Current Affairs Speakers

Joe Studwell

Joe was based in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1993 and in Beijing from 1993 to 2000. In the course of the 1990s he wrote or co-wrote 10 books on China under the EIU imprint. These include the best-sellers Unlocking China: A Key to Investment Regions, Multinationals in China: Winners and Losers and Operating in China: a Survivor's Manual. His book, The China Dream: the Quest for the Greatest Untapped Mar ...

John Hewson

Former Liberal Party leader, financial and economic expert. Dr John Hewson is a leading authority on economics and finance with experience in academia, business, government, media and financial systems. John has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury (Census and Statistics), The Reserve Bank and executive director of Macquarie Bank. ...

John Howard

John Howard's leadership, determination and vision are hallmarks of a career navigated during an era of unprecedented prosperity and change. As prime minister of Australia for four terms, John Howard provided a global approach to leadership. He delivered economic vision and strategies for international security that raised Australia's profile on the world stage while gaining the respect and gratit ...

Jonathan Tasini

Jonathan Tasini has been writing, lecturing and offering media analysis of the American political and economic landscape for more than 25 years. He has worked in electoral and legislative campaigns across the nation. In addition to deep knowledge about the details of the electoral process—polling, fundraising, media, strategy—and the experience as a prognosticator and analyst, Tasini uni ...

Karla Grant

Karla Grant has dedicated a huge part of her career to working in Indigenous news and current affairs, witnessing and reporting on the shifts in policy and attitude towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Karla has spent the last decade on Living Black, further demonstrating her commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice. Karla started at SBS over 16 years ago, as a presenter, pr ...

Katty Kay

Katty Kay (pronounced CAT-TEE) is the lead anchor of BBC World News America and Co-author, Womenomics Biography. Kay's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe where she covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Kay worked as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington where sh ...

Keith Suter

Dr Keith Suter is an economic and social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, author and broadcaster.

As a broadcaster, he appears on Australian radio an average of once per day. He is the TV Channel 7 'Sunrise' Foreign Affairs Editor appearing on weekday mornings. He is also a foreign policy analyst for Sky TV Australia, and ABC Adelaide and Radio 4BC (Brisbane).

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien is one of the most prominent and respected names in Australian journalism. He has won many accolades, including the top award in journalism, the Gold Walkley. In the past 35 years, he has worked in newspapers, wire service and television news and current affairs, as a general reporter, feature writer, political and foreign correspondent, interviewer and compere.He is currently the h ...

Laura Jayes

Laura Jayes has been a journalist and broadcaster for almost two decades. She hosts Am Agenda on Sky News - the channel's highest rating day time program, committed to politics, current affairs and challenging debates. 

Laura has covered every leadership challenge and election since 2010. She's covered the biggest breaking news stories in the world - Brexit live from London, the Queensland floods, the war in Afghanistan from Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt, Donald Trumps' election win and inauguration in Washington, the US Mid Terms and the death of Queens Elizabeth (to name a few). She is also one of the only journalists to be granted access to Nauru to report on the Australian funded detention centres. 

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