Anh Do is one of the hottest young entertainers in Australia. In the space of 3 years he has attained some of Australia's highest accolades in the fields of comedy, TV and film. Anh appears regularly on TV and radio as guest comedian and panel guest on shows such as The Footy Show (twice), Rove (twice), The Fat (twice), Channel Nine's Fight For Life, JJJ Breakfast show, MMM and Richard Glover's 2BL.
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Helped Craft the Most Important Environmental Solutions
of Our Time
Michael Luehrs, Sustainability
Services Manager, MCI Group, Stockholm
Michael Luehrs is MCI's Sustainability Services Manager.
With hands on experience implementing an innovative and
award winning sustainability plan for the Hilton group,
Michael has developed strong experience in creating cultures
that embrace sustainable business practices. Michael
is now tasked with leading MCIs sustainability consulting
team. Michael has been sponsored by Melbourne Convention+
ICCA – Achievements and Vision
Leigh Harry, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne
Exhibition and Convention Centre
Leigh is the President, International Congress and Convention
Association (ICCA), Deputy Chairman of the Melbourne Convention
and Visitors Bureau; member, Business Events Council of
Australia (BECA) and Member, Tourism Australia Business
Events Industry Advisory Panel. He is also a Past National
President of the MEA. Under Leigh Harry's stewardship,
the MECC has won a number of national and international
awards for its services and facilities.
Geoff Donaghy, Group Director Convention Centres,
Geoff Donaghy is Group Director Convention Centres for
AEG OGDEN with specific responsibility for their new
management projects including Darwin, Qatar and New
He is currently Chairman of the Business Events Council
of Australia (BECA), the country's peak convention and
exhibition industry organisation and is Vice President
of the Brussels based International Association of Congress
Conventions Australia – Unified
Martin Winter, CEO, Adelaide Convention
Tourism, Authority, Chairman, ICCA (Aust), Chairman, Conventions Australia
Martin is an active industry leader who is currently Chairman
of ICCA ( Australia ) and Chairman of Conventions Australia .
His career has also included the positions of International
Vice President Marketing for the Paris-headquartered Le Cordon
Bleu and as Professor at the National University of
Brazil in the Centro de Excelência em Turismo de
Command Decision Making
Captain John Dennis
Captain John Dennis has been flying commercial aircraft
since 1971 and is currently employed as a Senior Check
Captain on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. John introduced
a highly successful programme to expose major corporate
clients to understanding the complexity of the aircraft operating
environment by letting them attempt to fly a Boeing 747-400
simulator. John has also trained John Travolta on the
Boeing 747-400. He has commanded 38 flights to Antarctica
including the first flight to Mt Erebus since 1979 and
the first flight ever in recorded history observing a
total eclipse of the sun over Antarctica .
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Simon Baggs, Chief Executive
Officer, Lateral Marketing & Management
Simon Baggs is the founder and CEO of Lateral Marketing & Management Pty Ltd, which for the past 12 years has been producing upscale lifestyle events, meetings and conferences for multinationals and prestigious brands. Lateral produces 170 events across Australia each year. Simon is the author of ‘Extraordinary Events,’ published in 2006, focusing on events as a relationship marketing tool. Prior to founding Lateral, Simon was the Director of Marketing of the ATP, the worldwide governing body of men’s tennis and Director of Marketing of Tourism NSW. Simon serves on the National Boards of MEA and ASMA, the peak Australian sponsorship industry association.
The Event we Had to Have……APEC 2007
Peter Rix, Managing Director, George P Johnson
Peter Rix began his career as a manager of recording
artists in the 1970's. He has produced concerts, theatre
shows, music festivals, product launches, exhibitions,
and large scale special events since 1983, and remains
after 35 years, the manager of Marcia Hines. Merged with
GPJ in 2003 to create Australia 's largest event production
Asia Pacific – a Starwood
Perspective on its Hotel Growth in the Region
Alison Taylor, Vice President of Sales, Starwood
Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific
Alison is responsible for the sales and on line marketing
strategies for Starwood's 130 hotels and resorts in Asia
Pacific, and leading the 14 Global Sales Offices across
the region. Alison is also a global board member of ACTE – Association
of Corporate Travel Executives, an association providing
executive-level global education to business travel leaders
in 50 countries.
Mastering the Numbers Game
Diana Williams, Founder & Chairwoman, Fernwood
Women's Health Clubs 2005 Telstra
Australian Business Women of the Year
In 1989 Diana Williams opened the first Fernwood club
in Bendigo, Central Victoria, today Fernwood is the
largest organisation of its kind in Australia with an
annual turnover in excess of $100 million. Diana has
been the recipient of many awards, and is the Telstra
Australian Business Woman of the Year for 2005
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Penny Burke, Director, Essence Communications
Penny Burke is the Director of Essence Communications
and has worked in the field of marketing and advertising
for over 25 years. She is a true thought leader on the
topic of Commitment, and has just published
her first book Forced Focus which explores how
to create a more engaging workplace brand.
Chris Helder, Master of Communication and Influence
Are you tired of the old generation of sales speakers? Is creating lasting rapport with your clients and colleagues more important than mastering the 'hard close' ? This highly entertaining presentation will challenge all people to strive for new levels of excellence. The keynote Stop Selling! will enable the sales team to develop a deep understanding into the behaviour pattern of their clients. In having a deep understanding of what is "driving" the client to make decisions, the salesperson will better be able to get the client to take "action" and move forward.
International Environmental Campaigner and Author/Columnist Media and Social & Sustainability Marketing Consultant
Co-Author, True Green book series & Co-founder, Clean Up Australia & Clean Up the World
Kim McKay has worked consistently in support of the local and global environment for more than 18 years. It started when she co-founded Clean Up Australia and then later Clean Up the World with solo ‘round the world yachtsman, and 1994 Australian of the Year, Ian Kiernan, AO. Along with a group of friends, they were on a mission to raise awareness and take positive action in support of their local environment – the message that everyone can make a difference has been the driving theme behind her actions.
Kim’s international career in media and social marketing and communications spans 25+ years and every continent. She is currently a partner in Momentum2, a Sydney based social marketing consultancy working on local and global projects for National Geographic Society among other clients.
MEA would like to thank Ovations International for their
support of the conference.
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