Melbourne LIVE 2018 Speakers

Inspirational, innovative and impacting!

Melbourne LIVE speakers 2018

Meet our Keynote International Speaker

Burkhard Kieker - CEO, visitBerlin


Burkhard Kieker has been Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH, operating under the trade name visitBerlin, since 1 January 2009.

Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe. With Berlin receiving over 12.7 million guests generating more than 31 million overnight stays each year, the main challenge now facing the city is adapting for the possibility of over-tourism. visitBerlin has also developed a stronger focus on marketing the vibrant neighbourhoods – to disperse visitation and spend away from city centre and to avoid over-crowding.

Come and hear from Burkhard about Berlin's plan for its diverse neighbourhoods and the marketing initiatives to achieve this plan.

Berlin has a captivating 'come-back story' of how it has pushed through the political landscape and emerged as a top tourism destination.

Meet our MC - Finbar O'Hanlon 


Strategic thinker, global technology pioneer, digital media architect, inventor, futurist and musician are a few ways to describe Finbar O’Hanlon. 

Finbar describes himself simply, as a purveyor of different.

He has spent the last 30 years living in different countries, helping people and organizations see through a lens that empowers the execution of innovation.

Finbar lives and breathes the future, more importantly, he creates technology today that empowers tomorrow… and tomorrow is now.

As a musician and artist with his own signature guitar, Finbar has played, and recorded with artists from bands such as Limp Bizkit and former Cure member, Pearl Thompson. 

His ideas have helped launch three publicly listed companies with over $40 million dollars in startup capital and he has been granted 13 patents in multiple different countries. 

After approximately 8 years in the US, Finbar has returned to his home in Melbourne to work on the technology he founded and invented, Linius, ASX: LNU, as it launches to the world.

Meet Dan Koerner - Creative Director Sandpit


Dan Koerner has a background in performance, film and digital as a director and creative collaborator. Sandpit creates immersive, personal experiences that place audiences right at the centre of experiences, connecting the physical and digital world.

Since 2012, Dan has been collaborating with some great minds through Sandpit. With fellow Creative Director, Sam Haren, the duo of Dan and Sam have diverse experience in creating live events, screen media, digital content and developing new technologies.

Meet Daniel Teitelbaum - Educator, Play Consultant and Facilitator


Daniel’s work has focused on designing and creating learning experiences, workshops and corporate training for businesses in Australia, as well as teaching skills such as diplomacy, innovation, self-awareness and playfulness for the work context. 

Previously, Daniel was Head of Content at The School of Life in Australia, an organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence through classes, books and online content. Most recently Daniel has been working with Project Play, specialising in the use of Play methodologies - game design, improvisation, theatre, lego and play theory - to improve innovation, performance and culture within businesses and teams. 

Through and beyond the work, Daniel aim’s is to help create a more playful world by working with organisations across business, not-for-profit and government to bring a more playful approach to the products and services they deliver. Daniel’s background includes a Law degree, a philosophy major and clown school, as well as working within the strategy team at Small Giants, an organisation dedicated to investing in social enterprise.

Meet Donna McColm - Associate Director, Audience Engagement and Learning, National Gallery of Victoria 


The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the most attended art museum in Australia and currently 19th most visited worldwide. With postgraduate degrees in art history and theory, Donna was formerly Head of Public Programs, Children’s Art Centre & Membership at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, a role initiated following the opening of a second site, the Gallery of Modern Art, in 2006.

Since commencing at the NGV in 2014, Donna’s role has brought together the operations of Front of House, Membership, Public Programs and Education, a broad and diverse group of staff and operations. Her professional focus is on collaboration, internally and externally, to bring art closer to people and ensure that museums are relevant and sustainable. This means developing new and untested ideas, creating sustainable funding models, and establishing new initiatives to deliver high quality customer service in the museum setting. 

Meet Dr Gene Bawden - Deputy Head of Design at Monash University, Art Design and Architecture (MADA)


Dr Gene Bawden's research and design practice embraces the intersection of the material, the visual and the spatial, and in particular the narratives of belonging articulated in each. 

He regularly engages with design thinking methods to expand the understanding of personal stories, and how their insights can impact on many contemporary design challenges.

Meet Lauren Quaintance - Co-founder Storyation


Lauren is Co-Founder of Storyation – an award-winning content marketing agency that counts Tourism Australia, Tourism Queensland and APT among its clients.

A former General Manager of Travel for Fairfax Media, ­she knows her Slovakia from her Slovenia, and has worked with every state DMO in Australia in the last five years.   

She had stints as editor of the (Sydney) magazine and Good Weekend and took charge of launches, relaunches and digital strategy for Fairfax Magazines as Managing Editor. She later turned her attention to the company’s print and digital travel products including Traveller.

Now as one of the few senior journalists working on the ‘dark side’ of content marketing she is sought after as a content marketing speaker and awards juror. She regularly judges media and marketing shows in Australia including ADMA, BEFest and Publish.

Quaintance has a Master’s from Columbia University in New York and spent a term at Oxford University in 1999 researching the impact of the internet on journalism (Hint: it changed everything.)

When she’s not helping travel clients to create content that people will actually want to read or watch, she continues her quest to visit every Australian island and writing travel stories for Qantas magazine. She also writes about stylish adventures with her kids on the blog Luxe Travel with Kids and is one half of the travel marketing podcast duo, The Destinationists.

Meet Mike Maka - Professional Artist


As an artist, Mike has travelled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. At 20, he received a scholarship to study art in New York, which led to working as a bike messenger for 10 years in 10 cities, and leaving his mark on many walls.   

Based in Melbourne, Mike is primarily a painter who works in a variety of media, mainly on walls, canvas and illustration on paper.  

An active member of Everfresh Studio since 2006, he has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York, and has works in private and public collections locally and abroad, including aquisitions by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, as well as working in institutions such as National Gallery of Victoria and MONA Tasmania.

His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Mike presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us.

Meet Mykel Dixon - musician, author and fierce non-conformist


Named Australia’s ‘Breakthrough Speaker of the Year’ in 2018, Mykel Dixon delivers fresh, inspiring and engaging keynotes that move audiences to meaningful outcomes. 

The author of two books: Just do 5omething – A guidebook for turning dreamers into makers (2016), and Enterprise Artistry – A brave new paradigm for a bold new world (2018), Mykel  leads a new wave of entrepreneurial thinking. 

He helps people and organisations thrive by rediscovering their creative confidence, reimagining their creative potential and reinventing their organisation for relevance in a 21st Century Renaissance. 

Let Mykel take you from inspiration to motivation to action.

Meet Neil McCarthy - CEO, World Urban Parks  International leader in natural resource management


Neil has a well developed understanding and experience of the complexities required to achieve balance between environment and development for the betterment of the community. 

He has been responsible for leading some of the most significant global initiatives in parks management, including Parks Victoria’s ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ program and the review of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (as President Elect), and implementation of World Urban Parks (as Vice Chair). He also participated in the creation of Parks Forum (as founding Chair), a peak Australasian organisation representing parks agencies and the International Urban Parks and Green Space Alliance.

Neil held a number of operational, strategic and corporate executive roles in Parks Victoria before becoming the CEO of the North East Catchment Management Authority in Victoria Australia. He was originally educated in Forest Science with the University of Melbourne, holds an MBA in government policy and reform from Monash University, and did further Executive study at MIT in the USA.

Meet Patrick Donovan - CEO Music Victoria


Patrick Donovan is the CEO of Music Victoria and the chairman of the Australian Music Industry Network.

A strong advocate for contemporary music, Donovan was instrumental in the State Government’s adoption of the Agent of Change Principle to protect music venues, clubs and rehearsal studios from encroaching developers, the deregulation of all ages gigs and establishing a building code exemption for small and medium sized venues. He was the driving force behind the Victorian Live Music Ten Point Plan, which is considered global Best Practice for live music support.

He has presented on topics including "Melbourne Music City" at numerous international conferences, and makes regular media appearances on TV and radio shows including The Project, ABC, Triple M, Triple R and 3PBS.

He sits on numerous boards and councils including the City of Melbourne Music Committee.

Patrick has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He tour managed Iggy Pop in 1998 and was Chief Music Writer for the Age Newspaper for 12 years. He continues to record and perform with his band Cowsmuff.

Meet Simon Waller - Author and technology expert


Simon is the author of two books: 

The Digital Champion: Connecting the dots between people, work and technology, and Analogosaurus: How to avoid extinction in a world of digital business.

He developed his expertise working in business improvement and strategy
development at Rio Tinto. In addition, he holds qualifications in future thinking,
commerce and leadership.

Simon is an international speaker on the topics of digital disruption and the future of work. He has worked with numerous organisations in Australia to help them incorporate digital tools in the workplace. For Simon, digital technology is not just a catalyst for increasing business productivity, it is also an avenue to improving the quality of life for those who use it.

Meet Zoe Meagher - Experience Developer, Museums Victoria


Zoe works to transform museum spaces, using sound and exhibition design to ensure the Museum’s exhibitions are an unparalleled, informing and entertaining experience.

You can’t underestimate the power of good design in contributing to an impactful experience.  As a creative city, Melbourne’s culture and vibe is heavily influenced by design in all its forms including urban design, communication design, user experience design (UX), public art and service design. 

Zoe will provide insights into the importance of design in shaping a sense of welcome and leaving an enduring impression.

Meet Myf Warhurst - TV presenter and broadcaster


Myf is probably best known for her seven-year stint as a team captain on ABC TV's Spicks and Specks. After 277 episodes Myf, Alan and Adam decided to finish the show on a high note in 2011, and in 2012 premiered her solo venture Myf Warhurst’s NICE on ABC1. 

Myf was first introduced to radio as the showbiz reporter on Merrick and Rosso's Triple J Drive Show in 1999. She has also worked at Triple J and Triple M Melbourne.

Myf has been a columnist for The Guardian and The Age, musing on the world around her and giving us an insight into her take on life. She guest hosted on ABC local radio and reports regularly for The Project on Network Ten. 

This year, Myf moved into a new position at ABC Radio where she can be heard across the country from 12.30pm-2pm weekdays. She continues to present Bang On with co-host Zan Rowe - a podcast where they chat about the biggest issues in art, music and pop culture, available for download via the ABC Radio app or iTunes.

In 2017, Myf hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for SBS in Kyiv, Ukraine alongside Joel Creasey. The pair have returned to host the contest in Lisbon, Portgual, and will be co-hosting SBS’s coverage of the Royal Wedding in May 2018.