SPECIALIST COMMUNITY SPEAKER: Best known for his work as coach & mentor of Australia's Homeless World Cup soccer team he draws from 20 years experience working with vulnerable Australians.

Melboune, VIC, Australia

George Halkias…Humanitarian, community leader, coach, mentor, teacher..... inspirational and uplifting public speaker for all occasions!

Get into the spirit of the World Cup and Socceroos this year by enaging George for your next event.

It will not only be topical but meaningful and thoroughly entertaining.

He will inspire your audience with his positive and dynamic presentations that touch on some serious community issues but highlight in a fun way how SPORT can change lives and bring us all together!!

With post graduate qualifications in psychology, his experience includes managing a state-wide support service for victims of violent crime and training police graduates in the area of victim rights and support.

George is best known for the development of the Big Issue Street Soccer Program which uses soccer to engage and develop homeless and marginalized people.  In this role he has coached and coordinated Australian teams at 7 Homeless World Cup events: Edinburgh 2005, Cape Town 2006, Copenhagen 2007, Melbourne 2008, Milan 2009, Paris 2011 and Poznan in 2013.

He was instrumental in successfully bidding for and staging the 2008 Melbourne Homeless World Cup and his role included sourcing corporate sponsorship and acting as the public face of the event.

George’s experience with his team in Cape Town was profiled on the ABC’s Australian Story while his Melbourne campaign was documented by Channel 10.  He has made countless appearances on television and radio and is a brilliant media performer.

 Whilst still involved in the Street Soccer Program which has expanded across Australia, George also acts as a leadership coach, athlete mentor and works with prisoners with intellectual disabilities.

A unique speaker, George blends confidence, charisma and passion with insight and knowledge. His sincere and heart-felt presentations make sometimes serious topics stimulating, entertaining and uplifting.  His speeches have a huge impact on his audiences and have the power not only to educate but to inspire and motivate people to achieve their best and also contribute to society. His fun and interesting stories are drawn from his unique work experience and travels captivating those who are fortunate to listen to him.

George’s presentations have been adapted to different forums that have included business functions, corporate staff development sessions, sporting functions and fundraisers.

George also has vast experience as an MC and facilitator working on some large scale sporting, corporate and community events.

Recent Presentations

  • Mars Staff Community Leadership  Dinner
  • City of Bayside, Sporting Clubs and Associations Breakfast celebrating volunteerism
  • Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Awards Keynote address
  • Dandenong High School Leadership Camp
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, Careers
  • Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne - inspiring international community leaders from the Asian Pacific region
  • Melbourne Heart Playing group - informational session
  • Latrobe University Sports Journalism Students -  guest lecturer on sports for development

Special Corporate Presentations/Workshops

  • Perspective Workshops -  Staff development sessions looking at contemporary community and social issues
  • Sports and Community Values Workshops - George’s views on professional and community sport linking them to community development and community issues

Key themes and topics of presentations

  • Leadership and culture
  • Contemporary social issues and community development practices
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Overcoming adversity and achieving organisational and personal change
  • Personal growth and goal setting
  • The power of sport to build community
  • Motivation for change

Recent Event and Conference MCing

  • Gold Coast Suns Football Club
  • Melbourne Heart Football Club
  • Aged Care Conference, Department of Health
  • Big Issue Street Football Festival including match commentary
  • International Network of Street Papers Conference


Of all the staff training and team building workshops that we have facilitated at our company, the Perspective Workshop held by George Halkias was easily the most talked about and memorable event. This is really different! George captivated our people with his unique message and the impact it had on our team was incredible. The workshop resulted in increased morale, improved team interaction, greater energy and a general shift to a more empathic attitude within our organisation. Aside from the value gained personally, it also reflected well on our company image to our team. Thank you George! We will be having more of these workshops in the future for sure. Highly recommended! George Moraitis, Managing Director FUESCO

George was an absolute pleasure to work with.  I was very moved by the presentation so much so that I am still thinking about it!  I highly recommend George as a speaker and I personally look forward to working with him again in the future.  Gabriela Wilson. Event Coordinator CPA Australia

Dandenong High School was very honoured to receive a presentation by George . Very inspirational for our students.  The students were captivated with his stories . Carol Collins, Dandenong High School,

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