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Discover the intricate preparations behind hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. In this digital series, we'll explore the challenges, strategies, and innovations essential for ensuring venue readiness and delivering a flawless tournament experience for players, fans, and organizers. Join our esteemed panel of speakers, featuring Michelle Morris, Principal & Director, MI Global Partners, Nick SaunterCVE, CEO of Eden Park, Karin Osterberger, Venue Management, FIFA, Rhiannon Martin Venue Management FIFA. Together, they'll share invaluable insights, discuss challenges, and unveil strategies for orchestrating the FIFA Women's World Cup Soccer.


  • Kate Alexander (Head of Major Events at Melbourne & Olympic Parks)

    Kate Alexander

    Head of Major Events at Melbourne & Olympic Parks

    Kate is an accomplished professional in the venue and event management industry, with over 12 years of experience across both stadium and arena environments within the sport and entertainment sector. Currently serving as the Head of Major Events at Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Kate is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of large-scale events within the precinct, including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup last year.

    Kate is a dedicated advocate for enhancing operational efficiencies, maintaining safe and secure environments, elevating customer experiences, promoting sustainability, and fostering the growth and development of team members.

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  • Michelle Morris (MBA) (Principal at MI Global Partners)

    Michelle Morris (MBA)

    Principal at MI Global Partners

    Michelle is a strategic thinker with a passion for learning and innovation, constantly seeking to deliver sustainable outcomes for her clients. Over the course of her 30-year career she has developed deep connections and experience across a wide range of organisations in sport and major events, and in the tourism sector.

    Michelle, a Director and Principal at MI has an appreciation of sport and event strategy at all levels from grass roots to the international stage. Her major event expertise originated at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and 23 years later she is still heavily embedded in the International mega events industry, seconded to work with the IOC at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and more recently delivering bidding, planning and delivery of major events and mega sporting events.

    Michelle is recommended for her knowledge and skills in delivering complex multi-faceted major event projects. She has led and delivered several successful bids to bring major international events to cities and nations, including the ICC T20 World Cup 2028 bid for Australia and New Zealand and the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 bid for Australia. Throughout her career Michelle has led operational master planning and strategic projects for organising committees, sporting organisations, Olympic Committee’s and Government with specialism in bidding, governance and risk, sustainability and operational planning. She brings a high level of venue delivery experience to her projects and understands how venues need to seamlessly operate in a major event environment with multiple stakeholders.

    Prior to joining MI, Michelle was responsible for identifying and securing major events for Visit Victoria. She has also been involved in several major event projects spanning from Olympic and Commonwealth Games to World Cups. She delivered a full Venue Selection process across Australia and New Zealand to review and select the venues required to deliver the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and went on to lead planning and delivery for the tournament. Other roles have included Chief Operations Officer for World Youth Day 2008 Melbourne Office, CEO of the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games and senior roles within the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s.

    Michelle is an active member of VicSport, a Committee Member of the Mordialloc Surf Life Saving Club and on the Board of Squash and Racquetball Victoria. In her spare time she is a busy mother of twins.

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  • Rob Nelson (Chief Executive Officer at MI Global Partners)

    Rob Nelson

    Chief Executive Officer at MI Global Partners


    Rob is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of industry experience spanning sport, major events, business events, tourism & destination marketing, venue management, economic development, and aviation.

    Rob’s professional career started with surf lifesaving in South Australia before heading to Sydney to manage the professional Ironman/Ironwoman circuit which lead him to join SOCOG (Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games). As a senior member of the venue operations team, he become Venue Manager for the Sydney Superdome (now Qudos Bank Arena) for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rob returned to Adelaide following the Games, to lead Events SA’s (part of the South Australian Tourism Commission) events portfolio which included the Santos Tour Down Under, International Horse Trials and Classic Adelaide Rally along with leading the host city agreement for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He went on to become SA Rugby’s first CEO where he secured the rights to host a round of the IRB Sevens in Adelaide.

    Following Rugby, Rob moved to the world of AFL where he held executive roles at the SANFL, Port Adelaide and Glenelg Football Clubs. Ambition and sun lured Rob and his family to Brisbane where he joined the Brisbane Economic Development Agency initially to lead the Convention Bureau before being promoted to COO. Rob has since tasted the world of aviation as Chief Commercial Officer with Alliance Airlines before taking on a consultancy role with AusCycling to lead a review into their events portfolio. Rob joined MI Global Partners as CEO in July 2023.

    Building a reputation for being driven, building teams and developing strategy to deliver tangible outcomes, his areas of expertise include strategy design & execution; personal & professional development; operational planning & process improvement; change management & organisational realignment; galvanising teams around united purpose; stakeholder engagement; and marketing & brand strategy. Rob is also an accredited facilitator and has chaired or participated in several taskforces across the sport, tourism and related industries.

    Core to Rob’s journey to date has been resilience and embracing a growth mindset, always seeking ways to improve the organisations he has worked with and leaving a positive impression on peers and colleagues.

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  • Nick Sautner CVE (Chief Executive Officer at The Eden Park Trust)

    Nick Sautner CVE

    Chief Executive Officer at The Eden Park Trust

    Nick crossed the Tasman and joined the Eden Park team in June 2016 after a resume filled with roles in the stadium, event and entertainment sectors. 20 years’ experience has included responsibilities at Colonial Stadium, Telstra Dome, Etihad Stadium, Domain Stadium and the West Australian Football Commission.

    Throughout Nick's career, he has remained committed to enhancing business acumen as well as acquiring further technical skills and knowledge. Nick studied in China, Germany and the USA and holds Bachelor degrees in Business and in the Arts, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne.

    Outside of work, Nick played 260 VFL matches and won 5 premierships with Sandringham and 2 VAFA premierships with Wesley Collegians. Amongst a number of individual honours, he kicked 883 goals in the VFL competition and hold the competition record for leading goal kicker.

    In 2019, Nick was proud to receive the Executive of the Year award at TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Manchester, Venue Executive of the Year and Supreme Venue Person of the Year at the EVANZ Awards (Entertainment Venues Association NZ).

    Nick proudly became a Certified Venue Executive (CVE) in May 2020 with the International Association of Venue Managers.

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