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Anh Do

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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A postcard from 2020: How the Meetings Industry 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+ Visitors Bureau.

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, AEG OGDEN

Geoff Donaghy is Group Director Convention Centres for AEG OGDEN with specific responsibility for their new management projects including Darwin, Qatar and New Delhi.

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 Centres (AIPC).

Conventions Australia – Unified for Success

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 Brasília.

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 .

How to Measure the Effectiveness of an Event

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 (Australia) Ltd

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 house.

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

Why Don't Condoms Come in Size SMALL?

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.

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Stop Selling!

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.

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Green Initiatives in Meetings and Events

Kim McKay

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. 

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