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John Merakovsky, PhD

John is a veteran of the technology industry, having spent the last 25 years commercialising technologies and building successful companies internationally. John has been a successful tech entrepreneur, the CEO of companies such as Flybuys, Integrated Research and Experian, and now operates as a strategic advisor to growth companies, startups and purpose-driven organisations. Having originally trained as a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne, John is passionate about building a better future through sustainable investment in science and technology.

Emma Parker
Vice Chair & Secretary

Emma Parker is the Managing Director of Isonomic Org, a leading mixed reality practice based in Sydney creating immersive experiences for training and special projects. She has a 20 year background in blue chip transformation and is a highly experienced change agent.  Emma is now working on a project to deliver the longest Augmented Reality experience delivered globally to date, for a government project in NSW, Emma believes in challenging how and when technology can be used to engage and change users. She also has a background in Governance, Risk, Human Resources, Training and Efficiency.

Emma holds a Master in Public Policy, a masters in Coaching and a degree in Psychology. She is also graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and works as an advisor to small commercial and not for profit organisations

Johanna Platt

Johanna has over twenty years’ experience in Accounting and Finance leadership, with experience across multiple industry sectors including Logistics, FMCG and Financial Services.

Most recently the CFO of Vanguard Australia, Johanna has experience in leading financial performance, business planning and business transformation and previously been a Board Member of Polyglot Theatre.

Johanna is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a CPA and holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Emma Mcrae

Emma McRae is a writer and curator. From 2008-2017 Emma was Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image where she curated exhibitions including Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts (2016), Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride (2016), Candice Breitz: The Character (2013), Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen (2012), Game Masters (2012), and Hollywood Remix (2009). Emma also curated the ACMI presentation of touring exhibitions including David Bowie is (2015), Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales (2011), Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood (2010).

From 2004-2008 Emma was Project Manager & Associate Curator with Experimenta Media Arts, where she co-curated (with Liz Hughes) Experimenta Playground (2007) and Experimenta Vanishing Point (2005). Emma has also curated screening programs of Australian and international video art for various projects and festivals including the Next Wave Festival 2010, Urban Screens Melbourne 08, and the 53rd Sydney Film Festival, 2006. Emma’s writing has been published nationally and internationally in exhibition catalogues, and in publications including RealTime, un Magazine, Assemble Papers, ACE Broadsheet, and

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark is a proud pallawah woman and a curator of contemporary art living and working on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm (Melbourne). She currently holds the position of Yalingwa Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2022-24). Jessica has a background in art history and art education and has been working in varying independent and collaborative curatorial roles since 2017. She is currently undertaking a curatorial practice-led PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne that is focussed on investigating intercultural curatorial models for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian art.

Daniel Crooks

Daniel Crooks is a Melbourne-based artist working across digital video, photography and installation. His work probes our understanding of time and visual perception through manipulated images that compel us to re-examine our experience of reality. Crooks’ work is in private and public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Crooks has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries including Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (2013), Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2013), Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia (2011), and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand (2010); and has participated in exhibitions at Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2014), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2013) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012). Daniel is the second recipient of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, recently opened at ACMI, awarded biennially to an Australian artist to produce a new major moving image artwork.

Kelly Gellatly

Kelly Gellatly is a senior executive with over 25 years’ arts leadership, curatorial, and collection development experience in national, state and university-based art museums with a longstanding contribution to the enrichment and education of diverse communities through art. Kelly is the former Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne (2013-20) and was Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria from 2003 to 2013. She has also held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

Kelly has curated more than 50 exhibitions of leading Australian and international artists and has an extensive publishing and fundraising history, along with experience in the management and delivery of major museum infrastructure projects. She is the founding director of Agency Untitled.