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2015 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 is the Head of the TEDxSydney Partnerships team. Her passion for ideas, love of the arts and blunt commercial pragmatism is the perfect foil for Felicity's creative vision and supreme organisational talents. Kate has degrees in art history and business, and a career that has roamed the commercial and not-for-profit arts landscape. These days she likes to think of herself as an advocate and a campaigner for a self-sustaining arts industry where creativity is valued and can seek a fair price. After 15 years with organisations like Sotheby's, ArtBank, Art Month Sydney and Sydney Festival she managed a partial retreat from the madness of festival life and moved to the South Coast of NSW where she looks after the marketing and communications for Bundanon Trust. Between veggie gardening, chicken farming, restoring an old farmhouse, three young children and a consultancy with Situate: Art in Festival, she revels in the joy of her role with the TEDxSydney team and their suite of brave and creative partners.

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.

Vicki Forbes
Co-Head of Marketing & Communications

Vicki is one half of the Marketing and Communications leadership team for TEDxSydney. 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.

Mick Garnett
Head of Operations

Mick is the Head of Operations with TEDxSydney, At other times, Mick is the Founder of a brand consultancy called Authentic Marketing, and his professional background is in marketing with The Coca-Cola Company, Sara Lee and Canon. Mick is also the Skipper of the Old Boys' Rugby Choir, a singing group for whom enthusiasm trumps talent. His favourite TED Talk is ‘How to make work-life balance work’ by Nigel Marsh.

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.

Susannah Yeung
Team Strategy & Resourcing

Over 20 years, Susannah's career has spanned hospitality, communications and health and well being. Her years at Bennelong Restaurant, The Observatory Hotel and Simon Johnson instilled in her a lifelong appreciation for incredible food and produce. Susannah has worked in Australia and the US with various branding and communications agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and Crispin Porter + Bogusky (named 'Agency of the Year' thirteen times as well as 'Agency of the Decade' in the US), where she spearheaded strategic and creative projects for a long list of leading international brands. She has a passion for healthy living and is also a qualified Natural Chef, Yoga teacher and co-founder of Mind Your Moves - a program designed to empower youth through Yoga, Pilates and meditation. Susannah joined the TEDxSydney team in 2012 as Project Director.

Patrick Jury
Lawyer

A dilettante refugee from theatre and advertising, Patrick is a committed iconoclast, deal maker, seed collector and bush regenerator. His small but mighty commercial law firm encompasses film, advertising, franchising and anything else with a potential buck in it. His clients are among the most colorful strivers you would not not want to do business with, but he gets by and somehow, so do they. TEDx is a perfect example, although it fails the potential buck test, happily. Having kept TEDx out of serious trouble for four years he is looking forward to another raft of super performers, brilliant speakers and astonishing event colleagues in 2014.

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.

Julian Morrow
Curator

Julian is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He now works as part of the Chaser creative team and, for his sins, is its managing director, as well as working independently in the media. Staying true to the Chaser corporate motto, "Striving for mediocrity in a world of excellence", Julian has worked with the Chaser team on all its media projects, including the internationally popular Olympics parody site silly2000.com, a decade's worth of Chaser Annuals, and various radio and stage shows. Due mainly to others' unavailability, Julian was invited to give the 2009 Andrew Olle Media Lecture. The lecture was described as "excellent" by his mother. Julian hopes one day to leave the media to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer again. Julian has been a key member of the organising team since TEDxSydney 2010.

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.

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.

Madeleine Hawcroft
Curator

Madeleine is a television producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked on programmes such as Kitchen Cabinet, First Tuesday Book Club, Big Ideas and Rage. 2014 will be her first year as a TEDxSydney curator.

Belinda Henderson
Curator

Belinda has always had a passion for storytelling and meeting people with stories to tell. This spark has informed many life decisions, from spending a year as a French-speaking exchange student when she was a teenager living in Switzerland, to setting up social inclusion projects in India. She is a graduate of NIDA’s technical production degree and has worked in various roles in TV and theatre, from location assistant, to autocue operator, TV news librarian and researcher. She has produced Sydney co-op theatre, created theatrical sound designs and organised regional touring for large scale theatre productions. Belinda has been collaborating with the TEDx Sydney team since late 2010 and is thrilled to work with this year’s fascinating pool of talent, bringing innovative ideas to Australia and the wider TED audience.

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.

Jordan Verzar
Performance Curator

A lifelong devotee of music, comic books, literature and film, Jordan runs the touring and management agency Top Shelf which presents unique artists and events locally and internationally. Top Shelf represents a diverse array of artists from across the globe and nurtures an artistic environment where new ideas, collaborations and creative projects are put to work. Top Shelf is an artistically orientated company working as an alternative to the mainstream. Jordan is also co-curator of GRAPHIC at Sydney Opera House and was heavily involved in its initial conception, execution and program.

Stephanie Brisebois
Artist Liaison

Stephanie began her TED journey on the other side of the globe by managing Sponsor Activation's at “Big” TED in Long Beach California in 2011 and developing the site for TED Global 2011 in Edinburgh. Before this, she had the exciting adventure of helping to produce the Winter Olympic Ceremonies in Vancouver in 2010 as well as jump on the road for a major music festival that toured all of North America. Since bringing her talents down under in 2012, she has worked on some very special events which not only include TEDx Sydney, but also Soundwave Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Homegrown Festival in NZ as well as the Twilight at Taronga Series . When she isn’t busy managing events, she loves to check out live music and try her Canadian feet at surfing. Stephanie has been a TEDster since 2011.

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.

Barbara Sweeney
Food Producer

Barbara writes about food for The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food and is regional editor of the Good Food Guide. She is also a columnist and feature writer for Country Style, where she writes about her encounters with curious piglets, beekeepers and pineapple growers. In 2012, Barbara staged the inaugural Food & Words food writers' festival in Sydney; where food writers talk about books that matter and writers espouse on the importance of food in their work. Barbara cannot imagine a life without cooking: it can be a personal salve as well as a means to bring people together.

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.

Kim Anderson
Social Impact Project

Kim's day job finds her changing the ways brands and people interact in real time at pureprofile. A marketing, events, consumer engagement and commercial specialist, Kim’s other passions include tea-drinking, locally sourced food and a regular dose of adventure through travel and the occasional extreme sport. Previously immersed in other high-profile organisations such as CHOICE, the SCG Trust, Sony Foundation and Sydney FC, her background includes a wealth of experience on big-name events and consumer advocacy. Driven to challenge the ordinary, Kim finds contributing to such an iconic brand gives her a daily dose of inspiration.

Felicity Fellows
Social Impact Project

Felicity is joining Kim Anderson leading the Social Impact Project and is also Head of New Partnerships for the Sydney Opera House. Driven by delivering commercial results from creative practice, Felicity has a love of brainstorming, visionary people and developing social impact partnerships. Interested in philanthropy, partnership trends and data driven cultures, Felicity has worked in London and Sydney for the leading Government tourism agencies in both cities, alongside major music, sports and cultural festivals.

Cassandra Kevin
Partnerships Manager

Jessica Flood
Partnerships Manager

All things theatrical and creative, Jessica is about making big-picture dreams a reality. Currently working at Sydney Festival in corporate partnerships, Jessica enjoys creating events that have the wow factor and provide an impact for both the guest and the sponsoring organisation. Jessica has successfully managed and grown numerous events over the past 8 years, in both the private and public sectors, as an events and sponsorship manager for events such as the Aboriginal Health Awards, NSW Premier's Awards, Tropfest, Fashion Week and the Edinburgh festivals.

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.

Marque Owen
Screen Director

Marque is a media and content consultant who joined us in 2012 as Director of Video Content after spending the last five years as Executive Producer at Telstra. There he designed the UX of the T-Box, managed the content on the IPTV channels as well as Special Projects including Telstra's involvement in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the Everest Expedition. He founded the Foxtel channel Aurora in 2003 before which he directed or produced hundreds of hours of television and the feature film, All The Way. Marque holds degrees in Science and Law with post graduate diplomas in Film & Television and advertising. He loves logical argument, his family and rice crispy treats. Oh, and schnitzel. Who doesn't like schnitzel?

Jess Gooch
PR Manager

A big believer in the power of media to drive action and shape change, Jess has spent more than a decade leading communications campaigns for global multi-nationals and challenger brands. After editing one of the UK’s biggest student newspapers Jess made the move to PR – most recently as director for one of Australia’s fastest growing agencies working with some of the world’s most iconic tech brands including Nokia, Amazon and Salesforce.com. As a vocalist and jazz saxophonist, Jess says her biggest passion in life is music. After spending the last six months fulfilling a life-long dream to live and study French in Paris, Jess recently returned to Australia and joined the TEDxSydney team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music & English Literature) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Dominique Antarakis
Editor, TEDxSydney.com

Dominique is a writer, editor and storyteller. She founded The Copy Collective (TCC) – a growing global network of creative talent – in 2008. A journalist by training, Dominique is fascinated by the stories that each person has to tell, and her mission is to do justice to those stories whether she’s crafting copy for a promotional brochure or helping a charity raise funds to beat cancer or protect the rights of children. She loves the way TED brings passionate people from different backgrounds and all corners of the globe together to inspire others and help make the world a more vibrant, interesting, and hopeful place.

Kirsty de Garis
Online Content Contributor

Kirsty studied in Sydney and the UK and worked at The Observer newspaper in London for several years before returning to Australia to work on The Australians at War Film Archive. She then co-wrote, -produced and -directed the documentary film "Celebrity: Dominick Dunne", which was released internationally and aired on the ABC in 2008. Kirsty is a freelance writer and is currently developing a feature documentary. She joined the TEDxSydney team in 2012.

Pauline Lockie
Online content contributor

Pauline was working in direct marketing management when she joined a fundraising agency that was desperately short of copywriters. Despite having been hired as an Account Manager, she started writing campaigns during her first week on the job – and it wasn’t long before she realised she liked playing with words and ideas far more than budgets and spreadsheets. Since then, Pauline’s career as a Freelance Copywriter has seen her create hundreds of online and offline marketing communications across a multitude of industries, and work with clients across the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Marina Cilona
Online Content Contributor

Marina completed an honours degree in Australian History at the University of Sydney before beginning her career as a copywriter at online media and research company, pureprofile. Since she began freelancing, Marina has written a range of food and lifestyle articles for Women’s Weekly, ninemsn.com.au, smh.com.au and mamamia.com.au. She has also created end-to-end websites for a range of SMEs and worked with publishers like Eatability and Essential Groom. Marina is currently trying to get her first novel for young adults published. It doesn't include any vampire love so she's not liking her chances.

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.

Aivi Juske
Art Director

Aivi has been working as Remo's visual right hand for almost 25 years. They started working together on things relating to the REMO General Store, soon after that opened in 1988. Since then they have worked together on a myriad of other projects, both professional and personal. They very rarely meet face to face ... and, in fact, can almost count on one hand the number of live encounters over the past 25 years. Despite this, they are very close ... and have a deep understanding of what works and what doesn't. Remo sends Aivi his doodles, and she works her precise and very particular magic on them. If she tells him something has to be bigger or smaller or different; generally he listens :) Aivi lives wither her rugby-tragic family in Sydney ... and is a proud member of the local Estonian community.

Tim Lumsdaine
Photography Director

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 rapidly growing image library manager since 2010.

Tom Biasetto
Audience Registration Experience

Tom has a passion for people and for understanding why things are the way they are. With a varied background in science, event management and business, Tom currently works with international consulting firms to deliver unique design thinking-based problem-solving events. He is also an avid photographer, part-time film maker and dedicated husband.

Josh Stinton
Satellite Events Coordinator

Josh Stinton is about ideas. He’s about people. He creates experiences for people to learn from, ultimately bringing people together to share ideas and drive progress. Josh works with top multi-national consulting firms in business design methodology and facilitated acceleration projects and is a board director at Macquarie University. He volunteers his time supporting charities (winning Project Futures' Stella Fella Award for 2012) and mentoring young entrepreneurs, currently working alongside The Loop. Josh likes his chillies hot, and believes luck is a four-letter word.

Alex Zaia
Developer

Alex has been engaged with TEDxSydney since 2011. A lover of cats and all things Internet, he flexes his creative muscles through his startup agency, Felix Creatures. The rest of his time is split between web development and working in the world of photography with his partner at Studio 4.10. A true glasses-wearing geek, he enjoys getting his hands dirty under the hood of the TEDxSydney website and online systems with Adam. He prefers to hide behind the scenes, where he may often be found playing his beloved Nintendo.

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.