Emma Bamblett

Artist and Co-owner, Kinya Lerrk

Emma Bamblett is a proud Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara, Ngadjonji, and Taungurung woman and First Nations artist working in Naarm. Her art is a vibrant tapestry of color and culture, reflecting her deep-rooted cultural ties through the depictions of animals, totems and landscapes from her country. Her work spans various media from canvases and murals to digital art and homewares. Emma’s profound passion for visual art is rooted in the vibrant local arts community. Collaborating with fellow First Nations artist Megan Van Den Berg, Emma co-founded their business Kinya Lerrk, symbolising “women coming together” in Wemba Wemba. This partnership celebrates their unique First Nations heritages, working on projects that infuse living and workspaces with culturally enriched designs, paying tribute to the land’s custodians. Through her work in the community sector, Emma demonstrates her commitment to harnessing art’s transformative potential by serving as a conduit for personal journeys, stories and cultural connections with the vulnerable people she meets. Her dedication is driven by a passion for teaching, guiding and strengthening family bonds within the context of culture and community through art-based projects for children, youth, and families. Her work has been showcased at notable events such as the Koorie Night Market, Koorie Heritage Trust, and Craft Victoria, establishing herself as a dedicated custodian of First Nations art and culture.



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First Nations Culture in Events



First Nations Creative Leaders John Burgess and Emma Bamblett will be discussing the rise of First Nations innovation and offerings within the Australian tourism sector. In this session, John and Emma will touch on protocols and cultural considerations, the types of vendors, event organisers, speakers, artists, entertainment and caterers operating and how to access them. In addition, they will be providing attendees with some tools to get the best from this thriving sector and look at adopting some best practice when wanting to increase supplier engagement. 


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Target Audience

AIME 2024 Speakers

Knowledge Program and Ideas Academy Speakers Announced

Mark Cooper


Katy Aldrich

General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, SongDivision

Julz Partington

Creative Director, Encore Event Technologies APAC

Lisa Kelliher

Head of People & Culture, Be Challenged

Ron Anderson

Creative Experience Officer, Unicorn Group and REALM Australia

Kate Atkinson

Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pacific and Indonesia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sarah Morse

Director, Unchained Solutions

George Hawwa

Founder and Growth Director, Attention Experts

Rebecca Grace

General Manager, Centre for Inclusive Design

Lisa Ronson

Chief Marketing Officer, Coles Group

Thomas Staunton

CEO, SoldOut Events

Kai Hattendorf

CEO, UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

Stephen Koukoulas

Managing Director, Market Economics Pty Ltd

Simon Cooper

Managing Director, Interpoint Events

Virginia Loyola

Senior Manager, Global Sales, Arinex Group

Nicole Tingey

Director, Clockwise Consulting

Bruce Keebaugh

Co-Founder, The Big Group

Seb Terry

Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Sebastian Terry

El Kwang

Founder + Chief Engager, BEAMexperience

Ian Curley

Director of Kitchen Operations Australia, Ovolo Hotels

Diane Demetre

Motivational Leadership & Mindset Speaker, Diane Demetre

Peter Haycroft

Head Chef, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Katerina Grant

Director, Kat&Co

Mike Williams

Senior Partner & Senior Consultant, GainingEdge

Samantha Ferrier

Sustainability Manager, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Tanya Wick

Senior Leader, Totem Connections

Melissa Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Business Events Association

Chris Sheldon

Managing Director, Curtis Stone Events

Deanna Varga

CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global

Megan Van Den Berg

Co Owner, https://kinyalerrk.com.au/

Alana Bicknell

Director of Sales and Planning, New Zealand International Convention Center

Daniel 'Fuzz' Walker

Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Afterburner

Michelle Sargent

Director, CWT Meetings & Events

Melissa Murphy

Head of Conference Operations, Arinex

Veemal Gungadin

CEO, Gevme

Charlotte Juniper

Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023, Adelaide Convention Center

Henri Turra

Managing Director, Radish Events

Bernard Stephens

General Manager, Harry the Hirer

Natalie Simmons

Founder & CEO, Barefoot Citizens Consulting

Fernando Barraza

Creative Director, Cirkus Bizurkus

Jill Midlovets

Kitchen Coordinator, OzHarvest

Lucy Meixner

Adelaide Convention Center, Winner of ICCA AP Youth Challenge 2023

Lauren Hayward

Owner and Managing Director, Forum Group Events and Marketing

Lisa Meehan

Head of Delivery, Diversified Communications

John Burgess

Director of Strategy, Little Rocket

Nadav Kahn

Lead Wellbeing Facilitator, Vibrate Your Mind

Vanessa Green

CEO, Cliftons

Waikin Wong

Regional Director, ICCA Asia Pacific


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