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
Andy Jamieson, Partner and Innovation Director, leads search strategies in the channels of search engine optimisation (SEO), pay per click (PPC) marketing and the combined technical scope of social media marketing (SMM) and Facebook advertising.
Andy spent six years at eBay and Fairfax Digital, leading search and online creative campaigns, global affiliate marketing channels and new distribution deals. He built the search strategies of household brands such as eBay.com.au, MyCareer.com.au, Domain.com.au and Drive.com.au. Today he is a guest lecturer at UTS Ad School and speaks at industry events such as Search Engine Room, Search School, CeBIT.
Chris Adams is an internationally recognized media, entertainment and technology executive, keynote speaker, children’s author, lecturer and strategy consultant and ideas guy. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he has worked with, for and led such companies as: Facebook.com, Participant Media, Glam Media, Amazon.com Comcast Cable & Interactive, HBO, Lycos.com and many others.
He has just created a Beachball Media (www.beachballmedia.com), a joint-venture partnership with boutique agency Me+Bond (www.meandbond.com) to build a global, digital practice that leverages best-of-breed partners to create and execute on best-ofbreed ideas. The company has just won a $2.5M global campaign with one of Australia’s leading energy companies, has done all the marketing behind ‘Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids” and is pitching brands across the globe.
Other companies he holds partner, management, Board or GM roles in are: Orbit Media Group, a revenue generation and business accelerator; MyHeartwill.com, a social legacy network; Adams/Kearney, a film, TV and interactive production company; This Magnificent Life, an online luxury magazine, The Global Poverty Project where he sits on their Global Advisory Board.
Recent projects include: “Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids,” an interactive children’s storybook App published by his Orbit Media Group and benefiting Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Sam The Biggest Fire Truck,” an interactive iPad App which Adams wrote for his son and social gaming company, “Pay For Play.”
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from the University of Denver with a double-major in English Literature and Mass Communications. He received his MFA from USC’s School of Film and TV and his MFA/PhD with honors from USC’s School of Professional Writing, pursuing both degrees concurrently.
Chris lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Sharon and their son, Cooper and is an avid surfer, writer and reader.
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.
Craig co-founded the white agency in 2003, quickly establishing it as one of Australia's preeminent interactive agencies. In the six years since launch white has won numerous creative and business accolades built on a foundation of innovation and world class digital work, working with some of Australia's largest and most successful brands.
Craig's experience across publisher and agency-side, and subsequent exposure to a diverse range of organisations' marketing objectives, provides a unique insight into the capabilities of digital in meeting a client's business challenges and ensures digital becomes the gateway between business, marketing, customers and prospects.
Prior to white, Craig's experience has been extensive and he is one of the longest serving internet specialists in Australia. Beginning at Ozemail in 1996, Craig was promoting the positive changes the internet could have for marketers long before companies had even dipped their toes into the water. From Ozemail Craig moved to Yahoo! where he was one of the first in the local team for the global internet success story, leading the sales team with passion and creating successful strategies for marketers.
Dean Hargreaves has ten years experience as an Information Systems and User Experience Researcher for CSIRO Australia, where he led a portfolio of research activities exploring the use of the ICT to support tight collaboration between international research teams. While at CSIRO, he led a project that developed, deployed and commercialised a high-bandwidth tele-health application, that provided networked real-time critical-care collaboration between health care specialists in capital cities and clients in rural Australia.
Dean is a regular speaker at international conferences, and was most recently a guest n invited to speaker at the OECD's Conference on Innovative Rural Service Delivery in Cologne, Germany in April 2008. He was also an invited to visitor to the World Bank's ICT policy group in Washington, and was invited to participate in the Global Research Alliance Digital Divide strategy formulation meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Dean has published more than a dozen papers on the use of ICT systems to support collaboration, and has presented at several international conferences, including at the: University of Toronto; Stanford University; the University of California, and; EFITA, Italy.
Additionally, Dean sits on the Rural Industry Research and Development's (RIRDC), Rural People and Learning Systems (RPLS) committee, which guides the Australian Government's research and development investment in innovative ICT solutions for rural Australia.
Dean is currently Managing Director of Dean Hargreaves and Associates, which undertakes research and analysis into user experience design, and strategic advice. He has a Master of Philosophy in Computer Science, and is currently undertaking a PhD with a focus on online collaborative planning and decision- making.
Denis’ expertise – building digital businesses. You won’t find a more dynamic speaker in the digital space. Denis has underpinned his 10 year digital career with an extensive corporate background working with a number of multinational organisations such as Kodak, Diners Club, Bell South and US Office Products.
A part time lecturing role turned into a full time position as Program Director of the Master of Multimedia degree at Monash University in 2000. He went onto manage 2 further master’s degrees. He’s been hooked on digital ever since. Denis is now the Director of 2 digital businesses; NEWMEDIA People, a specialist recruitment practice and sponsor-ed, Australia’s largest developer of school websites, with a twist.
Denis continues his association with Monash lecturing Master’s students in units such as Multimedia & Society, Multimedia Product Development, Professional Practice for Design and Design Studio. He is a Champion of the Digital Ministry, blogs at thedigitalden.com.au and has been recently appointed to the AIMIA’s Education Committee.
In her current role as Director of Complete the Picture Consulting, Marisa provides applied business research, strategy and analysis to businesses in the mobile, other digital, new technology and services industries. Marisa has been involved in designing, implementing and managing research projects that provide real insights for clients in these industries for almost 20 years.
She has been the author and co-manager of the AIMIA Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index Survey (AMPLI), since it was first established 7 years ago. She also instigated Australia’s involvement in worldwide initiatives like the Worldwide Mobile Data Survey.
Her practical experience is complemented by a Doctorate in the area of forecasting demand for break through products and a Masters Degree by research in the area of branding. She is also a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Marisa enjoys sharing with others the insights and case studies that are the result of her work (and life!) experiences. She has presented at local and international industry and academic conferences and workshops, and been published in a range of different journals.
Sean is a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Retail Studies within the Department of Marketing, Monash University. He has extensive commercial experience in retail, consumer and business based market research. Through his experience with TNS (New Zealand) and Chant Link & Associates (Melbourne) he has conducted a wide variety of research in industries such as retail, finance, government and pharmaceuticals. His current research projects include: the study of how on-line search impacts off-line shopping, assessing the contribution of retail in-store experience, self-service technology, social media, and cultural icons as brands. He has presented research in Australia and internationally, is published in Advances for Consumer Research and the International Journal of Market Research and is a regular commentator in media and the retail trade press.
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.
James Cleary is CTO and an executive director of Amethon, an Australian mobile analytics provider. James co-founded the business in 2000, taking the business from start-up, through several rounds of investment, to an emerging global leader in mobile content tracking and analytics solutions. Amethon has mobile analytics customers in Australia, North America, Europe and India.
Within mobile web analytics, he works with content publishers and operators to grow mobile data and content revenue through real-time intelligence of subscriber interaction with the mobile internet. Recently this has involved analysis of off-deck traffic, handset applications, streaming media, data consumption and mobile advertising campaigns.
Jamie is the Managing Director and one of the company founders. He brings extensive experience in online advertising and business development from key roles at some of Australia's leading online players.
Jamie spent three years at LookSmart in product development and search analyst roles.
After leaving LookSmart he joined SEEK, where he managed its online marketing activity and key alliance partnerships. Most recently Jamie was at Optimedia where he established the agency's search marketing offering and implemented campaigns for clients such as NAB, Telstra, Sensis, Qantas and the Victoria Government.
Jamie's role at CLD includes sourcing and acquiring new business, in addition to leading the strategic development of the business.
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.
Josh Frith is Managing Director of The Dubs, a digital engagement agency.
They create environments that inspire audiences to interact with brands by connecting them with the brand’s story and each other.
Josh is an expert in digital strategy, next generation web, video marketing and advertising. He has been instrumental in generating audiences and improved engagements for brands like ING Direct, AMP Capital, Bayer & John Lewis and media groups such as FremantleMedia, ITV and the BBC.
After beginning his career as a journalist for News Ltd, Josh Frith co-founded digital agency The Dubs (originally named @www) in 1996 to focus on marketing brands through the online offerings.
He has also worked with leading UK TV broadcasters and television production companies such as ITV, BBC, Endemol and FremantleMedia helping them to create online content brands that are highly trafficked and commercialised.
A regular and experienced speaker, Josh shares with participants the techniques he has used to create innovative, successful campaigns for his clients.
Jye Smith is the Digital Strategist for Weber Shandwick and is responsible for creating and leading digital communication strategies across Australia. Previously to this he was the Head of Social Media for Switched On Media.
Katie is a digital evangelist and creative strategic thinker specialising in defining the role for brands in the digital channel and designing integrated marketing communication plans.
For the last twelve years she's worked both on the creative strategy and immersive integrated communications for some of the world's leading brands including Coke, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, McDonalds, Kellogg's, Pepsi, GSK, and YUM!.
She's a graduate of the University of Adelaide, majoring in Media and Cultural Theory, her blog “Get Shouty” recognized in Ad Age's “Power 150” and she has published and presented her thinking over the world. In a previous life, she has five years experience in the media as a publicist, broadcaster, script writer, and producer. In addition to being able to speak about herself in the third person she's steered a couple of recording artists and record labels to fame and glory
A big believer in contributing to the knowledge base she's a founding member of Interesting South and the convener of the Sydney chapter of Planning For Good.
At Creata, Katie was the Global Creative Strategist, responsible for the digital definition of the Happy Meal brand globally and the construction of fantastic user experiences on a site created to engage children and their parents in 14 languages.
Katie created and managed the digital department at bellamyhayden, Australia's most awarded communications strategy agency, and was responsible for the digital engagement and media strategy across their portfolio of clients.
Katie is currently the Strategy Director for the White Agency.
Kerry's enthusiasm for new technologies led to her digital role in 1994 when Ogilvy founded their New Media department. With over 15 years experience in the digital realm she has had the pleasure of working with some of the world's leading blue chip brands with experience across all digital platforms. Well-respected in the industry, Kerry is the Chairperson for the Media Federation of Australia's Digital Committee.
Krister designs games, mixed realities and interactive spaces for the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Examples include the popular MBF Magic Garden. He has prototyped over 170 interactive experiences and objects since having graduated as an industrial designer from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2000. Krister is currently performing R&D in how games can empower fans to control pyrotechnics at concerts to strengthen their culture.
Mandeep joined Johnson & Johnson through the MBA recruiting programme in Oct 2004 as Regional Professional Marketing Manager with the responsibility of establishing the professional marketing function in Asia Pacific.
In Sep 2006, Mandeep moved to Sydney to head marketing for JJVC Australia and New Zealand. In June 2008, one of his marketing campaigns, “The Acuvue® Wink” won the James. E. Burke award, the highest recognition for marketing excellence in J&J. This campaign was also a finalist at the Cannes Lions 2008 & The DMA International ECHO awards.
Mike is a founding partner and Creative Director of Sydney's gen-Y specialist digital agency, Pusher. Creatively trained in design, film and television, and having account managed automotive and national security accounts for BBDO in earlier years, he now combines this arsenal with front-line digital marketing experience for Pusher's gen-Y focused clients.
When not deciphering code from Japanese websites, downloading apps or competing in reality game-shows, Mike tries his best to avoid the web by hitting the surf at Palmy or blue skies in a Cessna.
Peter Lewis has worked at Senior Executive and Board levels in Australia, Asia and the United States and is highly regarded as a Manager, Non-Executive Director and Corporate Advisor to technology companies to create shareholder value and accelerate company growth.
Peter is General Manager Business Development of Hydrix - a global provider of custom electronics and software design services; a member of the Advisory Board of Mitchell Lake - a provider of Advisory services to businesses looking to lead or leverage convergent media, marketing and technologies; a Director of Flinders Pacific a strategic technology business development advisory group; and a Director of the Churchill Club - a vibrant community of technologists, entrepreneurs & innovators, who share ideas, wisdom and experiences.
Previously Chief Strategy & Technology Officer for BlueAnt Wireless a $50m Australian Bluetooth developer; Corporate General Manager of Business Development for CSIRO; Senior Trade Commissioner/Consul-General for Austrade in Silicon Valley during the dot com boom years; and a Director of AVCAL the Australian Venture Capital Association, Peter brings wide experience and networks in global business development, investment raising and corporate growth strategies.
Recognised for his communication, management and presentation abilities, Peter is highly regarded as a senior executive who can help companies and teams achieve outstanding results
Peter Sjoquist has worked in television, film and the live event industry for 40 years starting at Channel 7, Granada TV, ITC Entertainment, General Cinema Corporation and the Nine Network.
Peter was involved in the Voyage of the Damned, The Boys from Brazil, The Eagle has Landed, Capricorn One, the Royal Charity Concert for the Queen, opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Narara Festival, Crocodile Dundee, opening of the Bicentenary and Ferngully – the Last Rainforest. He acted as Co-Producer for the entertainment at several high-profile sporting events, and as Producer for television specials for John Farnham, Boy George, Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan.
He was Co-Executive Producer for the movie The Phantom and was responsible for producing the television coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Since 1988, Peter has been Executive Producer of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge®, in 1998 he and his wife initiated its rural sister event, Croc Festival® and in 2004, J Rock™ was launched for primary schools. These events have stretched to New Zealand, UK, Germany, UAE, Japan and South Africa with 100,000 students on stage each year.
Peter is also Executive Producer of the Webby and W3 Award winning www.skillsone.com.au, a multi-media digital platform produced by The Australian Channel to elevate the status of trades, promote excellence in RTO’s and excellence in trades teaching.
In 2008, Peter launched Teachers TV Australia to promote good teaching practise in Australia.
In 2001, Peter was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award by the NSW Benevolent Society, and in 2003, the Centenary Medal for his work with Indigenous education, youth affairs and Croc Festival®. Peter became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to the visual and performing arts to youth through Rock Eisteddfod Challenge®, Croc Festival® and the community.
Riges Younan is founder and CEO of 2Vouch, a social recruiting company. He is a career recruiter with over 12 years of experience in executive search and recruiting; and has been responsible for 5 successful start-ups in Australia, London and New York.
Riges is an expert in employee referral programs and has a passion for using technology to efficiently drive talent sourcing.
Scot Ennis is one of the Co founders and directors of Switched on Media, Australia’s leading search and social media agency. He has delivered improved business results via Search and Social Media for the ABC, Flight centre, Cochlear, Virgin Music, Canon, Paypal, NRMA and a plethora of other businesses across a 10 year career. Prior to Switched on Media, Scot spent 5 years in brand marketing at P&G and 2 years as the Senior Marketing Manager for eBay.
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.
Stuart has played an active role in the Telecommunications and Managed Services industry in Australia for over 15 years, working in various sales and sales management roles to provide managed IT&T solutions to business. Stuart previously held roles at Telstra and Dimension Data.
Tim has worked in digital design and advertising for more than 13 years. His work has taken him to five different countries and resulted in some of the usual awards and jury participations. He has led AWARDCRAFT as well as taught interactive design at BillyBlue and UTS.
William Mulholland has been working as a legal practitioner for over 8 years during which time he has acted for many SMEs and companies in the media sectors.
Before coming to the law he worked as a professional performer (with numerous stage credits to his name including the original Melbourne cast of “Cats”), political adviser, arts administrator and corporate head hunter.
As a commercial IP/IT lawyer, William uses his legal skills and knowledge to grow both his legal practice and professional speaking business. As a lawyer, he has assisted many clients deal with issues in the interactive media space as well as helping out with many commercial issues that face any business.
He has presented to AIMIA on the Legal Aspects of Online Media in Melbourne in late 2007 and was the MC at a similar forum in Sydney earlier in that year.
As an acclaimed and professional MC & Key Note Seaker, William draws on his eclectic background to inform, entertain and educate.
- IP Theft & Brand Protection … in the Digital Age
- The Brand, the Whole Brand & Nothing but the Brand - Protecting your most important business asset
- Surviving the Perfect Storm - Legal tips for dealing with the Global Financial Crisis
- Inspiring Business using Tips from Shakespeare to the Stage
- Contracts, Copyright & Confidential Information for SMEs
- Leadership Competencies for Modern Day Executives
- Powerful Presentation Skills for Managers & Executives
Willie Pang is the Head of Yahoo! Search Marketing for Australia and New Zealand. He joined Yahoo! Search Marketing in 2006 and was appointed to his current role in November 2007. He is responsible for the company’s operations throughout the region and brings a decade of experience to the role.
Willie has an outstanding record of success with the company and has helped drive the business’ growth and strengthen its network of advertisers in the region. Prior to becoming Head of Yahoo! Search Marketing, Willie was the company’s Sales Director for Australian and New Zealand.