“Our model is every game is someone’s first game so you want to set the bar really high for the first game of the season but then you want to do this at the next game”: JULIE UHRMAN - SportNXT 2024

“Anything can be turned around if it is giving an opportunity. Create opportunity by generating interest from the fan base.”: SHAUN HARVEY - SportNXT 2024

“The Women’s World Cup and the CommBank Matildas have showed us that if we invest in women’s sport, we will get the rewards.”: JAMES JOHNSON - SportNXT 2024


“Time ultimately allows great brands to develop, it doesn’t happen over night…”: JAY MONAHAN - SportNXT 2023




MELBOURNE, February 14, 2024

SportNXT, the annual global sport business summit held March 19-21, 2024, in Melbourne, today announces a significant expansion of its speaker roster, led by an esteemed group of international and domestic female sports executives. These leaders are set to bring their unique insights and powerful impact to the forefront of the summit, engaging with over 1,000+ delegates.

Among the new wave of speakers, SportNXT is honoured to confirm:

  • Julie Uhrman is the co-founder and president of Angel City Football Club. Flying in from Los Angeles, Uhrman founded the team with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Natalie Portman and VC Kara Nortman. ACFC was recently named the most highly-valued women’s sports team based on valuation, sponsorship dollars, impact on the local community, and brand recognition. Uhrman said, “I spoke virtually at SportNXT a couple of years ago, and it was a great experience. So, when they came to me again, I jumped at the chance as I could attend in person this year. I spent a few weeks in Australia last year during the Women’s World Cup and fell in love with the country. I was blown away by the sports fans that showed up at every game. I love how sport plays such a huge role in the Australian culture, and I am excited to get back!”
  • Raelene Castle, a distinguished leader who has reshaped the sports landscape through her roles at the helm of several sports organisations, is known for her strategic vision and commitment to excellence. Currently the Group Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand, she was previously Chief Executive of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL followed by CEO of Rugby Australia from 2017 to 2020.  
  • Kim Anderson was Head of Marketing for the hugely successful FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Anderson’s strategic marketing prowess led to a transformational tournament, achieving unprecedented global viewership and fan engagement.
  • Stephanie Beltrame is one of Australia’s most accomplished sports media executives, having overseen transformational commercial growth in Australian cricket, led the growth of Australian cricket’s global media rights sales over the past decade and been a trail blazer in advancing women’s cricket, driving the broadcast coverage and equity agenda.
  • Alex Hamilton is theChief Event Operations Officer for Tennis Australia, responsible for the operational delivery and world-class event experience of the record-breaking Australian Open.

Additional speakers announced today include: Nick Garcia – A-Leagues, Stuart Morgan – Australian Sports Commission, and Alistair Dobson – Cricket Australia.

SportNXT CEO Hamish Anderson

“The inclusion of these extraordinary women, alongside those already announced, is a testament to their undeniable influence on the sports industry. SportNXT 2024 is poised to be our most significant event to date and the insights from these influential women will be invaluable to anyone involved in the sports industry.”

Today’s announced speakers join an already impressive list of thought leaders previously confirmed, including:

  • Jimmy Pitaro – Chairman of ESPN (virtual)
  • Andrew Liveris AO – President of Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee
  • Casey Wasserman – Chair of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles (virtual)
  • Kylie Watson-Wheeler – SVP and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand and President of the AFL’s Western Bulldogs FC.
  • Alan Gilpin – CEO of World Rugby
  • Brett Gosper – Head of Europe and APAC, NFL
  • Catherine Carlson – EVP of Global Partnerships at BSE Global, owners of the Brooklyn Nets, NY Liberty, and Barclays Center
  • Dame Valerie Adams DNZM – Chair of World Athletics Athletes’ Commission and retired New Zealand shot putter/Olympian.
  • Shaun Harvey – strategic advisor to the board and is the current director of Wrexham AFC.
  • Kieren Perkins OAM – Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission.
  • Domestic sports leaders include Andrew Dillon, Travis Auld, Jennifer Watt, James Sutherland, and many more.

The complete list of confirmed speakers can be found below. Further speaker and agenda announcements are forthcoming.


Confirmed Speakers to date for SportNXT 2024:

Alan Gilpin – CEO, World Rugby

Alex Hamilton – Chief Event Officer, Tennis Australia

Alexandra Chalat – Executive Director, Partnerships & Strategic Alignment, Qatar Foundation

Alistair Dobson – GM Big Bash Leagues, Cricket Australia

Andrew Dillon – CEO, AFL

Andrew McDonald – Coach, Australian Men’s Cricket Team

Andrew Ryan – Managing Director, FIBA Media

Andrew Liveris AO – President, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee

Ann Duffy – Chief Sustainability Officer, MI Global Partners

Azmeena Hussain OAM – Director, Victorian Institute of Sport / ex-Director, Football Victoria

Ben Slack – CCO, World Rugby

Brett Gosper – Head of Europe & APAC, NFL

Casey Wasserman – Chairman LA28 (virtual)

Catherine Carlson – EVP, Global Partnerships, BSE Global / Brooklyn Nets

Christy Collier-Hill – Head of WNBL, Basketball Australia

Craig McRae – Coach, Collingwood FC

Dame Valerie Adams DNZM – Chair, World Athletics Athletes’ Commission

Echo Li – Global CCO, Dentsu Sports International

Edson Crevecoeur – SVP, Strategy & Data Analytics, Miami Heat

Emma Pocock – CEO & Co-Founder, FrontRunners

Glenn Lovett – Managing Director, Dentsu Sports Analytics

Jacqueline Comer – Co-Founder, Areto Labs

James Sutherland – CEO, Golf Australia

Jan Fitzgerald – CEO, Sport Environment Alliance

Jennifer Watt – CEO, North Melbourne FC

Jenny Simpson – CEO, Major Events Group Alliance; CTO, Football Australia

Jimmy Pitaro – Chairman, ESPN (virtual)

Prof. Johan Rockström – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (virtual)

John Aloisi – Head Coach, Western United FC

Julie Uhrman – President & Co-Founder, Angel City FC

Ken Martin – Director, Global Sales, Cisco (Sports & Entertainment Solutions Group)

Kieren Perkins OAM – CEO, Australian Sports Commission

Kim Anderson – fmr Head of Marketing, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Kylie Rogers – Chief Commercial & Customer Officer, AFL

Kylie Watson-Wheeler – Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand

Luke Darcy – Founder, Aleda Group and Ex-AFL Western Bulldogs

Matt Scriven – CEO, Basketball Australia

Meegan Jones – Director, Institute for Sustainable Events

Michael Wilkins – MD, News Sport Network

Mike Dunlap – Fmr Championship Winning Assistant Coach, Milwaukee Bucks

Nick Garcia – Commissioner, A-Leagues

Nicki Kenyon – Director, Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Nikhil Bardia – Head of Sponsorship Sales & Talent, RISE Worldwide Ltd

Octavi Anoro – International Development Director, LaLiga

Raelene Castle – Group Chief Executive, Sport New Zealand

Rebecca McCloy – Commercial Director – Sport, Foxtel Group

Rowena Samarasinhe – Owner, GENSport

Sachin Kumar – GM, Product & Partnerships, News Sport Network

Sarah Styles – Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation

Sean Callanan – Founder, Sports Geek

Shaun Harvey – Strategic Board Advisor, Wrexham AFC

Skarpi Hedinsson – CTO, LA Rams

Steven Reynolds – SVP, Discover Qatar

Stephanie Beltrame – EGM Broadcasting & Commercial, Cricket Australia

Stuart Morgan – Lead Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation,  Australian Institute of Sport

Tal Karp – CEO, Y Australia / Former Director, Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Tanya Hosch – EGM Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

Travis Auld – CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation

NB: previously announced speakers Jono Oake (TikTok), Matthew Jafarian (Miami Heat), Rebecca Sowden (Correct the Internet), Arthur Gillion (Kinlab) and Finn Bradshaw (ICC) are no longer able to participate at SportNXT 2024.


SportNXT is the leading sport business summit in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the world’s pre-eminent sport conferences. SportNXT 2023 attracted nearly 900 delegates from 21 countries, with over 50% comprising c-suite, board, and senior sport leaders, facilitating valuable networking opportunities with industry decision-makers. Renowned past speakers have included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Formula 1® President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm, all Australian League Commissioners, and executives from the likes of News Corp Australia, J.P. Morgan, The Walt Disney Company, FIFA, Foxtel, Silver Lake, and ONE Championship.

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