Marcus Gillezeau - Producer/Director Firelight Productions

Marcus Gillezeau

Marcus is a principal partner in Firelight Productions, which he established in 1998. The company has produced more than 30 hours of international television and its communications production arm has produced more than 100 programs, music videos and new media projects.

Marcus began his film career 20 years ago as a drama editor but was soon drawn to producing. The past five years have seen a focus on writing and directing and he continues to also shoot many of his films. Most recently he completed Scorched, an all-media drama for Nine Network and nineMSN. Credits for the last two years cross several genres include the four part series In the Line of Fire (Ch 9), Rock Eisteddfod Challenge (Ch 9), My Home, Your War (SBS), The Artist, The QC and The Refugee (ABC), Snap Off the Lip (Fuel TV)and Storm Surfers (Discovery).

He was the Executive Producer on the multi award winning documentary Painting with Light in a Dark World (SBS) and directed Little Dove - Big Voyage (Network 7), Australia’s first fully convergent, multi-platform documentary project. In 1998 he produced and co-wrote the adventure series Afrika - Cape Town to Cairo (ABC, Ch4 UK and National Geographic) which has subsequently sold in 32 countries.

He is a specialist in digital production technologies, writing the highly successful book Hands On - A guide to production and technologies for film, TV and new media which is used throughout universities in Australia. He has been a principal in Firelight Productions with partner Ellenor Cox for the past ten years. Marcus is President of NSW screen resource and training centre Metro Screen and was NSW Chapter Head for the Screen Producers Association of Australia. He has lectured and spoken at numerous institutions including AFTRS and VCA an is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Dr Anne Summers - Best Selling Author and Columnist

Dr ANne Summers

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author and journalist who has had a long career in politics, the media and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.  She is author of several books, including the now classic Australian book, Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975, Gamble for Power (1984), Ducks on the Pond, her autobiography in 1999, The End of Equality, (2003) and On Luck, her most recent book published in October 2008.

Her political background includes her time as a political adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating prior to the 1993 federal elections and she ran the Office of the Status of Women for Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to 1986. She has been a journalist on The National Times, Canberra Bureau Chief for the Australian Financial Review and a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. She worked in New York from 1986 to 1992, as United States editor for the Australian Financial Review and later as editor-in-chief of Ms. magazines and co-owner of Ms. and Sassy magazines. From 2000 to 2006 she was chair of the board of Greenpeace International, based in Amsterdam.

Since 2001 she has facilitated the annual Serious Women’s Business Conference, is on the board of the newly established Institute for Cultural Diversity and she was until December 2008 Deputy President of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, a position she occupied for six years. Her new book, The Lost Mother.  A Story of Art and Love will be published in July by Melbourne University Press. She has a website and blog at www.annesummers.com.au and a page on Facebook.

Mark Scott - Managing Director, ABC

Mark Scott

Mark Scott took up his appointment as Managing Director of the ABC in July 2006.

For the previous 12 years he worked at John Fairfax Publications. First appointed as Education Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, he filled a number of senior roles at the Herald including Saturday Editor and Deputy Editor before moving into senior executive positions with Fairfax. He was Director of Organisation Development and then appointed Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan Newspapers. Immediately prior to moving to the ABC he was Fairfax's Editorial Director.

Mark has post-graduate degrees from Sydney and Harvard Universities in Government and Public Administration.

Rose Holley - Manager of the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program, National Library of Australia

Rose Holley

Prior to joining the National Library, Rose worked in New Zealand instigating and managing digitisation projects and was actively involved in raising awareness of digitisation techniques across the cultural heritage sector via her roles for the National Digital Forum (NDF) and the Auckland Heritage Archivists and Librarians Group (AHLAG). Rose is passionate about utilising digital technologies to enable preservation, discovery and access of our cultural heritage resources. Giving users the ability to enhance and enrich digital content and enabling creation of user communities and social interactions around the content is her current interest. Her previously published papers on digitisation are available here.

Darren Sharp - Senior Consultant, Collabforge

Darren Sharp

Darren Sharp is a senior consultant with Collabforge, a new Melbourne-based company offering Web strategy & IT development services in social media, mass collaboration and organisational collective activity. Clients include the City of Melbourne, Carbon Down, Parks Victoria and the (Australian) Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Darren spent the last 5 years with the Smart Services CRC as a senior researcher based at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and more recently as Social Media project leader where he managed a national team of researchers focused on delivering high-quality outputs on behalf of industry and government partners. He was principal researcher on a project commissioned by Multimedia Victoria in 2004 which examined future trends in community uptake of the Internet. He also co-authored the Smart Internet 2010 report on the future of the Internet, and User-led Innovation (Sharp & Salomon) which presents a roadmap for organisations to leverage the participation of their audiences, customers and citizens in the interest of co-creating new services.

In 2007 Darren presented his work on citizen innovation to the 3rd International Living Knowledge conference in Paris (École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris). He has presented his research at a range of national and international conferences and industry fora including CeBIT, AIMIA, TCCC, CPRF, AoIR, TSA and W3C. His research and consulting expertise includes Web 2.0, participatory culture, social networks, blogs, wikis, sustainability informatics, peer production, the knowledge commons, communication futures and user-led innovation.

Darren was an associate editor of the website Australian Policy Online, and produced multimedia for SBS New Media and Eclipse Group. He has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Courier Mail providing commentary on the ongoing transformation of business and society via the Web, and has been interviewed by ABC local radio and Radio National.

Jillian Dellit - Director, The Le@rning Federation Secretariat

Jillian Dellit

Jillian’s role since 2000 involves governance, future planning and strategic linking of this Australian/New Zealand digital resources Initiative of all State, Territory and national governments to the ongoing COAG agenda.

From 1990-1997 she managed training and development for the South Australian Education Department during which time she set up DECStech 2001 to provide technology infrastructure to all South Australian government schools. She was the Director of Strategy, Policy and Marketing for education.au limited from late 1997 to 2000.

Her schooling was in NSW State schools, Sydney University, and Sydney Teachers’ College before beginning teaching as an English/History teacher in Sydney in 1969. She has worked in NSW, Scotland and South Australia as a teacher, teacher-librarian, lecturer in children’s literature, affirmative action coordinator and principal. She has a BA in English, and Dip Ed from Sydney Uni, a ThA from the Australian College of Theology and an MA in Information Studies from the University of South Australia.

Jo Kay - Freelance Geek, Designer, and Facilitator

Jo Kay

Jo Kay aka jokay Wollongong (in SL) is a freelance geek, designer, and facilitator based in Wollongong, Australia. She has broad experience in educational technology, web development and virtual worlds. In recent years her work has focussed on supporting the research and implementation of new and innovative technologies for teaching and learning and online community building. Jo has interests in online culture and social networking and the impacts both are having in the education sector, but also on society in general. Her current research is around virtual worlds, with a focus on Second Life and the possibilities that it offers for education, communication and collaboration. Jo is owner and manager of the Islands of jokaydia and supports a vibrant community of educators and Institutions on the Island. For more information visit: http://jokay.com.au or http://jokaydia.com.