Speakers Profile - Ian Henschke

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Ian Henschke is the Chief Advocate for National Seniors. It’s Australia’s largest membership organization for over 50’s, with more than 130,000 members. He has held this prominent position since February 2017. His sees his role as “fighting for a fair go for older Australians.” He loves to focus a politician by reminding them that “every second voter is now over 50.” Before becoming an advocate for seniors he was a top rating ABC radio talk show presenter. He was named SA Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 2015. He’s been a regular columnist for the Advertiser's SA Weekend magazine for ten years and has had stories published internationally. He's worked in the media for more than 30 years the bulk of those in television. He was the host and senior reporter of ABCTV’s Stateline for 10 years. He’s also worked for ABC International TV, Four Corners, 7.30 and Landline. He’s been a finalist twice in the prestigious Walkley awards. He won a high commendation for his work on the Westpac Letters in 1991. He’s a graduate of the Murray Darling Leadership Program. He won a prestigious Reuters Foundation Fellowship to Oxford in 1999 and through that produced and presented the documentary "Emission Impossible" which was awarded the Jury Prize of Distinction at the Grenoble International Film Festival in 2000. He was the Staff Elected Director of the ABC Board from 2000-2002 and received the Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Australian Society through broadcasting in 2001.

He can be your MC or your keynote speaker on a range of issues from aging to climate change.