International Speaker Series

AIM's International Speaker program features hand picked experts from around the world. From authors and academics to practising CEOs and social commentators, this program is designed on an annual basis to connect with senior decision makers throughout Queensland and Northern Territory.

2013 International Speakers

Steven D'Souza

Steven D’Souza is the author of two international bestselling books on diversity and networking. His second book ‘Brilliant Networking’ has been translated into several languages, was featured by the Independent in their ‘Success at Work’ series and was recommended by both the Times and the Telegraph.

He is a highly sought after speaker in many global companies and some of his high-profile clients include AMEX, BT, PwC, Credit Suisse and Accenture.

Steven has worked internationally in the fields of HR, leadership, talent management, diversity and organisational development. He is currently an Executive Fellow of IE Business School (the number one business school in Europe) and the Programme Orchestrator for their Global Executive MBA.

Devora Zack

Devora Zack is author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking and president of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. She delivers dozens of dynamic, high-impact keynotes, presentations, and seminars annually. Devora is also an executive coach and strategy consultant. Her company has grown annually for 15 years as a 100% referral based business with over 100 private and public sector clients.

Ms Zack has served as visiting faculty for Cornell University's business school (Johnson) for 13 years, teaching leadership to MBA students from all over the world.

Jeffrey M. Schwartz

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is Research Psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine and a seminal thinker and researcher in the field of self-directed neuroplasticity. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, and several popular books including You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life.

Dr Schwartz has been featured nationally on prominent TV shows, including Oprah, 20/20, Today Show and Donahue. He was a consultant to Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio on The Aviator and appeared in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Dr Schwartz's primary research interest over the past two decades has been brain imaging and cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a focus on the brain mechanisms and psychological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr Schwartz's most recent academic writing has been in the field of philosophy of mind, specifically on the role of volition in human neurobiology.

Professor Morten Huse

Professor Morten Huse is the Reinhard Mohn Chair of Management and Governance at University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany and professor of Organisation and Management at BI Norwegian Business School. Till June 2012 he was President of European Academy of Management, and he is member of Catalyst Europe Advisory Board.

His main interests circles around Value Creating Boards, the Human Side of Corporate Governance and Women on Boards. He is using approaches from strategic management, entrepreneurship and organisational behaviour. His main book is Boards, Governance and Value Creation: The Human Side of Corporate Governance, Cambridge University Press 2007. He has been visiting professor at universities on several continent's and used as a speaker in conferences in most parts of the world.

2012 International Speakers

Liz Lynch

As founder of the Center for Networking Excellence, and a top networking strategist and speaker, Liz Lynch has taught tens of thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide how to get 24/7 networking results WITHOUT the 24/7 effort. She's the author of Smart Networking: Attract a Following In Person and Online (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, Fox Business News,, and

She's a sought-after speaker who brings a practical and insightful perspective to building relationships that has connected with a global audience. Her printed and audio products have sold on six continents and her writings have been translated into multiple languages.

Mags Bell

Mags Bell AFAIM is the Founder and Director of Creating Powerful Results, a coaching practice that serves the "C" Suite Executives and Directors of private and public companies. She has been coaching for over 20 years and is an International Speaker and Author of What The Bleep Is Coaching?, enabling individuals and organisations to discover their own brilliance and shine.

Mags led a frantic and hugely successful life in the corporate world in the UK within pharmaceutical sales and management. It was during her experience with her teams that she opened her eyes to some deep truths about human behaviours and performance.

Dr Paul Aitken

Dr Paul Aitken is a leadership-organisational development adviser/educator and Founder-CEO of Mastering Leadership Agility Ltd, focused on organisational and personal survival, thriving and renewal.

Paul was formerly Deputy Director of The Leadership Trust Foundation (Centre for Applied Leadership Research). He is first author of Developing Change Leaders (Elsevier: B-H, 2010), Visiting Faculty at Henley Business School and Southampton University (UK), the National University of Ireland, and Visiting Professor at Bond University. Paul is Vice-Chair of Sustainability South-West UK (SUSTNAV).

Paul combines organisational evaluation, facilitation and education with research and writing on; how to develop leadership agility, the impact of executive's personal values, collective leadership, and leadership for performance/wordly sustainability.

John Hinwood

John Hinwood is an international speaker, facilitator, mentor and chiropractic consultant based in Brisbane. He is a former long serving President of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and Chairman of The Centre for Practices, a company he founded 20 years ago. He is also the founder of and a sought after international conference speaker. He is one of the most respected chiropractors in the world and has received many national and international awards over the past 34 years, including the Parker International Humanitarian Award in 2008 from the prestigious Parker Seminars of Dallas, Texas, USA for "unselfishly helping others around the world."

John is a well-known author of numerous books on practice management and his latest book is an international best seller, 'You Can Expect A Miracle... the book to change your life'.


2011 International Speakers

Dr Lois Frankel

Dr Lois Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, a Californian consulting firm, literally wrote the book on coaching people to succeed in businesses large and small around the globe. Her books Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich are international bestsellers translated into over twenty-five languages worldwide.

Sought-after as a public speaker for her witty, warm and practical presentations that simultaneously engage, educate and entertain, Dr. Frankel is among the top names of international speakers. She has appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, and Fox News and been featured in USA Today, People magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. ABC television purchased the rights to Corner Office for a comedy series.

Devora Zack

Networking for People Who Hate Networking promises to open up the world of networking to those who mistakenly believe it is all about small talk, big numbers and constant contact.

Join international author and executive coach Devora Zack for National Networking Week as she shatters stereotypes about people who dislike networking and reveals how the very traits that make introverts networking-averse can be harnessed to create an approach to networking that is just as effective as more traditional approaches, if not better.

Craig Rispin

Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert his expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends and how companies can profit from them.

Craig has over 20 years experience working where the future has been created with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries. He is an award-winning speaker and has addressed audiences from 15 to 3,000 on 5 continents and has consulted with CEOs of leading companies worldwide.

Now a keynote speaker and innovation consultant, Craig shows his clients how to Know First, Be First and Profit First.

Bob Pike

Bob Pike has developed and implemented training programs for business, industry, government, and the professions since 1969.

Beginning as a representative for Master Education Industries, he received nine promotions in three and one half years, to Senior Vice President. His responsibilities included developing an intensive three-week Master Training Academy covering all phases of sales training, management development, communications, motivation/platform skills and business operations. During his five years as Vice President of Personal Dynamics, Inc., that company grew from less than 4,000 enrollments per year to more than 80,000. He pioneered undergraduate and graduate credit on a national basis.

As founder and Chairman of The Bob Pike Group and Creative Training Techniques Press, Bob leads sessions over 150 days per year covering topics of leadership, attitudes, motivation, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, personal and organisational effectiveness, conflict management, team building and managerial productivity.


2010 International Speakers

Susan Scott

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time; Fierce Leadership: A bold alternative to the worst 'best' practices of business today.

Susan Scott is a best-selling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one another, with their employees, and with their customers for two decades.

A recognised thought leader in the global business community and recipient of the 2008 Stevie award for Entrepreneur of the Year, Susan and her company are committed to large-scale and individual transformation through the principles set forth in Susan's books and her company's customized corporate training programs.

Sharon Bowman

Six Trumps: The Brain Science That Makes Training Stick; What's the Brain Got to do With it - The Best Of Brain Science for Effective Instruction

Sharon Bowman travels the globe helping educators and business people "teach it quick and make it stick" by fine-tuning their information-delivery skills and turning passive listeners into active learners. She is best known for an infectious, memorable, practical and pragmatic approach to learning, which has seen her remain a popular professional trainer, teacher, author and speaker for almost 40 years. She is the president of Bowperson Publishing & Training, Inc. Over 70,000 of her seven popular training books are now in print.

Scott Ginsberg

Approachability Becomes Profitability

Scott Ginsberg is the only person in the world who actually wears a nametag twenty-four-seven. More importantly, Scott is the only person whomade a career out of wearing a nametag twenty-four-seven. As the author of 11 books, a professional speaker, award winning blogger and the producer of, Scott advises companies how to make a name for themselves.

Michael Furdyk

Recruit, Retain and Engage the Net Generation

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for, a global online community for young people, providing a platform for millions of youth across more than 200 countries to engage with social issues. As one of Teen People's "20 teens that will change the world", Michael has shared his expertise in youth engagement and experiences bringing the power of technology to the non-profit sector by speaking at dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National Youth Summit, Microsoft's Anytime, Anywhere Learning Summits, The Business Council, and TED.


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