Fenella Kernebone appointed head of curation for TEDxSydney

Radio and television presenter Fenella Kernebone has been appointed head of curation for TEDxSydney.

The announcement:

Fenella Kernebone Appointed Head of Curation for TEDxSydney

– Noted media presenter and producer to oversee the development of next generation programming mix for iconic TEDx event –

Sydney – Friday 24 June 2016: TEDxSydney is excited to announce the appointment of Fenella Kernebone as Head of Curation for the annual ideas event.

Fenella will oversee all aspects of curation for TEDxSydney, leading the next phase of programming for what has become one of the largest TEDx events in the world.

TEDxSydney is primarily, but not only, about the speakers and their talks. There are also programmes relating to performance, film and food; and the Head of Curation oversees all four of these curatorial pillars.

In the role, Fenella will lead and manage a curatorial team of over 20 voluntary curators and producers; all committed to the pursuance of TEDxSydney’s mission to spread great homegrown ideas, while engaging and delighting the not-for-profit’s rapidly growing member community; to inspire and be inspired.

Fenella is a noted television and radio presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer and has enjoyed a distinguished career working across arts, film, music, design and culture. Her hosting roles have included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS. In 2015, Fenella presented a five part series for ABC online entitled Design Shots, which focused on Australian designers.

TEDxSydney Founder & Licensee Remo Giuffré said: “We’re really thrilled to have Fenella join us as Head of Curation. She has been involved with TEDxSydney since 2014 as our livestream host on event day, and has always been a delight to work with. Fenella’s collaborative approach and knowledge of the design world are enormous assets for us and we’re excited to see how she shapes not only the main stage, but all pillars of the TEDxSydney experience.”

Fenella takes over from Edwina Throsby, Head of Curation for the past three years. On Edwina’s watch (and Janne Ryan’s before her) TEDxSydney has grown in size by a factor of 10, establishing itself as Australia’s leading platform for the propagation of ideas, creativity and innovation to the rest of the world.

“We loved working with Edwina and TEDxSydney benefited greatly from her fierce intelligence, impeccable editorial judgement and consistent good humour,” continued Remo. “Over her three year tenure, content from Edwina’s editorial team set a number of new high-water marks for TEDxSydney. She will be a tough act to follow, but we have every confidence that Fenella is the perfect fit for the job.”

Newly appointed Head of Curation Fenella Kernebone added: “I am delighted to be joining the talented curatorial team to help shape the next phase of TEDxSydney, one of Australia’s most thought-provoking and inspiring events. Australia has a wealth of innovative thinkers and speakers and I am looking forward to collaborating with the team, to bring that diverse range of people together to speak with an equally diverse, creative and smart audience. It is also a great honour to be following in the footsteps of the brilliant Edwina Throsby and Janne Ryan.”

TEDxSydney 2016 was the biggest and most feted TEDxSydney yet. Here are some key statistics:

  • 2,500 Concert Hall attendees

  • 2,400 attendees at the simultaneous TEDxYouth@Sydney in Joan Sutherland Theatre

  • 23,000 attendees at 287 Satellite Events across Australia and the world (147% growth since 2015)

  • 116,000 viewers of the TEDxSydney Live Stream

  • 85,000,000+ views of TEDxSydney content online to date

  • 124 Organising Team Members in 2016

  • 119 additional Event Day Volunteers

  • 1,000+ stage door passes issued to people working at the venue on the day to deliver the event

  • 13,500 meals served on event day prepared by 34 Chefs

  • 7,500 coffees served!

The talks from TEDxSydney 2016 are now available for viewing on our website HERE.

You can also visit TEDxSydney.com to discover more about our organisation and event.



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