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2015 speakers include:

Fiona 250KEYNOTE: Fiona Tigar, Communications Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Bayer
James Kirby_1Moderator: James Kirby, Managing Editor, Eureka Report

James Kirby is one of Australia's most experienced financial journalists.
He is managing editor of online investment site Eureka Report and editor of The Australian’s Wealth sections. James is a weekly business commentator on TV at ABC News Breakfast and Sky Business and a weekly guest on several radio stations. He was a co-founder and shareholder in the Australian Independent Business Media which was taken over by News Ltd in 2012. He is currently on the board of Walkley Innovation Grants.
Mark Phillips_1Mark Phillips, New Media Editor, ACTU

Mark Phillips is New Media Editor at the Australian Council of Trade Unions, where he manages the organisation's digital properties, including Working Life (, a daily news and opinion website which began publishing in 2013. Mark began his working life as a journalist and has worked for both Fairfax and News Ltd in national and metropolitan daily newspapers in Melbourne and the Canberra Press Gallery, as well as AAP. He has been at the ACTU since 2008, where his roles have included Media Co-ordinator and Communications Director.
Matt Pinkney_1Matt Pinkney, Head of Content, AFL

Matt Pinkney is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who specialises in content strategies across digital, broadcast and print. In a 23-year career with News Corp Australia, he was a political bureau chief, senior writer, European correspondent and digital editor. He also created Australia’s biggest sports fantasy game – SuperCoach. In 2012, Matt joined the AFL as its founding head of content. In this role he has been responsible for creating a dynamic newsroom, setting content strategies across all platforms and implementing cultural change as the AFL moves from client publisher to major multimedia news and feature service.
Christie Poulos_1Christie Poulos, ‎Head of Video Strategy, King Content

Christie Poulos is a video content, marketing and communication specialist with more than 15 years’ experience helping brands use the power of content to inspire action. As Head of Moving Image for King Content, Christie is responsible for driving best-in-class video strategy and production for clients around the world, including NRMA, Bupa, Lenovo and Flight Centre.

Formerly Head of Content for Red Bull – where she led all creative, production and commercial areas of video content in the UK – Christie was also part of the global communications team for the Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space. As a consultant, Christie has worked with clients such as Westfield, Coles, Marriott Australia, MasterCard MENA and Cricket Australia.
Simon SmithSimon Smith, Director Content Marketing, Fairfax Media
Simon is the Managing Director of Content Marketing at Fairfax Media. As Fairfax continues its transformation into a more agile, market-leading media business, we have identified content marketing as a major new opportunity. The new Content Marketing unit will leverage Fairfax Media’s extensive content creation capability across newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and online to create a range of content solutions for clients.
Alex Light_smallAlex Light, Head of Content, VICE Australia

Alex Light is Head of Content at VICE Australia, a leading youth media and entertainment brand operating in 35 countries. VICE is the world’s premier original online video destination, and includes, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, VICE magazine, and an in-house creative services agency.
As Head of Content, Alex’s role is leading the development of content partnerships with brands and media organisations, as well as the creation of branded content marketing projects. Working within VICE’s in-house marketing agency, Alex leads business development and strategic campaign planning for brands including Google, Schweppes, Intel and PayPal.
Sophie BlackModerator: Sophie Black, Editor in Chief, Private Media

Sophie Black is Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she heads up titles such as Crikey, Women¹s Agenda, The Mandarin, SmartCompany and StartUpSmart. She is a writer, journalist and the former editor of Crikey. She delivered the 2013 Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director and sits on the advisory board of Melbourne University¹s Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Matt Levinson_1Matt Levinson, Communications Director, GetUp

Matt Levinson is the communications director at GetUp. He previously worked as senior adviser to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and managing communications for CSIRO’s climate adaptation and cities research. He was a radio broadcaster for FBI Radio and Radio National, blogger, TV researcher on ABC TV’s Catalyst, freelance journalist and editor, and once upon a time scientist. Matt was a Creative Sydney top 100 talent (2010) and part of a Eureka Prize winning team for innovative solutions to climate change (2009).
Sydney, Australia - 6 August 2014  Phil Freeman, National Manager - Communications for WWF-Australia. Phil Freeman, National Manager – Communications, WWF

Phil joined the WWF team in 2012, bringing a decade of experience in environmental campaigning and communications. He has worked with not-for-profit organisations in East Timor and Sri Lanka as well as with Greenpeace, the Australian Conservation Foundation, and one of Australia’s biggest law firms. He sees communications as the natural coming together of his two formal disciplines – law and visual arts. Phil enjoys leading a diverse team with capabilities ranging from news media through to online campaigning, thought leadership and social media – drawing on his learning from the Sydney Leadership 2011 program.
Yaron Finkelstein_1Yaron Finkelstein, Chief Executive Officer, Crosby Textor, (Australasia)

CrosbyITextor is one of the world's leading market research, strategic communications and campaign management agencies. The company has offices in Australia, the UK, Italy and the UAE.
Yaron is a former Federal Cabinet-level media and political adviser and for the last 15 years has specialised in political and corporate communications.
Yaron has worked on, directed, managed or advised on over 60 campaigns both in Australia and overseas, including various election and advocacy campaigns. This includes some of Australia's most high profile regulatory change campaigns.
His extensive experience has shaped an understanding of how to use communications to change perceptions and behaviour and how to apply research and insight to develop sophisticated and successful communications strategies and tactics.
Yaron's communications experience includes several years working in public relations and establishing an advertising and marketing bureau - servicing small and medium-sized businesses.
Andrew Hall_1Andrew Hall, Executive GM, Corporate Affairs CBA

Andrew joined the Commonwealth Bank in May 2013 as the Executive General Manager for Corporate Affairs where he is responsible for the management of CBA’s corporate reputation and public affairs, covering external media, internal communications, government relations, industry affairs, and community investment. He is also responsible for the group’s corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy.

Prior to joining CBA, Andrew was Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for Woolworths Limited for six years, overseeing a similar portfolio and participating as a member of the Management Board. Among his achievements at Woolworths were the launch and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability strategy, a new community engagement strategy, as well as several significant business initiatives within the retail group.

Andrew’s professional career started as a journalist in regional NSW in 1994, before moving to Canberra in 1996 where he worked in politics for 10 years. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Federal Director of the Nationals, leading the party as campaign director for several state elections and the 2004 federal election.

With an interest in international affairs, Andrew has served on the Board of AFS International Exchanges; the Consultative Council for the Centre of Democratic Institutions and the Council of the Australian Political Exchange program. He also volunteers as an adviser to the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Andrew also counts Spanish as a second language, after completing two years of study and work in Ecuador.
Gay Alcorn_1Moderator: Gay Alcorn, Melbourne Editor, Guardian Australia

Gay Alcorn is the Melbourne editor, Guardian Australia. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and is a three-times Walkley Award winner. Before joining the Guardian last year, she was editor of The Sunday Age and deputy editor of The Age. She is a former Washington correspondent for Fairfax and a member of The Age's investigative unit.
Andrew Holden_1Andrew Holden, Editor in Chief, The Age

Andrew Holden was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Age in July 2012. The masthead has undergone dramatic changes in the past two years, including the conversion of all print editions from broadsheet to compact size, significant developments in digital journalism, and a restructure of the organisation, all against a background of staff reductions and changing technologies. In 2013, The Age was named Australia's Newspaper of the Year.
Andrew's appointment as E-i-C meant a return to his home town, after spending a dozen years in New Zealand. During his time there he was editor of The Press in Christchurch for four and a half years, which included the major earthquakes which devastated the city. Andrew has more than 30 years' experience in journalism, from daily newspapers to community titles and magazines in three countries.
Nathaniel Bane_1Nathaniel Bane, Head of Digital (News), Herald Sun

Nathaniel started in journalism aged 19 and worked at the NT News, Belfast Telegraph, Leader Newspapers, New York Post and Herald Sun. He moved into digital news publishing six years ago. Nathaniel joined the Herald Sun two weeks before Black Saturday and was part of the digital team that earned a Walkley for its coverage of the disaster. Nathaniel’s main focuses are mobile news, newsroom transformation and cutting-edge storytelling techniques.
Damon Kitney_1Damon Kitney, Victoria business editor, The Australian
Damon Kitney joined The Australian in July 2010 as Victorian business editor. In this role Damon works with the papers’ business editor to co-ordinate its corporate coverage, and additionally, he also writes across a broad range of sectors focusing on larger feature and exclusive, in-depth interviews, with a special focus on private wealth. Before joining The Australian, Damon worked at The Australian Financial Review for 16 years based in Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. During this time he was companies editor, news editor and a deputy editor at the newspaper.
Simon CrerarSimon Crerar, Australia Editor, BuzzFeed.
Hailing from Edinburgh via London, Simon has been in Australia since 2010. Prior to taking on BuzzFeed Oz, Simon worked for The Times and Sunday Times in the UK, Fairfax and News Corp in Australia.
Rebecca TabakoffRebecca Tabakoff
Rebecca is a Director of Temple Executive Search and works with leading companies to help them structure their teams and find the best people to work within them. She also has a passion for professional development and creates highly targeted courses to help further the knowledge and development of Corporate Affairs practitioners.

Rebecca has 20 years experience in politics, communications and corporate affairs. She spent 5 years at FTI Consulting, during which time she built a thriving public affairs business that she led and also worked on some of the biggest issues and crises in the country at the time. She consulted to a wide range of leading ASX listed and private companies from a range of industries. Prior to that, Rebecca was the Head of Corporate Affairs at FOXTEL where she was responsible for communications, government relations and community relations for the high profile business.

Rebecca started her working life as a political staffer during the NSW Fahey Government in the Nineties. After 6 years in the NSW Parliament as well as working on the campaign for the republic and the Liberal Party campaign for the City of Sydney, Rebecca joined the business lobby group the NSW Chamber of Commerce where she led the government relations and media teams.
Jacqui ParkJacqui Park - CEO, The Walkley Foundation
Jacqui Park works with the Walkley Board to set The Walkley Foundation’s strategic direction, identifying new programs and developing relationships to support its aims. She oversees the Walkley innovation program and is program director for the flagship Storyology summit. In more than a decade as regional director for the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific, Jacqui was responsible for leading a team of experts in press freedom advocacy and media support work from the Pacific to Afghanistan. She has extensive experience across South and South East Asia, both in the media and with a range of media development and UN organisations. She is also the founding editor of The Walkley Magazine: Inside the Media in Australia and New Zealand.
Michael Rowland_1Michael Rowland, Co-presenter, ABC News Breakfast, ABC

Michael Rowland is the co-presenter of ABC News Breakfast on ABC1 and ABCNews24. He is a former ABC Washington correspondent, covering stories ranging from the 2008 presidential election to the eruption of the global financial crisis. He has also reported from Indonesia, Cuba and India. Michael spent five years covering federal politics and was the ABC’s Victorian political correspondent during the Kennett and Bracks years. He also has extensive experience covering business and economics. Michael is President of the Melbourne Press Club.
Alex TwomeyAlex Twomey, Managing Director, Bespoke Approach
Alex Twomey is the managing director at Bespoke Approach (formerly Butcher & Co), a strategic communications company. Providing frank advice to corporate boards of senior management of both listed companies and significant private organisations, Alex specialises in issues and crisis management, communications supporting corporate transactions and high-level media and stakeholder relations.
Jonathan RoseJonathan Rose, ‎Head of Communications, Cricket Australia
Jonathan Rose is the Head of Communications at Cricket Australia where he is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s external and internal communications and its corporate social responsibility program, Cricket Cares.
In 2013, Jonathan returned to Cricket Australia where he had been media relations manager for the Australian team in the early 2000s.
In between Jonathan’s two cricket innings, he spent close to a decade working in corporate affairs within the private sector. This most recently included the role of General Manager of Media Relations at Telstra and before that as Group Manager of Product and Corporate Communications for General Motors International Operations in Shanghai where he was on overseas assignment from Australian subsidiary, General Motors Holden. He has also held a variety of corporate affairs positions with NAB and BHP Billiton.
Nathan BurmanNathan Burman, Head of PR & Communications - Australia, Twitter
Nathan Burman is Twitter Australia's Head of PR and Communications, managing all external communications and public affairs for Twitter in Australia. He is passionate about helping people understand how Twitter can be used to discover great content, connect with others, and express themselves. You can find him on Twitter at @NBurman.
Brian WalshBrian Walsh, Managing Director, Bastion Reputation Management
Brian has a strong track-record of working with organisations to know their audiences and speak with them in simple, straight-forward language. As General Manager of Corporate Communications for NAB, Brian headed up the team responsible for internal and external communications, CEO communications and the ongoing reputation management of the top 5 ASX-listed company.
Before joining NAB he spent almost six years as Corporate Affairs Manager for the AFL, having previously worked as Director of Communications for a start-up online business following a long career in newspapers.
He has spent more than 30 years in the media and communications industry, holding a number of senior management positions at The Sun and Herald Sun and working in corporate communications across the corporate, sport, community, IT and Government sectors.
Andrew Moon_1Andrew Moon, Social Media Producer, ABC

Andrew is a social media producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He spent three years working for ABC News 24, covering elections and breaking news for a social audience. He now is responsible for the national broadcaster’s international social media strategy and activity.
Mandy Griffiths_1Mandy Griffiths, Social Media Lead, Porter Novelli Melbourne

Mandy Griffiths is the head of PN Social at Porter Novelli.
As the Social Media Lead, Mandy has led award winning campaigns for Alzheimer's Australia, Bupa, Greyhound Adoption Program and Walt Disney Studios.
She won the 2015 PR Agency Professional of the Year at CommsCon.
Mandy is also the co-founder of offshoot agency, jack + bill, working in partnership with Pozible to provide pro-bono PR and social media support to local crowdfunding campaigns.
Amanda Gome_1Amanda Gome, Head of Digital & Social Media, ANZ, ANZ
Amanda Gome’s twin passions are business media and entrepreneurship.
As a journalist, publisher, senior executive and CEO, she has championed business journalism and been at the forefront of Australian publishing for more than 25 years; in particular leading change through the constant stream of disruptive technologies the media has faced in the 21st century.
She is currently group head of strategic content and digital media at ANZ where she is leading the bank’s content and social media strategy, delivering high quality content across the bank’s customer channels. She is also associate editor of BlueNotes, ANZ’s ground breaking thought leadership publication launched in April 2014.
Danielle Clarke_1Danielle Clarke, General Manager, Social Media, Telstra

As GM Social Media at Telstra in their Communications team, Danielle has worked for the past three years driving strategic social media programs of work across the organisation. With responsibility for Telstra’s social media policy, governance, internal social employee engagement, social media crisis management & managing the communications social media team – Danielle has recently returned from maternity leave and is focused on driving a number of key programs of work dedicated to activating and empowering Telstra’s 40,000+ employees to become the most socially savvy people on the planet!
Isabelle Oderberg_1Isabelle Oderberg, Social Media Lead, Red Cross Australia

Isabelle Oderberg heads up social media at Australian Red Cross and sits on the committee of The Melbourne Press Club.
Isabelle started her career in journalism with a degree in Melbourne, then headed to London where she worked in the financial trade press before making a move into real-time news, working at international wires Reuters and Dow Jones. She returned to Melbourne to take up a post as lead mining writer at AAP and then joined Alan Kohler as founding news editor of Business Spectator, before becoming interviews editor and China commentator.
She was Herald Sun deputy business editor, then appointed the first social media editor in Australia. Later, as national social media editor at News Corp, she developed social media strategy across all of its Australian newsrooms.
lieuuse1Lieu Pham is a content strategist and marketer. She connects ideas to insights, brands to stories, and objectives to results. Drawing on a decade of experience, Lieu works with both global brands and small businesses alike to plan and implement big, amazing content assets, and small, humble digital campaigns. Lieu is a content strategist at the global content marketing agency King Content, the Founder and Editor of The Week in Content Marketing and Co-Founder of the Melbourne Content Strategy events.
pennybatholomew1Penny Batholemew, Head of Strategy, King Content
Penny is a digital marketing expert, with a specialisation in content marketing and social media content planning. She is currently Head of Strategy at King Content, where she develops digital publishing strategies that address client’s key questions around what story they should be telling, where, how, why and who to.
gregsaunders1Greg Saunders is an accomplished actor, director, voice/dialogue coach and actor trainer and teacher. He has over 40 years’ experience, is a graduate of NIDA and has worked for all the major theatre, film and television production companies in Australia. He has extensive experience in several European countries. He has also worked in corporate training, theatrical and advertising casting and works on the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He was resident director (education) at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
richendavermeulen1Richenda Vermeulen is the Director of ntegrity, an award-winning Melbourne-based digital agency that empowers brands to become digital. Prior to ntegrity, Vermeulen spent a decade leading social media at brands within the US and Australia. She is a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review and ProBono News, and a lecturer at RMIT University in entrepreneurship.

As one of the very few female digital leaders in Australia, she contributes to the growing sector through coordinating groups such as Ladies of York and Go girl, Go for IT to inspire and encourage young women in tech.

In 2014, she was awarded B&T Magazine’s “Women In Media - Digital Winner” and also named as one of the most influential people in the not-for-profit sector by ProBono Australia.
Bonnie Shaw_1Bonnie Shaw is the head of Digital and Community at the Foundation for Young Australians.

Working across Australia, UK and USA, she has worked with public and private media outlets, consumer brands, real estate and development agencies, banks, libraries, non-profits, and governments to leverage digital technologies to build communities, and address the challenges of increasing collaboration, co-creation and participation.

Bonnie is sought after globally as a speaker and workshop facilitator with specialities in community engagement, collaborative innovation, digital storytelling and serious gaming, the future of cities and technology, and change management.