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REMIX Sydney 2016 Summit: Culture, Technology, Entrepreneurship


Sydney Town Hall
2000 NSW

REMIX Sydney 2015 - Summit on Culture, Technology, Entrepreneurship in partnership with Google, Bloomberg and The Guardian


Leslie Koch

Leslie Koch (USA)

President for The Trust for Governors Island

Leslie Koch is the president of The Trust for Governors Island.  

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in New York Harbor. Ms. Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust.

Under her direction since 2006, Governors Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, welcoming hundreds of thousands of seasonal visitors and a diverse array of arts and cultural programs. Ms. Koch oversees an ambitious $300 million capital program which is adding 40 new acres of park and bringing the Island’s infrastructure into the 21st century. Ms. Koch is considered a leader in public-private partnerships, attracting new tenants and philanthropic support for the Hills, the centerpiece of the Island’s transformation. Her leadership has received recognition from such organizations as the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society, among others.

Prior to The Trust, Ms. Koch was the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization affiliated with the New York City Department of Education. She increased public participation in education and secured nearly $160 million in private sector support.

Ms. Koch previously was an executive at Microsoft. A native New Yorker, she received a BA summa cum laude from Yale College and a MPPM from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jon Penn

Jon Penn

Managing Director, BBC Worldwide (Australia & NZ)

Jon Penn joined BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand as its new Managing Director in April 2013, with full P&L budgetary responsibility for the global business in territory.

BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm of the BBC and exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets globally for the benefit of the licence fee payer, investing in public service programming in return for rights.  BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand generates yearly revenue of over AU$100m across a broad range of business areas including five wholly owned channels, television sales and distribution, format sales, brand licensing, ad sales, live events, digital and consumer products.

In his capacity as MD, Jon leads the 120-strong regional team who produce and commercialise the company’s assets for the local market.  In his first week as MD, the company announced it would be launching a new premium BBC channel on Foxtel in August 2014 to showcase premiere drama and comedy.

Jon joined BBC Worldwide from the global TV content producer FremantleMedia, where he was CEO Asia Pacific for commercial division FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Jon founded FremantleMedia Enterprises’ brand licensing and interactive media division in Australia in 2001 and his responsibilities later expanded to include the rest of Asia Pacific.  He was instrumental in turning MasterChef Australia into a multi-million dollar, multi-platform brand over three years and his career has seen him launch new business enterprises across both traditional and digital media platforms, delivering overall revenue growth for FremantleMedia Enterprises in the Asia Pacific region. 

Promoted to CEO FremantleMedia Enterprises Asia Pacific in 2009, he added TV distribution, home entertainment and live events to his responsibilities and led the team that built multi-platform brand franchises out of The X Factor, QI, Grand Designs and Merlin, amongst many marquee TV properties.

Prior to FremantleMedia Enterprises, Jon worked for Fairfax Media’s digital division – Fairfax Digital - and has held a variety of sales, marketing and business development roles over his 22 year career, which includes working for PC manufacturer HP (then Compaq) and professional services firm KPMG.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, and also acts as a non-executive director of The Smile Foundation.

He has made keynote addresses on brand building strategies at recent conferences including SPAA, LESANZ annual general meeting and Mumbrella360 and has previously been invited by Screen NSW to assist annual funding applicants with business planning.

Damian Totman

Damian Totman

Global Creative Director, Bloomberg

Damian started his career in graphic design, making posters for scrawny rock stars in Sydney.

He worked as an art director for lots of agencies in Australia and Asia before moving to NY. He has led and implemented campaigns and creative projects for powerful brands such as HSBC, Smirnoff, Shell and The Diamond Trading Company. Damian left big agency life and set up his own studio, focused on fashion and luxury and worked on clients like Ralph Lauren for 5 years.  

Since 2012, Damian has built and led a global creative shop inside Bloomberg LP — a diverse team of designers, writers and creators, who embrace the constant change of the media landscape.

Anna Reid

Anna Reid

Chief Marketing Officer, Sydney Opera House

Anna provides marketing leadership to all key revenue areas of the business and has direct responsibility for digital, data and insight, brand, loyalty, partnerships and creative design. Anna is leading a digital transformation agenda that will enhance the customer experience and widen our audience reach. She is also co-leading Project One Voice, which will help define a more unified purpose and direction for the organisation.

Anna is passionate about engaging with people, communities and brands in authentic ways. She has 16 years’ experience as a marketing, category and innovation manager in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She spent 11 years working with BP in Australia, New York, London and Delhi, including two years as a Global Brand Director. Anna participated in BP’s Global Executive Development Program and spent a year in India leading a renewable energy microfinance program. Prior to joining the Sydney Opera House, she was a General Manager of Marketing & Category at Pacific Brands.

Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels (UK)

Head of Digital, The British Museum

Chris Michaels is Head of Digital and Publishing at the British Museum. His mission is to help the world's first Museum achieve its founding goal of being the Museum of and for the world, by fully embracing the potential of mobile, the cloud and big data to transform our visitors' experiences of our programs and collection.

Chris was previously CEO at childrens' education mobile startup Mindshapes. Backed by Index Ventures and some of the world's greatest gaming entrepreneurs, Mindshapes released over 40 apps with partners including the BBC and the Jim Henson Company; winning multiple awards and delighting children and families around the world.

Chris has previously been an SVP at international media company Chorion; Digital Publisher at HarperCollins, and started professional life in advertising. He has a PHD in American Literature from the University of Bristol.

Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Chief Executive Officer, State Library Victoria

Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library with around 1.8 million visitors each year and 3.3 million visits online.

Kate joins the Library as it embarks on an exciting period of transformation, overseeing its evolution into an innovative contemporary centre for knowledge, learning and culture.  This includes a five-year, $83 million redevelopment projecting building new facilities and function spaces, including a centre for digital media, an e-Town Hall featuring emerging communication technologies, a centre for entrepreneurship and new education, learning and exhibition spaces.

From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. Kate was a member of the ABC’s executive leadership team and reported to the Managing Director. She managed a $200 million divisional budget. 

ABC News produces scheduled radio and television news bulletins as well as continuous news coverage through ABC News Digital, News Radio and ABC News 24. Its stable of television and radio current affairs programs includes Four Corners, 7.30, AM and PM, Australian Story, and Foreign Correspondent. Kate was also responsible for the Asia Pacific News Centre, which produces news bulletins and specialist programs for the ABC’s international services.  

Kate led the News Division through a period of transformational change in the global news industry, expanding the national broadcaster’s news services with the launch and growth of News 24 and the rapid expansion of the ABC’s online and mobile news services. As a result, ABC News is now at the forefront of innovation in digital news delivery, with cross-platform news teams including ABC Fact Check and an interactive digital storytelling unit. Under Kate’s leadership, ABC News climbed from 15th to third place in the digital news marketplace.

Before taking up the position of Director of News Kate was head of the Asia Pacific News Centre. She previously worked as a reporter, producer, executive producer and editor.

Ben Liebmann

Ben Liebmann


Ben Liebmann works with noma, four-time winner of the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant, and its trailblazing head chef René Redzepi.

Over the past eighteen months, Ben has worked with Redzepi and the noma team to open the critically acclaimed noma australia at Barangaroo, Sydney. Supported by Tourism Australia and Lendlease, the critically acclaimed ten-week “pop-up”, dubbed “the hottest restaurant in the world”, sold out in minutes and generated media coverage from around the world.

Ben also developed and co-produced a three-part noma australia documentary with ITV Studios for SBS Australia, and developed the inaugural MAD SYD: A Day of Talks and Ideas, in partnership with the Sydney Opera House. Featuring Redzepi, David Chang, Massimo Bottura, and Kylie Kwong, MAD SYD is part of a Danish-based non-profit that works for “a better world through a better meal”. A cornerstone of MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) has been the annual Symposium, hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the food world’s G20” and “the Davos of food”.

Ben is also Partner at Overture Holdings, overseeing a global media and rights management business focused on the rapid convergence of food and hospitality with the media, marketing and technology sectors.

Headquartered in New York, and with offices in Sydney and Copenhagen, Overture Holdings is a boutique investment group focused upon investing in the world’s leading restaurants and entrepreneurs, and working with them to build help sustainable brands “beyond the four walls” and across multiple territories and platforms including hospitality and location-based experiences, sponsorship and brand partnerships, retail and consumer products, digital and interactive.

Overture Holdings is an investor in Noma Holdings.

Prior to joining noma and Overture, Ben was global chief executive officer of Shine 360°, the group-wide division responsible for the commercialisation and management of non-broadcast rights for the Shine Group. As CEO, Ben led the way in building MasterChef from television franchise into a multi-million dollar global business across sponsorship and promotions; consumer products including food, homewares, and publishing; digital experiences across online and mobile; and live experiences ranging from culinary travel to pop-up restaurants. Shine 360° was also on the front line of Shine Group’s activities in Branded Content and Entertainment.

Ben has spent his career in media and entertainment, previously working with FremantleMedia, Vodafone and Warner Music Group, across markets including Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States.

Having returned to Sydney in 2015 after three years in London, Ben and his family will be relocating to Copenhagen at the end of the year.

Kim McKay AO

Kim McKay AO

Director & CEO, Australian Museum

Kim McKay’s international career in social innovation, marketing, communications and management spans over 25 years. She is an environmentalist, author and international marketing and communications expert and a regular media commentator. She has worked with National Geographic in the USA since 2000 in a variety of roles, and on returning to Australia in 2005, established Momentum2 Pty Ltd, consulting in social and sustainability marketing and communications.

Kim was senior vice-president Global Marketing and Communications at National Geographic Channels International (USA), an executive director, Discovery Communications Inc (USA) and principal of Profile Communications Pty Ltd (Sydney). She is the co-founder and was deputy chair of Clean Up Australia (1989-2009), and co-founder and deputy chair of Clean Up the World (1992-2009).

Her current not-for-profit roles include board member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation, board member of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, member of The Genographic Project Legacy Fund and advisory board member and ambassador for the 1 Million Women campaign.

Kim was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for distinguished service to the environment and the community. In 2013 she received Australian Geographic’s Lifetime Achievement in Conservation award and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2011, Kim was included in the book “The Power of 100…One hundred women who have shaped Australia”, marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In 2010 she received the UTS Chancellors Award for Excellence and was named a Luminary at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has a BA (Communications) from UTS.

Kim was appointed to the Australian Museum Trust in January 2012. She resigned in February 2014 when she was appointed Director and CEO of the Australian Museum, commencing in April 2014.

Katrina Sedgwick

Katrina Sedgwick

Director, ACMI

Katrina Sedgwick is the Director of ACMI and the former Head of Arts for ABC TV and ABC Arts online (

From 2002 – 11 she was the founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival, and the AFF Investment Fund which supported 47 Australian productions encompassing a multi-award winning slate of features, documentaries, shorts, cross platform and installation works.

She has an extensive background as a performer, creative producer and festival director. She co-founded the Sydney Fringe Festival (1995), was a Producer for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1996, 1998, 2000) and the Artistic Director of Come Out '99 and Adelaide Fringe 2002.

Michael Rodrigues

Michael Rodrigues

CEO, Time Out (Australia)

Before starting Time Out in Australia with co-founder Justin, Mike was working as a lawyer in the Middle East, doing a bunch of dirty jobs. Quite literally. He’d been knee deep advising the sponsors of a sewerage project in the little known emirate of Ajman, north of Dubai.

In the early days of the publishing venture he was instrumental in the corporate structuring and fundraising for Time Out Australia. These days he has primary responsibility for the commercial growth of the Time Out brand in Australia and New Zealand, new product development, and client services.

His love of fine liquor sees him propping up bars around the country most school nights. He’s also a judge for several hospitality industry awards throughout the year.

Katie Rigg-Smith

Katie Rigg-Smith

CEO, Mindshare Australasia

Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Australia, Katie was Mindshare’s National Chief Strategy Officer prior to being promoted to CEO at the start of 2013.

Throughout her career Katie has been recognised both nationally and internationally for her work and contribution to the media industry.  Accolades include being named as the only media person within the Top Ten Women to Watch in 2013, Australia’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012 and finalist for Asia Pacific Planner of the Year back in 2007.

Katie is incredibly passionate about great media thinking across paid, owned and earned, and the role it can play for clients’ business. Not only is she a regular on this topic on the speaking circuit but Katie also spent 3 years lecturing at University on the topic of Media and Communications.

Ben Barraud

Ben Barraud (New Zealand)

Head of Design, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Ben Barraud is Head of Design at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa). Over his career, he has worked extensively in both film and exhibition design, most recently as Lead Designer on Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, an award-winning collaboration with Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop. Gallipoli has merged museum design and film-making techniques in groundbreaking ways, and set new records for visitation.

Ben has been an Art Director on many major film productions in New Zealand and New York, where he was based for 15 years. His credits include Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, the critically acclaimed Julie and Julia, and Robert Altman’s Prairie Home Companion – all the way to Disney’s College Road Trip. He has also designed for commercials, music videos, and TV shows.

At Te Papa, Ben has designed a wide array of exhibitions, from history shows such as Aztecs: Conquest and Glory to art exhibitions like European Masters.

Sarah Kenderdine

Sarah Kenderdine

Director, Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPIC) & Director, Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM), UNSW Art & Design

Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative.

She is considered a pioneer in the fields of digital heritage, digital humanities and big data visualisation and is a regular keynote speaker at related forums internationally including the World Economic Forum. Sarah had produced 61 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide including one museum and has 67 peer reviewed publications & six books.

She concurrently holds the position of Professor at UNSW Art & Design and Director of Visualisation for UNSW’s multidisciplinary initiative Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPIC). She’s Deputy Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) and Director of the Lab for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) and a co-Director, iCinema Research Centre. She continues a life-long position as head of Special Projects for Museum Victoria, Australia (2003—). 

Recent awards include: Rankin Scholar-in-Residence 2015, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA; Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Prize for Distinctive Work 2014: the Pure Land projects; International Council of Museum Award (Australia) 2013: Kaladham | PLACE-Hampi, Karnakata, India; Australian Arts in Asia Awards Innovation Award 2013: Kaladham | PLACE-Hampi, Karnakata, India; Tartessos Prize 2013 for contributions to virtual archaeology worldwide; Digital Heritage International Congress & IMéRA Foundation Fellowship 2013 (Aix-Marseille University).

Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller (UAE)

Managing Director of Dubai Design District

Lindsay Miller is the Managing Director of Dubai Design District, also known as D3, the region’s first community dedicated to the design industry.

Lindsay is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy of D3, part of TECOM Investments, with a focus on developing it as a world-class creative district that helps the regions’ design community realise its full potential, and serve as a global design gateway for the Middle East. D3 will nurture and develop local and Arab designers, as well as being home to some of the world’s leading brands and talent.

Prior to D3, Lindsay worked in various roles across TECOM Investments for six years, including Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development for the group’s six industry clusters. She has helped guide the commercial strategy of TECOM’s business parks, including Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, and had a leading role in the development and establishment of the Dubai Film and Television Commission. As part of this role, Lindsay supported the project that brought Mission Impossible 4 to Dubai, and managed the National Media Council’s TV audience measurement project, which led to the establishment of Tview; the first initiative of its type in the GCC.

Prior to her role at TECOM, Lindsay worked for the Toronto International Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada, after which she relocated to Dubai. Earlier, Lindsay was a flight instructor, preparing students to pilot 747-400 commercial aircraft.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and a MBA in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Tim Ruse

Tim Ruse

Managing Director, Zero Latency

As a founder of Zero Latency Tim has been bending minds with Virtual Reality since 2013.

With over 5000 people experiencing Zero Latency's Free Roam VR since it's inception, Tim has seen first hand the power and potential of VR to invoke emotion and transport people beyond rational thought.

Anna Lise De Lorenzo

Anna Lise De Lorenzo

Founding CEO, MakerSpace &company

After 8 years of exhibitions, events, business mentoring and pop-ups, Anna Lise launched MakerSpace &company in Marrickville in October 2015. Equipped for ceramic, metal and (soon) wood work, the 1200sqm warehouse has three guiding principles: to make making possible in Sydney, to make it possible to build a viable and vibrant creative career in design, and to revolutionise the opportunities for learning maker-based skills.

In 2013, Anna Lise won the competitive British Council Realise Your Dream Award. She curated a presentation of Australian Design for the 2014 Milan Salone di Mobile (Milan Design Week). She was named a "Designpreneur Major Influencer" by Design Quarterly, and prior to relaunching &company worked as a strategist with ATP Innovations business incubator. Producer, curator, educator, project manager, business mentor, spoon carver.

Peter McMahon

Peter McMahon

Director – Digital, Communications and Media at the State Library Victoria

Peter McMahon is Director – Digital, Communications and Media at the State Library Victoria. He has worked in a range of traditional media, and has held senior digital, marketing and executive roles across sectors as diverse as online gambling and entertainment, online media, trade union advocacy and online education. 

Passionate about the critical role of libraries in a world where information is everywhere but understanding is scant, he is responsible for the library’s digital reinvention and for the use of emerging digital technologies to deliver new experiences in very un-library ways.

Justine Hyde

Justine Hyde

Director, Library Services and Experience, State Library Victoria

Justine Hyde is Director, Library Services and Experience at the State Library Victoria. Justine has worked as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors managing libraries, legal education, technology training, communications and marketing, web and digital, customer services, and community education and information programs.

Justine is also a freelance writer published in The Age, Melbourne Review, Women's Agenda and many library journals.

Lawrence Crumpton

Lawrence Crumpton

Developer Platform Evangelist, Microsoft

Lawrence Robert Crumpton, Technology Evangelist - Developer eXperience (DX), Microsoft Australia

As Microsoft Australia’s Academic Developer Evangelist, Lawrence works with universities, students, and educational departments to leverage the transformational opportunities presented by emerging technologies and ubiquitous computing with a particular emphasis on how it is changing the way people work, play & interact.

This year Lawrence led an Australian team of students to a World Wide victory in the 2014 Imagine Cup – a competition where each year over 100,000 students from 121 countries compete to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges using technology.  As a result, team “Eyenaemia” took home a $50,000 cash prize and a meeting with Bill Gates and are continuing to bring their non-invasive, machine learning based anemia diagnostic solution “Eyenaemia” to market.

Born in the American Deep South, today Lawrence is proud to be an Australian citizen.

Gillian Ferrabee

Gillian Ferrabee (Canada)

Director, Creative Lab at Cirque du Soleil Media

Ferrabee wrote, directed and produced her first long-format play at the age of 10, and has been telling stories ever since.

Ferabee's early training was as a modern dancer. She performed for more than 10 years with contemporary dance and physical theatre companies touring North America, Central America and Europe. She began acting professionally after she was scouted for a TV series through her acting class.

At 29, she retired from dance due to injuries and transitioned to acting in film and television full time, as well as writing and translating screenplays, coaching young actors on set, and assisting in casting sessions.

She joined Cirque du Soleil's casting team in 2004, and for five years she travelled the world meeting artists and discovering new trends in performance. She was responsible for the artistic casting of "The Beatles: LOVE," the house Cirque Du Soleil show at The Mirage in Las Vegas. In 2009 she became the artistic casting adviser for the company's touring shows, and in 2012 she was promoted to creative director for images and special projects.

In December 2012 she was named director of the Creative Lab for Cirque du Soleil Media. She heads a team of in-house creatives in developing projects for film, TV and new media, in collaboration with various outside partners. Gillian also has a thriving practice as an expansion coach for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Ferrabee also speaks and leads workshops regularly, most recently at the Feast Conference in New York City and the C2-MTL event in Montréal.

Ann Bray

Ann Bray

Interim CEO, Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)

Ann Bray is currently interim CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) having been in the position since December 2015. The ISA Board is tasked with providing strategic policy advice to Government on the Innovation, Research and Science.

Ann Bray’s early career was a medical scientist in the 80’s where she worked in both private and public pathologies and in public research. She held middle and senior management positions in the Uncle Toby’s Company / Goodman Fielder for 9 years. She then worked as a consultant in the manufacturing sector working for clients such as Mars, the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture, Australian Paper Mills, Goodman Fielder and Australian Defense Industries.

Subsequently she owned a small business as an inventor/wholesaler of craft products domestically and internationally and owned design patents in Australia, USA and UK.

Ann has been in the Public Service for 13 years. She has significant policy and deregulation experience as project lead for the COAG National Business Names reform but also overseeing the secretariat of the Standing Committee on Chemicals. She led a team to help the Minister’s Food Processing Industry Strategy Report deliver a major report on the food processing industry in 2012 which then led to the formation of Food Innovation Australia Limited. Ann then spent time in Science Governance where she led a number of projects related to the Synchrotron, Astronomy and Questacon Governance, and the National Measurement Institute.

Ann has a Bachelor of Applied Science; a Graduate Diploma in Education; and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has also attended Oxford University’s Strategic Leadership Program (Said University) and Mt Eliza’s Leadership Development Program.

Rennie Addabbo

Rennie Addabbo

Country Director, SONOS

Rennie Addabbo recently joined Sonos as Country Director, responsible for end-to-end operations of the Australian business, including sales and marketing, customer care, operations and finance. Prior to that, Rennie was General Manager for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business in Greater Asia, responsible for marketing and category management for the Xbox business and category management for Surface, MS Band, PC accessories and Windows throughout Asia.

Over the last few years the Xbox business across Asia has made significant strides forward from a brand point of view on the back of high-impact marketing campaigns and initiatives, many recognised through peers across the industry including awards through AdNews Agency of the Year, Asian Marketing Effectiveness & Strategy and MCV Pacific Awards across a number of categories.

Aside from driving high-impact marketing initiatives through his regional marketing team, Rennie was instrumental in Xbox becoming #1 in Asia in 2012, he led the introduction of Xbox as the first sanctioned games console in China, drove the marketing team that launched Microsoft Surface and Band products to the Asian market and was part of the leadership team that helped Kinect for Xbox 360 achieve a Guinness World Record for fastest sales.

Prior to that, Rennie delivered consecutive years of double digit growth as Regional Director of Finance for Greater Asia. Earlier in his career, Rennie spent eight years in telecommunications in strategy, business development and marketing roles, and was part of a founding team responsible for a UK-based start-up venture that developed and built one of Europe’s largest fibre-optic networks.

Rennie lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three children. Rennie enjoys golf, music and is an avid fan of the English Premier League, NBA and AFL.

Karen Skinner

Karen Skinner

Country Director,

Karen is a social movement leader, campaign strategist, innovator and thought leader on digital and offline campaigning. She’s also a regular media commentator on issues including the future of democracy, innovation in campaigning and protest, combatting political disillusionment, empowering the voiceless and the triumph of people power.

Karen has featured most recently in the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, ABC News and Lateline In 2012 Karen led the launch of in Australia. She has grown the user base to 3.6 million meaning one in seven Australians have now signed or started a petition.

A petition now wins a victory every 24 hours in Australia. Karen has empowered petition starters to decriminalise medicinal cannabis, get domestic violence prevention lessons in schools and cap credit card surcharges.

Always at the forefront of campaign innovation, Karen has more than 15 years experience in leading union, political and social issue campaigns across Australia and New Zealand.

In the past, that has included serving as the National Student President for the New Zealand University Students’ Association, several campaign roles within Australia's leading unions, a marginal seat campaign manager and the National Coordinator for the 'Say Yes' carbon price campaign.

Nicola Harvey

Nicola Harvey

Managing Editor, Buzzfeed

Nicola Harvey is managing editor of BuzzFeed Australia. Prior to joining BuzzFeed she was a commissioning web editor and supervising VOD producer for ABC TV Arts.

Nicola is an experienced editor, web producer and journalist working across web, mobile, TV and live events.

She has edited websites for niche media organisations in Australia and the UK, and developed content strategies for VOD platforms, including ABC iview’s pilot Arts channel.

Justin Dry

Justin Dry

Joint CEO & Co-Founder, Vinomofo

Justin Dry is an entrepreneur, angel-investor, co-founder and joint CEO at Vinomofo - one of Australia’s most awarded and fastest-growing companies. Launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, Vinomofo has grown quickly and profitably to a run rate of more than $50m revenue, 400,000 members, and a team of 100. 

Justin and his team have been proven to be game-changers in the wine industry, taking on retail leaders and challenging the ‘bowties and bullshit’ of the elitist wine coterie. Driven by the belief that everybody should be able to enjoy good wine, Vinomofo embraces the affordances of social media and digital content, to engage and excite a new generation of wine consumers. Justin is passionate about providing his team with a great working environment, and is experienced in cultivating positive workplace cultures and management strategies, based around the driving principals of being human.

He is also a strong believer in the importance of outstanding customer service and harnessing the power of your customer base to promote your product, by developing your consumers into a community of prosumers.

Steph Tully

Steph Tully

Executive Manager, Group Brand & Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Qantas

Stephanie’s 15 years of strategy, commercial and marketing experience from the aviation, retail and professional services industries helps her to lead the highly talented Qantas Group Marketing team.

The scope of the Group Marketing function includes Brand and Planning, Advertising, Sponsorships and Events, Community, and Loyalty and Data Marketing portfolios for Qantas Airlines and Qantas Loyalty.

Dr Jeffrey T.K.V. Koh

Dr Jeffrey T.K.V. Koh

Assistant Director & Lead UX Strategist, National Gallery Singapore

Jeffrey has spent most of his life so far in Toronto, Canada, but has managed to live, work and study in Zurich, London, Rotterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney. He is a trans-disciplinary experiential designer who has worked on catwalk and fashion show designs for PRADA and Miu Miu, advertising and gallery curation for Kessels- Kramer, and architecture and exhibition designs for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas.

Jeffrey was a Co-Founder of Cliquefund. Cliquefund is a mobile, community patronage platform for socially-motivated startups. He was interviewed live on Channel News Asia in 2013 on the topic of crowdfunding. As an artist, Jeffrey has exhibited in venues such as the Barbican and Southbank Centre in London, United Kingdom, for festivals such as the Singapore Design Festival, and in galleries in Munster, Berlin, Vienna, Crete and Tokyo. As a scholar Jeffrey has performed demos, published papers and written book chapters in venues such as UBICOMP, CSCW, IEEE Haptics Symposium, SIGGRAPH, SIGDOC, ISMAR, MONU Magazine and more. Jeffrey was an invited speaker at TEDx Zurich, Dorkbot and PechaKucha, and has also spoken on panels at the ICA, The Art House Singapore, and other forums.

Jeffrey has won awards for his research projects and is a recipient of the NGS scholarship from the National University of Singapore. In the past he studied Semiotics and Fashion Photography, and was awarded his BFA in Monumental Kunst from the Aki Academy of Art and Design (ArtEZ), and an MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. He earned his PhD at the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, at the National University of Singapore, was a visiting research scholar at Keio University, and visiting research scholar at NEC C&C Laboratories, both in Japan, where his research interests focus on various topics regarding organic user interfaces, robotics, tele-presence interaction and experiential design. He was also previously a Department Editor for the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Crossroads (XRDS) magazine.

He is a Advisor and is a member of both the IEEE and ACM. Jeffrey is an honorary Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, conducting research with the Creative Robotics Laboratory at the National Institute for Experimental Arts. He currently works as Assistant Director, Lead UX Strategist for the National Gallery Singapore.

Jan Owen AM

Jan Owen AM

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

A pioneer of the youth sector in Australia, Jan has dedicated most of her working life to social change and encouraging young people to give back and invest their talents in their communities and things they are passionate about. In March 2014 Jan received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, in recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia. In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’.

In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US. Jan is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014). Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector.

Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care. Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on a wide range of Boards.

She is currently Member, RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board; Chair, Melbourne Social Equity Institute (University of Melbourne) Advisory Board; Member, Malthouse Theatre Board; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and Patron of Vanish and Children’s Ground.

Neil Peplow

CEO, Australian Film Television and Radio School

Neil Peplow has recently joined the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as CEO.

Neil has been involved in the production of 17 feature films and a Showtime TV series. In 2007, he set up a boutique consultancy company and worked for clients that include: BBC Worldwide, Vue Cinemas, Intandem Films and Fallon Advertising. Whilst Director of Film at Skillset (2009-2011), Neil was responsible for the UK’s film skills strategy which focused on new technologies including 3D and new digital business models. Most recently, as COO for Met Film Group, Neil worked with YouTube on the establishment of a creator-space in Berlin. Neil is interested in new forms that are being created using technology and in particular how these advances affect storytelling.

The VR Noir project is a great example of how AFTRS can support those at the cutting edge of their craft whilst learning from the experience. At the Vivid Ideas VR Noir launch event, Neil will host a Q & A with project collaborators to explore the outcomes of their research.


Tim Ruse

Tim Ruse

Managing Director, Zero Latency

As a founder of Zero Latency Tim has been bending minds with Virtual Reality since 2013.

With over 5000 people experiencing Zero Latency's Free Roam VR since it's inception, Tim has seen first hand the power and potential of VR to invoke emotion and transport people beyond rational thought.

Peter Tullin

Peter Tullin

Co Founder, & REMIX Summits

Peter’s background includes time spent at companies such as Google as well as brokering multi-million pound sponsorship deals between some of the biggest cultural organisations and companies in the UK for Arts & Business.

In 2009 Tullin made the top 50 of the Courvoisier Future 500 Leaders list, and is a Clore Fellow for outstanding emerging leaders in the cultural sector. Peter is a regular speaker on the subject of cultural entrepreneurship and the arts and technology at numerous conferences. is an ecommerce platform retailing cultural merchandise from over 650 leading culture brands including Tate, V&A and British Museum.

Simon Cronshaw

Simon Cronshaw

Co-Founder, & REMIX Summits

Cultural entrepreneur and Co-founder of and REMIX Summits. is an ecommerce platform retailing cultural merchandise from over 650 leading culture brands including Tate, V&A and British Museum. Leads development across tech, user journey design, onsite merch and brand building within CultureLabel. Co-author of the book Intelligent Naivety which explores new commercial income streams for cultural organisations.

Richard Adamson

Richard Adamson

Director, Young Henrys Brewing Company

Richard’s passion for beer started with the home brew kit and graduated to having his beer drunk in New York bars, downed in pool halls in Beijing and quaffed by the pint in English pubs.

Having founded Barons Brewing in 2005 and created the innovative Black Wattle Ale, which started the trend of using native Australian ingredients in beer, Richard went on to start Young Henrys Brewing Company in 2012. Young Henrys in a little brewery with big ideas in the heart of creative Newtown. Young Henrys approach to beer has been centre around the love of music, art and culture collaborating to make unique brews with the likes of You Am I, Big Village Records, Front End Loader, FBi Radio, Smith Journal Magazine and Sydney Living Museums.

The brewery has held many showcases of emerging visual artists. The beer itself has a loyal local following and is highly regarded by the critics and punters alike. Richard has been the recipient of over 40 International Medals for his beers and just recently took out the Gold Medal at the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival in the UK. Richard is looking forward to spreading the Young Henrys ethos and love of a great drink far and wide.

Marc Fennell

Marc Fennell

Marc Fennell is an Australian radio and tv presenter, film critic, award-winning technology journalist, author and the host of SBS's live nightly news show The Feed.

Over the years Marc has presented on The BBC, Foxtel, Network Ten, The ABC and Showtime. He is best known to triple j listeners as That Movie Guy. Each week Marc's reviews reach over 1.9 million people making him the most listened to film critic in Australia.

He is also the face of cult cinema on SBS TV hosting film slots: Movie Mayhem, Kung Fu Season and Tropfest 2013 (in front of a live crowd of 90 thousand people.) Marc created and presents ABC Radio National's award-winning weekly technology radio programme Download This Show. It was voted Best New Podcast of 2012 by iTunes Australia and Best Audio programme in the 2013 Microsoft I.T Journalist Awards.

Steph Harmon

Steph Harmon

Culture Editor, Guardian Australia

Steph Harmon is culture editor of Guardian Australia. Steph joined the Guardian after three years as founding editor of Australian pop culture/politics site Junkee. Before that, she was editor of Sydney street press The BRAG. She has contributed to TimeOut, The Vine, Beat Magazine and The Music Network, and occationally talks about pop culture, politics and online media on ABC Radio, Radio National and the Project. Steph tweets @stephharmon.

Claire Spencer

Claire Spencer

Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne

Claire commenced work at Arts Centre Melbourne as Chief Executive Officer in November 2014. Prior to Arts Centre Melbourne, Claire was at the Sydney Opera House or nearly 12 years - her last role being Chief Operating Officer, a role she commenced in October 2010. In this capacity, Claire was responsible for Precinct Businesses (Food and Beverage, Tours & Retail), Finance, Information Systems, People and Culture, Legal and Strategy and Risk Management.

Prior to her tenure at the Sydney Opera House, Claire worked at Ernst and Young (London) and Cable and Wireless (London and Sydney).

Phil Silverstone

Phil Silverstone

General Manager, Eventbrite

Phil Silverstone is the General Manager of Eventbrite, the world's largest self-service ticketing platform. In his role Phil is responsible for the growth of the business in Australia and the region.

Prior to Eventbrite, Phil had a successful global career in financial services, with over a decade in senior roles with GE, and prior experience in top tier investment banks.

Cybelle Ledez

Cybelle Ledez

Director of Service Design, Department of Human Services, Australian Government

Cybelle Ledez is the Director of the Design Studio within the Australian Government Department of Human Services. She is one of the key forces guiding the organisation towards discovering and practicing meaningful human-centred approaches to service design and delivery.

Cybelle’s passion is to bring empathy into government projects so those involved better understand the behaviours, needs and motivations of users. As part of the challenge to embed a human-centred design approach into the public sector, Cybelle has brought the voices of the most vulnerable citizen’s to the room with public servants in policy and service delivery areas, to ensure that outcomes are designed for the end-user. She actively brings together various agencies to work collaboratively to design and deliver solutions that are tangible, effective, meet user needs, and achieve better outcomes for government.

Cybelle has adopted a co-design approach to improve outcomes in government, social welfare, education, training and industry in Australia, London and Nepal. She holds a Masters in Professional Communication (USQ) and a Masters in Management (ANU). She is a classically trained pianist, 90% vegetarian, enjoys regular yoga and is known for taking her team on guided meditations to help visualise a better possible future.

Tané Hunter

Tané Hunter

Co-Founder, Future Crunch

Tané Hunter is a science communicator, futurist and bioinformatician. He works with big data in the biological realm and specialises in cancer research.
His first career though, was in mountain biking. In 2004 Tane won a US national title and was heading for a career as a professional cyclist. Unfortunately, an injury in 2006 brought Tané’s cycling career to an end and he refocused on science and received a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
While sailing across the South Pacific in 2010, he helped with a dissection of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in the Cook Islands. Here Tané met Dr. Darlene Ketten from Harvard Medical School. Long discussions with her piqued his interest in medical genomics and bioinformatics which eventually led him to the University of Melbourne where he completed a Masters in Bioinformatics in 2013.
He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare diseases in children using genetics, and is currently doing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne using molecular biomarkers to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer.

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Dr Angus Hervey

Dr Angus Hervey

Political Economist & Co-Founder of Future Crunch

Dr Angus Hervey is a writer, technologist and science communicator. He is the co-founder of Future Crunch, a platform for intelligent thinking about the future of science and technology, and the current Australian manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative started in 2009 by Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges.
He is the former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's leading international political journals, and holds an MSc in International Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012. 
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Chris Janz

Chris Janz

CEO, Huffington Post Australia

Chris Janz is the CEO of Huffington Post Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media. The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. It is the No.1 news site in the US and publishes editions in 14 other countries. More than 214 million unique browsers read the title each month.

Janz has 20 years' experience building market-leading digital media businesses. He was the founding CEO of Allure Media, one of Australia’s largest independent digital publishers, and responsible for launching Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, POPSUGAR and ShopStyle in Australia. 

 Janz's previous experience includes senior roles at News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star. 

Fabien Riggall

Fabien Riggall

Founder & Director, Secret Cinema (UK)

Fabien Riggall set up Future Shorts in 2003 to create a platform for innovative new filmmakers to preview their work. His passion and vision has driven the festival to become the biggest film network in the world. Recognising a growing desire from cinema goers for an experience that reaches beyond the prevalent and mundanity of conveyor belt multiplexes, Fabien set up Future Cinema in 2005, which aims to create ultra immersive and original environments where the audience lives and breathes the film in site specific locations. These ideas evolved to form Secret Cinema in 2007, a social-mash-up of some of cult and classic films that marries film narratives into a social play-along experienc.

With more than 60 productions to date, Secret Cinema has become one of the leading players in the experience economy.

Event Details

REMIX Global Summits brings together hundreds of pioneers from different industries to explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of culture, creative cities and the creative economy. 

Our sold-out summits in NYC, Los Angeles, Dubai, London and Sydney are attended by leading global cultural institutions, creative businesses, startups, policy makers and media.

Nearly 2,000 creative leaders from around the globe attended REMIX Sydney over two-days in 2015. This was double the attendees of our 2014 event making it the biggest ever REMIX Summit to date globally. REMIX Sydney returns for 2016 and it will be event bigger and better.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? View the 2015 REMIX Sydney short film.

REMIX Sydney is our regional summit for Asia Pacific with 75+ speakers to inspire you. The social programme of REMIX is also a huge part of the summit. Once again curated by Time Out, it includes the official delegates parties at QT Sydney and the Australian Museum (Summit Passes include access to receptions).

REMIX Sydney is supported by partners including Google, Bloomberg, Destination NSW, City of Sydney, Arts NSW, Creative Partnerships Australia, UNSW Arts & Design, ABC RN, Time Out & The Guardian 

100+ speakers including:

  • Fabien Riggall, Founder, Secret Cinema (UK)
  • Gillian Ferrabee, Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil 
  • Damian Totman, Global Creative Director, Bloomberg, New York
  • Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing, British Museum
  • Leslie Koch, President & CEO, Governors Island (New York)
  • Steph Tully, Executive Manager Group Brand and Marketing & Chief Marketing Officer, Qantas
  • Fran Sanderson, Investment Manager - Arts Impact Fund, Nesta (UK Innovation Agency)
  • Chris Janz, CEO, Huffington Post (Australia)
  • Ann Bray, Interim CEO, Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)
  • Dr Jeffrey T.K.V. Koh, Assistant Director & Lead UX Strategist, National Gallery Singapore
  • Jay Morgan, Group Digital Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide (JWT)
  • Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Nicola Harvey, Managing Editor, Buzzfeed
  • Sam McDonough, Country Manager, Airbnb
  • Kate Torney, CEO, State Library Victoria
  • Ben Liebmann, Noma
  • Ben Barraud, Head of Design, Museum of New Zealand TE PAPA Tongarewa
  • Lindsay Miller, CEO, Dubai Design District (d3)
  • Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Rennie Addabbo, Country Director, Sonos
  • Nick Reynolds, Chief Marketing Officer - Asia Pacific, Lenovo
  • Caroline Morgan, Head of Insight and Innovation, Samsung
  • Grant Baxter, Head of Brand Strategy, Twitter
  • Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab, B Corp
  • Sam Mostyn, Chair, Carriageworks, Chair, Citigroup, Board Member, Virgin Australia and Australia Council for the Arts
  • Karen Skinner, Country Director,
  • Justin Dry, Joint CEO & Co-Founder, Vinomofo
  • Aaron Michie, Director, Guardian Labs
  • James Tutton, Serial entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Moonlight Cinema

Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall is the latest addition to REMIX Sydney, joining 100 other leading creative pioneers onstage. Secret Cinema is one of the most talked-about global cultural phenomenons, reshaping the way we experience movies. By creating hyper-realistic immersive experiences around films such as Blade Runner, 28 Days Later and Prometheus, fans have been able to physically experience the universe of these films for the first time.

Secret Cinema's recent production of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back attracted over 100,000 people to explore 18 acres of sets in East London - seeing the 35-year-old film re-enter the top 10 at the UK box office. Prior to this, Secret Cinema's production of Back to the Future recreated the iconic town of Hill Valley in the former London Olympics site, attracting over 80,000 visitors.
Plus, we are now even more excited that Gillian Ferrabee, Director of the Cirque du Soleil Creative Lab will deliver our closing keynote because she and the team have just won an Emmy award for their Virtual Reality production 'Inside the Box of Kurios' and read on below to find out more about this and the line-up of our 'Beyond the Screen' VR panel featuring the likes of Microsoft and Samsung.  
Hear from other speakers including the Global Creative Director of Bloomberg on visualising data and Chris Michaels, Head of Digital at the British Museum on the digital transformation of this world-famous  institution.

Get insights from leading brands such as Noma and BBC Worldwide. Discover the story of Governors Island in Manhattan, New York's coolest new creative space, talked about with the same excitement as the High Line Park.

Plus, learn about other emerging global creative locations such as the Dubai Design District as well as those in Australia such as ACMI X, a new co-working space for the Creative Industries at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. 

This event is presented by Remix Global Summits.

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