Speakers Profile - Paul Griffiths

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A television journalist by profession, Paul divides his time between being the Media Director and Chairman of the Media Commission of the International Paralympic Committee and consulting with Australia's top Corporations on ‘maximising the media'.

Paul Griffiths is one of Australia's most experienced Conference Facilitators, Media Managers, Chairmen and Director of Ceremonies.

Since his days as Senior Reporter and Producer for ABC TV's "This Day Tonight" and "Nationwide", he has maintained close links with Australia's media and is responsible for example for the raised profile of the Paralympics over the past eight years through Games at Albertville/Tignes Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta and Nagano. Media organisations use his experience as a producer, reporter and motivator to teach their budding reporters hoe to ‘put some television into their journalism'.

Paul's company pioneered and maintains leadership in the world of corporate videoconferencing. He managed the technical network (and facilitated) for Lend Lease's "State of the Nation" for 13 years in a row. In 1996, his company managed the staging and networking for the world's largest non-sporting narrowcast - Doctor Stephen Covey live from the Sydney Opera House to 496 downsites globally - including the USS Enterprise in the North Atlantic - and an audience of 300,000.

His years as a Super-A Financial Journalist, (including 5 years producing and presenting "The Money Programme" for BBC Television), mean he has a good working knowledge of business and industry. He is a founding member of the International Television Association in Australia and the International Teleconferencing Association. He is A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Communicators and the Meetings Industry Association.

His conference and ceremonies business relies on repeat business. Companies as diverse as Lend Lease, Caltex, Westpac and National Australia Bank rely on Paul to create and manage their presentations. His expertise extends to coaching participants in both live and media presentation. Paul has been in constant demand as a speaker and tutor on media and presentation for our academic institutions including the University of New South Wales' Institute of Administration and the Australian Management College at Mount Eliza. His expertise in journalism lead to his appointment as "Chief of Press" for World Cup Ski Racing in Australia, and he later became the sport's Director. He is an honorary Life Member of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, and acts as their publicity officer. As a result of ‘putting Australia's Paralympic athletes on the media map' through Albertville, Barcelona, Madrid and Lillehammer, he has become Chair of the global Media Commission for the International Paralympic Committee - testimony to his expertise in media relations.