Speakers Profile - Andrew O'Keefe

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Host of the Seven Network's hugely successful Deal or No Deal, and co-anchor of the top-rating Weekend Sunrise, Andrew O'Keefe is one of Australia's most well-known and versatile performers. Recognised for his sharp wit, improvisational expertise, kinetic energy and genuine warmth, Andrew is always in demand. He is a host, actor, radio talent, and classically trained singer (A MusA).

He also studied Law, following in the footsteps of his father, the former Supreme Court Judge Barry O'Keefe, and worked in commercial litigation for 5 years with top-tier Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson. But like his uncle, Australian rock and roll legend Johnny O'Keefe, Andrew's passion for entertainment overcame any thoughts of a straight and narrow career path.

His television career kicked off performing in the AFI-nominated sketch comedy Big Bite on Channel Seven, before he took the roles of host on Deal or No Deal in 2004, and Weekend Sunrise in 2006. In addition to his current duties with the network, Andrew as has also hosted live prime-time specials including the historic tri-network Tsunami Appeal -- Reach Out to Asia, and the 2005 Logie Awards (as co-host with Rove McManus and Eddie McGuire), as well as numerous Telethons and Appeals.

For its first two seasons, he hosted the popular prime-time national game show, The Rich List, and in 2009 put on a producing hat to launch his own format This is Your Laugh (a chat show with comedy impro) for the Seven Network's HD Channel. Andrew was nominated "Best New Male Talent" in the 2004 Logie Awards, was nominated for the Silver Logie for "Most Popular TV Presenter" in 2005 and 2006, and has been nominated five times for "Most Popular Light Entertainment Programme" with Deal or No Deal.

Outside of his career in entertainment, Andrew is a passionate advocate of social-justice causes, most notably in his role as Chairman of the White Ribbon Foundation (Australia), a nationwide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence against women (www.whiteribbonday.org.au). He loves performing music and traveling the world, and will happily take part in any sport with a generous "apres" quotient.