Simon Abrahams is Creative Director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe (2015-present), where he is recognised as one of Australia’s arts and cultural leaders. He is a life member of Theatre Network Australia, an organisation he co-founded then Chaired from 2010-2017. Simon has previously served as Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas (2013-14) and as Executive Producer and Co-CEO at Polyglot Theatre (2007-12). Simon regularly works as a facilitator, host, peer assessor, mentor, judge and arts consultant, known for his expertise in inclusive leadership, advocacy, dramaturgy, work for children, and art in public space. Simon currently sits on the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Board Programming Committee and the City of Melbourne's Night Time Economy Activation Taskforce, and is a Trustee for the Betty Amsden Foundation.