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Tara Mckenty

Creative Director – Google APAC

At age four, Tara’s kindergarten teacher told her mother that Tara would grow up to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or the devil itself. After casting a career in politics aside, and realising red wasn’t her colour, Tara found her calling in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland working in advertising. It was here that she and her creative partner gained international attention by floating shares in their creative future, successfully crowd funding themselves to Cannes. During her time at TBWA, Tara had a complete disregard for discipline and convention, she was named in Campaign Magazines Top 50 emerging talent portfolio, and submitted several entries into the pantheon of ABSOLUT work, one of which was the creation of a limited edition ABSOLUT bottle design. Tara then decided to swim across the ditch to Sydney where she joined Saatchi & Saatchi.

 

It was here that Tara created a children’s book for OPSM that tested the eyesight of children, which in 2016 was named by the WARC 100 as the most effective marketing campaign in the world. Tara now finds herself at Google where her and her team’s remit is to come up with creative uses of Google’s products and platforms for Asia Pacific’s largest clients. Her work has included creating real-time marketing platforms that reunite lost dogs with their owners for Pedigree, building immersive story time platforms for Disney, creating tools that use machine learning to help revitalise indigenous language, and creating LIVE AR space experiences in living rooms for the ABC, as well as co-founding the diversity initiative RARE supported by Google and D&AD. Tara continues to disrupt the status quo, with a passion for using advertising as a medium for social good, and in doing so has won over a hundred international awards during her advertising rebellion. 

Vince Kadlubek

Co-Founder & CEO, Meow Wolf (USA) - named one of the 'Top 5 experiences in the world' by Time Out & investors include George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones author

Robert Hammond

Co-Founder, The High Line, New York (USA)

Rita Arrigo

Chief Digital Advisor, Microsoft

Aaron Hung

Senior Director of Partnerships, Asia Pacific TripAdvisor

Robbie Brammall

Director of Marketing & Communications, Mona

Lisa Havilah

CEO, MAAS (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences)

Katrina Sedgwick

Director, ACMI

Tara Mckenty

Creative Director – Google APAC

Dan Barasch

Co-Founder, The Lowline, New York (USA) - "the world's first underground park"

Kim McKay AO

Director & CEO, Australian Museum

Stefanie DiGiavincenzo

Global Creative Director, Cotton On & Co-Founder, Rare & a new platform to champion diversity in the Creative industries supported by Google

Bruce Pascoe

Author, Dark Emu

Mark Davy

Founder, Futurecity (UK)

Danielle Harvey

Director, 'A Midnight Visit' & Festival Director, Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Justine Hyde

Director, Experience, State Library Victoria

Sam Turley

Chief Creative Officer, Mindshare

Lucinda Hartley

Co-Founder, Neighbourlytics; 2018 Myer Innovation Fellow; 2018 Westpac Social Change Fellow

Hannah Murphy

Senior Strategist, VICE

Michael Rodrigues

Chair, Night Time Industries Association & MD, Time Out (ANZ)

Emilya Colliver

Founder & Director, Culture Scouts, Art Pharmacy Consulting (AUS). Member of City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel, director of inaugural Australian The Other Art Fair

Jochen Schweitzer

Associate Professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy & Director, Entrepreneurship, UTS Business School

Dr Natalia Nikolova

Director UTS Advanced MBA, UTS Business School

Vanessa Fuchs

Science Communicator, Host and Producer, Branch Out Podcast, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Tristan Roache-Turner

Producer, Wyrmwood & Guerilla Films

Professor Peter Fray

Professor of the Practice of Journalism, UTS, Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, former Editor Sydney Morning Herald, Deputy Editor, The Australian

Stephanie Winkler

Digital Strategist, VICE

Daniel Rockett

Head of Communications, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Alex O’Mara

Deputy Secretary Arts, Screen & Culture, Create NSW

Ken Crouch

CEO, Screenworks

Stephen Moore

Principal, Roberts Day - named as one of the top 50 Creatives Shaping Sydney by City of Sydney

Angie Abdilla

CEO, Old Ways, New

Bree Pickering

Director, MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury)

Peter Tullin

Co Founder, CultureLabel.com & REMIX Summits

Simon Cronshaw

Co-Founder, CultureLabel.com & REMIX Summits