Michael Agzarian

A design and advertising creative professional, Michael has over 35 years industry experience and over fourteen years academic experience. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and dedicated to researching and exploring new innovative ways of delivering education.

Michael is also conscious of the historical context of all our thoughts and actions and the way in which artistic expression can highlight moments in our history. Political art is after all, a social experience.

You can see a folio of Michael work at http://advision.com.au/folio/

Derek Brazell (UK)

Writer, illustrator, AOI Project Manager

As a practitioner, writer and advisor, Derek Brazell has been involved in the illustration world for many years. His books with co-author Jo Davies examining illustration are Becoming A Successful Illustrator 2nd Ed. (Bloomsbury, 2017), Understanding Illustration (A&C Black, 2014), and Making Great Illustration (A&C Black, 2011). He is also known for illustrating several successful children’s books, including Cleversticks for HarperCollins, in print since 1992, and Lima’s Red Hot Chilli, another long term success, for Mantra.

Derek has spoken on illustrators’ rights and the role of the agent at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and delivers lectures on careers and ethical issues in illustration for universities. His role at the UK’s Association of Illustrators includes publisher of Varoom magazine as well as contract and pricing advice to members, closely supporting illustrators in all areas of their careers.

Sally Brownbill

For over 20 years, Sally Brownbill has stood at the forefront of the Australian creative industry.

A trained commercial photographer, she is now one of Australia’s most highly respected creative intermediaries.

A much sought-after judge, lecturer and keynote speaker, Sally has developed a professional reputation in Australia and overseas as the authoritative voice on folio construction, career advice and editing images for exhibition and web.

For over 15 years Sally has run consultations with individuals to guide them and help them be the best they can be.

In February 2013, Sally launched The Brownbill Effect - an online creative resource that redefines the way creative professionals, from all walks of industry, connect with the corporate world, industry and each other.

It’s fair to say the Sally knows the creative industry better than anyone and has an enviable network to tap into. She has an unrivalled level of experience representing creative talent from all corners of the industry. If someone is looking for a freelance or permanent creative, Sally either knows them or knows where to find them.

Sally now devotes her expertise and time between running Sally Brownbill, The Brownbill Effect and TBEJobs, developing the professional standing of creatives throughout Australia and her industry commitments.

Paul Collins

Paul Collins’s publishing career has spanned four decades. He has been the recipient of the A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis, William Atheling and Peter McNamara awards and has been shortlisted for many others including the Speech Pathology, Mary Grant Bruce, Ditmar and Chronos awards.

He is currently the publisher at Ford Street Publishing (www.fordstreetpublishing.com) and runs the speakers' agency Creative Net (creativenetspeakers.com). His author page is at www.paulcollins.com.au.

All four of Ford Street Publishing’s picture titles last year were chosen as CBCA Notable books.

Lucy Feagins

Lucy Feagins studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. In a former life, she worked as a set dresser in the film industry, and as a stylist.

Lucy has contributed to various Australian publications including Inside Out, The Age and The Saturday Paper, and is a weekly interiors columnist to Domain (Fairfax).

Lucy is editor and founder of The Design Files, which started up in early 2008, and within a year it was named by The Times UK as one of the world's Top 50 design blogs.

Carl van Wijk (Japan)

Carl van Wijk has been a Creative Director in the advertising industry since 1983. He has worked for many multinational advertising agencies in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

During his career he has worked on numerous global and blue chip brands including Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Japan National Tourism, United Airlines, Qantas, Toshiba, Volkswagen, Yonex, Tokyo Metro, Exxon Mobil, Philips, HSBC.

Carl’s work has received many of the advertising industry’s highest awards for creative achievement, including; Cannes Lion, British Design and Art Direction Awards, Art Director’s Club of New York, New York Festivals Advertising Awards, Clio, One Show Awards amongst others.