Juliana Carvalho MC/Entertainer Profile


Speaker, MC, After Dinner Speaker

International best seller, inspirational speaker and award-winning advocate Juliana Carvalho has triumphed over adversity, turning heads and changing minds along the way.

After becoming a paraplegic at 19, Juliana began her journey as a spokeswoman for the inclusion movement, championing her way from South America to the South Pacific in virtually every facet of entertainment.

Carvalho doesn’t let anything hold her back. She has succeeded locally and internationally, creating and directing TV show Make A Difference, short film If The Eyes Cannot See, The Legs Cannot Feel, as well as winning the award for Best True Story in Marie Claire Magazine and making her autobiography In my chair or yours? to Amazon’s Top #100 Hot New Release list.

A seasoned story-teller, the author and consultant garnered major attention with her recent Keynote Speech ‘How To Become A Rhino’, a powerful and personal anecdotal exploration of the human capacity to build resilience, overcome obstacles and embrace life.

And she’s not all talk either. Leading one campaign after another, she’s currently tackling ableism within Kiwi immigration policies and advocating for the introduction of a strong accessibility legislation in NZ Parliament. Carvalho is seriously inspiring.






Tauranga , New Zealand

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After Dinner Speaker, Compere/MC, Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Storytelling


Author, Comedy, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Public Speaking

Speaking Topics

Crisis means opportunity, Dating life in a wheelchair, Disability Rights is Human Right, how to adapt to change, How to build resilience

Event Highlights

2021Making New Zealand Accessible - A Design for Effective Accessibility Legislation
2021Storyo - Dating Life in a Wheelchair
2020Drake NZ - How to Become a Rhino

Testimonials (4)

Drake International

Juliana's speech was inspiring and uplifting. True to the topic she was speaking on. I came back after feeling that whatever throws at you in life with the right attitude and willpower you can achieve.

Vicky Bolmatis | Client Relationship Manager

Drake International