Journalist Speakers

Bill Birtles

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff. Reporting from both major cities and remote provinces throughout the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he covered an era-defining period of change, upheaval and diplomatic tension as China asserted itself on the world stage.

Jordana Borensztajn

Jordana Borensztajn is a social media strategist, presentation skills coach, author and humourist who inspires, educates and entertains audiences with action-packed and high-energy presentations and workshops.

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Lisa Wilkinson

Co-host of The Project and Executive Editor of Ten Daily, Lisa is one of Australia's most respected media identities. Brand ambassador, keynote speaker and high end corporate facilitator and MC.

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Maria Ressa

Ressa was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Ressa has been honoured globally for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation and attempts to silence the free press.

Mike Smith

Michael Smith was the China correspondent for The Australian Financial Review. He is currently based in Sydney.

Stephanie Brantz

Freelance television sport presenter, reporter, producer and commentator and sits on the Board of Directors of Football NSW.

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