The TEDxFremantle Team

Tara DePaolo

Lead organizer, Event Management, Curation

Tara has been an active member of the Fremantle community for the past 15 years, including participating in and organizing events, as well as being an integral part of the artist community - inspiring artists and photographers, and entertaining with dance.

Tara is now undertaking a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, with special interest in the ontology of time and the concept of freedom.

Michelle Ridsdale

Co-organizer, Executive Production, Curation

Michelle is a business process consultant with over 15 years experience. She also runs an entertainment business with a focus on World Dance and Theatrical Dance productions. Her interests lie in collaboration between the arts and business and particularly the exchange of creative processes between the two sectors. She is excited to be part of TEDxFremantle management and curation team.

Robby Lang

Co-organizer, Curation

Robby was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1956. He has worked in electronics for 12 years in the U.K., California, N.S.W., and at The Solar Research Institute of WA.

Robby was the first legal street trader in Fremantle, and has a long history of working to enrich the culture of the City of Fremantle, transforming the industrial area into an arts hub, supporting wilderness projects and bringing Fremantle to the world. He started Fremantle Fibonacci Centre, restoring a derelict paint factory in Fremantle's old industrial area and providing incubation and a venue space for performance, art and community projects.

He is currently a blacksmith and cultural event organiser.

Dr. Sajni Gudka

Curation & Communications

Sajni is an academic within the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Western Australia. She has a research-infused allied health education together with strong record of collaborations with prominent public health researchers in the field of paediatrics, women’s health, sexual health, mental health and environmental health.

Her passion and desire to translate, implement and evaluate projects across the whole continuum of health interventions; from those targeting the social determinants of health to those addressing health service innovation; has led her to an active role in community engagement and political advocacy.

She is the founder and director of The Urban Impact Project; a steering committee member of The Beeliar Group – Professors for Environmental Responsibility; and the ex-chair and current secretary of the The Hamilton Hill Community Group.

Natasha De Souza

Production and Curation

Natasha is a media professional and entrepreneur who started her professional journey as an actor in Pakistan and moved to Australia in 2012. With experience of being both in front and behind the camera, Natasha has worked with MTV Pakistan and been a video journalist for the United Nations, USAID and the world bank, as well as producer and consultant on an international Bollywood feature film. She is the founder of Beehive Films and BEEcause, and is a passionate beekeeper now living in Fremantle, Perth.

Michael Barker


Michael has had a life in the law. He is also the inspiration behind the Fremantle Shipping News, at, the popular online magazine all about Fremantle. He is yet another who lives and breathes Freo and all it has to offer.

Barry Mannolini-Winwood


Barry is an all-round nerd. After working as everything from a Butler at a hotel, to Operations Manager for a boutique IT consultancy, he finally decided to return to university and pursue his passion for knowledge. He attributes his love of speculative fiction as directly responsible for his dedication to receiving a bachelor degree in neuroscience, psychology and philosophy. Continuing his lifelong education, Barry is currently studying for his Master’s degree with the University of Notre Dame Australia exploring conceptual frameworks, incommensurability and the replication crisis in psychology.

Jacinta Taylor-Foster


Jacinta is a Noongar woman living in Fremantle. When she is not working as an Aboriginal Teaching Assistant at a local school, she is going for bush walks to take photos of local flora.

James Quinton


J.P. Quinton is a PHD candidate in Creative Writing at UWA. He is the author of many poetry books, as well as a novelist. His first novel Bad Boy Boogie: The Adventures of Bon Scott is available on Amazon. His second novel, Notes From The Bibbulmun, will be available in 2019.

Paula Smith

Speaker Coach

Paula Smith CSP has been helping experts, entrepreneurs and organisational leaders to grow their business and amplify their brands by harnessing the power of speaking for the past 30 years.

Paula is the expert in Presentation Intelligence® and admits she is just a little bit obsessed with quality training, presenting and making an impact. Her tertiary studies in adult learning and education ensures the intended message is always communicated.

Professional Speaker, Master Trainer, Author, CEO of the Global Institute of Training and Presenting and editor of IMPACT workforce development magazine, Paula brings her rich life experience and solid expertise to her coaching clients and the platform in a dynamic and infectious way every time. She is looking forward to coaching the TEDx Fremantle speakers.

Lou Wales


Phoebe Pin