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“Redenbach is self-effacing as he teases out the fibre of human integrity.” The Courier Mail

ON SATURDAY 13 JULY, Rob Redenbach will perform Conversations with Mandela at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. The show builds on Rob’s time in South Africa working with President Mandela and his bodyguard team, but there’s more to the story than that – and if you enjoy a good laugh, you’ll love Conversations with Mandela. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Drawing from experiences that range from surviving a road-side ambush in Baghdad to performing stand up comedy at the world’s largest arts festival in Scotland, Rob helps leaders and teams to thrive in challenging situations.

A graduate of Bond University’s Centre for Dispute Resolution, Rob has a Master of Arts (with Distinction) from Charles Sturt University and has completed Executive Education at Harvard.

A former member of the Australian Defence Force, his post-military experiences include managing a security company in Papua New Guinea, working with Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard team in South Africa and providing close personal protection to aid workers in Iraq. Since then Rob has helped business leaders in 23 countries gain a tactical edge in any situation that requires tenacity and will power.

Rob’s keynotes and workshops provide powerful insights into adaptability, collaboration and resilience.

A master storyteller, his novella, The Promise, was described by by award winning journalist Melissa Doyle as “… such an important story. Beautifully written, it brings history to life.”

Leadership Without Rank (1-4 hours)
Rob Redenbach’s Leadership Without Rank equips existing and emerging leaders with practical tools for improving performance in business and everyday life.
Interactive, challenging and fun, Leadership Without Rank casts fresh light on: 
  • Adaptability
  • Behavioural Change
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Resilience & Confidence 

Boost Juice, Commonwealth Bank, Fuji Xerox, LG Electronics, Toyota and Unilever are some of the groups that have benefited from this proven method of personal and professional development.

Conversations With Mandela

With hundreds of shows to choose from at the world’s largest arts festival at the Edinburgh Fringe 2023, the Edinburgh Evening News compiled a list of the Top 10 acts worth catching at the Fringe – Rob Redenbach’s Conversations With Mandela was positioned at #4. With a masterful mix of humour and storytelling, Redenbach recounts his journey from Australian nightclub security to working in South Africa with the bodyguard team of Nelson Mandela. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as Conversations With Mandela provides unforgettable insights into one of the 20th century’s most celebrated leaders.

For more details on how Rob can tailor a live presentation that best suits your particular needs and time frame, contact your preferred speakers bureau or email

"You could have heard a pin drop. Great message, entertaining, real."
"Feedback has been fantastic . . . I will be in touch to discuss what I can do later with the Managers."
"Excellent delivery. Excellent examples. Excellent engagement."
"Rob’s address was clearly the highlight of our business program . . . an outstanding presentation."
"Rob’s message of courage and relentless curiosity aligned perfectly with our values of initiative and helping others to be successful."
"Rob’s insights will surely have a lasting impact on how we motivate and lead our teams on a daily basis."
"Each session stimulated thinking and discussion among our global leadership team."
"A powerful presentation that every business owner could identify with."
Fuji Xerox
Everyone could relate to the message and take away learnings.
"An excellent, practical no-hype speaker."
"Due to overwhelming positive feedback, we continue to recommend Rob to clients who are looking for a different style of leadership speaker."
"Not only did the audience come away with some fantastic tools, but the presentation enabled our conference to end with a real buzz."
Commonwealth Bank Australia
"Well received and much appreciated."
"Rob's message delivered great focus on the importance of thinking differently and working smarter."
LG Electronics
"Very thought provoking. The analogies used were particularly timely."
Seven Network Australia
"On an agenda filled with the best of the best from around the world, Rob provided a unique and compelling session."
"Our partners loved Rob's insight . . . direct, surprising, informative, entertaining and relevant were some of the words used to describe his presentation."
"Rob provided a great presentation to our group and really nailed the key messaging that he was briefed on."
"Key messages succinctly delivered and catered well to an audience of international participants."
"Relevant, compelling and drove home the real work that needs to be done."
Queensland Rail