Mal is a respected social futurist and social commentator, global leadership speaker, author and broadcaster. He is also the founder and chairman of 2020Plus, a London-based international think tank on social change and leadership innovation.
As a social futurist, Mal Fletcher tracks major social shifts and writes, lectures and broadcasts about their likely future impact on churches, business, civic organisations, political leadership and the wider society.
His social commentary features extensively in major media and press outlets, including widely on BBC TV and radio, Sky TV, Canal Superior and others in Europe and beyond. His comment has featured in major press publications including the Sunday Times (Ireland), the Guardian Online, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, Diaro Economica and others.
The popular documentary TV series he wrote and hosted, “Edges” – which features more than 80 programmes – has been broadcast on mainstream and Christian media platforms in many parts of the world. His interview series “Catalyst” also established a strong audience. In 2014, Mal’s television, radio and internet special, “Persecution”, brought audiences worldwide up to date on the displacement of faith groups in the wake of ISIS attacks. His twelve books have been translated into five languages.
Mal has launched and hosted leadership events within the German and British parliamentary precincts and other prominent centres of influence. As a keynote speaker, Mal lectures worldwide on leadership innovation, social change and influence and has shared the main stage with many eminent speakers at well-known events, including Hillsong Conferences, Spring Harvest, Grapevine, Cottonwood Conference, Opwekking and many others. Mal is passionate about seeing the church exercise influence in the mainstream marketplace of ideas and civic life!
Originally from Australia, Mal was the pioneer national director of Youth Alive Australia, a youth outreach movement which grew from 300 young people to over 60,000 in ten years. The Youth Alive model has influenced similar movements in other parts of the world.
Since then, Mal has pioneered several major leadership networks in Europe, including the Strategic Leadership Consultation which focuses on producing spiritual and urban renewal.
Mal and his wife Davina live just outside London and have three adult children. Mal has been an ordained Christian minister for more than 30 years, though he does not currently lead a church.
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Tracy is the Founder, President and CEO of Tracy Johnson Media Group, and has a long and decorated career as a broadcast executive, specializing in programming, marketing, talent coaching and management. He has been recognized as Best Programmer in America by Radio Ink magazine and won numerous industry awards. Tracy was VP/General Manager and Program Director of San Diego’s top radio cluster for more than a decade.
Tracy has written three books about developing on-air superstars that have been described as The Bible of Personality Radio. The books have been a guide for tens of thousands of personalities and programmers in over 40 countries.
His career has been built on creating dynamic brands (both on and off the air) through personality and promotion. Since 2007, Tracy has helped over 700 brands increase their influence through engaging audiences and building direct, one-to-one relationships with existing and new listeners, viewers, readers, visitors and customers.
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Larissa is both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; a descendant of the Kabi Kabi and Gurang Gurang nations of South-East Queensland and the Meriam Mer language group. She also has South Sea Islander heritage as a descendant of the 'Black-Bird' slaves from Vanuatu of Ambrym Island.
A participant for 15 years in the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples (WCGIP), Larissa was elected as international youth ambassador and Vision-Keeper. This international christian movement traveled around the world hosted by over 100 Indigenous nations - including New Zealand, USA, Australia, Hawaii, Sweden, Philippines and Israel. The vision of the WCGIP movement was to promote 'Authentically Christian and Authentically Indigenous' Christian voices, as diverse peoples made in the image of Creator God. Larissa has worked with many of the world's leading Indigenous theologians and community workers past and present around the globe today.
Sheridan has over two decades in the media and 2,000 interviews to his name. He is a regular contributor to faith programs on Britain’s largest broadcaster, BBC Radio 2; is the former host of Australia’s nationally networked show Open House, and has been featured on TV and radio networks like Day of Discovery, 100 Huntley Street and Moody Radio.
The author of six books, Sheridan’s recent titles include Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings (shortlisted for the 2014 ECPA Christian Book of the Year), Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life (2015), and Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life (2006 Australian Christian Book of the Year, now in its fourth edition). He contributes to publications like Christianity, ChristianToday and Our Daily Bread, and speaks at conferences and events around the world.
Australian born but UK based, Sheridan often finds himself homesick for Sydney—especially that little Thai food place around the corner. He is married to Merryn, loves books, photography and good dark chocolate, and can often be found in one of Oxford’s cosy coffee shops.
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Tanya is from Sydney, and from the age of fourteen has sung in her family church - now known as Hillsong Church, Australia. As a sixteen year old, her song, "Jesus What a Beautiful Name", became the #6 most sung Christian song in Australia, and one of the most sung congregational songs globally, but including the UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. Working for many years under world-class Australian worship leaders such as Darlene Zschech and Reuben Morgan, Tanya administrated the now well-known band United Live.
She later toured Australia as the lead singer of well-loved Christian indie band Speaking of Sarah, released an album entitled 'Seven Hundred Seasons,' and performed at many of the main Christian festivals including Sonfest, Black Stump and AGMF.
After a lot of coffee, some guidance from various academics, and serious computer work, Tanya undertook theological education. She has completed an M.Phil research degree on Hillsong Church, and her edited volume The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call me Out Upon the Water with Palgrave McMillan is forthcoming.
She is now studying her PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary, examining Aboriginal-led Pentecostal churches. As an Australian worship leader with a solid academic foundation, she is passionate that our worship helps move the church towards becoming more like Jesus. She is passionate about justice, particularly in her own backyard of Australia. She assists Larissa Minniecon in Common Grace's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Team.
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Susan is a speaker, writer, radio host and social media engagement guru.
Truly know who you are and connect with others where they are at: this is Susan’s central ethos expressed in two main platforms: GetRealLive: a family values-focused radio, social media and events community, and the newly launched SOMO Society: client driven solutions provider for the “socially mobile” community.
Privileged to be the instigator of 200 million+ social media impressions, 650,000 listens to her online radio show, and building a 1.2 million+ "likes" Facebook page in less than two years, speaks to her passion for authentic engagement. For 2016, Susan has a book on the way (“Truth and Lies”) and is expanding her life-changing GRL Retreats to the USA.
The narrative of Jesus at the well, is the core expression of faith she aspires to.
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Susan's talk from CONNECT16, Engagement the game changer.
Josh is a Young Adults Pastor at St Pauls Anglican Church, Castle Hill, north-west of Sydney, but better known as a social media phenomenon.
Although Josh has been posting YouTube videos since 2007, Josh came to internet fame in 2015 after he posted a compilation video of himself 'throwing things into other things'. The video, which went viral internationally, has more than 8 million views. Josh followed this video with another that also went viral, with mate Rhys Keir titled 'How to speak Australian', which has close to 7 million views. Josh also appeared on Australia's Got Talent earlier this year, with a 'Shaggy' singing impersonation.
Despite his love for making videos, his greatest love is for God and he is very passionate about his faith. Josh states the most important thing in his life is knowing Jesus and letting Him direct his life.
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Nick Ingram is an experienced strategy facilitator: working with teams and individuals to help them think clearly about their strategy. Coherent and creative thinking is the best way to have a meaningful impact on the world.
Nick has been facilitating strategy workshops for leadership teams in the commercial, Government and not-for-profit sectors for over eight years. The foundation of his skills comes from the rigorous training in thinking that a Pure Mathematics degree provides, as well as twenty years in financial services and business.
Nick's commercial clients span a range of industries, including: general insurance; banking; superannuation; engineering; mining; and tech start-ups.
Nick's Government work straddles the Federal, State and Local levels.
I have also deliberately set aside space to work with not-for-profits. These clients are often the most challenging, because they face true strategic issues around purpose as well as difficult prioritisation decisions.
Some of his not-for-profit clients include: a domestic violence network; an indigenous micro-finance organisation; a range of independent schools; an indigenous ear-health start-up in WA; and an economic development organisation in the Philippines.
Nick holds a First Class Honours Degree in Pure Mathematics. His thesis was on a branch of logic called Intuitionism.
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With 40 years of experience in radio management, Alan has a broad range of success in many different positions, including on-air talent, Program Director at several stations, Executive VP of Programming for King Broadcasting Company and Paxson Communications, Vice President and General Manager.
Alan began consulting the programming, marketing, research and leadership of stations in 1988, which led him to be involved with many organizations, including Gannett Radio, ESPN, Susquehanna Radio, Clear Channel Communications, as well as a host of radio stations.
In 1999 he partnered with John Frost to create Goodratings Strategic Services. Experience as a radio General Manager taught him the importance of balancing forces: creativity and accountability. So he combines original thinking with strategic execution to create highly successful radio stations.
Alan has been instrumental in the development of several formats, including Adult Alternative, Smooth Jazz, Jamin’ Oldies and Christian AC.
In 2009 Alan became Chief Operating Officer for EMF Broadcasting’s K-LOVE and Air1. In 2016 he was named President of K-LOVE/Air1.
Alan is an active contributor to the industry, and has spoken at the NAB, Radio & Records conventions, the Country Radio Seminar, the NRB, CMB and the GMA. He’s been published in Radio & Records, Radio Ink, Christian Radio Weekly, All Access, and many other places. He also publishes the successful “Mason Morning Minute” blog.
Chosen by CRW magazine as on of the 50 most influential people in Christian music, Alan is also the 2007 recipient of the Scott Campbell Award, and the GMA Echo Award for impact on Christian music radio. He currently serves on the board of the Christian Music Broadcasters.
Haylie is CMAA's full-time Digital Strategist.
Haylie has significant experience in digital and social media environments. She created the Southern Cross Austereo's "Scoopla" Digital Hub in 2008 and the national syndication strategy for Southern Cross Austereo's 40+ regional stations in 2012-2103. See http://www.scoopla.com.
Nils is the Global Director of Social Media and Innovation at Dunham and Company in Dallas, Texas. Nils is the author of Social Media Guide for Ministry and has consulted dozens of ministries around the world helping them exponentially expand their ministry efforts through social media ministry initiatives.
Most recently Nils served as the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church leading the ministry of OnlineChurch.com which reached more than 12,000 weekly from more than 150 different countries globally. Beyond their weekly online service attendance, the ministry had a Facebook following of more than 850,000 reaching more than 3 million different people each week.
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Caitlin is the founding CEO of the not-for-profit Love Mercy Foundation, and has built the organisation into a thriving vehicle to overcome poverty in northern Uganda. She has a passion for women and girls in developing nations and is most at home sitting under the mango tree with some of the 10,000 women who her program Cents for Seeds supports through microloans in agriculture. Caitlin holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Masters of International Development Studies from UNSW. She is passionate about people, loves coffee, and has a young family based in Sydney's south.
Jeff is well-known within the media and arts industry. He is a speaker, researcher, film-maker and multi award-winning songwriter. With his wife Julie, he is the author of 'Living With A Creative Mind' - an operating handbook for creative people, which is due for publication in Japan in late 2016. He is the Managing Director and founder of The Zebra Collective: an online mentoring and training service built on the combination of his and Julie’s research and experience into the effective management and leadership of creative people. This service not only delivers the latest ideas generated from their ongoing research, but also curates exclusive interviews with world class creative practitioners including legendary New York adman George Lois, Independent artist/songwriter Kimbra, multi-platinum award-winning music producer Charles Fisher (Savage Garden), veteran songwriters Chris Sester (Jet) and Tim Farriss (INXS), as well as luminary producer Hank Linderman (The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Robert Lamm).
He is a consultant in the field of creativity and harnessing the creative workforce. Recent clients include: The Sydney Opera House/Australian Institute of Music Masters of Arts Management course, The Australasian Performing Right Association, ANZ Bank, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and The School of Life in Melbourne and Sydney. Jeff and Julie’s keynote 'How To Build A World Class Creative Environment' at Vivid Sydney 2013 was not only a featured event but also sold out two weeks prior to the night.
He is currently conducting research into the effects of workplace harassment on the creative industry workforce, and he and Julie have begun work on their second book 'Living With A Creative Child'.
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Karl Faase is a well known Australian Christian communicator, media presenter, leader and social commentator. He is the CEO of Olive Tree Media, the organisation through which he produces programs of excellence for Christian media and local church use internationally.
Karl is in demand across Australia as a speaker, with a special interest in encouragement & motivation, leadership, ministry development and communicating to those exploring faith.
With over 20 years of involvement in media, Karl is one of Australia’s most experienced Christian radio and television presenters, with his programs broadcast and distributed in the USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand. Their latest production is the award winning series, Towards Belief, a 10 part documentary-style DVD/TV series where Karl interviews over 30 international speakers and academics on the belief blockers to faith in western countries. For more info go to the website. The Daily Nudge is one of Australia’s best-known and most widely used spots on Christian radio. Karl is also regularly called upon as a Christian spokesman and commentator on a variety of social issues.
Karl finished in his position as Senior Pastor of Gymea Baptist Church in late 2014 where he served for over 20 years but he is still deeply committed to resourcing the local church and helping equip believers to be sure in their faith and effective in evangelism. Karl maintains leaderships roles in the Christian community as an Australian board member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans Purse, Christian Media Australia and the Sydney Prayer Breakfast.
Karl was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Australian Arrow Leadership Development Program until December 2010 - a national leadership development program for emerging Christian leaders across Australia and the co-founder of the Media Project, Jesus. All about life - a high profile media campaign working in conjunction with local church participation.
Karl is married to Jane, who is also the Creative Director of Olive Tree Media. They have 3 married children and at last count, 3 grand children (and that technically makes him a grandfather!)
Karl also serves as a Director on the board of Christian Media Australia.
Olive Tree Media’s programs and products include:
> Towards Belief – DVD series (with discussion guide) looking at the top belief blockers to Christian faith
> The Family Series - DVD series (with discussion guide) consisting of 10 x 28min episodes featuring interviews with experts on family life.
> The Men’s Series - a DVD and Study Guide set consisting of 11 x 54 min episodes filmed before a studio audience and discussing key issues facing men
> Daily Nudge - More than 700 one minute radio spots for Christian FM radio stations in Australia, New Zealand, UK and France.
> Remembering 59 - Host and narrator of the television special and DVD on Billy Graham's 1959 Crusades in Australia and New Zealand
> “Jesus. All about life” Preparation and Follow Up Materials – Writer and presenter of the five week Response course and the six weeks Preparing for Mission course.
> “Face to Face” - Network TEN and the Australian Christian Channel - one-hour Christian talk shows - over 50 episodes
> Easter Television Specials - Channel 7. Co-host
Rob and Christie are the Senior Ministers of Bayside Church – a contemporary multi-site church in the southern bayside region of Melbourne. They started the church in 1992 with a team of 40 people and over the past 25 years the church has grown to over 2,000 people in regular attendance. Bayside Church has a strong commitment to make a positive difference in its community and beyond. Bayside’s slogan is “Church has changed – check it out!”
Rob and Christie’s passion is to engage their Christian faith with issues of justice in today’s world including (but not limited to) standing up for those on death row, asylum seekers, prisoners and the poor.
Along with radio work, Rob and Christie have also co-hosted an interactive TV Chat show called The Exchange.
Christie and Rob have three daughters, Georgia-Grace, Paris and Trinity.
Christie came to Australia from Northern Ireland in 1986 and worked at Youth Alive Australia. During that time she developed a volunteer base that saw the youth rallies grow from a few hundred to well over 10,000 in Victoria and around 50,000 around the nation.
Christie is the Vice President of Bayside Community Care, an organisation committed to providing care for people who are struggling, disadvantaged and vulnerable. The organisation runs a community meals program in two Melbourne locations and provides over 11,000 meals annually; distributes emergency food packages; hosts a community Christmas Lunch for 300 people at Christmas and works with other NGO’s and government bodies both inside Australia and in other countries including Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe in order to achieve its purpose.
Christie initiated and established the Bayside Forever Home in South Africa with a team of dedicated volunteers. The generous support of a benefactor enabled them to purchased a home that cares for children that have been abandoned and have various special needs including Aids and HIV.
Being raised in the midst of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, Christie has been involved in working in areas of reconciliation across what was then sectarian divide.
Since 2012, she has helped prisoners in Kerobokan Prison in Bali to have purpose by developing computer skills, English, cooking and craft. Christie has recently been campaigning for prisoners on death row and is committed to seeing the death penalty abolished. In 2015, Christie was among those who assisted with the spiritual and pastoral wellbeing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. She was with Myuran as his spiritual adviser until his execution.
After a near death experience in a truck at age 19, Rob was challenged on his perception that God was non-existent. Shortly after, Rob committed his life to Jesus.
Rob became a popular professional breakfast announcer in Western Australia and went on to have the number one program in Geraldton. In 1984, Rob was called to pastoral ministry and attended Bible college where he trained to become an ordained pastor.
In 1988, Rob moved to Melbourne to become an Assistant Pastor of Lighthouse Church in Keysborough serving as Minister of Christian Education.
In addition to his call to Christian ministry, Rob’s love for the air waves continued and he went on to work at 3MP for 15 years and hosted 3MP’s Rob Buckingham and Friends program each Sunday from 1993-1999. He interviewed guests such as Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie and as well as many well-known community figures.
In 1992, Rob pioneered a church in the Bayside suburb of Cheltenham which he commenced with a small group of people. From humble beginnings the church has now grown to become large and influential in the city of Melbourne with campuses in Cheltenham and Frankston. In December 2002, he began work with Melbourne's new Christian radio station, Light FM.
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