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Keynote Speakers

Corey Tutt Keynote

Corey Tutt OAM
Founder, DeadlyScience

Tuesday 30 April

In 2018, while working as a research assistant for the University of Sydney, Corey founded DeadlyScience, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide science books and telescopes to remote schools in Australia, and connects young Indigenous people with mentors to encourage their participation in STEM subjects. In 2020, Corey was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year, and a Human Rights Hero by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Corey will speak on Day 1 under the theme Collaboration - The key to unlocking and accelerating our sectors potential

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Gina Chick

Winner of the first season of Alone Australia Rewilding and reconnection facilitator


Tuesday 30 April

Gina Chick is an international rewilding facilitator, helping people of all ages learn to be at home in the wild. Her nature connection programmes weave ancestral hunter-gatherer technologies into modern life, mining strategies that kept Homo Sapiens alive for 350 000 years for lessons to enrich our lives now. She recently spent 67 days surviving in the subzero Tasmanian wilderness in the middle of winter, completely solo and often barefoot. She runs Rewild Your Child camps eight weeks a year, where 200 people come together to create a village in the wilderness, focusing on nature connection. 

Gina will speak under the theme of Collaboration - The key to unlocking and accelerating our sectors potential and will share her stories of challenge, redemption and inspiration.

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Stephen Yarwood
Urban Futurist, former Adelaide Lord Mayor


Wednesday 1 May

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen is one of Australia's best-known and respected contemporary Urbanists and Futurists who consults internationally on future city trends, urban innovation, leadership and creating positive change. He is considered an international specialist on the future citizen and the relationships between people, technology, infrastructure, society, the economy and quality urbanism. He has worked, researched throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Taiwan, Europe, the Middle East, China, India and the USA and is a consultant, podcaster, author, trainer, facilitator and speaker. 

Stephen will speak under the theme How we can Equip our sector to Accelerate Action.

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Sam Bloom
Para-surfing champion, bestselling author, inspiration behind Hollywood film

Thursday 2 May

Sam is a woman with an extraordinary story to share. She suffered a devastating accident while on holiday with her young family in Thailand and was left paralysed from the chest down. Deeply depressed and faced with the possibility of never walking again, a chance encounter with an injured magpie chick, that the family dubbed “Penguin Bloom”, was to change her attitude, her recovery, and her life. Now a two-time World Para Surfing champion, bestselling author, and the inspiration behind the #1 box-office hit movie Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts, she's an incredible example of the extraordinary things we can all achieve in the face of adversity. 

Sam will speak on Day 3 under the theme Inspiring and Empowering our people.

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Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy
Internationally recognised water resource management expert

Thursday 2 May

Kala has a particular interest in urban water issues combining a strong engineering background with practical international experience. He has published extensively and has a strong international profile working closely with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, GWP, SIWI, ADB and the EU. He has led several urban water management projects for the EU, World Bank, African Development Bank and DFID. He is currently a member of the ADB’s Water Advisory Group.

Kala will speak on Day 3 under the theme Inspiring and Empowering our people.