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Meet the Judges

David Terrazas

Californian born David Terrazas has 35+ years experience working in the Australian ad, design and digital media industry. In a previous life, David was NSW and National President of AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) and involved in a number of other industry organisations. An early adopter of digital technologies in communications, David has served on a number of awards panels over the years including AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association), PIA (Print Industry Association), AWARDS, and the London International Advertising Awards. David and team have worked on a wide variety of projects and assignments for a range of Australian national and international companies over the years, across the gamut of print, film, video; and now focus predominantly on various facets of digital and online media.

David Terrazas

Ky Chow

Ky Chow is a freelance journalist and media consultant currently working for ABC Radio Current Affairs as a reporter. For over 10 years, he has worked as a reporter and editor at SBS Radio, Sky News Australia, the Australian Financial Review and the ABC. Ky was the first Chinese man to report in Australian television news and is a founding member of Media Diversity Australia, a not for profit that promotes diverse cultural representation in Australia's news media. He has also been involved with corporate diversity and development initiatives for NESB workers.

Ky Chow

Majida Abboud-Saab

A media specialist, pioneer in multicultural and multilingual broadcasting, who joined SBS from inception and continued for 38 years as a journalist, manager and executive producer on SBS Radio, TV, online and social media.

Her experience includes broadcasting, managing and inspiring teams of journalists in all languages on SBS, programming multicultural multimedia formats and promoting communication strategies to engage non-English speaking background communities in the media.

Majida is recognised with many prestigious awards for her distinguished accomplished journalistic career, professional excellence and cutting edge programs.

Since retiring from SBS in 2013 Majida has been active in media excellence.

Majida Abboud-Saab

Natalie O'Brien

Media professional with more than 25 years’ experience in newspapers, online and digital platforms. Formerly an investigative reporter with Fairfax Media in Sydney working for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. Previously worked in senior roles for The Australian Newspaper based in Perth and Sydney. Also held media relations and outreach roles for The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague and for the United Nations Development Program based in Amman, Jordan.

Natalie O'Brien

Peter Lynch

Peter is  publisher at Big Splash Media, a multimedia publisher with websites and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is a formed editor of the South China Morning Post,  a former group executive editor at Fairfax Media, News Editor of The Financial Review,  night editor at The Times of London, and show Business Editor and The Daily Mail, London, Peter has run major news operations, launched new titles in Europe and Asia and has extensive experience in Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Lynch

Tanja Dreher

Tanja Dreher is ARC Future Fellow and UNSW Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor in Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. Her current Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council, analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in a changing media environment characterised by the proliferation of community and alternative media in the digital age.

Tanja Dreher

Tuong Quang Luu AO

Winner of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.

Head of SBS Radio from 1989 to 2006.

A recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal in 2001 for “service to Australian society in broadcasting”, and named by the Prime Minister, an Australian Achiever of the Year on Australia Day 2002.

In June 2002 on the Queen’s Birthday, appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for “service to the development of multicultural radio broadcasting in Australia and to the community particularly through promoting understanding between diverse cultural groups”.

Tuong Quang Luu AO

Tim Burrowes

Founder and Content Director, Mumbrella

Tim Burrowes is the founder and content director of Mumbrella, which launched in December 2008. He is also the creator and curator of the annual mUmbrella360 conference. 

As well as publishing the Mumbrella website and daily email, Mumbrella organises a series of conferences, training events and awards, including CommsCon for the PR industry; the Publish conference and awards; the MSiX marketing science event; and the BEfest Festival of Branded Entertainment.

Tim Burrowes

Dr Steven D'Alessandro

Professor, School of Management and Marketing at Charles Sturt University

Professor in Marketing at Charles Sturt University, he has published 94 refereed papers in leading international journals. The includes the European Journal of Marketing, Marketing Letters, International Marketing Review, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Research and International Journal of Consumer Studies and Applied Economics.

He also worked as a market research consultant for bluechip companies such as Pacific-Dunlop, ANZ, Challenge Bank, BHP, Telstra, and Ford.

Dr Steven D'Alessandro