Dr Keith Suter AM
Global Futurist & Commentator
Dr Keith Suter is considered to be one of Australia’s most influential Global futurists and media commentators in national and foreign affairs. He has also held many strategic leadership roles. Dr Suter is an experienced, professional and awarded presenter renowned for explaining complex global and business issues in a way his audiences can digest and understand. He is in demand as an MC and conference facilitator. Keith’s tailored keynotes, workshops, facilitated sessions are entertaining, highly compelling and always captivating.
In 2019 Keith was proudly appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division), for significant service to international relations, and to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Dr Keith Suter has achieved three doctorates. The first of these was about the international law of guerrilla warfare (University of Sydney), and the second about the social and economic consequences of the arms race (Deakin University) and a third doctorate on scenario planning (Sydney University).
He has been appointed to many prestigious roles throughout his career, including Chairperson of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW), Director of Studies at the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank. After 25 years, Keith recently retired from the role of Chairperson of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross (NSW).
He has also been a member of the prestigious Club of Rome since 1993. The Club is “an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science, men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. The Club of Rome members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.” The club has only 100 members, with Mikhail Gorbachev amongst them.
Keith is a Life Member of the United Nations Association of Australia in recognition of his service. At various times from 1978 to 1999, he served as the national president of the organisation and took on the roles of the WA and NSW state president.
Keith was the President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (1991-1998) at the University of Sydney, and was a Consultant on Social Policy with the Wesley Mission’s for 17 years. In addition, he served as a consultant for a number of other organisations, with a focus on local and international issues.
He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He frequently appears on radio and television discussing politics and international affairs. He has been for many years the Foreign Affairs Editor on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program.
Amongst Keith’s many books are “All about Terrorism: Everything you were afraid to ask” and “Global Order and Global Disorder: Globalization and the Nation-State” and “50 Things You Want to Know About World Issues… But Were Too Afraid to Ask”
Dr Keith Suter Speaks About:
Dr Keith Suter has a number of key topic areas, however he always tailors his presentations in response to a client’s brief. His discussions are always very topical and audience-specific.
- Global Affairs
- National Affairs
- Not-for-profit organisational development
- Strategic Planning
- Corporate Governance
- The Environment
Highlights of the day included the very powerful and thought provoking keynote address by Dr Keith Suter. Keith Suter's presentation was superb, his views on the importance of global education in the schools’ curriculum were well received by all attendees and staff, we have had some fantastic feedback regarding his presentation.
-World Vision Australia
Excellent. Dr Suter spoke at the VACC President's Dinner for 40 minutes, but it only seemed like 20. His intellect and knowledge is awesome, but he presented some extremely complex and serious global matters in a language that all could understand. Not only was his presentation extremely interesting, but very entertaining. It was a pleasure working with Dr Suter.
Keith was an extremely easy presenter to work with and his great sense of humour and enthusiasm made it a pleasure in the planning stages. He utilised our briefing conversation well in developing his presentation to suit the sector and our audience. Our delegates found his presentation relevant and stimulating and feedback received has been extremely positive. As our opening address, he set the scene very well for our focus on strategic thinking for the future of local government and we were extremely happy with the linkages between his talk and other topics on the program.
-Municipal Association of Victoria
Keith was great. By the time he gave his presentation, he knew as much about our association as we do ourselves. His preparation was thorough, his content was relevant, and his presentation was insightful and inspiring. Our delegates felt that he was a great opening speaker.
-Careers Advisers Association of NSW
Dr Suter is an exceptional speaker with the presence to hold the interest of the audience from beginning to end.
-Property Council of SA
Keith gave us more than we could have asked for in inspiring forum participants, opening up eyes and minds to new ways of looking at things, and for the professionalism of completing the task at hand. Keith's presence helped draw in more participants than we have ever had before, and his dedication and skills helped made us shine.
-Department of State and Regional Development
Keith was extremely well received by all Conference delegates. His presentation on Global Politics, Trade, Technology and Tourism was highly informative and his views were well received by all.