Keynote Speakers, entertainers, and MCs for NAIDOC events

As we approach NAIDOC Week this July, it's a perfect time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples. This year's theme, "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud," underscores the vibrant and enduring spirit of First Nations cultures. We have curated an exceptional lineup of keynote speakers, entertainers, and MCs who bring a wealth of knowledge, cultural depth, and dynamic presence to any event.

  • Brad Twynham

    Brad Twynham is a global speaker in resilience, innovation, and leadership. He has delivered his Radical Leadership Programs to corporations including Minter Ellison, DuluxGroup, Rio Tinto, Endeavor Group, IBM, ARTC, Queensland Health and Singularity U. Brad's keynotes and workshops are transformational and interactive and is a great addition to any event as a keynote speaker, breakout session or workshop.

  • Nova Peris OAM

    Nova Peris-Kneebone is a versatile Australian athlete who has succeeded in both the sporting arenas of field hockey and track and field. She became the first Australian Aboriginal Athlete to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal on the hocky field. She later switched to athletics and contested the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 2000 Olympic Games. Nova has since worked in many roles supporting the indi ...

  • J-MILLA

    J-MILLA is a proud member of the Marranungu people, who are the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park in the NT. Born in Darwin J-MILLA's life started hard from the get-go, yet he managed to find a way to stand outside the intergenerational trauma pathway that affects so many Aboriginal families. Losing himself in music and storytelling got him through and it was this part of his culture that he clung to. When J-MILLA noticed the power of narrative and its influence on those around him; mainly his brothers and sister - J-MILLA’s passion for writing lyrics and telling his own stories began. J-MILLA used this passion as a weapon to maintain a healthy mental state for himself and his siblings. His lyrical content swings between deep societal commentary and bangin’ club vibes. 

  • Muggera

    Muggera is a family group who prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism. The members for Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders, world-class performers, with a formidable respect for culture. Based out of Yugambeh country, Muggera shares Minjungbal culture with the community through world class performances and experiences. 

  • Sean Choolburra

    Sean Choolburra has carved his niche as Australia's No 1 indigenous entertainer. After winning the NSW Raw Comedy final, Sean has gone on to prove himself as a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller, actor & hip-hop didge player. Hailing from Townsville, Sean has an established career as a dancer and created the NGARU Dance Company and performed all over the world with th ...

  • Karla Grant

    Karla Grant has dedicated a huge part of her career to working in Indigenous news and current affairs, witnessing and reporting on the shifts in policy and attitude towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Karla has spent the last decade on Living Black, further demonstrating her commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice. Karla started at SBS over 16 years ago, as a presenter, pr ...

  • Noel Pearson

    Noel Pearson is now the Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, a body that drives new directions in public policy on indigenous issues working closely with the Queensland and Commonwealth governments. Throughout the past ten years Noel has been involved in many key Indigenous issues including, as a member of the Indigenous Negotiating Team during the drafting of the Native ...

  • Stan Grant

    Stan Grant is an esteemed journalist and broadcaster with a prolific career spanning over 25 years across more than 70 countries. His roles have included ABC Federal Political Correspondent, London-based European Correspondent for the Seven Network, and China Correspondent for CNN in Beijing. As the International Affairs Analyst for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Stan has covered significant global events from the release of Nelson Mandela to the war in Iraq, earning him multiple prestigious awards including the Columbia University Du-Pont and the U.S. Peabody Award.

  • Cathy Freeman OAM

    Cathy Freeman, is one of Australia's most admired and respected athletes. She is an Australian superstar and an Australian icon. Cathy has not been an overnight success. She has achieved her goals through hard work, commitment and natural talent becoming a world-class athlete and winning the ultimate prize in any sport - an Olympic gold medal. As one of Australia's most popular high profile perso ...

  • Tony Armstrong

    Tony Armstrong, a Barranbinya First-Nations Australian and former AFL player for teams like Adelaide and Sydney Swans, has transitioned successfully into media. He became the first Indigenous person to call live AFL on commercial radio and later joined ABC as a sports news producer and presenter. Tony's media presence has been recognized with prestigious awards, including the 2022 Graham Kennedy Award and the 2023 Bert Newton award for Most Popular Presenter.

  • Shelley Ware

    Shelley is a regular corporate speaker to large and small groups. Speaking about the impacts of racism, AFL, diversity in the workplace, females in sport, embedding Aboriginal History and Culture into classrooms and reconciliation, she is a dynamic and powerful presenter.

  • Blak Douglas

    Blak Douglas is a distinguished keynote speaker and artist who captivates audiences with engaging talks and performances that challenge perceptions and inspire a collective path forward. Born Adam Douglas Hill in 1970 in Blacktown, NSW, he was raised in a culturally rich environment with a Dhungatti father and a Caucasian mother, boasting a heritage that includes English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. In 2014, he adopted the moniker 'Blak Douglas' to honor his diverse genealogies.

  • Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC MBE

    Evonne Goolagong Cawley, MBE, AO is one of Australia's all time sporting greats. She has been Australian Sportsman of the Year and Australian of the Year. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Rhode Island and the following year, she was inducted into the Aboriginal Sporting Hall of Fame. ...

  • Michael O'Loughlin

    Michael O’Loughlin, former AFL star and founder of CMC Indigenous Services, is celebrated for his dynamic playing style, marked by his agility, speed, flair, and aerial skills. Over a distinguished 20-year career, he played 303 senior AFL games for the Sydney Swans, earning All-Australian honors twice and representing Australia in International Rules.

    An influential and engaging keynote speaker, In 2016, Michael established CMC Indigenous Services leveraging his extensive leadership experience to advance Indigenous education, engagement, employment, and opportunities.

  • Professor Marcia Langton AO FASSA FTSE

    Professor Marcia Langton AO FASSA FTSE is a descendant of the Yiman people of Queensland. She is qualified as an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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