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Speakers

One of the main benefits of attending a Rotary convention is the range of topics and the exceptional speakers from around the world.

Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish, and other languages, depending on registrants’ needs.

Keynote Speakers

Rosie Batty

Family Violence Advocate and 2015 Australian of the Year

About Rosie Batty

Susan Davis

2015-16 Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award Recipient

About Susan Davis

Gary Haugen

President and Chief Executive Officer, International Justice Mission

About Gary Haugen

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

World Champion of Public Speaking

About Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

Gary Knell

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society | Chair, National Geographic Partners

About Gary Knell

Yanghee Lee

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar | Former Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

About Yanghee Lee

Rebecca Martin

Director of Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Rebecca Martin

Sarah Parcak

Associate Professor of Anthropology | National Geographic Fellow | 2016 TED Prize Winner

About Sarah Parcak

Mahatria Ra

Spiritualist

About Mahatria Ra

Mark Waddington

Chief Executive Officer, Hope and Homes for Children

About Mark Waddington

100 Years of Doing Good Presenters

Randall Feldman

Governor-elect, District 6840 (parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, USA)

David Forward

Author, “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years”

Stephanie Urchick

Chair, The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration Committee

Sports Panelists

Willie John McBride

Retired rugby player

About Willie John McBride

Paul Sheahan

Former Australian Test cricketer | Retired headmaster, Melbourne Grammar School | Former principal, Geelong College

About Paul Sheahan

Michelle Stilwell

Multiple Paralympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder | Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada

About Michelle Stilwell

Rotary Senior Leaders

RI President K.R. Ravindran

About the president

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith

About the trustee chair

RI President-elect John F. Germ

About the president-elect

RI President-nominee Ian H.S. Riseley

About the president-nominee

RI Treasurer Per Høyen

About the treasurer

International PolioPlus Committee Chair Michael K. McGovern