Gemma Acton has worked across broadcast media, business and finance for more than two decades, covering market-moving stories and meeting the people behind the headlines – at home in Australia and across the world.
Gemma is currently the Network Finance Editor at 7 News – the most-watched news service in Australia – where she presents the latest financial and business news to audiences across the entire country.
Prior to this, she hosted broadcast programmes at CNBC International in London and also worked as an on-air correspondent pursuing stories across Europe for the network.
Gemma regularly joins radio shows and podcasts – as well as private and corporate functions and charity events as an MC, moderator, panelist or guest speaker.
Returning to Australia in late 2017 was a lovely homecoming after she spent 18 years abroad living, working and studying in cities including London, New York, Dubai, Milan & Paris.
In addition to broadcasting, during this time abroad, she worked in investment banking and wealth management at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and PIMCO.
Gemma also gained an MBA/MA from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BA from University College London and the highly prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. She recently also attained her Company Directors Course qualification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gemma’s day job involves interviewing chief executives, company founders, fund managers and industry experts – as well as everyday Australians – to understand how changes in our economy and society affect all of us.
To relax, she swims everyday and has a particular love of skiing, tennis and running. She likes to read Italian and French – and do battle with cryptic crosswords – to keep her brain ticking along!
Gemma was a delight to work with from start to finish. She was very engaged in the preparation and tailored her presentation exactly to our brief. She is an exceptional talent to work with and very articulate and polished in her delivery. She skilfully translates complex financial concepts for a non-financial audience and we were thrilled with her presentation. We will absolutely work with Gemma again.– Sarah Gundlach, Senior Consultant, Character + Distinction
Telum hosted a breakfast event for 200 of our clients, with Gemma as our key talent. The insights she was able to provide into the media, finance and business worlds were extremely valuable to all there. Her engaging manner, her openness and honesty kept the entire audience engaged. Feedback from guests was unanimously positive, with everyone being grateful to Gemma for the way she was able to take quite complex matters and distill them into easy-to-understand and actionable insights. Working with Gemma is an absolute pleasure.– David Skapinker, Head of ANZ, Telum Media
Gemma was the moderator at our last Bulletin Group event held at the Tesla Flagship store in Martin Place. The panel consisted of some of Australia’s leading venture capital investors. We cannot thank Gemma enough for her contribution to the night. She was prepared, articulate, amusing and engaging with our panel which set up a fantastic night!– Andrew McKillop, Credit Suisse Private Banking
Gemma Acton was a dynamic moderator in our lively “Is Corporate Responsibility Just A PR Tool?” debate. Gemma navigated both sides of the debate with expertise, demonstrating her
ability to tease out complex ideas and ask questions with both balance and insight. Gemma’s extensive knowledge of the finance sector, and ability to think on her feet, were key in bringing together the disparate sides of this discussion, ensuring all sides of the debate felt heard. Gemma’s skills as a moderator were essential in bringing this very successful debate together.
Gemma was an outstanding host for our panel discussion on “Will technology break the bank?”. Gemma was knowledgable, energetic and engaging – and skillfully helped our panelists to keep the audience interested and entertained from start to finish.– Ryan Larnach, Head of Corporate Reputation, Freuds
Gemma was a true highlight for our Finimize ‘Female Financial Dialogue’ panel, discussing the topic ‘Taking the leap into investing’. Gemma’s extensive professional expertise and personal experience successfully executing an ambitious investment portfolio meant her contributions to panel discussion were extraordinarily valuable. Attendees remarked to us in feedback about how enjoyable it was to listen to Gemma’s digestible and actionable contributions. She tailored her engagement to the audience perfectly, energising the room with her motivation and infectious personality. Gemma was a delight to work with and we would be thrilled to include Gemma in any future events we organise.– Steph D'Souza, Head of Communications | RateSetter Australia
We had the pleasure of having Gemma Acton join us at CEBIT Australia 2019 as the moderator on a panel, ‘Ethical & functional AI – A discussion about the ethical use of AI in Australia’. The topic requires a great deal of expertise with a knowledgeable moderator. While Gemma does not normally work in AI, she arrived well prepared and well researched, with an excellent grasp of the overarching themes and questions to cover. She very ably guided the discussion, creating– Lauren Greschner, Program Manager – CEBIT Australia
Gemma hosted the Keynote Panel at the Event Summit in 2020 and was pure class. She researched her subject thoroughly, putting in the time and effort to understand the at-times
complex issues and then communicating them in plain English without dumbing down. Gemma hosted the summit like a consummate professional, keeping the sessions informative, revealing and entertaining, allowing time for each speaker while keeping the pace up. She is a pleasure to work with and I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Thanks Gemma, we just loved having you as our MC today leading us through the programme. Very appreciative!– Tracey Martin, CEO, AusAgritech
I cannot say enough about how great Gemma was to work with. She is deeply researched on the topic and the person she interviews, completely understood the audience and knew exactly what it takes to drive an engaging fire side chat. Due to her extensive experience she gave us useful teachings and tips throughout the whole process.
Gemma is a strong interviewer. She asks challenging, robust questions but in a way that not only gets the best out of the speaker on stage it makes them feel great after the interview too. In fact she made our speaker feel so at ease that he opened up to the audience and spoke about some tough personal challenges that made wonderful learnings for the whole audience and was the best part of the session.
Gemma – Thank you very much for creating an enlightening and stimulating discussion. I can’t wait to work with you again.– Antonia Sanda, Head of Communications, Facebook Australia and New Zealand