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australia speaks
celebrating 50 years with saxton

craig davis: a pivotal time for creativity

Craig Davis examines the 1960s as a pivotal time for creativity at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Craig Davis is an award-winning creative visionary who has helped many of the world’s top companies and not-for-profit organisations develop and launch an incredible range of products, including: broadband services, software, soft drinks, banking and payment services, beer, cosmetics, foods, cars and devices.

After graduating from AWARD School, Davis started his own advertising agency before moving to Asia to make Saatchi & Saatchi, the most creative network on the continent. He then moved to London, where he supercharged J Walter Thompson’s 10,000-strong network as their Chief Creative Officer. Davis has been a juror at every major international advertising show, President of the Cannes Festival, Spikes Asia and AdFest, and led the D&AD Integrated and Earned media jury. He also chaired YouTube’s recent global initiative Good Work.

An Adjunct Professor at UTS and board member of Advance, the Creative Industries Taskforce and Conscious Capitalism Australia, Davis has served as Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Mojo in Australia, Chairman of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club and Deputy Chair of The Communications Council. In his spare time, he founded Brandkarma.com, the world’s first brand-centric social media platform, wrote
the most popular column for Campaign Asia-Pacific for the past four years, and became the fastest Australian to run a marathon at the North Pole.


australia speaks
Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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