Tess Dryza

Tess Dryza is an Australian based consultant specialising in strategic planning, change management, stakeholder engagement and digital strategy.

Tess is concerned with innovations that support individuals and communities improve their wellbeing and sustainability. She speaks and consults on the social, cultural and economic opportunities offered by the Internet, working with commercial and not-for-profit clients to leverage the digital era.

Previously as the Director of Ripe Online P/L Tess worked with organisations across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to facilitate effective change including LINC Tasmania, The Pathways Project, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, University of Tasmania, Tourism Tasmania, Department of Education, the Australia Council for the Arts, Greening Australia, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Landcare Australia, the Alcorso Foundation, Arts Tasmania, National Museum of Australia, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, National Trust of NSW, Creative New Zealand, Salamanca Arts Centre, Medscope, TasVacations, The Performance Space, The Hayloft Project.

She has over fifteen years experience in the interactive industry as a web strategist, creative director, senior producer, information architect and instructional designer on a broad range of high-end accounts. For 11 years Tess was the executive producer and online community manager of the Australia Council’s, the global leader in its category, serving a membership of 30,000 professionals in 162 countries.

In 2010 and 2011 Tess was a member of the Australia Council’s Digital Culture Peer Review Committee and serves as a Board member for the Alcorso Foundation.

Prior to setting up Ripe Online she was the Creative Director at ZIVO (NSW) and the Open Training and Education Network. Tess has delivered industry development workshops in Bangkok for the Asian Productivity Organization and regularly leads round tables, think tanks, seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.

She holds an M.A in Design (Digital Media) and a B.A. in Communications (Marketing and Theatre/Media majors).


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