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Women in Media Awards Winners 2023

Agency Sales/Account Management

Belinda Drew – The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song

Best Ad Campaign

UN Women Australia | Equality: Our Final Frontier – The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song

Business Support

Amanda Curr – Seven Network

Casting Agent

Kylie Green – The Lime Agency

Champion of Change

- sponsored by Nine
Poppy Reid – The Brag Media

Client Services

Karyn Smith – Publicis Groupe


Elle Bullen – Bullfrog

Creative Producer

Di Nash – Thinkerbell




Zeina Khodr – Paper + Spark

Executive Leader

Jacquie Alley – The Media Store

Glass Ceiling Award

- sponsored by Marie Claire
Elle Bullen – Bullfrog

Journalist / Producer

Nina Funnell –

Lifetime Achievement

- sponsored by QMS
Jane Caro


Sarah Gallon – Tourism Australia

Media Buyer / Planner

- sponsored by Twitch
Lucie Jansen – Spark Foundry

Media Sales / Account Management

Ashleah Harding – Cartology


Sarah Scott Paul – Enero Group

People and Culture

Hannah Jones – Sparro

Project Manager

Claire Riding – Wavemaker

Public Relations

Genevieve Brammall – News Corp Australia

Rising Star

- sponsored by OMD
Charlotte Berry – Innocean

Social Change Maker

- sponsored by Australian Women's Weekly
Nina Funnell –


Fran Clayton – DDB Group Sydney


Azadeh Khojandi – The Trade Desk

Social Media

Shivani Maharaj – Wavemaker

People's Chocie

- 13,346 votes
Anjuli Patel – Seven Network

Power List

Aimee Buchanan

Woman of The Year

- sponsored by Are Media
Elle Bullen – Bullfrog

Kumi Taguchi

TV/Radio Host | Writer | Speaker | MC

Initially training as a classical violinist, Kumi Taguchi has spent over two decades building an expansive and illustrious career in media, from radio, television, current affairs, and long-form documentary. Most recently, Kumi has been welcomed as the new host of SBS’s flagship current affairs program Insight, ‘Australia’s leading forum for ideas’. Prior to Insight Kumi has held a number of roles at the biggest names in Australian media including ABC, Classic FM, Triple J; as well as Star TV and Asian Television in Hong Kong.

A regular host of major live events, Kumi has graced the stage for ​the Australian of the Year Awards, Stargazing Live,​ and ​The Invictus Games​ in Sydney in 2018, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million. Outside of the workplace, Kumi is always up for an adventure, especially one that pushes her physical and mental limits. She has reported live from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and has run two half marathons and a marathon in central Australia!

Leigh Sales AM

Keynote Speaker

Leigh Sales AM is a multi award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for twelve years, anchored the network’s prime time current affairs program 7.30. She has been the face of the ABC’s major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John. Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia’s highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award. She’s the author of four books, including the national bestseller Any Ordinary Day and most recently Well, Hello. Leigh also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3.

It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads monthly and has an associated facebook group with almost 40,000 members. In 2018, Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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