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 20 year association with TED, and is currently the Licensee for TEDxSydney, an annual flagship TEDx event which, after only a few years, has become the leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of Australian ideas, innovation and creativity to the rest of the world.
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.
Felicity is one half of the award-winning TEDxSydney Partnerships team, and 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.
Kate is one half of the award-winning 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 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.
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?
Marketing Director in the TEDxSydney organising team, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy has worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. She is currently working as an independent consultant. Amy has also spent time working with community organisations, including the Inspire Foundation and the Sydney Story Factory, in both professional and volunteer capacities. She holds masters degrees in International and US Studies. The list of her favourite TED Talks is long (and eclectic) but includes talks by Steven Johnson, Joshua Prager and Ken Robinson. Amy has been on the organising team for the TEDxSydney event since 2010.
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.
Fleur Brown is CEO of marketing and public relations agency, Launch Group. Prior to establishing Launch Group in 2004, Fleur was public affairs director for the City of Sydney Council, heading up the City's marketing, publicity and tourism in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics. She then moved to Channel Seven, managing the network's national corporate affairs. Launch Group’s clients are focused within the converging fields of technology, media and entertainment. A trained journalist and media coach, Fleur lectures in New Media at APM College in Sydney, Australia.
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.
Janne is an ideas curator and founding executive producer TEDxSydney 2010 to 2013. She produces By Design, the national design show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and produced the award-winning ABCTV series In the Mind of The Architect. She is a founding EP of the highly successful ideas programme Late Night Live and has written ideas columns for both The Australian and the Australian Financial Review Magazine. Janne lives between Bondi Beach, Sydney, and Dungog, NSW. She is the founder of the Creative Music Fund, a crowd-funded philanthropy group, currently working on a major project for Bangarra. The Creative Music Fund's recent project, The Reef, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, sold out nationally. It was based on a road trip across Australia's inland to Australia's World Heritage Ningaloo Reef, with a composer, a filmmaker, emerging musicians and surfers. Janne is a Sydney Opera House Idealist, and a Trustee of the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation.
David sees communication at the centre of every human activity. "Until someone tells someone else, nothing's learned and nothing will happen." A graduate of NIDA and Macquarie University, he's spent his career spreading ideas: as a writer, storyteller, educator and director. TED-aware since the 1990s, he was among the first TED Associates and directed TEDxSydney 2010, 2011, 2012 and, most recently, at the Sydney Opera House in May 2013. He's now stepped back from active involvement in the event's production, remaining on TEDxSydney's Brand Council and working with TEDx colleagues around the world.
Food columnist, restaurant critic, cook book author and café guide editor, Jill’s most recent excellent adventures have been crowd-farming the food for over 2000 people at the Sydney Opera House as food curator of TEDxSydney 2013, and drinking 1000 coffees a year as the coffee-tragic editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Café Guide. Before that, she was swanning around the UK and Europe as The Times Cook, the London-based Cookery Editor of The Times, having a lovely time and being awarded Cookery Journalist of The Year in 2002 by the British Guild of Food Writers. She has written sixteen cook books, including New Food, and Simple Food, and now, writes the Hot Food column in the Sydney Morning Herald, reviews restaurants and cafes for the Good Food Guide, consults to Murdoch Books on food and wine books with a focus on real food and spirit of place, and speaks regularly on food trends.
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.
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.
Sarah is a communications professional who focuses on managing campaigns for media, marketing and technology brands. She is a senior account manager at Launch Group where she directs PR programs for companies such as Foxtel saleshouse Multi Channel Network, Independent media agency Razor, taxi app ingogo and brand advocacy agency The Influence Group. Prior to joining Launch Group, she worked for global technology consultancy Melbourne IT, where she promoted ICANN's new branded domain names – a milestone in the online world. Sarah has 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.
Amber Dermoudy is an entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist with a passion for building and promoting communities of interest. A pseudo-geek at heart, Amber has a special interest in social media, mobile, start-ups and new technologies. Amber is the co-founder of digital marketing agency LaunchD, a subsidiary of the award winning PR agency Launch Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TEDxSydney first met Sandra in 2011 when she introduced us to Mango the Macaw and her human friend Josh Cook, bird behaviourist. She has since played an active role behind the scenes working with speakers and performers, and wrangling Remo. Sandra brings a wealth of event experience to TEDxSydney. In her current role at Sydney Town Hall she has worked with Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival, The City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, and a kaleidoscope of corporate, community and private events. Sandra has a great love for the natural world and in particular birds. She is also President of the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of NSW and is passionate about raising the profile of this ancient, curly-haired breed of Italian water dog that faced extinction in the 1970s.
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.
Geoffrey is a recently-returned Australian who moved to the US in 1994 to work as Design Director for a Barry Diller-funded start-up. That start-up, PersonaLogic, was bought by AOL in 1998. During that period Geoffrey worked with some really smart people who helped him understand the true meaning of the word creative. He also learnt the meaning of the terms robust and scalable. The best possible project for Geoffrey is one where he gets to visualize, improvise, realise and surprise. Geoffrey works with a small team of hand-picked experts to create extraordinary solutions. Geoffrey designed the original REMO General Store in 1988, and in 2000 co-founded the General Thinking network with Remo Giuffré.
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.
Carmen is a freelance writer and self-confessed pop culture vulture with a penchant for bringing people together. Most at home in the community sector, Carmen recently teamed up with local non-profit organisation Vibewire Youth Inc. to launch and curate the fastBREAK innovation series at The Powerhouse Museum. Through writing, photography and event production, Carmen makes it her business to shine a light on mere mortals with brave ideas and unswerving passions. When she's not busy telling other people's stories, Carmen likes to enrich her own by learning new languages, rethinking assumptions, and exploring unfamiliar places.
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.
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.
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 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.
Liz has a love of words, great ideas and sharp minds. For the past 12 years she has worked with award-winning PR agencies in London and Sydney to deliver strategic communications campaigns for some of the world's largest and most successful B2B brands. She is a strategic thinker, astute problem solver and likes to surround herself with visionary people and those who look at the world a little differently.In her downtime, Liz has run scuba diving centres, re-built homes in Thailand and worked with kids with learning difficulties in the Caribbean. She has a deep interest in marine conservation, the economy and neuropsychology, and has a degree in Experimental Psychology.
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.
Monica loves any event that brings people together to celebrate people and education. She is the Licensee for TEDxBMIHMS, a TEDxUniversity event in Leura, Blue Mountains. Monica also oversees the International Event Degree program at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. She integrates TEDxBMIHMS into the curriculum so that students have hands-on experience delivering a truly professional and international event. She enjoys being an educator but also taking the stage to lead Zumba classes. A career in hospitality and education has made Australia her 7th country of residence.
Isabelle is a legal eagle and corporate refugee who began her career as a solicitor for Clayton Utz. She has a strong interest in social justice - she assisted Indigenous clients in East Kimberley secure stolen wages reparations from the WA Government and represented victims of sexual trafficking and domestic violence in the NSW Victims Compensation Tribunal. She moved away from corporate law to focus on her interest in creative and sustainable solutions to social problems, working as Partnerships Manager at the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and contributing to cultural projects in Sydney. She also has a degree in Psychology and moonlighted as the Sydney correspondent for the NY-based artlog.com, promoting Sydney's vibrant contemporary art scene to an international audience.
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.
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 and Geoffrey. He prefers to hide behind the scenes, where he may often be found playing his beloved Nintendo.
Lisa Winbolt is a writer, online producer and social media manager from Melbourne. She has an Honours degree in politics and international relations and is currently studying journalism. She has written for web and print-based education resources for five years, has profiled the career stories of a number of successful Australians and has recently turned her attention to travel writing. Lisa is thrilled to join the TedxSydney team to help share inspirational, innovative, and mind-blowing ideas.
Michelle is finding her feet in the journalism world in Australia after having spent the last 4 years in Phoenix, Arizona, studying broadcast journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication while on a tennis scholarship at Arizona State University and competing across the US. Michelle loves slice-of-life people stories, photography, traveling, design, unique foods and adventuring without a plan because it always leads to the most unique stories and people. She is thrilled to have had the honour of being involved with the TedxSydney Youth event as a blogger, and is excited be contributing to such an iconic brand that provides endless inspiration to so many people globally.
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.