Tony Buzan, UK

Tony Buzan is the internationally renowned expert on the thinking process, creativity and innovation. As the inventor of Mind Mapping, described as the ‘Swiss army knife of the brain’ and used by an estimated 250 million people, he is the world’s foremost expert in Mental Literacy. On this subject, Tony has written over 100 bestselling books, translated into 150 languages and read by millions worldwide.


Tony Buzan is an authority on principles of learning, productivity and efficiency, and his consultancy has been sought by leading companies including: Microsoft, IBM, Walt Disney, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Barclays International, McLaren Technology, British Telecom, the Royal Mail, Goldman Sachs, Oracle, STABILO, BBC, BP, The Liechtenstein Global Trust, HSBC Bank.


Tony’s accolade as one of the world’s top speakers has been forged through the appreciation of his audiences, many of whom have described his seminars and workshops as “life-changing”. He has been lauded for his “complete mastery of his subject”, coupled with his engaging manner and “human touch”.  Delegates have routinely praised Tony Buzan for his “energising, affirming and amusing” lectures which inspire and enthuse.


Jeffrey M Schwartz, M.D., USA

Noted research psychiatrist and author of several books, most recently You Are Not Your Brain, Jeffrey M Schwartz, M.D. is an American psychiatrist and researcher in the field of self­directed neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive­compulsive disorder (OCD). He is currently an associate research professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and a fellow with the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design. Schwartz is also the overseas ambassador/patron for the UK's national Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder charity, OCD­UK. He is the author of almost 100 scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, and several popular books.


His major research interest over the past two decades has been brain imaging/functional neuroanatomy and cognitive­behavioral therapy (CBT), with a focus  on  the  pathological  mechanisms  and  psychological  treatment  of  obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is the author of several books, most recently, You Are Not Your Brain: The 4­Step Solution for Ending Destructive Behavior, Changing Bad Habits, and Taking Control of Your Life. Jeff Schwartz is represented exclusively by the BrightSight Group.








Nkandu Beltz 

Born in a remote area in Eastern Zambia, from the age of 10 Nkandu has been advocating for equal rights in a country that considers girls to be second-class citizens. Nkandu later became a Peer Educator with the Botswana National Youth Council, empowering young people in social enterprises and helping to reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Since coming to Australia, Nkandu has been a Commonwealth Youth Representative for Australia, chosen as a Young Social Pioneer, winner of Creative Innovations and an African Women Leadership Award recipient. Nkandu has a background in journalism and news writing. She is the author of: I Have The Power-Unlocking Your Potential to Change the World.


Kim Carruthers   

Kim Carruthers is a de-cluttering expert. As a student, she lived in Japan where she experienced minimalist living up close.  Kim has travelled extensively as a management consultant and is an expert in packing, removal and unpacking.  She is the author of Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life. Reading this book gave Kim’s father the enthusiasm to de-clutter four garages worth of equipment he saved after moving off his farm!


Bruno Cayoun

Dr Bruno Cayoun

Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical psychologist, principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) and Director of the MiCBT Institute in Hobart, Australia. He has practised mindfulness meditation and undergone intensive training in mindfulness centres in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989. Dr Cayoun is continually involved in mindfulness research in collaboration with several universities and is the author of Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011) and Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth (Wiley, 2015)


Bruno Cayoun

Michele Chevalley Hedge

Michele Chevalley Hedge is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and dynamic health advocate who enjoys writing and presenting from an evidence-based medicine perspective. As the mother of three teenage children and the owner of her own busy practice she has a deep understanding of the challenges faced when trying to incorporate good nutrition into a fast paced career. The editor of the largest health publication in Australia refers to Michele as the ‘modern day nutritional medicine practitioner’ who loves to eat and cook and instills in her clients that ‘extremes’ do not work – real food does.


Dr Craig Hassed

Dr Craig Hassed is a Senior Lecturer in the medical faculty and coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and writes regularly for medical journals. Craig has authored or co-authored ten books including The Essence of Health, General Practice: the integrative approachMindfulness for Life, Mindful Learning and a book on epigenetics titled Playing the genetic hand life dealt you. Craig also featured in the documentary, The Connection, and wrote the companion e-book, The Mindfulness Manual. Craig’s most recent book, The Mindful Home, was written with Deirdre Hassed and released in 2015.


Patrick Hollingworth 

Patrick Hollingworth is an everyday family man from Perth, Western Australia. He’s also a high-altitude mountaineer, and a leadership, teamwork and safety expert. He worked towards his own personal goal of an unguided ascent of Mount Everest for ten years, and in 2010, after a lot of hard work and perseverance, he achieved it. Standing on the summit of the world’s highest mountain reinforced his belief that the benefits of taking oneself out of their comfort zone far outweighs the initial discomfort experienced. Today, Patrick works with clients across the globe to help their leaders andteams get comfortable getting uncomfortable in an organisational landscape which is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous by the day.


Jared Cooney Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath is completing his PhD in Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience whilst conducting research at the Science of Learning Research Center (University of Melbourne). Before moving down-under, Jared worked as a brain researcher at Harvard Medical School, obtained his MEd from Harvard University, and spent 6 years working as a teacher and curriculum developer around the US. Jared is also the co-founder of The Education Neuroscience Initiative: a company dedicated to bringing the latest research findings to students and educators.


Dr Amantha Imber

Dr Amantha Imber

Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of innovation consultancy Inventium – which was awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. Amantha has a PhD in organisational psychology and has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. She has spoken in Australia, the UK, the United States, Africa and Europe helping turn people into innovation dynamos.


Amantha is the co-creator of the BRW Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that her company puts together ranking Australia's top innovators. She writes articles for publications such as BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of “The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life”.


Amantha had an international record deal for her debut album Like Samantha without the S, prays to the God of Kevin Spacey and claims to have once been freakishly good at table tennis.


Susan Mackie  

Susan is a leader in the areas of mindset and neuroscience, participatory design and innovation. Susan's professional work started in the area of cognitive thinking, working with children. This led to extensive work in the education sector and then in the not-for-profit and business sectors. Through her work as the CEO of the de Bono Institute Susan has refined her knowledge in participatory design, innovation and developing with a growth mindset and thinking tools to be resilient and adaptive. Susan is working in close partnership with Prof Carol Dweck on building a Growth Mindset programme for organisations and young people.


Jane Mathews

Jane Mathews is the best-selling author of Midlife Manifesto and a global marketing expert, guiding multinational companies towards a better understanding of what makes women tick.  At present her life is split between marketing consulting, being a motivational speaker to women, writing a second book and wrangling two teenage children as well as Rory the Airedale.


David Michie

David Michie is a best-selling, internationally published author and meditation coach whose books include Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate and his recent novel, The Dalai Lama’s Cat. With his business partner, executive coach Clare Goodman, he established Organisational Mindfulness (OM) which delivers mindfulness programs to WA-based organisations. David was born in Zimbabwe, educated in South Africa, and lived in London for ten years before moving to Perth fifteen years ago. 


Professor Toni Noble  

Toni is a leading educator/psychologist in student wellbeing, positive school communities, positive psychology and positive education. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University.  Her Government projects include National Safe Schools Framework, the new Safe Schools Hub (www.safeschoolshub.edu.au) and the Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She is co-author of the award-winning BOUNCE BACK! Program; HITS & HOTS on student engagement, Eight Ways At Once Books 1 & 2 and other books. She has a Carrick citation for her outstanding contributions to University teaching and is on the Advisory Board for the National Centre Against Bullying and on the United Nations International Expert Group to promote wellbeing and happiness as a global goal. 


Ruth Ostrow 

Ruth Ostrow is a senior journalist at The Australian newspaper, on-line documentary maker, and speaker in the areas of wellbeing and life matters. Her weekly columns in The Weekend Australian have been read by millions over the years, and she has a host of books to her credit in the areas of human relations, business, health and spirituality. A leading finance journalist in the 1980s with The Australian Financial Review, she traded spreadsheets for bedsheets and become well known for her writings on relationships, sexuality, gender issues and equality. In 2008 she was nominated for a Walkley Award for her Business profiles. She recently went back to University and got her Masters Degree in multimedia, documentary making and on-line journalism and made the on-line series for News Corporation Total Success to great acclaim. She is passionate about neuroscience; animal welfare; and bringing a sense of greater meaning to players in the corporate market.


Lana Penrose 

Sydney-born author Lana Penrose has penned four books, including bestseller To Hellas and Back (Penguin) and The Happiness Quest (Finch). She has appeared on national breakfast television and radio, including Radio National, and her books have featured in Vogue, Cleo, Famous, Woman's Day, That's Life and numerous metropolitan and broadsheet newspapers.


After working in the entertainment industry, including MTV and alongside Darren Hayes of Savage Garden, then falling prey to depression, Lana embarked on a quest for greater happiness. She now practices as a counsellor, volunteers as a crisis support worker with Lifeline and is a speaker for beyondblue.


Dr Helena Popovic

Dr Helena Popovic is a medical doctor and leading authority on brain plasticity and its relationship to obesity. She graduated from the University of Sydney and is the founder of Winning at Slimming - thinking the light way, a ground-breaking weight loss program based on changing the brain to change the body. Helena’s research has demonstrated that the brain is not only our largest sexual organ, it is also our largest slimming organ!  Her philosophy is that 'education is more powerful than medication'.


Dr Tim Sharp  

Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy) is the founder & CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute, Australia’s first and now largest organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations. He is an Adjunct Professor in Positive Psychology at UTS and RMIT University. His primary areas of interest include enhancing happiness at work as well as promoting healthy living via the application of positive psychology principles. He recently launched an exciting and radically new program, The Happiness Diet. Dr. Sharp is the best selling author of among others The Happiness Handbook, 100 Ways to Happy Children: a guide for busy parents and most recently Live Happier Live Longer –a guide to positive ageing.


Josie Thomson 

Josie Thomson is an executive coach, international speaker, trainer and seminar leader. She has been awarded Coach of the Year for three consecutive years and was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist. Josie is passionate about helping people unleash the full force of their potential, achieve greater levels of fulfilment and create more sustainable ways of living, working and being. Her client list includes Roche Mining, Macquarie Bank, Origin Energy, Coles Myer, Rio Tinto and the Queensland Government – to name a few. Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumour, Josie is devoted to sharing her experiences to help others overcome their fears and stressors and to encourage people to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.


Joe Williams 

Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga NSW. Joe played in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Joe is a two times WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and WBC Asia Continental Title winner.

Joe Williams, the boxer, former NRL Player, father and fiancé, delves into the private pain, and dealings with depression that drove him to the very brink.


Joe lists becoming father to four beautiful children, his greatest accomplishment.


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