George Hazim

Executive Producer and Chief Writer

George began in journalism at the Latrobe Valley Express before working as a senior journalist for more than 15-years with some of Australia’s leading media outlets, covering business and politics, industrial relations and telecommunications extensively as well as being an accomplished features writer. 

Moving on, he headed the Corporate Affairs Departments of Primus Telecom and NEC and was the Media Advisor to the VC of RMIT University, Margaret Gardner, and Media Advisor to the Victorian Minister for Small Business, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Vin Heffernan.

Alongside running MAPA, George is co-writing a book on genetics. He writes regularly for CFO Magazine, Smart Investor Magazine and other major publications. George is the Founder, Executive Producer of TheInformer. George is also the chief writer for TheInformer.

Luis Ascui

Director

Luis Ascui has more than 30-years experience having worked in media across the world in countries including in South America, Australia, Europe, and South East Asia, covering major global and national stories.

Accomplished He is accomplished in all aspects delivering images and video for the world’s largest wire agencies, broadcast networks and magazines. A winner of the

Winner of the Asian Nikon Award for Photojournalism in 2000, his is also the former Photographer/Senior Sub-editor for the Reuters Global Pictures Desk in Singapore. His work is published widely by magazines and newspapers globally, and now works for clients across Asia Pacific and the Far East, fulfilling corporate assignments, breaking news, features, and portraiture for online, print and broadcast. 

Robert Buckell

Director

Rob Buckell began his Television Career back in 1986, working in regional TV as a 15-year old, moving to Ten Network 1991b in news and current affairs. Vancouver was calling then studied Film at the Vancouver Film School.

Returning to Melbourne as a freelance lighting cameraman/director, Rob has since worked on Television programs for more than 25 years including Australia’s best-known entertainment programs, The Block, Lego Masters, Masterchef and a collection of Lifestyle programs, documentaries and corporate special projects.

Wayne Flower

Editor at Large

Wayne has been a reporter more than 20 years and has worked across the nation’s largest news agencies.

He began his career at a shipping newspaper before moving onto community newspapers in the early 2000s.

He spent a little over 12 years at Melbourne’s Herald Sun where he was recognised over his reporting of the Jill Meagher murder mystery.

Wayne continues to cover crime and hard news at Daily Mail Australia.

Natalie Sady

Los Angeles-based US correspondent

Natalie Sady is a former Melbourne model turned TV Host and journalist.  She has appeared in commercials, and on shows like The Price is Right, before becoming the co-host of on-course television for Moonee Valley Racecourse’s night racing season. Natalie was also a contestant on The Bachelor Australia in 2013.  In 2017 she relocated to Los Angeles, where she expanded her online show ‘Sady Says’ and developed ‘Sassy & Single’ and ‘Pathways’.  She has also launched her own production company in Los Angeles and reports regularly for some of the US’s major news networks.

Steve Carey

Media Commentator

Steve Carey is one of Australia’s most experienced TV News and Public Affairs executives. During a career spanning 35 years, he’s done everything from presenting ABC News to foreign correspondent covering the first Gulf War, Supervising Producer of Today Tonight and most recently Director of News for 7 Melbourne… a job he held for a decade. Steve has driven ratings success at both TT and 7 News. He’s also been instrumental in developing key outcomes for editorial coverage, crisis management, program development and, in particular, future strategy for digital and on-line media. During his tenure at ABC, 9 Network and 7 Network, Steve won or achieved every award for journalistic excellence. Now he’s using those skills and a passion for media as a commentator, strategist and trainer. He is also a regular contributor and guest commentator on ABC Breakfast TV, ABC Drive – News Therapy, Radio 3AW, ABC Statewide and Community Radio 94.1 3WBC.

Rhys Hawker

Content Producer

Rhys commenced his career in digital media in 2014 and hosts a wide range of industry skills and experience. Through his time in the industry, he was worked as a Digital Content Producer for multiple years at FNR – Football Nation Radio and also as a Freelancer in the industry.

Being creative is important to Rhys as well as expressing creative ideas and strategies and bringing them to life, Rhys believes in striving to learn and improve skill and to push the boundaries to make an effective and memorable contribution to every project.

Anthony Piovesan

Local Government and State Politics Reporter

Anthony is an award-winning journalist based in Melbourne. He covered police,  court and environmental affairs in regional Victoria before tapping into metropolitan communities where he now reports on local government.
Anthony’s latest work has exposed a long series of scandals and dirty politics at Whittlesea Council, resulting in the embattled local authority’s sacking this year.
Anthony graduated from RMIT University and is currently reporting with News Corp Australia for Leader Community News.

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Kusal Goonewardena

Kusal Goonewardena has established a successful career in building 3 innovative sports medicine clinics in Melbourne. His passion is to provide the best solutions in the sports physiotherapy healthcare sector so that patients, athletes and clients continuously receive the most important aspect in health: Results. His passion is to lead practitioners so they live a life of service that is judged by expertise, results, service and education. 

Alex Caiafa

AFL Reporter

27 year-old Journalism student from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. Intern at ‘Zero Digital Media’. Into all sports, AFL and Basketball in particular. Passionate Carlton fan and one of very few Denver Nuggets supporters in Australia. Nothing beats a delicious pasta, chocolate mousse or a hot cup of tea before bed.

 

A life goal of mine is to buy a yellow GT Mustang, purchase a house with my partner and own a dog called MJ (Michael Jordan). In five-years, I hope to be well immersed in the sports journalism industry and living out my dream life as a respected sports journalist.

John Sutton

Legal Commentator

As a former police officer in two countries, a prosecutor in two States, including one position dedicated to prosecuting corrupt police, and then going on to lead the largest criminal defence team in Australia, across five capital cities: I have experience. I bring attention to detail, balance of all sides and the unmatched ability to deliver advice and guidance that puts clients on the path to achieving the best result for their specific situation.

Michael Connory

Cyber Security Commentator

Michael Connory is Australia’s leading cybersecurity expert and CEO of Security In Depth.  An economics graduate of Latrobe University, Michael is a highly sought after media commentator. He writes regularly for the Australian Newspaper and other publications and appears consistently on Seven Sunrise, Sky News, The ABC and other media outlets. Michael has built a security research organisation developing products like CARR Australia’s defacto risk rating solution and Candiru – a world class simulated attack solution and security learning platform. Security in-Depth is head quartered in Melbourne and has offices in Sydney, US and UK.

Nicolas Sinclair

Cameraman and Video Editor

Nicolas Sinclair continues to refine and develop his video editing and camera skills with TheInformer, co-producing content for the series. His philosophy is building connections with people and gaining new perspectives from them to learn and grow. In working for TheInformer, Nicolas is looking forward to meeting the diverse range of people appearing on the program. When Nicolas isn’t editing TheInformer, his passion is producing music.

Athos Sirianos

Soccer Reporter and Content Producer

Athos Sirianos is a recently graduated journalist from RMIT with a passion for sport and storytelling. Athos has experience in print, radio and television – working as a presenter and producer at FNR Football Nation Radio, as well as co-hosting Channel 31’s AFL program The Rushed Behind. Athos has also had work published in the Herald Sun, Neos Kosmos and on The Roar sports website. Athos is  TheInformer’s soccer reporter and content producer.

Chris James

Economics and Industry Commentator

Chris James is the Executive Director of NORTH Link – the regional association for Melbourne’s North focused on economic development. He has served as an economist for the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and drove significant issues such as the deepening of the Port Phillip Bay Shipping Channels, where VECCI formed a business, union, farmer alliance to get the project approved. Chris managed the workforce skills issues with the Minerals Council of Australia and Skills DMC. He also serves on not-for-profit boards in the disability services and incubator and start-up space. Chris studied Economics and Politics at Monash University.

Rochelle Jackson

Producer and Urban Affairs Commentator

Rochelle Jackson is an investigative journalist/TV producer who hasworked in Australia’s electronic media all her life.

She specialises in crime and police stories writing In Your Face – the life and times of Billy “The Texan” Longley (ABC Books). Rochelle published Inside their Minds – Australian Criminals (Allen & Unwin) in 2008. Her third true crime book, Partners and Crime – The true stories of eight women and life with their notorious male partners (Allen & Unwin) was published in 2012. She is a regular on ABC Radio’s Nightlife program presenting “crime spots” on-air.

Rochelle is currently working on her fourth book.

Dr Mark Williams

Media law Commentator

Mark Williams is a Melbourne CBD solicitor in his own firm and a lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University.  He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University in English, legal and postgraduate qualifications in intellectual property law and worked at the Australian forefront of the convergence of the internet and cultural and intellectual property for nearly 30 years in research and development, technology transfer, and commercialisation of Australia’s industrial and intellectual innovation.

Bill Bowtell

Health Policy Commentator

Bill Bowtell AO is a health and international development strategist and policy adviser.  He was one of the architects of Australia’s successful response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and has served in a variety of HIV-related community organisations and advisory committees. Bill Bowtell has been a senior political adviser and consultant on health system reforms, international development and assistance.

Timothy Dalton

Music Industry Commentator

Tim Dalton is an international music industry professional with 40 years of experience. Over the years, he has undertaken a number of roles; audio engineer, record producer, studio owner, tour manager, artists manager, A&R consultant, educator and music business executive. Past credits include; Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Transvision Vamp, Atomic Kitten and many more bands that have long since disappeared into the mists of time.

Sabina Read

Commentator

Sabina Read is a psychologist, media commentator, speaker and communications specialist. In addition to working in private practice, Sabina is the Resident Psychologist and Social Commentator on a number of Australian TV and radio shows including Afternoons on Radio 3AW, and co-host on the new podcast, Human Cogs. Sabina is also the Resident Psychologist and Ambassador at SEEK; and Expert Ambassador at Kids Under Cover, a not for profit dedicated to the prevention of youth homelessness. She is also a speaker and MC with Saxtons, Consultant Psychologist and Coach with Corporate Health Management. Sabina is passionate about the universality of the human experience, believing that we all have more in common than we often realise.

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

COVID Infectious Diseases Commentator

Dr Kanhutu (FRACP, MBBS(Hons), BA/Bsc, MPH, MAICD) is an infectious diseases specialist and deputy chief medical information officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). She has over 15 years clinical experience in the public hospital sector with a professional skill set encompassing patient care, research and digital health project management.   

Shayne Hood

Youth Affairs Commentator

Shayne is a speaker, consultant, educator, youth specialist and photographer. The heart of Shayne’s work is motivated by his own lived experience, empathy, compassion and an unconditional positive regard for all, particularly the marginalised and vulnerable.

As a photographer (alias ‘Johnny Brixton’), Shayne’s current focus is documenting American subcultures. In particular, he is interested in exploring and documenting the powerful legacy of those living in hardship. 

“Every person is born with potential no matter what the lived experience”

Michael Ray

Becoming a Dad at 49 was a shock, and two years after that an even bigger shock when found himself as the sole parent to his beautiful baby girl.

Michael speaks about his insights from his personal journey and the profound impact being a solo dad has had on his outlook.

He conveys his important message to organisations and individuals, brimming with concrete, actionable research and guidance with a passion that inspires. (He also has a breadth of dad jokes!)

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Nicole Dunn

Nicole Dunn is a qualified Physiotherapist and Care Coordinator. Nicole has over 15 years of health service experience and has specialised in aged care. After becoming a live-in carer for her Nanna, this experience drove Nicole to be an advocate for older people. In 2019, Nicole was an expert witness at the Aged Care Royal commission.

 

Nicole’s passion is assisting older people to remain at home for longer by arranging in home aged care supports through her business Empower Aged Care Consulting. 

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Eva Chye

Eva Chye has been involved in the full spectrum of innovation and business growth for over 25 years – both within Australia and overseas – working in professional services, industry and not-for-profit with a specific focus on R&D collaboration and market development.

To keep the theme of innovation alive, Eva pushes the boundaries in her personal life by jumping out of a plane solo, hiking on Exit Glacier in Alaska, and learning adult ballet.

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Karalee Katsambanis

Karalee Katsambanis is an accomplished Australian TV commentator, author, journalist, columnist and media trainer. She has worked across Australia’s mainstream TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and online for the past 25 years.

She is a mother of 3 children and stepmother of 2 young adults.

Her book “Step Parenting with Purpose – everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask” provides invaluable insights and advice to those beginning or already on their stepparenting journey. It ranked Number 1 Amazon in “Step Families and Blended Families category” March 2020.

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David Basheer

 A Presenter, Commentator and Reporter, David Basheer’s media career spans over 35 years and includes, 9 FIFA World Cups (5 Men’s & 4 Women’s), UEFA Champions League, FA Cup football, the Asian Cup, 5 Olympic Games, 5 World Athletics Championships, the Tour de France and the Melbourne Cup carnival.

 In 2002 David hosted the “World Cup Today” show on ESPN Star Sports across Asia. In 2006 he was in Germany for ESPN Star Sports. At the 2010, 2014 & 2018 FIFA World Cups, David was the lead commentator for SBS. David has called four UEFA Champions league finals an FA Cup final from the famed Wembley stadium and the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg and most recently the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup from France.

 With ESPN Star Sports across Asia, he was a Presenter and Commentator for the network’s UEFA Champions League and Spain’s Primera coverage and was a commentator on Olympic Football finals in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016 for various broadcasters.

 David was a host of the World Game & Champions League programs on SBS.

David has been the lead commentator and presenter on 5 World Athletics Championships for SBS, fronted the Tour de France review show and hosted/commentated on various Cycling broadcasts including world road and track championships.

In Tennis David has been a long time commentator at the French Open & Australian Open as well as the Japan Open, ATP Bangkok, China Open and other ATP events as well as tennis at the past 5 Olympic games.