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.
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Adam Ferrier is a Consumer Psychologist and Planning Partner of Naked Communications. He graduated university with degrees in Commerce and Psychology and by a strange twist of fate began his career as a Forensic Psychologist. Adam worked in a maximum security prison and private practice, assessing levels of dangerousness of inmates. He then made the natural move to marketing consultancy, working for Added Value. Here Adam switched his interest from understanding criminal behaviour to consumer behaviour. He completed his Clinical Psychology Thesis in 'Identifying the underlying constructs of cool people', and for a short while was a global cool hunter.
Continuing the slide from the moral high-ground Adam joined Saatchi & Saatchi as a Strategic Planner. Here he worked with clients such as General Mills and Lion Nathan, and also invented a bestselling psychological board game - called The Analyst.
In 2004 Adam moved to become a founding partner of Naked Communications in Australia. Naked works with clients such as Bigpond, Unilever, George Western Foods, Coke Cola and Mattel. In the last 4 years Naked has turned the communications world on its head and has won a collection of industry awards and client accolades. Naked was 2007Adnews Agency of the Year.
Adam is a regular media commentator and conference speaker.
Alex spent ten years working client side in both retail and FMCG before joining the digital revolution. Consumer marketing and category management with Sainsbury's Supermarkets (UK) and Nestle Australia distilled in him a strong focus on the end user experience. Since joining TigerSpike, his energies have been channeled into implementing innovative digital initiatives designed to augment the end to end delivery process; concept to point-of-purchase. This high level of consumer insight and focus has been introduced to all TigerSpike's blue chip clients across all major industry sectors.
Alex now spends a significant proportion of his time working on enhancing TigerSpike's UK and US presence as they take their award winning Service Delivery Platform to new markets.
chrisMsimon, (AKA Chris Simon) of Bracket Boys and chrisMsimon YouTube channel is often asked about his 18 illustrious digital years, including multimedia work that inspired The Rolling Stones and Gorillaz; and foundation work for The Telstra mobile media hub, WotNext and launch of their ADSL Broadband. Chris also has a full page editorial in the Ad News 75th Anniversary Book published in 2003 on Great Moments in Australian Advertising. He is a 4G Samsung Smart Phone user and collaborates daily on new content worldwide.
In May 2007 David launched Mark. This new agency combines the digital, direct and data marketing disciplines of M&C Saatchi. Conscious that marketing is now more a science than ever before, Mark is committed to developing infectious, indelible ideas that mark minds to elicit measurable behaviour.
Prior to the launch of Mark, David was busy not only overseeing the growth of M&C Saatchi Digital in Sydney, but also establishing and managing the digital teams in Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles and New York.
David has a BA/BCOM from Deakin University with majors in Marketing, eCommerce, Public Relations and Sociology.
He has successfully led a Digital Agency of the Year team and been recognised by his peers, winning Victorian Young Direct Marketer of the Year in 2004 and in 2007 was the second youngest person included in the top 40 most influential people in the Australian Digital industry.
Dominique joined Mark early in 2008 as General Manager and employee number 48. Her mandate was to help grow the company and ensure the focus was on direct, digital, data and integration with M&C Saatchi. Mark currently employs 72 people, working on clients such as Optus, Woolworths, Qantas, IAG and Westfield.
Prior to that Dominique was one of the founding members of the Y&R Brands Interactive team, starting at Wunderman. Dominique helped grow the interactive team from two to over 110 people in three cities over five years.
With over ten years in interactive marketing and integrated agency experience, she joined Y&R Brands after returning from the UK where she was a Senior Producer for Wheel:, the UK's largest and most awarded interactive agency, working on Marks & Spencer's eCommerce website. Prior to going to the UK, Dominique held the position of Senior Account Manager - Interactive, with Clemenger Proximity helping establish and define Clemenger BBDO's interactive model and capabilities.
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.
In her role as Founder and Managing Director of CarbonBlack Jodi is responsible for the ongoing corporate and strategic development of the company. During her tenure the company has successfully secured the necessary agreements within industry for launch, established alliance partnerships, completed technology implementations and marked milestones associated with dealers and registered tyre purchasers.
Jodi has an extensive background in strategic business development, marketing and online business.
Previous roles include consulting positions with McKinsey & Company, Capital Market Risk Advisors, UNUM Life Insurance Company and Aetna Life & Casualty. Current entrepreneurial roles are held with USAGateway as an international business advisor and Co-Founder and acting COO of Adage, Australia's leading careers centre and job board for mature age professionals. Jodi is also advisor to New York based myBlueZebra, an innovative provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to consumers and global directories companies.
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.
Malcolm has been a consultant, advisor and investor in telecommunications and media for over 15 years during which time he has worked with operators, regulators, governments, investors and users in Australasia, Asia and North America. He specialises in business strategies in telecommunications and media, performance improvement and the impact of digital technology/media on businesses of all types. Malcolm was KPMG’s joint lead partner on the Implementation Study for the Australian Government’s $43bn National Broadband Network. Other clients have included the ABC, Optus, Foxtel, Telstra, Two Way, Multimedia Victoria, Virgin Mobile, Bell Canada, Multimedia Development Authority of Singapore, Oztam and Radio New Zealand.
Malcolm is a regular writer and speaker and in public forums on topics such as broadband, digital content and interactive TV and has a regular column in Digital Media magazine.
Malcolm is currently a Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choir and was previously on the Board of an ASX-listed media company. He has also appeared in more than 25 theatrical productions from Shakespeare to musicals.
Nathan joined KPMG in 2007 and heads up the commercial due diligence practice in Sydney. Nathan has over 14 years experience in market assessment and corporate strategy in the UK, US and Australia and offers market assessment and strategy experience that extends across most industry sectors .
Prior to joining KPMG in June 2007, Nathan was Head of Strategy and Convergence for Orange UK plc, a leading UK mobile and broadband operator. He was responsible for the integration programme between Orange Mobile and Wanadoo, Europe’s largest broadband ISP and portal. Under the Orange brand, the combined business was one of the first converged broadband, fixed and mobile businesses in the UK consumer market
Originally from a strategic consulting background Nathan has extensive experience in an advisory and commercial due diligence capacity. Previous assignments include new market entry strategy, market appraisal and business due diligence across a range of sectors.
After completing a Bachelor of Graphic Design with a major in Advertising, Nick spent 11 years working in some of Melbourne’s most prominent advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, Grey and Young & Rubicam. In 1999, he left mainstream advertising and co-founded Sputnik Agency, one of Australia’s first online agencies. Although digital advertising was in its infancy, Nick was excited about its potential and seemingly endless possibilities. His passion for advertising, design and the digital realm continues today and he has spoken at a number of digital conferences and regularly comments on the industry to the trade press.
Over his career, Nick has worked with a wide range of national and international clients. Just some of the names include Nintendo, Miele, Converse, Cadbury Schweppes, SEEK and Hewlett Packard. He can be credited for a swag of awards, among them Gold and Silver Folios, an AWARD Pencil and an impressive collection of MADCs, and has been called upon to judge many industry awards.
Nick’s claim to fame is that he can sing the theme song to the TV show ‘Flipper’ in Dutch.
TigerSpike is a digital services company specialising in mobile and personal social media. We focus on delivering innovative and cutting edge digital solutions, from mobile applications, to bespoke software development. Our global experience combined with our commitment to technical excellence ensures our clients are at the leading edge of new media.
TigerSpike was founded in Sydney in 2003 and opened its first overseas office in London on 2006. After an Austrade mission to the US in February 2008, TigerSpike opened an office in New York in March of that year.
Stephen O'Farrell was appointed Managing Director of Sputnik Agency in June 2008.
Sputnik is one of Australia's fastest growing and award winning interactive agencies. Established in Melbourne in 1998, the agency has since expanded to Adelaide and Sydney and today employs a team of over 80 staff. Clients include Google, Sanitarium, RACV, Tabcorp and GMHBA, plus several national and state government bodies to name a few.
Prior to his role at Sputnik, Stephen was co-Managing Director of The Furnace Melbourne, one of Australia's leading full services creative agencies with clients such as Cadbury Schweppes, Levi's, The Australian Grand Prix, Pacific Brands and Fairfax Digital.
Stephen started his career as a graduate trainee at DDB Melbourne and was soon transferred to the company's headquarters in the United States. With DDB and Euro RSCG New York, Stephen helped generate over $60 million in new business revenue and managed a range of local and international technology oriented businesses, including Philips Consumer Electronics, Lockheed Martin and Intel.
Stephen's areas of interest centre around digital communications and strategic marketing, particularly the role of social media and online video. His industry specialities include: FMCG (inc. alcoholic beverage); apparel; financial services; automotive; retail; government and not-for-profit. Having taken Sputnik from 35-to-80 people in just over 18-months, Stephen is also fascinated by management theory and organisational dynamics as they relate to the leadership of rapidly growing organisations.
Stephen is a sought after public speaker having presented at a range of conferences including:
- e-pharma, 2010 (the largest pharmaceutical digital marketing conference in the United States): “Social Media Therapy - a review of social media best practice in managing disease states”.
- Social Media Summit, 2009: “Social Media & Online Engagement; lessons learned from the most successful marketing campaign in history”.
- Going for Growth Summit, 2009: “Leveraging technology for top & bottom-line growth”.
- The Future of Online Video Conference, 2009: guest panellist.
- Monash University MBA Program, 2007 (Guest Lecturer): “Keeping sane amongst the Mad Men: a how-to guide on making it past 30 in advertising”.
- Levi's Regional Marketing Summit, 2006: “The Future of Advertising”.
For more information on Sputnik or to contact Stephen:
116-122 Chapel Street
Windsor VIC 3181
(03) 9692 6333
Tania Lang is the principal of Peak Usability as well as a member of the Usability Professionals' Association, Web Industry Professionals Association and the Queensland State Representative for CHISIG in Australia. She is considered one of the leaders in her field and is passionate about usability. She has organised numerous local usability and HCI events to increase awareness and adoption of good usability and user centred design practices.
Tania has been working in the online space as a usability practitioner and consultant for a number of high profile clients for over 10 years. In that time she has worked on online projects for Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Suncorp, Flight Centre, iiNet, RACQ and numerous Commonwealth, state and local government agencies.
Tania also has extensive experience conducting intranet usability reviews for Queensland Government including Queensland Department of Emergency Services, Treasury and Queensland Department of Housing.
She has a Masters of Business by Research which involved researching how travel consumers use the Internet. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Human Factors, a Graduate Diploma in Arts (including Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science.
Tim is the founding Director of Melbourne based 2 Sticks Digital Marketing.
Originally out of the wine industry, Tim moved into internet marketing in 1999. His online involvement since then includes both B2B and B2C orientated projects. In 2006 he was invited onto the speaking circuit for The Executive Connection (TEC), an international CEO coaching organisation. He continues to present to TEC groups across Australia and New Zealand on the topic of 'Digital Marketing'. In 2007 Tim formed 2 Sticks Digital Marketing to service a growing cross-industry demand for measurable online lead generation and Web 2.0 business level implementation. He holds a Masters in Business from Melbourne University and is a qualified Google AdWords Professional.
Tristan oversees KIT's regional sales, business development and partnerships operations, providing strategic, technology and content services for video commercialistation solutions. Tristan is a founding employee of the company (nee ROO Media) and has provided end-to-end IP video solutions for many of Australian and US media, publishing and production companies for launch and commercialization of their video platforms.
With extensive experience in creating, deploying, measuring and monetising IP video services, consumer engagement strategy for video destinations, digital video asset management , licensing & content syndication he has delivered solutions for News Digital Media, Sensis, Spotzer, SBS, XYZ Networks, Network Ten, ABC, TABCORP, ESPN STAR, Verizon, AP, Reuters, Gillette, Sony and many others.
Tristan has been working in online in Australia and the US for over ten years. Prior to KIT, Tristan has held business development and sales positions with Fairfax (F2) and Monster.com and Propaganda.
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.