Cross-Cultural Communication


Welcome to the Cross Cultural Communication Conference

When Thursday 19 October 2017

Where At the Hellenic Club, Phillip, Canberra AUSTRALIA

Time Registration is at 8.30am for conference to begin at 9.00am

Cost $1295 (incl GST)

This is an entertaining and highly informative conference on diverse cultures, belief systems, values and languages. And because every culture loves laughter and magic, it is only fitting that the conference starts with the international magic show of    MATT HOLLYWOOD - an act that will have every culture at the conference laughing together.


Law Society ACT President, Ms. Sara Avery will welcome Andrew O'Keefe of Channel 7, the speakers, the panel, the entertainers and the delegates to the conference.


Matt Hollywood, entertainer magician and winner of the International Merlin Awards will open the conference because every culture loves and understands magic - and magic and laughter is the universal cross-cultural communication language. Matt is one of Australia's most recognized comedy magicians with his hilarious magic.

Matt Hollywood Website


Garry Sweet CEO of ANSIC

  • Corporate investigations
  • Hostile environment training
  • Investigation training

Garry Sweet, a former highly decorated Detective with the Queensland Police is now the CEO of ANSIC, an investigative company that is consulted by governments for missions in Afghanistan. His clients are private civilian contractors, Embassies, United States military, the United Kingdom military and the Australian military. Mr. Sweet is the liaison for the Afghanistan National Army, Police, the National Director of Security and the Ministry of the Interior. His portfolio includes armed mobile security guard force for fuel and critical mission supply convoys as well as Personal Security Detail (PSD) for the safe transit of clients and assets through the most hazardous and difficult operating conditions in the world. Mr. Sweet is also involved in investigations of acts of terrorism, major property theft/fraud/damage/drug and loss of life. pportunity to meet him and ask questions about his role.

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Gary Sweet

Professor Fransesco Sofo

Professor Sofo from the University of Canberra is an international researcher/academic on cross-cultural communication and leadership development in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Switzerland, China, Italy, Spain and Slovenia. He regularly spends time overseas researching how cross-cultural communication skills are developed and used in the global arena. Professor Sofo is not only an entertaining and inspiring speaker, but is also an accomplished musician who writes operas. You will have the opportunity to ask Professor Sofo questions about cross-cultural communication in an educational environment and about how different cultures develop leadership qualities.

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Prof Francesco Sofo

Dr Fiona Hill

Dr Hill, Anthropologist, Cultural Impact Coach and CEO of Almanar Consultancy is a world authority on women in the Arab World. Dr Hill's anthropological research was amongst the Bedouin communities along the banks of the Euphrates River in North-West Syria where she lived for extended periods annually for over 30 years. This talk will give you a fascinating insight into a unique Middle Eastern culture from the perspective of an Anglo Australian woman who lived with the community and shared their dreams and aspirations. You will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions about a culture that most people only read about. Dr Hill is the Victorian State Chair & Board Member of the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI) and she regularly takes interested parties on Middle Eastern tours with a difference. You will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Hill and perhaps you would like to participate on one of her Middle Eastern tours with a difference.

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Christopher Levingston

Christopher Levingston is Australia's leading immigration lawyer who is an accredited specialist. He takes on the cases that are deemed impossible and will fight for clients through every court. His dynamic and entertaining talk will show you a new insight into cross-cultural communication in dealing with applicants to migrate to Australia as well as the migration agents from various cultural backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and will see Australian immigration in a new light. Chris lectures and educates the migration agent industry in Australia and is highly sought by the media for his controversial cases. A great entertaining and informative speaker.

Christopher Levingston


  • ACT government
  • Federal government
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Defence
  • International Australian Immigration Lawyer
  • Media

* Delux buffet - because every culture loves and understands good food - and all dietary requirements will be included on the buffet.

* A "goodie bag" to delight you - because every culture loves a wonderful gift.

This is a conference where you leave with a smile on your face.



At Ozvis Associates our highly skilled team will help you with:

  • Australian Visas
  • Corporate and protocol training in corporate etiquette, social etiquette, communication skills and corporate image.
  • Conferences


If you require a visa for the conference, contact:

Chris at Christopher Levingston Migration Lawyers


Radhika at On London Lawyers


Kathryn-Magnolia at Ozvis Associates


Ozvis Associates

ABN 888 1957 7617

4-12 Condamine Street


ACT 2612


P: +61 2 402 791 206

For all general enquiries, please email


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