Keynote

Michael Phelps and John Cena to deliver keynotes at Connect 2019

Connect has announced that Michael Phelps will deliver the opening address at Connect 2019, taking place Aug. 26-28, in Louisville. Phelps is a retired American competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian in history, with a total of 28 medals. President Chris Collinson said: “We are very excited to include one of the most celebrated athletes of all time in the Connect 2...

Confex keynote: Alastair Campbell on Brexit, Trump and mental health

Politician and journalist Alastair Campbell made an appearance on the main stage of Confex 2019, providing a ‘state of the nation’ update on Brexit and other issues. He began by speculating about the reasons Brexit appealed to so many during the referendum, commenting: “I don’t think Brexit was even about the EU. I think it was to do with the financial crash. “The people who were hit hardest by it...

Confex keynote: Will Young on sexuality and mental health

Former Pop Idol winner and actor Will Young was the headline keynote speaker of day one at International Confex. He delivered a talk primarily focused on sexuality and mental health to a packed out crowd on the main stage. Young spoke about how managers and producers were worried about his coming out during Pop Idol 18 years ago, and reflected on how much society has changed since. Nowadays, he sa...

Confex keynote: capturing the long-term value of meetings

The first of a series of talks was delivered at Confex’s International Pavilion by Martin Boyle, director – Europe at Business Events Sydney. Boyle opened by talking about how difficult it can be sometimes be to measure the value of meetings, showing a Google search of “how to measure ROI” which returned over 440 million results. But the meetings industry as a whole, he said, shouldn’t have anythi...

Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...

IBTM World 2018 announces millennial tech entrepreneur as third keynote speaker

Multi-award-winning millennial tech entrepreneur Charlotte Pearce has been revealed as the third keynote speaker for IBTM World 2018, which will take place in Barcelona from 27-29 November. 26-year old Charlotte, who has been tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Richard Branson, will draw on her background as CEO and founder of innovative technology platform Inkpact, to present her session. Titled ‘Humans ...