Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speakers 2018-02-21T18:12:20+00:00

We are excited to announce our GPTEC 2018 keynote speakers! More speakers will be announced soon.


Anh Do is an accomplished author, actor, producer and comedian, a man who went from being a starving refugee at the age of three to one of Australia’s bestloved entertainers, an incredible story detailed in his multi award-winning and enormously popular memoir The Happiest Refugee.

Anh completed degrees in Business and Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, but declined offers from several law firms in favour of what he knew to be his true passion: comedy. After bagging every comedy award in town, including Sydney Comedian of the Year, playing to sell-out crowds, and appearing on Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Dancing with the Stars and The Footy Show, Anh turned his hand to acting, film producing, writing and the speaking world, where he has proven an incredibly popular MC, motivational keynote speaker and corporate entertainer.

The Happiest Refugee: A memoir was published in 2010, winning numerous awards. It describes how his entire family came close to losing their lives at sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat, facing murderous pirates and the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease and dehydration, to Anh’s current status as one of Australia’s best-loved personalities.

Anh’s whole keynote is a motivational speech which has the audience ‘Thinking’ the whole way through about the message of ‘there’s now and there’s too late’. By ‘Thinking’ about their own challenges and goals in life Anh motivates the audience to ‘Have a crack’. His keynote has the audience thinking and relating and ultimately making changes in their lives to improve themselves and be better educators.


Tim is an environmental scientist, author and adventurer with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss and uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions and sustainability work to promote progressive thinking in these areas.

Tim was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list and was made a Fellow of the Yale World Fellows Program, 2009 based on his international leadership in the field of environmental sustainability. He is a Senior Associate of global engineering firm Arup and is founder and leader of 25zero and Global Ambassador for WWF-Australia. Tim was named Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year 2013 and Conservationist of the Year 2016, the only person ever to receive both awards.

Tim has undertaken unsupported expeditions to some of the world’s most remote regions, including to the South Pole, the Arctic and across Australia’s Great Victoria Desert. He has authentically retraced the 1913 polar journey of Sir Douglas Mawson as well as Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 “double” – sailing a replica James Caird boat 1500km across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and traversing South Georgia’s mountainous interior – using the same rudimentary equipment, technology and rations as Mawson and Shackleton had 100 years before.

After over two decades of polar travel and work as an environmental scientist, Tim is a well-known public speaker, applying the lessons he has learned throughout his expeditions to talk about leadership, problem-solving, teamwork, change management and goal setting for both organisations and individuals.


Professor Schuwirth obtained his MD from Maastricht University. In 1991, he joined the Department of Educational Development and Research there, taking up various roles in student assessment: Chairman of the Inter-university and the Local Progress Test Review Committee, the OSCE Review Committee and the Case-based Testing Committee. Since the early 2000s, he has been Chair of the overall Taskforce on Assessment.

He has been advisor on assessment to medical colleges in the Netherlands and the UK. In 2010, he chaired an international consensus group on educational research, the results of which were published in Medical Teacher.

Since 2007, he has been an Adjunct Professor for Innovative Assessment at Maastricht University. In 2011, he was made a Strategic Professor for Medical Education at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and is also the Director of the Flinders University Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education.