2018 QLD DEI – Speakers

Chris Riddell
Plenary Speaker

Chris Riddell is a highly acclaimed, award winning Global Futurist and industry recognized speaker on emerging trends and high speed change. He is also a renowned strategist advisor, and global trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s disrupted digital world.

Chris is a regular international media commentator with hundreds of appearances, on shows such as Sky News, ABC News, The Today Show and Good Morning Television.

Chris has worked with some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.

Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready for the most exciting tomorrow you’ve ever seen.

Anh Do
Dinner Speaker

Anh Do is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-up comedians. He is also a talented writer, actor, artist, producer and the bestselling author of The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir, which charts his journey from a starving refugee at the age of three to a successful commercial lawyer to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers.

Anh has been awarded Australian Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000.

Join us and be entertained, inspired and uplifted by this very special Australian.

Rabia Siddique BA LLB CSP
Plenary Speaker

Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, advocate and published author.

Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence.

Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence and the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA.

Having earned an international reputation as a powerful, transformative, inspirational and unforgettable speaker Rabia is in demand to address audiences around the globe. In October 2014 Rabia received a standing ovation from 1700 people at her TEDx talk titled ‘Courage Under Fire’ where she spoke about the power we all have to create the change in the world we wish to see.

In March 2015, Rabia was nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. In 2017 Rabia was named by PSA as Breakthrough Keynote Speaker of the Year and has been nominated this year for the Keynote Speaker of the Year Award.

Rabia’s best selling memoir, “Equal Justice’ was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and is now in its tenth reprint. Her book will soon be published in North America and Europe and a feature film based on Rabia’s incredible life is currently being developed.

Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace,diversity, inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change.

Rabia has run the London marathon and a double marathon in Australia for charity. She is a Mother to young triplet boys, her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet.

Rabia’s life purpose is to tell, teach and curate impactful stories for global change.

Put simply, to inspire, empower and transform!

Rabia’s book, “Equal Justice” will be available to purchase for $35 (cash only) after her keynote presentation in the morning networking break. Rabia will be more than happy to sign and personalise your copy. For more information click here.

Hamish Curry
Plenary Speaker

In his role with the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Hamish Curry collaborates with an incredible team to develop the intercultural knowledge and skills of Australian students and educators. The AEF uses extensive networks throughout Asia to involve students and educators in reciprocal experiences that open up shared dialogues for co-creating teaching and learning.

Hamish has an extensive background in leading education and designing learning over the last 20 years. He was previously based with the international design thinking firm NoTosh working with many schools, businesses, and cultural organisations around Australia and Asia in designing better learning through immersive processes and prototyping. Hamish worked for 6 years at the State Library of Victoria as the Education Manager where he developed many successful and award-winning learning programs for education and public audiences alike, bringing new communities, technologies, and experiences together. He has also lead the development of an innovative Year 9 City Campus in Melbourne for nearly 7 years, and has been a teacher in the UK and Japan.

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