Current Affairs Speakers

Richard Hames

Recently described as one of this century's most foresightful corporate philosophers, and by Forbes Asia as one of the smartest people on the planet, Dr Richard Hames is one of the world's most influential intellectuals and strategic foresight practitioners. Founder of globally distributed think-tank The Hames Group, Richard works internationally as an adviser to governments and with many of the ...

Rob Gell

Rob Gell is an outstanding communicator who has earned the respect of government, business, and environmental groups for his approach to sustainable development. Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at te ...

Robert Dole

Bob Dole, one of the United States' most prominent political figures of the 20th century, has a distinguished record of public service that continues to make a difference to Americans today. Throughout his service in Congress, as Senate majority leader and as 1996 Republican presidential candidate, Bob Dole cemented his reputation as a distinguished national leader, respected senior statesman and ...

Robert Kennedy Jnr

Lauded by Successful Meetings magazine as a man whose message supercedes his golden name, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. delivers with earnestness and obvious passion. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. He has won settlements for the Hudson Riv ...

Ros Kelly

Ros Kelly has one of the highest profiles of any woman in Australia. As Australia's only woman in the Federal Cabinet for four years, she has re-written the history books on many occasions. As Australia's Environment Minister, she directed Australia's environment policies from 1990 - 1994. Ms Kelly led the Australian delegation to the Rio Earth Summit. ...

Rudy Giuliani

Former Mayor of New York City and TIME Magazine's Man of the Year 2001, Rudy Giuliani has proved to be one of the world's most effective leaders. Under his leadership, overall crime in New York fell 65 percent and murder was reduced by 70 percent. Having narrowly missed being crushed when the Twin Towers fell on September 11 2001, Giuliani immediately began leading the recovery as New York faced i ...

Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor is Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures; a prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction; and a widely-published critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, The Times of India and Newsweek). In 2007 he concluded a nearly 29-year career with the United Nations, including working for refugees in South-East Asia at the peak of the ?boat people? cr ...

Sichan Siv

Sichan Siv embodies the classic American dream come true. A refugee from Cambodia, he came to United States in 1976 with nothing but an education, and was nominated by President George W. Bush in October 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the 28th Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. From 2001 to 2006, he concurrently represented the United States at the U.N. ...

Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon is an Australian businessman, philanthropist and sportsman. On 25 January 2011 he was named Australian of the Year for 2011 by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in 1976 and Bachelor of Law in 1978, both at the University of Melbourne, Simon McKeon practiced law in Sydney with Blake Dawson Waldron before taking up a post with the Macquarie Bank, wher ...

Stan Grant

Stan Grant is an esteemed journalist and broadcaster with a prolific career spanning over 25 years across more than 70 countries. His roles have included ABC Federal Political Correspondent, London-based European Correspondent for the Seven Network, and China Correspondent for CNN in Beijing. As the International Affairs Analyst for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Stan has covered significant global events from the release of Nelson Mandela to the war in Iraq, earning him multiple prestigious awards including the Columbia University Du-Pont and the U.S. Peabody Award.

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