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Bold, Fresh Ideas and Stories

Dhiyana Varsani
06 May 2021

We know you’re always on the lookout for bold, fresh perspectives and storytellers, so we’ve uncovered many exciting voices on the following topics: Leadership, Business, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Mental Health, and Well-being.

You can keep up to date on the most exciting new voices via the New & Upcoming Speakers page on our website.

Hunter Johnson is the Founder & CEO of two purpose-driven organisations.

Hunter leads The Man Cave, an emotional intelligence charity that has impacted the lives of 20,000 young men across Australia, and is also the CEO of STUFF™, a men's personal care brand that champions healthy masculinity. He also works as an Advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), a charity supporting young people throughout the Commonwealth alongside Prince Harry, the President of QCT.

Hunter's work has led him to present around the world and be recognised as a Finalist for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Awards (VIC), listed as one of Harper's Bazaar's "Visionary Men of 2019", named a 2018 Queen's Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen, and 2018 Winner of the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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Shirley Chowdhary is an internationally experienced executive leader who has built a diverse set of credentials across law, financial services, funds management, journalism, Indigenous education, and the NFP sector.

Shirley is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and has invested throughout her career to address these issues. This work was most recently recognized when she was selected as a 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. Shirley believes that Diversity and inclusion are no longer buzz words; they are a financial and business imperative for organisations to stay relevant, engage their younger workforce, and innovate. Shirley will focus on the necessity of gender and cultural diversity, the significance of engaging with Indigenous Australia, and why we need a diversity of voices and experiences around the table.

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Troy McCann has been passionate about space and the future of humanity since seeing the moon in detail through a telescope as a small child.

Troy combined his passions for technology and entrepreneurship in multiple businesses that he started during and after graduating from university when he founded MoonshotX: an organisation dedicated to cultivating space innovation ecosystems worldwide. Moonshot searches for solutions to complex problems that will lead to a more resource-abundant future for humanity.

Today, Moonshot is a global catalyst for humanity to enrich and expand our world inward and outward. It grows and invests in technology businesses that leverage and integrate frontier locations into our world.

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Grace Tame has spent the last 10 years turning her trauma into advocacy, as she campaigned for survivors of child sexual assault and as a leader of positive change.

Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace spent several months campaigning and, in 2019, finally won the right to speak out under her own name. In 2021 was Grace was named Australian of the Year in recognition of her extraordinary courage and advocacy.

Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual assault in Australia with a focus on enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effects of grooming, and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal system that supports the survivors, not just perpetrators.

Grace is an authentic, raw, and powerful Speaker who will simultaneously inspire and move audiences

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Nathaniel Calhoun specializes in the intersection of exponential technologies, business strategy and pressing global issues.

He combines insights from centres of executive decision making and innovation (like Silicon Valley) and the world’s most challenging environments (like post-conflict countries or world regions destabilized by food insecurity).

As a global thought leader on the ever-changing world of technology, Nathaniel explains what the rapid change in technologies mean for business, government and society, providing insights into how we prepare and cope with the challenges and embrace the change.

Nathaniel has spent two decades in some of the world’s most challenging and fastest growing economies. He consults with governments, development banks and international organizations to design and foster innovations (and policy) that change how marketplaces work. His emphasis on economic resilience and a desirable future of work make his content especially relevant in the times of COVID-19.

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Rachael Hocking is a Warlpiri woman & storyteller from the Northern Territory.

Rachael is a freelance journalist, moderator, and presenter who is passionate about sharing First Nations stories.

In 2020 Rachael was named Media Person of the Year at the Dreamtime Awards, and she received a First Nations Media Australia award for her coverage of Kumanjayi Walker.

Rachael is a highly engaging speaker and moderator who can connect with diverse panelists and audiences.

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Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a creative consultancy that builds purpose-driven brands.

Simon is a member of the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, and Huffington Post on purposeful branding and storytelling.

Simon is a sought-after international speaker with engagements including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Royal Society of Arts, SXSW, TEDxSF, NAB, Promaxbda, Conscious Capitalism, Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, Sustainable Brands, Social Good Summit, National Speakers Association, 1440 Multiversity and National Press Club, as well as brands such as Google, Coca-Cola, General Motors, VF, Samsung, VSP Global, Toyota, SAP, Gucci, VW Group, NHL, and Patagonia.

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Victoria Devine is a multi-award-winning financial adviser, helping thousands of people change their relationship with money. She is a young, influential and driven entrepreneur who pushes the boundaries in the finance industry and several charities and nonprofit organisations.

Founder and host of She’s on the Money, a chart-topping personal finance podcast for millennial women, Victoria is passionate about empowering women to make smart money decisions. After one season in production, She’s on the Money has quickly become a progressive online community of more than 80,000 women, a podcast with more than 2 million downloads and a financial education platform empowering women with the tools and confidence they need to change their financial situations.

Victoria is the Director and Co-Founder of Zella, a thriving financial advice, accounting and finance broking practice in Melbourne, Australia.

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Todd Liubinskas has been involved in fitness from the moment he could walk and talk.

Todd has been Men’s Health Magazines’ Fitness Director since 2018; He is an integral part of the health and fitness space in the media amongst the Australian community. As the fitness director for Men’s Health, which has more than 2 million touchpoints, Todd has led fitness initiatives that have broken down the barriers to health and fitness for the Men’s Health audience. Todd is the brand’s go-to fitness resource, spearheading fitness content across video, print, and digital, and will appear at Men’s Health events.

Todd has worked at an elite level, training the likes of The Wallabies, NZ Rugby League team, Aussie 7s, and several high-profile personalities. He has an innate ability to connect with people from all levels of fitness and mindset, traversing age and background. He’s formulated programs for several corporates, including Westpac, Unmind (UK), Toyota, and Porsche.

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Louka Parry is an award-winning Educator, Speaker, Facilitator and Adventurer with a powerful ability to communicate ideas with clarity.

Louka works across the globe with changemakers, teams, schools and organisations, speaking on leadership, wellbeing, innovation and the future of learning and work. As CEO of The Learning Future, he is committed to transforming learning structures, systems and societies so that we better unlock curiosity and empower individuals to develop the key human capabilities that matter most now and into the future.

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