Kaley Chu is an author, speaker, people connector and BDM at Equi Wealth.
In 2018, Kaley turned lunch into a life-changing experience. Not just one lunch, but 100 of them, with strangers, over the course of a year.
She is the author of the book, ‘100 Lunches with Strangers’. Since publishing the book, Kaley has been featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and been interviewed by radio stations across the country. She is now sharing her journey and the lessons distilled from those 100 Lunches with the rest of the world.
Described as one of the freshest new faces on the motivational speaking circuit, Kaley has polled higher in post-session feedback than most seasoned speakers. Audiences have commented that ‘Kaley’s keynote and book should be mandatory for anyone employed in a job that has a sales component. There has never been a more unique prospecting initiative and how when it’s done right, it can transform you and the potential of your business.’
Kaley is a thought leader with a down-to-earth, everyday manner. Her inspirational story has the power to cut through corporate hype and encourage immediate, life-changing action.
Her story has not only inspired many to get out of their comfort zone, it has motivated entrepreneurs, franchisees and seasoned sales professionals to re-examine their business ideals and networking methodology.
Dr Jordan Nguyen is Founder and CEO of Psykinetic, a start-up social business aimed at creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life. Currently focussing on disability and aged care, Jordan and his team have successfully created a mind-controlled wheelchair, Virtual and Augmented reality rehabilitation and inclusive gaming, an instrument that enabled a friend with cerebral palsy to play music with her eyes and blinks, and devices that make it possible to control household appliances or even drive cars using only the tiny electrical signals created from eye movements.
Jordan is also an award-winning documentary maker and presenter. In 2016 he collaborated with the Australian based production company, The Feds, and the ABC Catalyst to create and present his first TV documentary Becoming Superhuman, which went on to win many prestigious awards both locally and internationally.
His work is regularly featured in the media and he has since gone on to present a second ABC Catalyst documentary Meet The Avatars exploring the impacts of Virtual Reality, including creating virtual interactive avatars to preserve memories of loved ones. He has also worked with National Geographic on China 2049 and so far presented four Discovery Channel documentaries – Smart China, Time of Xi, Vietnam: Connecting East Africa, and Tibet: Living On The Roof Of The World. He recently founded his own media company, Time-Captain Productions and aims to continue creating world-changing content on the intersection between technology and humanity.
Simon Kuestenmacher is the Director of Research at The Demographics Group based in Melbourne, Australia.
Simon is a rising star in data animation and interpretation. In just two years he has amassed 140,000 followers globally who enjoy his insights and his quirky observational style.
Simon holds degrees in geography from leading universities in Berlin and Melbourne and worked for several years as a business consultant with KPMG Australia.
Simon is now a contributing writer to The Australian newspaper; he is one of the two co-founders of The Demographics Group; he is an emerging media commentator on demographic and data matters; and he has spoken to numerous corporate audiences across Australia.
In May Simon was named one of the world’s Top 50 influencers in data science by carto.com, he reaches over 25 million people every month through his Twitter account.
Simon speaks on demographic trends, consumer insights and cultural change in Australia.
His work is best appreciated by groups from the financial services, property, government, education, technology, retail and professional services industries.
Managing Director Finance Brokers Association of Australia
Peter has vast experience in Banking and Finance spanning over 38 Years, which includes his most recent admission onto the advisory board of the Small Business Association of Australia. Peter is highly engaged with Government and Industry Regulators ensuring beneficial outcomes for current & future reviews that are, and will be undertaken. Peter has held FBAA roles of NSW President, National Vice President, National President, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.
Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17.
By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams.
Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life.
Over the last 3 years Gus has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different.
Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future.
Chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board
Paul Clitheroe AM is Chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board. The Board sets and implements the National Strategy for financial literacy. It has a particular focus on schools, universities and vocational education. He is a Non-Executive Director of iPac securities which he established in 1983. Today ipac manages $16 billion.
Paul was host of “Money” on Channel 9 from 1993 to 2002. His Talking Money segments run on radio stations all over Australia. He is Chairman of Money Magazine and his book Making Money has sold over 600,000 copies.
Paul is Chairman of the youth anti drink driving body RADD and is an Advisory board member of the University of Sydney Medical School. He is Chairman of the listed Fin Tech company AWI and a Director of the LIC “Wealth Defender” which successfully raised $120 million.
He holds the Chair of Financial Literacy at Macquarie University and is a Professor in the School of Business and Economics.
He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for services to the financial services industry and the community.
A keen ocean racer, Paul won the 2015 Rolex Sydney to Hobart in his TP52 Balance.
Peter Rowsthorn is a high energy, fast paced stand-up comedian one minute and a measured character actor the next. He is probably best known as long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on Kath & Kim.
Peter’s career really took off in 1988, when he was offered roles in The Comedy Company, Fast Forward and The Big Gig, all in the same week. He chose The Comedy Company and spent the next two seasons with the show. After performing in the feature film Crackers, he became a semi-regular on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday and hosted the Red Faces spin-off Gonged But Not Forgotten. He was also the host of Foxtel’s Sunday Roast for two seasons.
Peter has guested regularly on Thank God You’re Here series 1, 2, 3 and 4, popped up on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and hosts Can We Help for the ABC on Friday nights.
He recently appeared on Network 10’s 2018 series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Peter is one of Australia’s best stand-up comedians and is also an extremely skilled Master of Ceremonies.
Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur. In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, he moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding.
Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon had the idea to start a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multi-award winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.
Since launching, Who Gives A Crap has tripled in size year-on-year, primarily relying on word-of-mouth to fuel its growth. In five years, Who Gives A Crap has donated more than $1 million.
Simon is also well known as the co-founder of Shebeen, a non-profit bar in Melbourne’s CBD that opened in February 2013 and ran for 3.5 years. Shebeen sold exotic beer and wine from the developing world, with 100% of the profit from each sale going to a development project in that drink’s country of origin.
Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs. His work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Anh Do, one of Australia’s most famous comedians, authors, and actors, is also one of the most hilarious public speakers in the world. However, unlike some with his same skill-sets, Anh’s unique life story makes for a poignant, relatable, and inspiring story, which he shares easily with audiences of one or one million.
Born in Vietnam in 1977, Anh’s family fled the country in 1980, landing in Australia after a harrowing journey. Since then, Anh has made a name for himself in his new country, starting his career at the age of 14 breeding tropical fish and moving on to comedy and writing later in life. Perhaps one of the most inspirational comedians and media personalities around, Anh Do is well known in not only Australia, but the UK and US as well. He has hosted for some of the top leaders in the world, including Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd, as well as some of the most illustrious companies in the world, including Telstra, McDonald’s, and Toyota.
In the US, UK, and Australia, he has made a name for himself in television, appearing on shows such as Thank God You’re Here, Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, and Dancing With the Stars. His gut wrenchingly funny presentations and routines have earned him the title of Comedian of the Year, and led way to him writing a book based on his experience leaving Vietnam and settling in Australia. Titled The Happiest Refugee, Anh’s story won him Indie Book of the Year in 2011, as well as Non Fiction Indie Book of the Year. It was also been shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary – Community Relations Commission Award.
Tim is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading property market analysts and commentators by business and the media. As the founder of the CoreLogic Australian research division (formerly RP Data), Tim’s expertise across property markets has positioned him as one of the country’s most experienced and popular property market analysts and commentators. His knowledge and expertise is sought after by myriad government entities and regulators as well as national and international corporate entities operating across property, banking and financial sectors. As group Research Director, Tim heads up a team of analysts across both Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for reporting on property market conditions and the interplay with economic and demographic factors. Tim has more than 15 years’ experience in similar roles and holds a Bachelor of Business degree, specialising in information management, from the Queensland University of Technology.