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    Adrian Tonon
    Night Time Economy Ambassador, City of Detroit
    A dynamic entrepreneur and humanitarian, with exceptional skills in the key areas of leadership, management, organization, finance, public policy, social impact and detailed customer service.
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    Amanda Maxwell
    She Said So Board Member and London Community Manager
    Amanda Maxwell works at Boiler Room’s London HQ in the music team, sitting across activations for International Women’s Day and other community rooted projects
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    Clover Moore
    Lord Mayor of Sydney
    Clover Moore has served as Lord Mayor of Sydney since 2004 having been re-elected three times. The first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney, Clover was also an Independent Member of the NSW Parliament from 1988 to 2012.
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    Hayley Child
    Creator of 'Ask for Angela' and Strategic lead for Sexual Violence Prevention in Lincolnshire
    Winner of the Suzy Lamplugh Safety Campaign of the Year Award 2017, and Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategic Lead, Hayley has been identifying ways to make the Night Time Economy Safer in her home county of Lincolnshire, UK for 3 years
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    Jess Scully
    Councillor, City of Sydney
    Jess Scully is an elected Councillor for the City of Sydney, part of the Clover Moore Independent Team and co-chair of the City’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel. In her day job, she is a curator who uses creativity to engage communities in the knowledge economy.
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    John Graham
    Member of the Legislative Council
    John Graham is a member of the NSW Parliament’s Upper House, and the convenor of Labor Loves Live Music. He supports equality, social justice and music.
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    Kerri Glasscock
    Festival Director & CEO, Sydney Fringe Festival Founding Director Venue 505
    In 2004 Kerri co-founded the now legendary underground performance space 505 in Sydney alongside bassist Cameron Undy. Created as a performance focused space for musicians and theatre makers.
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    Loren Granich
    Creative Director & Co Founder, Rhonda International
    Loren Granich is a 2nd generation DJ born & raised in Los Angeles, California.
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    Mirik Milan
    Global Night Mayor Advocate & Co Founder, VibeLab
    Mirik Milan is former Night Mayor of Amsterdam, and longtime creative director of some of the Dutch capital’s most celebrated events. Since 2012, he has played an instrumental role in the reshaping of Amsterdam’s nightlife scene into one of the most vibrant and economically robust in the world, and his innovative position is fast becoming replicated in major nightlife-focused cities around the world, like New York, Paris and London.

PANEL & EXPERT SeSSION SPEAKERS

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    Alex Zaccaria
    Director, Bolster
    Alex helms Australia’s leading music and entertainment specialist digital agency Bolster, alongside fraternal co-director Anthony. His success is born from an intrinsic understanding of data and the ability to identify meaningful relationships and opportunities within.
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    Dr Bianca Fileborn
    Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, UNSW
    Dr Bianca Fileborn is a Lecturer in Criminology at UNSW, Sydney. Her research has examined sexual violence in licensed venues, street harassment, and sexual violence at music festivals in Australia. Dr Fileborn sits on the Sexual Harassment and Assault in Live Music Venues Taskforce for the Victorian government.
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    Bree Trevena
    Research Manager (Foresight, Research + Innovation), ARUP
    Bree Trevena manages Arup's Australasian Foresight, Research + Innovation research program, with a particular focus on projects exploring relationships between people, place and technology. Through her previous role with Creative Victoria, Bree headed up strategic infrastructure development statewide and has worked on creative space policy, research and programming.
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    Dwayne Thompson
    Culture Project Manager, Redbull
    Current music, dance and social innovation (Culture) Project Manager for Red Bull Australia. Over 15 years of experience within the On Premise (FMCG) & Culture universe, helping to drive success across the broader event and partnership landscape globally.
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    Emily Collins
    Managing Director, Music NSW
    Emily Collins is the Managing Director of MusicNSW and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). Emily has worked in the music and arts industry for over 10 years with roles at Cockatoo Island Festival, Great Escape Festival, Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, NOISE, Sydney Writers Festival, Underbelly Arts and FBi Radio.
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    Helen Marcou
    Co Owner, Bakehouse Studios
    Helen is a co-founder of grassroots movement SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) – an activist group that staged the SLAM rally of 2010 where 20,000 protesters marched on Parliament House in Melbourne in support of Live Music. The SLAM rally was described as “the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history”.
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    James Hulme
    Director of Advocacy, Committee for Sydney
    James Hulme joined the Committee for Sydney as Director of Advocacy in January 2017. Prior to that he held senior positions at Transport for NSW and the Department for Family and Community Services, working on ground breaking initiatives including social housing reform and major investments in Sydney’s transport infrastructure.
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    Kat Dopper
    Founder/Artistic Director, Heaps Gay
    Kat Dopper is a Senior Event Producer specialising in the music and youth market and has over a decade of experience across agency and freelance for brands such as Junkee, Red Bull Music, Splendour in the grass, Semi Permanent & FBi Radio. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Heaps Gay, an all-inclusive community who throw art and music events around Australia.
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    Jess Miller
    Councillor, City of Sydney
    Councillor Jess Miller was first elected to Council in 2016, and is one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney. Jess served as Deputy Lord Mayor from 2017-2018. Jess is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, the Cycling Advisory Committee, and a member of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.
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    Justine Baker
    CEO, Solotel
    Justine has 15 years experience leading strategic opportunities at Solotel. These include the merger of Matt Moran's Morsul business into the Solotel group and the launch of our events business, Together with Solotel. Justine’s focus is on sustainable business growth, culture, authentic leadership and innovation.
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    Kieran J Hennessy
    Head of Music / EA to Director – The Hopeless Utopian
    Perhaps it began when hosting community radio as a kid, or maybe during post-lock-outs when throwing his own riotous uni parties, those social sanctuaries where barriers were broken, loves blossomed and unravelled, cultures simultaneously shared and created, and lessons learned.
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    Leith Thomas
    Director, Future Tense
    Bio Leith is a public affairs advisor, communications strategist and musician. He is a director of Future Tense, a creative sector research and advocacy firm. This year Future Tense launched the Creative Ecologies initiative, which aims to understand what makes Australia’s creative landscapes tick and expand the ways they are valued. Leith is also the co-founder of Sabbatical Records, and founding member of the groups True Radical Miracle and Dead Boomers.
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    Miss Blanks
    Artist/Activist/Consultant
    In just over 16 months since her debut single, ‘Clap Clap’, Miss Blanks has quickly established herself as one of the most important new voices among the Australian music landscape. With fire music, hot style, and a stage presence like no other, she is blowing up the scene in a way that’s too loud for people to ignore.
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    Melody Forghani
    Melody Forghani, twnty three
    Melody Forghani is the Director of twnty three, an independent artist management and publicity company based in Sydney, Australia. Twnty three manages Vallis Alps and Kelsey Bulkin and handles PR for artists such as Wafia, Erthlings, Noname, Body Type, No Mono, Noname, Alex Cameron, Willaris. K and more.
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    Morwenna Collett
    Director, Major Performing Arts Projects – Australia Council for the Arts
    Morwenna Collett is an experienced leader, project manager, lecturer and consultant. She is currently the Director Major Performing Arts Projects at the Australia Council for the Arts and the Chair of the Sydney Arts Managers Advisory Group (SAMAG).
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    Michael Wynn-Jones
    Associate, Centre for Local Govt. University of Technology
    Michael has an Associate Diploma in Health and Building, a bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Building and a Master’s degree in Fire Engineering. He refined his skills and knowledge for 13 years as a Local Government Building Surveyor in Western Sydney before setting up a Building Regulations consulting company and joining Western Sydney University as a ‘building’ academic in 1993.
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    Nashid Chowdhury
    International Engagement Manager, City of Sydney
    Nashid is the International Engagement Manager at the City of Sydney, and is currently developing the Global Sydney International Engagement Framework. She is leading the delivery of the City’s international initiatives that focuses on strengthening the City's international connections, building capacity locally and fostering international networks and connections for local businesses globally.
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    Nikki Brogan
    Managing Director, FBi Radio
    Nikki is the Managing Director of community broadcaster FBi Radio.
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    Paul Mason
    Director Music, Australia Council for the Arts
    Paul Mason is the Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts, the federal government’s arts funding and advisory authority. Before the Australia Council he worked in broadcasting, establishing the Amrap the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project, managing the community radio satellite service, and working in the technology division of the ABC.
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    Phebe McAleer
    International Engagement Intern, City of Sydney
    Phebe McAleer is currently interning in the Global Engagement Team, focusing on networks of knowledge exchange in the Night Time Economy. She has studied a Bachelor of Global Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, which allowed her to study and travel in Berlin, gaining a global perspective of evolving economies and the night time.
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    William Kroger
    Student
    Deep within the electronic music nightlife and festival scene, William Kroger has been studying about the disabilities community around Australia (Mostly on east coast of Australia). Which he currently an Queensland University Student, studying Bach of Entertainment Industries with qualified Dual Diploma of Event Management and Travel & Tourism.

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