Damien Hodgkinson

Damien Hodgkinson

Executive Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Damien works as Executive Director with Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His career includes leadership positions in the areas of organisational management and governance, communications and marketing, and private support. His executive and non-executive experience crosses festivals, performing arts, visual arts, artists with a disability, arts for young people and tertiary arts education; and he has held national leadership roles in the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Recent appointments include roles as Executive Director Operations & Company Secretary with the Australia Business Arts Foundation and General Manager/CEO of Melbourne Fringe.

Damien serves as Vice President of Arts Project Australia and is a Board Member of the Georges Mora Fellowship. He is also a Member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Arts and Cultural Management Program in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University.


10. 35 am – 11.35 am | Thursday 7th February 2019

Panel: How do we take advantage of how Australia is positioning itself within the global marketplace?

The opening session will ignite an important conversation for the sector – exploring how Australia is positioning itself within the global marketplace and what specific areas should be focused on for taking the best business advantage in regard to the events sector.

This insightful session will include panel members who are shapers of the Australian market within the events sector; advisors on the Australian marketplace from an international perspective; and key sector leaders profiling Australia to international markets.

Session Take Outs:

  • Learn how Australia is currently positioning itself
  • What areas / assets need to be understood
  • How can these areas be utilised for business advantage within the events sector

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