Speakers

Geoffrey Robertson QC

Geoffrey Robertson AO QC is a barrister, author and one-time host of “Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals” on the ABC. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers; now the largest human rights practice in Europe; where he has been mentor to Amal Clooney, Jen Robinson, Keir Starmer and others.

Colleen Callander

An award-winning CEO, Colleen Callander has a wealth of knowledge and proven track record in building brands, establishing winning cultures and creating environments that allow people to be inspired and empowered.

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.

Peter Van Onselen

Peter van Onselen is Network Ten’s political editor and a contributing editor for The Australian. He is also a professor of public policy and politics at the University of Western Australia. Peter hosts The Sunday Project on 10, appears as a panellist on ABC Insiders and writes a weekly column for Perth’s Sunday Times. He has won Walkley and Logie awards for his broadcast journalism on Sky News where he worked for nearly ten years, and a News Award for his feature and opinion writing in the Australia. Dr van Onselen is the author or editor of six books, including a biography of former Prime Minister John Howard, rated by the Wall Street Journal as the best biography of 2007. He has a PhD in political science and a masters of policy studies and a masters of commerce.

Christian 'Boo' Boucousis

When it comes to unlocking human potential and achieving organisational success, there's no one quite like Christian 'Boo' Boucousis, CEO of Afterburner Inc. A former fighter pilot turned business founder, author, and inspirational speaker, Boo has earned over 1,000 five-star Google reviews for his unparalleled expertise in human behaviour and organisational performance. Whether he's speaking to a small startup or a multinational corporation, Boo inspires people to discover a new way of thinking that empowers them to believe that even the most audacious ambitions are within their reach.

His latest keynote, "Human 2.0 - The Evolution of Thinking," presents a game-changing approach to personal and professional development that creates resilient, adaptable, and motivated individuals capable of excelling in today's fast-paced economy. From Google to Zurich to Microsoft, Boo has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches globally, inspiring audiences to unlock their full potential and achieve extraordinary things. If you want to take your life and career to the next level, look no further than Boo.

Mike Smith

Michael Smith was the China correspondent for The Australian Financial Review. He is currently based in Sydney.

Bill Birtles

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff. Reporting from both major cities and remote provinces throughout the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he covered an era-defining period of change, upheaval and diplomatic tension as China asserted itself on the world stage.

Geoff Raby

Australia's former ambassador to China provides insights into Australia's future position in global affairs.

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria, one of TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018 and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news”, and attempts to silence the free press.

Peggy Liu

Peggy Liu is an internationally recognized expert on China's energy landscape, speaking around the world on the lessons she has learnt in tackling China's toughest environmental challenges: pollution, urbanization, epidemics, drought, obesity and diabetes.

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