In the wise words of Taiye Selasi (TEDGlobal 2014), "Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local".
Team UC is local across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US.
About the team
Uncommon Conferences was brought to life in early 2019 by a couple of passionate, globe-trotting professionals from the conference and meetings world. We’ve staged every conceivable conference and event format, from small workshops through to large scale events (LSEs), and worked on both the agency and client sides.
We're made up of a dedicated team of multi-skilled events professionals around the world ready to design & deliver your next inspiring conference. What sets us apart from other agencies, and makes us uncommon, is our trusted global board of advisers. These folks (with over 70 years' combined professional experience) represent our values, provide us with different perspectives on events and ensure we deliver what we promise.
We’ve been responsible for every aspect of what it takes to put on a conference, from the research to budget setting to sales & marketing to delivery to post-event evaluation.
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.
We're a global team but with deep local knowledge in several parts of the world. If you're ready to put on a conference, it's very likely we've done it there before. You're in good hands.
Marcus Magee is an events aficionado, consultant and business leader with over 20 years' experience. Active in the 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 Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and Middle East regions.
Originally from Australia, Marcus has lived in Singapore, UK, China and Hong Kong over the past 20 years, 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. Together with his trusted board of advisers, who represent the values of Uncommon Conferences, he is passionate about working with like-minded clients to leave the events world a better, more meaningful place.
B Sc (NRM), B Com, MEnvLaw, GradDipPsych
Melissa Lamb has a career spanning 15 years as a principal advisor to government and private industry on environmental management and organisational design. Melissa advises in matters involving law, policy and risk mitigation. Melissa is renowned in her field and presents internationally and across Australia.
Melissa appreciates the value of staying current and relevant in a continually changing economic market. To stay current Melissa has acquired formal qualifications in science, commerce and law and is currently completing a degree in psychology.
Melissa brings to Uncommon Conferences a great wealth of knowledge in effective communication and community engagement having worked on large scale development and infrastructure projects.
B Com, LLB
Adam Lyle is a trusted growth leader and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in change management in Asia, and 20 years of progressive experience in finance, channel management, and strategic planning across various industries in Australia. He has worked with major global brands such as Unilever, Philips, Holcim, HSBC, Bloomberg and Merrill Lynch.
Adam is a firm believer in harnessing the power of culture and technological innovation for stronger and more sustainable business growth.
This passion has led to involvement with several ventures advocating sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation, including Uncommon Conferences.
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache.
He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world. In 1997, he founded Public Words Inc, a communications consulting company.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide.
He brings this approach to Uncommon Conferences and is a big believer in better, more meaningful business events.
Chef. Restaurateur. Entrepreneur.
“I believe in vivid food and experiences that take people on a culinary journey.”
Tomi Björck is the consummate restaurateur and celebrity chef with 11 restaurants in Finland, Sweden and Australia, 17 television series, five cookbooks, and a resumé spanning some of the finest restaurants in Spain, London, Helsinki, Stockholm and Sydney.
While Tomi’s roots are firmly planted in fine dining, creating unique food and dining culture is his passion. He travels the world in search of new tastes, new ingredients and exciting experiences. With a focus on social eating and local produce, each of his 11 restaurants is completely different.
Tomi’s passion for culinary experiences will be a huge asset to the unique participant journeys designed and delivered by Uncommon Conferences.