His first furore onto the international stage was as a young Platoon Commander in the Solomon Islands in 2007, here, as part of the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) he worked to maintain peace and order in the island nation.
It was this first leadership experience that shaped David's ethos and mindset for the years ahead and where he learnt valuable lessons about the need for empathetic leadership and adapting to experiences of the moment.
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Sunita Gloster is an internationally experienced executive leader with almost 30-years of experience across professional services with a focus on media, marketing, technology and advertising.
She is known for driving strong commercial partnerships and being a champion of the role marketing and brands play to drive growth and social good.
She has held senior leadership roles in Australia and internationally and been recognised for her industry contributions: voted one of the ‘Top 35 Businesswomen under 35’ in the UK for two consecutive years by Management Today and voted Europe's 'Top 40 Marketing Professional under 40' in 2003.
Growing up, Lucy Thomas always figured that “someone should really do something about bullying.” Then she realised: I am that someone.
Now, more than a decade after founding PROJECT ROCKIT, Lucy has dedicated her whole life to the cause. As a keynote speaker and facilitator, Lucy has personally worked with hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world.
She has spent the last 15 years building Australia’s first and biggest youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying, hate and prejudice. What started as a simple idea has now impacted half a million young Aussies. Having started the social business straight out of high school, Rosie knows exactly what it’s like to be underestimated as both a young person and a woman and she is committed to providing totally innovative opportunities for people to realise their purpose and potential.
Heston Russell joined the Australian Army at the age of 17 via the Australian Defence Force Academy where he completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History & Indonesian from the University of New South Wales.
In 2006 he graduated from the Royal Military College of Duntroon and was posted to his first commissioned appointment as a Platoon Commander with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR).
Within the 2 RAR, Heston fulfilled the appointment of Infantry Platoon Commander and Anti-Armoured Platoon Commander. During his tenure at 2 RAR, Heston deployed to Timor Leste within the Timor Leste Battle Group-3 conducting Peacekeeping Operations.
As Co-founders of Coreo, a leading Circular Economy advisory firm out of Brisbane, Ashleigh and Jaine Morris are a dynamic duo of optimism, systems thinking and storytelling.
The pair are committed to catalysing a global transition to a circular economy. They are renowned for delivering circular solutions across diverse stakeholders, including government, business and community in sectors as diverse as mining, agriculture, property development, textiles and beauty products.
Highly regarded for her authentic leadership in the environmental and social spaces, her passion and expertise lie in exploring the intersection of environmental, social, commercial and economic issues. Natalie advises world leaders on environmental and social policy and driven the expansion, growth and impact of a range of social enterprises and non-profits around the world.
Emma Husar is most famously known for her role as a former member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Lindsay for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which she represented from 2016-2019.
Emma never planned on entering the world of politics, yet fate would lead her there. From 1988 to 2002 she attended Western Sydney University and studied a Bachelor of Education, before becoming a mother to three children. In 2013, she joined the Labor Party and by 2015 had become President of the Penrith Branch. In 2016 she went on to win the set of Lindsay with a swing of 4.1 per cent. At the time she was considered the rising star of the ALP.
Born in Sudan, Peter Bol and his family fled the civil war, spending four years in Egypt. At the age of 10 he stepped off a plane in Toowoomba; an experience that Peter describes as indescribable and comparable only to qualifying for the Olympic Games.
In 2021, Peter looked to add to his Olympic story and became the first Australian in 53 years to qualify for the Men’s 800m Final on the track.
A well-accomplished public speaker talking to corporates and schools, Peter covers topics including goal setting, overcoming adversity, teamwork, balance and peak performance.
A Paralympic Gold Medallist, international motivational speaker, attorney, brand ambassador, board director, TV reporter, and sports commentator, Annabelle Williams is a leading voice on diversity and inclusion and is creating a movement to change people's perceptions about their own limitations.
Annabelle captained the Australian Paralympic Swim Team and managed to balance her sporting career with a highly successful and demanding corporate career as an attorney. Annabelle competed in two Paralympic Games, broke five world records, and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
At 17, Isaiah Dawe was travelling back to boarding school after the holidays when his foster carer sent him a text saying he was no longer able to live with them. When the time came to complete his Higher School Certificate exams, Isaiah wasn’t able to focus on the exam, he was thinking about where he was going to live and how he was going to survive.
This was the genesis for Isaiah to create ID. Know Yourself, the first Aboriginal led organisation delivering 1:1 mentoring and support coordination to Aboriginal children and young people in contact with the Out of Home Care and Juvenile Justice system in New South Wales. As Founder and CEO of ID. Know Yourself, Isaiah is determined to impact the lives of the 22,000 Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care, their purpose is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage by establishing belonging, discovering purpose and empowering positive choices.
A former model, Sasha, grew frustrated by the invisibility of multicultural women in fashion and media. In 2011, Sasha founded Ascension - Australia's first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. As a speaker, Sasha raises awareness around culture, diversity and equity in the business, media and lifestyle sectors.