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Gemma Acton

Gemma Acton has worked across finance and broadcast media for more than two decades, covering market-moving stories and meeting the people behind the headlines - at home in Australia and across the world. Gemma is currently the Network Finance Editor at 7 News - the most-watched news service in Australia - where she presents the latest financial and business news to audiences across the entire country.

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Testimonials for Gemma Acton

Gemma hosted the Keynote Panel at the Event Summit in 2020 and was pure class. She researched her subject thoroughly, putting in the time and effort to understand the at-times complex issues and then communicating them in plain English without dumbing down. Gemma hosted the summit like a consummate professional, keeping the sessions informative, revealing and entertaining, allowing time for each speaker while keeping the pace up. She is a pleasure to work with and I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Head of Corporate Affairs, TEG (Ticketek)

 

Gemma was the moderator at our last Bulletin Group event held at the Tesla Flagship store in Martin Place. The panel consisted of some of Australia’s leading venture capital investors. We cannot thank Gemma enough for her contribution to the night. She was prepared, articulate, amusing and engaging with our panel which set up a fantastic night!

Andrew McKillop, Credit Suisse Private Banking


 

I cannot say enough about how great Gemma was to work with. She is deeply researched on the topic and the person she interviews, completely understood the audience and knew exactly what it takes to drive an engaging fire side chat. Due to her extensive experience she gave us useful teachings and tips throughout the whole process.

Gemma is a strong interviewer. She asks challenging, robust questions but in a way that not only gets the best out of the speaker on stage it makes them feel great after the interview too. Infact she made our speaker feel so at ease that he opened up to the audience and spoke about some tough personal challenges that made wonderful learnings for the whole audience and was the best part of the session. Gemma - Thank you very much for creating an enlightening and stimulating discussion. I can’t wait to work with you again.

Antonia Sanda, Head of Communications, Facebook Australia and New Zealand

 

"Telum hosted a breakfast event for 200 of our clients, with Gemma as our key talent. The insights she was able to provide into the media, finance and business worlds were extremely valuable to all there. Her engaging manner, her openness and honesty kept the entire audience engaged. Feedback from guests was unanimously positive, with everyone being grateful to Gemma for the way she was able to take quite complex matters and distil them into easy-to-understand and actionable insights. Working with Gemma is an absolute pleasure. "

David Skapinker, Telum Media

 

"Gemma was the moderator at our last Bulletin Group event held at the Tesla Flagship store in Martin Place. The panel consisted of some of Australia’s leading venture capital investors.

 We cannot thank Gemma enough for her contribution to the night. She was prepared, articulate, amusing and engaging with our panel which set up a fantastic night!"

Andrew McKillop, The Bulletin Group

Gemma Acton Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Gemma Acton's Biography

Gemma Acton has worked across finance and broadcast media for more than two decades, covering market-moving stories and meeting the people behind the headlines - at home in Australia and across the world.

Gemma is currently the Network Finance Editor at 7 News - the most-watched news service in Australia - where she presents the latest financial and business news to audiences across the entire country.

Prior to this, she hosted broadcast programmes at CNBC International in London and also worked as an on-air correspondent pursuing stories across Europe for the network. Gemma regularly joins radio shows and podcasts - as well as private and corporate functions and charity events as an MC, panelist or guest speaker.

Returning to Australia in late 2017 was a lovely homecoming after she spent 18 years abroad living, working and studying in cities including London, New York, Dubai, Milan & Paris. In addition to broadcasting, during this time abroad, she worked in investment banking and wealth management at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and PIMCO.

Gemma also gained an MBA/MA from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BA from University College London and the highly prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.

Gemma's day job involves interviewing chief executives, company founders, fund managers and industry experts - as well as everyday Australians - to understand how changes in our economy and society affect all of us.

Gemma’s professionalism, warmth and expertise make her a sought-after MC and facilitator for corporate functions and charity events. Gemma can also be booked for keynote speeches relating to finance and business topics, as well as women in the workforce.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys keeping active and has a particular love for skiing and running. She speaks Italian and French and loves to read literature in both of these languages to relax.

Speaking Topics Include

Gemma’s Business, Economics and Finance Presentation

Gemma’s presentation pairs her primary focus of domestic financial issues and their formative effect on the everyday Australian together with her global financial expertise accrued from spending eighteen years abroad, to bring a unique perspective of Australia’s financial position on the world stage. Gemma tailors this keynote speech to suit the specific interests of the audience - be that the domestic or international economy, international financial markets or domestic household finances - ensuring she delivers a mix of historical and topical content and can incorporate graphics to augment her presentation.

 

The Purse

Encouraging women to attain confidence and independence in their everyday lives, careers and finances is a topic close to Gemma’s heart. In this presentation, Gemma shares anecdotes from her own experiences as well as lessons learned from those around her during her 22-year career in Australia and abroad. This presentation is tailored to address the particular interests of her audience - whether it is broader motivational ideas about grabbing life with both hands or - specific advice about getting on the front foot financially - or juggling the everyday hurdles and highlights of combining motherhood and a career.

 

Industry Overviews

Gemma’s day job requires her to keep a close eye on developments - and keep in close contact with those making headlines - in the key industries that underpin Australia’s economy with everything from fashion to farming falling within her remit. Gemma’s broad view of the industries that keep our society and businesses ticking along enables her to make meaningful contributions to industry-specific events by contextualising the industry in question within the scope of the wider economy.