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August 31, 2022 | Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney
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August 31, 2022 | Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney

Connect with the Publishing Industry

Mumbrella Publish is back to reunite the publishing industry. Returning for the first time since 2019, this one-day summit covers the entire print and digital spectrum, welcoming those across custom, marketing, production, sales, journalism, editing, and senior leadership. With the publishing landscape experiencing a world of change and facing new challenges in the aftermath of COVID, there's never been a more important time to hear from its most influential and important experts and prepare for the industry of tomorrow. Discuss the cultural trends, the disruptors, and the next-level thinkers that define Australian publishing.


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  • Full access to conference
  • Networking drinks
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Ben May

Managing Director & Founder, The Code Company

Ben May is the founder of The Code Company —  a specialist technical agency that helps content-based businesses find the best way to operate and monetise their digital platforms.

Over the last decade, Ben has led digital transformation projects for dozens of media brands, including Nine, Mumbrella, Private Media, Pedestrian, The Squiz and Drive. His passion is helping businesses cut through technical complexity to create high-performing websites that accelerate audience engagement and maximise revenue.

Chris Wirasinha

CEO, Linkby

Chris Wirasinha co-founded Australia’s largest youth focused publishing company Pedestrian Group when he was just 21. Over 14 years Pedestrian grew from two people working out of a bedroom to a $100m valuation and staff of 100. After selling Pedestrian to Nine Entertainment and exiting the business in 2019 Chris has gone on to launch Linkby which helps brands grow their editorial coverage via monetised press releases that remunerate publishers for every click they drive back to the brands’ sites. In under two years Linkby has launched into the US & UK and helped brands including Koala, The Daily Edited, Jimmy Brings & Modibodi connect with publishers including The Daily Mail, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Instyle, Refinery29, Bustle, Broadsheet and Chris also works with a number of not-for-profits including sitting on the boards of Indigenous mentoring network AIME & The Biennale of Sydney. 

Ebony Gaylor

Managing Partner, Decade of Action

A founder, speaker, author and thought leader, Ebony has worked on social and environmental movements globally, leading innovative system change through government and commercial lenses.


Ebony is a sociologist and social futurist interested in the intersections of brands and social/environmental issues. She is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Decade of Action (or D.O.A), a social cause consultancy driving action and change with brands on the most important and complex issues of our time.

Over the last (almost) twenty years, she has smashed together the worlds of sociology, technology and marketing - trying to find ways to tackle social issues that drive action, disrupt culture and accelerate positive change.

Whether it was taking court hearings into virtual world’s through Second Life, tackling loneliness through professional e-sports teams, using predictive social media mapping to understand how/why people respond in disasters, creating the Report That Can Stop An Overdose with 0.4mg of Naloxone, The Help Economy and A Fire Inside to shine a light on the power of the human help reflex, or stopping the news for a day through #WaitingOnZuck - Ebony continues to lead the way in demonstrating that when it comes to big, gnarly and complex issues…change is not only necessary, it is possible and brands are one of the most significant forces to drive this change in the decade ahead.

A few extra bits…

Ebony is a co-founder of D.O.A, alumni of Singularity University,, an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, a PhD candidate, founder of REDx (an innovation DoTank at Red Cross) and authored A Fire Inside (A exploration of the help reflex in response to Black Saturday bushfires).

Gaven Morris

CEO, Bastion Transform

Gaven Morris GAICD is the CEO of Bastion Transform, a digital transformation and content strategy consultancy. He is Industry Professor at University of Western Sydney and an adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He sits on the advisory board of Region Media and the News and Media Research Centre.

Until December 2021 he was the Director of News, Analysis and Investigations at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. During his time at the ABC, he launched the ABC News Channel, led all the daily news and current affairs teams, and implemented a comprehensive strategic and cultural change programme that elevated ABC News to become Australia’s leading digital news service and significantly broadened the diversity and breadth of its audience and staff profile.

In his decade in international news, he was a senior member of the team that built and launched Al Jazeera English, the largest news channel and digital start-up in world journalism and was on the team that expanded to become one of the first global online news teams.

With 30 years of experience in the Australian and international media, he spent many years covering global conflicts and terrorism attacks, natural disasters, and political upheaval. He spent many years in the Australian Parliamentary press gallery and is the recipient of Australian and international journalism awards.

Jake Challenor

Executive Editor B2B and Print, The Brag Media

Jake Challenor has spent the last 20 years in the media and entertainment industries, most recently as the Publisher and Editor of widely respected industry trade titles Radio Today and The Music Network. Under his leadership, both titles hit record audience and revenue heights, launched a series of industry awards programs, and were acquired in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Challenor joined The Brag Media in March 2022 as Executive Editor, B2B & Print. He oversees the editorial direction of the newly-launched Variety Australia, along with The Industry Observer and The Music Network, and works with Editor in Chief, Poppy Reid, on the quarterly Rolling Stone Australia magazine.

James Lyall Smith

Head of Partnerships, The Local Project

Heading up the partnerships team, James has helped cultivate the rapid rise of Australia’s largest design centric publication, The Local Project. Emphasising the highest quality of local design and architecture, The Local Project celebrates honest and human-centred design to an inspired community.

Jane Huxley

CEO, Are Media

Jane is Are Media’s Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Are Media, her 25+ year career spanned blue chip and scale organisations in the technology, media, telco and content space, most recently serving as Spotify’s regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (based in London). Previous organisations include Microsoft, Vodafone, Fairfax Media and Pandora (Internet Radio). Jane is passionate about leading and developing people and teams, and the power of aligning culture and strategy.

Karen Mahlab AM

Founder, Pro Bono Australia and PS Media

Karen Mahlab AM is a passionate believer in the power of community and connection and serially ignites projects that build both.

She founded one of Australia's first and best known media social enterprises: Pro Bono Australia - Australia's preeminent media organisation for civil society organisations, and PS Media - a local media startup now piloting in three locations around Australia

Over three decades she has been a Publisher, Media owner, business proprietor, social entrepreneur and board member, concurrently sitting on a wide variety of commercial and not for profit boards.

Luke Girgis

CEO, The Brag Media

Luke Girgis is the Chief Executive Officer of The Brag Media, Australia’s largest and fastest-growing publisher representing the most iconic culture brands in the world, including Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard,, Tone Deaf, The Industry Observer and more.

Luke spent over a decade managing and developing talent in the music and entertainment sectors before founding The Brag Media in 2017. He now leads an award-winning and passionate team working across the business’s commercial, content and events divisions.

Under Luke’s leadership, The Brag Media experienced year-on-year revenue growth of over 160% in the 2021 financial year and grew its audience 4.5 million MAUs in Australia and New Zealand, while talking to niche audiences at scale for some of the biggest brands in the world.

Luke Spano

Managing Director, Avid Collective

Luke Spano is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of media and tech business, Avid Collective. Luke leads each of Avid Collective’s business units focused on a range of functions such Media, Software Development, Marketing, Strategy Sales, Content and Digital.

Previously, Luke was the Head of Operations at Sports Betting and Media Start-up, JR Sports, which was acquired by Play Up Australia in 2017 and the Co-Founder of hospitality tech start-up NightGuru.

Matt Rowley

CEO, Pedestrian Group

Pedestrian Group is Australia’s leading youth publisher and the home of PEDESTRIAN.TV, Refinery29, VICE, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Openair Cinemas and soon to launch The Chainsaw.

Pedestrian Group won Large Publishing Company and Matt won Leader of The Year at the 2021 Mumbrella Publishing awards. Matt was also Chair of IAB Australia 2019-2021 and still represents Nine Entertainment (owners of Pedestrian Group) on the board.

Matt has diverse experience in Media, having been a global marketer before running and owning creative agencies in London. After returning to Australia in 2013 he held the role of Chief Revenue Officer for Fairfax Media before taking the helm at Pedestrian Group in 2019.

Misha Ketchell

Editor, The Conversation

Misha is the Editor of The Conversation Australia and New Zealand. He has been an editor and journalist for more than 25 years. He was previously founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He was also a reporter and feature writer at The Age and spent several years at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

Nick Shelton

Founder & Publisher, Broadsheet

Nick Shelton is the founder and publisher behind independent media brand, Broadsheet. He established Broadsheet in 2009 after returning from a stint in London to find that no Australian media outlets were reporting on Australian city culture in the way people were experiencing it. A decade later Broadsheet is regarded as the authority on city culture in Australia with an impressive 2.5 million readers on average each month and 50 employees

In addition to Broadsheet Media, Shelton leads Broadsheet Studio - the award-winning branded content arm of the business, Broadsheet Access – the brand’s new membership offering and Scout by Broadsheet - a jobs platform for creative, media, hospitality and retail industry jobs in Melbourne and Sydney.

In June 2020, Shelton co-founded Covid success story, Providoor, with chef Shane Delia.

Poppy Reid

Editor-in-Chief, Rolling Stone

Poppy Reid is the Editor In Chief of Australia’s largest independent entertainment media company, The Brag Media, which includes Rolling Stone Australia, Variety Australia, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer and The Music Network under its umbrella. She was shortlisted for Mumbrella's Editor of the Year and B&T's Journalist/Producer Award in 2021 and is currently nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA).

Rachel Oakley

Brand and Experience Marketing Manager, Laminex Australia

Rachel is the Brand & Experience Manager at Laminex, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of decorative surfaces. Heading up the communications team, Rachel manages a diverse portfolio of market leading brands. With over 25 years’ experience working on high profile brands, she has become a specialist in the Building and Architecture industry.  Her passion for building memorable brands has seen her lead the development of highly successful campaigns resulting in increased audience engagement, sales and brand health.

Sam Koslowski

Co-Founder, The Daily Aus

Business leader, journalist, presenter and commentator, Sam Koslowski is the co-founder of The Daily Aus alongside Zara Seidler. The Daily Aus is Australia’s leading social-first news organisation targeted at young Australians with an audience of over one million Australians per month engaging with its social accounts, podcasts and newsletter. Sam and Zara not only run the business and produce the content, but also anchor the flagship TDA daily podcast. It has become one of Australia’s most-followed news podcasts with largest under 30 audience and a community that is ever growing.

Will Hayward

CEO, Private Media

Will Hayward is the CEO of Private Media, publisher of Crikey, SmartCompany and The Mandarin.

Will has spent over twenty years working in the media, having previously served as CEO to UK publisher JOE Media and as BuzzFeed’s first international commercial hire as VP of Europe, as well as a number of roles at The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

Twitter: @mrwillhayward

Zara Seidler

Co-Founder, The Daily Aus

Zara Seidler is the co-founder of The Daily Aus, a social-first news service that engages over a quarter of a million young Australians a day. Coming from a background in independent politics, Zara has worked as a crossbench political adviser to independent federal crossbencher Dr Kerryn Phelps and campaign manager for an independent Lord Mayoral campaign. She’s also worked at Sky News, Research Australia, and did a research stint at Georgetown University. Zara has also been a commentator on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project.







Mumbrella's Publish Conference is for everyone working in print and/or digital publishing, including publishers, CEO's, sales, production, marketing, journalists and editors; as well as partners associated with the industry. This event is an amazing opportunity for you to network with peers in your industry and get up to speed on all the latest in publishing.

"Mumbrella Publish was more than a networking opportunity- it was a space full of the brightest and most passionate minds in local media- people who fundamentally care about the future of our industry. It was affirming, compelling and provocative. I'll be back next year."

"Well organised event with content on point and an array of guest speakers delivering thoughtful commentary."

"Very insightful and helped me get a good idea of the narrative around the industry"


Your safety is our top priority. The team at Mumbrella are carefully following the latest advice and guidelines to put new measures in place to deliver a safe event for you to meet and learn.

Although our upcoming events will slightly look different than normal, these changes will allow you to enjoy the full experience whilst keeping yourself, and others, safe.