Keynote Speakers

  • Professor David Hood AM

    Professor David Hood AM

    Professor David Hood AM is a civil and environmental engineer with vast experience across major civil and military projects, professional development in emerging economies, senior management in both the public and private sectors and in education.

    Following a successful career in project management David took over and commissioned Australia’s then New Parliament House in the mid-1980s.  Since that project, David has become increasingly involved in fostering a culture of sustainability across all engineering disciplines, and the built environment.

    David is an Adjunct Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT where he inculcates sustainability across education and research.  He initiated and was the Founding Chairman until 2011 of the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (now ISCA), which developed the world’s first full sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure. David is an accredited Presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and he was included in the ABC Carbon list of the top 100 Sustainability leaders in the world.

    David was the 2012 National President of Engineers Australia (EA) and was made an Honorary Fellow of EA. David was also made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his enormous contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability.

    In addition, David now Chairs an environmental charity, The Long Future Foundation, is Deputy Chairman of Beyond Zero Emissions and is a QLD Councilor of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

  • Tim Longhurst

    Tim Longhurst

    Tim Longhurst works with business leaders to identify opportunities and seize them. He combines the latest data, powerful case studies and entertaining anecdotes to bring possibilities to life.

    Tim's talent for strategy and passion for bringing out the best in others has led to him to partner with organisations including, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems, IKEA, IBM and Lendlease.

    Tim has been Director of Strategy of two organisations: the world’s leading digital agency, Razorfish and independent online campaigning organisation, GetUp!. Today he is head of the strategic foresight consultancy, Key Message.


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  • Madonna King

    Madonna King

    Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels with News Limited, Fairfax and the ABC, where she presented the Mornings program in Brisbane for six years. Madonna writes for Fairfax’s Good Weekend, has a highly successful weekly column for the Brisbane Times and has a regular radio spot on Brisbane’s 4BC.

    She has written seven books, all defined by her skilful reporting and her ability to get people to talk in depth. These include the biographies of Australian of the Year, and inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine Prof Ian Frazer, and former Treasurer and Australian Ambassador to Washington Joe Hockey. Her latest book - already in fourth reprint, is a huge research project into 14-year-old girls, and includes interviews with 200 girls, along with about 50 successful school principals, CEOs and parenting groups.  

    Madonna has regularly appeared on television, including Q & A and The Drum.  With her more than 20 years’ experience across newspapers, radio and television, Madonna is a sought-after facilitator, Master of Ceremonies and speaker. She travels around Australia moderating hypotheticals and topics as varied as leadership, education, politics, business, resources, the law, tourism and the environment. Her experience in the media and politics allows Madonna to provide a fascinating yet entertaining keynote on leadership and girls. The book is called Being 14.

    A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism.  She has completed a Diploma in Company Directorships, through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on two-for-profit boards.