Matina Jewell

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Matina Jewell spent 15 years serving in the Australian Army, completing five overseas tours including two missions in the Middle East. Her outstanding contribution to the military resulted in a coveted position on a UN peace-keeping mission where she found herself, unarmed, leading a diverse team through the Lebanon and Israel War.

The best-selling author of ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ Matina has also been the subject of ABC’s ‘An Australian Story’ and since her retirement has served on the ANZAC Centenary Commission and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council where she has given a voice to the rights of Veterans throughout the country.

Matina’s vast experience with the military both during and after her years of service, coupled with her powerful storytelling has resulted in countless standing ovations from Australia’s biggest corporations.

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Inspiring presentation… Nothing but extremely positive feedback… Exactly on the theme.CommBank
  • Deployed on five overseas operational missions, including two tours of active service and is the recipient of eight military service medals, including two Republic of Lebanon war medals (the only Australian to receive these awards)
  • At just 24yo, Matina commanded the Ship’s Army Department aboard HMAS Kanimbla, Australia’s largest amphibious ship
  • First female in the Army to complete the physically demanding Navy Diver course and fast-roped out of Navy helicopters onto ships
  • Served with elite American Navy Seals in the Middle East and boarded ships smuggling contraband in the Arabian Gulf
  • Played a pivotal role in the capture of notorious militia leader ‘Jimmy Rasta’ on operations in the Solomon Islands
  • The only Australian (and the only female) at the dangerous ‘PB Khiam’ UN patrol base at the border junction of Israel, Syria and Lebanon during the 2006 ‘Lebanon War’
  • Matina’s presentation style is impressive, but even more impressive are the core thoughts within her speech.Bunnings & Officeworks
  • Graduated from ADFA with honours and is an alumna of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Project Management
  • Speaks English, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesian
  • Is the author of the best-selling memoir ‘Caught In The Crossfire’
  • Served on the ANZAC Centenary Commission, alongside former Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke
  • Served as a member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council (Defence & Veteran Issues)
  • Served as a member of the National Mental Health Forum
  • Liaised with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to effect positive change in the United Nations
  • Is an Ambassador to the Australian Peacekeepers Memorial Project
  • Was the subject of a two-part special on the ABC’s Australian Story
  • Is a busy working mum

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