AIME 2015 announced to host ‘Australia Speaks’ with 22 of Australia’s most renowned and influential speakers

Published on : Thursday, January 29, 2015

AIMEAIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) will this year play host to one of Australia’s biggest and most ambitious events of 2015 – a celebration of the evolution of the spoken word throughout the last half century and beyond.


Taking place on Tuesday 24 February at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Australia Speaks will feature 22 of Australia’s most renowned and influential speakers and performers from Saxton, the country’s first and foremost speakers’ bureau.


Hosted by Mike Munro, guests will be treated to a packed two hour program boasting many of the country’s most notable personalities, reflecting Australia’s rich and varied history. Highlights include:


·         BUSINESS – Mark Bouris, Rod McGeoch, Gary Pert and Steve Vamos

·         SPORT – Layne Beachley

·         MEDIA – Ita Buttrose

·         ECONOMICS – Satyajit Das and Chris Caton

·         INNOVATION –Rachel Botsman, Megan Quinn, Craig Davis and Remo Giuffr é

·         EXPLORATION –Graeme Joy and Tim Cope

·         HEALTH – Michael Carr-Gregg

·         PEACE ACTIVISM – Gill Hicks

·         ILLUSION – Vinh Giang


As part of that history, guests will also be treated to musical performances from soul singer Darren Percival, beatbox phenomenon Tom Thum, singer-songwriter and INXS frontman Ciaran Gribbin, and award winning vocalists Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell .


Following the event, audience members will be invited to attend a networking after-party, where they will have the chance to meet and speak with the presenters.


Saxton Managing Director, Winston Broadbent, describes the opportunity as a one-of-a-kind event.“The event promises to be a fantastic opportunity to not only hear from a highly diverse group of presenters, but to interact and discuss ideas with them afterwards. With Australia Speaks, we wanted to give attendees a sense of the heritage of the spoken word in Australia and to be part of a very unique and exhilarating milestone celebration.”



Jacqui Timmins, Exhibition Director at AIME and CIBTM, said: “We are proud to host such a prestigious event this year at AIME. Saxton events are always a highlight of our Knowledge program and showcase a diverse range of speakers who are highly inspirational and educational for all in attendance. It is also a great opportunity for meetings and events industry professionals who are regularly seeking new and exciting talent for events.”



Australia Speaks will be held on Tuesday 24 February from 5.15pm to 7.30pm at the Plenary 3, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets are available to purchase online for the cost of $89 per person, inclusive of entry to AIME, champagne on arrival, a commemorative gift and entry to the Movers and Shakers after party at the brand new Community Hub.

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