Firas Bardan

Graphic Design Manager, Museums, Culture Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Firas is the Graphic Design/ Brand Manager for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority working on design for the Saadiyat Cultural District museums (including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi) whilst also maintaining his art practice, mainly in Digital Montage/Manipulation Firas holds a bachelor degree in Graphic Design from the University of Dubai. He also worked with Emirates Airline and The Emirates Group managing their design and branding.
This is his THIRD CTM, welcome back!

Damian Borchok

CEO, Interbrand Australia

Damian has worked across a wide range of sectors including professional services, technology, telecommunications, media, financial services, government, travel, charity and arts - Since joining Interbrand in 2007, Damian has worked with clients including Telstra, SKY TV, Westpac, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (Darling Harbour and The Rocks) and Alzheimer’s Australia - Damian, and Interbrand more widely, has had extensive experience providing brand consulting advice to clients including QAGOMA, Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, New Theatre and the Australian Theatre for Young People. 

Michael Brand

Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012 - Was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum under construction in Toronto -  Was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2005 - 2010  - Currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums and the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. 
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Michael! 

James Brett

Founder and director, The Museum of Everything

With a background in film, architecture, design and art, James Brett is the British founder of The Museum of Everything - the world's first and foremost travelling institution for unintentional, untrained and undiscovered artists - Since 2009 James has helmed a series of award-winning installations and initiatives, developing the museum into an archive, activist and advocate for the alternative history of 19th, 20th and 21st century art.
This is his SECOND CTM, welcome back James

Emma Cantwell

Communications Manager, Museums, Culture Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

With 11 years’ experience in Communications and Marketing in Australia and Europe, Emma has been working for the Saadiyat Cultural District (including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and the city’s art fair, Abu Dhabi Art), for five years. Prior to that she worked at PR agencies including Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick in Australia, the UK and Ireland.
This is her SECOND CTM!

Miranda Carroll

Director of Communications, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)  

Londoner based in LA since 2005 - In charge of press and public relations strategy and implementation for the museum - Extensive experience in the opening of new museums
This is her THIRD CTM conference! 

Will Dallimore

Director of Public Engagement - the Royal Academy of Arts

Versatile communications professional - His career spans senior roles in major London cultural institutions and a period in a strategic consultancy advising UK government departments, high profile corporate clients and NGOs - At RA since 2011 he is responsible for marketing, press and broadcast media, digital, and internal communications - Has devised a new brand strategy and corporate identity, introduced a rigorous evidence-based approach to marketing, and worked with global innovation consultancy IDEO to rethink the RA’s approach to digital. 
This is his third CTM conference! 

Nick Davis

General Manager, Interbrand, Melbourne.

Nick has held a number of branding agency roles in a 14 year career - He started out as a Brand Planner with McCann-Erickson in the UK working primarily on Nestlé brands. He held further positions with Directions – a market research agency – and Sparkler – a brand and innovation consultancy – before deciding to make the move to Australia in 2010 - Nick initially joined Interbrand in Melbourne as Strategy Director, leading brand strategy projects for clients including Medibank, Australia Post, Telstra, QAGOMA, Melbourne Theatre Company, Museum Victoria and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service among others.

Professor Adrian Franklin

Professor of Sociology - School of Sociology and Social Work - University of Tasmania

Founding Editor of Tourist Studies. His research and publications spans the fields of collecting, modern design, collector’s museums, art museums, 21st century sociology and the Bilbao Effect, the sociology of travel and tourism - Currently leading the Australian Research Council Funded project: the Bilbao Effect, how flows of art tourism can regenerate cities, through a study of the new Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Australia - His book The Making of MONA is published by Penguin in November 2014.
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Adrian! 

Troy Grant

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Minister for the Arts

Troy Grant joined the NSW Police Force in 1989, later he attained the rank of Police Inspector and has twice been awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage - During his two decades of frontline service, Grant was integral in implementing a number of community-based policing initiatives - After winning the seat of Dubbo at the 2011 election, Grant joined the NSW Legislative Assembly - In April 2014, Grant was appointed Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and Minister for the Arts - He has lived and worked in Regional NSW for most of his career and has a long standing interest in the arts and supporting local Indigenous artists. 
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Troy!

Louise Herron AM

CEO - Sydney Opera House 

Became in 2012 the Opera House’s seventh CEO and the 1st woman to hold the position - Under her stewardship, the Opera House achieved a number of milestones in 2013, its 40th Anniversary year, including a multi-million-dollar, three-year agreement with Samsung, and a $13.7 million commitment from the NSW Government to fund an Opera House master plan. Launched a group of visionary donors, The Idealists, to deepen and extend the Opera House’s Ideas at the House program - A lawyer, linguist and corporate advisor, Louise’s three-decade career pre-Opera House spanned senior roles in the law, business and the arts. 
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Louise!

Rose Hiscock

Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – Powerhouse Museum

Was responsible for building knowledge, audiences and markets for Australian Arts, nationally and internationally at the Australia Council prior to joining the Powerhouse - Experience in commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s highly successful venues - Committed to building a vibrant and accessible arts sector - Board member of Back to Back Theatre
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Rose! 

Clare Jacobson

Design writer and editor

Shanghai-based design writer and editor, Clare is the author of the book New Museums in China and co-author of Karlssonwilker Inc.’s Tell Me Why: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Company - She is a contributing editor to Architectural Record, and her articles have also appeared in Architectural Review Asia Pacific, Azure, Landscape Architecture, and other magazines - As editor and editorial director at Princeton Architectural Press for 21 years, she originated, acquired, and developed more than 120 books on architecture, graphic design, landscape architecture, photography, and visual culture.
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Clare! 

Tim Jarvis AM

Polar explorer | speaker | author | film maker | environmental scientist

Tim is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law - He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss and uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions and sustainability work to promote progress thinking in these areas.
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Tim

Kingsley Jayasekera

Director, Communications, Marketing & Digital, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, one of the largest cultural projects in the world is a major initiative by the Hong Kong government to transform a 40 hectare site on Victoria Harbour into a vibrant new cultural quarter - Prior to this Kingsley was Director of Communications and Digital Strategy at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre, the world's leading venue for dance - He also worked for the arts and entertainment advertising agencies.
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Kingsley! 

Professor Richard Johnson AO MBE

Director, Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd

Richard studied Architecture at UNSW, He has worked both nationally and internationally, from pavilions at world expos, to detailed museum and museum/gallery exhibition design, embassies, schools, office buildings, hotels and a range of master planning and urban design, landscape design and architectural projects in Australia and China - Richard is a founding Director of the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and is on the Board of the Australian Technology Park - He has been an active member of the RAIA, and serves on the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel and the Public Art Advisory Panel - In 2014 was awarded an order of Australian for distinguished service to architecture,to the visual arts and the museums and galleries sector.

Michael Lloyd-White

General Secretary for The World Kindness Movement | Chairman World Kindness Australia

A strategic leader able to motivate and inspire people to not only to consider new ideas and concepts, but to embrace them - Michael's experience in social and corporate enterprises saw him develop innovations to bring about significant change to the Hospitality Industry - Today as the General Secretary of The World Kindness Movement, Michael inspires member nations and world leaders - He will engage you in thought provoking conversations and challenge preconceived ideas of kindness, leaving you with the belief that a kinder world will be realised in our lifetime.
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Michael! 

Marco Ma

COO, Jishi Interactive

Marco has been working in Digital Marketing and eCommerce area for more than 10 years with a deep understanding of Chinese market - He was the Head of Digital for Moleskine in APAC region and Global Head of Interactive Marketing for Nokia - After around 5 years experiences at Google, Marco connected Baidu with the Australian market, setting up teams in Sydney and Melbourne to serve local clients as well as the improve the two-way understanding between China and Australia entrepreneurs.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE

Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Elizabeth Ann has been Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art since 1999 - She has consolidated the MCA’s position as one of Sydney’ best loved institutions, engaging audiences with living artists -  Macgregor’s contribution to the visual arts has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2011 and the 2011 Australia Council Visual Arts Medal. She sits on the board of the Qantas Foundation and the Advisory Board for the UTS Business School. She is also a member of the NSW Australia Day Advisory Council and the Design Advisory Committee of the City of Sydney.
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Elizabeth Ann!

Kim McKay AO

Director & Chief Executive Officer - Australian Museum

Her international career in social innovation, marketing, communications, project creation and management spans over 25 years and every continent - A highly skilled communicator and entrepreneurial marketer, Kim has created and managed many visionary, large scale international projects covering a range of areas from the environment to population genetics - Kim has worked in support of the local and global environment for over two decades - She co-founded Clean Up Australia and then later Clean Up the World - Co-author of the award-winning True Green books
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Kim!

Brooke Molinaroli

Director of Marketing, Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)

Currently leading the charge in transforming the DMA brand (new free admission policy + first in the nation free museum membership program) - Started her career working in creative fields in NYC - Widely credited for inventing the first banner ad in mid-90s - Spent 10 years with British Telecom (BT) and launched BTCare on Twitter in 2009, recognized as best practice in customer service in social media - Spoke at TEDx , Ogilvy and YouGov
This is her FIRST CTM, welcome Brook!

Gordon Montgomery

Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, The Art Institute of Chicago

In charge of increasing overall museum attendance, introducing new audiences and developing a deeper engagement for lasting relationships - Used to work for Leo Burnett and high tech and restaurant start ups 
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Head of film programs, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Richard is a passionate lover of all aspects of the film industry - He has developed a national reputation as one of Australia’s most active screen culture practitioners and advocates - His expertise spans over fifteen years and embraces work in independent production, distribution, exhibition, curation, event management, strategic planning, project assessment and board participation - Sowada maintains excellent national and international industry contacts and has a proven commitment to the development of Australia as a key international centre of creative, critical and intellectual excellence.

Robert Stein

Deputy Director - Dallas Museum of Art

Leads the DMA staff and programs of Education, Conservation, Marketing, Technology, and Research. Led in 2013, a transition from paid to free general admission and an innovative free membership program called DMA Friends - Prior to his role in Dallas, Stein served as the Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art - Founded a renowned technology program that piloted many of the most innovative technology initiatives in museums including, the TAP, IMA Lab and TourML 
This is his FIRST CTM, welcome Robert! 


Director and CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Tony joined ACMI in 2004 to lead a major re-visioning and expansion of its scope, profile and content, positioning ACMI uniquely among its world peers - Previously he directed the UK’s award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (NMPFT), where he led a comprehensive master plan re-development of the Museum - He also has a distinctive track record leading inter-disciplinary collaborations to produce exhibitions, events and publications across film, television, media art, design and contemporary digital culture.

Max Yáng

Project manager with OEI (Weibo’s Authorized Australia agency), 

Max Yáng (杨蔚芃) has helped various Australian companies and organizations setup a presence and conduct campaigns on the most popular Chinese social media platform: Weibo, as well as educating many more Australian marketers how to communicate and interact with Chinese netizens - Max has comprehensive knowledge in cross-cultural communication and how businesses can benefit from it.
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