Future Trends Speakers

Peter Blasina

Peter Blasina is regularly acknowledged for having made a valuable contribution to the high standard of IT journalism both locally and overseas. A well-known face and voice nationally in mainstream newspaper dailies, key technology publications, on broadcasting vehicles such as public broadcaster ABC Radio, and TV station Channel Seven. He also owns and publishes two newsstand magazines that are d ...

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Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis is focused on driving breakthroughs in products, companies and industries. He is passionate about solving some of the world's grand challenges. If you're interested in driving and incentivizing breakthrough thinking within your company or industry; or if you're interested getting experts around the world motivated to solve your insolvable problems, you need to create the proper inc ...

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Peter Jones

"I remember sitting for hours in my father's office leather chair, dreaming of running a multi-million pound business." Peter Jones is proof that drive, passion and sheer determination to succeed no matter the odds is possible! Today, Peter has interests in a wide range of companies and a variety of markets which collectively generate sales of more than 250 million pounds and employ more than 1,00 ...

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Peter Thorpe

Peter Thorpe started his career in sales at the age of eighteen. By the time he was thirty, he had become the General Manager of Sharp Corporation of Australia. He left Sharp to start his own business and since then, he has been a retailer, an importer and has operated his own advertising business. In 1988, with no previous experience in publishing, he decided to start his own magazine. Called " ...

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Peter Williams

Recently named one of Australia’s Top Digital Influences, Peter Williams' track record is impressive. The founder of digital services pioneer Deloitte Digital, an adjunct professor at RMIT and Australian chief of Silicon Valley Applied Research startup Centre for the Edge, Williams is clearly at the forefront of digital business - and always has been! Peter’s focus is on digital innovation and helping boards and senior executives navigate today’s rapidly changing digital business environment.

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Ray Hammond

Ray Hammond is a world-renowned futurologist, technology analyst and commentator on the digital age. He is a best-selling author whose titles have been published in 44 countries and in 23 languages. Ray Hammond is also a regular contributor to 'MIT Technology Review,' 'Computing', 'Business and Technology' and 'New Media Investor'. Today, Ray provides keynote lectures, workshops and seminars on ...

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Raymond Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil has been described as 'the restless genius' by the Wall Street Journal, and 'the ultimate thinking machine' by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the 'rightful heir to Thomas Edison', and PBS included Ray as one of 16 'revolutionaries who made America'. along with other inventors of the past two centuries. As one of the leading ...

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Richard Neville

A well known social commentator on trends, innovation, the new consumer, info-tech and globalisation. He calls his presentation 'Seeing the footprints of the future in the shifting sands'. While the content is widely varied, depending on the needs of clients, his aim is to empower audiences to contemplate a range of possible futures. ...

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Richard Watson

Richard Watson is a speaker and consultant who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on the impact of trends on long-term strategy. Richard is the publisher of "What's Next" - a trends report offering clear, concise and non-sensationalist commentary on trends in society, business, science & technology, government and the environment. Each issue covers trends across twelve s ...

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Robert Brand

Robert Brand has a long history with space and the moon. At the age of 17 he wired up much of the video and communications systems in Sydney Australia that brought the world the Apollo 11 video from the moon. Over many years he has been stationed at the Parkes Radio Telescope for NASA's Voyager encounters with Uranus and Neptune and ESA's Giotto encounter with Halleys Comet. In more recent years h ...

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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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