Speakers

Luke Heggie

Luke Heggie had a job at a bottle shop. He had to serve hundreds of members of the general public every day; alcoholics, idiots, egocentrics, awkward losers, rude bastards and all of the above. This made him not so much disappointed, as angry. See the winner of Time Out Magazine Sydney's Best Comedian in his feel good surprise hit show of the summer. If you have ever demanded ten cents back so you ...

Cameron Knight

Long-time host and writer for various shows on Foxtel's Comedy Channel, most notably his tenure at the helm of Stand Up Australia - the show that introduced Australian stand-up comedy to the general public, Cam Knight has had a hand in shaping the careers of many Australian comedians even while forging his own. Coming up with new material for five shows every week arguably made him one of Australi ...

Kevin Kropinyeri

Get set for the ride of your life when Kevin Kropinyeri takes to the stage along with his scooter. A one-man whirlwind that will have you holding your sides laughing, Kevin shares tales of growing up, marriage and the intricacies associated with life in general as well as life as an Aboriginal Australian. Kevin is a proud Aboriginal man who's not afraid to laugh at himself. A deadly performer, ...

Anna Bligh

Universally praised for unwaveringly strong, decisive leadership during a devastating natural disaster, Anna Bligh is a leader with truly bipartisan admiration from constituents and politicians alike. The first female Premier of Queensland, she is also the first Australian woman to be elected whilst already the leader of her party. During her tenure she drove social, education and environmenta ...

George Casey

General Casey's father has commanded the first Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War and was killed in 1970 in a helicopter crash. In the same year, George Casey graduated from Georgetown University and joined the army. He rapidly rose through the ranks, relinquishing active field work to take up senior staff positions in the Pentagon. He initially served as Director of Strategic Plans and Polic ...

Geraldine Cox

With the assistance of a Sydney couple and a grant from the Chase Foundation, Geraldine co-founded the Australia Cambodia Foundation. While the Foundation was becoming established, Geraldine earned a living working with then First Prime Minister, Prince Ranariddth, but following the coup she was left without a job. On the positive side however, it meant that she was able to spend more time on Foun ...

Damien Thomlinson

The story of Damien Thomlinson, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world.

It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Damien's life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. The damage to his body was so severe his medical team claim it is a miracle he wasn’t killed, and there were many times throughout his immediate treatment and beyond that medical staff did not think he would pull through.

Damien’s incredible journey of triumph over adversity, positive attitude and ambition for the future stands as proof that no challenge is too great and that the ANZAC spirit truly is alive and well. His is a story of reinvention, of embracing change and of approaching life with a mindset of positivity.

Paul Jordan

Ex-SAS, UN Peacekeeper,Security Expert, Corporate Speaker. Paul Jordan served in the elite SAS for over a decade. He later joined private security with companies including Exxon Mobile, and has provided security training and operational support to thousands of journalists including BBC and ABC, and supported CNN in Iraq during the 2003 invasion. Paul was in Banda Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami, has ...

David Boden

A retail and consumer industry professional David Boden ran an Indonesian consumer group and then switched into consumer goods and IT consulting after moving to Singapore for Deloitte Consulting and for Accenture. Consulting led to IT with progressive roles at Oracle, HP and now Microsoft. ...

Joel Cresey

Joel Creasey's life is like a Broadway show. And every good blockbuster has bundles of conflict - something Joel can't seem to avoid. At age 16, Joel Creasey rigged an election ensuring he was elected Drama Captain of his high school. Ever since, that title seems to have stuck, literally. At just 22, he's been dumped, fired and beaten up. Luckily Joel is armed to face all this with his two greates ...

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