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Returning 29 July – 1 August 2019 for its second year, Advertising Week APAC is Advertising Week’s fifth global edition held in Sydney, Australia. #AWAPAC, takes place in Luna Park, one of Sydney’s most iconic venues, and brings industry professionals together throughout the Asia Pacific region for a week of thoughtful conversations with leaders from the marketing, advertising, technology and creative spaces. During the week, expect wide ranging discuss on where we’ve been, where we’re going and what trends, challenges and opportunities are shaping today’s global industry. Advertising Week APAC joins a global network of Advertising Week events in New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, and London.

Seminars and Workshops
Advertising Week’s immersive daytime programming is made up of nearly 80 seminars and workshops that focus on the industry’s most relevant topics and trends. Whether it’s a roundtable with industry experts discussing the latest innovations in technology and data, or a keynote with global business leaders looking ahead to what trends will dominate the creative industry in the years to come, Advertising Week programming is built to feel as diverse and thought provoking as the people it seeks to represent.
Evening Concerts & Events
Advertising Week’s night-time events boast some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Performers such as Sting, Avicii, Snoop Dog, DNCE, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Outkast and more have made our concert series unlike any other in the business. Our special events and concerts seek to not only entertain and delight, but celebrate and honour the diverse and unique culture of its host cities.
AW Connects
As one of the world’s largest gatherings of business and industry leaders, Advertising Week serves as the optimal setting to network and meet other professionals in similar or different industry cornerstones. At AW Connects, this nightly networking opportunity allows attendees to end the day of programming with a cocktail while they meet and discuss the topics of the day in a casual, intimate networking environment.

Kevin AckhurstGoogle
Kevin Ackhurst
Director of Agency for Google Australia and New Zealand

Kevin Ackhurst is the Director of Agency for Google Australia and New Zealand.

Previously Kevin was Managing Director of Google for Work, Asia Pacific. In this role he oversaw Google Apps for Business and Chrome OS product suite and works with some of the biggest companies in the region, including Woolworths, Globe Telecom and JSW Steel.

Kevin is a technology sector veteran. He was the Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for Microsoft in Asia-Pacific and the Vice President, Asia at Juniper Networks before joining Google.

Kevin has lived in 6 countries but Australia is home. In his spare time he is trying to learn French and how to play the ukulele. Both of these pursuits are taking a back seat to spending time with his family and renovating his home.

Louise BarrettNews Corp Australia
Louise Barrett
Louise is a dynamic Senior Media Executive/Director with over 30 years’ experience in Television, Radio, Print and Digital.  She has worked for some of Australia's leading Media companies, including Nine Entertainment Co, PBL, ACP Magazines, Macquarie Radio Network, 2UE, Network Ten & News Corp.  She has an extensive background in sales, marketing and management and has a thorough understanding of all facets of business.

Louise is a disciplined and strategic leader who has the ability to deliver measurable results and lead teams of high performing individuals. Louise is extremely connected in the media world and more broadly across Australian business.

Louise is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits on the Board of Ski & Snowboard Australia.

Danny BassMediabrands
Danny Bass

Danny is among the Australian media communications industry’s most respected and high profile leaders.

He is formerly Chief Investment and Intelligence Officer for GroupM Australia. Prior to that he was GroupM’s Chief Digital Officer and was previously National Sales Director for News Digital Media. He is passionate about the digital development of the media industry, having launched Australia’s first agency programmatic trading desk and participating on the Agency Advisory Board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Danny is also a Board Member of the Media Federation of Australia.

Danny’s primary professional interests are in the Group’s Client relationships and in the development of the people and skill sets within the IPG Mediabrands Group to create the most effective, results-driven solutions for clients.

IPG Mediabrands in Australia is a full-service marketing communications business with more than 640 people and offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.

Sérgio BrodskyInitiative Media
Sérgio Brodsky
Sérgio Brodsky is the Head of Strategy at Initiative, Melbourne. An internationally experienced and award-winning brand marketing professional, Brodsky is a regular columnist for Marketing Magazine and a sought-after speaker in the national and international circuits. He is also a Scholar and Chairman (Alumni) of prestigious The Marketing Academy. He is passionate about cities and culture and the role of brands and technology in society. Brodsky is multilingual, holds a BA in IP law and an MBA in global brand strategy and innovation.

John BroomeAANA
John Broome

John is CEO of the Association of Australian National Advertisers (AANA), the peak industry body representing Australia’s advertisers and has been in the role since September 2017. Prior to the AANA John had a 25 year marketing career in FMCG, working in several categories including food, confectionery, household cleaners and personal care, with a number of global companies including Unilever, Kellogg, Nestle and Reckitt Benckiser. His most recent role was CMO at Unilever ANZ.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, John has lived and worked in several countries, including the US, Canada and the Middle East. He lives in Sydney along with his wife, Jacquie and two daughters, Leah & Anna.
Kurt BurnetteChannel 7
Kurt Burnette

Kurt is Event Director, Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, and Chief Revenue Officer, Seven West Media, a listed national multi-platform media business in Australia. It comprises Seven Television, the number one commercial TV network; Pacific Magazines, the nation’s second largest magazine group by readership; Yahoo!7 one of the country’s most successful internet platforms, as well as Western Australia’s leading newspaper, The West Australian and associated WA regional newspapers and radio stations.

The role is tasked with expanding existing and new partnerships and growing the company’s current advertising revenue streams of over $1.5 billion across all the business units, in addition to establishing new revenue opportunities for the organisation. Kurt is responsible for the commercialisation of the group’s rapidly expanding Revenue ecosystem, including the activation of Live Events and the group data initiatives building and deploying data and capabilities as the company expands its presence beyond broadcast television and publishing.

Kurt has a Diploma in marketing and completed executive and leadership development programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management through the University of NSW. More recently Kurt completed the flagship executive program offered by the Stanford Graduate School of Business - the Stanford Executive Program. He is a Board Member for Yahoo!7, and Chairman of the ThinkTV Board.
Melissa FeinInitiative Media
Melissa Fein
Melissa Fein is CEO of Initiative, one of Australia’s most prominent media communications agencies and part of IPG Mediabrands. She is a proven industry leader, with more than 18 years of media and advertising experience, representing world class brands both locally and internationally across media owners and advertising agencies. Her career has seen a dominant focus on driving revenue through innovation and thought leadership.

Melissa started her career at News Corp Australia, departing after six years to join MTV Networks Australia, and was quickly re-located to New York to work within the MTV Integrated Marketing team, Melissa returned to MTV in Sydney before Ignite Media Brands was formed (through a merger of Viacom and TV1 Group). Melissa led the Sydney and Brisbane markets for a year before moving to GroupM owned, Mindshare.

In 2011, Melissa launched ESP Australia, a global Entertainment & Sports Partnership group, and built the ESP brand in Australia to much acclaim from clients both locally and regionally. Melissa led a team of award winning and market leading specialists.

In October 2013, Melissa joined the newly launched creative unit at Network Ten, Generate, to lead the strategic solutions arm of Generate, covering strategy, sponsorship and integration. 6 months later, Melissa was named National Head of Generate (leading both the creative/production and strategic solutions arms of Generate). Generate was Network Ten's client solutions division, specializing in strategic and creative content creation, digital and social integration.

Within Melissa’s tenure, Generate created globally recognized and groundbreaking integrated partnerships. In September 2015, Network Ten and MCN combined sales operations and Melissa was appointed to a key senior Transition Management role whilst also developing and leading network brand solutions for clients across the entire MCN Portfolio (Ten & Foxtel). She was appointed CEO of Initiative Australia in February 2016.

Melissa is an industry regular on the speaker circuit, reported for Industry publications, a finalist in the WPP Regional Excellence Awards and a member of SWIMM (Senior Women in Media & Marketing).

Chris FreelUnLtd
Chris Freel
Chris Freel is CEO of UnLtd, the social purpose organisation connecting the media, marketing and creative industries with charities helping children and young people at risk. UnLtd empowers the industry to use their skills, resources and time for good and has driven over $45million worth of value for charity partners to date. Chris also sits on the advisory board of NewCo Australia and Advertising Week Australia.

Prior to UnLtd Chris was Commercial Director ANZ at Pandora Media where he led the team to Mumbrella Sales Team of the year 2017. Before that he was the National Agency Sales Director at Fairfax Media. Prior to arriving to Australia, Chris spent 9 years in editorial, events, marketing and sales roles in London. In his early career Chris sold deckchairs and donkey rides on Blackpool beach and worked as a part time bingo caller. He is a sport fanatic and lives in Balmain East with his wife and two sons.

Adam FurnessImpact
Adam Furness
Managing Director APAC

Adam Furness has been working in media and advertising for 17 years. With experience across radio, TV, digital and a passion for tech based ‘start ups’, Adam has a diverse skill set. He has held senior leadership roles in sales, strategy, cross platform and business development at Southern Cross Austereo, Macquarie Radio Network and MI9 (formerly ninemsn). More recently Adam was the Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Rhythmone (formerly Radiumone), a global marketing technology business, and he is currently the Managing Director, APAC for Impact Radius. Adam is a founding board member of UnLtd., the media, marketing and advertising industry foundation supporting youth charities and an advisor for a few emerging tech businesses. Adam is married to Sophia and has 2 young daughters, Chloe (9) and Helena (6).
Adam GoodmanMicrosoft
Adam Goodman
Audience Mktg Lead ANZ

Adam is an Audience Marketing Lead at Microsoft Australia, where he leads the commercial marketing activity for Bing Australia. With 13 years of experience in sales, marketing and end to end personalisation strategy. Adam has a track record of delivering success both internally at companies and externally with a wide range brands across a multitude of industries. He has an expertise in building and leading teams to deliver multi-discipline marketing plans as well as both client and agency side experience.

With a background at organisations such as Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Downstream Marketing and Accordant he has built and led teams across a variety of brands and products through insights, data, audience and strategy. Through these companies Adam has experience in 3 different markets by living in London, New York and in Sydney.

In Adam's spare time he consults for new start-up organisations across advertising, digital personalisation and leadership coaching companies. He is passionate about creativity, maximising performance, streamlining operations and leadership development as well as an avid fan of his beloved Manchester United regardless of the time-zone.

Greg GrahamWPPAUNZ
Greg Graham
BD & Marketing Officer

Greg started his advertising career in despatch at McCanns in 1973. In Greg’s 40+ years in advertising, he has worked for a number of high profile creative agencies; DDB, Burnett’s & JWT. In 1997 he launched MindShare’s Melbourne office as Managing Director and has worked for WPP/GroupM for over 26years. More recently Greg was the Marketing & New Business Director of Mindshare North America, based in New York for 7 years. In that time the agency was incredibly successful and was named AdWeek’s Media Agency of the Year for winning in excess of a billion dollars in new business!

Greg transferred back home to Australia in 2007 working in a similar role to the US across GroupM’s companies & WPP AUNZ. Greg is involved in many industry committees (ex-Chairman MFA Awards) and has received numerous industry accolades eg. Media Person of the Year, Media Manager of the Year Asia Pacific etc…

Greg also volunteers for a number of charities including UnLtd & MMAD (Musicians Making A Difference.) Greg is passionate about nurturing and mentoring young talent and helps various industry bodies in this important area, eg. The Marketing Academy, Mediaworks ,MFA , Cannes Creativity Academy, Spikes Young Media Academy ,GroupM Training & development programmes. Greg is a qualified Coach (IECL & CouchU) and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Greg is also Australia’s No 1 Influencer in the advertising/media category with LinkedIn for 2016.

James HierWavemaker
James Hier

Currently Chief Growth and Product Officer of GroupM agency Wavemaker, previously the CEO of MEC Australia and New Zealand. James has over 20 years’ experience in advertising spanning digital, creative, strategy, consultancy  and media agencies.

James hosts the award winning TV series, Marketing Dividends, on Sky News Business where he interviews Australia’s leading CMO’s & CEO’s on marketing’s contribution to the bottom line. Now in its third series, Marketing Dividends won the global World Federation of Advertisers exclusive Chairman’s Award for Excellence in promoting marketing.

James is a regular guest on industry panels, speaker platforms and Media Week on Sky News Business.

Prior to re-joining GroupM in Australia, James spent five years as a global Integrated Marketing Communications consultant to the Unilever Marketing Academy, Heineken and SABMiller working in over 20 countries.  He has worked at TBWA, DDB, Leo Burnett and Starcom.

James received the “Great Mind Award 2015” from the Journal of Advertising Research and was recognised on the Internationalist’s “The Agency Innovators List 2013”.

Peter HolderDaily Mail Australia
Peter Holder
Peter Holder is the Managing Director of Daily Mail Australia. A part of Australian media for 30-plus years, Peter has worked extensively across newspapers, magazines and digital as a reporter, editor and publisher. For ACP (now Bauer Media) he was in charge of mass weekly and monthly titles including Woman’s Day, TV Week, NW, Cleo, Dolly, Rolling Stone and Men’s Style (for which he was also launch editor), and in 2013 ran the Hearst-Bauer joint venture, responsible for Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar and the re-launch of ELLE. Back in 1998, Peter was appointed launch editor for Conde Nast’s GQ Australia before devising and launching The Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential in 2000. With Harry M. Miller, Peter co-authored the celebrity manager’s 2009 autobiography, Confessions of a Not-so Secret Agent (Hachette Australia). Peter joined Daily Mail Australia in February 2015.
Simon HopkinsContent Shed
Simon Hopkins
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in advertisng marketing and media.

Simon launched most recently Contentshed. A specialist video led content marketing and digital media consultancy.
Simon works with companies and brands to guide them on content, media, marketing & sponsorship solutions with commercial outcomes.

Simon has held senior media marketing and strategy roles during his career including;

Commercial & Revenue Director - Brand New Media, Video led content marketing
General Manager National Sales for Fairfax Regional Media
Group Sales Director - Digital for ACP Magazines ( Bauer Media )
Sports Sales Manager – Seven Network
Head of Media – Ministry of Sound London
Digital Sales manager – Ten Network
Group Sales Manager Win Television
Buying & strategy roles at DDB, Leo Burnett’s and Clemenger
Experience & thinking that will deliver the right solutions to a business via networking, leading, collaborating and implementation.
Simon lives with his family in Sydney. They share a passion for the ocean and the snow.
Simon can be found most weekends enjoying Sydney Harbor with his family on their boat.

Nic JonesPureprofile
Nic Jones
Advisory Council Chair Advertising Week APAC 2018 and CEO of Pureprofile

Jules LundTRIBE
Jules Lund
After 15yrs hosting some of the biggest TV and radio shows in Australia, Jules Lund has swapped celebrity life for Silicon Valley, having founded TRIBE - the world’s largest influencer marketplace.

Launched only 2 years ago, TRIBE’s self-serve platform has already connected 5000+ brands with 30,000+ everyday content creators, generating over 250,000 pieces of beautiful content.

Jules’ social insights have since made him a unique asset, being invited around the globe to help marketers get the jump on the future trends within this booming freelance economy.

Sophie MaddenMFA
Sophie Madden
Sophie is the CEO of the Media Federation of Australia. Starting her career working at one of the first Independent Media Agencies, Sophie has over 25 years’ experience in the media and communication industry, ranging from working as a Media Specialist at full service Communication Agencies and independent Media Agencies to Senior Marketing roles in global FMCG and Telco companies.

Her most recent role before joining the MFA was Head of Marketing Services for Kraft Australia New Zealand, prior to this Sophie was Global Head of Media for Vodafone based in Europe. Before re-locating overseas, she spent 10 years working for Unilever as the Australasia Media Director.

Paul McIntyreMCN
Paul McIntyre
Paul McIntyre is Editor-at-Large at Multi Channel Network (MCN), a joint venture between Foxtel, Network TEN and Fox Sports. Prior to his current role he was a business media and trade journalist and editor for 25 years covering marketing, media, tech and advertising in Australia and abroad for media titles including The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The New Zealand Herald, Advertising Age (US), PR Week (US), AdNews, Campaign Brief and B&T. Paul’s role at MCN traverses widely from strategy, industry content and thought leadership for the multiplatform TV sector to broader involvement in media and marketing industry trends, issues, policy and regulation and he continues to moderate conference panels and fireside interviews with local and international industry leaders.

Matt MelhuishEnero
Matt Melhuish
Matthew is CEO of Enero, a marketing services group headquartered in Sydney with around 600 staff operating across 15 cities around the world. Matthew has 30+ years experience in the marketing services sector having worked across most categories and playing a key role in many highly effective and awarded campaigns. Prior to Enero, Matthew was founding partner and CEO of BMF Advertising for 15 years from start-up to BMF being named as 'Agency of the Decade’. Matthew also spent 10 years as Chairman of the Advertising Effectiveness Awards (EFFIE’s), and was Chairman of peak industry body, the AFA, for two years. He was a Board member of international aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontiéres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) Australia for 10 years. For the last eight years Matthew has been a Board member of the Sydney Festival a major performing arts festival.

Charmaine MoldrichOMA
Charmaine Moldrich
Charmaine joined the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) in 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience specialising in management, leadership, marketing, communications and business development. She started her media career in Adelaide, South Australia, and at 24 years of age found herself working as the Station Manager of a public radio station, her first management position. Charmaine’s career has been varied with one common theme: working with diverse groups of stakeholders negotiating and wrangling, and finding the common goal to join forces. The majority of her career has been spent working in the arts – theatre, film, music, festivals and museums which taught her to do a lot with limited resources. Charmaine is enjoying being back in media, especially in this rapidly changing, technology-infused environment. Charmaine believes that outdoor advertising is not just an integral part of the media mix but an integral part of the vibrancy of cities.

Kim PortrateThinkTV
Kim Portrate
Kim Portrate is one of the most experienced marketing minds in Australia.

As the inaugural CEO of Think TV, an evidence-led marketing, research and technology development company her mission is to show that multi-platform television remains the most effective and profit producing advertising platform for the Australian marketers.

Kim has more than two decades’ experience in the packaged goods, telco, finance and tourism industries and has worked in creative agencies and media agencies in the US and Australia. She has led marketing projects and departments for companies as diverse as Unilever, Pepsi Cola, Optus, AMP, Tourism Australia and Helloworld Travel.

In 2015, Kim was recognised as one of the top 15 marketing officers in Australia by CMO magazine and has featured in AdNews list of the industry’s Power 50 in 2016 and 2017.

Chris RuddNZME
Chris Rudd
Chris Rudd has worked across the media industry for over 20 years holding roles with ACP magazines including Head of Key Accounts before moving to APN Media as a Sales consultant in May 2011.

He was part of the first integrated Agency team at APN in September 2012, as a Key Account Manager responsible for a portfolio across telco’s and banking before being promoted to Group Sales Manager and then Group Account Director.

As part of NZME, the company formed from APN, Grabone and the radio network, he has held the role of Head of audience and strategy – Agency and has recently taken further responsibility as Team lead Agency.

Paul SigaloffYahoo7/Oath
Paul Sigaloff

Paul Sigaloff joined Yahoo7 in April 2014 & became CRO in 2017.  Reporting to the CEO, Paul is a key member of the Yahoo7 executive team and is responsible for driving revenue and best practice across sales, trade marketing advertising & corporate strategy.  Paul is also responsible for the development of new advertising products and offerings, recent launches include: BrightRoll & Gemini.  

Over the past 20 years Paul has amassed a depth and breadth of experience working for the some of the strongest media brands both in the UK and Australia.  His career started in TV (itv), moving then to radio, Classic FM & GWR, progressing into the internet joining Virgin.net as a start-up.  Two years later Paul joined Channel 4 to set up their ‘New Media’ division. During his seven years tenure at the channel, the online division grew to be an integral part of the Channel’s core strategy launching ‘4 On Demand’.

In 2006 Paul joined Global Radio to launch their interactive department until he was approached by Fairfax Digital to relocate to Australia in 2009 to run their National Digital Sales team.  In 2011 Fairfax integrated its print and digital businesses, which Paul oversaw & ran the national integrated sales team across Fairfax APM.

A leading industry figure, Sigaloff is a member of the Advisory Board for Advertising Week APAC, works with the board of IAB Australia and is actively involved with media, advertising and creative industry charity, UnLtd.

Alexandra SloaneFacebook
Alexandra Sloane
Marketing Director ANZ

Alexandra is the Head of Marketing at Facebook, Australia & New Zealand. Her 5 years with Facebook has included 2 years in Singapore as Regional Marketing lead, APAC, and she has recently returned to Sydney to lead consumer, business and industry marketing for Facebook’s family of apps and services, including Instagram, Messenger and Audience Network.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, Alexandra spent 11 years working in creative agencies. She was at Y&R New York for 5 years working as Global Account Lead for brands like LG and Dell in which time her team bagged a bronze Cannes Lions amongst other accolades.

She started her career in Sydney managing brand and retail campaign strategy for Toyota, Lexus and Telstra at George Patterson Y&R, Y&R Sydney and Oddfellows.

Alexandra is passionate about being by the ocean with her 2 young children.
Michael StephensonChannel 9
Michael Stephenson
Michael Stephenson is the Chief Sales Officer of Nine and is responsible for the overall advertising revenue performance of Nine across both broadcast and digital assets.

Previously Michael was the Director of Sales for the Nine Network and the Director of Sales for ninemsn. He has also held various roles at both the Seven and Ten Networks during his 24 years in broadcast and digital sales.

Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Management (Marketing), is on the boards of Think TV and OzTAM and serves as an active member of the fundraising committee for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Joan WarnerCRA
Joan Warner
Joan Warner, CEO, Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) represents Australian commercial radio broadcasters across metropolitan & regional Australia. CRA oversees negotiation, development & implementation of audience measurement & consumer insights research, industry brand campaign, industry RadioApp, the industry Automated Holdings system, copyright agreements, regulatory & legislative issues, planning & rollout of DAB+ digital broadcasting, annual national radio conference, Siren Creative Awards and Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Ms Warner has worked at senior executive levels in the private & public sectors, for NGOs and in the political sphere.
Chris WinterburnMediai
Chris Winterburn
Chris Winterburn has been in the media industry for near on 20 years working predominantly on the media agency side in various capacities for multinational agencies rising to Managing Director of the WPP owned agency Mediacom.

At Mediacom he was instrumental in the successful introduction of Mediacom’s digital & strategic offering and the growth of the agency’s diversified services.

During his time with WPP Chris was an active participant in the George Pattison Bates buyback from Cordiant Communications in the UK, as well as the acquisition and subsequent transition of the Mediacom business from Zenith Media.

Chris is currently a non-executive Board Member of Executive Channel Australia, and managing director of Media i, Australia’s most consumed trade media platform for media agency professionals, comprising over 220 premium large format digital screens across 70 locations.

Matt RowleyFairfax Media Australian Metro Publishing
Matt Rowley
Matt is responsible for all advertising revenue generated within the Fairfax mastheads including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review. He leads teams across ten major verticals, agency and direct sales, programmatic trading, ad tech & operations and the 50-strong Commercial Innovation division.

Matt's extensive background as a global marketer, creative agency head and digital publisher makes him well placed to drive results for Fairfax customers. His previous roles include Director of Content Marketing at Cirrus Media Australia and Managing Director within the Publicis Groupe in London.  

Sunita GlosterPwC
Sunita Gloster

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