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Dare to Disrupt: Mumbrella360

Welcome to Mumbrella360, where the most brilliant minds and daring innovators in the realm of media and marketing converge. It's the epicenter of inspiration, the gathering place for industry trailblazers, and the crucible in which the future of our field is forged.

Join us in this immersive three-day event, where you'll gain expert knowledge, network with industry leaders, and experience the future of media and marketing taking flight.

Meet the 2024 firepower...

Julie Bishop

Chancellor Australian National University, 38th Foreign Minister of Australia (2013-18)

The Hon Julie Bishop is Chancellor of the Australian National University appointed in 2020.  

Julie served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.  

In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.  

Prior to entering politics, she was Managing Partner of the National law firm Clayton Utz in Perth. 

Julie is Chair of the Board of Prince’s Trust Australia, and Trustee of Prince’s Trust Group Company (becoming The King’s Trust), Chair of the Board of Telethon Kids Institute, Member of the International Advisory Board of Council on Foreign Relations.  

She has also established a boutique consultancy, Julie Bishop and Partners, offering strategic advisory services. 

Julie is a globally recognised and highly sought-after public speaker with a unique perspective on many issues that comes from her broad professional and personal experiences. 

She is a highly engaging and entertaining speaker, sharing insights and lessons from her time in the inner circles of the international political and corporate worlds. 

Greg Hoffman

Founder, Modern Arena & Former CMO, Nike

Greg Hoffman is a global brand leader, former NIKE Chief Marketing Officer, and founder and principal of the brand advisory group Modern Arena. Greg brought all of his brand experience to the world this year through his best-selling book Emotion by Design: Creative Leadership Lessons From a Life at Nike.

For 28 years, Greg held marketing, design, and innovation leadership roles at NIKE. During that time, he was a major strategic and creative influence for the brand during every major global sporting event, for the launches of NIKE’s signature innovations, and for the building of the brands of its athletes.

Greg oversaw NIKE’s brand communications and experiences as NIKE was solidifying its position as one of the preeminent brand storytellers of the modern era and the leading innovator in digital and physical brand experiences. His role in the rise of marketing and design through that period was recognized in 2015 when Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business. He’s also been recognized for his transformative leadership in the industry through Business Insider’s 50 Most Innovative CMOs and AdAge’s Power Players annual lists.

Through his leadership, Nike drove themes of equality, sustainability, and empowerment through sport in some of its most significant brand communications. That work was, in part, driven by his role on the Advisory Board of the NIKE Black Employee Network and as a member of the NIKE Foundation Board of Directors.

Today as founder and principal of Modern Arena, Greg advises Fortune 500 brands, startups, and nonprofits on creating brand strength, business growth, and social impact. He delivers keynotes to teams at brands ranging from Apple, Google, and Netflix, to Lego, Target, and Meta, on how to build stronger emotional bonds through branding and creativity.

In addition, He is a board member for Summit Impact, the philanthropic arm of Summit Series, the Branding instructor at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Pip Edwards

Co-Founder & Creative Director, P.E Nation

Pip's fusion of creative prowess, business acumen, and profound understanding of the arts inevitably steered her away from a Bachelor of Commerce & Law and a corporate initiation with PwC, propelling her into the realm of the fashion industry where she became indispensable to the success of some of Australia's most iconic brands. As the driving force behind P.E Nation, Pip not only oversees but permeates every facet of the brand. Her ability to seamlessly blend finely honed commercial insight encompassing marketing intuition and brand-building expertise with creative direction, styling, and design proficiency has played a pivotal role in every milestone, award, and accolade attained by P.E Nation as the label has seamlessly transformed from start-up into an established global player.

Dylan Alcott AO

Founder, Dylan Alcott Foundation

2022 Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott AO, is one of world’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians, media personalities and disability advocates. In 2021 he became the only male in any form of tennis to win the 'Golden Slam', winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open Championships and the Paralympic Gold Medal, and he is a Paralympic Gold Medallist in two different sports, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. He is a 23-time Grand Slam champion in Quad Wheelchair Tennis. 

Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, Dylan survived a 3.5 year battle to live and has been achieving ever since.  In 2017, Dylan launched the Dylan Alcott Foundation, providing grants, scholarships and mentoring to young Australians with disability to eliminate the barriers of entry to get involved in sports, study, training, employment and business ownership. In 2023, the Dylan Alcott Foundation launched the Shift 20 Initiative with the objective of significantly increasing inclusion and participation for people with disability in mainstream advertising. 

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Allison Langdon

Host of A Current Affair

Allison is host of A Current Affair, taking over from Tracy Grimshaw in January 2023.

Ally joined A Current Affair after three years co-hosting TODAY alongside Karl Stefanovic. She co-hosted Weekend TODAY with David Campbell in 2019, combining her presenting commitments with her 60 Minutes role as a reporter.

She joined 60 Minutes in 2011. Among her achievements include stories she has filed from Somalia in the midst of a brutal civil war, venturing into the raging heart of one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes on earth and coming face to face with Grizzly bears in the Canadian wilderness.

Allison moved to Nine's flagship current affairs program after nine years in the Sydney newsroom, where she frequently travelled the globe to cover major stories. She has also presented the 6pm Nine News Sydney bulletin and filled in on TODAY, co-anchoring the network's
coverage of the Queensland flood disaster and reporting for the telethon that raised more than $10 million for the victims.

In 2010, while in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, Langdon was the only Australian journalist to make it into Cameroon to cover the plane crash that killed six Australian mining executives. At home, she played a key role in Nine's award-winning coverage of the Australian federal election and hosted the prime-time documentary 'A Royal Engagement' when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their plans to marry. Other major news events Langdon has covered include the drug wars in the Mexican town of Juarez, the bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, and the return to Balibo in East Timor with the families of the five Australian newsmen killed during the Indonesian invasion in 1975.

Ally wrote the book 'The Child Who Never Was –The Tegan Lane Story'(released in 2007) after covering the inquest into the disappearance of the baby born to former water polo champion, Keli Lane. In December 2010, Lane was convicted of the baby's murder.

Ally was also co-host of the 2019 Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight with David Campbell.

She lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and their young boy Mack and daughter Scout. She is also an Ambassador for R U Ok?, the Mirabel Foundation and Gidget Foundation.

Tara Ford

Chief Creative Officer, Accenture Song APAC and LATAM / The Monkeys

Tara Ford is the Chief Creative Officer of Accenture Song APAC and LATAM and Chief Creative Officer of The Monkeys. She sits on the Board of the Advertising Council of Australia and the D&AD Advisory Board.

Tara has just been named ‘Creative Leader of the Year 2023’ (Australia/New Zealand) by Campaign Asia. She was named ‘Creative Captain 2022’ in the Women Leading Change Awards by Campaign Asia Pacific. The year before, ‘Global Creative Leader of the Year 2021’ by Creativepool.

In 2020 she was named ‘Creative Person of the Year’ (Australia/New Zealand) by Campaign Asia.

She was also on ‘The Global Creative Influencer of the Year’ top 100 list according to Creativepool 2020. This year she has been was ranked #5 on B&T’s Women in Media Power list and #9 on Mediaweek’s prestigious list of the 50 most influential and powerful creative agency executives. She is ranked #1 CCO in APAC by One Show.

Under her creative leadership The Monkeys has taken out the coveted Campaign Brief Agency of the Year title 2021 and Mumbrella Creative Agency of the Year 2022 and AWARD Creative Agency of the Year 2022. In 2023 Spikes Australian Agency of the Year and Spikes Strategy and Effectiveness Agency of the Year. Globally, Cannes, D&AD and One Show Agency of the Year, Australia. And Effies Effective Agency of the Year, Australia.

Tara’s work has been consistently recognised throughout her career, at the highest level of every major international award show across an expansive range of clients and disciplines. This includes most recently the coveted Dan Wieden Titanium Grand Prix at Cannes with the ‘The First Digital Nation’ for the Government of Tuvalu. 

Ford has judged and chaired at every major global award show. And with her work as a board member of the Advertising Council of Australia, the AWARD Council and the D&AD Advisory Board, she helps guide the future direction, reputation and values of the industry.

Professor Jenni Romaniuk

Research Professor of Marketing & Associate Director (International), Ehrenberg-Bass Institute

Professor Jenni Romaniuk is a Research Professor of Marketing and Associate Director (International) at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute - the world’s largest centre for research into marketing.

As the key architect behind the Ehrenberg-Bass approaches to Distinctive Asset, Category Entry Point and Mental Availability measurement, Jenni has worked with companies all over the world to help them build stronger brands. She has written three books: Building Distinctive Brand Assets, which helps marketers to future-proof their brand’s identity, How Brands Grow Part 2 which builds on the knowledge revolution started in How Brands Grow and her new book, Better Brand Health provides a valuable resource for those looking to get the most out of their brand health tracking.

Jenni’s expertise spans mental and physical availability, brand equity, brand health tracking, word-of-mouth and advertising effectiveness. She was editor of the Journal of Advertising Research from 2014-2016, and now sits on the Journal’s Senior Advisory Board.

Brent Smart

Chief Marketing Officer, Telstra

Brent Smart is CMO of Telstra, where he leads Australia’s second most valuable brand and over 300 marketers. He is driving a creative transformation of the brand, forming the innovative new agency model +61 and producing high profile creative work like “Footy Country” which recently won a Grand Prix and 2 Golds at Spikes, Asia’s pre-eminent creative awards and Telstra’s first major creative award win in over a decade.

Previously, Brent was CMO at insurance giant IAG, where he took NRMA from 36th strongest brand in Australia when he joined to fifth. His work there was recognized with over 100 major creative awards and the Grand Effie in 2021, the highest honour for the most effective marketing in the country.

Brent grew up in the advertising business with a 20-year agency career that included leading New Zealand Agency of the Decade Colenso BBDO and concluded as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York where he worked on iconic American brands Cheerios, Tide and Walmart. Brent also co-hosts the successful Black T-Shirts podcast and was selected for the inaugural Marketing Academy Fellowship for the Asia-Pacific region.

Brent lives in Bondi with his wife and three boys who don’t like AFL as much as he does.  

Karl Stefanovic

TODAY Co-Host

Karl is co - host of Channel 9’s flagship breakfast show, TODAY, along with Sarah Abo, with the pair making their debut on January 16, 2023. In one of television’s most enduring tenures, Karl has reported on everything from bushfires, COVID-19, economies in freefall, Black Lives Matter protests, the Beirut explosion, the US election, and American politics in turmoil. Regardless of the subject matter, viewers have always found a trusted, informed, and comforting voice in Karl. With Karl and Sarah’s genuinely light-hearted and warm rapport, they’ve proven to be one of Australia’s most dynamic journalistic pairings. The pair share a natural rhythm in their expert coverage of major news and honed interviewing abilities – matched only by their willingness to have a laugh – quite often at themselves!

In 2011 Karl received the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian television and the Silver Logie for Most Popular TV Presenter. He was nominated for a Gold Logie in 2022. Karl has more than 25 years' experience in television and has worked as a TV journalist in America, New Zealand, and Australia. He has been at the forefront of some of the biggest local and international news events including the Queensland floods, Christchurch earthquake, Japanese tsunami, Canberra bushfires, the Childers backpacker hostel fire, the Bali Bombings, the terror trials in Guantanamo Bay, the funerals of Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles and Marlon Brando and the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Karl graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in Journalism in 1994 and began working for WIN Television in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter. In 1996, he took up a position with TVNZ as a reporter for One Network News. In 1998, he returned to Australia with a job reporting and reading for Ten News in Brisbane. He moved to Channel 9 as a reporter and in 2003 he was posted to Los Angeles as a correspondent. He also did a brief stint for the prestigious CNN Network for 13 months. He took over hosting duties for TODAY between 2005 and the end of 2018. He spent 2019 criss-crossing the globe filing stories for Nine’s long-running current affairs program, 60 Minutes, and regularly fills in for various presenters on Macquarie Media’s 2GB and 4BC. Karl also hosted Channel 9’s inspirational series This Time Next Year, which celebrated everyday Aussies tackling monumental personal goals during the most challenging year of their lives. Series two aired in 2019 to critical acclaim. Karl lives in Sydney with his wife Jasmine, daughter Harper, and dog Chance the Yapper.

Sara Shams

Speaker, Model, Actor & Disability Advocate

Sara is a model, speaker, creator, actor, and disability activist. As a bilateral above knee amputee, her mission is to raise awareness on what it takes to be truly and authentically inclusive within the fashion and media industry, and beyond.  

Using her lived experience and an intersectional approach, Sara aims to challenge the negative implications that surround disability, to normalise and recognise people with disability as valuable members of society. Sara is passionate about body acceptance, authentic representation, and creating age, size and ability inclusive spaces.  

Saras’ creative career is complemented by a background in healthcare, and having recently commenced in board director roles, Sara is also advocating for inclusive representation in leadership positions.  

As a proud disabled woman of colour, Sara’s presence in brand campaigns, events, runways, and screens, creates space for people from various walks of life, and is committed to breaking barriers and redefining perceptions of beauty and disability. 

Jamila Rizvi

Author & Deputy Managing Director, Future Women

Jamila is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert, as well as a best-selling author and broadcaster. She is the Deputy Managing Director at FW, a company that champions gender equity in Australian workplaces through professional development, community and advocacy. 

A best-selling author for adults and children, Jamila is also a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Previously, she advised the Rudd and Gillard Governments on gender, early childhood education, media and employment participation. 

Jamila was named in Culture Amp’s 25 Emerging Global Culture Creators 2024, Women and Leadership Australia’s Victorian award winner 2020 and included in the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence.  

She is a board member of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and an ambassador for PLAN International and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation.  

Tim Ross

Director, Modernister Films

Tim Ross has had a career spanning decades in the entertainment industry. Starting with his parody band, Black Rose, Tim with his comedic partner Merrick Watts hosted radio shows on Triple J before taking the coveted breakfast slot on newly formed Nova 96.9 

During the 8 successful years at Nova, Merrick and Rosso created numerous TV shows including a late night talk show, won an Aria for Best Comedy Release and Tim was even awarded GQ Man of the Year.  

And whilst he may be best known for his work on TV and radio (at different times hosting both the number one breakfast and drive shows in Sydney) comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design. 

Over more recent years, he has performed his live Man About the House show in architecturally-significant buildings and homes all over the world.  

Tim also passionately supports important issues in Australian architecture and design and has been awarded an honorary member of the Australian Institute of Architects. 

Tim’s first two-part series on Australian architecture, Streets of Your Town, premiered on ABC TV in November 2016 to rave reviews, and quickly became the most watched arts program on the ABC for the year.  

Tim’s latest TV series about why architecture matters, Designing A Legacy, featuring Australian families whose lives have been shaped within the walls of modern masterpieces and poses the question of what will happen to these legacy homes, went to air in February 2021, to rave reviews. A second series of Designing A Legacy, with a broader look at Australian architecture aired on ABC in June 2023.  

Tim has written a number of books including his memoir, Mum had a Kingswood. The Rumpus Room and Scorcher embraces Australian life with a collection of short stories. Whilst Motel – Images of Australia on Holidays and recent release Chuck a U-ey – Images of Australians and their cars, explore our past through the National Archives.  

A testament to his great interview and presenting skills, Tim has hosted a number of podcasts including Constant for the National Art Gallery, Built with Brickworks film series, Cars that Made Australia with Nine podcasts and his personal favourite, Summer Breeze with his best friend Kit Warhurst.  

Tim hosted Kevin McCloud In Conversation to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House, celebrated for their rapport and humour.  

Jenny Melhuish

Marketing Director, ALDI

Jenny Melhuish is the Marketing Director of ALDI, leading all things Marketing for the retailer.

Previously, Jenny spent 14 years at the Westpac Group in various Marketing roles, looking after a portfolio of brands, including Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melb, Bank of SA and RAMS.

Joanna Robinson

Chief Marketing Officer, The Iconic

With over 26 years of commercial experience across marketing, sales, and leadership, Joanna is Chief Marketing Officer at THE ICONIC, Australia's leading online fashion and lifestyle destination. Holding a Bachelor or Arts degree and Masters of Strategic Marketing, she also has the privilege of teaching Marketing and Leadership subjects at Sydney University as a Sessional Lecturer. 

Beginning her career in FMCG, Joanna has worked with the likes of Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive. She has also worked in senior roles in Beauty with Estee Lauder and L’Occitane, as well as “entertainment” categories such as Bubble Tea and Wine with Chatime Group and Tyrrell's Wines respectively. She has a particular expertise in marketing to Gen Y and Z, and utilising data and insights to optimise customer experience to drive commercial outcomes. 

Joanna’s international experience has spanned Australia, Asia, North Africa, Middle East, and Turkey. 

She is an advocate for women's empowerment, diversity and gender equality in the workplace, and is passionate about developing and mentoring the next generation of female leaders. 

Andy Morley

Chief Marketing Officer, Uber & Uber Eats APAC

Andy Morley is the Chief Marketing Offcer for Uber in Asia Pacific, leading teams across the region on high impact marketing activities for Uber’s Mobility and Delivery businesses, unlocking creative and locally relevant ways to engage with consumers, partners and merchants. 

As a member of Uber’s APAC leadership team, Andy brings more than 15 years worth of experience on leading brands like Johnnie Walker and Campbell Arnotts, and seven years’ experience at Uber from the early start-up days to the now established mega-brands.

As a witness to the rapid expansion of the Uber & Uber Eats businesses from start-up to mass consumer brands, Andy has been instrumental in building a celebrated function that was named Australia’s Marketing Team of the Year by Mumbrella (2022).

Andy is a father of two who enjoys surfing and AFL.

Annabel Fribence

Chief Brand and Marketing Officer, Westpac

Annabel (Belle) embarked on her journey as Westpac’s Chief Brand & Marketing Officer in November 2021, taking the helm of the brand, creative, and marketing direction for the Group’s diverse portfolio of brands, including Westpac, BT, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, and RAMS. 

Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Belle made waves as the memorable KFC CMO who famously exclaimed, "shut up and take my money." 

Prior to her tenure at Westpac, Belle honed her expertise as the Chief Marketing Officer for Yum foods, stationed in the vibrant city of Singapore. Throughout her career, she has seamlessly transitioned through various roles in Strategy, Brand, and Marketing for renowned entities such as KFC, Pernod Ricard, McDonald’s, and Foster’s Group. 

Troy Taylor

Vice President & General Manager, Lego Australia & New Zealand

Troy Taylor is the Vice President & General Manager for LEGO® Australia & New Zealand, which are divisions of the LEGO® Group, a privately held toy company based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children's creativity by learning through play. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 180 countries.

In his role, Troy is accountable for growing the LEGO brand in the Pacific region to deliver on the companies’ ambition to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. Troy is a key member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Team playing a pivotal role in strategy development and execution across the APAC region. 

Troy has been with the LEGO Group for 21 years and has a proven track record of success in a wide range of senior roles across the LEGO Group’s largest and most developed markets in the United States, Australia, New Zealand & most recently Greater China. 

Troy is also a non-executive Director of the board for the Australian Toy Association, a non-for-profit trade association representing all businesses that design, produce, license, and deliver toys and youth entertainment products to advance the interests of our members in areas of product safety, government affairs, trade shows & events.

Rose Herceg

President ANZ, WPP

Rose Herceg leads WPP’s business in Australia, supporting the agency leaders, promoting WPP’s collective capabilities and bringing together people and resources on behalf of clients. Rose was previously Chief Strategy Officer of WPP AUNZ, which became a wholly owned part of WPP in 2021. In this role, she led client-facing activity at the WPP level, helping to deliver the company’s integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce and technology across its network of agencies. Earlier in her career, Rose founded Pophouse, one of Australia’s leading agencies for innovation, social trends and business strategy. She sold this to STW Group in 2007 and joined as a strategic consultant. She became Chief Strategy Officer of WPP AUNZ following the WPP merger with STW in 2016. Rose is the author of three books on business leadership and innovation and is one of Australia’s leading social forecasters and futurists.

Kim Anderson

Director, Kim Anderson Consulting

Kim Anderson has built a reputation on crafting bold ideas into tangible outcomes. From a winning World Cup bidding campaign, to propelling the FIFA Women’s World Cup beyond greatness, Kim has been a creative and strategic force behind some of Australasia's most iconic recent sporting and cultural memories. With a 20-year career spanning Australia, New York, London, and New Zealand, Kim has spearheaded marketing, brand and experiential strategy for a diverse set of international brands at the forefront of sport, design, events, purpose and technology. 

At Mumbrella360 we’ll hear more about Kim's role as the strategic marketing executive behind the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, where she delivered a transformational tournament alongside a lasting legacy for women's sport. 

Declan Lee

Co-Founder, Messina

Declan Lee is the co-founder, brand custodian and self described ‘facilitator of stuff’ at Gelato Messina. His shift into gelato maven is an interesting one - a physiotherapist by trade, Declan then moved into the music world as a DJ. Today, he’s one of four founders at the household name Messina has become, leading the brand to its enormous rise as one of Australia’s most prolific food businesses with an incredible social community and following, along with expansion from their OG store in Darlinghurst, to nearly 30 across the country and international outposts in Hong Kong.

Louise Cummins

Chief Marketing Officer, World Vision Australia

Louise is the Chief Marketing Officer for World Vision Australia and has over 25 years of award-winning experience in marketing, management, and organisational change. She has also been recognised and is part of the alumni of CMO50 (top 50 CMOs in Australia list). With governance training from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Louise has served on several not-for-profit boards. She is a coach, mentor and trainer and her passion projects have led her to write two globally successful children’s books and produce an award-winning short film. For more information visit - https://www.louisecummins.com.au/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/louiseemmacummins/

Dr Nathan Jones

Director, Mood Institute

Nathan Jones, a former voiceover artist for Paramount (Nickelodeon, MTV, Network 10) is now an emotion researcher and the director of the Mood Institute. With a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Adelaide, he specialises in boosting creativity and emotional intelligence through coaching, training, and speaking engagements. Nathan has taken the stage at TEDx, SXSW Austin, and the World Congress on Positive Psychology, sharing strategies to enhance wellbeing in the workplace and beyond. Nathan's contributions to the field have been recognised in major media outlets (The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, ABC Radio), while earning him the 2019 Australian eChallenge Social Entrepreneurship Award and 1st prize in the 2022 Visualise Your Thesis competition. Through the Mood Institute, Nathan is committed to helping individuals and teams tap into their best selves and feel better at work.

Gus Worland

Media Personality & Founder, Gotcha4Life

With over 15 years' experience, Gus Worland is an Australian television and radio personality and director and founder of mental health foundation, Gotcha4Life. He is well known for his series of reality television programs for Foxtel (An Aussie Goes Barmy, An Aussie Goes Bolly and An Aussie Goes Calypso) and A&E (Marathon Man). He has also covered the Commonwealth and Olympic Games for Foxtel. Gus is a sporting tragic and continues to use his passion to entertain audiences.

Gus spent 10 years in breakfast radio on Triple M, starting on The Grill Team in 2009. Within two years they doubled their ratings for this time slot, and Gus was awarded ‘Best On Air Newcomer’ at the 2010 Australian Commercial Radio Awards. In 2020, Gus moved to The Deadset Legends, a live sports chat show every Saturday Morning with Wendell Sailor and Jude Bolton.

Hosting the 2016 ABC series Man Up was pivotal for Gus. The series was an exploration of modern masculinity and men’s mental health issues – challenging masculine stereotypes and getting men better connected and breaking the silence around suicide. Following the enormous impact of Man Up, Gus founded Gotcha4Life with the mission to target Men’s Mental Health – and the goal to save lives and make a significant impact in raising the mental state of boys, men and their families.

Gotcha4Life today drives real change and funds educational workshops and innovative training programs throughout Australia that build mental fitness in all individuals, organisations and communities to activate strong, open and binding relationships.

Gretchen Fox

Chief Marketing Officer, Aware Super

After working in energy and health insurance, Gretchen joined Aware Super in May 2022. Since then, Gretchen has brought to life their latest campaign, Super Helpful. It’s showed that we’ve heard what Australians are saying about super funds.

Like Gretchen, it lets people know that we’re switched on, gaining insight and responding; hand-in-hand with members. As a believer in industry-leading technology, Gretchen has helped transform the fund to what it is now.

And what is Aware Super now? Well, it’s Money magazine’s Best Super Fund 2023.

It’s also a great example of what Gretchen values as a marketer. That strong support and helping people can get the very best performance and outcomes. And this doesn’t stop with members.

Gretchen supports our people to grow, develop and make a real impact at work, calling it “a great privilege.” But it’s not just us saying that. The Australian Financial Review named us one of the Best Places to Work. It’s because of leaders like Gretchen.

Jemma Downey

Group General Manager, Consumer Growth, Asahi Beverages

Jemma Downey is an accomplished marketing and commercial leader with a 20-year career spanning Europe, the US, and APAC, working for renowned companies such as Bacardi, Live Nation and VICE Media.  

Currently the Group General Manager of Commercial Excellence at Asahi Beverages, she drives transformative strategies at the intersection of technology, digital, data, and creativity. Jemma excels in cultivating high-performing, motivated teams, advocates for DE&I in global initiatives, and is dedicated to facilitating personal growth and holistic well-being. She is a certified Energetics practitioner and actively pursuing registration as a psychologist, expanding her expertise in human behaviour and well-being. 

Casey Kudrenko

Senior Neuroscientist, Neuro-Insight

With over 10 years' experience, Casey has been involved with some of Australia's and Asia Pacific’s largest brands and organisations, helping them design, explore, implement and apply unique neuroscience-based insights. Specialising and publishing in the realm of cognitive drivers of consumer behaviour and decision making, Casey combines her knowledge and passion of neuroscience, human insights and consumer psychology to understand the various impacts of media, creative, category, and the consumer.

Carolyn Baveystock

Head of Media, Digital & Tech, PepsiCo ANZ

Carolyn Baveystock is Head of Media, Digital & Tech at PepsiCo ANZ. She has been with the PepsiCo business since 2006, previously holding a number of roles across the FMCG giant’s portfolio, including Brand Manager for Gatorade and Marketing Manager for Health & Wellness innovation. Skilled in marketing management, customer insight, trade marketing and marketing strategy, Carolyn has spearheaded some of the brand’s most high-profile consumer engagement campaigns including the return of the Pepsi Max taste test. 

Rebecca Darley

Chief Marketing Officer, Domain

Bec describes herself as "CMO-plus" - the culmination of a 20+ year marketing career across global and local brands plus C-suite experience spanning Business Strategy, P&L ownership, Board Directorship and Chairperson responsibilities.

Bec is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Consumer Division at Domain, leading a diverse portfolio including the Group's Marketing and Sustainability teams as well as P&L responsibility for the growing Consumer Division and Domain Media business. Previously as General Manager, Business Strategy & Marketing at CommSec, Bec was instrumental in cementing CommSec's market-leading position, developing the three-year business strategy and delivering exponential customer growth.

Bec has held senior marketing roles including Head of Marketing for St George Bank, Head of Marketing for Westpac Group's mortgages portfolio, Marketing Director at IKEA and Head of Consumer Communications at Vodafone.
With a passion for industry talent and a desire to give back, Bec is Co-Chair of UnLtd – the marketing, media and advertising industry’s charitable foundation supporting disadvantaged youth. Bec is a Director of Australia’s Internet Advisory Board (IAB), a member of Meta’s Client Council in Australia, and a member of The Marketing Academy APAC Fellowship.

Bec is actively involved in the industry as a guest speaker, panellist, mentor and awards judge. Whilst her career is incredibly fulfilling, Bec is a proud mum to three delicious humans - Max,7, Indy, 6 and Poppy, 5.

Lindene Cleary

Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Tasmania

Lindene Cleary is an award-winning marketer with over 20 years’ experience working with some of the world’s most respected brands including Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Tourism Tasmania, across brand, communications, digital, and within creative agencies.

Currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Tasmania, Lindene leads all aspects of the strategic marketing for the Tasmanian tourism brand, both within Australia and internationally, including brand communications, PR, content, digital marketing, and partnerships.

Prior to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Tasmania, Lindene spent five years at the organisation’s Head of Brand Marketing. Throughout her globally esteemed career, Lindene has been based domestically in Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart, as well as internationally in Singapore, London, and Seoul.

Lindene is a passionate Tasmania and has an inherent understanding of the importance of the tourism industry to Tasmania’s economy and community, and she is proud to tell the island state’s unique story to the world.

Simon Cheng

Chief Marketing Officer, Menulog

Bio coming soon...

Deborah Knight

Host Nine Radio & TV/Money News & A Current Affair

An accomplished journalist and news presenter, Deborah Knight is one of the most versatile members of the Nine family, who is much loved by audiences.  After completing her journalism studies at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, she began her media career in radio, starting out in Wagga Wagga before heading to Sydney to read news for commercial radio.  From there Deborah accepted a position with the ABC where her ability to quickly grasp new subject matter saw her excel in a variety of roles - from rural reporting, to Triple J, along with reporting for current affairs programs like AM and filling in as host on Breakfast on Radio National.  Deborah made the move into television as the presenter and reporter for the much-loved ABC program, Landline.  Deborah’s work, specifically interviewing then Prime Minister John Howard, caught the eye of political editor Paul Bongiorno, which saw her move to commercial television.  Deborah joined Network Ten in the Canberra Press Gallery, covering several Federal elections and regularly presenting Meet the Press and Ten Network news, before taking the leap overseas.  Deborah headed up the US Bureau for three years, covering world changing stories including the September 11 terrorist attacks, the re-election of George W Bush and the Iraq War.  Deborah returned to Australia in November 2004 and became co-anchor of Sydney's Ten News at Five Bulletin in January 2006.  Renowned for her warmth and journalistic skills, she took up a new challenge with the Nine Network in December 2011. Deborah joined the TODAY show team as a newsreader and has shown her versatility as a reporter and presenter across a range of Channel 9 shows, including the Network news bulletins, Sydney’s 6pm News, A Current Affair, and Weekend Today.  She was founding Presenter and reporter for Financial Review Sunday. It was announced in January 2019 that she would join the Today show as co-host alongside Georgie Gardner.  Deborah was the host of 2GB Afternoons With Deborah Knight for four years, and now is the national host of Money News across the Nine Radio network.  She continues to host A Current Affair on Saturday evenings on the Nine Network and is a regular contributor to 9Honey.  Alongside her media commitments, Deborah is an ambassador for 9Mums, is on the Board and an Ambassador for charity Miracle Babies and is a Patron for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. 

Bryan Smith

Global Chief Strategy Officer, 72andSunny

Bryan Smith is the global Chief Strategy Officer for 72andsunny. Based in Los Angeles, Bryan oversees much of the strategic output for the agency’s North American and global clients and has provided thought leadership for tech giants like Google, unicorns like Dropbox, entertainment icons like Activision, and blue chip marketers like Unilever. 

In his time at 72andSunny, the company has been named Adweek and Ad Age’s Agency of the Year twice; made the list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies twice; and brought home the most awards for US marketing effectiveness twice; as well as winning in Australia, Campaign Brief’s Agency Of The Year and Mumbrella’s Ad Campaign Of The Year.

Allison Yorston

Chief Marketing Officer, Suntory Beverage & Food Oceania

Allison Yorston is the Chief Marketing Officer for Suntory Oceania, a leading beverages company and the market leader in energy drinks across Australia and New Zealand.
Suntory Oceania distributes a diverse range of beverages, including fruit juices, energy drinks, waters, and soft drinks. Some of its renowned brands include V Energy, Suntory BOSS Coffee, Maximus, Just Juice, The Real McCoy, and Fresh Up.

Allison leads the ANZ marketing team and operates with a ‘Gemba’ centric approach; inspiring her team to embrace innovative strategic platforms that resonate with consumers and drive business growth with agility.

Under her leadership, the Energy and Transformation portfolio soared to new heights, reigniting consumer passion for V Energy with a refresh to all elements of the marketing mix, tailoring the range to evolving consumer preferences. Allison has also played a pivotal role in the remarkable success of Suntory BOSS Coffee, firmly establishing it as the most favoured ready-to-drink coffee beverage across Australia and New Zealand.

Boasting over two decades of experience, Allison possesses a rich history within the FMCG industry, having made significant contributions to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Arnotts, Fonterra, and Sanitarium.

Lindsey Evans

Partner & CEO, Special Australia

Lindsey co-founded Special in Australia in 2014 and is a global partner in the business that has since gone on to open its doors in Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo.

During her tenure Special has attracted an enviable wealth of talent, built an extraordinary culture, and partners with a diverse group of ambitious local and who’s who of client partners including Uber Eats, ANZ, Bonds, Pepsico and Virgin Australia. In the past five years Special Australia has won a staggering 39 Agency of the Year awards locally and internationally. 

Lindsey consistently features in the top ten lists of agency leaders including being ranked #4 in Mediaweek’s Creative Agency Power List, Executive Leader of the Year in the 2022 Best of the Best Awards and B&T’s Women in Media Executive Leader of the Year 2021.

She contributes significantly to the industry and the next generation, including as a Board Director of Advertising Council Australia and a Board Director of mental health charity Waves of Wellness (WOW). 

Lindsey doesn’t have any hobbies. Instead, she has three teenagers, a Labrador and two moggies. She started Special to help her relax.

Ruben Ahmed

Director of Marketing, ANZ, HP

Ruben Ahmed is the Director of Marketing for HP Australia & New Zealand and is responsible for all areas of HP’s Consumer and Commercial marketing across both PC & Printing divisions. With a passion for new and emerging technologies he has had the privilege of building his career with some of the world’s most iconic technology brands including HP, Telstra, IBM and Sony.

Adam Ferrier

Founder/Chief Thinker, Thinkerbell

Adam is one of Australia's leading creative strategists, and a consumer psychologist. Adam began work life as a criminal psychologist, before becoming a cool hunter (and completing his masters in psychology in ‘Identifying the Underlying Constructs of Cool People’) and then co-founding Naked Communications APAC. Naked was a wild trip and became one of Australia’s most audacious and successful agencies, embracing a strategically focused behavioural change model. Following that, Adam co-founded Thinkerbell - where they practices 'measured magic' - bringing together marketing science and hardcore creativity. After just 5 years Thinkerbell was officially recognised as Mumbrella’s 2021 Creative, Full Service, and PR Agency of the Year - the first time one agency has won all three awards, as well as 2023 Campaign Briefs Agency of The Year.

In other news Adam is also the author of two books “The Advertising Effect” (Oxford), and 'Stop Listening to the Customer' (Wiley). Adam co-hosts the potentially multi-awarding winning podcast ‘Black T-Shirts’, and has a weekly national TV segment on Sunrise, as well as being a regular on The Project and Gruen.  Adam is married to Anna and has two sons Asterix and Arturo (like the Kardashians but with an ‘A’).

Penny Ryan

Brand Director, Bupa

Penny is passionate about fostering economic inclusion by building the world’s most trusted institutions and companies.

As Brand Director for Bupa APAC, Penny’s team are the custodians of some of the world’s most trusted healthcare brands. Bupa was established more than 75 years ago and today its purpose endures: to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Last year, Bupa’s new masterbrand platform Healthcaring launched alongside a long-term partnership with Paralympics Australia, a reflection of Bupa’s pursuit to make healthcare more inclusive for all Australians.

Penny was previously Director of Brand, Customer & Corporate Affairs for Bupa in Hong Kong, leading the crisis response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Before Bupa she worked in financial services as a Federal Ministerial Advisor, with microfinance NGOs, and marketing and digital communications at ANZ Bank.

Sarah Heitkamp

National Head Of Strategy & Planning, Co-lead, Zenith Media (Moderator)

Samara Kitchener is a multi-award winning strategic communications specialist who has a passion for health, technology and behaviour change. With 20 years senior marketing, communications and engagement experience working across government, food, defence and health sectors, Samara has deep expertise in integrated planning for significant campaigns and executing across multi-channel platforms.

Samara is an advanced practitioner of the Social Ecological Model and worked as an adviser to the World Health Organisation on risk communication strategies for pregnant women. She has led multi-stakeholder communication strategies for the Women in Sport Strategy; NSW Multicultural Strategy; NSW Physical Activity Strategy; and the Royal Australian Air Force Plan Jericho Behaviour Change Strategy.   

Samara is the immediate past NSW President, Public Relations Institute of Australia, and is a guest lecturer at the University of NSW and University of Technology, Sydney.

Previous roles include Strategic Advisor Communications and Engagement with NSW Health where she led preventive health campaigns on overweight and obesity, HIV, STIs and hepatitis. Samara was also Director Communications with the NSW Food Authority where she led communication strategies, digital channels, crisis communications and education campaigns.

Samara has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and an Honours Degree in Food Science and Technology.

Naysla Edwards

VP Brand, Marketing & Member Experience, American Express

For over 20 years, Naysla has been creating meaningful connections that unite brands with their customers, partners  and communities to create long-term advocacy. 

She is passionate about fostering innovation and building loyalty through customer insights and data, developing strategic partnerships and continuously challenging the status quo.

Naysla and her team have successfully created some of the most recognised and memorable partnership events for American Express in Australia. These include American Express principal partnership of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride, American Express delicious. Month Out, American Express Vogue Fashion Night In/Out, American Express Open Air Cinemas and the American Express Airport and Entertainment Lounges to name a few.

Naysla is a passionate advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, she is the Co-Executive sponsor of AX Pride ANZ, leads all efforts towards elevating marketing practices to remove stereotypes and showcase a realistic Australia and is an active member of the mental health and Women’s networks.

Naysla sits in the board of Redfern Legal Centre which is a valued Amex community partner, where she shares her expertise to support Redfern Legal centre’s vision to enhance access to justice and uphold human rights through the provision of holistic and accessible legal support to disadvantaged communities.

Naysla was born in Colombia but has lived across the world; her family takes top priority and Naysla ensures she has time to be with her husband Jon and her young daughter Isabella.

Leisa Bacon

Director Audiences, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

With over 25 years’ of blue chip strategy, digital and marketing experience, Leisa is passionate about great Australian content and having a positive impact through the work she leads.

Leisa works for the ABC, Australia’s largest creative organisation and the most trusted media player in the country. As Director of Audiences for the ABC, where the team work closely with content makers to implement the ABC strategy and help audiences discover great Australian content.  The ABC Audiences division, is made up of the following teams - marketing, internal creative and media, social strategy, enterprise design, audience planning & support and audience data & insights.

Leisa is a brand and experience (Cx) evangelist, who prides herself on always putting customers at the heart of key decisions.  Leisa has previously worked for large, generally global organisations at a Director level, from P&G to the Coca-Cola Company, and has led some of Australia’s largest new product launches and marketing campaigns. She was ranked #1 CMO in Australia in 2020.

Guillaume Papillon

Head Of Marketing & Communications, Mable

Guillaume (G) is the Head of Marketing & Communications at Mable, the online platform where people connect to provide and receive disability and aged care support their way.  More than 18 million hours of support have been delivered through Mable over the last ten years, enabling hundreds of thousands of people across Australia to live their kind of independence.

In his role, Guillaume is accountable for brand strategy, lifting brand metrics, overseeing customer marketing & insights and developing an exceptional - and accessible - digital experience… as well as disrupting the traditional care & support category through data-led PR & communications initiatives.

Guillaume has a wealth of experience in disrupting categories and building brands for online platforms, having previously worked as hipages’ Head of Brand & Communications and having led CRM & Lifecycle efforts for global food-delivery platform Delivery Hero. Guillaume’s experience also spans across international category-leading brands, such as Pernod Ricard’s global wine brand portfolio and beauty retailer Sephora in the USA.

Originally from France, Guillaume settled in Sydney in 2011 after completing his Master’s Degree in Strategic PR from the University of Sydney. Guillaume is also a qualified wine expert, having successfully completed his WSET Diploma last year, an expert wine qualification only held by a few thousands people globally. He has since founded his wine-tasting side business, The Wine Apothecary.

Jason Ross

Co-Founder, Time Under Tension

Jason is a co-founder of Time Under Tension, Australia’s first generative AI experience agency. Time Under Tension works with brands and agencies to elevate customer and employee experiences with generative AI. Prior to founding Time Under Tension, Jason amassed vast experience in digital product & service design. He has held roles as CEO and General Manager of leading digital agencies in the UK and Australia, served as Managing Director at Accenture Song, and VP at frog, part of the Capgemini group. Jason believes that generative AI is driving an "experience reboot," which, when navigated correctly, enables amazing new conversational experiences, utility, and value for humans.

About Time Under Tension

We find ourselves amidst one of the most exciting times of recent decades, witnessing a paradigm shift in the Human x Computer relationship, powered by generative AI technology. Time Under Tension was launched to help our clients be at the fore of this communication revolution. We’re 100% focussed on generative AI technology and leveraging these new capabilities to create new, immersive and meaningful experiences.

Lahnee White

Chief Marketing Officer, G’day Group

Lahnee is Chief Marketing Officer at G’day Group, Australia’s largest regional accommodation provider with more than 300 properties around the country.

With more 20 years of consumer marketing experience, Lahnee has a breadth of expertise in shaping strategy within multi-brand organisations to deliver a more seamless and personalised customer experience.

Lahnee joined G’day Group in 2022 during a period of rapid organisational growth and diversification to oversee the company’s customer growth and experience, digital marketing, owned content and brand marketing strategies. Her expansive remit also includes PR and corporate communications, customer service, data science and analytics and digital product development.

Since joining the Group, she has accelerated the company’s personalisation agenda, aligning the Group’s marketing and digital functions to drive more effective and data informed marketing decision making, which has helped deliver record Group digital revenue in the 2022-23 financial year.

She has also overseen the delivery of new architecture for G’day Group’s brand portfolio, providing clearer distinction of the customer experience across the Group’s consumer brands, which were brought to life through large national brand campaigns for G’day Parks and Discovery Parks.

Prior to joining G’day Group, Lahnee was the General Manager of Customer Engagement at Sportsbet, responsible for organisational strategy in personalised marketing, value proposition, martech and marketing analytics. She also previously worked at Westpac across a variety of senior marketing roles.

Lahnee has a personal passion for travel and in her spare time enjoys hitting the road with her family in their caravan, exploring the best of regional Australia.

Sophie Price

Chief Strategy Officer, EssenceMediacom (Moderator)

Sophie is the Chief Strategy Officer of Essencemediacom Australia and is one of the country’s most experienced and awarded strategists. She is the only individual in the country to have led strategy in both creative agencies and various media agencies including UM (2015 - 2018) and M&C Saatchi from 2018 - 2021.

Sophie’s unique communications planning capabilities has resulted in some of Australia’s most famous and effective campaigns in recent years. She is the winner of multiple Cannes Lions, Australia Effies, MFAs and has been awarded Australian Woman in Media in 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Alexandra Sloane

Senior Director, Marketing - Enterprise and Business, Optus

Alexandra has over 20 years of marketing leadership experience in tech companies and creative agencies. 
 
Prior to joining Optus in 2023 to lead Enterprise & Business Marketing, she spent 10 years scaling for exponential growth at Meta, in Sydney and Singapore. Alex led customer marketing for Meta's family of apps and services including Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. 
 
Prior to Meta, Alexandra managed domestic and global brand and advertising strategy for Toyota, Lexus, Telstra, LG Mobile and Dell in her time at Sydney and New York advertising agencies including Y&R and George Patterson. 
 
A B2C and B2B marketing leader with expertise across digital & performance right through to brand and partnerships, Alex is also very passionate about environmental sustainability and DE&I, serving as a director on the NSW Parks and Wildlife Trust board, and as an advisory board member to Australian tech startups. 

Julie Dormand

Managing Director, The Works, part of Capgemini (Moderator)

Julie Dormand is a renowned industry leader in the advertising and marketing field, with a passion for helping others advance in their careers. As Managing Director at The Works, part of Capgemini, and armed with over 30 years of experience, Julie has established herself as a distinguished figure by adhering to a simple philosophy: supporting individuals in their professional journeys. She firmly believes in leveraging her expertise to elevate clients' brands and foster meaningful connections that have a positive impact on people's careers – and lives. Julie currently works with Mentor Walks, an initiative designed to provide women with unparalleled career advice via female leaders. As a recognised and awarded leader, Julie has received multiple accolades for her business and people leadership skills in numerous industry shows including Mumbrella, ADMA, Campaign Asia, and most recently a Finalist in Executive Leader and ‘Glass Ceiling’ categories at B&T Women in Media.

Jade Lloyd

Founder and Confidence Coach, Jade Erin Lloyd Coaching

With a successful career in media and advertising, Jade has held titles such as Executive Producer, Head of Digital Integration and Strategy Director for some of Australia’s largest media companies. That said, and without a doubt, her favourite title is Founder and Confidence Coach. 

Launching her career in the radio industry, she developed a passion for bringing joy to the listener through captivating content, producing award winning local and national radio shows across Australia.

Moving into the commercial side of media, collaborating with some of the world’s best-known brands, Jade recognised the power of language and communication in being able to make active positive change to the consumer experience.

This bore an obsession with consumer and human behaviour, which evolved into the launch of JELC, a personal and corporate confidence coaching business. JELC now works with companies and individuals around Australia empowering them to find confidence in their leadership capabilities, communication skills and performance at work.

With a core belief that anyone is capable of making the world a better place, Jade enables her clients to become positive change makers in the world. Her focus is on growing leaders who approach business from a place of curiosity, compassion and open mindedness.

She is a huge believer in purpose led business, and an advocate for equality, diversity and the positive change that comes from empowering those less advantaged.

Anna Bollinger

Executive Planning Director, BMF

With 20 years’ experience in the Advertising industry as an integrated, brand-driven strategic planner Anna has deep experience in QSR, FMCG, service and retail industries. Throughout her established career Anna has worked with several blue-chip clients such as ALDI, McDonald's, Mondelez, Qantas, CBA, KPMG, Uber Eats, Alinta Energy.

Before the age of 30, Anna was awarded the APG Planning Idol for top Account Planer and has gone on to have her work lauded at creative and effectiveness award shows across the globe, including Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, and the Australian Effie Awards.

As a former dancer and theatre sports enthusiast, Anna lives for moments of vulnerability and unexpected candour which she finds daily as mum to four young boys.

Dee Madigan

Co-founder & Executive Creative Director, Campaign Edge

Dee is an award winning creative director who has worked on some of Australia’s largest brands in almost every category (including FMCG, banking and finance, health and education).

She got sick of selling people shit they didn't need and started Campaign Edge in 2014 to work primarily in the progressive space.

She works for a range of unions and has been Creative Director for the Labor Party on 24 election campaigns, including the 2015, 2017 and 2020 QLD campaigns and the 2022 Federal election.

She is one of Australia’s leading campaign strategists and effectively uses creativity as a tool to persuade an audience.

She is a panellist on Gruen (ABC TV) and appears on The Latest and Sunrise (CH7). She is also the author of The Hard Sell (MUP 2014), as well as a contributing author on Mothermorphosis (MUP 2015), Perspectives on Change (ANU 2015) and Unbreakable (UQP 2017).

She is on the board of Per Capita and Australians for Mental Health.

Her attention to detail is woeful. She can't remember faces. And she has the attention span of a 3 year old.

But apart from that, she's quite good at what she does.

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James Bracey

Sydney Sports Presenter, 9News

James Bracey is a sports presenter for 9News Sydney. Bracey also hosts Nine’s National Rugby League coverage and the 100% Footy program.

Bracey graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), after joining Sky News as a sports reporter and presenter in 2004.

He stayed at Sky for almost 13 years, during which time he covered three Summer Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016), two Winter Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014), and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, as well as the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

In December 2016, he was announced as the host of Nine’s rugby league coverage, joining the famous Wide World of Sports team that includes Ray Warren, Peter Sterling, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer.

As well as regular season matches, Bracey hosts the State of Origin series and Nine’s NRL Grand Final coverage.

In 2019, Bracey also co-hosted the Australian Open tennis coverage for Nine.

In April 2022, Bracey joined the 9News Sydney sports desk, sitting beside news anchor Peter Overton in his role of weekday sports presenter.

When he’s not broadcasting from a stadium or a studio, Bracey keeps himself busy with plenty of running along his local beach, and improving his golf and tennis form – both, he says, very much a work in progress.

James and his wife Margot are very happy parents to two young daughters.

Vandita Pandey

Chief Marketing Officer ANZ, Snacks & Beverages, PepsiCo

Vandita Pandey is PepsiCo’s first ever Australian CMO, charged with unifying and innovating the global snack and beverage producer’s strategies for iconic brands including Pepsi Max, Smith’s, Red Rock Deli, Doritos, Gatorade, Bluebird and Copper Kettle potato chips. Since taking on the leadership role within PepsiCo’s Australian operations in 2021, Vandita has overseen the complete redevelopment of PepsiCo’s consumer engagement strategy at a national scale, unifying disparate consumer brand marketing activities into a centralised program focused on enhancing consumer centrality and technological innovation. Vandita has recently been profiled in The Australian and The Australian Financial Review discussing PepsiCo’s innovative approach to consumer marketing.

Dena Vassallo

Founder & CEO, SOCIETY

Dena is the Founder and CEO of SOCIETY,an independent, female-founded, owned and led agency with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Chicago, USA. We support brands and organisations that are positively advancing society. SOCIETY was founded in Australia in 2017 and was named Best Places to Work in Asia-Pacific by PRWeek/Campaign Asia in 2023. Dena has over 20 years of international PR, marketing and communications experience in the US, Asia and Australia, and prior to launching SOCIETY, held roles at Edelman and WPP. SOCIETY works with Woolworths, Optus, Unilever and many more. Recognised as a global PR leader in the industry, Dena also serves on multiple boards, aiming to advance society and equality in a positive way. 

Jess Manihera

Head of Marketing ANZ, Sanitarium The Health Food Company

Jessica Manihera is the Head of Marketing for Sanitarium The Health Food Company ANZ.  With over two decades of experience in marketing leadership, Jessica is a dynamic leader who is passionate about promoting health and wellness through nutritious and sustainable food choices with iconic grocery brands such as Weet-Bix, UP&GO, and So Good.

After studying a Conjoint Bachelor's degree in Law and Commerce, Jessica's journey in marketing began with a passion for creatively solving consumer problems. Her leadership at Sanitarium is marked by a deep understanding of the power of data and insights to drive consumer-centred innovation, communication, and marketing initiatives that yield tangible commercial outcomes.

Before her role at Sanitarium, Jessica held marketing leadership roles at Campbell Arnott’s, where she had the chance to oversee and contribute to an extensive portfolio of renowned Australian brands. Today, at the helm of Sanitarium's marketing endeavours, she not only fosters a culture of innovation and collaboration but also actively contributes to the cultivation of a new generation of leaders who share her passion for making a positive impact.  Jessica appreciates her team’s inspiring high-performance culture, expertise, and diversity of thinking.  Together, they collectively work to grow ideas into meaningful connections and impactful experiences for consumers, inspired by a shared commitment to promoting health and wellness.

Jessica Manihera's passion extends beyond marketing; it is defined by her commitment to nurturing talent, fostering diversity, and empowering the next generation of marketers and female leaders to shape the future of the industry.

Chris Colter

Chief Strategy & Product Officer, Initiative

Chris is the Chief Strategy & Product Officer of Initiative AUNZ, an agency that harnesses Fame & Flow to grow brands and was ranked the number one media agency in the world by Campaign. Responsible for developing the agency product, strategic output and leading new business efforts Chris helped lead the transformation of the agency in Australia and the launch of its newest market in New Zealand.

Underpinning this is his commitment to the work. Throughout his career Chris has delivered some of the most revered and effective media campaigns, recognised in Cannes Lions, Effies, Festival of Media, MFA and more. At an individual level this has seen Chris become one of the most awarded strategists in market, from taking home the Global Cannes Young Lions Competition,
MediaWeek 100 and Next of the Best, to Campaign Asia’s 40under40 and Strategic Brand Planner of the Year.

Chris is also the co-chair of the Media Federation of Australia conference and award committee, responsible for setting the vision and benchmark for best-in-class media planning in the Australian market. Alongside this Chris was also hand selected as an industry advisor for SXSW Sydney, helping curate the content for the inaugural event.

Outside of work, Chris is a big kid at heart and you’ll find Chris either playing LEGO with his kid or at a racetrack.

April Siler

Chief Executive Officer, Rêveuse

April Siler, the founder and CEO of Champagne brand Rêveuse, has 20 years of experience in the Global food and beverage industry.  April has expertise in driving exponential growth for disruptor brands in traditional categories.

April was the CEO for high growth supplements brand 8Greens and the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Development for the plant-based milk brand Califia Farms.  During Califia’s most intensive 3-year growth period April spearheaded all USA marketing and led the brand’s internationalization.  April previously led marketing and sales for Aussie brand The Chia Co.  From the brand’s creative inception through to development of a world first innovation - Chia Pod, where April partnered with world champion surfer Kelly Slater for brand communications.

April who has lived in New York, Los Angeles and London - began her career in Melbourne, Australia in the Treasury department of Visy.  April has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Economics, from Monash University in Melbourne.  April played professional basketball in Australia and Spain and has a passion for grower Champagne and nutritious foods. 

“Rêveuse is the French word for a woman who dreams. I’ve been called a dreamer by men in the business world, and it was considered an insult. I’ve always been proud to be able to dream up new worlds and possibilities for others, and I wanted to claim that feeling for Rêveuse. For me, it’s about being able to create something that, by its distinctive taste and ability to make any occasion feel a bit fancy, brings friends and family together to create memorable moments. That, to me, is true luxury — and a worthy dream.”  April Siler.

Dom Hind

Managing Partner – People & Ops, Reunion Agency

Dom has been working in the digital marketing and eComm industry since 1998. With a strong belief in collaboration and continuous improvement, she has extensive experience in setting up digital and CRM departments at major advertising agencies within Australia.

In 2010, Dom started her own successful digital agency, WiTH Collective, with her husband, Justin Hind, prioritising their team’s personal growth and hands-on development through a people-centric approach. Dom is dedicated to empowering individuals, unlocking their potential and fostering team synergy. She’s on a mission to drive forward REUNION’s success. She is not only focused on maximising efficiencies but is also deeply passionate about environmental sustainability, actively recycling and advocating against resource and plastic waste.

Jen Sharpe

Founder & Managing Director, Think HQ

Jen is a formidable communicator, driven by her values and her passion for her team. She is the sole founder and managing director of Think HQ-a Positive Change agency with over 90 people. Previously Jen has been awarded the B&T Entrepreneur of the Year, PRIA Industry Leader of the Year, and CommsCon PR Leader of the Year, Women Leading Change Award, Swinburne Social Impact Awards and Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence (business award).

She has over 20 years’ experience in managing significant national campaigns. In addition to her communications experience, she is a politics and policy nerd, and understands the very important intersect between social policy and communications in any effective behaviour change campaign. She is also a businesswoman who thrives on growing the Think HQ business.

Jen launched her business in 2010 from the kitchen table. Using no external equity, she has worked with an ever-growing team of talented and passionate people to build the business one project at a time. She has been unrelenting in solely committing the business to only working on projects that lead to positive social impact. She was told countless times by many people that the business model would never work, and fortunately they were all wrong! It is possible to do good and run a robust, profitable business.

In 2019, Jen acquired CultureVerse, a multicultural communications agency, helping organisations reach and influence diverse audience groups across Australia. That acquisition, and the appointment of a Head, First Nations Engagement, means that the vision of becoming a creative powerhouse underpinned by inclusion, is slowly and finally being recognised.

Jen holds a 1st class Honours Degree in Politics from Monash and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Entrepreneurialism) from Swinburne. In 2013, she was the recipient of a scholarship to study an Executive Certificate in Business at Berkeley, California.

Christina Aventi

Chief Strategy Officer, BMF

A young-at-heart veteran with 24 years’ experience, Christina started her career as a ‘grad’, client side at Unilever. After getting that solid grounding in marketing and category management, she jumped ship and found a permanent home as a brand and communications strategist where comms theory crashed into sociology with a little side of pop psychology for good measure.  It was the goldilocks of roles for her, understanding people and even herself a little better by being the consumer whisperer, representing the voice of the punter on the street. Since then has contributed to award-winning, effective campaigns across an array of clients (ALDI, Government, FMCG) and is most proud of the behaviour change work she has been part of in both the commercial and social marketing sector. 

An industry commentator and regular panellist on Gruen (ABC), Christina has led BMF to be the most effective agency in Australia, in 2017 and in 2019, and number 3 in the world in the WARC Creative Effectiveness ratings.  Whilst she’s driven to deliver creativity that’s effective, it’s superseded by being mum to her two kids, the mini schnauzer, Ziggy and doing ‘life’ as best she can alongside her partner Mark.

Sarah Walsh

Head of AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ 2026 Office, Football Australia

A values-led sports executive, Sarah has been instrumental in Australia securing the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. As part of this, Sarah is spearheading football’s national Legacy'23 plan, an inclusive strategy aimed at leveraging the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

In her role at Football Australia, Sarah leads a team that is squarely focused on driving long lasting social and economic change for football, working with key stakeholders, in football, all levels of government, and the private sector to achieve this.

As an athlete for 20 years, and former CommBank Matilda, Sarah represented Australia at football’s top tier, including at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007.

Beyond her professional playing career, Sarah transferred the skills she developed as an athlete, to transition into leadership roles in football, accumulating extensive experience in driving gender equity in governance. Qualified in driving high performing teams, and building frameworks that create more inclusive environments for grassroots and elite level sport.

As a legacy builder, she brings unique and progressive insights, adopting a results driven approach to business, with people at the centre of all decisions.

Lisa Dent

Vice President Global Marketing, BlueScope

Lisa Dent is a marketing executive and leader with over 25 years marketing and sales experience in large manufacturing businesses. She has spent many years developing and implementing marketing strategy within the home improvement, building and construction industry. During her career she has also applied her skills across a wide range of industries including FMCG specifically food and veterinary pharmaceutical, retail, building and construction. She is currently the Vice President of Global Marketing at BlueScope, a leader in metal coating and painted steel products headquartered in Australia, with operations spread across North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and throughout Asia and well known for brands such as COLORBOND® steel.  Lisa is passionate about learning, supporting diversity and creating the right environment for marketers to be the best versions of themselves for the benefit of the business, marketing teams and individual growth.

Aimie Rigas

Director of Audience Growth, Nine Publishing

Aimie is an audience engagement and growth expert. She is the Director of Audience Growth for Nine Publishing, which includes The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and all associated brands such as Good Food. In this role, Aimie is responsible for audience engagement, consumer subscription revenue and marketing. She is a board member of the Fairfax Foundation, which provides financial support to advance the health, education and welfare of people who work in, or have previously worked in, the media industry in Australia and their families.

Zannie Abbott

Head Of Campaigns and Communications, eBay Australia

Zannie Abbott is Head of Campaigns and Communications at eBay Australia. Her experience spans over two decades of marketing, driven by a passion for storytelling. Previous to eBay she worked across brands such as Kellogg’s, Blackmores, and Sony, honing her expertise in digital marketing, sponsorship, events and communications. Zannie's diverse experience in agencies, entrepreneurship, and client - side roles provides her with a comprehensive understanding of the marketing industry, enabling her to craft narratives that resonate with audiences and foster meaningful connections with communities.

Lara Thom

Global Chief Marketing Officer, Guzman y Gomez

Lara Thom is currently Global Chief Marketing Officer at Guzman y Gomez. GYG is Australia’s fastest-growing fast food company. , serving real, made-to-order Mexican food using real, fresh produce and authentic ingredients. With speed, technology and innovation at the core of the business, Guzman y Gomez is reinventing fast food by showing it’s possible to serve good food, fast, without compromising on nutrition or quality. 

Lara joined Guzman y Gomez in 2016 after a period as General Manager of Digital and Marketing for Vittoria Food & Beverage. Lara is an entrepreneur at heart and thrives within founder led businesses. Having launched several successful ventures, including digital agency Be.Interactive which was sold to Salmat in 2010, babywear brand “L'il Fraser Collection” and the “Junior MasterChef” range of children’s cookware and aprons. Lara began her career as a journalist at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Lara was also named in the 2022 CMO50 list. 

She currently sits on the Board of Directors at Loreto Normanhurst, has served on the Local Organising Committee for the FIBA Women's World Cup in Sydney 2022 and she is the proud Mum to 5 children between the ages of 19 and 11. Lara spends her weekends driving children to sports and answering questions like “are you completely mad?”

Samara Kitchener

Founder and Managing Director, House of Kitch (Moderator)

Samara Kitchener is a multi-award winning strategic communications specialist who has a passion for health, technology and behaviour change. With 20 years senior marketing, communications and engagement experience working across government, food, defence and health sectors, Samara has deep expertise in integrated planning for significant campaigns and executing across multi-channel platforms.

Samara is an advanced practitioner of the Social Ecological Model and worked as an adviser to the World Health Organisation on risk communication strategies for pregnant women. She has led multi-stakeholder communication strategies for the Women in Sport Strategy; NSW Multicultural Strategy; NSW Physical Activity Strategy; and the Royal Australian Air Force Plan Jericho Behaviour Change Strategy.   

Samara is the immediate past NSW President, Public Relations Institute of Australia, and is a guest lecturer at the University of NSW and University of Technology, Sydney.

Previous roles include Strategic Advisor Communications and Engagement with NSW Health where she led preventive health campaigns on overweight and obesity, HIV, STIs and hepatitis. Samara was also Director Communications with the NSW Food Authority where she led communication strategies, digital channels, crisis communications and education campaigns.

Samara has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and an Honours Degree in Food Science and Technology

Gregory Cohen

Deputy Director, The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems

Gregory Cohen is an Associate Professor in neuromorphic systems and the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) at Western Sydney University. He leads the neuromorphic algorithms and space applications for ICNS.

Prior to returning to research from industry, he worked in several start-ups and established engineering and consulting firms including working a consulting engineer in the field of large-scale HVAC from 2007 to 2009, as an electronic design engineer from 2009 to 2011, and as an expert consultant for Kaiser Economic Development Practice in 2012.

He is a pioneer of neuromorphic engineering, biology-inspired sensors, event-based sensing, space imaging, space situational awareness, space domain awareness, spiking neural networks, and neuromorphic computing.

Dr William Crowe

Founder and CEO, HEO

Dr. William (Will) Crowe is Founder and CEO of HEO, a Sydney-based company that provides in-orbit satellite inspection and monitoring services through proprietary software by acquiring satellite imagery from space-based sensors. Will founded HEO in 2016, while completing his PhD in astrodynamics from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focused on the dynamics of spacecraft swarms around asteroids and included a prize-winning paper on satellite missions to asteroids passing through Earth orbit. After earning his PhD in 2018, Will began applying the principles developed during his research to his business. He quickly found that there were urgent applications to space debris and inspecting damaged satellites. Today, Will leads a team to help satellite operators and governments monitor their assets to help them prevent accidents and optimise their satellite life.

Simone Gupta

Co-Founder, Supermassive (Moderator)

It took Simone Gupta 25 years of successfully running agencies for inspiring founders, and heading up network agencies across UK, US and Australia before she took the leap to set up new independent creative studio Supermassive.

Simone has been active in the gender equality discussion for many years, she has been key to setting up the founding committee of the Australian chapter of Global Women in PR, a worldwide mentoring and activist body. Simone was the founding chairman of UK girl's rights charity One Woman at a Time.

Alex Derwin

Chief Creative Officer, BMF

In the last 20 years he’s worked at agencies in Europe, the US, and Australia. He’s raised voodoo spirits in Louisiana graveyards, written and directed two documentary shorts for charities in Portland, and created an 8ft tall anatomically correct heart from rejected layouts that bled when arrows were fired into it.

Since joining BMF he’s he has led ALDI to become the most creative account in Australia – with 76 creative and effectiveness awards, including Cannes, One Show, AWARD Awards, LIA, Spikes, and Effies.

Alex has also played a key role in the agency’s new business success, leading business wins on Tourism Tasmania, Sydney Morning Herald, Audi, TAL, Dulux, The Federal Govt, NSW Govt, Agoda, Bari sta Bros, Sharsies, hipages, and PetBarn.

In the last 3 years Alex helped guide the agency to its most successful financial results in a decade, and the best award showing in its history, including nine national agency of the awards.

Julia Vargiu

Director, Australia, SI Partners (Moderator)

New business is a science for Julia Vargiu, Founder & MD of New Business Methodology and Australian Director of SI Partners, a global M&A consultancy advising creative and technology businesses to achieve maximum value for shareholders.

A no-nonsense New Yorker now residing in Sydney, Julia is an international business growth consultant, masterclass facilitator, keynote speaker, mentor and awards judge. Over her 25-year career she has advised thousands of agency CEOs around the world on how to get ‘fit for scale so they are fit for sale’ and to win more business from current and future clients – without relying on pitching.

She is a regular keynote speaker and moderator at Mumbrella360 and is often asked to deliver conference keynotes that focus on improving commercial rigour, innovative methods to fill your pipeline while driving business growth, diversification, and profitability.

Kim Muridge

National Media Manager, Lite n’ Easy

Kim is an experienced marketer with a concentration on media. Kim is currently the National Marketing Manager at Lite n’ Easy and has over 30 years of industry experience.

Prior to joining Lite n’ Easy, Kim worked media agency side, including 10 years at Zenith in Brisbane.

Kim has spent the last 13 years at Lite n’ Easy. Her responsibilities are diverse, but she remains focused on the media investment and effectiveness with her agency team at Zenith.

Leo Hadden

Head Of Strategy + Partner, BrandOpus

Leo is global Head of Strategy, accountable for all strategic outputs of the agency. A naturally critical thinker, Leo is driven by an understated fascination for the relationship between people, brands and design – and has channelled that into commercially-effective and creatively-fruitful partnerships with the likes of McCain, Twinings, Saputo, McCormick, and Molson Coors. He operates at the intersection of business and creativity, fusing logic with imagination to develop strategies that change the way people feel about brands, instinctively and irresistibly. The result is work that really works, in the moments that matter most.

Andrew Baxter

Founder & Senior Advisor, 24hr Business Plan

Andrew "Billy" Baxter is one of Australia’s most trusted business, marketing and communications advisors. He is passionate about helping companies unlock topline growth through sharp strategy and executional excellence. Billy has worked with many of Australia's largest companies, brands and government bodies, from his time as the CEO of two of the country's biggest communications agencies, Publicis, and Ogilvy, and as a Senior Advisor at KPMG. He now sits on a number of boards, including as Chair of Australian Pork and the Deputy Chair of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is a Senior Advisor to Australia's largest private equity firm, BGH Capital, and the Founder of the 24HR Business Plan.

Tim Baggott

Executive Creative Director, Amplify (Moderator)

Tim Baggott leads creative at Amplify for the APAC region. For over a decade he’s applied a multidisciplinary approach to strategy, campaigns and brand experiences for some of the world's most respected brands, organisations and personalities, with clients including Google, Nike, PlayStation and Elton John. Tim is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fact and is particularly motivated by opportunities to unite innovation and culture.

Lucinda O’Brien

Senior Creative Strategist, Amplify

As the APAC Strategy Lead for Amplify, Lucinda O’Brien helps businesses strategically connect with audiences through culture–including for Google, Netflix and Levi’s. In her eight-year career in strategy, she has worked across brand development, campaigns, and experiences in both Los Angeles and Sydney. Lucinda believes in the power that brands have to drive cultural narratives forward and space is no exception. Her interest in space began when a school visit to a planetarium first illuminated just how vast the universe was beyond her Queensland hometown.

Keegan Buzza

Director of Communications, Australian Space Agency

Keegan Buzza is the Director of Communications at the Australian Space Agency, leading the Agency’s efforts across media, marketing, strategic communications and community outreach.

Since joining the Agency in 2021, Keegan has overseen a number of major projects including the G’Day Moon campaign, the Agency’s standalone website, Adelaide Fringe festival activation, large- scale Team Australia presences at international events and the competition to name Australia’s first Moon rover.

Before the Agency, Keegan was the senior media adviser to a cabinet Minister – working across the Industry, Science, Technology and Home Affairs portfolios.

Keegan’s career began in radio, working for around a decade as a journalist, newsreader and presenter – starting on the Gold Coast before a senior role at 2UE and then as a newsreader and presenter on Sydney’s top rating Jonesy and Amanda breakfast show on WSFM.

With appearances on TV as a social commentator, Keegan draws on his background in communicating with people every day to excite and educate Australians about space, and all the ways it improves our lives.

Keegan completed a Bachelor of Journalism at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, after growing up in country Queensland.

Laura Agricola

Brand and Creative Strategy Director, Keep Left

Laura Agricola is a Brand and Creative Strategy Director at Keep Left, an integrated creative and PR agency. She has 15+ years of working with the world’s top advertising agencies in Melbourne, Sydney, Colorado, and New York.

Her career includes pivotal leadership roles, such as establishing Verizon as one of America's top telecommunications giants, navigating American Express through the complexities of consumer sentiment during the Global Financial Crisis, rejuvenating Elizabeth Arden's image to resonate with a younger audience and spearheading social-change campaigns that transformed consumer behaviour for Guide Dogs Australia.

Laura's approach is deeply rooted in using psychographics and ethnographic to uncover the intrinsic human and cultural truths that drive behaviour, enabling brands to craft narratives and experiences that resonate on a profound level, challenge conventional norms, and pave the way for new ones.

Harris Galloway

Behavioural Strategist, Keep Left

Harris is a Behavioural Strategist at Keep Left, an integrated creative and PR agency.

Since joining the agency three years ago, Harris has played a pivotal role in setting Keep Left’s strategic vision and championing its audience-first approach. He has introduced a psychographic data-led audience development process for all Keep Left clients, and has crafted effective and strategic work for ANZ, Guide Dogs, Orthodontics Australia, PassportCard and others.

With a background in behavioural science and a Master of Applied Psychology from the University of Melbourne, Harris has developed a deep knowledge of consumer behaviour and a passion for understanding why we do what we do, and how it impacts those around us.

Nick Baker

CEO, Reflections Holiday Parks

Nick Baker is an experienced travel and technology CEO with a passion for nature and sustainability. He is the CEO of Reflections Holiday Parks, a leading nature-driven escapes organisation and the largest holiday park operator in New South Wales, welcoming 2 million visitors each year to its 39 coastal and inland parks, camping grounds and unique properties.

Prior to joining Reflections, Nick was CEO at Triptech/CamperMate and Red Balloon and Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Australia.

Nick’s global tourism expertise encompasses parks, hotels, restaurants and camps in the UK, USA, Asia and Australia.

His love of food, wine and nature is reflected in his Directorships: he was the Chair of Ultimate Wineries Australia and a past Director of Australian Regional Tourism and is currently on the Board of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW.

Patrick Millington-Buck

Senior Marketing Manager, Commercial Partnerships, Virgin Australia

Patrick is the Senior Marketing Manager, Commercial Partnerships at Virgin Australia. He has over 10 years international experience, across agency and brand side, creating award winning partnerships and activations for some of the world’s most iconic brands. At Virgin Australia, Patrick is part of the 2023 Mumbrella Marketing Team of the Year and manages all major brand partnerships across the VA group nationally, including it’s official airline partnership with the AFL, Starlight Children’s Charity, Adelaide Fringe and others. Patrick believes that successful brand partnerships are the outcome of data-led insights and creativity, which deliver tangible business results.

Linda McDonald

Director Marketing, Sales & CX, Vista

With a great track record of leading strategic direction of some of Australia’s well-known brands, Linda brings 20 years of experience in the marketing, eCommerce, and digital space. She also has diverse experience in the technology, digital, retail, consumer, healthcare, B2C and B2B spaces. Prior to her role at VistaPrint, Linda held roles such as Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer at Entertainment Group, Chief Marketing Officer at Best & Less and Head of Marketing at BIG W. Linda’s focus is connecting with customers to find the right balance between building brands and delivering strong commercial outcomes, through collaboration and leading high performance teams.

Rachel Edwardes

GM, Forethought Advisory (Moderator)

Aligning and energising brands to confidently act on consumer insight, Rachel leads the Forethought Advisory business. Employing facilitation processes and design thinking Rachel and team guide clients to achieve singular focus.

Having joined Forethought in 2010 as Head of Marketing, Rachel has built the marketing framework and contributed to the firm launching and establishing Forethought in the North American market and executing Forethought’s brand growth strategy.  An experienced B2B marketer, prior to Forethought Rachel led marketing functions in Investment Banking, Funds Management, and running her own marketing consultancy specialising in financial and professional services.

Laura Mulcahy

Director of Cultural Strategy, TRA

Laura Mulcahy is the Director of Cultural Strategy at TRA. A keen futurist and forecaster she spent nearly a decade at Nike, USA, as part of the Global Culture & Societal Insights team, analysing the global trends and lifestyle shifts that drive sport and culture. 

Colleen Ryan

Partner, TRA

Colleen Ryan, partner, TRA, is an insights industry thought leader, strategist, cultural sociologist and behavioural science practitioner, whose curious mindset is fuelled by 40 years' experience in Europe, North America and APAC. 

Michael Ramsey

Co-Founder and Co-Director, STRONG Pilates

Michael has extensive experience across the fitness industry as an entrepreneur, personal trainer, and coach. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of STRONG Pilates, a training format that combines pilates with strength training to create a high-intensity low-impact workout for all fitness levels. With a Master's in Commerce and a background in Fitness Marketing, Michael has established several successful fitness businesses, including six F45 franchises, and since launching STRONG Pilates in 2019, has grown the unique fitness format to eight global territories. In 2022 and 2023, Michael was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Fitness in Victoria and globally, is recognised as an innovator in fitness.

Imogen Hewitt

Chief Media Officer, Publicis Groupe ANZ & CEO, Spark Foundry ANZ

Imogen has spent 25 years in full service, media and creative agencies both in Australia and South East Asia. A career strategist she has parlayed her skills in insight, instinct and understanding people into agency leadership roles. In 2024, she was appointed Chief Media Officer for Publicis Groupe ANZ while retaining her role as CEO of Spark Foundry ANZ. 

Since taking on the position of Spark Foundry Australia CEO four years ago, Imogen has accelerated the growth of the agency exponentially. Topping the new business lists in 2020 and 2022, Spark Foundry has more than doubled in size in the last three years while also becoming one of Australia’s happiest agencies. In 2022, Imogen expanded her remit to include Spark Foundry New Zealand. 

Recently, she was named #3 in Mediaweek Australia’s 2023 Agency 50 Power List and has been recognised on the B&T Women In Media Power List every year since 2017. She has also previously been named as one of Campaign Asia’s ‘Women to Watch’ in 2017 and 2020. 

Nick Garrett

Global Leader – Marketing & Commerce, Deloitte Digital

Nick has 24 years industry experience leading some of the most creative companies in world, while also working globally and locally on some of the most dynamic brands in the world – Airbnb, Apple, Google, Adidas, The United Nations, Absolut Vodka, Heineken, BMW Mini, Levi’s and VW to name but a few. 

Over his career Nick has worked in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia at agencies who operate at the business end of creativity. Nick is the only leader globally to have been the CEO across two agencies (Colenso BBDO & Clemenger BBDO) who between them have been named the most creative agency in the world three times.

His passion for commercial creativity and his entrepreneurial mind has helped launch some of the most innovative and transformative work to come out of this market in the last two decades, which is why he was named Australian Marketing Leader of the year in 2018.

Nick left the agency world behind two years ago to set up his own consultancy before joining Deloitte Digital Creative as a partner in September 2021. He sits on numerous advisory boards, has launched several companies in the past two years and in a pro-bono capacity is the senior global strategy and creative consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

Jason Daniel

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LSKD

From a high school nickname to a global sportswear brand, Jason's 20-year journey has been nothing short of inspiring. Always finding comfort in being uncomfortable, Jason has imprinted a love for pushing his own limits on LSKD's mission and purpose as a global brand. Growing up immersed in BMX and Motocross, Jason's fearlessness earned him the nickname "Loose Kid". Fast forward two decades, and Jason (37) is still that loose kid - in fact he ran with the nickname and made a global sportswear brand out of it. The journey commenced in 2002 when Jason, at the age of 16, began operating from his mother's bedroom to earn extra money for his bike. In 2007, Loose Kid Industries rebranded as LKI, later transitioning from wholesale to ecommerce in 2018, ultimately evolving into the globally recognised brand, LSKD, as we know it today. Embracing humble beginnings, from undertaking a carpentry apprenticeship to running a struggling business for many years, and making numerous business defining decisions along the way, Jason's journey exemplifies the ethos of perseverance and determination. Through a genuine commitment to personal growth and self-discovery, Jason's narrative is one of resilience, marked by a willingness to learn from mistakes, fail forward, inspiring people to be 1% better every day.

Chris Gartside

Director of Data & Analytics, PepsiCo ANZ

Chris Gartside, Director of Data & Analytics at PepsiCo ANZ has been with the business for three years, having held roles in both London and Sydney. He is highly experienced with customer, financial and transactional data across multiple geographies. His specialist areas include data science, commercial application of data science, analytical skills, data governance, statistical modelling and advanced analytics. 

Nikki Dahlgren

Executive Director, and Head of Behavioural Science, The Lab Insight and Strategy

Nikki works on the forefront of behavioural science and psychological theory to more deeply understand why people behave the way they do and develop creative, tailor-made strategies to ignite behaviour change. 20 years of experience consulting on a range of cultural, social and commercial challenges for top tier corporates, government and social agencies to drive growth and deliver effective, impactful change. 

Jonny Hanratty

Group Strategy Director, and Behavioural Science Lead, The Lab Insight and Strategy

Jonny is a behaviour change strategy specialist. Currently working at the intersection of behavioural science and design, technology and culture. Over a decade of experience applying Behavioural Science to business & societal behavioural challenges. Working with fin-tech and transport technology start-ups, global market leaders, state and federal governments, retailers, airlines, pharmaceuticals, not-for-profits. Putting scientific process and behavioural design at the centre of strategy.

Ryan Fitzgerald

Executive Creative Director, Special Australia

Ryan is the Executive Creative Director of Special, Melbourne. His career in creativity has been defined by culturally unignorable ideas. From TV shows, to packaging innovations, mobile games to documentaries, art installations to Super Bowl spots, Ryan has always enjoyed elevating communications above the expected. 
 
Some of his most notable work includes selling Australia to the world under the guise of a Crocodile Dundee reboot for Tourism Australia, exploring sports performance in a documentary with Gotham Chopra and Seph Curry, helping the world to establish its own Black Box in aid of climate change, and of course, the Shift 20 Initiative. 
 
Ryan’s work has been awarded at all major international shows, including Titanium at Cannes, yellow pencils at D&AD, One Show, AWARD and Webby Awards and golds at the Effies. Ryan was also the recipient of the first-ever Logie for Most Popular Television Commercial for Tourism Australia’s Dundee. 

Chris Maxwell

Founder & CEO, -lution & Executive Chairman, In-House Agency Council

Chris Maxwell is a senior marketer and business leader with 20 years’ experience across Australia, Asia Pacific and North American markets.  

Chris is founder and CEO of -lution, Australia’s leading marketing transformation consultancy focused on in-house and hybrid agency models. Through -lution Chris and his team have built, run and optimised more in-house agencies than anyone in Australia. Chris is also Executive Chairman of the In-House Agency Council (IHAC), Asia’s leading industry body for in-house and hybrid agencies. Through IHAC Chris and his team share best practices, build capability and advocate for the in-house and hybrid agency industry. 

Prior to this Chris spent 13 years on the client side in senior marketing roles for ABInbev, SAB Miller and Carlton & United Breweries, leading a multibillion-dollar portfolio of iconic Australian brands.  

Mel Hopkins

Chief Marketing & Audience Officer , Seven West Media Ltd

Melissa Hopkins is the Chief Marketing and Audience Officer, responsible for driving audience numbers and growth across Seven West Media. Her portfolio includes brand strategy, consumer and trade marketing, audience research, promotions, publicity, social media and corporate communications. 

One of Australia’s most successful and acclaimed marketers, Hopkins was previously Vice President Marketing CMO at Optus. In 2021, Optus was recognised as Australia’s strongest brand (Campaign Asia) and awarded ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ (Mumbrella). 

With over 25 years’ global experience both agency and client side, Hopkins has deep consumer and enterprise experience across a wide range of sectors and high-profile brands, and in November 2022 was named #4 in CM050 2022, and in 2021 was awarded ‘APAC Marketer of the Year’ (Campaign Asia). 

Hopkins is also a strategic advisor to the National Mental Health Commission and an advisory board member at ADMA.  

Moderator

Nick Thomas

Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, -lution

Nick helps run -lution; a marketing transformation consultancy run by marketers for marketers.  Nick’s background as an international executive has seen him lead marketing, product and P&L functions for big blue-chip consumer brands in the UK and Australia. 

His previous roles include CMO RACV, CMO Betfair, GM Consumer Telstra, and Head of Digital & Consumer O2 UK.  With practical experience leading growth and change for some of the biggest consumer brands in the world’s most competitive markets, Nick has also built and led in-house agency teams at Betfair, RACV, O2, and GE Money. 

Gavin Watson

Industry Lead, monday.com

With over 20+ years of experience spanning the global creative and marketing software space, Gavin has worked with many of the world's leading Retailers and Brands. Spending time working within the Global Advertising group WPP and within startups and marketing software companies, his experience is leading the monday.com growth into the retail and marketing and creative space.

Jaimes Leggett

Founding Partner, Today the Brave (Moderator)

Jaimes Leggett founded full service creative agency Today The Brave in 2022 following an illustrious career spanning the UK and Australia. Prior to founding the Sydney-based agency, Jaimes held leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic agencies; most recently as Group CEO of M&C Saatchi AU/NZ and preceding this, as Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather in the UK.  

Today the Brave was founded in response to an increased appetite for agile, independent agency partners. A little over 10 months since opening the doors, Today the Brave has attracted clients including True North, Carnival Cruise Line, MECCA, the University of Sydney, Zambrero, AMP North, News Corp and HOYTS, to name a few. This year, the agency has also made it onto MediaWeek’s ‘Hot’ list, as well as being nominated for B&T’s ‘Emerging Agency of the Year’.   

Through a combination of big picture thinking, entrepreneurial pedigree and proven leadership, Jaimes is driving forward Today the Brave’s ambitious growth, using his superpower of making the complex simple.  

Simon Robinson

Executive Editor, Reuters (Moderator)

Simon is Executive Editor at Reuters. He helps run the newsroom of 2,500 people; oversees all Reuters news publishing assets; and manages the news budget and operations team. Simon joined Reuters in 2010 and ran investigations and enterprise reporting in Europe, Middle East and Africa before taking on a series of management positions and projects to rethink the way a newswire works in the 2020s. Before Reuters, Simon was a correspondent and then editor at Time magazine, reporting from more than 50 countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Craig McCosker

Group Product Manager, Future Focus, ABC Digital Product

Craig is the Group Product Manager for Future Focus in ABC Digital Product. Craig has been facing the challenges of digital transformation in media since the dawn of the World Wide Web in the 90s. For the past several years, Craig has focused on developing strategies and products around AI conversational technologies to further the ABC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.

Bettina Brown

Director of Consumer Marketing, News Australia

Bettina Brown is a seasoned marketing professional currently serving as the Director of Consumer Marketing at News Australia.  With a decade of experience under her belt with the publisher Bettina spearheads consumer facing programs for renowned news brands like The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail and news.com.au.  Her purview extends beyond news, encompassing marketing for lifestyle staples such as Delicious, Vogue, Body & Soul, Escape, as well as Australia's premier fantasy sports brand, Supercoach.

Bettina's tenure at News has coincided with pivotal moments in Australian news, most recently the voracious news cycle of the pandemic. She's also been witness to the evolution of content consumption from print to digital, highlighting the growing significance of consumer subscriptions.

Before joining News, Bettina held senior marketing positions at David Jones and spent time in the sports arena working in Rugby League and as the Director of Marketing at the Australian Turf Club.

Vanessa Lyons

CEO, ThinkNewsBrands (Moderator)

Vanessa Lyons is the CEO of  ThinkNewsBrands.  A three-time CMO Top 50 lister, she has held a range of executive positions at Wilson Parking, insurance business AUB Group, Telstra and Philips.Her influential career remains a driving force in shaping the trajectory of news media. 

Lisa Davies

CEO, Australian Associated Press

Lisa returned to AAP as CEO having started her media career at the national newswire in 2000 – first as an editorial assistant in the Brisbane bureau, then as cadet journalist in 2001. She became Sydney's police reporter and undertook a three-month exchange program with the UK’s Press Association. 

Lisa then joined The Daily Telegraph in 2004, working there for seven years, primarily as Chief Court Reporter. In 2012, she was appointed to lead The Sydney Morning Herald’s crime and courts coverage as Crime Editor. She covered the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa for the masthead among other major news events, also serving as Deputy News Director, Investigations editor and Deputy Editor.

Lisa was appointed editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in February 2017. She resigned in November 2021.

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Anssi Rusi

CEO, Supermetrics

Anssi is the CEO of Supermetrics. Before joining Supermetrics, Anssi was the COO of Smartly.io, a global marketing and advertising tech company. He has a proven track record of driving profitability and revenue growth.

Phil Hwang

Head of Strategy, SGK

Philip Hwang is APAC Head of Strategy at SGK, a global brand content agency. For almost 20 years, he has helped brands invent new ways to show up, with insights rooted in human needs and commercial sense.  

Equal parts brand/creative strategist and experience designer, he has led Accor’s global repositioning and group transformation, united Herbalife’s user experience across ASEAN, fast-tracked product innovation for General Mills and AB-InBev, and helped plan brand futures for SkyTeam.  

A champion for APAC-led innovation and specialist in cross-cultural localisation and market entry, he leads strategy across SGK offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Sydney.

Jade Lish

Head of Marketing - ANZ, v2food

Jade Lish, serving as Head of Marketing for v2food - Australia’s leading plant-protein company. She is responsible for evoking social change that will have a lasting impact on the planet – encouraging meat consumption reduction. 12 years’ experience working across various sectors in business strategy, marketing communications and innovation, she uses her data-driven approach for value creation; delivering growth and profit. Jade is also member of the advisory council for NFP - The Marketing Academy. Jade enjoys travelling abroad to explore different cultures. Passionate about nature, Jade loves ocean swimming and running her energetic kelpies. She contributes to the swimming community through volunteering. 

My role will actually change in a few weeks, to be more focused on direct to consumer versus just retail – so its good timing. I can probably talk more to the learning journey we are on in how to use both channels to drive growth. 

Mairead Jarrett

Digital Commerce Lead, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia

Mairead is a senior marketing & sales professional with 5+ years in the digital commerce channel.  

Currently leading this for the licensed channel of CCEP her role covers the increasing cross shop between liquor and grocery in the omni chase for bigger baskets & the part retail media has to play.  

Other areas covered include leading NPD in the alcohol space with the successful launch of Bombay RTD & managing the largest growth category of Spirits & RTD during lockdown for Australia’s number 1 pureplay liquor retailer. Described as futuristic, very focused on commercial outcome with an ability to maiximise and lead team performance – please welcome Mairead. 

Abigail Dawson

Group Communications Director, BMF (Moderator)

Abigail is a former journalist turned media and communications professional. Cutting her teeth at leading industry publication Mumbrella, where she was promoted four times within three and a half years, Abigail was named the 12th Most Prolific Web Author in Australia. During her tenure she held titles including Senior Reporter, where she covered the entire AUNZ creative, media, PR, experiential, and digital landscape, and Senior Content Journalists where she was responsible for curating the largest PR and Communications conference in APAC, CommsCon, as well as the Health Marketing Summit, Sports Marketing Summit, B2B Marketing Summit and Mumbrella360.

In 2021 Abigail turned her passion for writing and married it with her communications skills, joining Special Australia as its inaugural Brand Director. During her tenure, Abigail oversaw Special’s narrative, business development, awards, and PR strategy and execution.

Currently, Abigail is the Group Communications Director at Enero Group – working with agencies BMF, Orchard, and Hotwire. In her current role, Abigail is responsible for leading both the global internal and external communications and brand marketing for multi award-winning creative agency BMF, digital creative agency Orchard as well as the Enero Group globally.

Terri Hall

Managing Partner, TRA (Moderator)

Terri Hall is an insights leader passionate about putting people at the heart of decision making, driving better experiences and commercial success. She believes in using multi-disciplinary approaches to uncover deep, inspiring insights that foster transformative change.

Terri leads the Sydney arm of TRA, a trans-tasman agency that champions cultural insight, behavioural science, brand and creative effectiveness, and innovation.

With extensive experience leading consulting teams in Australia and New Zealand, Terri excels at understanding, representing, and advocating for the voice of people, and translating these insights into tangible directions for brand success. 

Kat Warboys

Senior Marketing Director, HubSpot

Kat Warboys is the Senior Marketing Director APAC at HubSpot. Kat is responsible for growing HubSpot's business in APAC, leading a team in the region who look after everything from brand, PR and partnerships, to revenue marketing, sales enablement and customer advocacy.

Kat's personal mission is to help other marketers realise the importance of their role in the customer experience, by championing cross-team alignment to help organisations grow better, not just bigger. With over ten years’ experience with Marketing Automation and CRM platforms, Kat's experience spans across both B2B and B2C organisations.

Mark Brownie

General Manager Digital Revenue, News Corp Australia

Mark is the General Manager of Digital Revenue at News Corp Australia. With a proven track record of driving growth and innovation over the last 2 decades, Mark brings extensive experience in developing strategic initiatives to deliver solutions that drive client outcomes using News Corp Australia's digital network both locally and globally. Mark leads a dynamic team dedicated to driving digital revenue through innovative advertising solutions, strategic partnerships, and data. His leadership and deep understanding of digital trends empower him to navigate the evolving media landscape effectively, ensuring News Corp Australia remains at the forefront of digital innovation.

Lara Brownlow

Head of Channel Sales, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn (Moderator)

Lara is a sales and marketing leader with 20+ years’ experience working for some of the largest tech companies in the world.

Currently as part of LinkedIn’s Global Channel Sales leadership team, Lara leads the Asia Pacific business where her team is focused on partnering with both growth and emerging plus enterprise level technology companies to develop innovative business plans and Integrations that drive mutual benefit for LinkedIn and our customers.

Lara has spent the last 12 years working in the Tech/Digital space working for both LinkedIn & Meta and prior to that she spent 7 years working in offline media sales, making her an allrounder in both online and offline advertising.

With over 14+ year’s experience managing teams, Lara is passionate about creating a positive sales culture and mentoring staff to reach their full potential. Lara is a big advocate and spokesperson for Diversity & Inclusion and the benefits to business but more importantly society. Currently she is an executive sponsor for LinkedIn’s employee resource group ‘Embrace’ where the mission is to amplify the experience of underrepresented groups including immigrants, refugees, expats and first-generation employees and more to promote cultural understanding, empathy and allyship.

Lara has been named on the B&T’s ‘Top Most Powerful Women in Media Australia’ short list for the last 2 years as well as many other accolades like Emerging Leaders by Adnews.

Nathan Thompson

VP of Marketing, Live Nation AU & NZ

Nathan Thompson is an entertainment marketing specialist with over 20 years' experience in the music and innovation industry. He has worked for major companies such as Universal Music, Kobalt Music Group, and Domino Records. Currently, he is Vice President of Marketing at Live Nation Australia where he works with agents and promoters in helping to connect fans to first-class experiences. Nathan is passionate about live music and entertainment, believing it to be a deeply personal and unforgettable experience when shared with like-minded individuals.Throughout his career, Nathan has had many amazing opportunities, such as project managing Australia’s first 3G full track music store, helping establish digital music as a new format with the launch of Apple’s iTunes and Spotify platforms, launching the world’s first virtual goods music merch store on Sony PlayStation, working with Spotify UK on their first ever live stream featuring Hot Chip, sharing an espresso martini with Nick Cave, and helping to deliver successful tours for the likes of Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Fleetwood Mac, and U2.

David Fraser

Executive Creative Director, BMF

David has 20 years’ experience flogging everything from sensible German cars to decorative garden meerkats. After cutting his teeth at Ogilvy and DDB he’s spent the last 10 years at BMF working primarily on ALDI and Tourism Tasmania, helping launch the ‘Come down for air’ brand platform in 2019. His work has been recognised by most local and international award shows (and at least one Airbnb host). David likes work that works, and his ALDI campaigns have won over 20 Effies. He’s also helped BMF win Australia’s Most Effective Creative Agency title. 

Trent McMillan

Chief Digital Officer, Kaimera

Meet Trent, the Chief Digital and Operating Officer at Kaimera, an independent media agency that has been making media and data simple for their clients over the past eight years. Trent's journey began in finance, where he spent four years at Macquarie Bank before pivoting into the world of digital marketing. With a comprehensive understanding of all things digital, Trent boasts a proven track record across various domains including Search Marketing, Programmatic, Email, Display, Social, CRO, Affiliate Marketing, Mobile, and Analytics.

As one of the founding members of Kaimera, Trent brings to the table his flexible multi-channel expertise, with a fervent passion to leverage technology to streamline processes and ensuring his clients' success in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Mary Proulx

Co-Founder, Bread Agency

Mary has established herself as a go-to expert for some of the world's best known brands seeking to deliver innovative social media marketing and communications programs. 

What started as a career in PR, expanded into content marketing, influencer, and specialist social media agencies across Canada and Australia, giving her breadth and depth as a communications expert. She has designed distinctive social programs for brands across the retail, beauty, food and beverage and travel categories.  

She has the confidence and experience to throw out the cookie cutter approach and blaze new trails. Nothing gets her more excited than a client seeking to disrupt the status quo and choose the path less travelled.

Kristy Rosser

Senior Vice President, Marketing Solutions & Client Services, Live Nation ANZ

As Senior Vice President, Marketing Solutions and Client Services, Kristy Rosser spearheads partnership initiatives and tailored campaigns for Live Nation’s partners in Australia and New Zealand, spanning concerts, festivals and venues. She leads the curation of impactful amplification strategies and consumer marketing campaigns for world-leading brands including Red Bull, Smirnoff and Jack Daniel's.

Kristy’s passion for culture marketing and the live music experience, has fuelled her ability to effectively lead teams to deliver unparalleled results. This includes award-winning work with the likes of The Iconic and notable collaborations with Live Nation partners Vodafone, One NZ, Mastercard and Westfield.

 In 2009, Kristy co-founded Secret Sounds Connect, an agency dedicated to forging partnerships between brands and music fans. Partnerships for events such as Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, and Homebake have been integral in shaping unforgettable experiences for music lovers and embedding brands into music culture.

Lisa Cronin

Head of Brand Strategy, TPG Telecom

Lisa Cronin has worked across Telco, Media and Financial Services, developing loyalty programs and customer initiatives in Australia and Europe. Currently, she leads brand strategy at TPG Telecom and has recently partnered with Live Nation to bring access to exclusive music experiences to Vodafone customers. Previously, Lisa was Director of Customer Marketing and Loyalty at Foxtel and prior to that, worked in marketing at Westpac and Optus.

Maddy Stockwell

Marketing Manager for Vodka and Liqueurs, Diageo Australia

Maddy Stockwell brings over 15 years of global food and beverage marketing experience to the Australian liquor industry - having worked on iconic brands such as Smirnoff, Gordon’s, McGuigan Wines and Pepsi.

Now part of the Marketing Leadership Team at Diageo Australia, as the Marketing Manager for Vodka and Liqueurs, Maddy navigates the ever-shifting landscape of consumer preferences with agility, leveraging insights to deliver impactful marketing initiatives that aim to resonate deeply with consumers, tapping into their passions to build enduring connection. Her approach goes beyond traditional marketing models, weaving brands seamlessly into the fabric of contemporary culture.

Maddy’s strategic marketing acumen is complemented by a passion to nurture high-performing teams, fostering a culture of creativity and innovation. An advocate for diversity, equality, and inclusion, she champions initiatives that empower individuals and celebrate diverse perspectives.

Bella Masters

Digital Solutions Specialist, Hatched Media

Bella is a Digital Solutions Specialist at Hatched, having worked in media and marketing agencies in various roles for the last 4 years. She has a passion for all things digital, data and tech and loves working with clients to find tailored solutions and guiding them through their digital journey. She is also an avid amateur chef who has mastered the art of a perfect lemon tart. 

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Bachelor of Marketing from Monash University.

Mary Winter

Insights Director, Principals

Mary Winter is a seasoned research and strategy expert with more than 25 years of experience in Australia and New York. She has held various senior positions with companies STW Group (now WPP AUNZ), BBDO New York, EY Sweeney, GfK, and Ipsos. With a strong grasp of various qualitative methodologies, Mary has worked across diverse categories including FMCG, finance, pharmaceutical, social and government, and utilities. She has applied her expertise to major brands such as Pepsi, Bayer, M&Ms, and the Commonwealth Bank. Mary is a full member of the Australian Research Society and has written about social attitudes and trends for a range of publications including Inside Retail and Mumbrella.

Dave Levett

Founder & Managing Director, Murmur

Dave Levett is the Founder and Managing Director of Murmur, Australia’s econometric media agency. Murmur works with ambitious clients to solve their marketing challenges, through a school of econometrics called “marketing mix modelling”. Along with his interest and skills in “marketing mix modelling”, Dave has also developed world class and award winning media strategies for Murmur clients including lululemon, Western Sydney Wanderers, Summernats, epzen, plus many more.

Dave opened Murmur in 2016 after spending almost 4 years in the UK managing some of Europe’s largest marketing budgets from Sky UK, and since that time has won a slew of local and international awards for clients and projects that have delivered unbelievable effectiveness using key insights to drive practical business and marketing outcomes.

Within the industry, Dave is known for his thoughts and expertise in Marketing Mix Modelling - an econometric school of study that uses statistical analysis to explore the impact of all market variables on a core baseline metric - and help brands and clients forecast future impact.

Prior to starting Murmur in 2016, Dave spent 4 years abroad in the UK, where he managed some of Europe’s largest marketing campaigns for Sky UK, Sky Go, and Now TV, as well as completing a number of tertiary studies including a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Business) at Macquarie University.

When he’s not talking, thinking, or writing about marketing, Dave can be found playing with his two kids (Alfie 4, and Lilijana 2), playing a game of chess, checking some of his beehives, or listening to music for his podcast “Shit Songs off Great Albums”.

Nicky Bowie

CEO, Hospitals United for Sick Kids

Nicky Bowie has over 24 years’ experience in large commercial roles within the FMCG industry, working for organisations including Kellogg’s and Unilever across Australia and the UK.

Nicky is a graduate of the University of Leeds (Law LLB Hons), and in addition to her experience within FMCG, has diversified into the entrepreneurial world of hospitality start-ups, as well as having held the role of Head of Corporate Partnerships at Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundations and Head of Category and Shopper Insights at The Kellogg Company.

A resourceful, passionate and experienced commercial leader with a desire 'to make a difference’, Nicky was appointed to the role of General Manager, Curing Homesickness in May 2022.  Nicky lead the transformation of this unique charity to a new identity – Hospitals United for Sick Kids – while keeping the focus on forming strong and effective partnerships that will deliver shared value on the mission to help sick kids get back to the things they miss.

Keira Daley

Creative & Content Lead, Amazon Alexa

Keira Daley is an award-winning writer, producer, and songwriter who loves being at the intersection of creativity and technology. As Content and Creative Lead at Amazon Alexa, Keira brings the character of Alexa to life for Aussies and Kiwis by designing interactive, audio-first, voice-activated experiences that delight customers and clients alike. On her varied career path, Keira has built content-driven solutions for teams in marketing, PR, internal and external comms, publishing, merchandising, product, and live events. She’s contributed her word nerdery and knack for content strategy to 30+ brands and mastheads including Audible, CommBank, Woman’s Day, Gourmet Traveller, and Google’s Careers With Code. In a previous life, Keira performed and produced musical comedy shows, appearing at Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe. These days, she gets her fix of the limelight as Alexa’s personal songwriter and occasional backing singer.

Jeanna Manifold

Senior Business Development & Partnerships Manager, Amazon Alexa

Jeanna Manifold is a highly experienced, award-winning professional with over 20 years of experience in media and advertising. Having previously worked at Publicis, WPP and Dentsu media agencies, Jeanna’s also led Sales and Integration teams at ARN, NewsCorp and SCA. In her current role with Amazon Alexa, she supports top-tier companies and developers across Australia and New Zealand to leverage Alexa features and build experiences that customers love. Jeanna is also the Australian Ambassador for Women In Voice, a global network celebrating and empowering women and diverse people in the voice technology field.

Deborah Goldingham

Global MD for Brand, Michael Page

With more than 25 years of experience across Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa, leading regional marketing teams working for global brands such as AWS, Mastercard, Visa and American Express, Debbie is currently based in Singapore with Michael Page as Global MD for Brand/CVP.  

Debbie is passionate about redefining customer experiences and interactions with brands, using design thinking and insights to deliver innovative and impactful CX solutions. She has a proven track record of achieving industry recognition with numerous Gold and Best in Class awards for  marketing campaigns and initiatives, as well as leading and mentoring diverse and high-performing teams. 

Debbie  is also committed to making a difference in the communities supporting CSR initiatives that change lives in societies we live and work through local market charities and fundraising events.

Previously as the Regional Head of Marketing APAC at PageGroup, Debbie lead the development and execution of marketing strategies  for the worlds #1 recruiter in permanent skilled talent, supporting business growth across the Asia Pacific region.

Matt McInnes

Director of Brand Experiences, TAFE NSW

Matt is the Director of Brand Experiences at TAFE NSW. Over the past 5 years he has helped support over one million students learn new skills, upskill or re-skill.  He’s also responsible for marketing the Institute of Applied Technology – Digital (IATD) and their wide range of Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Big Data, Data Analytics and Cloud Computing microskill and microcredential courses.  A key goal of the IATD in partnership with the National AI Centre (NAIC) and CSIRO is to deliver one million free 'Introduction to Artificial Intelligence' courses which are now available to Australian’s.  Matt’s career has seen him rise from the mailroom to delivering award winning campaigns for Tourism Australia, Mars, AMEX, Rebel, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Nike and Gatorade among many others over the past 25 years, with many disruptions along the way.

Jerome Gaslain

Growth Creation Partner, The Works part of Capgemini

Jerome Gaslain serves as the Creative Partner at The Works, a part of Cap Gemini. In this role, he spearheads digital and social transformation initiatives for a range of clients while overseeing a team of over 60 specialists.

Previously, Jerome held the position of Global Creative Director at The & Partnership, a WPP agency based in London. During his tenure, he led the integration of AI and prioritised a social-first approach to transformation.

Jerome's passion for the advertising industry ignited over 15 years ago, leading to a diverse agency career. Notable highlights include four years at AKQA, where he served as Creative Director for their Amsterdam and Sydney studios, specialising in digital, experiential, and design projects. Prior to this, Jerome honed his creative skills at renowned agencies such as M&C Saatchi, GREY, Dentsu, and TBWA.

Throughout his career, Jerome has worked with esteemed brands including Coke Zero, Gucci, Levi’s, Oppo, Disney, Apple, Toyota, GSK, Westpac, and Vodafone.

Recently relocating to Sydney from London with his partner, Jerome enjoys the luxury of not having to rise at 3 am to catch up on NBA games.

Harry Sanders

Founder, StudioHawk

Harry Sanders started StudioHawk in 2015 when he was 17 and homeless and since then has been in the Forbes 30 Under 30 and named B&T’s Entrepreneur of The Year. He has also won the Australian Business Award for Marketing Innovation and the Best Large SEO Agency at the APAC Search Awards 3 years in a row. He’s managed to achieve all this by the ripe age of 26. Beyond his accolades, Harry's heart lies with the Lighthouse Foundation as an ambassador for youth homelessness.

Liana Dubois

CMO, Nine (Moderator)

Liana Dubois is Chief Marketing Officer at Nine, Australia's leading media company. With more than 20 years experience in the media, marketing and advertising industry, Liana is widely recognized for her expertise in creating innovative marketing strategies that drive growth and engagement. Liana made a name for herself developing big ideas for major marketing campaigns with a specialist ability to craft compelling messages that resonated with audiences across multiple channels, earning her widespread praise from colleagues and clients alike. Before stepping into the role of CMO, Liana was Nine's Director of Powered. There, she led a team of marketing professionals responsible for creating and executing innovative branded content and sponsorship opportunities across Nine's media properties. Under her leadership, Powered became the most successful branded content division in the Australian media industry. Liana is deeply committed to giving back to the community. She is involved in several charitable organizations, including Cerebral Palsy Alliance and regularly volunteers her time to support causes she cares about. Liana is also Nine's executive sponsor for its All Abilities community. Liana Dubois is a highly respected c-suite marketing executive who has made significant contributions to the success of Nine's media brands. Her ability to develop and execute innovative marketing strategies has helped to drive growth and engagement, and her commitment to creative excellence and community service has made her a valued member of the media industry and beyond.

Catherine Clark

CEO, Paralympics Australia

Catherine has – and does -wear many hats. Athlete. Coach. Local Committee Member. Volunteer. Anti-doping Officer. CEO. Board Director. Government Official. She’s the Mum of 2 wild little boys. Currently Catherine is a Board Director with the Queensland Rugby Union/Queensland Reds and CEO of Paralympics Australia.  

Catherine is a passionate believer in the power of sport to unite, strengthen, inspire and catalyse change.  

Her career in sport has straddled multiple countries, codes and levels of governance. Catherine returned to Australia having taken paths less travelled, acquiring a global cache of experience along the way.  

In February 2022, she took up the role as CEO of Paralympics Australia, a role she says has it all. Purpose. Excellence. Social change. And the opportunity to play a role in shaping Australia's future through Brisbane 2032. 

Adam Hodge

Head of Marketing Strategy, Gemba

Adam Hodge is Head of Strategy at specialist Sports and Entertainment agency Gemba. 

He has over 20 years’ experience in sponsorship strategy, creative planning, and partnership marketing in Australia, Asia and Europe with experience on brand, agency, and media-owner sides of the business. 

Adam has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands across Telco, FMCG, Consumer Electronics, Payments, Insurance, Luxury, Motoring, and Beverages including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Netflix, Sky, EMI Music, Bunnings, Diageo, Mastercard, Toyota, Westpac, and Telstra. 

He lives in Sydney with and infinitely tolerant wife of almost 2 decades, is a proud father of two, loves snowboarding and wine (sometimes at the same time) and working on a very average golf swing. 

 

Gavin McLeod

CCO, CHEP (Moderator)

Gav is a creative leader who understands ​​the connection between story and system. With global leadership experience in integrated, forward-thinking agencies such as R/GA, AKQA, and CHEP Network, his work has been recognised with 15 Grand Prix awards.

Chloe O’Toole

Managing Director – Marketing, Talent International

Chloe O’Toole is a marketing leader with over a decade of experience shaping and executing strategic B2B marketing initiatives. 
 
Chloe’s career spans the professional services, banking, and commercial real estate sectors. As the Managing Director of Marketing for Talent International, Chloe guides the marketing strategies for Talent’s diverse portfolio of brands, including tech consultancy brand Avec, charitable foundation Talent RISE, and core recruitment business, Talent, which was recognised as Best Brand at the 2023 APSCo Awards for Excellence.

Chloe is also an avid writer whose articles have been published in Marketing Mag and Mamamia. 

Willie Pang

General Manager, Amazon Ads (Moderator)

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Michelle Newton

Head of Cultural Forecasting, Fiftyfive5

Michelle has worked in forecasting and consulting for over 25 years. She leads the cultural and commercial forecasting capability for Fiftyfive5, Part of Accenture Song

Michelle lived and worked in New York for renowned futurist Faith Popcorn for 10 years, she has held senior positions in global advertising agencies. Prior to joining Fiftyfive5 she was the National leader for the Deloitte Greenhouse innovation labs.

Michelle explores the drivers of change in culture and the impact they have on future consumer trends and the industry response to those trends. Delivering a future view across a diverse range of industries, her experience spans; FMCG, retail, B2B, construction, healthcare, VMS, tourism, alcohol, financial services, insurance, entertainment and beauty.

Her consulting skills and the ability to develop, validate and apply the trends delivers growth outcomes for clients in the form of strategy, innovation, and culturally correct brand and comms.

Saffron Howden

National Editorial Training Manager , ACM

Saffron is a leader in journalism, innovation and media literacy. She has worked at some of Australia’s largest news outlets, Google News Initiative, and founded national children’s newspaper Crinkling News. She co-authored Kid Reporter: The Secret to Breaking News. Saffron is ACM’s national editorial training manager and AI lead as well as a PhD candidate investigating media literacy and misinformation.

Jen Higgins

Sales Director ANZ, Playgro Group

Jen is a seasoned commercial professional with a growth mindset and a passion for creating value. She has diversified her FMCG career with roles in sales, marketing and category development and has experience across food, liquor, confectionery, health, beauty and now baby. Jen is an expert in channel, category and customer strategy and is passionate about shifting thinking and performance to deliver strong commercial outcomes.

Anna Houston

Senior Tutor, NIDA Corporate Training

Anna Houston is a talented and inspiring corporate coach. A NIDA Corporate core tutor, Anna has delivered communication workshops for a diverse range of participants from both the public and private sectors.  

Graduating from NIDA in 2004, Anna also holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Cultural Studies from Curtin University in Perth, where she was awarded the Cultural Studies medal for her studies on how gender and status impact communication.  

Anna has performed for Australia's leading theatre companies across a range of productions spanning classical and contemporary texts, appearing on Australia's main stages and independent venues.  

Since graduating from NIDA, Anna has toured the country for the Bell Shakespeare Company multiple times. The National Theatre of London's production of War Horse took her around Australia again, performing over 250 shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. She has appeared onstage in Sydney for Belvoir St Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sport for Jove and, most recently, the Sydney Theatre Company. Her screen work includes Blue Heelers, All Saints, A Place to Call Home and the recent feature film Event Zero. After winning the Mike Walsh and Gloria Payten/Gloria Dawn fellowships, Anna trained in physical theatre at the esteemed L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Anna has been a leading tutor for NIDA Corporate for over five years and continues to share her ever-expanding vocal and physical communication techniques with corporate clients. 

Chris Richardson

Omnichannel Shopper Marketing Director, Mars Wrigley

Bio coming soon

Alison Tilling

CSO, VML AU NZ

Ali is CSO at VML in Australia and Aotearoa NZ.

She partners with senior clients and team alike, to create a culture obsessed with finding disconnects and overcoming them to drive growth.

During her 22-year career, Ali’s worked across categories from tech and media to retail and financial services, and across brand, commerce, brand architcture and CX-based projects. Starting at TBWA\London, she’s worked at Wieden+Kennedy, client side at Apple Europe, at Australian independent BMF and now at VML.

Ali is a highly awarded strategy leader, particularly in Effies, D&AD, APG and Jay Chiat. She’s served on juries including NY Festivals and Cannes Lions, is an involved industry mentor and a columnist for Brandingmag and Mumbrella.

She’s the slightly frazzled parent of two young girls, so there’s a lot of LEGO involved.

Martin Ansell

Head of Strategy , dentsu Sports Analytics & MKTG

Marty is a seasoned sports marketing professional boasting a wealth of global expertise in devising, managing, and evaluating sports sponsorship strategies across the UK, Europe, and APAC. Having played a pivotal role in expanding MKTG’s sponsorship consulting arm in ANZ, Marty is now also responsible for growing and expanding the dentsu Sports Analytics offering in the region. His focus is on developing cutting-edge products and strategies aimed at empowering rights holders and brands with unparalleled insights into fan dynamics, value assessment, and the quantification of their sports investments' impact.

Phil Rigby

Acting Head of Commercial Development, Cricket Australia

Phil Rigby is as an experienced sports administrator working at the intersection of cricket, its fans, and its sponsors. Currently Acting Head of Commercial Development at Cricket Australia, Phil has also been spearheading the growth of the men's and women's Big Bash Leagues as the Head of Business Operations and, previously, National Commercial Development Manager. He has been bringing together brands and sports properties for mutual benefit for over 15 years, including stints as General Manager of the Hobart Hurricanes, as Head of Commercial at Queensland Cricket and as General Manager, Commercial at the Brisbane Lions AFL club.

Kathryn Pearce

Customer Director, Mars Wrigley

It was exposure to Big Business and Great brands that sparked Kathryn's energy for FMCG, over 20 years ago in Marketing and Public relations.

Since then, Kathryn has had a deep career in Sales across a number of roles in Mars Petfood and Mars Wrigley and continuing to work on Global and emerging brands.

Having spent the past 6 years in Category Leadership, it has only driven her passion and curiosity for the Customer, Shopper and Consumer even harder.  

Lisa Day

Director of Powered, Nine (Moderator)

Lisa Day, Director of Powered for Nine, leads a creative marketing solutions division within Nine. With over two decades of experience in the UK and Australian markets, her expertise in cultural forecasting, strategic insights, and bold creativity is highly regarded. Her work showcases innovative strategies that resonate with diverse audiences.

In her role, Lisa has mastered identifying and leveraging emerging consumer trends, in this case, the often-overlooked 55-64 age group. 

Join us at Mumbrella360 as Lisa shares her approach to engaging wealthy super consumers, challenging age biases, and revealing the economic power of this dynamic demographic. Don't miss this chance to learn from one of the industry's leading voices in strategic marketing.

Rob Galuzzo

CEO, FINCH

Bio coming soon

Michael Scott

CMO, Nike, McDonald’s, Virgin and Rip Curl

An executive leader with twenty five years of mistakes, learnings and a sprinkling of excellent outcomes with McDonald’s, Nike, Virgin, Sweat and Rip Curl. 

In partnership with peers, teams and agencies, Michael really enjoy pouring energy into brand and marketing transformations within traditional and disrupted industries - with a particular focus on understanding people who use the brand and using insights to solve gnarly business problems.

He is fulfilled by working in selfless teams that share the wins and own the losses, and have a genuine curiosity, optimism and creativity.

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Dates: 21-23 May 2024

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