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Entrepreneur and founder, Australian Writers' Centre.


Valerie Khoo is a journalist and media commentator who has worked at top news and publishing companies in Australia and Asia.

Current work

Valerie has been appointed the City of Sydney's Curator for the 2019 Sydney Lunar Festival, which will involve telling the stories of numerous high profile Australians. The Festival is the city’s third largest annual event, after New Years Eve fireworks and VIVID and is the largest celebration of Lunar New Year in the world, outside of mainland China. This year the arts and culture festival attracted over 1.3 million people.

Previous experience

Speaker: She has spoken at conferences and events for AMP, PwC, Dell, IBM, ServiceNow and many others.

Author: Valerie is author of 'Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business' and is an experienced interviewer. She has been "In Conversation" with a diverse range of people, including Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Tim Ferriss, Will Smith, Britney Spears, Cindy Crawford and many more.

Writer: Valerie also wrote regular columns on business and innovation at Fairfax (, theage., etc) for 15 years. She is co-host of the top-rating podcast 'So you want to be a writer' where she interviews best-selling authors each week.

As usual the attendees soaked up all the great information from Valerie. She was, bright, enthusiastic, patient with all the eager questions, very informative and provided great value for our attendees. There were many light bulb moments and they all walked away with a tonne of great information and inspired and empowered to enact her great advice. Dent
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