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Marc Fennell - Creator of No.1 global podcast hit 'Stuff the British Stole' & Walkley-winning journalist

Marc Fennell is a Walkley-winning journalist & documentary maker.

A 5-time medallist at the New York Festivals TV and Radio Awards, Marc has been nominated twice for Europe’s prestigious Rose d’Or. He is a recipient of America’s coveted James Beard Foundation Award, an Asian Creative Academy National Award, and Webby Award Honors. The Times (UK) has called Marc the “cheerful Aussie version of Louis Theroux”.

Marc is the creator of the popular, award-winning television series & podcast Stuff the British Stole for ABC Australia and CBC Canada. He is also seen each weeknight as the quizmaster of SBS TV’s iconic game show Mastermind.

Marc has fronted groundbreaking docs like the Logie & AACTA nominated School That Tried to End Racism (ABC 2021), The Kindom (SBS 2023) The Mission (SBS 2023) Rose d’Or shortlisted art-heist docu-series Framed (SBS 2021) as well as the hit Audible Original Podcasts It Burns (2019) Nut Jobs (2020) and House of Skulls (2023)

Marc anchored SBS TV’s national current affairs program The Feed for 9 years (2013-2022). He has reported around the globe from the 2019 Hong Kong protests to food crime in California to survivors of ISIS torture. Marc’s one-on-one interviews with the likes of Al Gore, Tom Cruise, Julian Assange, and Jennifer Lawrence have generated over 30 million online views.

A well-known voice on ABC Radio, Fennell has presented the technology program Download this Show since 2012 and was triple j’s Movie Guy from 2006-2017.

Marc has written 2 books and has also appeared on ABC’s The Drum, Network Ten’s The Project, SBS’s Dateline and Insight, and heard on top-rating ABC Radio Sydney.

Marc is the dad of 2 kids and lives in Sydney, Australia. He also helped found the not-for-profit advocacy group Media Diversity Australia.

Marc had an unusual path into journalism. He won an AFI Outstanding Young Film Critics Award back in high school. His broadcasting career began as the film critic for Sydney community radio station FBi 94.5. At 19 years old, Marc was recruited to SBS's rebooted version of The Movie Show (2004). He then jumped to the ABC's national youth broadcaster triple j to present film content across its radio, television and print arms. For 11 years, Marc was Australia's most listened-to film critic - better known to over 3.1 million triple j listeners as ‘That Movie Guy’. He also hosted the largest short film festival in the world Tropfest 2014-2016

Marc was a presenter and producer for all 3 seasons of ABC TV's ground-breaking journalism experiment Hungry Beast (2009-2011) under Executive Producer Andrew Denton.

Away from the camera, Marc has been an art director, web developer, magazine and newspaper writer and oh-so-briefly a hand model. Ask him about it sometime.

Simon Crerar - Australia Editor, BuzzFeed

Simon Crerar is BuzzFeed's Australia Editor and is responsible for leading and growing the social news and entertainment company's Australian audience with a new stream of content by and for Australians. Prior to BuzzFeed he has worked at The Times and Sunday Times in London, and at News Corp Australia. An innovative originator of compelling, shareable content, Simon's career has seen him interview A-listers, live blog a Category 5 cyclone and report from maximum security prisons in Bangkok and Moscow. Born and raised in Edinburgh, he is the proud owner of tweeting Jack Russell Terriers @LeoandClancy.

Ambarish Mitra - CEO & Co-Founder, Blippar

Ambarish Mitra is one of the pioneers of augmented reality. Mitra started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out entrepreneur on a noble topic of Women Empowerment in India, which successfully IPO'd in 2000.

Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blippar, the leading visual browser and fastest growing augmented reality player.  Under his direction, Blippar has grown from groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with 250+ employees, 10 offices and 50million+ users.

With a vision to create the ultimate physical world browser, Ambarish, has been widely recognized for his unconventional business thinking and people-driven philosophical approach to management. 

Russ Tucker - National Creative Director Whybinm, TBWA, Digital Arts Network and Eleven PR

Russ has been working as an interactive creative for over 15 years. With a background in design and art direction, he made his mark at London’s renowned Agency Republic before moving to sunny Sydney’s Whybin TBWA Digital Arts Network in 2007. A passionate believer in mobile first thinking, his work for the Pedigree Adoption Drive used facial recognition software to match people with shelter dogs that looked like them. He’s creatively helped the agency unlock multiple Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show Interactive, Spikes Asia, Webby’s as well as many local awards. His interactive work for Dirtgirlworld received an International Emmy award for digital in 2012. More recently his work for NRMA's Crashed Car Showroom was the only Australian work shortlisted for the prestigious Cannes Innovation Lions 2014 and this year, Russ is judging the Cannes Mobile Lions.