Colette baini

Colette is the owner of The Conference Room, ensuring personal attention to each and every event managed by the agency. With 30 years’ experience in management of business events, international and domestic tourism, event production, wholesale and group travel and airline operations.

Colette is renowned for producing unique and innovative events and experiences that challenge the status quo. She maintains a flawless performance record. With an extensive appreciation and understanding of many international bluechip companies spanning all industries and every corner of the globe.

adrianna szozda
travel & event Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in corporate travel management and group logistics, Adrianna is our go-to guru for all things travel: in the air, on land and by sea. She possess the rare expertise of specialising in group and event logistics with a focus on guest experience and the effect of all decisions upon the event budget. Adrianna possesses an exemplary work ethic and applies this to ensure logistics excellence.

Languages:         English,Polish and German

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Ana leal
Event manager

With 10 years’ experience in event management and hospitality, Ana worked extensively within 5-star luxury hotels throughout Germany, Switzerland and Australia. 

Customer service is her guiding priority as Ana creates the most memorable events and guest experiences, from an intimate experience for 2 people through to events of 1,000+ guests.

Ana’s experience ranges from high end corporate to society events, international through to domestic reward trips, product launches, and special events through to select premium weddings.  

Her list of managing VIPs is the who’s who of the celebrity world including the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, AC/DC, Elton John through to NBA Allstars, a range of globally recognised European soccerteams, and perhaps lesser known Government officials. 

It is Ana’s intrinsic understanding of the end to end process that has made her an invaluable asset to The Conference Room. 

Born and raised in Germany Ana found her passion for Australia and business event tourism early. She has travelled to every inch of this sunburnt country. 

Often accused of being a perfectionist with German efficiency Ana directs her passion for Events and bespoke experiences into everything she does. The meticulous attention to detail is the key to her successful events and career in the event industry. Thinking outside the box, nothing is ever a “no” or “impossible” for Ana when it comes to creating unique experiences for her guests or events.

Languages          English,German, Portuguese, Spanish and French

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Sahara Khoury
Event manager

Sahara is our agency millennial - the voice of all that is hip and innovative and connected.

She has 5 years successful management of automotive projects, demonstrating exemplary organisational skills and a flair for visually appealing events. With a flair for the creative, Sahara delivers the oft forgotten elements of surprise and delight to her events.

Meticulous with detail, Sahara has several years’ experience managing national dealer meetings, incentive programs and launch events for a variety of automotive brands.

Sahara also manages our Silicon Valley & Seattle Tech customer base working with undoubtedly the most innovative, impactful brands on the planet. Completing a double degree in Tourism & Event Management and International Studies at UTS, her time studying was split between Australia and Canada completing part of her studies at a French language business school in Montreal.

Languages:         English& French

Stephen chase
Technology Manager

A creative problem solver and innovator, Steve keeps us at the forefront of technology, ensuring we’re always a step ahead in performance, capability and delivery.

With close to forty years of IT experience in positions ranging from Computer Operator to Programmer, Analyst to IT Director; and hands-on in setting up networks, telecommunications services, PCs/Printers/Devices, websites and cloud computing – we are covered across the full range of IT services and provisioning.

In previous roles Steve has: implemented networks, websites, electronic (paperless) document management systems; served as global technical support lead for a software vendor, chief cyber security officer and troubleshooter of last resort. Steve is most proud of being able to speak and translate tech-speak and common english.

He is a member of: the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), Project Management Institute (PMI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the System Administration, Networking and Security Institute (SANS).

Alice henman
event coordinator

Our in-house “Mrs Fix-It”, Alice works at making dreams come true.

Alice has worked in the travel and events industry for over 20 years with roles ranging from face to face travel agent, system technology support to MICE group sales for an international hotel chain and business development for destination management company.

Alice grew up in the UK, attended university in Arizona and for the last 20 years has lived in Australia. Prior to joining The Conference Room, Alice spent 3 years coordinating the community fundraising department at the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group, helping to raise vital funds for clinical research for gynaecological cancer research.

Alice has a passion for sustainability, environmental awareness and at the very least, making sure we all use  our keep cups.

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