Keynote Speakers

Colin D Ellis

Project Leadership Expert

Colin D Ellis

Project Leadership Expert

Colin D Ellis

Colin D Ellis is an award-winning international speaker, renowned project leadership expert and best-selling author who works with organisations around the world to help them build capability that's fit for the future of work.

Able to draw on more than 20 years of public and private sector project leadership in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Colin peppers his presentations with anecdotes, statistics, practical insights and plenty of humour to ensure that audiences are engaged and laughing! He can get people talking through his emphasis on people being the best version of themselves and creating teams they can be proud of.

Colin is originally from Liverpool in the UK and now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he is known for his snappy dressing and love of karaoke.

Dr Rich Allen

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Dr Rich Allen

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Dr Rich Allen

Dr. Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His cognitive learning theory research, which provided understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores, and recalls information, forms the basis for his radical approach to teaching, presenting and facilitating.

In 25 years of taking his ideas around the world, he has changed the lives of tens thousands of educators and executives, by giving them practical new presentation and teaching techniques that massively increase personal effectiveness.

Rich works with executives and corporate training divisions in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil. A former off-Broadway actor, he coaches executives in presentation and facilitation skills. He also runs 'Train the Trainer' programs, and is the best-selling author of TrainSmart and Humane Presentations.

His clients include: Price Waterhouse Coopers, Dupont, AT&T, General Motors, KiwiBank, Air New Zealand, Aviation Security NZ, New Zealand Defence Force, Ministry of Defence Australia, L'Oreal, IBM, and Porsche. He is also a popular keynote speaker at international business and communications conferences.

Rich currently resides in the northern beaches of Sydney and holidays in St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Kristen Hansen

Leadership and Sales Trainer

Kristen Hansen

Leadership and Sales Trainer

Kristen Hansen

Kristen Hansen is founder and director of EnHansen Performance providing leadership and sales training, coaching and presenting to Australian corporations. Kristen’s background is 20 years Sales Management and Director roles with large Australian companies such as News Limited, Fairfax and Pacific Dunlop. EnHansen Performance focusses on the use of neuroleadership, neuromarketing and emotional intelligence experts, research and related assessments to help leaders and sales people develop their personal, professional and people skills to achieve success and purposeful relationships.

Kristen has been fascinated to learn from experts in their field of neuroleadership, neuromarekting, brain-training, neuro-feedback mindfulness and emotional intelligence and continues to work and develop programmes in conjuction with these experts.

Sir Ray Avery

Motivational Speaker

Sir Ray Avery

Motivational Speaker

Sir Ray Avery

Entertaining keynote speaker Sir Ray Avery is a successful Pharmaceutical Scientist, a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former Technical Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals who, over the past thirty years, has made a major contribution in the development of New Zealand’s Pharmaceutical industry. He is a compelling motivational speaker with great stories to share.

Ray has invented the Acuset IV Flow Controller which was a finalist in the 2008, Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award, and Proteinforte a revolutionary treatment for Protein Energy Malnutrition and a low cost infant incubator specifically designed for use in the developing world.

His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including a Rotary Paul Harris Medal, The Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009,TBWA Disruption Award 2010, Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the year 2010 and The Blake Leadership Medal 2010.

Ray is also the Patron of the Non Resident Nepali Association of New Zealand a position previously held by Sir Edmund Hillary and is the chair of the World Class New Zealand advisory committee. In 2011 Ray was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit Knight of the Grand Companion in the New Year Honours for services to philanthropy. Ray's book Rebel with a Cause is on its seventh reprint.

Shawn Callahan

Storyteller

Shawn Callahan

Storyteller

Shawn Callahan

Shawn is the author of the award-winning Putting Stories to Work and is the founder of Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling enterprise that operates in over 20 countries in 10 languages. He works around the world helping leaders find and tell their stories so their message is clear and memorable.