Anh Do, one of Australia’s most famous comedians, authors, and actors, is also one of the most hilarious public speakers in the world. However, unlike some with his same skill-sets, Anh’s unique life story makes for a poignant, relatable, and inspiring story, which he shares easily with audiences of one or one million.
Born in Vietnam in 1977, Anh’s family fled the country in 1980, landing in Australia after a harrowing journey. Since then, Anh has made a name for himself in his new country, starting his career at the age of 14 breeding tropical fish and moving on to comedy and writing later in life. His gut wrenchingly funny presentations and routines have earned him the title of Comedian of the Year, and led way to him writing a book based on his experience leaving Vietnam and settling in Australia. Titled The Happiest Refugee, Anh’s story won him Indie Book of the Year in 2011, as well as Non Fiction Indie Book of the Year.
Vicki Jellie, 2017 Australia's Local Hero
After her husband Peter died of cancer in 2008, Vicki found his plans for a local cancer fundraiser. His dream had been to bring radiotherapy services to the South West of Victoria. Peter’s dream became Vicki’s passion.
Despite being told that a cancer centre in Warrnambool would “never happen”, Vicki relentlessly lobbied governments, uniting the community and raising funds. By May 2014, Vicki secured $30 million combined funding from State and Federal governments and the community and in July 2016 Vicki and her community celebrated the opening of the new South West Regional Cancer Centre, offering radiotherapy treatment for regional patients.
Vicki has selflessly demonstrated why volunteers are the core of our nation’s community and her persistence has proven that ‘Nothing is Impossible.’
Darren Kemp, Fiftyfive5
Darren has more than 25 years experience in brand planning and marketing research spread accross agency and client side roles. He has contributed to the growth of some of the world's most well known brands, and has developed a number of best practice brand planning and market research tools that have been adopted by several organisations globally.
Darren set up Fiftyfive5 seven years ago and works with a diverse range of organisations both in Australia and globally, spanning social and Government sectors, FMCG, finance, telecos and healthcare in particular. He won the 2016 AMSRS award for Insight for work with Bacardi and an RAE NZ Insight Award for work with Lion New Zealand.
Annaliese Battista, City of Perth
In her role as Director Economic Development and Activation for the City of Perth, Annaliese Battista leads the economic, social and cultural growth of the Western Australian Capital City for its workers, visitors and residents.
Annaliese’s portfolio encompasses economic development, marketing and communications, major events, arts and culture, heritage, business support, sponsorship and international engagement. In this role, Annaliese acts as Director of the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks, the largest Australia Day celebration in the nation with around 300,000 attendees each year.