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Travelling Speakers

Farah Parkinson
21 May 2019

Are you looking for a high profile international speaker to add to your next event? Use this list as a resource to keep up to date on the thought leaders and story tellers visiting Australia throughout the year and take advantage of reduced travel rates.

If you'd like the opportunity to have any of these heavyweights present at your next event contact our expert team for more information and someone will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your event.

Chris Hadfield - First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Colonel Chris Hadfield is often referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong.” He is a worldwide sensation who is
acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon.

His video of video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”, by Bowie himself.

Colonel Chris Hadfield will be in Australia in early June 2019 and again in August 2019.

Monica Lewinsky - Social activist & global public speaker

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, global public speaker, consultant and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair. ​

She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women. Her 2014 essay for Vanity Fair, Shame and Survival, was nominated for a National Magazine Award and her TED Talk, The Price of Shame, has been viewed over 13 million times.

Monica will be in Australia from late July to early August 2019 and is available for local private events between these dates.

Sir Bob Geldof - Musician, businessman, humanitarian and activist.

A self-styled campaigner, Bob Geldof is tremendously well informed on a broad range of global humanitarian and political issues. He is voted one of the best business and political speakers in the world today, delivering highly provocative presentations, inspiring and motivating audiences through his personal experiences and the lessons learned from Live Aid.

Bob will be in Australia and New Zealand in late September 2019 and is available for local events with reduced travel costs.

Robin Esrock - International Travel Personality and Bestselling Author

Having chased his bucket list to over 110 countries across 7 continents, renowned travel writer and bestselling author Robin Esrock knows how to tell a good story. Robin’s articles, stories, columns and photography have appeared in major publications on five continents, including National Geographic, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, Readers Digest, the Melbourne Herald, Dubai Gulf News and Toronto Star.

A recognized pioneer in travel blogging and social media, Robin is the bestselling author of The Great Australian Bucket List and The Great Global Bucket List (Affirm Press).

Robin will be in Australia in September and is available for local dates at reduced travel costs.

Susan David Ph.D - Visionary behind Emotional Agility

Susan David, is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling Emotional Agility based on the concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release.

Susan is scheduled to return to Australia in September and November of this year and is available for local events.

Marc Randolph - Former CEO of Netflix

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur advisor and investor and co-founder of the online movie and television streaming service Netflix.​

With a career as an entrepreneur that spans more than four decades, Marc has founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups. He works extensively as a mentor in young entrepreneur programs and is a truly exceptional keynote speaker.

Marc will be in Australia from 6 to 13 July 2019 and is available for local events.

Julian Guthrie - Best-selling Author and Journalist

Julian Guthrie is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and journalist. She is the author of three books, including two national best sellers. As a journalist for twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, she won numerous awards. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her latest book, Alpha Girls, is the untold story of pioneering women in Silicon Valley. Described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network, Alpha Girls is the story of the real unicorns of Silicon Valley. The women who bucked the system and found ways to survive and thrive in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley.

Julian will be in Australia from the 17-28 of June 2019 and is available for local events.

David Pearl - The Maestro of Corporate Creativity.

David Pearl is an innovator who works in business, the arts and social change. Now he combines his performance background with his boardroom experience to offer clients talks which are highly entertaining, unusually interactive (he can engage even the hardest-nosed crowd) and richly insightful.

David pioneered the use of arts in business in the UK. Two decades on he’s a creative confidante to the leaders of some of the world’s leading businesses helping them and the teams they lead perform at new levels.

David will be in Australia from the 22 to 29 July 2019 and is available for local events.

Elle MacPherson - Entrepreneur, supermodel, actress and UNICEF Ambassador.

Elle Macpherson became known as Australia’s ‘girl next door’ following her debut in a 1982 TV advert for TAB Cola. Since then she has gone on to become a global icon conquering the worlds of fashion, business and entertainment.

Elle will be returning to Australia from the 23rd to the 30th of September and is available for private local events during this time.

Alastair Campbell - Journalism, politics and the leaders of our times.

Alastair has spent a decade working in both the media and in politics. During his journalism career he rose to become the Mirror's political editor and chief political columnist before being recruited by Tony Blair as his press secretary when Mr Blair became leader of the Labour Party. After the 1997 election he became the Prime Minister's Chief Press Secretary and Official Spokesman and then his Director of Communications and Strategy.

He is a sought after speaker at events around the world, specialising in strategic communications and global politics.

Alastair will be in Australia from 22-27 July 2019 and is available for local events.

Steve Wozniak - Co-founder of Apple & Pioneer of Computing.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 40 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products the Apple I and II. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.” Woz is currently Chief Scientist at Primary Data.

Woz will be in Australia in early July 2019 and is available for local events at reduced rates.

Dr Richard Hames - Entrepreneur, Strategic Futurist, Mentor & Author

In 1998 he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He correctly foresaw the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff in Brazil. He was among the first futurists to anticipate the success of Apple’s first iPod and Tesla’s electric cars.

Described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” Richard is among the world’s most influential thinkers. Constantly sought after by governments and business corporations for his searing intellect and remarkably accurate insights, Richard provides his clients with deep wisdom on a range of issues concerning the future of humanity.

Richard will be in Australia from 8 July to 6 August 2019 and is available for a small number of public keynotes, working sessions and seminars.

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