ANZ Mentees and Mentors 2024

 

About the Rise Mentoring Programme

Our award-winning Rise Mentoring Programme is a coveted six month programme to support women working in, or aspiring to work in the media technology sector.

The 2024 Mentoring Programme sees a variety of experienced broadcast media technology sector industry leaders, at a diversity of levels of seniority, ready to offer expertise, knowledge and guidance to our female Mentees.

A special thank you goes to our industry sponsors as the programme is only made possible due their generous support.

RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME

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RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME 2024

ANZ Mentees

Samantha Goss

Samantha Goss 

I am a Melbourne-based production resource coordinator working in broadcast television. I am passionate about igniting change in inclusion and diversity within the film and television industry within Australia.
My hobbies include playlist making, reading and thrift shopping. Mad Collingwood fan- don’t hold that against me!

MENTOR: Alexandra Rydberg, Telstra Broadcast Services, Production Manager

Brittany Maxfield

Brittany Maxfield

Brittany Maxfield, a passionate sports media professional from Perth, WA, with 8.5 years of expertise. Fulfilling her dream as the Digital Production Team Leader at the Fremantle Dockers, she thrives at the intersection of sport and media. Now, she's set to ascend to new heights in the dynamic realm of marketing.

MENTOR: Monica Forlano, Head of AFL Studios, Australian Football League

Sheila Ngo

Sheila Ngo

Aviation industry professional transitioning into the AV sector, driven by a passion for technology and software development. Eager to expertise to mastering software programming. Committed to continuous learning and leveraging cross-disciplinary skills to excel in the dynamic world of software engineering.

MENTOR: Sean Curran, GM Partnerships & Buisness Development APJ, Eluvio

Yenny Tjong

Yenny Tjong

Driven by resilience and a proactive mindset, I thrive on managing diverse, high-pressure projects from inception to completion. As a trusted liaison, I adeptly handle stakeholder relationships, integrating and managing national assets for operational efficiency. Agile and adaptable, I continuously pursue personal growth and learning to excel in every endeavor.

MENTOR: Tanya Rai, Marketing Manager, Telstra Broadcast Services

Emily (Hirth) Armstrong

Emily (Hirth) Armstrong

Passionate sports enthusiast originally from London, now living in Melbourne. A catalyst for innovation, I'm devoted to reshaping how technology enhances fan engagement in sports. Beyond work, I revel in outdoor adventures—camping, hiking, photography—and embrace the competitive spirit on the netball court.

MENTOR: Mike Lewis, GM Operations and Technology, MKTG

Laura Aghajanian

Laura Aghajanian

Laura is a passionate sales professional with over 16 years experience across various industries including media and marketing, live events, tech, telco and the music industry. This experience has been supported with 9 years in marketing and the completion of a Masters of Marketing at the University of Technology.

Currently, Laura works as the Business Development Manager for Corporate Subscriptions at Nine, where I work with corporate clients to provide subscriptions to our publications such as The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age as well as other mastheads.

MENTOR: Nina Walsh, Head of Business Development, APJ & Americas for Media & Entertainment, AWS

Rachel Copp

Rachel Copp

Rachel Copp is an accomplished Senior VFX Producer with a diverse background spanning the realms of film, television, video games, and technology. With her extensive expertise in visual effects and her ability to adapt to evolving industry trends, Rachel has become a highly respected professional known for her innovation, creativity, and exceptional project management skills.

MENTOR: Will Munkara-Kerr, Enterprise Sale Manager, Avid Technology

Rosalinde Czysnok

Rosalinde Czysnok

Rosalinde shot out the gates in the dynamic world of creative agencies. Not easily satisfied, she quickly pivoted to integrated solutions, bringing together her unique blend of strategy and creativity. Her rising star status has been confirmed through selection as a winner of both B&T and INMA’s 30u30 awards in 2023.

MENTOR: Anna Lockwood, VP International TBS (Sales), TBS (Sales)

Agostina Garola

Agostina Garola

New leader in the Media Industry with a passion for media and technology. Iṽe been lucky enough to live and and work in three
continents and love incorporating that experience into what I do. A mum of two I strive to be a positive influence on both my family and the people I work with.

MENTOR: Mike Whittaker, Chief Operating Officer, Telstra Broadcast Services

Rachel Jedwood

Rachel Jedwood

I'm Rachel Jedwood, the Production Manager at the National Rugby League based out of Sydney Australia. I am passionate about the sports industry and since starting in this role back in July 2021, my interest and passion in the broadcast/production sector has increased. I aspire to excel in my career and am always looking to develop and grow.

MENTOR: Ben Madgwick, Director - Media Services & Facilities, Gravity Media

Emily Osborne

Emily Osborne

Circling the broadcast and media space since 2011 I thrive in a complex change environment. I am a proactive and self-motivated senior operational leader who understands business needs to design and implement successful people and system change programs and projects. I love to solve problems by combining a strategic focus with operational knowledge and with an inclusive and collaborative approach.

MENTOR: Tanya Kelly, Managing Director APAC, XyTech Systems

Marcelle Quinn Williams

Marcelle Quinn Williams

I specialize in nurturing client relationships, and delivering exceptional results.

Thriving in challenges, I've held Strategic Account Director and acting General Manager roles at Memnon NZ.

My tenure at Fujitsu and IBM honed my versatile skills in sales, partnerships, and strategic development, driven by a passion for innovation.

MENTOR: Richard Kelly, Company Director & Owner, ATOMISE

Jessica DAli

Jessica D'Ali

As a Supervising Technical Director at Animal Logic, Jessica works closely with the Layout and Animation teams to provide troubleshooting support and tool development. With an expertise in optimising animation pipelines and crafting innovative tools, it is her team's responsibility to empower artists and elevate visual storytelling through their software.

MENTOR: Elaine Beckett, Owner, Trackdown

Maddy Ellabban

Maddy Ellabban

I am a passionate and driven young woman in technology with big goals to help lead others to achieve their full potential and make real change on a company-wide scale for the benefit of employees and stakeholders alike.

MENTOR: Max Dabrowski, Major Events Broadcast Engineer (Transmission), Telstra Broadcast Services

Laura Hunt

Laura Hunt

Laura Hunt is a sound artist/ experimental producer and production technician based in Eora, Sydney.
Hunt's career in tech began in punk bands learning how to play synthesizers on stage and soldering microphones that could amplify water. Her passion led to her to community radio where she worked as a content producer for 2SER before moving to FBi as Music Producer for weekly arts and culture program Canvas.
Hunt worked as an Audio Operator doing MCR and live studio panel operation at SBS Radio before landing a role at The Sydney Opera House as a Production Technician.

MENTOR: Kahleah Webb, Head of Operations, Gravity Media

Christine Kim

Christine Kim

With over 15 years of software development and testing experience, I am a senior quality assurance engineer. I have a 6 Sigma Green Belt certification and an ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level credential, demonstrating my commitment to quality and professionalism in the software testing field.
As a senior QA engineer, I design and execute test strategies, plans, and cases for multi-platform streaming applications, using both manual and automated testing tools and frameworks. I have extensive knowledge of ad, streaming, and video analytics, and I use various debugging tools to identify and resolve issues.

MENTOR: Michelle Ng, Professional Services Practice Manager, AWS

Kyung Min Kim

Kyung Min Kim

A skilled media professional with over a decade of experience of mastering for broadcasting, film, and OTT platforms, looking forward to taking on new technologies and challenges in media industry. I am a Korean living and working in Australia.

MENTOR: Dylan Van Dyke, Key Account Manager, Vizrt

Yang Lu

Yang Lu

Here is Yang, Support Manager at Qvest Australia. I'm from an architectural background and now become one in broadcasting industry.
I'm new to a management role and seeking for more knowledge and experiences on management.

MENTOR: Julien Pinchon, Senior Customer Solutions Manager, Amazon Web Services

Juliet Payne

Juliet Payne

Juliet, a newcomer to the Broadcast industry, serves as a Technology Support Engineer in radio, managing both IT and Broadcast responsibilities.

Despite an unconventional start at Yellow Pages post-Music studies, she swiftly transitioned into Technology Support Analyst roles, accumulating a decade of experience.

The pandemic prompted Juliet to reassess her goals, leading to a remarkable opportunity with the Australian Olympic Committee during the Tokyo/Beijing games. Here, she discovered a newfound passion for Broadcast technologies, after leading an 8-week in-house streaming entertainment program for athletes during quarantine. Now, having come full circle, Juliet is excited to merge her passions for music and tech within the radio and enhance her knowledge in broadcasting.

MENTOR: Pip Warren, Manager - Workflow Consultant, AVID

Lisa Phanthavady

Lisa Phanthavady

Broadcast television captioner. Learning new ways of thinking with media technology.

MENTOR: Nina Walsh, Head of Business Development, APJ & Americas for Media & Entertainment, AWS

Sammy Pinto

Sammy Pinto

Sammy Pinto is a queer, POC filmmaker, residing and working on Gadigal Land. She serves as a Duty Technician at the Sydney Opera House, where her responsibilities include ensuring the smooth operation of the venue and meeting the technical requirements for various events, such as concerts, shows, and online education programs.

MENTOR: Manda Hatter, Head of Operations, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Maria Romas-1

Maria Romas

I am a creative and motivated media and communications specialist experienced
in producing engaging and innovative content. Highly skilled in media production,
broadcasting, production and event management, I work collaboratively with team
members and external business stakeholders to achieve project outcomes.

MENTOR: Jessica Paynter, Audio & Communications Engineer, Gravity Media

Boey Song

Boey Song

Boey is an experienced technical manager pursuing an MBA at AGSM. With a strong background in audio engineering and leadership, she is passionate about staying at the forefront of industry trends, expanding her network, and mentoring others. Boey is committed to continuous learning and helping young professionals grow.

MENTOR: Trupti Patel, Head of Program Management, Telstra Broadcast Services

Emily Wood

Emily Wood

It brings me great joy to work in a highly functional team, as I learn something new and interesting from my colleagues every single day. In my current role, I have really tried to focus on developing my leadership skills, with an emphasis on empowering team members to make their own decisions. I strive to take a strategic approach to any challenge, and pay attention to detail to ensure business continuity across critical systems and initiatives.

I am actively engaged in the challenge of balancing work with a young family! I am hoping to connect with people who have tread this path before, and have some insight (and perhaps advice) to share.

MENTOR: Doxia Brownlow, Head of Broadcast Services, Tabcorp

RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME 2024

ANZ Mentors

Alexandra Rydberg

Alexandra Rydberg

I'm a sport loving Swede that entered the Sports Media Industry at age of 24. I've now been in the industry for over a decade and have worked in various roles throughout my career, Broadcast & Production, Acquisitions & Sales, as well as digital media. Current role: Production Manager in the Major Events Team at TBS.

MENTEE: Samantha Goss, Production Resource Coordinator, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Monica Forlano

Monica Forlano

Monica Forlano is the Head of AFL Studios which is the production and in-house creative agency of the Australian Football League. Monica has over 20 years of media industry experience ranging from managing international operations of cable television in Europe, to leading broadcast channels and content production departments in Australia. Her key career achievements include developing marketing and business transformation plans around media creation and distribution, successful launch campaigns for major television programs and sports documentary production. Monica is also the Chair of Endometriosis Australia, the preeminent peak body for endometriosis and the largest non-government funder of research into this disease suffered by an estimated 830,000 Australians.

MENTEE: Brittany Maxfield, Digital Production Team Leader, Fremantle Football Club

Sean Curran

Sean Curran

 

MENTEE: Sheila Ngo, Sales Admin, Riedel Communications

Tanya Rai

Tanya Rai

Tanya has worked in the broadcast and entertainment industry for over 15 years with a range of experience in marketing, events, project/account management and advocating diversity. She has worked with the BBC, Cheltenham Literature and Jazz Festivals, International Broadcasting Convention, Gritty Talent, British Arrows, Wildscreen and Icon Films. She also worked for Sundog Media Toolkit, managing projects to create automated cloud native tools for the versioning of packaged media (DCP & IMF) and building relationships with leading Hollywood Studios and UK broadcasters and as Marketing and Communications Manager at Pebble, who deliver automation, playout and management solutions for the broadcast community. Tanya currently works for Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) as Marketing Manager to market their broadcast end to end solutions including a global media network, cloud-based media production, world-class satellite services and managed production and playout services. Tanya has hosted and produced many of the episodes featured in the ‘Rise In Conversation With’ webinar series, interviewing women in senior leadership roles from ITV, The Financial Times and the BBC. She also launched her own podcast in 2020, where she talks to diverse guests who work in the broadcast and creative industries about their top three ways of 'Keeping It Real'.

MENTEE: Yenny Tjong, Asset & Logistic Manager, Gravity Media

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

MENTEE: Emily (Hirth) Armstrong, Senior Digital Product Manager, Formula E

Nina Walsh

Nina Walsh

Nina Walsh is the Head of Business Development, APJ & Americas for Media & Entertainment at AWS. She joined AWS in 2020 to lead M&E strategy for the region and is a global leader for Content Production, with over a decade of experience in visual effects (VFX) and animation. Prior to AWS Nina held senior leadership roles in business operations, strategy, commercial, creative, and technology. She led large-scale digital transformation and strategic growth programs for Tier 1 Film and Television production studios in the US, Canada, and Australia. Nina is an industry leader in her field, drawing from more than 18 years in M&E, spanning broadcast, radio, sports, and content production. She enjoys public speaking and presents regularly at global industry events. Nina has held production, technology, and leadership roles across some familiar industry brands including: Fox Sports, AFL, NHL, MLS, Bell Media, Deluxe, Company 3/Method, Encore Post & VFX, and Animal Logic. She is a passionate mentor and people leader who enjoys building inclusive and high-performing teams.  

Nina holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sydney, and is a member of industry association, the Visual Effects Society (VES).  

MENTEE: Laura Aghajanian, Business Development Manager, Nine

Will Munkara-Kerr

Will Munkara-Kerr

Will Munkara-Kerr is the Enterprise Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand at Avid. After beginning his career in the Media Technology sector as an Avid Enterprise Support role looking after Australian and New Zealand broadcasters and post production facilities, he spent the best part of a decade working in the wider Asia-Pacific region. Two years with Avid's Bid Management Team in Singapore was followed by six years in Hong Kong with EVS, where he started as a Technical Specialist before moving into a Sales Management role covering - at varying points - regions from India and Bangladesh; across to Japan and Korea; down to Australia and New Zealand; and everywhere in-between. He returned to Australia in 2016 as Technical Director for APAC with Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services, prior to running the Oceania business for French compression vendor Ateme. He rejoined Avid in 2022 to manage an awesome sales team and is based in Sydney.

MENTEE: Rachel Copp, VFX Producer, Rising Sun Pictures

Anna Lockwood

Anna Lockwood

Anna is an experienced media industry executive specialising in broadcasting and sports. She started her career as a journalist and documentary film producer with a focus on natural history and wildlife programming. After ten years working in the wild she moved from India to London to join the media technology business as a consultant. Anna has since had global leadership roles across EMEA, APAC, and the Americas. She currently works at Telstra at the convergence of the traditional broadcast industry and leading edge telecommunications and digital platforms. In addition to her role at Telstra, Anna represents Telstra as a Director on the IABM (International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers) Board, and is an Advisory Board Member and Mentor at RISE, a group for women in broadcast. She brings her interests in innovation, sports, and women in technology to her board and industry engagement.

MENTEE: Rosalinde Czysnok, Client Solutons Director, News Corp Australia

Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittaker

Mike has been fortunate to have an international career in media. Starting as a sound engineer in BBC World Service he had held roles in strategy, operations and technology in the UK, Middle East and Asia leading transformation, technology and operational decliners and and award-winning teams.

Mike is a Trustee and Rose Bruford performing and technical arts College and a member od the IBC Council.

MENTEE: Agostina Garola, Head of Corporate Subscriptions & Licensing, Nine

Ben Madgwick

Ben Madgwick

I am a television broadcast specialist and technical operations management expert with over 25 years of industry knowledge and experience. Worked for Ch7, Ch9, Ch10, ABC, Fox Sports, SBS & NITV. Major projects worked on are Olympics, AFL, Cricket, Light Entertainment & Reality Shows amongst many others.

MENTEE: Rachel Jedwood, Production Manager, National Rugby League

Tanya Kelly

Tanya Kelly

Tanya is a highly experienced professional in the broadcast and media industry, having over a decade of experience at the senior management level. She began her career in London's Soho, working with major film distribution companies. Her operational roles included being a videotape operator, editor, and telecine colourist, where she worked on new documentaries and restored old films. Moving up, she joined the ABC in Australia, utilizing her skills for colour grading and restoration in their digital project. Later, she became Head of Studio Operations at Fox Sports, managing and developing the studio crew and facilities teams and facilitating their move to a new location while keeping broadcasting uninterrupted. In 2016, she founded her own consultancy, specializing in project management and technology solutions for the broadcast and media sector. She worked with numerous broadcasters and vendors, integrating resource management systems for automation and self-provisioning. Tanya's strong relationship with ScheduALL led to a partnership with Xytech in 2021. She helped deliver the Xytech Media Operations Platform to Australia and New Zealand, improving efficiency for large broadcasters and is now Xytech’s Managing Director in APAC. With an educational background in Psychology and English Language and Literature, Tanya is an innovative and collaborative leader. She excels at driving successful transformation projects, understanding processes, and engaging stakeholders for effective change. Her expertise in scheduling systems and workflows and her prioritisation of training and engagement ensures optimal technology utilization and smooth business operations.

MENTEE: Emily Osborne, Business Manager, Red Bee Media Pty Ltd

Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly

 

MENTEE: Marcelle Quinn Williams, Strategic Account Director, Memnon NZ Ltd

Elaine Beckett

Elaine Beckett

 

MENTEE: Jessica D'Ali, Supervising Animation Technical Director, Animal Logic

Max Dabrowski

Max Dabrowski

I have a genuine passion for all things media technology. This passion started when I took up photography as a teenager and later grew whilst spent time in recording studios drumming in bands. After studding a degree in Sound and Video Technology I started working in TV as a MCR Operator. 10 years later I now work as part of a small team designing, building, testing and deploying bespoke TV transmission systems for complex sporting events. These systems get linear content from stadiums to millions of eyeballs around the world.

MENTEE: Maddy Ellabban, Senior Service Desk Specialist, Nine Entertainment

Kahleah Webb

Kahleah Webb

 

MENTEE: Laura Hunt, Production Technician, Sydney Opera House

Michelle Ng

Michelle Ng

Michelle has 20+ years of global delivery experience starting with an engineering degree and career in management consulting in the UK and Australia delivering Media projects such as digital TV, IPTV provisioning, streaming OTT video and media cloud projects. Michelle has been at AWS for close to 5 years working as a Delivery Practice Manager in the Professional Services team helping Public Sector and Commercial customers with their cloud transformation journey. She is an empathic leader and champion of inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives in the workplace.

MENTEE: Christine Kim, Senior QA Engineer, Accedo

Dylan Van Dyke

Dylan Van Dyke

 

MENTEE: Kyung Min Kim, Fulfilment Specialist, Deluxe Media

Julien Pinchon

Julien Pinchon

Julien is a Snr Customer Solutions Manager at AWS where he helps customers accelerate their Cloud Adoption journey. He has over 17 years of international experience in the Media and Entertainment industry. Prior to joining AWS, he spent 13 years at Ericsson where he held technical, delivery and leadership roles. Julien has a Bachelor of Science in Media Technology from Southampton Solent University in the UK.

MENTEE: Yang Lu, Support Manager, Qvest Australia

Pip Warren

Pip Warren

Pip Warren's career in broadcasting has spanned many countries and cultures but has focused predominantly on international News and Current Affairs television coverage. Born in England where she was an apprentice Video Editor and then a Director for a London production company, followed by Sky TV (UK), and then moved to Hong Kong to join Star TV as their News Operations Manager, and as part of the team to set up Star News India. Pip moved to Australia to take up a senior managerial position with the ABC. Pip now lives in Melbourne, is an Australian citizen and works for Avid, a broadcast hardware, software, and solutions provider, headquartered in the USA, as a Broadcast Consultant managing and delivering project-based solutions and services worldwide. Pip is still very much enjoying what she does and the company of likeminded professionals. She's motivated by innovation, the rush of creating TV, and the satisfaction of assisting with numerous fantastic projects. Pip is a Life Member of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club, and a member of the Brighton Yacht Club, a PADI – Dive Master and is also a qualified PRINCE2® Production Manager Practitioner. If there’s time, Pip chooses to travel, sail, scuba dive, cycle, swim, eat out or cook at home, and as many new things that she can find to try.

MENTEE: Juliet Payne, Technology Support Engineer, NOVA Entertainment

Andrew Chow

Andrew Chow

 

MENTEE: Lisa Phanthavady, Broadcast Captioner, Red Bee Media

Manda Hatter

Manda Hatter

 

MENTEE: Sammy Pinto, Theatre & Precinct Duty Technician, Sydney Opera House

Jessica Paynter

Jessica Paynter

Jessica has been a Full-time employee of Gravity Media since 2015. Starting out as an Audio Trainee and developing into a Audio / Coms Engineer.

MENTEE: Maria Romas, Post Production Coordinator (Placement), Fremantle Media

Trupti Patel

Trupti Patel

I came to Australia in 1995, with my degree in Bachelor in Architecture. I have worked in IT and Telecommunications industry since 2000 and was the lead web site designer, and PM to deliver the VF Mobile Number Portability for their supplier. Over the years I have worked in Retail, banking and telecom industry, as  I found my interest in Project, program management and as analyst shine strong. In 2009 I joined Telstra for the T-Box program of work and since then worked on IPTV and media broadcast projects and program of work. In 2015 with Telstra's acquisition of Globecast Australia, I had the opportunity to deliver the relocation program of work and since then have grown with the company.
In my current role, I am leading a team of project managers, program managers and business analyst in delivery of broadcast media projects and program of works for Telstra Broadcast Services.

MENTEE: Boey Song, Engineering Manager, Qvest Australia

Doxia Brownlow

Doxia Brownlow

 

MENTEE: Emily Wood, Broadcast and Content Systems Assurance Lead, Foxtel

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