Published On: April 1, 2024

International convention is the biggest event of the Lion year, an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re at and most importantly – where we’re going. As Lions, we live a life of purpose. We serve with an aim to change our world for the better. During our Second Plenary Session on Monday, June 24, you’ll be introduced to a panel of world-class individuals who know what it means to take risks and rise to the occasion. Each of our distinguished speakers is a celebrated leader who shares a passion for problem solving, a penchant for teamwork and a mission to change our world. Your 106th Lions International Convention is honored to welcome these innovators to our plenary stage.

Chris Hadfield

Keynote panelist

Colonel Chris Hadfield was a tactical fighter pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces before beginning his career as an astronaut and director of operations for NASA. He spent six months off planet as commander of the International Space Station and became the first person to record a full-length musical album while in orbit. The author of five books and adviser to both SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, Chris has been the recipient of many coveted awards such as the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Alexandra Cousteau

Explorer & Ocean Advocate
Keynote panelist

For Alexandra Cousteau, adventure is the family business. She was able to swim before she could walk. And by age three, Alexandra had already toured Africa, exploring Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda and Kenya. She’s a globally recognized ocean issue advocate, known for pushing the boundaries of discovery and defending the waters of our world. Her work transcends conservation and her expeditions across the continents continue to shine a light on the different environmental concerns our planet continues to struggle against.

Marita Cheng

Technology Entrepreneur
Keynote panelist

Marita Cheng was named the Young Australian of the Year in 2012 and has continued her dynamic work in the technology and robotics space ever since. As founder and CEO of Aubot, Marita’s telepresent robot creations have helped children with cancer attend school, made it possible for people with disabilities to go to work and given families with elderly relatives a new way to visit them and monitor their well-being. Aubot is also involved in the research and development of robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous navigation.

Holly Ransom

Globally Renowned Speaker
Keynote moderator

Holly Ransom is a respected thought leader and much sought after public speaker known worldwide for her ability to stimulate and drive engaging, meaningful conversations. She’s a world-class host and panel moderator who transforms events into compelling journeys. Her work is recognized around the world and at home, where she has been named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women.

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