Introducing Todd Sampson Congress Keynote Speaker
Todd’s eclectic life began on Cape Breton Island, off Canada’s east coast, where he grew up in modest circumstances. He entered university on full scholarship and went on to complete an MBA by age 24.
Previously the national chief executive of leading communication company Leo Burnett, and now the non-executive chairman, Todd is the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative – the largest environmental movement in history, reaching more than 1.4 billion people, in over 5500 cities. The Gunn Report listed his company as the 7th most creative company in the world.
The Financial Review and News Limited ranked him as one of the most influential executives in Australia. He won CEO of the Year twice and sits on the Board of Directors of both Fairfax Media and Qantas.
Todd is also the breakout star and co-host of the hit ABC show The Gruen Transfer. This unique show is one of the most watched programs on Australian TV – winning multiple international awards including the prestigious Rose d’Or Award for entertainment. He is also a regular host on the Channel 10 news show The Project and has featured around the world on CNBC, Sky News and CNN.
Todd recently handed his brain over to science to become Host and ‘human guinea pig’ in a ground breaking science documentary series called Redesign (Hack) My Brain and more recently, Body Hack. Redesign My Brain was one of the most watched Australian science documentaries of all time and won Documentary of the Year. It is now being shown around the world on the Discovery Channel.
Todd is one of Australia’s freshest and most interesting TV personalities with the ability to combine intelligent insight with humility. One reviewer colourfully captured his unique ‘adventure-science’ style; “If Bear Grylls had a love child with Brian Cox, it would be Todd Sampson”. He has also climbed to the top of Mount Everest, unguided.