AGTA Conference 2021: Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shane Gould

Dr. Shane GouldShane Gould is a national living treasure and swimming sports legend, the only person to hold all 5 freestyle world records simultaneously. She won 5 individual medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Shane is a lifelong recreational swimmer and body surfer and a lifelong learner.

Shane’s masters degree thesis in Environmental Management (UTAS 2010) was a place themed study, examining swimming pools as a public space and an outdoor classroom and playground. Her favourite subject at school was geography, because she had a teacher who introduced the concepts of ecosystems. This understanding of how the natural world works then laid the basis for environmental actions of living simply for 30 years in Margaret River in 1976-2006 going ‘back to the land’, one of the historical waves of the environmental movement. Shane was a sheep and horse farmer, is a keen minimal tilling gardener and is interested in the principles of regenerative farming.

She completed a PhD in Australian swimming culture at Victoria University in 2019. Shane’s research involved qualitative research methods, weaving social-environmental systems concepts into her cultural study. One chapter was about sensory nature-engagement in blue space with her wild ocean swimming buddies. Shane is based in Bicheno Tasmania with her husband Milt Nelms. She has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

Simon Kuestenmacher

Simon KuestenmacherWe are thrilled to announce Simon Kuestenmacher as our second keynote speaker at AGTA 2021.

Simon is a Director and Co-Founder of The Demographics Group which is headed by Bernard Salt. The group provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Simon speaks two languages; has a Bachelor in geography from Humboldt University in Berlin and a Master of Urban Geography from Melbourne University; he writes a column in The Australian and is a media commentator on demographic and data matters.

Simon has presented to numerous corporate and industry audiences across Australia and overseas on demographic trends, consumer insights and cultural change in Australia. His work is appreciated by groups from the financial services, property, government, education, technology, retail and professional services industries, among others.

In his spare time Simon runs what is by now the world’s largest Twitter account dedicated to maps and data. In the space of 4 years he has amassed 200,000 global followers, reaches over 25 million people every month and ranks as one of the world’s Top 10 influencers in data visualisation. If you’re not already following Simon on Twitter, he can be found @SimonGerman600.


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