Our Ambassadors

The Tasmanian Ambassador Program is a key part of Business Events Tasmania’s network of contacts throughout the state. Together with our close links with state and local government, chambers of commerce, educational and research institutions, and our business partners, the Tasmanian Ambassador Program is an outstanding source of local knowledge and advice.

So, if you need advice about bringing your next event to Tasmania, if you’re looking for speakers or panel members for your conference, or if you’re looking to arrange industry visits or business networking events for your delegates, contact the team at Business Events Tasmania. With our network of contacts, we’ll make sure you make the connections you need.


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Industry Champions

Theo Kapodistrias

Lawyer, Legal Services, Division of the Chief Operating Officer
University of Tasmania

Society of University Lawyers Annual Conference 2018
Association of Corporate Counsel National Conference 2020

Karen Rees

Director, Antarctic Tasmania and Regional Economic Development Coordination
Department of State Growth

XXXVI Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Delegates Meeting and Open Science Conference 2020
Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs AGM 2020

Professor Gretta Pecl

Professor in Marine Ecology,
University of Tasmania

Species on the Move Conference 2016

Associate Professor Greg Oates

Programme Director, Bachelor of Education (Primary), School of Education
University of Tasmania, Launceston

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2022

Jan Davis

Principle Consultant
Agribusiness Tasmania

BerryQuest International 2018


Business Events Tasmanian Ambassadors

Barbara Hill

Regional Manager – North, Australian Red Cross

Australian Meals on Wheels National Conference 2020

Paul Holper

Director, Scientell Pty Ltd

Ecological Society of Australian National Conference 2019

Marcus Jessup

Manager, Tamar Valley Truffles

Australia Truffle Growers Association National Conference and AGM 2019

Sam Reid

President, Cider Australia

Cider Australia Annual Conference 2019

Isaac Forster

Scientific Observer Scheme Coordinator, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference 2021

Dorothy Roberts

Associate Minister, Generation Ministry, Door of Hope Christian Church

Australian Conference for Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2019

Professor Catriona Hurd

Seaweed Physiological Ecology, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania

International Seaweed Triennial Symposium 2022

Elizabeth Spiegel, AE

President, Editors Tasmania

Institute of Professional Editors Conference 2021

Dr Andy Flies, PhD

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Wild and Comparative Immunology Workshop 2019

Mark Nikolai

Chief Executive Officer, TARFish (Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing Inc.)

Australian Recreational Fishing Conference 2019

Eur Ing Professor, Andrew Chan

Professor and Head, School of Engineering, University of Tasmania

Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics 2019

Dr Cynthia Honan

Senior Lecturer & Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience Conference 2020

Chelsea Bell

Australian Regional Tourism Scholarship Recipient, Emerging Tourism Professional Program (ETP)

Australian Regional Tourism Convention

Jane Woollard

Head of Theatre, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania

Australasian Drama Studies Association National Conference 2019

Professor Holger Meinke

Strategic Research Professor (Global Food Sustainability) Research Division

Dr Simon Torok

Director, Scientell Pty Ltd

Professor Irene Penesis

Professor in the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics at the Australian Maritime College (AMC)

Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2020

David Armstrong

Agricultural Consultant, AK Consultants

International Farm Management Association Congress 2019

Associate Professor Shuhong Chai

Australian Maritime College

International Harbour Masters Association Global Port & Marine Operations Congress 2020 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2022

Dr Sean Tracey

Senior Research Fellow – Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Joint Conference of the Australian Society of Fish Biology and Oceania Chondrichthyan Society 2016

Alistair Townsend

Medical Scientist in Charge, Anatomical Pathology, Royal Hobart Hospital

Histology National Conference 2017