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Australia Day Celebrated: 6 Australian Speakers to heat up your event

Hey – I’m Abbie and I working in the marketing team here at the Speakers Corner towers. A graduate from the University of Adelaide, I hold two degrees in Commerce and Media. Upon completion I decided to relocate from my small beachside town in South Australia to London. I am please to report that I’m loving it here so far, although it has taken some time to get accustomed to there being more people on the tube in the morning then there are in my entire town!

Australia maybe on the other side of the world, but we’ve noticed an upsurge in not just clients looking for artists in the Oceania and Asia-Pacific region, but also speakers and artists flying across the world to participate at events.

As our resident Aussie [Abbie] celebrates Australia Day, the team here at Speakers Corner thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put a list together of some of our top Australian-based Speakers who might not be on your immediate radar, but perhaps they should be!

We have rounded up 6 of our favourites, each with a very impressive background who will inspire, motivate, teach and provide thought provoking ideas, while presenting at a world class level.

The one thing they all have in common? They all call Australia home.

Adam Hills - Comedian


Not a name that needs a big introduction, Adam Hills achieved international acclaim as one of the world’s best stand-up comics. With performance highlights including the likes of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe – he is not shy of the world stage. With a trail of nominations for awards, there is no doubt he will be the star of the show and provide a performance that your audience will remember for years to come.

Julia Gillard - Politician


A familiar face in the world of politics (and from the same city as our resident Aussie), Julia was sworn in as the 27th and first female Prime Minister of Australia. With a long and impressive history in politics, with a particular interest in the education sector, Julia’s knowledge and experience is unrivalled. If you’re looking for a speaker to provide insight into the importance of education, especially in third world countries, and who can leave a lasting impression on the audience, then Julia is the one for you.

Naomi Simson – Entrepreneur


Another face that is easily recognisable due to the success of her company RedBalloon and continuous involvement as an investor on the Australian TV Show Shark Tank, is Naomi Simson. With a breadth of knowledge relating to business & management, science & technology and entrepreneurship, Naomi draws from her own experience to provide an insightful and engaging performance, relatable across many audiences, and with her impressive background, there won’t be one person who isn’t inspired.

Scott Bales – Technology & Innovation


Scott Bales is one of our technology and innovation gurus and it’s no surprise why he is a global leader in the arena known as The Digital Shift. With an impressive history working as the Chief Mobile Officer for Moven and a founding member of Next Bank, Scott has combined his fascination with people and the motivation behind the raw enthusiasm for technology. On a mission to transform societies thoughts around conventional business practices, Scott has both the technical insight and understanding of the consumer mindset to engage and entertain an audience.

Jessica Sansom – Sustainability & Business


Formerly the Head of Sustainability at innocent drinks, Jessica is now a freelance sustainability strategy consultant. Taking her experience of working in both the public and private sector, and from the success of innocent, Jessica provides unprecedent insight to inspire both entrepreneurs and business audiences alike. With her fascinating background, it’s not surprising that she is a popular speaker with topics in demand comprising of sustainability and CSR.

Gus Balbontin – Business & Travel


After a chain of events that landed him in Australia, Gus Balbontin wanted to spend his life travelling and wound up becoming a designer at Lonely Planet, arguably the most influential travel company in the world. Working his way through jobs titles, Gus ended up running Lonely Planet and being the CTO before hanging up his shoes and advising companies including Google, Nokia, Apple and Amazon. With an incredible amount of energy and insights into the transformation, struggles and successes of a business, he is sure to be a hit at any event.

It's truly amazing who we find when we delve deep into our big book of contacts, so we hope this list of Aussie speakers has given you some inspiration for your next event.

Happy Australia Day!


For further information or to book a speaker, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk.

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