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Katie Rigg-Smith - CEO, Mindshare Australasia
Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Australia, Katie was Mindshare’s National Chief Strategy Officer prior to being promoted to CEO at the start of 2013.
Throughout her career Katie has been recognised both nationally and internationally for her work and contribution to the media industry. Accolades include being named as the only media person within the Top Ten Women to Watch in 2013, Australia’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012 and finalist for Asia Pacific Planner of the Year back in 2007.
Katie is incredibly passionate about great media thinking across paid, owned and earned and the role it can play for clients’ business. Not only is she a regular on this topic on the speaking circuit but Katie also spent 3 years lecturing at University on the topic of Media and Communications.
John Batistich - Director, Marketing & Digital, Scentre Group (Westfield Shopping Centres)
John Batistich, Director of Marketing for the Westfield Group, the world's largest listed retail property owner. Over 20 years of experience in Research, Marketing and General Management with blue chip companies like Lion Nathan, Kimberly Clark, PepsiCo Foods and The Wrigley Company.
He holds a Masters in Management degree from MGSM majoring in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Western Sydney majoring in Marketing and a Certificate in Digital Marketing from ADMA.
He has lead marketing communications that have won a Cannes Lion award and an Australian Effective Awards. A member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society Client Advisory Board and has been a member of the Australian Research Awards judging panel.
John is also a member of the Board of Governors for The Heart Research Institute, a leading medical science institute dedicated to the early detection, prevention and reversal of heart disease.
Michael Brand - Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales
A cultural leader and art scholar, Dr Michael Brand’s significant contribution to Australian and international art, architecture and landscape spans art museums and academia as well as government, philanthropy and community sectors. Since 2012, Michael has led the most significant transformation of the Art Gallery of NSW in its 152-year history. The expansion, which opened in December 2022, has created an art museum campus on Gadigal Country overlooking Sydney Harbour with a new building designed by Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architects SANAA as its centrepiece. An art garden featuring a major Indigenous art commission will open this year, linking the new and original buildings. The expansion is the most significant cultural development to open in the city since the Sydney Opera House half a century ago and has seen unprecedented visitation in its opening months.