Current Affairs Speakers

Alexander Downer

Alexander Downer has earned respect all around the World as a man committed to making the World a better place and has enhanced Australia's position in the Global fraternity. His energy and passion is unsurpassed. He does not shirk the tough issues yet is driven by compassion when leading the World's response to events that have catastrophic effects on ordinary people. A gifted orator with a wonde ...

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Anna Coren

Anna Coren is a reporter for Seven News and Today Tonight, and presenter of Today Tonight's east coast Summer Edition. Anna launched her on-air role with the Seven Network when she presented Late News Updates and began hosting the east coast Summer Edition of Today Tonight. Anna came to Sydney in 1999 to work for National Nine News on the demanding overnight shift. She worked midnight to dawn ...

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Austan Goolsbee

As debt, the deficit and reigniting the global economic engine dominate conversations around the world, Austan Goolsbee—who served as one of President Obama's key economic advisers—delivers a thoughtful look at where the economy is heading and what solutions are necessary to keep businesses competitive. Goolsbee is a distinguished scholar who has been an advocate for letting the market ...

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Ben Fordham

Fordham is the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Award double. His achievements were recognised on Australia Day 1998 with a Young Citizen of the Year award. At the Nine Network, Ben Fordham has broken countless stories, both in Australia and overseas. Fordham's standing as a corporate MC and media training facilitator was also boosted by recently being named the youngest ever 60 minut ...

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Bernard Baumohl

Bernard Baumohl is chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monito ...

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Bernard Salt

Perhaps the best way to describe Bernard is that he is one of Australia's best communicators. Bernard has established an international reputation as a trend forecaster for business and government. Bernard is also a well known futurist in the marketing arena, looking at client profiles and the effect of social change on customer behaviour. His views are regularly sought by the business community and by the general media. He appears regularly on radio and television programs including Sunrise, Today Tonight, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.

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Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. President Clinton's core values of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America. After leaving the White House, ...

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Bruce Paige

Highly-regarded television presenter Bruce Paige joined Channel Nine Queensland in 1985 and spent 19 years presenting Nine News. Paige commenced his long media career in Maryborough in 1966 working at radio station 4MB, before moving to Wide Bay television three years later. He then worked for the fABC for almost 15 years – starting on 4th January, 1971, the same day Sesame Street hit Au ...

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Carmel Travers

With a media career spanning thirty years, Carmel Travers has become a familiar face and voice for radio and television audiences across Australia. Formerly a journalist with the ABC, and foreign correspondent based in East Africa, Carmel became best known to audiences as the producer and presenter of the science and technology television series, Beyond 2000. She has produced hundreds of hours of ...

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Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore is the laughing man's newsreader, unafraid to laugh at herself or the weirdness that can often be headline news. Currently a presenter on Network Ten's The Project (formerly The 7PM Project), Carrie was for many years the voice behind the weekday news on Melbourne's Nova 100, nominated for Best News Presenter at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards, and winning the award, with R ...

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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