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Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Julie Bishop

The Hon. Julie Bishop

Former Australian Foreign Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party

The Honourable Julie Bishop is one of Australia's most recognised and respected politicians at home and abroad.

For 20 years Julie served as the federal member for the West Australian seat of Curtin. She was Australia's Foreign Minister for five years, representing our nation's interests on the world stage - the first female in that role, and also the first female to be Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in its 75 year history, from 2007 - 2018. 

To global acclaim, Julie led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. Under her leadership, the Foreign Policy White Paper was developed providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and her most cherished legacy - the New Colombo Plan, has supported 40,000 Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Julie is the incoming Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid's Institute, board member of The Prince's Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti and the Human Vaccines Project. 

She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners. Prior to entering politics, she was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth. 

During AFL football season, Julie can be found cheering on the West Coast Eagles, having been the club's number one ticket holder and board member. 

Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson

Former Antarctica Expedition Leader. Leadership Expert. Best-selling Author

Rachael Robertson (CSP, MBA) is an Antarctic expedition leader, best-selling author and Australia’s pre-eminent authority on extreme leadership. She presents with great humour, humility and passion to audiences that value her practical, no-nonsense approach.

As a Chief Ranger and leader with 20 years of ‘extreme’ leadership experience, she is a best-selling author and leadership guru whose talents are in great demand from leading organisations around the globe. As only the second female to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica she managed a diverse group of up to 120 people, through total isolation, months of darkness, with no way in and no way out. It was a leadership laboratory in the most extreme and hostile environment on Earth, where most of the theory doesn’t apply.

In Antarctica she built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’. Prior to leading the expedition Rachael had 16 years experience in a variety of senior operational roles in complex and challenging environments.

Since returning to Australia, Rachael has completed her MBA, written a best-selling book on her experience, Leading on the Edge, and has presented at over 600 conferences and events around the world. No matter the event, Rachael will leave your audience inspired, challenged and equipped to take the next step in their leadership journey.

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

Multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of eight books.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum. Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to Medium.com and the Huffington Post.

In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Richard Enthoven

Richard Enthoven

Founder & CEO, Hollard Insurance

Richard Enthoven is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hollard Insurance. He is also a director of the Insurance Council of Australia and served as the Chair and President from November 2017 to December 2019.
Richard holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California. Richard will be speaking on the remarkable history of insurance innovation of Hollard in the South African market, and the humble beginnings of Hollard Australia.

Samuel Johnson OAM & Aaron Williams

Samuel Johnson OAM & Aaron Williams

CEO and Co-founder, Mindstar

Aaron Williams has partnered with Australian actor and philanthropist Samuel Johnson OAM, to help make Australia the happiest, healthiest country in the world.
Their presentation ‘Life-Stuff’, is designed to crush the stigma around mental health by contrasting Samuel’s deeply personal, anecdotal style with Aaron’s positive, practical strategies for feeling happier, healthier and stronger – both at home and at work.
Their message put simply, it's normal to feel crappy from time to time, it’s ok to talk about it and there’s plenty one can do to feel better.


Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer

Mathematician, author and comedian extraordinaire

Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702.

Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013 and since being posted online, his talk has had over two million views. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. 


2020 March 22 - 24