SportNXT is a sports industry thought leadership summit where global industry leaders meet to create, share and connect.
The inaugural SportNXT set a new benchmark for a sports industry summit in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2-day live conference gathered over 750 industry leaders and an unprecedented line-up of 79 speakers, headlined by; NBA Commissioner – Adam Silver, US Football Captain – Megan Rapinoe, Formula 1 President – Stefano Domenicali and World Athletics President – Lord Sebastian Coe.
The third day of SportNXT is reserved for optional curated site visits to selected sports infrastructure from Melbourne’s world-class facilities.
The summit takes place during the same week as the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2022. Being the only city in the world to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix and a tennis Grand Slam, Melbourne is the perfect backdrop for a global sport business summit.
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Shaping the future of sport
SportNXT 2022 brought together 79 global thought leaders representing every facet of the sports industry. The high-calibre speakers delivered a truly global summit, live from Melbourne, through live video interviews and in-person panels.
The 2022 speaker list included:
Adam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, by the NBA Board of Governors.
Silver presides over a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. He is dedicated to growing basketball around the world, embracing innovation and new technologies, increasing transparency and using basketball to bring people together and promote health and fitness.
Silver was named SportsBusiness Journal’s Executive of the Decade and has been ranked No. 1 on the publication’s annual list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. He was also named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and The Bloomberg 50, Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of 50 people who defined global business. Additionally, Silver has earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the Sports Business Awards and was named Sports Illustrated’s Executive of the Year.
Prior to becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. He has been instrumental to many of the league’s signature achievements, including the negotiation of three collective bargaining agreements with the National Basketball Players Association; the development of the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and the Basketball Africa League; the partnership with Turner Broadcasting to manage the NBA’s digital assets; and the creation of NBA China.
Before serving as the league’s second-in-command, Silver spent more than eight years as President and COO, NBA Entertainment. Since joining the league in 1992, Silver has also held the positions of Senior VP & COO, NBA Entertainment; NBA Chief of Staff; and Special Assistant to the Commissioner.
Silver was appointed to Duke University’s Board of Trustees in 2015. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 from Duke University and in 2016 from the University of Chicago Law School, and was a recipient of the University of Chicago’s Professional Achievement Award in 2020. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Business Council, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Rockefeller Foundation and as a Vice Chairman of the Board of the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
Before joining the NBA, Silver was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on media and antitrust cases. He also served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York City. Silver graduated from Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.
Two-time World Cup Champion and co-captain of the US Women’s National Team, Megan Rapinoe is a fan favourite and one of the team’s most technical players.
A vocal leader on and off the pitch, Megan helped lead the USWNT to the 2019 Women’s World Cup Championship scoring some of the biggest goals of the tournament. Megan took home the tournament’s two top honors – the Golden Boot for top scorer, and the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament. Megan is an advocate for equality for all, and has been able to intersect her passion for humanity and authenticity. Megan and her teammates will get ready to go again as they prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Sebastian Coe is the UK’s most prolific world record setter and arguably the greatest runner to compete for his country.
Born in London in 1956, Coe began his athletics career age 12, at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Harriers squad, where his father was his running coach. In 1977 he made his first mark as a professional athlete, winning the 800m at the European Indoor Championship. After a string of world records, Coe won his first Olympic medal in 1980 at the Moscow games, taking gold in the 1,500m. His second gold came in 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympics. His famous rivalry with fellow runner Steve Ovett dominated athletics through much of those years, and he quickly became the UK’s best known and most cherished athlete - setting 12 middle-distance world records.
Coe retired from athletics in 1990 and moved into politics. In 1992, he was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne, a seat he held for 5 years, when he became Private Secretary to William Hague, the Leader of the Opposition. In 2000 he was appointed a life peer, becoming Lord Coe of Ranmore.
With his sporting and political nous, Coe was asked to head London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He led London to victory over Paris, with many pointing to his rousing speech at the 2005 vote in Singapore as the decisive moment. Despite early public cynicism, Coe helped win over the media and London went on to host a phenomenally successful Olympic Games, with Coe at the helm.
Following the games, Coe was elected Chairman of the British Olympic Association - a post he held until 2016. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment marketing agency. In 2015, he was elected President of the world governing body for athletics, World Athletics (formerly the IAAF), having been a Vice President since 2007. In 2020 he became a member of the IOC.
Packing his speeches with anecdotes from his time as an Olympic athlete, an MP, his chairmanship of London 2012, his turnaround of the British Olympic Association and his presidency World Athletics through troubled times, Lord Coe demonstrates to audiences his political and strategic expertise in guiding large organisations on the global stage.
His themes include leadership, collaboration, crisis management, building resilience, handling change and challenging the status quo. Lord Coe believes in creating a clear, strong vision for an organisation - a simple, transferable set of values which are adhered to at every moment and by every employee whatever their role. This vision, he contends, is key in times of change and turbulence.
Throughout his career Lord Coe has found success by leading from the front to make vision a reality. He turned London 2012 into one of the UK’s most successful missions of all time. Lord Coe brings energy, passion and innovation to all his work - qualities which captivate his audiences the world over.
Lord Coe’s example keynote speaking topics include, but are not limited to:
Coe, has four children, has received numerous honours throughout his life. He was the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1979 and in 1982 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Eight years later he was made OBE. Following his appointment to the House of Lords, Coe was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his services to sport and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH).
He relaxes by walking in the Peak District, supporting Chelsea FC and listening to jazz.
Stefano Domenicali began his role as President & Chief Executive Officer at Formula 1® in January 2021, following his departure as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. Mr. Domenicali joins Formula 1® on the back of an
illustrious career within the motoring industry, where he has had success within both motorsport and commercial roles.
After studying business administration at the University of Bologna he began his professional career in 1991 with Ferrari. At Ferrari he held various positions, including heading up the Direzione Sportiva F1 from 2004, before becoming Team Principal for the Formula 1® team in 2008, where he won a total of 14 titles in the F1 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.
From 2009 to 2014, Domenicali represented Ferrari in the FIA World Motor Sport Council and recently stepped down as the president of the FIA. Single Seater Commission, before joining Formula 1®. He was Vice President of New Business Initiatives at AUDI AG from November 2014 before taking over his most recent role as Chief Executive Officer in March 2016 at Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Josephine is a professional company director who works across a range of industries, including property, construction, finance, sport, the arts, medical research, and social services.
Josephine is Principal of Buildcorp, and serves on a number of private, public, government and not-for-profit boards, including The Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited, Growthpoint Properties Australia, the Australian Museum, Property Council of Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, Centenary Institute of Medical Research, and the Buildcorp Foundation.
She is president of Australian Women’s Rugby and through Buildcorp has been a major sponsor of rugby in Australia for over 30 years.
In 2021, Josephine was appointed Chair of the Australian Sports Commission.
Josephine is a Fellow of the University of Sydney, and in 2017 she was recognised for her services to the community, the arts, and sports in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
David Hill has spent a lifetime in the medium as a journalist, news anchor, documentary producer/director, Emmy Award-winning sports producer and executive, network chief and now, critically-acclaimed independent producer.
Hill has served as executive producer on many of the world's most prominent television programs, from the Oscars to the Super Bowl to American Idol, and holds numerous patents for production innovations. His creations include football's on-field first down marker and the now ubiquitous constant score and clock graphic (commonly known as the Fox Box).
In 2015, Hill launched Hilly, Inc., and the production company's first undertaking was to produce the 88th Oscars™ which aired on ABC in February 2016, receiving critical acclaim. In 2016 and 2017, Hill produced Alibaba Group's prestigious 11.11 Global Shopping Festival Countdown, as the international e-commerce giant sought to elevate its flagship event to new heights. This past November, the televised gala, held in Shenzhen, China, featured a number of international luminaries, including Nicole Kidman, Pharrell, Jessie J, Maria Sharapova, Real Madrid icon Luis Figo and renowned pianist Lang Lang, and Alibaba set a new Singles' Day record, posting over $25 billion in sales.
Hill was busy with other projects as well in 2017. Earlier in the year, he began advising F1 CEO Chase Carey, his former superior at FOX, on the global racing circuit's television production and was recently hired fulltime to update the sport's multi-platform presentation and offerings. Last summer, Hilly, Inc. and Barry Hearn's Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) co-promoted the U.S. Masters in Las Vegas. The tournament, televised by FS1, represented the first time the PDC World Series of Darts hosted an event in the U.S.
Hill, Australian by birth and naturalized American by choice, began his distinguished career as a 17-year-old copy boy at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. Later, he became a television journalist, in front of and behind the camera, followed by a period as a documentary producer/director. Eventually, Hill shifted to live television production with Australia's 7 Network, followed by a move to sports at the Nine Network, working closely with the owner, Kerry Packer, creating The World Series of Cricket and Channel 9's Wide World of Sports.
In 1988, Rupert Murdoch lured him to England, hiring him to help launch Sky Television, Britain's first satellite distributed television service. He then became Executive Producer of Eurosport, the first pan-European sports service. Following that effort, Hill was responsible for the creation of Sky Sports, which, with the addition of the English Premier League, became a critical division of British Sky Broadcasting.
After the fledgling FOX network gained the rights to televise the National Football League's prestigious NFC package in late 1993, Mr. Murdoch dispatched Hill to the U.S. to serve as the first President of FOX Sports. Hill launched an innovative, fully functional major U.S. television network sports division in just eight months. Over the next 20 years he also directly or indirectly oversaw the launch of several media outlets, including FOX Sports Net, FOXSports.com, Big Ten Network, FOX Sports 1 and others.
In 1996, with FOX running in fourth place behind ABC, CBS and NBC in prime time, Hill was appointed its Chairman, and within three years, with shows like Ali McBeal, Family Guy and When Animals Attack, the network jumped to No. 2 overall and No. 1 in the key adult 18-49 demographic.
His next challenge came when News Corporation purchased the satellite video provider DirecTV, and Hill was appointed President, Entertainment in 2005. There, he developed enhanced viewing experiences such as NFL Sunday Ticket SuperFan and NASCAR HotPass.
During his time at the FOX network and at DirecTV, Hill continued running FOX Sports, which eventually grew into the FOX Sports Media Group in the U.S., later expanding worldwide.
For more than 20 years, Hill oversaw thousands of events aired by FOX Sports, and it's affiliated national and regional channels, including NFL Super Bowls (6), MLB World Series (14), NHL Stanley Cup Finals (5) and NASCAR's Daytona 500 (8). He also created and served as Executive Producer of countless studio shows, including FOX NFL SUNDAY, the most-watched NFL pregame show since its debut in 1994. Many of the techniques and innovations he introduced upon launching FOX Sports ushered in a modern era of sports television production.
In 2011, Hill shifted the lion's share of his focus to entertainment television when he was appointed executive producer of the long-running hit series American Idol, which he oversaw for three seasons, as well as running the National Geographic Channel.
Hill was described by Murdoch, for whom he worked for almost 30 years, as a "dynamic and imaginative leader who has changed the experience of nearly all major sports on three continents. Whether launching Sky Sports, the FOX network, FOX Sports or our regional sports networks, we owe him an enormous debt."
In 2017, Hill became the first executive/producer since Roone Arledge in 2001 honored with the Pete Rozelle Radio/Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Sports Video Group's Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014. He also received Lifetime Achievement honors at the 63rd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in 2012, and at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards in 2016. He currently sits on advisory boards for the Professional Fighters League, the Association of Tennis Professionals, Southern California Public Radio, INVIVO Media Group and Planetary Resources, a space exploration company.
Hilly, Inc. is currently involved in the development of a film (based on the life of Queen Isabella of Spain) and several television projects, ranging from eSports for ESL to a prime-time network game show. Earlier this year, the company produced and promoted the Masters Darts Championship in Las Vegas, the first World Series of Darts tournament ever held in the United States.
Andrew Westacott is the longest serving Chief Executive of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC).
Andrew commenced at the AGPC in 2006 as the General Manager - Operations before later being appointed Deputy CEO. He was appointed as CEO in February 2011. He is currently a Director of Karting Australia and a Member of the Organising Committee for the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame Awards. He has previously been a Member of the Formula 1® Commission and the Australian Motorsport Foundation.
Prior to commencing at the AGPC, Andrew started his professional life as a chemical engineering project manager before taking up senior positions in logistics, procurement and supply chain management with MasterFoods Australia New Zealand and Uncle Ben’s of Australia. He then moved into major events in 2005 and played a key part in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games as Group Manager for Venue Delivery and Capital Projects.
He has a love of sport and sporting events and is committed to showcasing Melbourne and Victoria to the world through the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Raelene is the Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand. She joined the organisation in December 2020 after seven years working in Australia as Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and then Chief Executive of Rugby Australia. She was previously Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand from 2007 to 2013.
Before beginning her career in sports administration, Raelene built a successful corporate career in communications, sales and marketing. This included general management and other senior roles at Telecom New Zealand (now Spark), Bank of New Zealand and Fuji Xerox.
Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship Netball, International Federations of Netball Associations, SANZAAR Rugby and the World Rugby Council.
She also has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player.
Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport.
Mr Sneesby is an experienced media executive with a depth of local and international experience. He has been the CEO of Stan Entertainment since its inception in 2013.
Mike was formerly the CEO of the Microsoft/Nine e-commerce joint venture, Cudo, up until its sale in 2013. Prior to that, Mike set up the invision IPTV service in Dubai as Vice President of IPTV for the Saudi Telecom/Astra Malaysia joint venture lntigral. Before joining lntigral, he headed Corporate Strategy and Business Development at ninemsn where he led the company's corporate strategy function and established a portfolio of high growth digital media businesses including the start-up of MSN New Zealand and management of the EPG and listings business HWW. Prior to ninemsn, Mike led a company-wide program for Optus rolling out and launching their national ADSL broadband network.
Mike spent his earlier career in leadership and consulting positions gaining broad experience in digital media, technology and telecommunications in Australia, Asia and the USA. He holds an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
In March 2021, he was appointed CEO of Nine overseeing its businesses which cover television, radio, publishing and Stan.
Rod Eddington is Chairman of J P Morgan’s Asia Pacific Advisory Council and non-executive Chairman of Lion.
Educated as an engineer at the University of Western Australia and then Oxford University as WA’s 1974 Rhodes Scholar, Sir Rod’s career began in transport and aviation and he went on to become CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways, before retiring in late 2005 and returning to Australia.
In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for service to civil aviation, in 2012 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and commerce and in 2015 was honoured by the Japanese Government with the Grand Cordon of
the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to strengthening the economic relations between Australia and Japan.
Sir Rod is Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Rugby World Cup Bid 2027. He also sits as a non-executive director on a number of Boards and served as the inaugural Chair of Infrastructure Australia from 2008-2014, a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) from 2014-2020 and President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) from 2006-2021.
Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).
Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017. In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers became a top 10 Australian company, with more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 220,000 people, it became the country’s largest private sector employer.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.
Richard was named West Australian of the Year for 2021, recognising his commitment to the community through his philanthropic endeavours.
Andrew Georgiou is President of Sports at Discovery and responsible for all of Discovery’s sports businesses, including the recent launch of sport on discovery+, the Olympic Games, Global Cycling Network (GCN), Discovery Sports Events and represents Discovery’s interests on the Board of Formula E.
Andrew is responsible for all rights acquisitions across Discovery platforms, as well as the integration of all sales and marketing efforts across the Group.
Discovery’s sports businesses reach over 130m unique individuals per month across its owned and operated platforms and over 200m when including third party platforms.
Before joining Discovery, Andrew had a successful 13-year association with Group Lagardère, firstly as CEO of Lagardère Sports Asia and latterly Lagardère Sports and Entertainment where he served as Global Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to linking up with Group Lagardère, Andrew was CEO of the PGA TOUR of Australasia.
Andrew lives in London with his wife and four children.
Kylie Watson-Wheeler is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, of The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand and the President of The Western Bulldogs (AFL Club).
Kylie is responsible for The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand across Film, TV, live events, digital, home entertainment, content distribution and streaming services. She manages a portfolio of content and products across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, ABC Studios (US), 20th Century Fox and National Geographic. She also has regional responsibility across Asia Pacific for ESPN and National Geographic.
Kylie has 17 years of entertainment industry experience and has led multiple areas of business across The Walt Disney Company including content, marketing, sales, and theatrical distribution. She has also held responsibility for the Publishing business across the region including India, South East Asia and Korea.
Before joining Disney, Kylie was the Director of Advertising and Brand management for Hallmark Cards Inc., based in Kansas City, USA, where she oversaw and managed the marketing function for Hallmark’s US$4 billion global business. Prior to moving to the US, Kylie spent four years at Hallmark Australia. She has also held various marketing positions at Coca-Cola Amatil and Penguin Books.
Kylie is a Board Member of Mentone Grammar School and the Motion Pictures Distribution Association of Australia (MPDAA).
She holds directorships for the following entities:
She is based in Melbourne and has two children.
Alan Gilpin is the Chief Executive Officer of World Rugby.
Alan leads World Rugby and the delivery of an ambitious new strategic plan focused on the global growth of rugby, and making the sport more accessible and more relevant around the world. He is also responsible for the management of the globally-renowned Rugby World Cup brand, including the preparations and delivery for Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand (women’s), now playing in 2022, and Rugby World Cup 2023 in France (men’s).
Previously a lawyer, and with a strong track record in sport and business, Alan has been involved in the management and delivery of Rugby World Cup since 2001 in a number of roles.
Alan joined World Rugby from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of official hospitality provider, Prestige Ticketing Ltd, where he oversaw the award-winning hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prior to the London 2012 role, Alan spent nine years with IMG, including responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Heidi Browning leads the National Hockey League’s growth marketing strategy with a focus on digital, innovation and social media. With more than 25 years of marketing experience, including success with major brands in Silicon Valley, Browning brings a valuable mix of client, agency and media owner perspective to the NHL. Browning is known as a passionate pioneer in digital, mobile and social marketing and as an executive who advances new ideas and innovation within the industry. Inspired by the intersection of media, technology and culture, Browning studies generational trends in attention and brand engagement. Her experience marketing to Millennial and Gen Z audiences is essential for engaging young sports fans and will help guide her leadership of the NHL’s new fan database/analytics initiative.
Under Browning’s leadership, the NHL has experienced a 33% growth in followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. She spearheaded the introduction of eight new Twitter accounts, including six international language, @StanleyCup; @NHLGIFs; NHL Europe on Instagram; and TikTok, Weibo and WeChat accounts. As a result of a focused strategy on video content, video streams have increased 111% across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Since Browning’s arrival at the NHL, the League’s Instagram engagement has increased by 58%, while followers on that account increased 46%.
Prior to joining the NHL in 2016, Browning served as SVP, Strategic Solutions, at Pandora, overseeing the development of marketing experiences creating value for fans, bands and brands. Leveraging Pandora’s passionate fan base, first party data, and personalization, Browning’s team launched live music and content experiences pairing Fortune 500 clients with emerging and iconic artists.
As Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, Browning evangelized the value of social media in the marketing mix and positioned brand communities as a new way to build audience, create engagement and establish a two-way dialogue between consumers and brands. She led the first in-depth consumer segmentation and ROI study for social media - Never Ending Friending, A Journey Into Social Networking, which quantified the impact of The Momentum Effect.
Browning is a sought-after featured speaker at industry conferences, including CES, SXSW, TEDx Women, Variety Entertainment Marketing Summit, Adweek and the Youth Marketing Summit, among others. Her honors include Adweek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports, Most Powerful Women in Music by Billboard and Forbes CMO Next among others.
Browning earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Colorado, Boulder and resides in San Francisco and New York.
The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018. She was the first female to be appointed to the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.
As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.
In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; a sports diplomacy initiative in the Pacific was implemented and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students participated in the Plan.
In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.
Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.
In 2020 Julie was awarded a Fisher Family Fellowship for the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs. In 2021 Julie was awarded the Kissinger Fellowship at the McCain Institute of International Leadership at Arizona State University.
Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, Chair of Telethon Kids Institute, Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti and the Human Vaccines Project and is the Patron of Shooting Stars (an education programme for young aboriginal girls)
She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.
Julie has been a board director and number one ticket holder of the West Coast Eagles AFL Club.
Andy Penn became the CEO and Managing Director of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, on 1 May 2015. At Telstra Andy is leading an ambitious change program transforming Telstra to be positioned to compete in the radically changing technology world of the future with 5G at its core.
Andy has had an extensive career spanning more than 4 decades across 3 industries - telecommunications, financial services and shipping. He joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2014 he took on the additional responsibilities of Group Executive International.
Prior to Telstra, Andy spent 23 years with the AXA Group, one of the world’s largest insurance and investment groups. His time at AXA included the roles of Chief Executive Officer 2006-2011 AXA Asia Pacific Holdings and Chief Financial Officer. At AXA, Andy was instrumental in building one of the most successful Asian businesses by an Australian company sold to its parent in 2011 for more than A$10bn.
Amanda is Foxtel’s Chief Content and Commercial Officer, with responsibility for entertainment and sports strategy and acquisitions, the Foxtel linear and VOD product, and wholesale and channel partnerships. She was appointed to this expanded role in August 2020, after joining Foxtel as Chief Commercial Officer in 2018.
Amanda is a highly respected media executive with extensive experience across Australia’s free-to-air, broadcast, print, digital and streaming landscape. She has particular expertise in the structuring and negotiation of content rights, commercial development and media mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Foxtel, Amanda served in senior leadership roles at Nine Entertainment Co. including Group General Counsel and Commercial Director before assuming the position of Managing Director.
Earlier in her career, Amanda served as General Counsel for ACP Magazines managing legal affairs across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the UK.
Amanda has served the boards of several regulatory and corporate organisations in advisory roles as well as holding board positions with Australian media companies and sports bodies, including the Australian Rugby League Commission and the Australian Sports Commission.
Michael Miller was appointed Executive Chairman Australasia of News Corp Australia in November 2015. He has over 3 decades of experience working in senior executive roles in the media industry, most recently as the CEO of the publicly listed APN News and Media (now HT&E).
Michael is a former CMO of News Limited, and the Herald and Weekly Times, and has led media businesses in New South Wales, South Australia, New Zealand and Asia in the radio, digital ,out of home and publishing categories.
He is currently the Chairman oft the Premium Content Alliance, the industry body representing Australia’s leading broadcasting, publishing and digital companies and he is a Director of REA Group and Foxtel.
Michael is a former Director of Fox Sports Australia, SKY Television Network (NZ), the Committee for Sydney and Waratahs Rugby
Devneet (Dev) Bajaj is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Dream Sports. He leads investments and global strategic partnerships in various sectors such as Fantasy Sports, Sports Technology, Skill-Based Gaming and many more. Dev also supports Dream Sports brands on future fundraising and strategic business planning.
Dev has over 17 years of experience across entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining Dream Sports, Dev was a Venture Partner with Kalaari Capital, where he evaluated and managed early-stage investments in a variety of sectors including Fintech, Gaming, SportsTech, SAAS, and AgTech.
As an entrepreneur, Dev successfully founded and built MITRA, which is now one of India’s leading AgTech startups that was acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2018. He began his career in investment banking in the US and worked with companies like Paine Schwartz, where he gained in-depth knowledge about investing in mid-stage buyout transactions.
Dev has a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Southern California. He is a passionate sports enthusiast and was a competitive tennis player.
Jane Fernandez is the Chief Operating Officer, Australia, FIFA Women's World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023TM.
Jane led Football Australia’s successful bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, one of the world’s largest international sporting events. Previously, Jane was Head of Sport for the Australian Olympic Committee managing key aspects of Australia's participation in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and Tournament Director of the AFC Asian Cup 2015. Jane is passionate about the power of sport and major sports events to drive social change and to leave a positive legacy.
Geoff Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of TEG and the architect of the company’s integrated model across live entertainment, ticketing and technology.
Geoff’s association with the company began in 2007 when he was appointed CEO of Ticketek. He spent three years aggressively growing Ticketek’s market share, partnerships and ticketing technology innovation.
After a stint as a Partner and Director of SEL, one of Australia’s leading sports and entertainment companies, Geoff returned in 2011 to lead the diversification of Ticketek and its affiliated companies into touring and data analytics.
TEG has expanded rapidly under Geoff’s leadership to become a global leader in live entertainment, ticketing and technology.
Geoff has previously held senior executive roles at IMG and Foster’s.
Scott has been a globally recognised leader in digital, technology and business transformation for over 25 years. As a c-suite executive he guided Bertelsmann, Merrill Lynch, Sony, and the Hollywood studios into the digital age.
He co-founded iconic start-ups Computer Innovations, Data Broadcasting and Firstlook. Most recently prior to founding strategy consultancy FutureNext, Scott built Accenture’s Asia Pacific Media & Entertainment practice from the ground up with clients ranging from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mediacorp, NewsCorp, NHK, Shanghai Media Group, Singtel, Tabcorp and Telstra to Alibaba, Google, Facebook and Rakuten.
A resident of the bush of northern New South Wales, Scott is an alumnus of Queen’s University and MIT, chaired the Digital Advisory Panel to the Australian Sports Commission, is a Senior Fellow at The Annenberg Centre for the Digital Future (Los Angeles), and an All-Star Mentor with incubator TechStars.
Craig is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and forward-thinking chief executives. His charismatic and passionate nature, together with his business acumen, has leveraged him to the forefront of sports administration and the leader behind Australia’s largest and most successful annual international sporting event.
In 2021, he was the driving force behind the Australian Open being the first Grand Slam tennis event (and first truly global sporting event) to be held safely and successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite some enormous obstacles, AO 2021 was hailed a massive success and kick-started the international tennis tour at a time when it was most needed. This has since been followed by delivering AO 2022 at the height of the COVID Omicron wave in Australia and was again a massive success.
Craig’s incredible relationship with the players has long been a key to the success of the Australian Open right from when he was appointed Tournament Director for his first event in 2006. He was later appointed CEO of Tennis Australia in 2013.
In that time the Australian Open has broken attendance records and delivers more than $377 million in economic benefit to Melbourne each year while reaching a global audience of more than one billion households.
Craig has also led the introduction of successful initiatives to shift the historical decline in tennis participation including the rollout of digital platforms, which has increased access to courts by over 350%. He has led the diversification of Tennis Australia with the creation of a global production unit, the launch of a venture capital funds and a successful incubator partnership.
He also serves as the Chair of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) in Australia and is on the Board of Safety Culture and Rising (Melbourne’s International Arts Festival).
Prior to joining Tennis Australia, Craig was Director of Tennis at the University of Illinois, where he led the fastest tennis program turnaround in US collegiate history, breaking a 100-year-old record for most consecutive wins.
Pete Giorgio is a Principal in Deloitte’s Strategy practice and is the leader of Deloitte’s Sports practice. In his work with clients, Pete has helped with issues in a number of different areas including customer strategy, analytics, fan engagement/experience, growth strategy, innovation, technology, and organization excellence.
Pete joined Deloitte after spending 12 years with Monitor Group (a boutique strategy firm) and multiple IT strategy and development consulting firms. Prior to that, Pete served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain.
Pete earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Amherst College where he was a four year varsity basketball player, three year starter, and still holds the single game rebounding record.
Pete currently lives in Belmont, MA with his wife and two children. He spends his time coaching youth basketball, fishing, cooking, pretending to still be competitive in various men’s basketball leagues, and digging holes in golf courses with his four iron.
Eddie is an accomplished businessman and one of Australia’s most acclaimed media personalities, with over 40 years’ award-winning experience.
In roles ranging from CEO of the Nine Network to top rating radio show host, hosting rating blockbusters including The Footy Show and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, live sport caller of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Grand Prix, AFL Grand Final, McGuire is undisputedly regarded as one of the major influencers on the Australian media landscape.
Off the air McGuire owns one of Australia's fastest growing independent media production companies, JAM TV a division of McGuire Media, that produces sports and entertainment programs across all platforms of media around the world.
McGuire was President of the Collingwood Football Club for 23 years and led the Magpies to be one of the most successful sporting clubs on and off the field in the country.
McGuire was the inaugural President of the Melbourne Stars 20/20 Cricket Club helping establish the Big Bash League into one of the fastest growing sports and television products in the world.
Amongst his philanthropic leadership roles, he is Chairman of the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Foundation. He served on the Board of Victorian Major Events Company for 15 years at a time when Victoria was named the International Sports City of the decade. He is now on the Board of Visit Victoria.
Sports marketing professional with extensive experience from 25 years involvement in the business of sport across the UK, North America and Australasia.
Over 17 years in London Bart had several leadership roles as Executive Chair, Group CEO and Group COO at sports marketing agencies including TLA Worldwide, Chime Group plc’s CSM and Essentially Group plc. In 2019 he started a boutique events agency, Left Field Live, working with blue chip rights holders to take their content to new markets of strategic importance, with a focus on Asia Pacific and North America.
Bart moved from London to Melbourne in 2013 where he lives today with his wife and two children. For the first seven years in Australia he was a shareholder and Chairman of the NRL club Melbourne Storm and Super Netball team Sunshine Coast Lightning, finishing up those roles in May of 2020 to reconnect with his more than twenty years of work in rugby union.
Since May of 2020 Bart has been a member of the New Zealand Rugby Board, served as a New Zealand Rugby representative on World Rugby Council and an elected member of the World Rugby EXCO board. From August 2020 Bart has been a director of Rugby World Cup Limited, the arm of World Rugby tasked with the commercialisation and delivery of Rugby World Cups, both fifteens and sevens.
Bart has a first class global sports network with expertise ranging from broadcast rights, constitutional reform, major events promotion and delivery, high performance, commercial program development, player contracting, financial and data analytics.
A former practicing sports and commercial lawyer, with a BA and LLB from Otago University, a Masters in Commercial Law (Hons) from Auckland University, Bart had also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2010, (AMP 179).
Simon Cummins is the Global Head of Odgers Berndtson's Sports, Gaming & Media Practice placing senior leaders into all major Sports organisations and International Federations for the past 18 years. Prior to Odgers Berndtson, Simon was a Director of GEMS schools and a Director at Gabbitas. He was also a Headmaster for ten years and whilst at Millfield he was Head of the Prep and a member of the Management Group for all three Millfield Schools and Millfield Enterprises.
Simon’s non-executive and board experience has included a NGB, PR Agency, hospitality provider, experiential marketing agency, several schools and a Leadership Development Organisation. Simon currently Chairs the national charity, Sported and the digital marketing agency WePlay. Simon is an accomplished sportsman, having played rugby and cricket to a high standard. Skiing, cycling, sailing and golf now dominate his spare time. Simon was educated at Borough Road College, London and Bath Universities.
Hamish McLennan has over 30 years’ experience in the media industry. He is currently Chairman of REA Group Limited (appointed 21 February 2012 and Chairman since 10 April 2012), a global online real estate advertising company, Chairman of HT&E Limited (appointed 30 October 2018), an Australian media and entertainment company, and Chairman of Rugby Australia (appointed June 2020).
Hamish is also a Non-Executive Director of the tech firm Claim Central Consolidated (since January 2020) and an independent director of Scientific Games, a US gaming and lottery company (since November 2020). He was previously Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation, and Global Chairman & CEO of Young & Rubicam (Y&R) in New York, part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. Mr McLennan joined Young & Rubicam in 2002 as Chairman and CEO of Y&R Brands Australia/New Zealand, one of the largest marketing services groups in Australasia, and led the firm’s global business operations from 2006 to 2011.
He was also previously Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (March 2014 to July 2015) and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (February 2013 to March 2014) of Australian media company Ten Network Holdings Limited. He has previously served on the Boards of Directors for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the US Ad Council.
Joe is a Director at ColganBauer - a strategy consulting firm. Alongside his colleagues, Joe advises sport governing bodies, clubs and investment firms on matters ranging from the commercialisation of media and wagering rights, to collective bargaining agreements and competitive balance mechanisms.
In addition to several “watching briefs” at global clients, Joe and his colleagues most frequently provide short-term strategic support to internal client teams during their strategy setting and commercial rights deals processes. Like many of us, courtesy of COVID, Joe has traded the fuselage of a plane for the glare of a WebCam and never thought he’d crave terrible plane food as much as he does today.
Mel’s playing days included two successful World Cup and Ashes campaigns with Australia and a then world record hundred (131) on Test debut against England.
A qualified Physical Education teacher, Mel worked across cricket development and sports management before moving into fulltime broadcast and commentary in TV and radio across Australian and International cricket in 2017. This was initiated in 2015 after becoming one of the first four female commentators in the worlds most watched cricket competition the Indian Premier League. Her inclusion into the Big Bash that summer lead her to becoming the first T20 female cricket lead in Australia. This was then followed by the same accolade in the Pakistan Super League in 2017.
Alongside her commentary, Mel is fast developing an administrative and governance career. Sitting on the Victorian State Government Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport, Mel was part of the taskforce that resulted in a 40% mandate for women on boards and led to the introduction of the Office for Women in Sport.
Mel also became Australian cricket’s first ever female state nominee for the board of Cricket Australia in 2019 and recently was nominated onto the International Cricket Council’s women’s committee.
Through her media and governance roles Mel is driven to helping the sports industry becoming a more diverse and inclusive space for everyone at all levels.
Libby is the Chief Executive Officer of Champion Data; a leading Sports Data, Technology and Broadcast team operating across diverse sports including thoroughbred racing, Australian Rules Football, Netball, Lacrosse and Golf. I joined Champion Data as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 after more than 7 years at Cricket Australia in Media Rights. Prior to that, I cut my teeth in government on the regulatory and policy side of digital, communications, broadcast and content. At Champion Data I have the pleasure of blending passions for inclusive and people-centred leadership, and sport, data, and technology.
A key aim of mine is to enable passionate, super clever people to help sport tell stories behind the game. I think it’s a privilege to work in sport and its ecosystem and I never take that for granted. I love hearing and learning from people’s stories as much as I enjoy enabling sports to bring theirs to life for fans. My wonderfully unruly children deserve a special mention for making me a better human being and showing me that kindness is my most important guiding value.
After 25 years working for some of the best companies in the world and a decade successfully leading the Global Sponsorship teams of Visa and The Coca-Cola Company, Ricardo launched Sport by Fort Consulting.
At Coca-Cola (Atlanta), Ricardo led the Company’s global portfolio of sports and entertainment partnerships, including the IOC, FIFA, UEFA, athletes, McLaren and countless entertainment properties.
Prior to this role, Ricardo was the SVP of Global Brand, Product & Sponsorship Marketing at Visa (San Francisco), where he was responsible for all global consumer marketing initiatives including branding, advertising, digital, design and sponsorships.
Ricardo also worked for the Group Danone (Paris), and held several other Marketing roles at Coca-Cola in Brazil, USA and India, and multiple roles at Kellogg’s and Unilever.
Ricardo obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the Universidade de São Paulo and has a Specialization in Business from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, both in Brazil.
Lior is a medical doctor with a passion for health technology, big data, DNA and personalization. He will be speaking on genetic testing for exercise prescription and injury prevention. Developing a cost-effective one-time test to help coaching staff personalize training and nutrition to help keep players injury-free
Mr Neil Wilson was appointed the 22nd Chairman of the Club on 20 November 2020.
Prior to that Mr Wilson held the position of the VRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from January 2018 until November 2020. Neil is the first CEO to be appointed Chairman in the 160 year history of the Club.
Neil has been a member of the VRC Board since December 2012 and was elected Honorary Treasurer in February 2017, ahead of stepping into the Interim Chief Executive role in June 2017.
Neil is a Director on the board of Racing.com - Australia’s premier thoroughbred racing media organisation, as well as World Horse Racing – which is an alliance of five iconic global racing festivals, committed to celebrating the sport of horse racing and the incredible athletes who make it happen. Neil is also on the Racing & Sports Network (RSN) board.
Neil also serves on several other technology and digital Boards and Advisory Committees.
Neil’s passion for horse racing led him to the VRC. He has been a horse owner for over 30 years and was a breeder for a period of time. His prior career involves over 35 years’ experience in Information Technology working in corporate roles and as a founder of his own business (Charter Wilson) which was acquired by ASX listed company Oakton, a leading technology services company which employed over 1,300 people. Neil was the Chief Executive Officer of Oakton for nine years until it
was acquired by Dimension Data in 2014.
Neil is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Collette Roche is the Chief Operating Officer at Manchester United Football Club and in 2018 was listed by Vogue as one of the 25 most influential women working in Britain.
She joined from the Manchester Airport Group, where she was part of the Executive Team responsible for doubling the value of the group over a 5-year period, serving a variety of roles, including MD Manchester Airport and MAG Chief of Staff. Prior to this Collette held a number of senior leadership positions with several international companies including Ford Motor Group and Siemens.
Collette lives in Cheshire with her husband and two daughters.
Kelly is a sound business professional who has established a strong results driven career through the media and sport industries.
Having completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, Kelly has held multiple Executive roles leading disciplines such as Marketing, Commercial, Consumer Business, Customer Experience, Member Acquisition and Retention, Stadium Operations, Major Events and Women’s Strategies.
She has a demonstrated ability in every core aspect of business including innovative strategic planning, stakeholder management, financial management, commercial growth and people management. She is a strong leader and passionate about building great leaders.
Kelly has spent the last 15 in the AFL industry working across AFL HQ, Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast SUNS and Marvel Stadium. She joined Netball Australia as CEO in 2021.
Kelly has also graduated from Harvard Business School completing the Authentic Leadership Program and is on the Board of Athletics Victoria.
Most importantly she is a proud mum to two beautiful girls.
Lisa Walton works in Deloitte Digital at the intersection of human centred design, customer and digital strategy, and innovation. She has over 20 years’ experience working for global technology businesses, agile start-ups and digital consultancies here in Australia, NZ, UK and Singapore.
Lisa’s ability to navigate complex challenges and unleash the potential of teams was founded in her career as an elite Athlete, she competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games for the NZ hockey team the Black Sticks and won bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She is also the Executive Co-Chair of the Pride Pillar nationally at Deloitte.
A passionate gamer and creative marketer, Flo 'ElChikito' GUTIERREZ has been part of the gaming and esports space for more than a decade and has built an international reputation through multiple successful global experiences.
During his time in Red Bull from 2013 – 2019, he conceptualized and built their global esports and gaming strategy, before joining Team Vitality as CMO for 2 years.
An expert in 360 marketing, global and local strategies, Flo is also most enthusiastic about talent and event marketing. He joined Razer in 2021 as the Director of Global Esports to lead their global esports strategies.
Gareth co-founded Two Circles – the industry-leading sports marketing and data technology company – following a successful athletics career, representing Great Britain in the 800 metres.
Gareth was Managing Director in the early years of Two Circles, leading the delivery of client work that helped revolutionize the UK sports landscape through a data-driven approach. This was recognised in 2014 when Two Circles was named Agency of the Year at the prestigious Sport Industry Awards, recognition Two Circles has received an additional two times since.
Since 2015 Gareth has acted as Chief Executive of Two Circles, and currently leads a global network of 350 in Europe and North America driving commercial growth for over 150 of the world’s leading sports properties including the Premier League, NFL, UEFA, Formula 1 and Wimbledon.
Since 2019 Two Circles has been part of Bruin Capital, the international investment and operating company founded by George Pyne.
Nick was appointed Interim Chief Executive in June 2020. He previously held senior roles with organising committees for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Most recently, Nick was Chief Executive of the ICC T20 World Cup. Before his work in major events, Nick held senior corporate finance roles at PwC where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Born in England, Nick completed his education at the University of Oxford.
One of Australia’s leading commercial and media executives,
having worked at Network Ten for 17 years in a number of roles,
including National Commercial Director, and National Head of
Generate, the network’s in-house content, strategy and
Rogers joined the AFL in December 2017 from Mamamia,
Australia’s largest women’s media company. As Commercial
Director and then Managing Director, she oversaw significant
growth and profitability for the organisation in Australia and
EGM Commercial and Customer is responsible for the AFL’s
Corporate and Consumer Business Divisions, which includes
corporate partnerships, advertising, licensing and retail, Club,
Stadium & AFL memberships, premium hospitality products,
ticketing and events, which generate total AFL non-broadcast
revenue of more than $230 million a year.
From November 2020, the portfolio was expanded to now
oversee marketing, digital media including the AFL’s website
(afl.com.au) and App, Marvel Stadium operations and the
customer and fan experience.
Sanjog Gupta leads the Sports business for Star and Disney India which includes a portfolio of 17 channels. In this role, he is responsible for the business, product (programming & production), marketing, and strategy for the Sports network.
Sanjog has been pivotal in driving the Sports broadcasting space in India. Prior to his current role, he was the content head for sports where he shaped and delivered marquee national and international broadcasts watched in over 200 countries ranging from IPL to ICC Cricket World Cup. Sanjog also played a significant role in driving growth for home-grown Indian sports properties such as Pro Kabaddi League and Indian Super League. He pioneered the regionalization of sports broadcasts by delivering live feeds in seven languages and launching regional sports networks in Hindi-speaking markets, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu. He has championed grassroots development in sports by launching properties such as KBD Juniors and partnering with the Sports & Youth Affairs Ministry to launch Khelo India, which seeks to drive youth participation in Sports. The delivery of interactive consumer experiences and deployment of live AR/VR on broadcast – both world firsts – along with the use of state-of-the-art production technology have been crucial milestones in his vision of putting Star Sports at the forefront of the global broadcasting space.
Having been with Star India for 10 years, Sanjog also led content development for Life OK – Star India’s GEC channel for two years, prior to his role in Sports. He has been in the broadcast industry for almost two decades and has donned content leadership roles across English & Hindi News, Hindi General Entertainment, and Sports.
He is also the Chairperson of the Sports & Youth Affairs Committee at FICCI. In this capacity, he has been influential in bringing the focus of corporate India to sports development and holistically driving a strong multi-sport ecosystem in the country.
Sanjog is a Graduate in Economics (Honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.
Todd has 20+ years of experience in leading and managing high growth FinTech businesses.
His passion is solution and business building and he has a proven record of taking de-novo concepts and fledgling businesses and developing them into industry warping leading positions. With a focus on helping tier-1 global financial services firms - the largest and most demanding customers in the most heavily regulated industry - manage their risk and regulatory obligations, quality of a team-wide execution were absolution requirements.
It is Todd's belief that execution will be the primary difference in who wins with blockchain, crypto, and machine learning technologies. New innovation is crucial, but without the right team that can execute, innovation can never achieve its potential.
Catherine Murphy is a sports presenter with ABC TV and radio. She presents sports news on ABC News Channel as well as News Breakfast. She's also a regular contributor on 'Offsiders' and co-hosts 'Saturday Morning Sport' on ABC Radio Melbourne with Matt Preston.
Eyal brings to Track160 over 20 years of global experience in developing and executing strategies for growing business and operations from inception to large scale success. Prior to assuming the CEO position at Track160, Eyal held multiple senior executive positions such as General Manager at Gefen Technologies, Chief Revenue Officer at Perion (NSDQ: PERI), VP Business Development at SupportSpace (acquired by BestBuy, NYSE: BBY) and others.
Outside of running a successful tech company, Eyal practices many outdoor sports including competing in Triathlons, scuba diving and windsurfing.
Eyal holds a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tel Aviv
Gillon McLachlan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League.
He has worked for the AFL since 2000, initially as a consultant in strategic planning and in November, 2003, was appointed General Manager, Commercial Operations.
He subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for broadcasting and major projects in 2006 and in 2008, was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2008 with responsibility for AFL broadcasting, digital media, fixturing, venue agreements and stadia infrastructure.
In December, 2012 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on April 30, 2014 to succeed Andrew Demetriou.
Key outcomes in his various roles with the AFL have included the last AFL Media Rights Deal, still the largest in Australian Sports Rights History, the establishment of AFL Media, and the establishment of the two new clubs (Including raising the funding for, and building their stadia).
He has a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Commerce from Adelaide University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.
Ridley Plummer is leading the AO Metaverse strategy and overseeing the development of the Metaverse and Web3 projects for Tennis Australia.
Spearheading the AO Metaverse launch and AO Artball NFT's, Ridley is passionate about NFT and blockchain technology and its potential to evolve industries beyond physical events and into the virtual world.
Ridley has been instrumental in progressing the AO's launch into the Metaverse and has been with Tennis Australia and the AO for four years. Prior to this, Ridley had worked across a range of worldwide sporting events including the NHL and NFL Superbowl, working with Budweiser and Bud Light to activate in-stadium connected tech-product integrations.
Ridley's expertise extends from project management and product design to marketing innovation and event management, however, Ridley's passion lies in creating truly immersive experiences through the Metaverse, NFTs and Web3 to build brand awareness, drive meaningful connections and excite consumers about the future potential of these technologies.
Hon Kate Jones has around 20 years experience in senior government and leadership positions. Kate served as a Minister in the Queensland Government for more than eight years in a range of portfolios including State Development, Education, Tourism, and Major Events.
Kate was also the Minister responsible for the successful delivery of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and secured new major events to Queensland including the NRL Magic Round and global sports conference, Sport Accord in 2019.
Throughout 2020, Kate was instrumental in working with many national sporting codes to ensure they could continue to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic including staging the historic AFL Grand Final in Brisbane. She also served on the 2032 Olympic Candidature Leadership group.
Last year Kate was appointed to The Australian Rugby League Commission, the national governing body for Rugby League.
Kate now serves on a number of boards and works in leadership roles in both the tech and tourism industries.
Sandiaga Uno is young, charismatic and likely to play some important role in the 2024 elections. Sandiaga tasking with leading the recovery of Indonesia’s tourism sector. His Ministry just launched the Sport Tourism program in collaboration with Sport Ministry. The two ministries will develop 3 big themes, namely sport tourism, sports side and industrial sports.
He graduated from Wichita State University, United States and George Washington University, United States. After completing his education at George Washington University, United States, Sandiaga Uno joined SeaPower Asia Investment Limited in Singapore.
In 1997, Sandiaga Uno founded a financial advisory company, PT Recapital Advisors with his colleague Rosan Perkasa Roeslani (current Chairman of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry). In 2005-2008, Sandiaga Uno was elected as the General Chair of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI). In 2004, Sandiaga Uno also became Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) of KADIN.
Sandiaga Uno is prominent Indonesian businessman. Sandiaga Uno presided five companies PT Adaro Indonesia, PT Indonesia Bulk Terminal, PT Mitra Global Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Intterra Resources Limited, and PT iForte Solusi Infotek.
In 2009, Sandiaga Uno was listed as the 29th richest person in Indonesia according to Forbes magazine. Two years later, Forbes released a list of the richest people in Indonesia. Sandiaga Uno occupies the 37th position with total assets of around US $660 million.
Sandiaga has delivered public lectures at many leading universities and various organizations abroad and engaged well with millennials. He is known to be very fond of sports including basketball, bicycle and even soccer.
In 2017, Sandiaga Uno was the Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta with Anies Baswedan as Governor of DKI Jakarta.
After a year, Sandiaga Uno resigned his position to participate in the 2019-2024 presidential and vice-presidential elections. Speculation is rife in Indonesia after President Joko Widodo appeared to have suggested that Mr Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, a vice-presidential hopeful in the 2019 election, would ‘very likely’ become his successor.
Andrew Abdo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League (NRL) in September 2020. Prior to that Andrew was the NRL’s Chief Commercial Officer for 4 years, primarily responsible for revenue growth. During this period, Andrew led the growth of the game’s total revenues by 12% per annum (growing from $334m in 2015 to $528m in 2019).
Together with Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Mr Peter V’landys AM, Andrew has played a pivotal role in keeping the NRL Telstra Premiership season safely on the field during the 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the NRL become the first national sporting code to return to resume following the suspension of the season and in 2021, the entire competition was relocated to Queensland for the first time in the game’s history.
With a background in corporate finance, Andrew has led the commercial growth of the sport through innovations in sponsorship, events and digital experiences, including the creation of Magic Round and establishing an in-house creative agency for partners. He believes sport is about entertainment, about bringing people and communities together, and in helping deliver social change.
Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology issues both in the United States and internationally for the past three decades. An expert in the field of technology and emerging media, Cole serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around the world as they craft digital strategies.
In July 2004 Dr. Cole joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication as Director of the newly formed Center for the Digital Future and as a Research Professor. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Cole was a longtime member of the UCLA faculty and served as Director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, based in the Anderson Graduate School of Management. Cole founded and directs the World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology, which is conducted in over 35 countries. At the announcement of the project in June 1999, Vice President Al Gore praised Cole as a “true visionary providing the public with information on how to understand the impact of media.” Twenty years into the project, the World Internet Project, through its unique data on Internet users around the world, is the leading, unrivaled international project examining the ways in which technology changes our lives.
Cole regularly presents trends and insights of the project to the White House, FCC, Congress, Department of Defense and heads of governments around the world. He has worked closely with the CEOs of GroupM, Ericsson, Telstra, Wesfarmers and others. On the advisory side, his long-term relationships have included Microsoft, Sony, Time Warner, AT&T, AARP, CBS, NBC, ABC, CPB, PBS, HP, Coca-Cola and many more as they learn to navigate the digital future. He also sits on Unilever’s (the world’s second largest advertiser) Global Digital Strategy Board.
In 2016 Cole was one of the founders of the Global Disruption Fund (GDF), a technology investment fund based in Australia (www.globaldisruptionfund.com.au). Cole is one of the members of the Investment Committee identifying innovative companies and those about to be disrupted, making investments based on his work. The Fund is now worth close to $1 billion and growing; it achieved a 40% return in its first year. Since 2017 he has written a popular and widely circulated column on disruption, media, technology and entertainment (www.digitalcenter.org/cole).
Under Cole’s leadership, the Center has conducted deep examinations of the entertainment, sports media, transportation and banking industries to identify where the next wave of disruption will occur. More than just identifying trends, the Center works closely with industry to create policies and make the concrete changes that will keep them competitive. That work includes all five (formerly six) motion picture studios, all four networks and now streaming companies, as well as sports networks, leagues, automotive companies and banks.
In the 1990s, Cole worked closely with the four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) dealing with television programming issues under an anti-trust waiver that allowed the networks to work together for the very first time. He issued annual reports to the television industry, Congress and the nation. Upon the release of the 1996 report, Cole held a joint press conference with President Bill Clinton, who referred to the Center for Communication Policy as “the premier educational institution setting trends in entertainment.” Nationwide there was unanimous praise for the quality of the reports and their contribution to the television content debate.
Cole has testified before Congress on television issues and has been a keynote speaker at more than 750 conferences on media and technology (many can be seen on YouTube). He has worked with the White House during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations on media and telecommunications issues. He regularly makes presentations across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Cole was a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) from 1997 to 2001 and was the founding governor of the ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group. At UCLA, Cole taught over 35,000 students. In 1987 he received UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2020 Cole received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor awarded to distinguished Americans including Presidents, Nobel Prize Winners and CEOs who exemplify a life dedicated to their community and the world at large.
Rachel brings considerable global experience to the dual role as WISPA Chief Executive and IWG Secretary General. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in numerous commercial roles across Formula 1 and other motorsport, football, rugby, golf, athletics, and more.
She also built extensive charity experience through her work with the Red Cross and several cancer charities. In late 2014, she moved into global sport advocacy, firstly in the disability sector with the International Paralympic Movement, and for the past four years, as a leader as part of the Women in Sport community worldwide. As WISPA CEO, she leads a local team dedicated to ensuring that all women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand.
As IWG Secretary General, she is responsible for New Zealand’s global leadership of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport Secretariat quadrennial period 2018-2022 and staging of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, November 2022.
Ravi Krishnan is a key and prominent name in the business of Sports, Media and Entertainment (SME) in India. He was featured in Sports Illustrated at No. 27 in the 50 Most Influential People in Indian Sport (February 2010). Ravi was also featured in Business Today (2004) as one of India’s Top 25 Executives under the age of 40. He has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year in Service Business – Fitness’ award at the 5th edition of the Entrepreneur India 2015 Awards.
Ravi, a lawyer by training, moved to India from Australia as a part of the four-member team sent, in 1995, to set up IMG’s operations in India. The ensuing 24 years has seen Ravi develop an enormous well of experience in conducting business in the Indian subcontinent. Through various sponsorship and marketing deals with India’s largest companies, Ravi has cultivated a formidable range of business and personal relationships.
At IMG, he was instrumental in creating properties such as the Sahara Cup, The Aircel Chennai Open, (India’s only ATP event) Lakme India Fashion Week, Royal Challenge Indian Open Golf Tournament, Avantha Masters and Philips National Football League amongst many other events across several genres.
In April 2006, in his quest to explore new territories, Ravi continued in an advisory role at IMG, and promoted Abler Advisory Pvt. Ltd., a company focused primarily on providing Market Entry services, project counselling and investor consultancy services in Sports, Media, Entertainment and Consumer.
Ravi also played a key strategic role, in the capacity of Vice Chairman, with the Rajasthan Royals, champions of Indian Premier League 2008, in advising the Franchise on Commercial, Player, Operational and Strategic matters.
In April 2009, Ravi returned to IMG India as the Managing Director South Asia/Senior VP IMG. In addition to consolidating and growing events such as IPL, Aircel Chennai Open, Lakme Fashion Week, Ravi was charged with developing potential new business opportunities in the field of Sports, Entertainment and Media. Other notable achievements include being involved in the formation of a Joint Venture with Reliance Industries Ltd. to form IMG Reliance, which oversaw the securing of long-term arrangements with both the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to develop those Sports in India.
Since leaving IMG, Ravi has been on a path to create an IP focused SME business, partnering/ advising global stakeholders on market entry and establishment in India.
Ravi is the Chairman of KWANAbler, a Company focused on partnering global stakeholders in Sports, Media and Entertainment looking to create long term value for both sides in the Indian market. In this venture, he has partnered with KWAN, India's premier marketplace for entertainment and pop culture.
In 2019, KWANAbler has partnered with City Football Group owners of Manchester City FC to build commercial
opportunities in India.
In 2019, Ravi joined the World’s First Franchisee-Based Motor Racing Series, X1 Racing League as Chairman (NE). The League is backed and sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) and the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Ravi is also Chairman of Stepathlon Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd. (SLPL), a global wellness company he Co-Founded in 2012 which aims to create an ecosystem promoting corporate health, happiness and productivity by increasing daily activity, through a unique Mass Participation ‘virtual race’ initiative. In the last six years, Stepathlon has had more than 5,34,672 employees participate from 722 Companies, across 65 Countries and nearly 1010 locations.
By adopting, in Ravi’s words, a “Sports Marketing approach to Wellness”, the Stepathlon ‘virtual race’ platform has also made a significant foray into Fan Engagement (B2B2C) - the Holy Grail for all Stakeholders in Sports, Media and Entertainment, by creating an Ecosystem that can engage fans, expand fan base and extend engagement beyond the season/peak engagement period to establish a deeper fan engagement initiative and drive quantitative and qualitative value for all Race Stakeholders.
Stepathlon’s first Fan Engagement initiative with Manchester City – ‘Tecno race to Manchester City powered by Stepathlon’ in 2019, was a phenomenal success.
To help build healthier, happier and more productive generations, Ravi has partnered with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his management company, Cornerstone Sports & Entertainment, to launch Stepathlon Kids aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds.
Ravi has a daughter Mai-rah who is 17 years old. He is a fitness enthusiast who spends his leisure time reading.
“I have known Ravi since his early days at IMG where he created a reputation as a pioneer with a unique combination of vision and execution capabilities. He is one of the most result-oriented and practical businessmen I know.”
Anand Mahindra, Chairman and MD,Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Other Achievements / Recognitions / Roles:
John Harnden is the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, responsible for the management of Australia’s largest sports and entertainment precinct, including Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park – and home of the Australian Open.
John has extensive experience in leadership and executive management and is a highly regarded authority in sports business administration and major events – both nationally and internationally. He has over 30 years’ experience heading up major sporting, entertainment, media and tourism organisations.
John is also currently the Chair of ICC 2022 T20 World Cup Organising Committee and a Director of Cricket Australia. Previous roles include Chair of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Chief Executive of the ICC 2015 World Cup Organising Committee, South Australian Cricket Association, Village Roadshow International Theme Parks, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and he also served as Chief Executive of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
In 2007, he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to sport for his work on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and in 2020 life membership of Motorsport Australia.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Joe is an experienced founder with a history of success in media and technology. In 2015, he co-founded Brilio.net and led the business as Chief Executive Officer. Joe built Brilio into a leading, millennial-content publisher in Indonesia and a top-five, media website. In 2018, he exited Brilio through a sale to Kapanlagi Youniverse. Over the years, Joe has launched multiple businesses in Indonesia for clients through Seroja Partners, an Indonesian market expansion advisory practice he founded.
As SVP, Joe leads corporate development, corporate finance, strategic partnerships, and investor relations at Mobile Premier League (MPL). Prior to this role, Joe led international expansion as the head of the Indonesian business of MPL. Joe joined MPL in December, 2018.
About Mobile Premier League
MPL is currently Asia’s largest esports and skill gaming platform. With over 70 games across categories, such as fantasy, quizzing, esports and casual games on its Android and iOS apps, MPL is trusted by over 90 million users in India, Indonesia and the U.S. MPL also has multiple gaming studio and developer partners publish games on its platform.
Since its launch, MPL has been leading the esports revolution in India and Asia and recently forayed into the U.S. market. It has successfully launched Esports Arena to host fortnightly tournaments across marquee esports titles, such as Chess, World Cricket Championship and Pool, among others.
The company was founded by Sai Srinivas and Shubh Malhotra in 2018 and has since expanded its presence to over 5,200 cities and towns in India. MPL is also growing at a steady rate in Indonesia and the US.
MPL has a personnel strength of over 800 employees across offices in Bengaluru, India; Pune, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore, Asia; and New York, United States.
To learn more about Mobile Premier League, please visit www.mpl.us
Jeremy Loeliger is the Commissioner of the National Basketball League, having previously held the offices of Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.
Since his appointment in 2015, Jeremy has overseen the League’s emergence from the brink of bankruptcy to become a flourishing mainstream national sporting league that has captured the attention of basketball fans around the world.
In this period the NBL has undergone a major transformation and is now Australia’s fastest growing sporting league and widely regarded as the second best domestic basketball league in the world, after the NBA.
In his role, Loeliger has overseen the successful Next Stars program offering an alternative pathway for budding NBA superstars such as LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey. The program has generated worldwide interest and enhanced the NBL’s status as a global entertainment product. He has also played a key role in establishing the NBL’s relationships in the NBA and China Basketball and building the league’s profile both domestically and globally.
Before joining the NBL, Loeliger was a partner of a national law firm, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. In that time, he also carved out a successful sports law practice. He sat on the Executive Committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Australia China Business Council, is an Adjunct Fellow to Victoria University's Victoria Business Confucius Institute and is a champion of Sino-Australian trade and sports diplomacy.
Andy Marinos joined Rugby Australia as Chief Executive Officer in February 2021.
For the five years previous, Marinos was Chief Executive of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Rugby body, SANZAAR.
Marinos has also served as National Teams Manager, Acting Managing Director, and General Manager for Commercial and Marketing during his time at the South African Rugby Union (SARU) from 2008 to 2015.
Born in Zimbabwe, Marinos has broad experience in administrative roles internationally as well, including serving as Chief Executive of Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales as well as Chief Executive of Rodney Parade Stadium.
A former professional Rugby and Rugby League player, Marinos played for the Newport-based club 97 times and went on to represent Wales in eight Test matches.
Marinos also played Rugby League in Australia, having featured in one match for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 1996 as well as representing South Africa at the Super League World Nines in 1997.
Having moved himself and his family to Sydney, Marinos considers himself a proud migrant Australian.
Angela Ruggiero is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sports Innovation Lab, a fan intelligence and market research firm that exists to educate sports brands on who their fans are and how technology is changing their behavior. A four-time Olympian in ice hockey for Team USA, Ruggiero was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. She served on the board of the International Olympic Committee from 2010-2018 and was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic bid.
She holds a B.A. from Harvard College, a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Marina Go is an experienced Chair and non-executive director, and has been involved in a range of industries including media, retail, e-commerce, energy, health and manufacturing. Her involvement ranges from start-ups to publicly listed companies, not-for-profits and sports boards. Marina is Chair of Netball Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Walkley Foundation, and a non-executive director on the boards of Energy Australia, 7-Eleven, Autosports Group, Pro-Pac, Adore Beauty and Booktopia. She is a member of UNSW’s Business Advisory Council, ANU’s Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership (CAAL) Advisory Board, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders.
Marina is the 2021 recipient of the NSW Leadership Award from Women & Leadership Australia. Boss magazine named Marina as one of the 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 30 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. Marina’s media executive roles included Private Media CEO and Head of the Hearst JV at Bauer Media. Marina is also a former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club and was the inaugural Chair of the UTS Centre for Media Transition Advisory Board.
Dr Sheila Nguyen is a leading sport and regenerative researcher and an energy and built environment design practitioner who has consulted with several sport organisations and professional clubs, globally, on strategic and operational environmental sustainability issues.
Sheila was recognised as an Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence (2019) for her leadership in galvanising the sport industry to protect and respect the natural environment.
She has contributed to over 50 internationally peer-reviewed research outputs and media outlets, has been an invited speaker for TEDx in 2015, and presenter at a number of natural environment and sport industry forums, most notably, at COP21 in Paris (2015), the first-time sport has been invited to the climate agreement discussions.
Sheila was the invited Chairperson & MC for the Sustainable Innovations in Sport Forum in Amsterdam (2018) (Ajax Stadium) and was the co- MC and Chairwoman for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sport for Climate Action Framework signatories forum- Sport Positive in 2020.
Sheila is on a number of boards and advisory committees including as an Independent Director on the World Lacrosse Sustainability Committee.
Sheila is the CEO of the Sports Environment Alliance, the coalition of sport & planet leaders in Australia and New Zealand working to protect the places where we play so we can continue to do what we love- watch and play sport.
Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth. She is Australia’s first Indigenous doctor and child psychiatrist.
Currently Helen is the Stan Perron Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Perth Children’s Hospital and University of Western Australia and Honorary Research at the Telethon Kids Institute. Helen is the Chair of the Gayaa Dhuwi Proud Spirit Australia organisation and a board member of Beyond Blue. Helen has been on state and national mental health and research advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on Indigenous mental health as well as the wellbeing of children. From 2013-2017 Helen was a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and from 2017-2021 was a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. In 2020, Helen was the joint winner of the Australian Mental Health Prize and named the WA Australian of the Year for 2021.
Helen is also an artist and published author and illustrator of children’s books. She has been shortlisted for several children’s literature awards and received the 2021 Whitley Award for best early childhood reader for Backyard Birds.
James Johnson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Football Australia in January 2020.
A qualified lawyer and retired footballer, James is a sports administrator who has represented governing bodies, clubs and players, including FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and City Football Group.
Following his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Football Australia, James released a vision for Australia’s largest participant, most diverse and globally connected sport. The XI Principles for the future of Australian Football (XI Principles For The Future of Australian Football | Football Australia), Australian football’s 15-year Vision is bold, progressive, and designed to unite and guide the sport’s decision making.
Since its release in 2020, James has been focused on bringing this vision to life and has already overseen meaningful change in Australian football, including:
James is now leading key initiatives for Australian football including: the digital transformation of Australian football; creating new national-level competitions (men and women) and reimagining Australian football products as the game adapts to the evolving habits of football participants; introducing a new player transfer system; continuing to grow the commercial revenues for the sport; and building Australian football’s men’s and women’s national team (Socceroos and Matildas) into global iconic sports brands.
James has been a featured speaker at sports conferences across the globe and recently received international recognition through the Leaders Under 40 Awards which recognise the best global talent in the sports business.
Sarah Styles is the new Director of the Victorian Government’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, charged with levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and active recreation in Victoria.
Sarah was previously the inaugural Head of Female Engagement at Cricket Australia, and is passionate about unlocking the growth potential of women’s sport.
Sarah is also an owner of X-Golf, Australia’s leading network of indoor virtual golf centres.
Worked closely with the IOC since 2001 on marketing and broadcasting rights bringing in TOP (The Olympic Partners) and broadcasters.
Worked on Advising for Local Organizing Committee.
Was fundamental in raising over US$3 billion dollars from local sponsorships for the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
World Athletics (former IAAF)
Worked closely with WA since 2001 on Global Marketing and Broadcasting rights until the end of 2021.
World Cup Rugby
Worked with World Cup Rugby from 2019 on Sponsorships and Broadcasting.
Worked on Advising for Local Organizing Committee.
Was listed in at #19 by Rugby World in 2020 in their “50 Most Influential People in Rugby” edition.
FINA (Federation International de Natation)
Worked with FINA since 2003 on Global Marketing and Broadcasting rights until the end of 2021..
Worked with FIFA since 2001-2021 on Marketing, Broadcasting and Hospitality rights for The World Cups and Club World Cups.
OCA (Olympic Council of Asia)
Worked OCA focusing on the Asian Games since 2002 handling the Marketing and Broadcasting rights.
Julie Uhrman is the Co-Founder and President of Angel City Football Club (ACFC), Los Angeles' newest professional women's soccer team set to debut in Spring 2022. Uhrman founded ACFC with Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, and seven seven six founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. ACFC is one of the only majority female-founded and run professional sports teams in the world and, in 2021, was named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company Magazine.
In addition to leading ACFC day to day, Uhrman is active in the Los Angeles sports and technology communities. She is a board member of the LA Sports and Entertainment Council, The Rose Bowl Institute, the LA Sports Council, an active executive in the LA Chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) and is part of two SPACs focused on sports and gaming/ entertainment. She is also part of the DraftKings' All-Star Network as an Advisor to Drive by DraftKings.
Before ACFC, Uhrman served as the EVP and General Manager of OTT Ventures at Lionsgate, charged with building and managing the company's multiple streaming franchises. She oversaw key properties, including Tribeca Shortlist, Comic-Con HQ, Laugh Out Loud in partnership with Kevin Hart, and Pantaya—all while launching new services and growing the company's digital footprint domestically and internationally. Uhrman also served as Head of Platform Business Development at Jaunt, a virtual reality content startup.
In 2013, she founded OUYA, a pioneering Android-based game console for the living room, and raised a record-breaking $8.6 million from more than 63,000 backers in just 29 days through Kickstarter. At the time, OUYA was the fastest fundraiser to reach $1 million on the crowdfunding platform. Currently, OUYA is still the eighth most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time. Uhrman secured venture funding from Kleiner Perkins and Alibaba before selling OUYA to Razer in 2015.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Uhrman attributes her entrepreneurial spirit to her stepfather's example of starting his own company. From early on, it was ingrained in Uhrman to be her own boss.
Before her professional career, Uhrman's entrepreneurial side came to life at Washington University in St. Louis. Julie, her twin sister Amy, and two friends founded and operated an on-campus laundry and dry cleaning business for three years. They also launched a successful storage company before Uhrman graduated with a degree in finance and management in 1996.
Uhrman's accolades include being named a member of Adweek's 2021 and 2020 Most Powerful Women In Sports, one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and to the Creative 50 list by Advertising Age.
Outside of running Angel City FC and between shuttling her two children between activities across Los Angeles, Uhrman can be found on the basketball court (note: she was a member of the 1994 NCAA Basketball Div III National Runner Up at Wash U), playing goalie for Angel City’s community 7 on 7 team, learning how to dominate her favorite new skill, Teqball, brushing up her soccer skills and running up and down the LA canyons with the family’s beloved pup, Widget.
Todd is a venture capitalist and Managing Director at Techstars and General Partner of Wildcard Ventures investing globally in early stage sports, health and entertainment based startups. Techstars is one of the most active venture capital investors globally, making approximately 500 new investments per year in predominately seed stage start-up companies across the world. Wildcard Ventures is the venture capital arm of Tennis Australia and the Australian Open.
Prior to moving into venture capital, in 2013 Todd co-founded Unscriptd, a sports media technology start-up that was acquired in 2018 by Derek Jeter's media company, The Player’s Tribune. Prior to founding Unscriptd, Todd had a career in management consulting specialising in the sports and entertainment industry with clients such as Tennis Australia, Cricket Australia, National Rugby League, Australian Sports Commission, Adidas, Quiksilver and Nike. Todd is passionate about equality in sport and today sits on the Board of Directors for Netball Australia, the number one sport for women in Australia.
Professor Megan Davis is a professor of constitutional law and holds the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW Sydney. Professor Davis is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Professor Davis was a member of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council and the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Professor Davis is a globally recognised expert on Indigenous peoples' rights. Megan was an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016) and is currently an expert member and Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (2017-2022). In 2022 Megan will be a co-recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Dr Ceri Evans is a consultant psychiatrist from New Zealand who helps leading organisations, businesses and teams perform under pressure. Ceri graduated in medicine with distinction from Otago University, completed a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University while playing professional football in the English Championship, and specialised in forensic psychiatry while completing a PhD in traumatic memory.
Ceri has served as Clinical Director of a Forensic Psychiatric Service, appeared as an expert witness in major court cases, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Now in private practice, Ceri has worked across the spectrum in high performance sport, corporate, medical, education and government environments. Author of Perform Under Pressure, he is perhaps best known for his work with the New Zealand All Blacks since 2010.
Patrick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foxtel Group which has interests that extend from the traditional Foxtel business to advertising, sports production, entertainment creation and new streaming businesses. He was appointed to the role in January 2018 following his successful tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Fox Sports.
Since Patrick became Chief Executive Officer, the Foxtel Group has grown rapidly in streaming with the launch of Kayo Sports in late 2018 and the arrival of the highly anticipated entertainment streaming service, BINGE, in May 2020.
Previously at Fox Sports, Patrick oversaw an extensive program of renewal and invigoration, including the rebranding of Fox Sports and the introduction of weekly entertainment shows that cemented the company’s reputation as the unrivalled home of sports and game-changing broadcast innovations.
In 2005, Patrick was appointed Executive Director of Content, Product and Delivery at Foxtel and was responsible for introducing a string of product and service innovations including Foxtel iQ, Mobile Foxtel, Foxtel On Demand and Ultra HD. In 2002, as Director of Digital, he lead the rebirth and reinvigoration of Foxtel as a digital product and reshaping its consumer proposition.
Patrick’s career in television began in 1998, at Southern Star Entertainment as Head of Non-Drama, before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer, XYZ - the channel creation and production business - in 2000. At XYZ, Patrick successfully revitalised and relaunched the Lifestyle Channel, Channel [V], Music Max and The Weather Channel for the Foxtel and Austar platforms.
Bailey Mackey is of Ngati Porou, Tuhoe and Rongowhaata descent and fluent speaker of Maori. He has been a director on the New Zealand Rugby Board since 2020. Mackey is the Founder and CEO of Pango Productions – a privately owned film and television company, as well as the founder of tech startup and online production management tool KAHA.
Mackey is the representative for the Creative sector on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. In 2017, he was named Māori Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds a number of other key strategic governance positions and is a driven by the role sport can play in improving indigenous people’s social, cultural and economic outcomes
Lien is the Singapore head of Gojek, a South-East Asian super app. Beyond ride-hailing,
Gojek’s footprint in Singapore includes Data Science, Business Analytics, Fraud
Analytics, Platform Cybersecurity as well as central functions such as Legal, HR,
Finance, Audit and Tax.
Prior to Gojek, he spent several years at McKinsey in both China and South East Asia
as the SEA Hd for Centre for Government. In 2016, he was deployed in Sierra Leone
for six months helping the government rebuild its healthcare sector post-Ebola crisis.
Lien started his working life in the Singapore Army as a Special Forces officer, leading
teams from squad size up to a battalion, and he led a platoon deployed for UN peacekeeping duties in East Timor within the AUS / NZ sector. He is a graduate of US Ranger school and Malaysia Command and Staff college, and has trained with various regional
Special Forces units.
Outside of work, he has summited Mount Everest and K2, run ultramarathons across
the Gobi desert, Namibian desert, Amazon jungle, skied to the North Pole, been solo
in the Arctic Circle in winter and endured climate extremes from -50°C to +50°C. He
also took part in XPD in Australia, an 800km adventure race that spanned the length
and breadth of Tasmania.
He is currently the President of Singapore Athletics and sits on other boards. Previously
he worked on strategy for Singapore Formula 1, sat on the Singapore Sporting Culture
committee, and has organised races and events of different formats including the
Singapore International triathlon and themed runs such as the RFYL Zombie race
He has degrees in mathematics from Berkeley and Cambridge, an MBA (with
Distinction) from the London Business School, and was the top foreign officer at
Command and Staff College, Malaysia
Shaping the future of sport
The 2022 summit agenda explored the trends, challenges and opportunities of the future across 7 core themes.
The third day of the summit is reserved for SportNXT and the Victorian Government to host curated site visits to selected sport infrastructure in and around Melbourne.
The content and agenda detailed represents the themes covered at the 2022 summit. The conference was delivered via a combination of in person, video and hybrid sessions
The good, bad and the ugly, a look at the state of sport and the forces and trends that will shape what comes next.
What will a 2030 media rights deal look like and what’s in store for the future of data and tech innovation as it relates to sport?
Where are we now and are we focused on the right strategies to accelerate women’s sport?
A series of personal development sessions to help unlock the power of you and support high performing executives.
Advocacy, sustainability, diversity and diplomacy – what role should sport play in the world?
What’s next in fan engagement and fan experience – maintaining a fan connection in the digital age and visioning the ‘future of live’.
From the rise of Asia to evolving investment models to gaming – expert insight into emerging trends in the sports industry.
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