Have you signed up to our Speakers Bureau yet? We are always on the lookout for industry speakers, and this is an excellent way to showcase AIMIA members who wish to raise their profile within the Digital Industry by speaking at events.
If you are an AIMIA Member and want to sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna has been working on leading technologies for the last 20+ years. She holds a PhD from Sydney University in Design Science and Linguistics, with a study on virtual worlds and cyberspace. During her academic career, she has published and presented at various international conferences and has worked on cross-cultural projects involving high-end technology for collaboration.
Anna’s background is in architecture and design (with a Honours Laurea from Milan’s Polytechnic), and in Australia she’s worked at OzEmail, Telstra, APN News and Media and more recently at Fairfax Digital as the Chief Product Officer, responsible for the technology and product development across Fairfax’s digital sites.
Anton is a Director of Front Foot Media Solutions. He has been in the the mobile industry since 2001 and has created, managed and marketed some of the most successful mobile content in Australia.
Whilst at Front Foot, Anton has delivered quality digital solutions for companies such as Electronic Arts (EA), Sky Channel (Tabcorp), Telstra, and VHA.
In previous roles, Anton has managed the launch of the world's first live mobile Cricket TV channel, Australia's first 3G Sport and live scores site, plus many other mobile products and services.
Front Foot leverages its world-class proprietary technologies - Synapse and ATRIUM - to deliver quality solutions to complex requirements, specialising in mobility. They are winners of both the 2010 and 2009 AIMIA Awards for Best Mobile Product, and are featured in the Australian Technology Showcase.
FremantleMedia is one of the world's largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands - owned by RTL and forming part of the Bertelsmann Media Group.
As Vice President of Licensing, Ben is responsible for the development and commercialisation of FremantleMedia properties off-screen in areas such as online, interactive television and wireless, as well as more traditional ancillary rights businesses including brand licensing and sponsorship, live entertainment, gaming, brand funded entertainment, consumer products and merchandise.
The FremantleMedia Enterprises portfolio encompasses both wholly owned and managed properties including Australian Idol, Neighbours, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway, Australia's Got Talent, The Price Is Right, MasterChef, The Farmer Wants A Wife, Australia's Next Top Model, Star Trek, CSI, The Godfather, Tintin: The Movie, Gladiator, Forrest Gump, Grease, Footloose, So You Think You Can Dance and Merlin.
Prior to joining FremantleMedia in May 2007, Ben established himself as a leading digital media and content specialist, working with companies including Warner Music Group and Vodafone.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Business Economics from the University of NSW.
Brian Gallagher has over 23 years in the broadcast advertising market, having worked with Nine, Win/NBN, and Ten, and has pioneered brand funded content in Australia with Full Circle Entertainment which launched in January 2005.
Prior to the launch of FCE and his current role as CEO of FCM, he spent 6 years at Network Ten specializing in advertising related content strategy, brand funded programming and integrated sponsorship, developing a reputation for innovation around advertisers’ use of the media using content.
Brian’s direct relationships with the majority of Australia’s territories top program producers encouraged Brian to launch Full Circle Entertainment to stake a claim on the emerging brand funded content market.
Right before coming to work at Arnold Furnace Cairo was in the Masai Mara, the deserts of Rajasthan and the jungles of Malaysia helping WWF set up their online systems. Before Australia Cairo was client-side, as the Online Services Manager for New Zealand’s biggest company, Fonterra. She finally found her calling at Arnold Furnace, starting at the agency as a Senior Producer and heading up the Digi Department in just over 1 year. What a legend!
As well as leading the Digital team and acting as Mother Hen to an excitable brood of producers, designers and developers, Cairo has become a crucial member of the Agency Management team. A top focus for her is to create a fun, flexible environment for her team to feel positive about, and grow in. With twenty years experience under her belt and the huge impact she’s made here, she’s basically never allowed to leave.
As Owner and Managing Director of TheFARM. Chris has always had a penchant for saying 'yes'. It is this bold outlook that has propelled him through his early days as a freelance photographer and web developer to achieve a lot in a relatively short time. Maintaining a dynamic, professional and relaxed culture, upholding authenticity and integrity, while growing the business and developing THE best in market solutions for clients all sit at the top of Chris's priorities.
As a founding member of Saatchi & Saatchi's interactive team and with over 10 years flash development experience, Chris is an expert in flash application and interface development. It is Chris's keen interest in and his extensive experience working with emerging technologies that enable him to deliver exceptional and innovative digital applications that integrate and engage across broadcast channels, web, multimedia and mobile technologies.
In his role as MD of TheFARM, Chris's career highs include growing an amazing team, being named among BRW's Fast Starters and working on award winning campaigns for clients including Air New Zealand, Lion Nathan, Virgin Mobile and Mitsubishi Motor's Australia.
You can read Chris's musings at 15MB of Fame here or follow him on Twitter at chrispile.
Dale McCarthy has worked at the forefront of the digital media industry since 1996, including 12 years with Fairfax Media, where she is currently Director of Strategy & Corporate Development in the Marketplaces division that has over 480 staff and includes the digital transaction businesses RSVP, Stayz, Tenderlink, InvestSMART and the classified businesses Domain, Drive, APM and MyCareer.
In this role Dale helps set the strategic agenda for the division, overseeing operational and corporate strategy as well as M&A. Dale has been involved in numerous digital joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions for Fairfax including The Weather Company, TheVine, OMG, FindaBabySitter, Tenderlink and Occupancy. She is Chairman of the board of OMG and is actively involved in integrating new acquisitions into the company.
Her previous roles with Fairfax Media have included Chief Marketing Officer of Fairfax Digital and General Manager of RSVP.com.au.
Dale developed Australia’s first University accredited course on Internet Advertising with UTS in the late 90’s, was awarded Internet Pioneer of the Year at the Yahoo Internet Awards in 2000, was named in the Top 10 Most Influential People in eMarketing by B&T and was recently selected to be on the Prime Minister’s ICT Industry Taskforce to develop a vision for the ICT economy to 2020.
David Anderson is the Managing Director of the Transactions Division at Fairfax Digital, which includes the RSVP, Stayz, InvestSmart, and Australian Property Monitors businesses. Fairfax Digital is the interactive division of John Fairfax Holdings – publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review amongst other titles.
David is responsible for developing the current businesses in the portfolio as well as identifying new opportunities for the Transactions Division.
His prior roles at Fairfax Digital include Director of Strategy and Operations for the Employment, Real Estate, and Automobile businesses, and Chief Product Officer where he was responsible for all product development and the technology function.
Over the last 14 years, he has worked in a number of start-ups in online and web roles for companies such as Memetrics (recently acquired by Accenture) and ninemsn during the company’s startup phase in 1997.
David holds an MBA from University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Macquarie University.
David oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships for pureprofile. Since joining in 2005, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, as Commercial Director he led pureprofile’s global direct sales operations. He also developed and manages the company’s operations in Sydney, London, Mumbai, and San Francisco and is responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of pureprofile's growing number of users and clients.
David’s main areas of focus have been IT, marketing and finance. Prior to joining pureprofile, he was a consultant for the Australian recruitment firm, Time Recruitment and a property researcher for Benchmark Real Estate in Canada.
David holds an MBA from the Sydney Business School and a Honours degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, both of which were awarded with distinction.
A new resident of San Francisco and despite living in Sydney for the past eight years, David has very much retained his Canadian accent and sense of humour, eh.
Fred Schebesta is Director of innovative online direct marketing company, Freestyle Media. Fred works with Australia’s leading brands offering insight and expertise into the world of online direct marketing. He is recognised industry-wide for his skills in combining proven and traditional approaches with new thinking and ideas.
Fred was acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurial minds under the age of 30 when he was listed in the 2008 Australian Anthill’s 30under30. He was awarded ADMA’s 2006 Young Australian Direct Marketer of the Year for his pioneering work combining the traditional direct marketing with online marketing techniques. He brings expert case studies and online marketing tips to all of his presentations.
Grant has a diverse background in the military, engineering and programming. As one of the founders of Straker, Grants wide ranging experiences and skills places him in an ideal position to drive the growth of Straker as it continues to grow its Global presence.
Grant has experienced first hand the challenges and huge growth opportunities of leading the expansion of the company online and offline into Europe, Nth America and Asia. Through working with clients such as Tourism NZ, the European Commission, Vanguard, Tourism QLD over the last 10 years he has a lot of experience in the needs of clients to use multiple languages, and rich media to manage websites across geographies to achieve the best results in new markets.
Guy is the Founder and Director of The Project Factory, a cross-platform digital entertainment company, and National President for AIMIA.
Guy has been working in digital media since the late 80’s which means he could build a Commodore 64 game if you wanted. He has worked for the BBC, FOXTEL, BigPond, The Guardian, Channel Nine and ACP Magazines, FoxKids, Penguin Books.
He has spoken at, and chaired, conferences in the US, Australia, UK and Europe. His experience covers cross-platform film and television production, multiplayer online games, virtual worlds, mobile and social media.
Guy has been on the judging panel of BAFTA's interactive awards in the UK, the Webby’s in the US, and the World Summit Awards.
Jane Huxley is currently General Manager of the Media division within Fairfax Digital. In this role Jane is responsible for extending the company's position as Australia's leading provider of online news and information. This includes setting and executing a news leadership strategy across all mastheads. (SMH.com.au, TheAge.com.au, WAToday.com.au and Brisbanetimes.com.au), and directing its consumer marketing, mobile and video business units.
Jane brings to Fairfax Digital more than 18 years strategic business and marketing experience, having previously worked at international organizations including Vodafone and DigitalOne. For over fifteen years she held various technical, sales and marketing positions with Microsoft, including Director of Partner Group and Director of its Desktop Applications (Office and Windows) Group.
Jennifer Wilson is a Director of The Project Factory (a multiplatform media company), teaches Multiplatform Content for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Transmedia for MetroScreen; lectures in mobile and convergent media for the University of Western Sydney and has taught on the Asia Australia Media Emerging Leadership program (AAMELP). She is member of the Screen Producers Association of Australia and has authored two white papers for the film industry aimed at helping screen content producers understand how and why to get more engaged in the digital space and looking at copyright and piracy issues. In 2008, Jennifer co-authored “The writer’s guide to making a digital living” for the Australia Council for the Arts.
Jennifer is fascinated by the intersection of creative concepts, their technical implementation and the commercial reality that underpins this in the digital space. More than cross-platform – the intelligent exploration of how to generate engagement on the third and fourth screens (computer and mobile) through social, play, story, sharing and interactivity. She is passionate about mobile as the ubiquitous screen; the rise of semantic understanding; the permanent change the social media has made to our sense of connection; and the need to find engagement at the heart of every interaction.
Jennifer sits in on the board of AIMIA and chairs AIMIA’s Mobile Industry Group.
John Galloway is Vodafone's Head Of National Sales For Mobile Advertising. John has held this position for the past twelve months. During this time the Vodafone mobile advertising team has run over 104 mobile marketing campaigns which include some of Australian best known brands including: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 20th century fox, Paramount pictures, Foxtel, Holden, HSBC etc .
Last year the Vodafone mobile advertising team was awarded the prestigious Frost & Sullivan's best practice award for market leadership in mobile advertising. Additionally Vodafone was quoted as taking 40% share of the Australian mobile advertising market.
Prior to joining Vodafone John was the managing partner of MediaMe a specialist mobile marketing company. John has an extensive media background and has held senior digital positions at News Corp and Fairfax.
Kate is a technologist, marketer and educator who specializes in the integration of online and offline business strategies.
She has first-hand experience in the role of social computing technologies at enterprise level; the challenges, risks and power these technologies have in assisting with internal and external communication.
Kate develops strategic digital marketing strategy and tactics that drive profitability, and trains business teams in the use of web technology including social computing, social media, and social networking.
Kirsty is Director, Strategy and Operations of the Transactions Divisions at Fairfax Digital. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the RSVP, Stayz, InvestSmart, and Australian Property Monitors businesses as well as their day-to-day operations.
While at Fairfax Digital, Kirsty has also held the position of General Manager of Stayz.com.au - the number one website for holiday rentals in Australia. Prior to this, she was Marketing Director - Media for Fairfax Digital where she developed and executed the consumer and trade marketing strategy across 12 of the company’s news, finance and entertainment brands.
Kirsty has worked in the digital media industry for 10 years. She has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Business in Communications from the Queensland University of Technology.
Lija is the Group Marketing Director for the transactions business unit at Fairfax Digital. In this role, Lija is responsible for setting and overseeing brand marketing strategies and lead generation across the Transactions Division which encompasses RSVP
Lija joined Fairfax Digital in 2006 as Director of Marketing at RSVP. During her 14 years in the marketing industry, Lija has worked across advertising, corporate communications, public relations, internet and digital strategy for companies including Canon Australia, Australian Jockey Club and Adshel. She also ran her own business for four years.
Lija holds a degree in Commerce, majoring in marketing, research and international business from the University of Western Sydney.
Michael Kordahi is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Australia. He has a strong background in web development and now focuses on working with passionate early adopters of Microsoft’s emerging web technologies.
If you stare deep into his eyes for long enough, you’ll likely see the lovingly warm glow of the Silverlight logo embedded deep in his pupil. He also spends his days in the land of Windows Live, WPF, ASP.NET and Vista Media Centre development.
He also blogs regularly over on delicategeniusblog.com and spends his non waking hours dreaming of taking photos and slaying the bad guys over on Xbox Live.
Michela Ledwidge is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur and technologist who has worked at the cutting edge of media production since creating NSW's first website in 1993. In the UK she led technical development of the BBC's first online community system in 1998. She won Brilliant Digital Entertainment's Interactive Screenwriting Competition in 1997 (ten weeks in the headbin). She won the 2001 SIGGRAPH Web3D Art Prize (Horses for Courses) and in 2004 won a UK Invention award for 'remixable films' with which she founded the virtual studio MOD Films. In 2007 she was an architect on the BAFTA winning BBC iPlayer service. In 2008 she introduced Australia's first digital download service for feature film screeners and review copies (The Jammed). Michela received the inaugural 2009 Sydney Film Festival Peter Rasmussen Innovation Award for her body of work. In 2009 she designed and produced several mobile apps, produced the interactive side of dirtgirlworld (2010 AFI for Best Children’s Animated TV Series), and created the Remixable Media post-graduate unit of study for the University of Sydney. In 2010 Michela co-founded MOD Productions, a hybrid production studio in Sydney, creating multi-platform experiences for the Sydney Opera House (Detours and Destinations) and the UNSW iCinema Centre (ACO Virtual Orchestra).
Nic Cola is Chief Operating Officer at Fairfax Digital. Fairfax Digital publishes more than 30 websites and reaches over 16 million unique browsers and 700 million page impressions per month. Nic is responsible for the operating divisions of Media, Classifieds and Online Transactions.
Nic has been with Fairfax Digital for over 10 years, in a variety of roles including Director of News, Information and Entertainment, where he was responsible for Fairfax’s market leading digital news business (online at the smh.com.au and theage.com.au), Media Sales and Digital Entertainment business across Fairfax Digital and General Manager of Online Classifieds.
A Professional Geek for Microsoft, Nick has over 21 years of IT industry experience in a variety of sales, technical, management, semi-marketing and strategic roles. Excellent presenter, prolific communicator and closet workaholic.
Online since 1987, working with the Internet more years than there have been browsers, I have a strong belief that the current revolution of connection, collaboration and communication is going to have dramatic and unforseen effects on the human condition.
After a 6 month sojourn from the industry, I've seen the world from a different perspective: and have joined Microsoft as I think the software company has the best chance of being at the cornerstone of the forthcoming revolution of technology.
Known as a dynamic presenter of technology to all sized audiences, I love to inspire people by showing them "shiny new things" that will change their life, organsiation, community and business.
My "life ethos" is to be a catalyst in melding technology with people and organisations. A strategic integrationist; a communicative technologist; a modern day renaissance man with an eye to the future of all things digital.
Oliver draws on a background in psychology, experience in usability and understanding of mobile technology to identify key issues for client business strategy, and customers, and to recommend & design solutions. He has a wide range of experience evaluating and improving the end-to-end customer experience with mobile devices, portals, applications and content. Oliver has consulted to clients such as; Hutchison, Optus, Telstra, ninemsn, ABC, and RPO.
As part of the local mobile industry Oliver is playing a key role in the design and project management of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, which looks at mobile content usage in the local market, a project on behalf of the AIMIA Mobile Content Industry Development Group. He also co-hosts Mobile Monday Sydney, a mobile focused networking night.
In addition, Oliver is a judge, author and speaker on the mobile customer experience.
Paul has an extensive Television, Radio, Online and Creative career
He spent 6 years at the BBC in London in a number of roles, from World Service Radio audio production, Network and Studio Directing, Promo Creation and Live Children's Television Production. He worked on the full range of BBC Television services including some of the pioneer work with BBC World service Television
In 1995 Paul came to Australia and joined the Seven Network as a senior Network Promo Producer. Here he launched a large number of key programmes and produced award winning Network sales reels.
In 1999 Paul joined Fairfax working across f2 and then Fairfax Digital in various roles with the leading news sites smh.com.au and the age.com.au, including Marketing, Multimedia and video production. By the time he left as Director, Fairfax Digital Productions he was leading all the video production and commercial operations for the Fairfax portfolio of services across news and classifieds. During his time he pioneered new approaches in online journalism including multiskilled video journalists who shoot, edit and present. Some highlights included the first online coverage of the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
He moved to FOXTEL in 2006 as the General Manager, Interactive TV services - He and his team have led a resurgence and growth in Interactive television with a focus on making iTV simpler and cheaper to create for channels. The portfolio of services include the international award winning Sky News Active, Weather Active, Sports Active, Fox Sports News Active, Air Active, tabactive, recommendation tool iSuggest, Interactive advertising and channel interactive services. His team work closely with channel partners to continue to create entertaining Red Button services, including a move into social media with the Chat application with Australia’s Next Top Model.
Pippa Leary is the Managing Director of Media for Fairfax Digital. She runs the Media Sales, Marketing, Technology, Product, Business Development, Multimedia Productions and Mobile Services departments of Fairfax Digital.
Fairfax Digital is the interactive division of John Fairfax Holdings – publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review among others titles.
Pippa is responsible for growing revenue and audience usage of The Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au) and The Age (theage.com.au), Brisbane Times, W.A. Today, The Vine, Trading Room, Money Manager, Real Footy, Rugby Heaven and many more Fairfax Digital sites. Her team works closely with the editorial team to ensure the Fairfax network of news sites remain the #1 online news Network in Australia. Her responsibilities include product management, syndication, business development, multimedia, editorial production, membership, marketing and technology.
Ricky Sutton is Head of Video at Fairfax Digital, where he and his 22-strong team provide news, sport, entertainment and business video to more than six million Australians.
Ricky has been a senior journalist for more than 20 years during which time he has run the news desk of the world’s best-selling paper, launched and run several of Australia and the UK’s largest and most profitable websites and worked as an advisor to multiple media CEOs.
His businesses combined have more than 11 million readers and generate more than $20 million-a-year from advertising, subscription and transactions.
Ross Dawson is Chairman of Future Exploration Network, a global strategy and events company focusing on the future of business, technology and media. Current projects include an array of strategy projects for leading media companies in Australia and the US, the annual events organised by Future Exploration Network including Future of Media Summit, Web 2.0 in Australia, Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum and Social Network Strategy. Ross's 2002 book Living Networks, which anticipated the social networking revolution, has recently been reissued in its Anniversary Edition, while his blog Trends in the Living Networks was recently ranked in the top 40 business blogs globally. Ross is primarily based in Sydney and also works out of his subsidiary office in San Francisco.
With his research and confidential consulting, Steven serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. He is an authority on Australian online retail, including the behavior of Australian consumers, the sector's pattern of growth, Australian online retail technology adoption, and local retail practices across the entire customer life cycle, including marketing, merchandizing, and customer experience. A consistent theme of his recent research is the need to bury the funnel as a model of how marketing and commerce function, replacing it with a holistic understanding of the customer life cycle. From his base in Australia, Steven observes Asia Pacific trends, with a focus on China. His global research has addressed issues that range from content moderation to green marketing to global marketing management.
Before joining Forrester, Steven spent almost five years with the global, full-service public relations agency, Hill & Knowlton. There he launched and managed the company's digital PR offering in Australia. Prior to this, Steven's roles included editor of Australian Macworld and eBusiness editor of Marketing magazine.
Steven received an M.B.A. from the University of Technology Sydney, a graduate certificate in professional writing and editing from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a B.A. with honors in economic history and industrial relations from the University of Melbourne.
Tom is a direct and digital expert with over 15 years experience. He specialises in digital marketing, direct marketing, and business development. His experience spans over 50 industries, both from the client-side and agency-side.
As Head of Marketing & Business Development at First Rate, a leading search & performance marketing company in Australia, Tom offers strategic and tactical insights into how businesses can successfully market themselves online, by sharing his expert advice and techniques which have proven to drive significant online growth for clients of First Rate.
Tom has been engaged in the direct marketing and digital marketing industry since 1994. He started his career as a copywriter for a mail order business in New York, during which he was immersed in the principles of direct response marketing, for both offline and online audiences.
After six years in New Zealand specialising in direct marketing and digital marketing, Tom moved to Sydney in 2004 to take up the position of Sales and Marketing Director of PermissionCorp – Australia’s largest permission marketing publisher. There Tom headed marketing for both member and corporate acquisition, using direct and digital as the primary means of acquisition.
Since moving into his current role in 2007, Tom has established First Rate as one of Australia’s most dominant search & performance marketing agencies by market share. Today First Rate is a recognised leader in developing strategies and tactics to help brands dominate the search engines and grow their online market share.
In his presentations Tom uses his 15 years’ experience to present step by step advice on how to use digital marketing to grow online traffic, leads, and sales, and build brand awareness. This knowledge has been used to help dozens of Australia’s blue chip brands increase their online leadership.
Vijay is a Senior User Experience Architect at Fairfax Digital. Currently, he is working on product development for Fairfax Digital's classifieds businesses, including Drive, Domain and Mycareer, championing the user experience for each brand's corresponding trade and consumer applications. For the past 6 years, Vijay has worked in the industry as a usability specialist and a project manager. In consulting roles, he has directed user experience projects across a diverse range of industries, including finance, travel, media, energy, telecommunications, not-for-profit and government organisations.