2016 Team & Collaborators
Remo Giuffré
Founder & Licensee

Remo is a creative director and strategist with a demonstrated track record as an entrepreneur and brand builder. He founded the iconic REMO General Store in 1988; and cofounded the General Thinking network in New York in 2001. He was the Director of Branding & Strategy at frogdesign in Silicon Valley from 1997, and later the Brand Strategist at pioneering online developer Organic in New York. He also enjoys an ongoing 21 year association with TED, and is currently the Licensee for TEDxSydney, an annual flagship TEDx event which has become the leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of Australian ideas, innovation and creativity to the rest of the world.

Edwina Throsby
Head of Curatorial

Edwina is a multi-award winning documentary maker and television producer. She has worked on programs including Four Corners, Media Watch, Q and A and Big Ideas. Her films have won many awards, including Best Film at the International Documentary association awards, Best Documentary at Flickerfest and Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She has screened at many local and international film festivals including the Sydney Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. She is currently studying for a PhD in political science at UNSW.

Kate Dezarnaulds
Head of Partnerships

Kate Dezarnaulds is the Head of Partnerships for TEDxSydney and a Business Development Consultant in the cultural sector. She is a Board Director for Underbelly Arts, National Trust of Australia (NSW) and recently completed a term on the South Coast Tourism Board. She has degrees in art history and business, and a career that has roamed the commercial and not-for-profit arts landscape with organisations like Sotheby’s, ArtBank, Art Month Sydney, Sydney Festival & Bundanon Trust. She sees her role as an advocate and a campaigner for a self-sustaining cultural industry where creativity and ideas are valued and can seek a fair price. After business hours Kate moonlights as a tree-changers cliche on the South Coast of NSW growing veggies, farming chickens and building a straw bale house.

Stuart Couzens
Head of Event Production

Stuart has produced events and installations within the arts, entertainment and creative industries across the globe since the mid-ninties. Diverse credits include installations and activations at events such as Glastonbury (UK), Big Day Out (Aus & NZ), Splendour In The Grass (Aus), F1Rocks (Singapore) and Executive Producer credits for iconic cultural events such as Mardi Gras Party, Mardi Gras Harbour Party and Pacha Sydney. Stuart is the founder of Sydney based creative production company Alfred, and showcased his own personal work at Sculptures By The Sea Bondi 2012. A lover of sharing ideas and food, Stuart began working with the wonderful folks at TEDxSydney in 2012.

Stuart Buchanan
Head Of Marketing & Communications

Stuart Buchanan’s career-long passion has been developing new audiences for arts and culture, with a focus on new means of engagement via digital channels - specialising in digital strategy, social media, content marketing and digital publishing for organisations such as Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, MCA, Art Gallery of NSW, Biennale of Sydney, SBS, MONA and many more. He has presented at many cultural conferences and events (notably at Ubud Writers’ Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival) and chairs the Board of Underbelly Arts. Stuart was also a founding member of Sydney independent radio station FBi 94.5FM and Executive Producer of the inaugural Creative Sydney Festival (latterly Vivid Ideas).

Susan McMahon
Head Of Operations

Susan McMahon has spent her career helping companies succeed and grow. Her work as a management consultant and project manager has given her experience across multiple industries in both the United States and Australia and has allowed her to collaborate with amazing people from all over the world. Susan studied both liberal arts and computer applications at university and continues to be passionate about discovering new ideas and ways of thinking. Susan has loved listening to and watching TED talks since the podcasts began and is thrilled to be involved with TEDxSydney 2016.

Adam Dennis
Website & Systems

Balancing life as a singer-songwriter, webguy and home renovator living in a rural setting, Adam applies his obsessive love for coding to the task of collaborating with Alex and Geoffrey on the TEDxSydney web platform. He is pleased to be working on the project and enjoys meeting the other team members once or twice a year, commuting rarely from his hermit-like existence on a central Victorian mountain-top. Adam believes that every time he has a birthday that is divisible only by itself and 1, he is "in the prime of life". He is looking forward to still saying that at 79.

Kirsty de Garis
Project Manager and Curator

Kirsty studied in Sydney and London and worked as a journalist at The Observer newspaper in London for several years before returning to Australia as an interviewer for The Australians at War Film Archive. She has worked in documentary and print for many years in Europe, the USA and Australia and continues to write freelance for The Guardian from time to time. Kirsty joined the TEDxSydney team in 2012.

Jackie Dent
Deputy Editorial Director

Jackie is a journalist and communications consultant. She has been a spokesperson for the United Nations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Ossetia, and more recently was a speechwriter at the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. She has worked for a range of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC, Reuters, the Guardian and Monocle, and writes fiction in her spare time. Jackie was also co-founder of Strewth!, a magazine dedicated to bagging celebrity chefs, wowsers and Baz Luhrmann.

Stephen Feneley
Performance Director

Stephen’s embarrassed to reveal how long he’s been working in media & communications. Suffice to say, the year he started as a copyboy on Sydney’s Daily Telegraph Malcolm Fraser was still in his first term as Prime Minister and Rod Stewart was still the template for men’s fashion and hair styling. In the decades since Stephen’s worked across print, broadcasting and online as a news reporter, foreign correspondent, current-affairs producer, arts presenter, cultural commentator and very occasional & extremely casual filmmaker (he won the first Tropfest – his mates were the judges and the prize back then was a latte cup and one free coffee a day for three months.) He now devotes most of his time to helping people tell their own stories through his media-training business, Feneley + Co.

Melanie Horkan
Video Curator

Melanie Horkan is a producer who works across documentary and interactive productions in Europe, Canada and Australia. She was Associate Producer with Polar Star Films, Barcelona on “Google and the World Brain”, a feature length documentary for the BBC4, ARTE France, ZDF, which had its world premiere at Sundance 2013 and screened at 60 festivals worldwide. Melanie also worked as Associate Producer on “The Defector,Escape from North Korea” (IDFA 2012, Hot Docs, Al Jazeera FF, SXSW, Sheffield Docs Fest 2013). In Sydney, Melanie has worked as a producer on innovative interactive projects for various digital agencies such as Spinifex Interactive and Leo Burnett. She is currently in development on a feature length documentary called Saving the Enemy with Fathom Film Group in Toronto. Melanie has recently returned from living in Barcelona and is excited to be working with the TEDx Sydney team.

Jess Miller
Team Food

Jess consults as Goody Two Shoes on community engagement and digital strategy specialising in non-profit, behaviour change and sustainability communication. Most recently Jess co-founded Grow It Local which she is currently working to deliver to the TEDxSydney community and collaborated with Circul8 to the 1 Millions Reasons (to #savethereef) campaign. Jess worked as part of the team to launch the award-winning Garage Sale Trail as a national project, developed WSPA’s social engagement strategy and has consulted to Medecins Sans Frontieres, Mobile Muster, Australian Ethical, ActionAid Australia, Amnesty Australia, The British Council, The Greens Party, Say Yes!, The United Nations Commission for Refugees, Herman Miller, the Sydney Coastal Council, Real Food Projects and The Raising Children Network to plan and grow their community using a range of online and offline tools.

Siobhan Moylan
Curator

Siobhan Moylan is a journalist with a strong background in radio and television. Formally at the ABC, she worked across multiple programs in radio and television for nearly a decade including on Media Watch, The New Inventor’s, Difference of Opinion and Catalyst. And in radio, at 702 and triple j, radio national and ABC rural as a reporter. Siobhan has hosted her own radio program at East side radio, still writes features for News Limited and Fairfax on occasion, and by day she works as the 'Science Communicator' at Neuroscience Research Australia where she mentors scientists to becoming better speakers and communicators. By night, she writes fiction.

Kaitlyn Sawrey
Curator

Kaitlyn is a multimedia journalist based in Sydney for triple j's current affairs program, Hack. She joined the TEDxSydney team in 2014 to produce our full-day simulcast and original content in The Studio at the Opera House, and in 2015 joins the Curation team.

Jess Scully
Curator

Jess Scully is a festival director, editor and writer who has documented emerging creative talents for over 10 years. In 2012, the Sydney Morning Herald named Jess as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people and FBI Radio awarded her their SMAC of the Year. Jess is the festival director of Vivid Ideas, part of Vivid Sydney, and began her career as editor of publications including SummerWinter, Yen and EMPTY. Jess served as policy advisor to the New South Wales Minister for the Arts and also directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), a national grant and mentorship program for outstanding artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers and designers.

Paul Sheridan
Curator

Paul has been telling stories about Australia’s natural environment for many years as part of his work as a communications specialist in the Australian environment not-for-profit sector. He has managed media and campaign communications for national and international organisations such as The Wilderness Society, Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Up Australia and the global community-based initiative Clean Up the World, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Paul trained as a journalist and worked on metropolitan daily newspapers in Sydney and for several years led the environment and science team at Essential Media Communications developing research-based strategies for Greenpeace, the CSIRO, the peak association for scientists Science & Technology Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and aid and development agencies such as World Vision and Oxfam.

Stewart Burchmore
Livestream Director

Stewart is very good at “project start-ups”, “injecting life into productions” & “delivering projects on time & on budget”. As an experienced producer and director for film and television, he worked as the ABC TV studio director on programs: Sunday Arts (2006 to 2008), First Tuesday Book Club (2006 to 2011), Margaret & David At The Movies (2004 to 2011) & The New Inventors (2004 to 2011). He came onboard as the Broadcast & Streaming Director for TEDx Sydney in 2010, 2011, then 2013, 2014 and looks forward to a fantastic TEDx 2015.

Peter Cramer
Video Director

Peter enjoyed TEDxSydney 2010 from the audience where he suffered a little audience guilt for experiencing so many great voluntary talks and performances. Now is payback. After spending over 15 years in TV, predominantly at SBS working as an editor, producer and director, Peter established The MilkBar a boutique creative agency that markets and brands TV and promotes Sydney's art and cultural industry. Peter is also the founding director and curator of galleryeight, an artist run contemporary art space in Millers Point. He is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and Advertising Award school. His passions are documentary, writing and contemporary art.

Vicki Forbes
Membership Specialist

Before establishing her own freelance communication business in 2013, Vicki was Head of Communications for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre where she led critical aspects of the organisation’s establishment. Prior to this, she oversaw the communication function for Australia’s leading online youth mental health service, ReachOut.com, which she helped launch in 1998 as part of the organisation’s foundation team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication – Organisational Communication) from Charles Sturt University, and is also the proud co-founder of three little people with whom she watches many a TED Talk.

Lewis Shields
Social Media Specialist

Lewis is passionate about understanding and connecting with digital communities, and brings his curiosity and enthusiasm to the TEDxSydney team for the first time this year. With a background in digital anthropology and more than eight years’ international experience, he is currently the lead social strategist for one of Australia’s largest independent communications groups.

Mark Stott
Designer

UK born and bred, Mark initially worked for The Designers Republic in the mid 90s, then helped take Attik from a UK-based agency to a global creative powerhouse, becoming their Creative Director in Australia from 1999-2003. He now owns a humble visual ideas company, Common, specialising in branding across platforms for both independent and corporate clients. His approach to everything is simple. Identify, engage, improve and evolve … but above all be memorable.

Zoe Binning
Audience and Ticketing Manager

Zoe worked for TED previously in 2010, where she took the lead on all food and beverage and special events for, TED Conferences, TED Active 2010 based in Vancouver. Recently returning to Australia, well travelled and with international experience in both Vancouver and London, she is now looking for her next career move. Experience in London includes Head of Logistics for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Senior Sales Executive for Twickenham Stadium. Zoe has a passion for food and wine which is luckily balanced with an interest in fitness.

Alex Connor
Volunteer Manager

Alex enjoys working with volunteers as it brings together the ideas of community, service, learning and fun. Being based in Bondi but with an enduring wanderlust, Alex has worked in tourism, training facilitation and tour guiding and coordinates the Taronga Conservation Society Australia volunteer program, hoping to provide benefits to those involved beyond the expected. A longtime lover of all things TED, Alex loves long meandering conversations around new ideas, however, you will most often find her with headphones in listening to the latest podcast.

Clea Harbison
Audience and Ticketing Coordinator

Clea is part of the Audience and Ticketing team for TEDxSydney 2015. Clea works in Marketing and Brand Management for a group of companies in the Health and Fitness industry. Clea has watched TED talks for many years, turning to them for inspiration and a sense of community of shared ideas, and is excited by the opportunity to be a part of TEDxSydney team in 2015.

Anna Burns
Simulcast Content Producer

Anna started her career as producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working on television programs including Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, The 7.30 Report, Big Ideas and producing internationally award-winning documentaries for Radio National’s Street Stories, Hindsight and 360. She became a Ministerial Media Advisor, serving the former Treasurer and Minister for Ports and Waterways. In her spare time she hosted a show on Sydney’s independent youth station, FBi Radio. This led her into the world of music, where she worked with internationally and critically acclaimed music companies such as Modular (The Presets, Tame Impala, Cut Copy, The Avalanches) and Future Classic, where she is currently General Manager, working with artists including Flume, Chet Faker, Flight Facilities, Jagwar Ma, George Maple, and Hayden James amongst many others. Anna is currently undertaking her MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. This is her first year working with TEDxSydney.

Sarah Tsiros
Patrons & Donors Coordinator

Sarah has the important role for TEDxSydney of looking after our valued Patrons and Donors. Prior to her current roles in communications, Sarah worked for global technology consultancy Melbourne IT, where she promoted ICANN's new branded domain names – a milestone in the online world. Sarah worked in the UK for two years supporting engineering consultancy Arup and prior to that provided in-house communications support to health not-for-profit Blue Care.

Tim Lumsdaine
Photography Lead

A passionate photographer and bass player, Tim has worked in the graphic design industry from the dark days preceding the desktop revolution. He juggles freelancing assignments with running his own graphic design and image editing business. He's been a fervent TED follower for many years, and has been TEDxSydney's photography lead and rapidly growing image library manager since 2010.