The Honourable John Eren MP
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Minister for Sport and Minister for Veterans, a position he has held since December 2014.
Minister Eren is responsible for safeguarding Victoria's position as a world leader for business events, major events and tourism, and its title as Australia’s sporting capital.
His portfolio covers a range of entities including the newly created events and tourism marketing company, Visit Victoria, as well as iconic infrastructure such as the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks sports precinct.
His responsibilities also include ensuring opportunities for Victorians to participate in sport and recreation, protecting the welfare of Victoria’s veterans and their families, and ensuring the State appropriately commemorates its wartime history.
He has been a member of the Victorian Parliament since 2002 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2006 as the State Member for Lara. He was the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events from December 2013 to December 2014.
Michael Ebeid AM
SBS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Michael Ebeid has 30 years’ experience in senior management, executive and CEO roles in the technology, telecommunications and media industries across the Asia Pacific region. He has a successful track record in leading organisational transformations and is passionate about workplace culture and leadership.
Currently, Michael is the CEO & Managing Director of SBS and was appointed in June 2011. Under Michael’s leadership, SBS has launched NITV and Food Network free-to-air, struck an exclusive content deal with VICE, long-term rights agreements for the FIFA World Cup and Tour de France and deals for the English Premier League and A-League. SBS has become a market leader in digital streaming and leveraged its credentials in digital broadcast technology to deliver on Charter obligations through a major expansion of in-language services and programs for Australia’s LOTE community. A continuous focus on driving a high-performance and creative organisational culture, coupled with a program of continual efficiencies has made SBS the most agile media organisation domestically.
Prior to SBS, Michael was Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at the ABC for three years. Before that he was Commercial Operations Director at Optus Communications for 10 years. Michael began his career at IBM where he held various finance, sales and marketing positions in Australia and Asia over nine years. Michael has a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University), International Executive Development Program (INSEAD Business College, France), and Media Strategies Program (Harvard Business School, Boston).
In June 2017, Michael was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his significant service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs as an executive, innovator and business leader.
High Performance Director, Cycling Australia
During 12 years at British Cycling, Jones played an integral role in Great Britain’s success at the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games, in addition to a number of Commonwealth Games and World Championships campaigns.
In 2007, Jones moved to Perth where he spent six years with the Western Australia Institute of Sport, before returning to the UK and to the English Institute of Sport.
Most recently, Jones has served as Head of Performance Support and Innovation at the multiple Tour de France winning pro team, Team Sky.
Working across all levels at Team Sky, Jones was responsible for horizon scanning inside and outside sport for innovations and best practice, which could be adapted into practical performance gains for the team.
Bringing more than two decades of elite-level experience in coaching, management, leadership and sports science to the role, Jones is widely recognised for his innovative and forward thinking approach to training and preparation.
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