SportNXT is a thought leadership summit where global industry leaders meet to create, share and connect.
Sport has never been more prominent and valuable nor challenged and disrupted. Sport's ability to unite communities and cultures both locally and globally is more important than ever. The threats facing sport at every level are outweighed only by the opportunities ahead.
The 2-day live conference will feature an unprecedented line-up of local and regional industry leaders live on stage, combined with the biggest global names via live video link. 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 and will be held at CENTREPIECE, the new state-of-the-art conference and events facility, in the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct. 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.
6 - 8 APRIL 2022 CENTREPIECE AT MELBOURNE PARK
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SPORT
SportNXT will bring together over 50 global thought leaders representing every facet of the sports industry. A combination of live video interviews and in person panels will deliver a truly global summit live from Melbourne.
Confirmed speakers currently include:
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.
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, Opera 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was appointed a Director on the Collingwood Football Club Board in May 2021.
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).
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.
Recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and forward thinking chief executives, Craig’s charismatic and passionate nature, together with his business acumen, has leveraged him to the forefront of sports administration and leader of Australia’s largest and most successful international sporting event.
Most recently, he was the driving force behind AO 2021 becoming the first truly global event to be held safely and successfully with fans during the pandemic.
Craig has also led successful initiatives to shift the historical decline in participation including the rollout of digital platforms that has seen court access increase by 350%. He is also responsible for the diversification of Tennis Australia through the creation of a global production unit, development of music and food partnerships, the launch of a venture capital fund and a successful incubator partnership.
He is the Chair of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports and is on the RISING arts festival Board.
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 Commercial and Content Officer, with Group-wide responsibility for entertainment and sports including the Group’s Entertainment and Sports divisions (including Fox Sports) together with wholesale partnerships. She was appointed to the 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, South East Asia and the UK.
Amanda has served the boards of a variety of regulatory and commercial organisations in advisory roles as well as holding board positions with Australian media companies and industry bodies.
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.
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.
Matt Tripp was appointed Chairman of the Melbourne Storm in May 2020 after serving as a Director and shareholder since 2013.
Matt has spent the majority of his career working in online wagering, which saw him create the two largest Corporate Bookmakers in Australia in Sportsbet and BetEasy. After building, running and selling those businesses’ over the past 15 years, Matt is now focused on ensuring the Storm continue on with the sustained success they’ve enjoyed over the past decade.
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.
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.
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.
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SPORT
The 2-day live conference will take place on 6 - 7 April 2022 and will be held at CENTREPIECE, the new state-of-the-art conference and events facility, in the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct.
Friday 8 April is reserved for SportNXT and the Victorian Government to host curated site visits to selected sports infrastructure in and around Melbourne. Details and options of site visits will be communicated in full to all delegates who may wish to attend.
The content and agenda detailed represents the current themes for discussion. Please note, themes, schedule and speakers are subject to change.
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.
6 - 8 APRIL 2022 CENTREPIECE AT MELBOURNE PARK
6 - 8 APRIL 2022 CENTREPIECE AT MELBOURNE PARK