Speakers

Australian Speakers Bureau

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award winner event host and MC

The third daughter of a bubble-wrap addicted mother and a father who enjoys customising Econovans just for fun, Chrissie Swan first entered Australia's conscious in 2003 as Australia's first female runner-up in Network Ten's Big Brother. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Taking up an opportunity to become a breakfast radio announcer on the Sunshine Coast, Chrissie relocated herself and her coffee machine up to Maroochydore and set her recurring alarm for 4am. Her work as a breakfast radio announcer saw her be nominated for Best Newcomer On-Air at The Australian Commercial Radio Awards in 2004, and won Best On-Air Team in 2005.
  • 2011 Logie Awards: Most Popular New Female Talent
  • Network Ten
  • The Circle (TV Program)
  • Can of Worms (TV Program)
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (TV Program)
  • Big Brother Australia (TV Program)

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award winner    author    stars in movies

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 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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event host and MC

"Australia's Most Travelled Woman", that's the title earned by Catriona Rowntree after nearly 15 years at the helm of Australia's favourite travel show Getaway on Channel Nine. Her television career began after completing a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay College in 1990, followed by stints researching at BRW and various Sydney newsrooms. Areas of speciality include Speakers. In 1993 Rowntree filmed a story for WonderWorld! and has been employed on-air ever since. That soon led to hosting What’s Up Doc, filmed live on weekends from Melbourne and a paid gig on Triple J radio, hosing the national Weekend Request Show ensued. So began a period of working 7 days a week in 3 states and loving every single second of it.

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award winner

The Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC was an Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment, serving at home and overseas. He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years, and was Premier of the State from 1992 to 1999. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Mr Kennett is currently Chairman of the Board of Management of PFD Food Services Pty Ltd., Chairman of Open Windows Australia Proprietary Limited and Chairman of CT Management Group Pty Ltd.
  • Companion of the Order of Australia (2005)
  • Victorian Parliament

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Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia's most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two). Areas of speciality include Speakers. Alan started his career as a financial journalist in 1970, at the peak of the Poseidon boom. After failing to make, and lose, a fortune he travelled the world before settling back in Melbourne as the Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer columnist, having had a year under the expert tutelage of the first Chanticleer, Robert Gottliebsen.
  • ABC News (TV Program)
  • Eureka Report
  • Business Spectator
  • Financial Review (Newspaper)
  • The Age Melbourne (Newspaper)
  • 7.30 Report (TV Program)
  • Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper)
  • Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Ambassador

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event host and MC

Glenn Robbins, a graduate of Drama and Media at Melbourne State College, first moved into performing in 1981. As a stand-up comedian, he enjoyed performing at popular comedy venues in Melbourne and Sydney. Audiences warmed to his naturally dry sense of humour and style. Areas of speciality include Speakers. The move into television was a natural progression for Glenn. He became well-known as a performer/writer for a number of television’s top rating comedy sketch shows including: ‘The Comedy Company’ (Network Ten), ‘Fast Forward’, ‘Full Frontal’ and ‘Jimeoin‘ (all 7 Network). While he performed a good many characters throughout these shows, Glenn’s most prominent and notable would be that of Uncle Arthur.
  • Kath and Kim (TV Series)

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Guy Grossi is an affable, passionate and playful master chef who specialises in pure Italian cuisine. He commands three kitchens with discipline, song, music, creativity and devotion. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Guy is the driving force behind one of Melbournes oldest restaurants, Grossi Florentino in Bourke Street Melbourne, and Mirka in Fitzroy Street St Kilda and has opened his first international venture Grossi Trattoria and Wine Bar at the Intercontinental in Bangkok.

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award winner    author

Peter Maddison graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT in 1982 and subsequently worked with Peter Crone & Associates, Morris & Pirotta and Cocks Carmichael before establishing the McIntyre Partnership. Areas of speciality include Speakers. During these years Peter was surrounded by a group of generous architects who operated under the principle of giving at least as much to the profession as one could expect to gain from it.
  • ASTRA Awards for Most Outstanding New Talent
  • Grand Designs Australia

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He may have been a young prodigy having completed Year 11 at just 14-years-old, enrolled in university at age 16 and become a lawyer by 21, but Adam Liaw Winner of the 2nd series of the Ch10 hit series MasterChef, will tell you taking out the title was one of his proudest moments. Areas of speciality include Speakers. On the 25th July 2010 watched by over 4.2 million people, Adam completed a grueling round of finale tests to finish a close 4 points ahead of his opponent and mate Callum Hahn. Relief and shock flooded his face as he came to realize that success was so much sweeter when it came from achieving something you are truly passionate about.

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award winner

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 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