George Clooney

George Clooney is an American actor who is best known for his work in various films like Ocean’s Eleven, Batman & Robin, Leather Heads and Good Night and Good Luck. Along with acting Clooney also does work as a director, screen writer and producer. He first got his start back in the late 1970’s doing small bits on TV shows, this type of work continued through the 1980’s when he appeared on shows like Roseanne and The Golden Girls.

His first real big break came when he landed a starring role on the TV medical drama ER, the show was immensely popular and helped Clooney to break out in the Hollywood scene. He soon landed leading roles in major films like From Dusk till Dawn, One Fine Day and Batman & Robin. In 1999 he left ER and focused on film, quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He appeared in countless critically acclaimed movies and was even successful as a director, winning several highly regarded awards including an academy award for his work in Syriana and a Golden Globe for his performance in O Brother Where Art Thou. In 2013, he won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture- Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Argo. He is the only person in Academy Award history to be nominated for Oscars in six different categories. On January 11, 2015 George was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

George is also a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to global humanitarian causes. He has testified in front of Congress, worked with United States presidents, two secretaries of state, and dozens of senators to help bring peace to South Sudan.

In line with his humanitarian efforts, George has also been a strong advocate of eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace: “It is infuriating that women still face sexual harassment at work, regardless of the type of workplace,” said George. “As a society, as a culture, and as workplace leaders, we need to make sure we provide work environments where women feel safe to come forward with their stories. We also need to ensure strict action against those who perpetrate these crimes or turn a blind eye toward them. The time is now to make all workplaces safe for everyone.”

Over the years, George has always been about action. He has produced three successful telethons – “The Tribute to Heroes,” “Tsumani Aid: A Concert of Hope,” and “Hope for Haiti Now,” which raised a record 66 million dollars. In 2010, George, along with the United Nations, Harvard University, and Google, launched the Satellite Sentinel Project, which allows private satellites to take photographs of potential threats to civilians, detect bombs, observe the movement of troops, and note any other evidence of possible mass violence in North and South Sudan. He also co-founded The Sentry to use forensic accountants to follow the money stolen from citizens of Sudan and South Sudan by their governments.

Most recently, George and his wife Amal launched the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which partnered with UNICEF to help 7 public schools provide educational opportunities nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees.

And if all that weren’t impressive enough, George is also a successful entrepreneur. He and two friends founded one of the fastest-growing tequila brands in the world by accident in 2013. Last year Casamigos was sold to Diageo for $1 billion.

Andrew Wilson

A veteran presenter of live television programmes and an award-winning foreign correspondent, Andrew Wilson is a leading news and communications professional.

Andrew’s is an experienced conference moderator and event host. He is also an expert interviewer having hosted his own current affairs show on Sky for ten years. Those skills have been deployed in any number of corporate productions including a series of International CEO sit-down interviews around the world for Reuters and thought leadership exchanges at the WEF in Davos.

For ten years Andrew worked on the news front line as a foreign correspondent bureau in Moscow, Jerusalem and then Washington DC. He covered conflicts and breaking news, reporting live and presenting programmes from Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, Chechnya, Haiti, the Asia Tsunami, Ukraine, Egypt, Africa, Lebanon and Iraq. He covered three US elections, two in Israel, two in Russia and any number in the UK.

On his return to the UK his program, Live at 5 on Sky News won best RTS best news program in 2016. He was also awarded numerous international awards for his coverage overseas.

Ever since he covered the first Earth Summit in Rio, Andrew has harboured a special interest in environmental stories. He presented a series of live shows from the Amazon jungle ahead of COP 15 in 2009 and has moderated environmental and business conferences in the City as well as hosting numerous Virgin Formula E events in New York and Paris.

Andrew is an experienced media and skills trainer and regularly works with news presenters and reporters. He works with the John Schofield Trust to mentor young journalists and is a contributor to the Westminster Foreign Affairs think tank Global Strategy Forum and a member of BAFTA.

Ian Plimer

Professor Ian Plimer, is Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005). He was Professor of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012).

He has been awarded the prestigious Leopold von Buch Medal for Science, the Centenary Medal, the Clarke medal , the Eureka Prize (twice) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

He has published more than 130 scientific papers. He is author of multiple best-selling books for the general public on the climate change, environment, religious fundamentalism and mining history. He is one of the most widely quoted climate realists in the world. He claims that much of the concern about human-induced global warming is the result of political activism, opportunism and is unrelated to science. He questions whether carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industry are contributing significantly to global warming because in the past the planet enjoyed ice ages during times when the atmospheric CO2 content was far higher than now. Professor Plimer is regarded as a major influence in changing the public perception of the global warming issues in Australia and is an international speaker on climate change, the environment, mining and its contribution to civilization.

He is a member of the academic advisory council for the Global Warming Policy Foundation and a member of Australians for Northern Development & Economic Vision.

Professor Plimer serves on the Boards of listed companies (Ivanhoe Australia [ASX:IVA, TSX: IVA]; Silver City Minerals [ASX:SCI]; Niuminco Group [ASX:NIU]; Kefi Minerals (AIM:KEFI]) and unlisted companies (Hancock Prospecting companies [Roy Hill Holdings, Hope Downs, Queensland Coal], TNT Mines and Yeeda Oil).