Daniel ‘Fuzz’ Walker

Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Afterburner

Daniel “Fuzz” Walker is a decorated former United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Mission Commander turned keynote speaker and lead consultant with Afterburner. With over 1,300 combined training and combat missions, Daniel brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and tenacity to every engagement.

Walker spent his Air Force career as a fighter pilot, piloting the T-6, T-38, F-16, and F-22. During the course of his service, he has led various units, including the Alaskan Northern Aerospace Defense Region’s F-22 Combat Alert Cell. He is also one of six winners of the 2020 United States Air Force Academy’s Young Alumni Excellence Award.

Having spent the last 15 years as a fighter pilot, Daniel honed the Flawless Execution methodology, utilising it to lead large teams in combat and train new airmen. His ability to adapt and excel in rapidly changing, challenging environments has translated seamlessly to his work with top-tier organizations like Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Brookfield; helping them develop and accelerate their leadership and followership programs.

A graduate of the prestigious United States Air Force Academy, which only accepts the top 10% of applicants, Daniel also specialises in political science and military strategy.

In attending Harvard Law School, Daniel focuses on civil rights, international trade and dispute resolution, international taxation, investment funds, emerging technologies, and intellectual property. His achievements as an African American fighter pilot, overcoming discrimination and racial bias, speak to his determination and resilience. As a motivational speaker, Daniel has shared his story on platforms such as 60 Minutes and inspired countless audiences around the globe.

Now a permanent resident of Australia, Daniel is eager to share his insights and personal stories with organisations across APAC. His passion for operational excellence, diversity, safety, and human performance will inspire your organisation to reach for new heights.

With a remarkable background in academia, athletics, and warfighting combined with his ongoing pursuit of legal expertise, Daniel’s engaging presence will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.

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Learn how to be the number one talent in your industry in 2024!



Event management is one of the five most stressful professions in the world, and after the last few years of getting by, bouncing back and sometimes ‘barely managing’, it’s time to thrive, not just survive! Join this interactive workshop and learn how to be the best you can possibly be in 2024.

If you work in events, you love endlessly spinning plates and deadlines – but does it have to mean constantly high blood pressure? The best events are those that seamlessly glide along like a swan on a lake with barely a ripple to announce their arrival. Learn how to be that swan – calm, graceful and delivering a thing of beauty and amazement wherever you go – without losing your S#%T! Pro-tip – it has a lot to do with stress management!


Key Takeaways

1. Gain a deeper understanding of the good type of stress and how you and others deal with stressful situations
2. Learn how a fighter pilot thrives in extreme environments – and constantly improves results
3. Walk away with clear actions, a strategy and tool kit to become your best in 2024


Target Audience

Event industry professionals wanting to grow, learn and excel, overcome negative stress, and reach their best in 2024.

AIME 2024 Speakers

Knowledge Program and Ideas Academy Speakers Announced

Mark Cooper


Katy Aldrich

General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, SongDivision

Julz Partington

Creative Director, Encore Event Technologies APAC

Lisa Kelliher

Head of People & Culture, Be Challenged

Ron Anderson

Creative Experience Officer, Unicorn Group and REALM Australia

Kate Atkinson

Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pacific and Indonesia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sarah Morse

Director, Unchained Solutions

George Hawwa

Founder and Growth Director, Attention Experts

Rebecca Grace

General Manager, Centre for Inclusive Design

Lisa Ronson

Chief Marketing Officer, Coles Group

Thomas Staunton

CEO, SoldOut Events

Kai Hattendorf

CEO, UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

Stephen Koukoulas

Managing Director, Market Economics Pty Ltd

Simon Cooper

Managing Director, Interpoint Events

Virginia Loyola

Senior Manager, Global Sales, Arinex Group

Nicole Tingey

Director, Clockwise Consulting

Bruce Keebaugh

Co-Founder, The Big Group

Seb Terry

Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Sebastian Terry

El Kwang

Founder + Chief Engager, BEAMexperience

Ian Curley

Director of Kitchen Operations Australia, Ovolo Hotels

Diane Demetre

Motivational Leadership & Mindset Speaker, Diane Demetre

Peter Haycroft

Head Chef, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Katerina Grant

Director, Kat&Co

Mike Williams

Senior Partner & Senior Consultant, GainingEdge

Samantha Ferrier

Sustainability Manager, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Tanya Wick

Senior Leader, Totem Connections

Melissa Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Business Events Association

Chris Sheldon

Managing Director, Curtis Stone Events

Deanna Varga

CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global

Megan Van Den Berg

Co Owner, https://kinyalerrk.com.au/

Alana Bicknell

Director of Sales and Planning, New Zealand International Convention Center

Michelle Sargent

Director, CWT Meetings & Events

Melissa Murphy

Head of Conference Operations, Arinex

Veemal Gungadin

CEO, Gevme

Charlotte Juniper

Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023, Adelaide Convention Center

Henri Turra

Managing Director, Radish Events

Bernard Stephens

General Manager, Harry the Hirer

Natalie Simmons

Founder & CEO, Barefoot Citizens Consulting

Fernando Barraza

Creative Director, Cirkus Bizurkus

Jill Midlovets

Kitchen Coordinator, OzHarvest

Lucy Meixner

Adelaide Convention Center, Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023

Lauren Hayward

Owner and Managing Director, Forum Group Events and Marketing

Lisa Meehan

Head of Delivery, Diversified Communications

John Burgess

Director of Strategy, Little Rocket

Nadav Kahn

Lead Wellbeing Facilitator, Vibrate Your Mind

Vanessa Green

CEO, Cliftons

Waikin Wong

Regional Director, ICCA Asia Pacific

Emma Bamblett

Artist and Co-owner, Kinya Lerrk


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