Charles Kovess graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 1973, and gained his Master of Laws from Monash University in 1980. After six years of practice, he established his own law firm which subsequently merged with Barker Gosling, a national law firm. Charles was Head of the Commercial Law Department.
Charles has been a director of both public and private companies which has given him business experience in fields as diverse as hotels and motels, tourism facilities, restaurants, oil, gas and gold exploration, manufacturing, primary production exports, media, both print and video, and timber milling. He has also advised a number of Australian organisations on international expansion opportunities in Hungary and Central Europe.
After practising law successfully for 20 years, Charles left the law in June 1993 to pursue his passion for increasing passion! He believes that bringing out the unique and extraordinary capacities of individuals, by accessing and harnessing their passion, is the fundamental key to business success in these changing and challenging times.
Charles graduated from the Business School for Entrepreneurs in Hawaii, and completed the ELI Super Teaching Course in August 1993. This Course reinforced the accelerated learning methodologies which Charles uses in his key note presentations and training programs.
Charles is a successful businessman, team leader, and public speaker. He uses these extensive and complementary skills in a dynamic and passionate way to facilitate powerful learnings. He is a charismatic, high-energy speaker and facilitator, who inspires through his passion for life, and builds teams based on integrity, trust, and commitment.
Clients include Sanitarium; BMW Finance; Telstra Business Systems; Clements, Dunne & Bell; Leonard Joel; City of Greater Dandenong; ANZ Banking Group; Tourism Victoria; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; National Australia Bank; Optus; Essendon Football Club; Brisbane Lions Football Club; Telstra; AXA; Australian Federal Police; Tower Life Group; Victorian Government's Department of Treasury & Finance, Australia Post, Real Estate Institute of Victoria.
Among a lifetime of voluntary positions in which Charles has made significant contributions, he is President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce (his 14th year), Past National President of the National Speakers' Association of Australia, a trustee of Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), a former committee member of the University Melbourne Arthritis Centre Fundraising Appeal, a former Board Member of Save the Children Victoria and former Chairman of the EC Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Vic.) Inc.
Charles is not only passionate about business: he loves sport! He has recently completed his 22nd consecutive season of triathlons, he has completed the Ironman Triathlon, he has run 8 marathons, and he is an internationally qualified water polo referee.