James Kirby

Wealth Editor of The Australian, Entrepreneur, Speaker & MC

James Kirby has an impressive insight into Australia's finance and investment sectors. A leading financial journalist, he is the wealth editor for The Australian, a columnist for The Weekend Australian and he produces a weekly video. James was the managing editor and co-founder of Business Spectator and Eureka Report. He has also worked at the Australian Financial Review and the South China Morning Post.

A respected commentator, broadcaster and entrepreneur, James Kirby is also an outstanding keynote speaker and MC who instantly connects with diverse audiences. Drawing on his expertise and experience as a 'hands-on' manager of a successful start-up company, he tailors his presentations or MC style to the relevant audience. James' 'outlook' presentations, which are a mix a sharp analysis of economic forecasts with precise observations on individual business sectors, have been applauded throughout Australia.

More about James Kirby

James Kirby graduated from Ireland's UCG and Dublin City University. He qualified in securities and spent time as a 'hands-on' manager of a successful start-up company.

James was co-founder and shareholder in the AIBM group with Alan Kohler and Robert Gottliebsen. The AIBM group launched Eureka Report, Business Spectator and a range of related titles before it was sold to News Corporation in 2012. James was managing editor of the AIBM group. James is also chairman of Well Made Clothes, an online publishing and retail company.

For many years James has presented a weekly segment on News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland at the ABC. He appears as a regular guest on a number of radio stations including ABC 774 in Victoria with Raf Epstein. He also co-presents a weekly podcast The Money Cafe with Alan Kohler.

James Kirby has written a range of Australian business books including biographies of the late Richard Pratt and Harvey Norman's Gerry Harvey. He has also written the Australian edition of Investment for Dummies along with My Mother's Diamonds, a television documentary on the holocaust assets affair.

James as a keynote speaker

James's presentations are designed to connect with every audience member whether an investor, a manager, a salary earner, a retiree or simply an interested observer. His mission is to make the world of business, economics and investment accessible to every attendee.

Moreover, James ensures that his presentations are not academic rather they are designed to offer take-aways, solutions, ideas and answers to audience members.

James Kirby speaks about:

James will tailor talks for each client with reference to their industry sector in areas such as:

  • The outlook for the Australian and global economies
  • The outlook for the Australian financial services sector
  • What economic development opportunities there are in Australia
  • The sustainability of the Australian housing market
  • Optimising opportunities in superannuation and SMSF's

James as an MC and facilitator

James is an in-demand financial commentator with wide experience as an MC and conference facilitator. His warm and engaging 'Irish style' has endeared him to audiences all over Australia. He offers a splendid grasp of wider economic issues blended with an intensely practical and newsworthy approach that enlivens any gathering.

Client testimonials

I would rate James Kirby as one of the greatest speakers we have had for our event, which focused on Major Projects and Investment into the state. I’ve had the pleasure to work with James on two occasions, with approximately seven years between both speaking engagements, and would highly recommend him as a speaker. The feedback we received from those that attended said that James was the highlight of event, and would be happy to hear from him again at future events. James is passionate speaker who delivered a concise and easy to understand presentation for all level of understanding.

Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy

James has a great talent for isolating and explaining the key issues that are concerning his audience at any time.

Robert Gottliebsen

James Kirby’s presentation on the Australian economy, international outlook and regional implications was pertinent and of keen interest to our 100-strong audience which came from very diverse backgrounds. His informal style and ready capacity to quickly integrate local themes and information into the broader talk was greatly appreciated. A recommended speaker!

Department of Employment

James is always professional and has excellent presentation skills being able to both read from a script or ad lib. He is an engaging, witty and intelligent presenter.

The Walkley Foundation

Very good speaker and presenter. Appreciated his openness to make most of the day and conduct interviews with non-for-profit community media groups.

Developing East Arnhem Limited