Simon Abrahams is Creative Director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe, and Chair of Theatre Network Australia, an organisation he co-founded in 2009. Recognised as one of Australia’s arts and cultural leaders, Simon is best known for creating transformational artistic and strategic frameworks for organisations including Polyglot Theatre, the Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Gasworks Arts Park. His work has focused on developing artistic programs which provide platforms for the work of young people, brave artists, emerging artforms and big ideas. He currently sits on the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council for Volunteering, the Theatre Panel for the Helpmann Awards and the Artistic Advisory Panel for Theatre Works. 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, performer, peer assessor and arts consultant. In 2014, Simon was awarded a CHASS Australia Prize for leadership.