2015 Speaker

Chris Rhyss Edwards

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Chris Rhyss Edwards is a former soldier turned digital media professional and writer. After spending a decade in uniform in the Australian Army he has spent the past fifteen years in digital media working for NewsCorp, Sensis, Clemenger BBDO and DMG. He has studied Entrepreneurship & Innovation through the University of Adelaide, holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology, is a regular contributor to the Interactive Advertising Bureau blog and is currently the Program Director for the ad:tech and iMedia conferences in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2010, Chris undertook a yearlong sabbatical from corporate life to commence a research project designed to answer a REALLY BIG QUESTION: do we ever have a good reason to kill? Over a five year timespan he researched and interviewed people on controversial topics including euthanasia, abortion, child soldiers, infanticide, state execution, terrorism and honour killings, before writing Good Reasons to Kill, the first book of its kind that shares the stories of twenty people who have been forced by choice or circumstance to confront the biggest morality dilemma possible.