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here to create change, and help others do the same

together, let's disrupt the very thinking around why conferences are held!

Our co-founders have a combined 30+ years'​ experience in the world of business conferences, meetings and gatherings - from every angle.


Our main takeaway from those years is that...

We need to turn the thinking behind an old and dusty conference culture upside down by developing outcome-driven uncommon platforms built around the know-how of all participants.

Gone are the days when expertise lies in the hands of a few and networking means stale muffins and watered-down beer at ‘happy hour’.

With our first-hand experience in effective community building, we offer our clients the opportunity to lead change and create truly remarkable initiatives that will drive any community or industry towards a better future.

Uncommon Conferences (or UC) was brought to life in early 2019 by a couple of passionate, globe-trotting professionals (when we could still travel) from the conference and meetings world.

​We're made up of a dedicated team of multi-skilled events professionals around the world ready to design & deliver your next inspiring uncommon platform, be it in-person or virtual. We also offer consulting, training and facilitation services depending on your unique needs.

​We've always challenged the status quo and want to make an impact with our work. In a nutshell, we want to leave the (events) world a better place.

who's behind UC

Marcus Magee

Marcus Magee

Director &

Head of Uncommon Platforms  


Marcus Magee is a strategic consultant and business leader with over 20 years' international experience. Active in the business conferences, training and education sectors, Marcus' focus is on helping businesses grow, and inspiring their communities.

A high-impact change agent, Marcus has worked with numerous organisations to improve their performance and profits including 15+ years in senior management positions spanning a number of sectors across the Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and Middle East regions.


Originally from Australia, Marcus has lived and worked in Singapore, UK and China, making him a true global citizen with cross-cultural and multi-sector expertise in conferences and events.


Through these years, Marcus found a gap in the world of business conferences, and is passionate about developing better, more meaningful, platforms for UC's clients to drive change. 


Marcus enjoys putting on a feast for his friends, tasting the different coffees of the world and soaking up the sun. 

Banu Kannu

Banu Kannu


Director &

Chief Experience Officer


Banu Kannu is a self-confessed content and connection junkie with over 15 years' international experience across various industries. She creates & curates a wide range of content and experiences that connect people, meaningfully and joyfully.


In her most recent role at a Finnish industrial corporation, Banu was part of a small team that introduced a completely new unconference concept, Gas Fest, which continues to be a driving force for change in the marine and energy industries.


Banu is passionate about empowering UC’s clients to stage similar results-driven gatherings that drive true change. She is also a professional moderator and facilitator (in English and Mandarin) at high-level meetings and conferences around the world. 


Originally from Singapore, Banu has lived and worked in Australia and China (13 years in Shanghai) with extended time in London, New York and Hong Kong while completing an Executive MBA. She now calls Perth home.


Banu enjoys time at the beach, trying out adventurous recipes and being a passionate West Coast Eagles supporter. Current favourite cities are Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Munich.


who we've worked with

Gas Fest Facilitated Discussion
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On the Maritime Zero Pathway

Our contribution:
End-to-end project management of the event including programme design & delivery, speakers, vendors, brand and experience.  


Event to take place Jun 2022


INSEAD & International Business Schools Alumni Perth

Our contribution:

End-to-end project management of the event including programme design & delivery, experience, facilitation, and vendors.


"Our cohort of highly successful business executives enjoy collaborative experiences where they are challenged to think differently and engage meaningfully, and the uncommon conferences' offering was a great fit"

London Business School Worldwide Alumni Celebration
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Celebrate a Global Meeting of Minds

Our contribution:
End-to-end project management of the event including programme design & delivery, facilitation, vendors, brand and experience.  

“It’s been wonderful working with UC – they understand every detail about a conference or gathering and what makes it truly memorable“

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Co-located with Pacific 2019

Our contribution:
Advisory on the 2 day programme design, including the theme, journey and networking 

“The contribution you made positively impacted on the way the conference was delivered. I have received excellent feedback on the conference as a whole and we consider the event a great success”

Maritime Industry of Australia Modern Maritime Conference


Something greater than normal, better than the usual. Something with more meaning than average; that adds life and character