Ana is an accomplished entrepreneur, versatile executive and digital technology innovator. As principal and co-founder of Sparrow Advisers, Ana helps marketers and C-suite executives build effective data products and operationalize data assets to drive more value in a customer-centric, cross-channel environment.
Tom continues to innovate digital marketing by co-founding UNlshd, the world's first creative business built on the Blockchain, he's an Executive Creative Director with 20+ years of global experience leading teams and creating internationally awarded creative ideas that work hard for brands. Content creator, strategist, digital and mobile innovator, entrepreneur, educator and author and pixel-pusher extraordinaire. One of the most awarded creative directors in the world from Cannes Lions, Tom’s clients have included Toyota, General Mills, Lexus, Guinness, Burton Snowboards, P&G, Bank of America and Tamara Mellon. Tom's work has been awarded more than 500 times globally and his design, interactive and typographical work is in the Museum Of Modern Art and Smithsonian Design Collections. UNlshd is currently working with Blockchain and digital businesses in the USA, Europe and Australasia.
Naomi Simson is an Australian businessperson, writer, and entrepreneur. In July 2017, she co-founded the Big Red Group (BRG) with business partner, David Anderson. The Big Red Group includes marketplace brands Adrenaline (acquired in November 2018), Redii.com, RedBalloon and Marketics (Albert AI).
The group serves an experience every minute, and turns over more than $100m a year. Naomi is the founder of RedBalloon, an online experience gift retailer based in Australia which operates under the parent company the Big Red Group. Simson is the author of two books, Live What you Love and Ready to Soar. She was a shark on the Australian television show Shark Tank.
A careers advisor once told me to find a job that made use of both my creative side (as an aspiring pianist and cellist) and my love of studying Psychology and the way people think. I ‘fell’ into the wonderful work of media which has provided the perfect blend of art and science.
I have over 15 years of experience in the Australian media industry, working across both local and global clients. My love of the FMCG category led me to PHD where I am presently leading a team of 19 working across the Unilever Australia business.
I am responsible for overall client satisfaction, driving business outcomes, leading a high performing team and delivering award-winning work. In the past two years, Unilever has been recognised on the local and global stage at Adnews, Ministry of Sports Marketing Awards, Festival of Media Asia for Streets, Lipton Ice Tea and Ben & Jerrys respectively. My current focus is on delivering data-driven marketing solutions and helping my team navigate the ever-changing role of media agencies and prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet!
I am a natural leader with a consistent track record of being collaborative, authentic, approachable and resilient. I am well respected by my superiors, peers and clients and take a lot of pride in the relationships I have built throughout my career.
I enjoy working for companies and brands that support diversity, have clear values and a great culture and I strongly believe that life is too short to be in a job that you don’t love!
With 10+ years digital experience, Adele has carved out a reputation as one of the top authorities on programmatic media trading in Australia and the broader APAC region.
Securing a role at ninemsn in the digital sales team after finishing University, Adele got her first taste of the power of technology in the digital ecosystem, running and optimising performance campaigns using Atlas. For Adele, technology has allowed her to develop a childhood love of solving puzzles into a career focused on tackling complex issues for digital publishers.
Joining Yahoo!7, Adele found and lead its Direct Response business, using one of the first real time trading platforms RightMedia. In the three and a half years that followed, Adele rose to head of regional operations leading a team of 10 across APAC and building an outstanding reputation among many of the most distinguished media owners in the market.
Adele is currently Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand at Index Exchange.
Rob Leach is a results driven business leader with over 20 years experience in the advertising and media industry. He completed an Economics degree at Oxford Brookes University and has since worked for some of the world's largest media brands including BSkyB, Newscorp and BBC Worldwide. Rob has an impressive track record of launching and growing digital businesses, leading high performing teams and delivering profitable strategic solutions.
This includes launching Interactive TV Advertising at BSkyB, MCN Connect Australia (Foxtel's online and interactive advertising division) and the BBC Global iPlayer. Rob is a thought leader in the monetisation of content across converging digital platforms. He is an accomplished industry spokesperson with international experience and has spoken at conferences and events across the UK, Europe, the USA, South Africa and ANZ. Rob currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where he is General Manager, Asia Pacific, for Kargo.
Ricky is currently Managing Director of Unruly AUNZ, where he believes in utilising consumer research, actionable insight and market awareness, to help his clients supercharge their digital video campaigns and drive business impact.
Having worked in the industry for over 15 years, Ricky has extensive experience on both the buy and sell sides of the advertising fence. Throughout his career at media agencies and publishers, he has worked with major global and local brands within FMCG, Auto, Finance, Retail as well as other prominent categories.
Ricky is a passionate advocate of innovation to improve the consumer experience, and has continually strived to push the boundaries for his organisation in an ever-changing digital landscape.
In his previous role as Chief Investment Officer for Maxus, Ricky oversaw all major investment across the agency. He upskilled his team to become leaders in media mix modelling - in turn helping their clients to drive efficiencies through screen agnostic planning and fluid investment across the media mix.
Originally from Vancouver Canada, Indy started in digital media prior to the rise of Programmatic when joining a SEO start up managing their display network. He then moved to Sydney Australia as Global GM of an independent trading desk managing remote offices in San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Sydney before moving to agency land.
When he’s not leading ad operation and client relationship teams’ in the ‘Programmatic Evolution’ - you can find him; repurposing cricket grounds for soccer pitches, looking out for new apps to make his life a bit more efficient, and/or fueling his entrepreneurial spirit by incubating new business ideas.
I am a video evangelist. My first love being Television, and now with high quality video content being available across multiple platforms this love has continued to grow. Most importantly, with 18 years’ experience in media in agency and on sales side, I know how to turn great ideas into revenue.
With over 20 years' experience in digital media & advertising, Gai brings extensive industry knowledge and a deep understanding of both the commercial and consumer elements of the digital advertising market. She helps drives the IAB's programs to build a healthy, diverse and sustainable digital advertising industry. She has previously held senior management and research roles in a range of media organisations including Fairfax, Nine and Nielsen.
A broadcast media executive with more than 15 years’ experience in business transformation and management, Rebecca Kent has led project teams and business strategy across Europe, the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region.
Kent joined Discovery Communications in 2013 as Vice President, Global Business Operations and was instrumental in managing the integration of newly acquired businesses. In 2016, Rebecca was appointed Vice President, Business Operations, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, leading the Business Transformation, PMO and Ad Sales Operations teams. Most recently in 2017, Rebecca took on the role of Vice President, General Manager – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands.
With a strong background in business development and change management, Rebecca is experienced in optimising operational and integrative processes, developing strategic initiatives and commercial strategies to drive growth in alignment with business objectives.
In her current GM role, Rebecca also oversees Discovery’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific Islands, and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Discovery’s business initiatives and future growth opportunities for the product portfolio of over 13 brands. These include global brands such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Turbo, Food Network, HGTV, and Eurosport.
Vice President of Content Production Kim Havens joined Joystick after over a decade of in-house leadership at major entertainment studios. In a short time she's added value with clients and partners alike, including spearheading Joystick’s thriving YouTube creative partnership.
Ryf enjoys a strong network across the Asia Pacific region which he has cultivated across his career. He holds an MBA from the University of Otago Business School and is passionate about change and the continual learning required to keep ahead of the curve.
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