This year’s guest speaker Deanne Weir is a highly experienced and globally recognised media executive, with a deep interest in how new forms of media affect business and society. Deanne’s company has invested in several Australian growth companies, aiming to engage global audiences, via online publishing, television and multiplatform media production.  Deanne is Chairman of Ai-Media, a global innovator in speech to text services increasing access to video, audio and educational content.  In 2016, Deanne returned to full-time corporate life at Foxtel as Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale, and continues to pursue her passion for supporting Australian stories as a board member of Playwriting Australia and the Sydney Film Festival.


In 2012 Deanne and her husband established The WeirAnderson Foundation, a Private Ancillary Fund with a particular emphasis on projects that will improve the lives of women and girls. The Foundation is focussed on gender lens investing and Deanne is a member of the global moment, Women Moving Millions, and is Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network.


In 2015, Deanne was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the world’s 20 most powerful female television executives. In September 2016, Deanne was named as a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards.



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