Speakers

Nick Bennett

Nick's experience as a multi-media journalist, MC and broadcaster spans 30 years in both the Australian and International market place. He gains the trust of his subjects whose honest revelations often provide extraordinary insights. He's honored to have interviewed George Michael, Angelina Jolie, Robbie Williams, John Mayer, Sir Bob Geldof, Valentino Rossi, Neil Finn and Naomi Campbell. Nick has ...

Mary Jerram

Born in New Zealand, Mary began her working life as a high school English teacher before moving to Australia to study law. Her career subsequently included stints as a legal officer at the Independent Teachers’ Union and as a senior advocate at the Legal Aid Commission, rising to become Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales in 2000. At the end of 2001 Mary entered a pe ...

Oliver Percovich

Oliver Percovich first skated in an empty pool at the age of six, while growing up in Papua New Guinea. In 1995 he competed in the Mystic Cup, an international skateboarding contest in Prague. He's worked at the Center for Risk and Community Safety on emergency management projects for various Australian government departments. He came to Kabul in February 2007, bringing his skateboards with him. ...

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out. ...

Ed Kavalee

Ed has been a professional MC since 2006. He has hosted several events for the University of Sydney (Open Days, Theatresports finals, and Orientation week), Belvoir Street Theatre (theatresports nights), Band and DJ competitions. With his remarkable improvisation skills he too has participated in competitions and has also won The 2005 Cranston Cup. Ed is also a regular ensemble cast member on N ...

Mike Goldman

Best known for his role narrating and hosting the Big Brother television phenomenon, Mike Goldman is the consummate entertainer. He is also an experienced radio host and talented MC who brings exceptional improvisational skills, humour, versatility and flexibility to your event. ...

Nova Peris

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 ...

Alvin Quah

Excitable, affable and unfailingly enthusiastic, Alvin is poles apart from the stereotype of a science expert. After numerous years studying, and with a pharmaceutical career behind him, Alvin says that MasterChef Australia has finally given him the opportunity to do something for himself. With a Malaysian background, Alvin says that his cooking is influenced by his heritage. Alvin's life has take ...

Dr Catriona Wallace

An entrepreneur in the artificial intelligence field and specialist in the metaverse, an adjunct professor and an expert in digital transformation, the future of work, responsible technology and women in leadership.

Corporal Mark Donaldson

Corporal Donaldson enlisted into the Australian Army and entered recruit training at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, NSW. He demonstrated an early aptitude for soldiering and was awarded the prizes for best shot and best at physical training in his platoon. Subsequently he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the school of infantry at Singleton, NSW, where ...

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