly. The most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, Peter is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper)
  • Foxtel
  • The Back Page (TV Program)
  • The Sun-Herald (Newspaper)
  • 2GB (Radio)
  • ANZA Centenary Advisory Board
  • Sydney Writer's Festival

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Dr. Kaushik Ram's proactive talks grip you into a heartfelt narrative. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. A neuroscientist, educator and author, Dr Ram has the incredible gift of sharing from a state of deep wisdom. His has captivated audience in fast moving companies such as Microsoft and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and enthralled audiences at VIVID ideas, VIVID Sydney festival 3 years in a row.
  • Westmead Hospital