Humanitarian, Community Leader, Inspirational Public Speaker & MC
George Halkias is a well-respected community figure who has supported some of the most vulnerable members in our community. Over more than 20 years he has coordinated innovative services and programs that have changed the lives of many Australians.
George has worked extensively in the government and community sectors on various ground breaking projects. Having being instrumental in formulating the winning bid to bring the 2008 Homeless World Cup to Melbourne, George became the public face of the games. He played a vital role in planning, marketing and staging this amazing international community and sporting event.
A passionate and entertaining speaker, George now passes on much of his insight, experience and wisdom to professionals, aspiring leaders and the wider community. He believes in raising the awareness and educating individuals on a range of social issues while inspiring them to reach higher levels in their own fields.
In 1998 George Halkias managed the Victims Referral and Assistance Service on behalf of the Department of Justice Victoria. A highly respected statewide service, it supported victims of violent crime and incorporated a call centre/helpline in which up to 20 professional staff responded immediately to victims that needed accurate information and emotional support.
In 2004 George began the street soccer program in Fitzroy with volunteers and staff from the Big Issue. In 2005 he sourced corporate support and coordinated the first Australian team to participate in the Homeless World Cup, Edinburgh, Scotland. He has since coached and coordinated Australian teams at six Homeless World Cup events: Edinburgh 2005, Cape Town 2006, Copenhagen 2007, Melbourne 2008, Milan 2009 and Paris 2011.
George Halkias is:
- An entertaining, educational, motivational speaker
- A sports development consultant and people motivator
- A community advocate on government committees, community or corporate boards
- A mentor for community leaders and professional athletes
- A confident facilitator and Master of Ceremonies
His engagements have included the 2006 National Student Leadership Forum, 2007 Rotary District 9800 Annual Conference, 2007 Sport and Mental Health Conference, 2008 Human Rights and Arts Film Festival. More recently, George has hosted an Aged Care Conference for the Department of Health and events for the Gold Coast Suns Football Club and the Melbourne Heart Football Club, amongst others.
From each story and experience, George is able to provide audiences with a chance to learn and empathise with those less fortunate, and to inspire action….As a public speaker, George provides a presentation which is engaging and thought-provoking; and is suitable for community groups, corporations and schools. Years of experience working across a broad range of community and private sector ensures that George is an excellent speaker with an amazing message to share.
La Trobe University
George’s passion for helping others is truly inspirational. His presentations are professional, dynamic and moving. Listening to George is a life changing experience.
George is an entertaining and earnest speaker who has a unique ability to capture the audience’s imagination and take them on a journey. No matter what the size of the event, a small dinner or large conference, he will always leave the audience awestruck and inspired…..George is both reliable and talented. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for speaking engagements and corporate events.
Logistics Events Australia
George is truly a people person. He relates to everyone and through his positivity and encouragement makes people want to achieve their best.
Of all the staff training and team building workshops that we have facilitated at our company, the Perspective Workshop held by George Halkias was easily the most talked about and memorable event. This is really different! George captivated our people with his unique message and the impact it had on our team was incredible. The workshop resulted in increased morale, improved team interaction, greater energy and a general shift to a more empathic attitude within our organisation. Aside from the value gained personally, it also reflected well on our company image to our team. Thank you George! We will be having more of these workshops in the future for sure. Highly recommended!
George was an absolute pleasure to work with. I was very moved by the presentation so much so that I am still thinking about it! I highly recommend George as a speaker and I personally look forward to working with him again in the future.
Dandenong High School was very honoured to receive a presentation by George . Very inspirational for our students. The students were captivated with his stories