Speakers

Andrew Min

Andrew Min decided to kick off his full time career at Corporation Service Company (CSC) while studying part-time to finish his MCMS. A few years working as Digital Brand Consultant has now established his expertise in offering professional advice for corporations on domain management strategy, online brand protection, email and phishing protection, and overall brand online security and digital asset management. In addition, together with partners, Andrew has founded a social club with a vision to help university graduates start their careers by having experts from different industries help young adults to kick off their start-ups, and provide career guidance and job opportunities. Andrew holds a BA in Economics and MA in Communication and Media Studies from Monash University.


Andy Nehl

Andy Nehl has worked as producer, executive producer, director, writer and journalist on innovative television programs and digital content since the mid-1980s. His credits include: Hack Live, The Roast, Hungry Beast, Shock Horror Aunty, The Hamster Wheel, The Chaser’s War On Everything, CNNNN, Denton, Beatbox and Blah Blah Blah. Andy directed the award winning documentaries Buried Country and Media Rules. He is also a former head of television at AFTRS and former station manager of triple j who was responsible for establishing it as a national network. Most recently, Andy was the producer of Filthy Rich and Homeless Live, the live-to-air discussion forum that brought participants of the Filthy Rich and Homeless doco series and homeless people into SBS TV’s studios talk about the series and solutions to the issues it raised. Currently, Andy is also a part-time lecturer teaching Online Documentary at UTS in Sydney.


Angus Smith

Angus Smith is a freelance journalist who contributes regularly to leading Australian and international publications. His work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Vice, Crikey, The Huffington Post and Surfing Life Magazine. Prior to joining the fourth estate, he worked in the communications teams of top global firms such as Norton Rose Fulbright and Booz & Co. He has previously been a committee member of National Science Week, board member of the Environmental Defenders Office NT (EDONT) and CEO of Clean Ocean Foundation. After working in Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Singapore, Angus returned to Melbourne to undertake his Masters of Journalism at Monash. He has taken on a number of contract and pro bono communications and writing roles while he completes his studies.


Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Associate Editor of Crikey.com.au. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers Festival.

 


Brooke Boney

Brooke Boney is a Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman, co-host of triple j’s Breakfast show and Indigenous Officer with Media Diversity Australia. Brooke has been working as a journalist since 2010, has travelled around the world with the Prime Minister, reported on Eurovision, covered two election campaigns and written a lot about what it’s like to be an Aboriginal person in Australia.


Ben Eltham

Dr Ben Eltham is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. Ben’s primary research interest is the public policy of culture in Australia, particularly at federal level. After completing his doctoral thesis at Western Sydney University’s Institute of Culture and Society in the field of cultural policy, he held a three year postdoctoral fellowship at Deakin in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention. Ben also works extensively in the popular media as a journalist and essayist. He has covered federal politics for a decade as the National Affairs Correspondent at New Matilda, and he is a regular contributor to journals such as Crikey, OverlandMeanjin and the Sydney Review of Books. Ben is regularly sought out as a cultural policy consultant by federal, state and local policymakers, penning reports for the federal Department of Industry, Creative Victoria and the City of Sydney. His monograph, When the Goal Posts Move: Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013-2016 was published by Currency House in 2016. 


Beverley Wang

Beverley Wang is a journalist, producer and executive producer with experience working for major media organisations in Australia and the United States. Since joining the ABC in 2009, she has produced news, current affairs and magazine-style programs for Radio Australia, ABC NewsRadio and RN. Since late 2012, she has been executive producer of RN’s flagship RN Drive program. As a US-based reporter for the Associated Press from 2004-2008, Beverley covered everything from New England fall foliage to the New Hampshire presidential primaries. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University.


Conor Roche

Conor Roche is BOP Consulting’s first director in China, currently advising governments and businesses across a diverse number of areas in China that include digital copyright, alternative finance, live entertainment and digital culture. Before joining BOP, Conor was the founder of Fieldwork, a digital and creative industries consultancy based out of Hong Kong. Prior to coming to Asia, he was the first Head of Broadcast and New Media at the Roundhouse, London. Conor was selected for the Council for the US and Italian Young Leaders Program 2015 and awarded a Nesta Fellowship as part of the Clore Leadership Programme 2012. He holds a BSc in computer science and maths from University College Dublin, Ireland and an MSc in Music Technology from University of Limerick, Ireland.


Danqi Hu

Danqi Hu is a research assistant in Culture Media Economy in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. Her research interest pertains to visual artists and professional writers in China and she is currently working on an ARC Discovery project titled, Working the Field: Creative Graduates in Australia and China. Prior to her employment at Monash University, Danqi had worked with a number of corporations in the cultural and creative industries in Shanghai, for seven years before moving to Australia, where she completed a Master’s degree in Cultural Economy at Monash University.


Deb Anderson

Dr Deb Anderson is a Lecturer in Journalism and director of the Masters of Journalism program at Monash University. Born in north Queensland, Deb developed a passion for independent journalism while working for a range of newspapers and magazines in Australia and Britain. Highlights include roles as a features writer on education for Melbourne’s daily Age and news subeditor across four national elections for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her PhD, a longitudinal study of rural Australian experiences of drought, was nominated for the University Chancellor’s Prize and the oral history recordings at the heart of the project formed a new collection for Museum Victoria. This work also became her first book, Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought (2014). Since 2013 Deb has been undertaking a longitudinal study of stories of crisis, loss and renewal in Queensland communities affected by cyclone. In 2016, she will embark on a new project to record stories in Victorian communities recovering from bushfire, too. This research aims to examine the experience and meaning of extreme weather events for ordinary people, in an era of politicized discourse on climate.


Elspeth Scrine

Elspeth Scrine is an artist, PhD Candidate and coordinator for feminist music organisation, LISTEN. Elspeth fronts electronic three-piece Huntly who make “doof you can cry to”, and she is passionate about using music to cultivate emotional vulnerability and inclusivity. A registered music therapist by day, Elspeth is completing a PhD project that investigates music as a space to explore gender and violence with young people in high school. Elspeth is an advocate for grassroots change-making, community building and spends her time across several collectives around Melbourne who are committed to creating safe, diverse and inclusive spaces through music. 


Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang is a social innovationist and data architect experienced in smart data applications and behaviour driven business analysis. He founded oRoit in 2009, to provide customised solutions for digital marketing, social innovation and sustainability. In 2015 Fan founded Mozzos, a platform with tools for networking and catalysing creative resources. With years of experience working with cutting-edge technology companies, Fan strives to provide businesses with effective digital infrastructure for China’s rapidly changing digital environment.


Izzy Roberts-Orr

Izzy Roberts-Orr is the Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and a Melbourne producer, writer, editor and broadcaster. Formerly a Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, Izzy has also worked as a facilitator, curator and provocateur with Voiceworks, Express Media, the Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Writers’ Victoria, SIGNAL, ARTillery, the University of Glasgow and most recently as a co-convenor of ‘Independent Convergence’ at MPavilion. Izzy has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, a Melbourne Fringe Uncommon Places artist and a featured artist at Junction Arts Festival. She has also featured at Noted Festival and You Are Here, and her work has been published in various journals and anthologies including Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Seizure, Cordite, Visible Ink and the Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry Anthology. Izzy was Executive Producer of The ReReaders podcast, and co-created Sisteria and Dear/Hello podcasts. She has produced radio for SYN, RRR and FBi radio’s All the Best.


Jason Ng

Jason Ng is a MCMS graduate who has gone on to pursue a career in academia and freelance work as a creative agent. He is now a PhD candidate at Monash – currently researching international subcultures, their local-global relations, nuances and communication networks across the Asia-Pacific region (i.e. Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok). In addition to his international research, he also works as a sessional tutor at Monash University, as well as a freelance creative-producer working on sub/cultural community and contemporary multimedia performance art projects across Melbourne.


Justin O’Connor

Justin O’Connor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University. He is also visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University, where he jointly runs a Global Cultural Economy research hub. He heads the new MFJ research unit Culture Media Economy , is program leader for the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries. He is part of the UNESCO ‘Expert Facility’, supporting the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, a board member of Renew Australia and convenes the Global Cultural Economy Network. Until 2012 he was Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and visiting Chair, Department of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University. From 2006-8 he was Professor of Cultural Industries at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, and between 1995 and 2006 he was Director of Manchester Institute for Popular Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published over 100 books, papers, chapters and reports in the field of cultural and creative industries, arts and cultural policy, urban cultures and popular music. His most recent book, After the Creative Industries, was published by Currency House in 2016.


Leigh Henningham

Leigh Henningham is an editor, manager and photographer with over 30 years of experience in the Australian media industry. For more than a decade, 1997 – 2017, Leigh was the Senior Photo Editor for The Age. From 1990-1997 he was Photo Editor at the Sunday Age and before that he spent many years as Picture Editor and Photographer for the Melbourne Herald. Leigh has lead photography teams through periods of significant technological change, including the transition from black and white to colour and then digital photography, and the rise of social media, publishing news photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. He lead The Age’s coverage of Black Saturday bush fires and their aftermath, the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.


Nick Parkin 

Nick Parkin is a journalism lecturer at Monash University, specialising in video, audio, social media and technology journalism. He is also a news reporter and solo video journalist, and has contributed to ABC News Australia over a 10 year period. Nick leads many of Monash University’s overseas journalism programs, including visits to Cambodia, Hong Kong, India and Nepal.


Marc Fennell

Marc Fennell is a radio and tv presenter, interviewer, film critic, award-winning journalist, author, MC and Creative Director of the not-for-profit Media Diversity Australia. He has worked with the likes of the ABC, BBC, Network Ten, Showtime, SBS and Foxtel. Marc is the anchor of SBS VICELAND’s live nightly news show The Feed. Marc also created and hosts the popular ABC Radio media and tech programme Download This Show. In 2017 Marc co-curated Video Junkee, a festival for creators and lovers of video coming at Carriageworks, Sydney. Winner of the AFI Outstanding Young Film Critics Award while still in high school, Marc got his broadcasting start as the film critic for Sydney radio station FBi 94.5. He went on to present film reviews and content for SBS’s rebooted version of The Movie Show and the ABC’s national youth broadcaster triple j. Marc was also a presenter and producer for all 3 seasons of ABC1’s ground-breaking Hungry Beast under Executive Producer Andrew Denton.


Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of thirteen books and numerous articles and essays. In 2017 she joined Monash University as Associate Professor of Journalism. Her long-form journalism has been published widely including in The Monthly, Inside Story, SBS, The Age and Meanjin. She also written celebrated biographies on Malcolm Fraser and Kerry Stokes. Margaret also writes extensively about the media for numerous publications, including as media commentator for Crikey from 2005-2014. She is the author of The Content Makers: Understanding the Future of the Australian Media (2007) and Journalism at the Crossroads (2012). Prior to joining Monash University, Margaret was the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and convenor of Journalism at Swinburne University of Technology. Simons holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney.


Mary-Louise O’Callaghan

Mary-Louise O’Callaghan is the Public Affairs Manager at World Vision Australia and a lecturer in Investigative Journalism at Monash University. Mary-Louise began her professional life as a cadet journalist on The Age newspaper in her hometown of Melbourne. From 1983-1985 she was The Guardian’s stringer in China before returning to Australia and eventually focusing her career in the Pacific. Winner of three Walkley awards, she was Fairfax South Pacific Correspondent (1987-1995) before joining The Australian in the same role (1995-2004). In 1998 her book, Enemies Within: Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Sandline Crisis: The Inside Story was published by Doubleday. Mary-Louise also led the Public Affairs team for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Island. She recently returned to Melbourne after 25 years in the Solomon Islands.


Melanie Marantelli

Melanie Marantelli brings strategic communications experience spanning both the private and public sectors. Presently, Melanie leads the Strategic Communications team at the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training. Previously, Melanie worked in different communications and market research consultancies, including  Essence Communications and Icon PR. Melanie is a graduate of the Master of Communications and Media Studies.


Michael Kho Lim

Michael Kho Lim is an independent film producer and contributing writer. He is co-author of The Media Kit: A Frame by Frame Guide to Visual Production, a text-workbook used widely in the Philippines. He also served as executive director of the Animation Council of the Philippines, and was board member and corporate secretary of the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Collective before pursuing his joint PhD degree in Creative Industries at the University of Warwick, and in Film, Media and Communications at Monash University, where he is presently a lecturer in Communications and Media Studies.


Miya Tokumitsu

Dr Miya Tokumitsu is a lecturer in medieval and early modern art history at the University of Melbourne. She is a former Fulbright scholar (Germany) and her research has also been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC. Her art historical research focuses primarily on artisanal labour of 15th- and 16th-century Europe, and she is interested in issues of work and labour across the ages. She is the author of Do What You Love. And Other Lies about Success and Happiness (Regan Arts, 2015) and is a contributing editor at Jacobin. Her work is published in The New York Times, New Republic, and Frieze, among other places.


Pengfei Fu

Pengfei Fu is a PhD student in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. His research focuses on cultural and creative industries policy, and urban creative clusters and spaces in China. Before joining the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash, Pengfei received his Masters in Cultural Industries from Tongji University.


Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis is a director of Essential, a public affairs and research company specialising in campaigning for progressive social and political organisations. Peter has driven groundbreaking projects such as the Every Australian Counts campaign to gain bipartisan support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Your Rights at Work campaign against Workchoices. Peter is a former journalist with the Daily Telegraph, editor of Unions NSW magazine Workers Online, and author of the book Tales From the New Shop Floor. Peter provides regular public and media commentary on key issues, especially around the insights from our exclusive Essential Report, including for ABC TV’s The Drum and The Guardian.


Tony Moore

Dr Tony Moore is a cultural historian and Associate Professor in Communications/Media Studies at Monash University, where he is Director of the Graduate Communications and Media Studies Program, and former Director of its National Centre for Australian Studies. Tony is author of Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians since 1860 (2012) and Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788–1868 (2010), adapted as a  documentary film screened in Australia, Ireland and Britain in 2016. He is a former ABC TV documentary maker and current affairs producer (including Nobody’s Children, Bohemian Rhapsody: rebels of Australian culture and 4 Corners) and commissioning editor at Pluto Press and Cambridge University Press. Tony leads the ARC Discovery Project Fringe to Famous: Contemporary Australian Culture as an Innovation System and is Festival Convenor for Creative Directions Media Festival 2017.


Xin Gu

Dr Xin Gu is a Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, and Director of the Masters of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash University. Xin is a leading researcher in the convergent field of culture, economy and digital technology and making them relevant to the Asian Century. Xin also has a strong policy and industry engagement record. She has worked with policy initiatives designed to support local creative industries development in the UK, including Creative Industries Development Services (CIDS) and Forum of Creative Industries (FOCI). She has also worked closely with key agencies charged with the development of creative industries in cities in China and Australia, witnessing the transformation of cities and narratives of ‘creative industries’ under different social, economic and political conditions. In particular Xin has been interested in how Western discourses have translated into the Asian context, and what that says about both convergences and divergences in the global cultural economy.


Yin Li

Yan Li was born in Sichuan, China and is doing PhD in the School of Business, Northeast Normal University. Her research and publications have mainly related to the cultural and creative industries policy and capital market for the cultural and creative small business in China. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University funded by the China Scholarship Council.