- Australian of the Year 2020.
- University of Adelaide’s Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019.
- Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National winner, Social Category), 2015.
- Order of Australia, 2012.
- Founder and chairman, Sight For All, 2008.
- Restoring sight, alleviating poverty, saving lives - TEDx Adelaide, November 2015.
- Building resilience - A personal and global journey
- Facing transitions - How to cope with change
- Harnessing your passion to change the world
We asked James to inspire our groups with a presentation and discussion on social entrepreneurship. Although all of our members come from a business background, the topic was relevant and engaging. James spent the afternoon with our members and provided a forum for people to think outside of their own business and how they can make an impact within and outside of their own communities, whether they be business or personal. James is an experienced and engaging speaker and importantly provides a message that is needed across society as a whole. Inspiration is one thing but to provide a message that motivates is so much better. I would recommend James to anybody seeking these aspects in a speaker and The Executive Roundtable members certainly appreciated everything James had to say.
Executive Roundtable forum 2019
James is a true inspiration that oozes passion and dedication, which can be seen in everything that he does. The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters had the pleasure of working with James Muecke AM to launch the inaugural Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship event in the world in October 2019. James is personable, pro-active and was a delight to work with through every stage of the event. James’ ability to deliver an engaging, funny and inspiring talk was second to none and showed that if you have a passion for something, you truly can, change the world. As a speaker, James earns the Council’s highest recommendation.
Raising The Bar Entrepreneurship 2019
Dr James Muecke provided an insightful guest speaker presentation that was specifically tailored to our conference theme and aligned with our group messaging. The presentation focussing on using your passion and social entrepreneurship to create change was thought provoking and encouraging. The presentation was relevant and interesting for all delegates and we look forward to welcoming James back in the future.
Nova Group Conference 2019
James was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Social Capital Conference, a peak event for the social innovation and entrepreneurship community. His address held the audience spellbound - and received a steady flow of praise for quite some time after the event. James has the rare ability to seamlessly present both a strong rational case for change, and to humanise it. His combination of deep professional insight and personal stories is powerful. Certainly, the tremendous and selfless work he, and the Sight for All team, are doing is a story that many more people must hear.
Co-Founder & Chair
I organised and was the MC of the Social Capital Conference in Adelaide in July 2017, one of the key events of Entrepreneurs Week, attracting some 250 attendees. James Muecke was one of our keynote presenters. I was fortunate to witness him from the stage and I could see how his powerful story resonated with our audience. In the breaks and also in days following the conference, I spoke with numerous people who spoke of how James's talk and the excellent presentation media had a powerful impact, with many noting it was the conference's stand-out keynote.
James Muecke is a captivating speaker. His superb storytelling, global perspective and passion for his field is a powerful combination. He engages easily with his audience, as demonstrated by his recent presentation to the Celebrating 50 Years of ASEAN Business Forum in Adelaide. He would be a valuable contribution to any event seeking an intelligent and thought-provoking edge.
Former national broadcaster, public speaking and presentation coach, MC for Celebrating 50 Years of ASEAN Business Forum 2017
The 2017 Australian Medical Students’ Association’s Global Health Conference attracted over 750 medical students from around Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific region. In full attendance, the delegates were delighted to welcome Dr James Muecke AM who spoke of his experience working outside Australia with his not-for-profit organisation, Sight For All. He provided practical advice and examples about the challenges and rewards of running a non-governmental health organisation, as well as inspiring stories of the positive impact that a few committed and enthusiastic individuals can achieve. Delegates were captivated by his engaging style of presentation, with images from his work overseas accompanied by anecdotes as well as key information about the population and diseases concerned. Afterwards, many delegates expressed their enjoyment of Dr Muecke’s engaging session. It provided a rare insight into the daily activities of a medical NGO, and demonstrated that a doctor does not need to be a public health physician to make a tangible impact on global health issues. I can wholeheartedly recommend Dr Muecke as a motivating, engaging and informative speaker.
AMSA Global Health Conference 2017
Dr James Muecke delivered the Hollows Lecture at the RANZCO Congress in 2016. As the invited speaker for this prestigious lecture, he gave a thoughtful presentation of his journey in ophthalmology which has led to the growth and success of Sight For All as an international development agency. It was a great example of the positive impact that eye surgery can have on not only those receiving, but those giving.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
I have heard James speak to audiences of 200+ on numerous occasions and in various formats about the aid work he feels very passionately about. That passion comes through in the engaging way he talks, which can take people on the emotional journey he has been on with his work, and is both inspiring and motivating. Personally, I have walked away each time feeling inspired myself.
Agency for Clinical Innovation: Ophthalmology Network Governing Body
University of Sydney
I have known Dr James Muecke for more than a decade and have listened to him speak on various topics at different forums. He is a very powerful speaker, well-articulated, and his talks have significant messages that he delivers very clearly. His presentations are well-constructed and illustrated and he is able to capture the attention of his audience.
Faculty of Medicine & Discipline of Ophthalmology
University of Tasmania & Sydney
On 16 September 2017, I heard James give the keynote address at a fundraising dinner for 300 people at the Ivy in Sydney for the organisation that he Chairs, Sight for All. James is an excellent speaker, very engaging with the audience and clearly very passionate about the work that he and his organisation undertakes. His subject matter is at times confronting but he able to share his experiences and his obvious expertise in a way that audience members can understand and relate to. He is completely at ease and fields questions directly and confidently.
Managing Director & CEO
Grant Samuel Group