Sarah Wilson
Founder, I Quit Sugar

Five years ago, freelance journalist Sarah Wilson experimented with quitting sugar for her column in Fairfax Media’s Sunday Life. Since then, the former Cosmopolitan editor has seen I Quit Sugar become a publishing brand in its own right with a website, series of best-selling books, ebooks and a health program completed by more than a…

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Matt McGowan
President, Adestra

Matt is currently President and a member of the BOD at Adestra.com (a BGF funded messaging and email automation platform) where he oversees the global business and its almost 150 employees.

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Ran Buck
VP, Asia Pacific, Taboola

Ran Buck heads Taboola’s operations in Asia Pacific. Since Ran Buck opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013, Taboola has secured a significant Asia-Pacific presence through landmark partnerships with two of the region’s leading companies.

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Paul Fishlock
Founder, Behaviour Change Partners

A founding partner of BMF (the ‘F’) and former ECD/Chairman of The Campaign Palace, Paul launched creative start-up Behaviour Change Partners in 2012. The Agency has clients across both public and private sectors and approaches every marketing problem as a behaviour change problem drawing on the credible, proven fields of behavioural science to inspire strategies…

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Prue Cox
Commercial Director, Pacific Magazines

Prue is a results driven, dynamic and influential leader with over 16 years experience across both multinational and start up organisations.

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Philippa Noilea-Tani
Trading Director, Sydney, MEC

Philippa’s professional career has been with MEC, since starting in the industry back in 2005. Philippa is a passionate trader at heart with her experience spanning across a diverse range of industry sectors on well-known brands.

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Dwayne Birtles
National Data Commercial Manager, News Corp Australia

Like you, Dwayne’s goal is answering the question, “How can I be certain that I am finding my ideal customer?” Dwayne is chartered to drive the commercialisation of News Corp’s online audience data and new data sources to deliver advertisers the most sophisticated and accurate targeting solution in market. Whether it is launching products that…

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Tim Duggan
Publisher, Junkee Media

Tim Duggan is the Publisher and Co-Founder of Junkee Media, one of Australia’s most innovative new media companies, reaching over 5.5 million people each week. Junkee Media creates highly shareable content about the things that matter (and sometimes the things that don’t) and continually strives to add to the conversation, not just the noise. Tim…

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Alex Hayes
Editor, Mumbrella

Alex is a fascinated observer of the rapidly evolving worlds of media and marketing. He took on the role of editor of Mumbrella in November 2013, with the team covering the latest goings on of everything under the media and marketing umbrella in Australia and overseas. He has reported from international events including the Cannes…

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Tim Burrowes
Content Director, Mumbrella

With a 20+ year career spanning local and daily newspapers, magazine editing and digital publishing, Tim Burrowes has experienced the media revolution at first hand and come out ahead. He trained on local newspapers in the UK. His first stint on specialist magazines was writing about the medical world for Hospital Doctor where he spent…

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Camille Alarcon
Content Director – Events, Mumbrella

Camille Alarcon has worked in the media and communications industry for more than 15 years. With a background in journalism and marketing communications, she’s held senior roles as a media and marketing journalist, including as the launch deputy editor of Mumbrella, news editor at B&T and deputy news editor of leading UK title, Marketing Week.…

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Robyn Foyster
Publisher, The Carousel

With over 25 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the founder and publisher of the lifestyle website TheCarousel.com. Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia’s three biggest flagship magazine brands – The Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and New Idea. As Group Publisher of Bauer Media Group’s most…

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Nina Vanneck
Head of Online Partnerships Group for Australia and New Zealand, Google

An online media all-rounder, I have been working in the digital media space since 2000 in a mixture of programming, channel management, business development, account management, research and advertising strategy roles. Specialties:With experience working on both the programming and sales strategy sides of an online media business, my focus has been on reaching profitability and…

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Tony Gillies
Editor in Chief, Australian Associated Press

Tony Gillies joined AAP as Editor-in- Chief in January, 2004 having spent 25 years in various newspaper reporting, editing and group publishing roles with regional and  metropolitan media. Under his leadership the AAP Newswire has become a multi-dimensional 24/7 operation serving news text, images, video and digital content to all media on all platforms and for all devices. With…

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Luke O’Brien
Managing Director, Data & Insights, Pureprofile

Luke has helped hundreds of businesses unlock incredible insights through deep relationships with millions of consumers around the world. Luke is passionate about using technology to help realise the true value of their own profiles and to create a better way for brands to connect with customers.

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Kit Wilson
Group Subscriptions Marketing Manager, Bauer Media

Kit Wilson is the Group Subscriptions Marketing Manager for Bauer Media, responsible for direct to consumer marketing for print and digital subscriptions across Bauer’s portfolio of consumer brands.

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Miranda Ward
Public editor, Mumbrella

Miranda Ward writes about public relations and publishing for media and marketing website Mumbrella.  She currently edits the weekly PR newsletter CommsCon and the weekly publishing newsletter Publish, as well as contributing content to the daily Mumbrella newsletter. Miranda joined Mumbrella in September 2013 as a reporter and covered creative agencies before being promoted to…

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Angela Stengel
Angela Stengel, Digital Lead, ABC Radio

Angela Stengel is ABC Radio’s Digital Lead, bridging the gap between technical and editorial development. She oversees the strategy and roll-out of all ABC Radio’s online activity and the pioneering ABC Radio app. Angela joined the ABC in 2008 working for ABC Innovation, testing boundaries in content and experience delivery on projects such as Campaign Pulse, a site…

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Andrew McEvoy
Managing Director, Life Media and Events, Fairfax Media

Andrew McEvoy is the Managing Director of Life Media and Events at Fairfax Media.

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Michael Laxton
Director, Customer Marketing & Growth APM, Fairfax Media

Director, Customer Marketing & Growth APM, Fairfax Media

Michael leads the consumer marketing function for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial. With key focuses on subscription revenue, customer engagement and digital-first marketing strategies, Michael leads an integrated performance team at Fairfax Media across acquisition, retention, loyalty, social and paid media functions.

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Martin Lane
CEO, Mumbrella

Martin Lane is CEO of Focal Attractions, a publishing and events company whose portfolio includes media and marketing website Mumbrella, business prospecting tool The Source and events including Mumbrella360, the Mumbrella Awards, CommsCon, BeFest, Publish and the Travel Marketing Summit. Martin started his career in local newspapers in London before joining independent travel magazine TNT as a sub-editor in…

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Naomi Johnston
General Manager, Starcom Melbourne

Naomi has 15+ years in the communications industry working with full service agencies, media buying shops and shiny tech start-ups. She’s equally as comfortable talking quarter pages in Cairns Post, as discussing the future of automated buying as suggesting tweaks to the UX for an app. Naomi has provided business solutions, account service, communications strategy…

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Robert Loewenthal
Founder, Whooskaa

Robert Loewenthal has over 10 years experience in the radio industry. He is the founder of the Whooshkaa Podcasting Platform and is a Non Executive Director on both the ASX listed Global Traffic Network Ltd and the Media Industry Charity, ‘Unltd’.  Robert formerly held the role of Managing Director of Macquarie Radio Network.

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Aaron Michie
Director, Guardian Labs

Director, Guardian Labs

Aaron Michie is Director of Guardian Labs in Australia, the Guardian’s branded content division. Prior to this role, he was chief innovation officer at ZenithOptimedia. Aaron has been in the advertising business for over 18 years and has worked in digital, creative, media and content businesses in Germany, Spain and Australia.

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Keith Hernandez
Slate Magazine, President

Keith Hernandez is president of The Slate Group, where he oversees revenue, marketing and custom creative operations. Formerly, he served as VP of brand strategy at BuzzFeed, where he led revenue and brand strategy efforts in North America and Australia. Hernandez established BuzzFeed’s global sales operations in Canada and the United Kingdom, and extended its…

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Kylie Rogers
Mamamia, Managing Director

Kylie started her career at Network TEN in 1997, after completing an ARTS Degree at Monash University- with a double major in Psychology and Film &Television. Kylie quickly progressed through the sales operation with experience across a number of the company’s key markets rising to the role of National Sales Director and later spearheading the launch TEN’s premium…

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Nicholas Gray
The Australian, CEO

Nicholas Gray has been CEO of The Australian since 2013 where he leads the commercial development of the masthead and has been responsible for top and bottom line improvements fuelled by digital subscription growth, an expanded focus on digital products, business and lifestyle coverage improvements and successful marketing campaigns including The Australian‘s 50th, The Australian Business Review and Influential Australians.…

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Paul Hamra
Managing Director, Solstice Media

Having trained and worked as a journalist, Paul moved into public relations early in his career establishing a national consultancy, Hamra Management in 1990. He sold the company to Young & Rubicam in 2002 and went on to form Solstice Media to publish The Independent Weekly newspaper in Adelaide.  In 2010, Solstice Media successfully migrated The Independent…

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Rachael Lonergan
Head of Strategy, Foundation

Rachael Lonergan has over 20 years of media and creative agency experience, and is currently Head of Strategy at Foundation, a boutique media agency.

Formerly she was a strategist at The Newspaper Works where she had the task of helping the Newspaper industry position itself to marketers and their agencies.

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Zac Skulander
Head of strategic planning - News Corp

Zac Skulander is the Head Of Print Innovation at News Corp Australia where he is tasked with coming up with new advertising ideas to execute for clients across the company’s metro mastheads and magazines. Zac assumed his role at News Corp Australia in 2015.

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Alex Clark
Founder, Press Patron

Alex Clark is the founder of PressPatron (www.presspatron.com), a funding platform for journalism. Alex has a professional background in journalism, and has also studied online media at the University of Texas, UC Berkeley and Victoria University of Wellington. His Master’s research evaluated consumers’ willingness to pay for journalism under a range of online business models, and involved discussions with leaders at APN, Fairfax, The New York Times, National Geographic and The Economist.

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Neil Ackland
CEO, Junkee Media

Neil Ackland is the CEO and Founder of Junkee Media.  Neil has over a decades experience leading, innovating and growing Junkee Media, Australia’s leading Millennials publisher. Junkee Media’s titles include Junkee (Media Brand of the Year 2014), inthemix, FasterLouder and travel title AWOL, created in partnership with Qantas and named the Content Marketing Strategy of the Year at the…

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Martin Wanless
Head of Content, Mahlab Media

Martin Wanless is Head of Content at Sydney-based content marketing agency Mahlab. Martin has worked in publishing and content for over 16 years, joining Mahlab in 2010 after 10 years as Managing Editor of the publishing division of UK event organiser ITE Moda, overseeing the creation and production of magazines, websites and newsletters. With a strong background in both…

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Karen Lawson
CEO, Slingshot Accelerator

Karen Lawson is a senior executive and leader in the digital industry. She has held executive positions within both global companies, as well as joint ventures. With experience leading teams through change; motivating, developing cross functional teams to peak performance, Karen is extremely passionate about delivering great results and helping others achieve their true potential.

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