We have an outstanding selection of Keynote speakers joining us at the
2020 CRANAplus Conference in Canberra.

More speakers will be announced as planning proceeds!

Helen Zahos profile


Helen Zahos is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Helen has volunteered in Iraq in IDP Camps, in Nepal after the earthquake and Philippines after the Typhoon, as well as assisting during the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Greece. Helen grew up on Groote Eylandt, a remote Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. She completed her Nursing and Paramedic studies in Darwin, where she was working in the Emergency Department and was involved with the Royal Darwin Hospital Response to the Bali Bombings. Since then she has worked in Emergency Departments in Tertiary hospitals; in Remote Indigenous Communities; attended Disaster Responses both locally and internationally, and worked with Asylum seekers and Refugees. Helen is recognised internationally for her volunteer humanitarian work and has been nominated for multiple awards including: Australian of the year QLD 2016 and 2017; International Greek Women’s Awards 2017; and Finalist for volunteer of the year QLD 2019. Helen was awarded the Hellenic Australian Chamber Commerce and Industry award for Community Service in 2016. In March 2019 in New York, Helen attended the United Nations 63rd Commission on the status of women. There she spoke on a panel, at the CSW NGO Forum, on the ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs through the sustainable Development Goals’. In May 2019, Helen attended the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Global Platform, held in Geneva, and was invited to the UNSDG Health Summit to speak on non-communicable diseases, which was a side event at the World Health Assembly. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); A Member of the Australian College of Nursing (MACN); The Health and Disaster Management Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBW); President of the Australasian Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA) Gold Coast Chapter; A Trustee for NGO Kitrinos Healthcare (UK Branch), and Vice President for Business and Professional Women Brisbane Southside.