Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers for MTA 2020

Guy Sebastian

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s biggest male superstars, Guy’s musical journey began in 2003 when he burst onto the Australian music scene as the first winner of Australian idol. Since then he has risen to become a household name, and in 2019 once again returned to TV as a superstar coach on the hit TV show “The Voice”. He is the only Australian artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in ARIA chart history. To date, Guy has had 61 platinum-certified releases and has sold well over 7 million singles and albums worldwide.

Dr Libby

Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists, an author, a speaker and founder of the plant-based supplement range, Bio Blends.
Armed with an abundance of knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help people regain their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness through her books, live events and nutritional support range.
Published in 14 countries and having sold over 350,000 books across New Zealand and Australia, she is a 12 times bestselling author.

Gemma Sisia

At 22 years old Gemma Sisia travelled to Uganda to volunteer as a teacher, where she taught girls science and sewing. This experience led to a fervent belief that a free, high-quality education should be the right of all children in the world and that education is the strongest weapon in the fight against poverty, corruption and political instability. Upon returning to her native Australia, Gemma fundraised to help underprivileged children in East Africa complete their schooling. She would raise enough money to start an official fund to invest in the education of East Africa’s poorest children. Along with the gift of a small plot of land in Arusha, Tanzania, Gemma began to build The School of St Jude with the help of friends, family and Rotary groups. The School of St Jude opened in Tanzania in 2002, and now provides free, high-quality education to over 1,800 of the poorest Tanzanian children while boarding more than 1,400 students.

Matthew Upchurch

Matthew is a travel industry visionary with a lifetime of experience in numerous sectors of the field; he has led Virtuoso to become the top luxury travel network in the world. Matthew was named to the American Society of Travel Agents Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Cruise Lines International Association Hall of Fame in 2010, and has served as the chairman of the Travel Institute.

Andrew Burnes

Andrew Burnes is Helloworld Travel Limited’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Upon completing his studies in Law and Commerce at Melbourne University, Mr Burnes was employed by Blake Dawson Waldron where he completed his Articles and worked as a solicitor.
Mr Burnes founded The Australian Outback Travel Company (The AOT Group) at the age of 26 and after the merger of AOT and Helloworld in 2016, he was appointed CEO of Helloworld Travel Limited.
In an accomplished career, Andrew has served as a Board Member of the Australian Tourism Export Council, Trustee of the Travel Compensation Fund, Director and Deputy Chairman of Tourism Australia and Honorary Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Party of Australia.