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During five plenary sessions you’ll be inspired by Rotary International’s president and other leaders as they share stories about Rotarians worldwide who exemplify Service Above Self. Rotary Foundation leaders will present the latest news about polio eradication and updates on Foundation grants. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in Mandarin Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish, and possibly other languages, depending on registrants’ needs. The schedule below represents the latest information available, and is subject to change.

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Tony Abbott

Prime Minister of Australia

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Sunday, 1 June

Opening plenary session

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Mike Baird

Premier of New South Wales, Minister for Western Sydney, and Minister for Infrastructure

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Sunday, 1 June

Opening plenary session

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Brett Lee

Australian cricket star and founder of Mewsic, a foundation which supports music centers for disadvantaged children in India.

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Monday, 2 June

Plenary session 2

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Martin Silink

Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at the University of Sydney and senior staff physician at Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney. Silink served as president of the International Diabetes Federation from 2006-09.

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Monday, 2 June

Plenary session 2

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Jack Sim

Founder of the World Toilet Organization and the World Toilet College.

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Monday, 2 June

Plenary session 2

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Tommy Spaulding

World-renowned expert on leadership and president of Spaulding Companies Corporation, a national leadership development and excecutive coaching organization. Topic: Changing the World One Relationship at a Time

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Monday, 2 June

Plenary session 2

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Gemma Sisia

Founder of the School of St. Jude in Tanzania, which helps children in East Africa break the cycle of poverty. Topic: Fighting Poverty Through Education

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Monday, 2 June

Breakout session 15:30-17:00

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Ade Adepitan

Former Paralympian, award-winning television broadcaster, motivational speaker, and polio survivor.

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Tuesday, 3 June

Plenary session 3

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Maya Ajmera

Rotary Scholar, founder of the Global Fund for Children, and visiting scholar and professional lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of the 2013-14 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.

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Tuesday, 3 June

Plenary session 3

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Dr. Bruce Aylward

Assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies, and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization

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Tuesday, 3 June

Plenary session 3

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Mwila Chigaga

Former Rotary Peace Fellow and senior regional gender specialist for the African region of the United Nations International Labour Organization.

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Wednesday, 4 June

Plenary session 4

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Kelsi Cox

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Auckland and a former Youth Exchange Student to Izmir, Turkey in 2002.

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Wednesday, 4 June

Plenary session 4

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Ronald Kawaddwa

New Generations Chair for District 9211 (Uganda).

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Wednesday, 4 June

Plenary session 4

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Ramkumar Raju

Rotaract Representative from RI District 3230 and a member of the Rotaract Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Wednesday, 4 June

Plenary session 4

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Renee Saunders

Senior Public Health Advisor, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/AIDS.

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Wednesday, 4 June

Plenary session 4

Senior leaders

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RI President Ron Burton

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Sunday, 1 June

Welcome address at the opening plenary

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The Rotary Foundation Chair Dong Kurn Lee

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Tuesday, 3 June

Rotary Foundation Keynote address at plenary session 3

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President-elect Gary Huang

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Wednesday, 4 June

Keynote address at closing plenary

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President-nominee K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

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Wednesday, 4 June

Acceptance remarks at plenary session 4