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Mark Frain

Mark Frain
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, MCN

Mark Frain is One of Australia's most respected sales executives, heading up all of MCN's National and State based sales and marketing functions.

Mark has been a driving force behind the redefinition of the television advertising model in Australia, overseeing the rollout of MCN's market leading trading platform LandMark and the world's first integrated programmatic private marketplace for TV. Mark has also led the conversation around the mindshift from a traditional television spend to an 'all video' media buy. Mark has diverse global experience across sales, strategic planning and commercial development. Prior to joining MCN, he worked on agency side and as a media strategist within the UK and Australian market.

Matt Houltham

Matt Houltham
Group Managing Director, Havas Melbourne

Matt has nearly two decades of experience in marketing communications roles as both a business leader and a communications strategist. He has built and led teams and agencies in Australia, the US, UK and New Zealand across media, creative and digital disciplines.

Matt gets excited about helping businesses grow through creating ideas that change behaviour. His clients have spanned most industries and have included World Vision, IBM, Telstra, Qantas, Nike, Bupa, News Corporation and many more including a range of early growth stage businesses and start-ups.

A regular conference speaker and commentator in the marketing press, he has also sat on many industry committees and judged a plethora of advertising awards.

Matt has been responsible for work that has won awards at Cannes, The Effies, Clio, One Show, Spikes Asia, WARC, AIMIA, IAB Australia and MIXX (IAB US).

Jules Lund

Jules Lund
Founder, TRIBE

After 15 years hosting some of the biggest TV and radio shows in Australia, Jules Lund swapped celebrity life for Silicon Valley, successfully founding one of the world's fastest-growing influencer marketplaces. A captivating and charismatic media personality and speaker, Jules Lund is now leading the conversation around Influencer Marketing on a global scale.

Launching TRIBE in Australia in September 2015, Jules' vision was to create a self-serve platform that connected brands with everyday content creators. Innovators of the influencer marketing industry, TRIBE have tapped into the power of word-of-mouth marketing by providing brands with premium user-generated content, authentic engagement and unprecedented reach.

The company's phenomenal growth also facilitated the international expansion of the platform, with TRIBE launching in UK in March 2017.


Emil Mathias
Commercial Director ANZ, MediaMath

Emil has enjoyed a media and advertising career that has spanned 18 years and 2 continents. I have been lucky to work for some fantastic organisations who have led the way in terms of promoting workplace diversity.

Starting out at IPC Media, the UK’s largest magazine publisher and Publicitas, a leader in international print media advertising solutions. Jumping to digital in 2008, and then to Australia in 2010. In Melbourne have delivered digital solutions for clients within leading publisher, agency and adtech companies.

 Jame Mcgrath

James McGrath
Creative Chairman, Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne

James has been with Clemenger BBDO for more than a decade. It’s the critical balance between creativity and effectiveness that lies at the heart of his driving principal of Applied Creativity, seeing an unprecedented year in 2017, being named Global Agency of the Year at both Cannes Lions and D&AD and symmetrically APAC’s most effective Australian agency over the past ten years.

Willie Pang

Willie Pang
Chief Executive Officer, MediaCom ANZ

Willie Pang has more than 20 years’ experience at the leading edge of a number of technology specialties, both for major name organisations and start-ups. He has worked in the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Willie’s expertise spans IT and technology infrastructure through to cloud computing, marketing automation, big data & analytics and more.

With a deep understanding of the business and commercial side of digital technology, Willie delivers unique solutions and insights into its application in business strategy, digital media and data strategy, overall product strategy and its execution.

Kim Portrate

Kim Portrate
CEO, ThinkTV

Under Kim Portrate's leadership, ThinkTV has become a fresh, positive, and passionate presence in the Australian marketing and advertising community in its first two years. ThinkTV's aim is to be a go-to destination for fact-based evidence on media effectiveness. After 20 months the evidence-led marketing, research and technology development company has produced new, independent research to show commercial, multi-platform TV remains the most effective platform for Australian advertisers and their agencies. This independent validation has been shared - using ThinkTVs distinct tone of voice - with Australia's marketing and media community through consistent and imaginative marketing, media relations and outreach work. ThinkTV also works behind the scenes to advance TV industry technology development, with its shareholders – Foxtel/MCN, Nine, Seven and TEN – and OzTAM to make TV easier to trade. Kim started as ThinkTV inaugural CEO in July 2016 following more than two decades' marketing experience in the packaged goods, telco, finance and tourism industries. She has also worked in both creative agencies and media agencies in the US and in Australia. She has led marketing projects and departments for companies as diverse as Unilever, Pepsi Cola, Optus, AMP and Tourism Australia. In 2015, Kim was recognized as one of the top 15 marketing officers in Australia by CMO magazine and following her appointment at ThinkTV was named in the AdNews Power 50 List in 2016 and 2017.

Nickie Scriven

Nickie Scriven
CEO, Zenith Australia

Nickie Scriven is the CEO of Zenith Australia, responsible for the agency’s people, growth and client relationships nationally, as part of the Zenith Worldwide network.

Nickie has 23+ years’ experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Nickie joined Zenith in 2014 from AustralianSuper where she was Head of Marketing & Brand. Prior to that, she worked with nab and News Corp in senior marketing, media, strategy and sales roles. Having worked extensively on the client side, and now leading one of the country’s largest media agencies, Nickie is in the unique position of bringing perspective and understanding from both sides of the table to the industry and to client’s business and marketing challenges.

Luke Smith

Luke Smith
Head of Programmatic Sales & Audiences, Seven Network

Luke returned to Australia in December 2017, after 8 years in the UK. With the launch of Seven’s new digital offering late last year – Luke has taken on responsibility for the Digital Sales Team in Melbourne as well as Programmatic & Audience revenue nationally.

Prior to Seven, Luke was at The Exchange Lab in London – a buy side trade desk and was part of its successful acquisition by GroupM in late 2015. Before moving to the UK he had also held a number of roles within the Marketing & Media space most notably at Seven and Fairfax.

Luke is determined to educate clients and colleagues alike on the benefits of Programmatic and how they can take advantage of the technology for Premium Long Form Video content.

Katie Spearritt

Dr Katie Spearritt
CEO, Diversity Partners

Dr Katie Spearritt is Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Partners, a specialist consultancy that helps companies to achieve diversity progress and create more inclusive and high performing work environments.

After two decades in leadership roles in Australian and global firms (Hewlett Packard, Coles Group, NAB), Katie founded Diversity Partners in 2009 as a strategic partner to organisations wanting to progress diversity and inclusion. Since then, Diversity Partners has worked with more than 200 organisations, including many top ASX firms and a range of media, legal and sporting organisations.

A ‘Gruen’ devotee, she has a keen interest in the way Australia’s media and marketing industry is starting to take diversity seriously.

Katie holds a PhD in Business & Economics from Monash University, Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and University Medal from the University of Queensland.

Teresa Sperti

Teresa Sperti
Chief Marketing and Product Officer, World Vision Australia

Teresa Sperti is a leading commercial senior marketer with over 18 years of experience working with an array of brands including Officeworks and Coles. Teresa’s leadership in the digital, product and customer space has delivered substantial revenue growth for organizations, and enhanced the customer experience.

A true champion of the customer, Teresa is passionate about leveraging digital & data to create deeper connections with customers, personalise experiences and deliver commercial outcomes. She has proven expertise as a digital change agent having successfully led digital & data transformation for several organisations during her career and advocates agile and lean marketing practices that allow brands to adapt to a rapidly evolving marketplace.

 Simon Stefanoff

Simon Stefanoff
Director, Deloitte Digital

Simon began his career as a software engineer and over the past 17 years has held Technical Director roles in agencies in Australia and the UK, delivering innovative digital solutions for the world's largest brands.

He describes himself as a pragmatic technologist, with a strong belief that technology isn't always the right solution to a business or marketing problem. However he maintains that when applied skilfully emerging technologies such as AI can unlock enormous value for both brand and customer alike.

As part of his role at Deloitte Digital he leads the Voice & Conversational UI team, where he helps clients understand and make effective use of voice and conversational technologies in creating the customer experiences of the future.

Michael Stephenson

Michael Stephenson
Chief Sales Officer, Nine Network

Michael Stephenson was appointed as the Chief Sales Officer of Nine in March 2016, and is responsible for advertising revenue across all of Nines broadcast, streaming, on demand and digital publishing assets.

Prior to his current role he was the Director of Sales for the Nine Network and the Director of Sales for Ninemsn as well as holding a variety of roles at both the Seven Network and Network TEN during his 23 years in broadcast and digital sales.

Michael is a director of Think TV and OzTAM and holds a Bachelor Degree in Management (Marketing) from the University of South Australia.

Gayle While

Gayle While
Deputy CEO, Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne

Gayle has over fifteen years’ experience working with global clients to deliver customer centric strategies and communications.

Her career started in London where she worked at AKQA, Digitas and DLKW. She developed her passion for creating work that delivers results for clients across a mix of verticals, leading relationships across Cadbury, Unilever, Kelloggs, General Motors, Lloyds and HBOS.

Since arriving in Australia seven years ago she’s focused her passion and expertise for customer behaviour and insights to shape marketing and business transformation strategies for Consumer and B2B across Westpac Banking Group, Telstra and IKEA.

Since joining Clemenger Gayle has lead the NAB and Mercedes Benz account as well as leading the CRM development across the business.