Simon Abrahams is Creative Director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe, and Chair of Theatre Network Australia, an organisation he co-founded in 2009. He has held executive and senior programming roles devising transformational artistic and strategic frameworks in organisations including the Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Polyglot Theatre and Gasworks Arts Park. He was recently appointed by the Victorian Government to its Ministerial Council for Volunteering, and also sits on the Theatre Panel for the Helpmann Awards. In 2015, Simon completed a research project investigating theatre for young people in Belgium, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Simon regularly works as a facilitator, host, public speaker, peer assessor and arts consultant. In 2014, Simon was awarded the CHASS Australia Prize for an Emerging Leader and together with his Polyglot colleague Sue Giles, Simon was named among Arts Hub’s Top Ten Australian Arts Leaders of 2010.