Franchise Council of Australia

NFC21-22 Keynotes

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Bernard Salt AM

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business.

Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School.

In conjunction with KPMG Australia he hosts a top-rated podcast called “What Happens Next” which discusses rising trends and important business issues.

Gabby Leibovich from a new online grocery store that offers consumers discount goods that supermarket giants such Coles and Woolworths.
Melbourne. 21 September 2011.

Gabby Leibovich

Gabby Leibovich along with his brother Hezi are an incredible Australian success story.

Gabby tells the extraordinary story of how they revolutionised the retail, services, food and travel industries with their iconic businesses including Catch of the Day, EatNow / Menulog, Scoopon and Luxury Escapes. Within 13 years they built, sold and/or merged these brands for more than a $1 Billion.

Gabby and his brother Hezi have created a truly remarkable Australian Business success story – one that is very rarely equalled and something they should be so proud of. And Gabby tells it with the gusto that he has always lived his life by.

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Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson (CSP, MBA) is an Antarctic expedition leader, Chief Ranger and leader with 20 years of ‘extreme’ leadership experience. She is a best-selling author and leadership guru whose talents are in great demand from leading organisations around the globe.

As only the second female to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica she managed a diverse group of up to 120 people, through total isolation, months of darkness, with no way in and no way out. It was a leadership laboratory in the most extreme and hostile environment on Earth, where most of the theory doesn’t apply.

In Antarctica she built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’. Prior to leading the expedition Rachael had 16 years experience in a variety of senior operational roles in complex and challenging environments.


Mark Carter

Mark Carter is a director, international keynote speaker, trainer and author.

He has 24 years experience as a global learning and development professional including dynamic environments like Contiki and TRAVCorp. He also spent over two years leading primarily virtual and hybrid solutions across APAC: relevant experience for current times.

Mark is a regular mainstream media contributor including prestigious publications like Harvard Business Review.

His specialisation in people and behavior, translates into bespoke programs including themes like change, culture, leadership, operations and client facing skills for the experience economy.

His TEDx talk, ‘Paws and Effect: how teddy bears increase value perception’ was the movie trailer for his latest book published globally by Wiley: Add Value.