Graeme Wood revolutionised the travel industry in Australia when he created the concept for, and cofounded, Wotif.com in 2000. From his simple and innovative idea, Graeme has grown Wotif.com into a global company with a team of over 145 employees worldwide.

Graeme's background is in information technology, with more than 30 years experience in the field of information systems and software development, beginning with NCR and later IBM. His career as an entrepreneur began in the early 1980s with the first of several technology start-ups.

Since Wotif.com's inception Graeme and the company have been awarded several times for contributions to the industry and excellence in all areas of operation including:

- Overall Winner and Winner of Outstanding Achievement by an Organisation in the Services Sector - Premier of Queensland's SMART Awards 2004
- Australian Institute of Management Medal for Management Innovation - 2004 Management Excellence Awards
- National winner of the Technology, Communications, E-Commerce and Life Sciences category - 2005 Ernst and Young, Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
- National winner for a contact centre with under 50 seats - CSIA Australian Service Excellence Awards 2005/2006.
- Winner of the Inspiration iAward and the Tourism & Hospitality category - AIIA iAwards 2006.

Graeme is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia, with a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Information Systems. He is a frequent speaker at functions covering topics relevant to the travel industry as well as entrepreneurship and innovation.

Speaker Topics Include:
 Big Numbers And Big Challenges
 Building A Creative Business Culture
 Consumer Behaviour
 Going Global
 Innovate Or Perish
 Market Power
 Online Travel
 Startups And Upstarts
 The Aussie Advantage
 The Internet As An Entrepreneur's Dream

 

His not-for-profit interests through the Graeme Wood Foundation and the Wot's Next Programme support youth development programmes in the arts, sailing, and conservation.

 

Testimonials

Graeme was not only an enthusiastic and comical speaker but possessed a strong business acumen and expertise of his business and technology. An engaging speaker who held the crowd at every stage of the breakfast forum. An absolute pleasure to have as a guest speaker.
- AM Breakfast Club

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