Welcome to Australia's best community builders MCing at Pause 2017

Welcome to Australia's best community builders MCing at Pause 2017

By George Hedon, Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Get a glimpse of and a few words from digital industry pros as they warm up the crowd before their peers take to the stage in Pause’s dynamite programme of keynotes, panels, workshops and experiences.


Kirsten Mann – GM Global Design and Experience – Aconex

Kirsten helps organisations become customer and user focused, creating product and service experiences which meet real needs. She’s spent more than 20 years in the IT industry, 18 of these in the area of user experience.  Throughout this time she’s collaborated with product development and executive teams to drive business and user-centered processes through organisations.


Harriet Wakelam – Director Human Centred Design – IAG 

Harriet is a design strategist with experience across financial services, Fintech, insurance and health. Given that titles are meaningless…this means that Harriet likes to design better ways for humans to experience services that improve their lives, and improve the business bottom line. 


Garry Williams – Partnership Lead – General Assembly


Williams is a passionate and experienced brand collaborator and marketer who explores meaningful business development opportunities through strategic partnerships with innovative companies and individuals throughout the tech, business and creative sectors.


Michelle Mannering – Media & Marketing Manager – BAJABOARD International

TECH DAY – Deakin Edge stage

Known as the “Hackathon Queen”, Mannering is at the forefront of Melbourne’s startup, science, and tech scenes, running a number of hackathons and helping to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture.


George Samuels – Community Manager – IRESS Global

TECH DAY – ACMI Cube stage

As an ex-animator turned community geek, host of the It Will Come Show, and Community Manager for one of the world's leading fintech companies, IRESS, George is passionate about helping people find their way in business and life through community.


Kirsteene Phelan – Director of Communications – Rome2rio

TECH DAY – Grill stage

Phelan is PR and Communications professional with 13 years experience and today holds a role at the world’s best travel search engine, as well as acting as a strategic advisor for several of Victoria’s most promising startups.


Harry West – CEO – frog

BUSINESS DAY – Deakin Edge stage

West leads an extraordinary group of strategists, researchers, designers, technologists and managers to create remarkable products and services that transform the daily experiences of people and grow businesses.


Chris Joannou – Global Startup Director – Startup Grind


Ranked as one the top 50 Australian startup influencers by StartupDaily, Joannou serves 8,000+ entrepreneurs a month across the Pacific region, inspiring, educating and connecting the Australasian startup scene with Silicon Valley, the global network and Starup Grind partners. 


Emre Deniz – Producer/Lead Game Designer – Opaque Media

BUSINESS DAY – Studio stage

Emre is a games designer and virtual reality expert, who has designed virtual reality experiences for companies such as NASA and Alzheimer’s Australia, as part of his work for Opaque Media and Chalk in Rain. 


Cat Hayes – Senior Strategic Designer and Entrepreneur – Huddle

BUSINESS DAY – Grill stage 

Cat is Huddle’s Practice Lead and has extensive experience working with large, global organisations to transform themselves to be loved for both customers and employees. Her passion lies with supporting teams and start-ups where initial creation occurs in large amounts of ambiguity.

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