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Technology and Arts Specialist Troy Kelly Appointed as AFTRS’ Chief Technology Officer

AFTRS CEO, Dr. Nell Greenwood, today announced the appointment of Troy Kelly to the key role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Mr Kelly currently sits on the advisory board of a number of innovative Australian startups, drawing on his entrepreneurial experiences including three years in Silicon Valley with his own machine learning startup. Mr Kelly has a career background in both technology and the arts. Having toured theatrical productions worldwide, including a season on Broadway, he has enjoyed working with great storytellers for over 25 years, incorporating his technological expertise into theatre and applying his storytelling experience to technology.

In 2014, Mr Kelly led the design and construction of one of the world’s first carrier-agnostic television, radio and live performance broadcast facilities in Sydney, The X Studio. Drawing heavily on his experience designing and building data centres and his live broadcasting experience, Mr Kelly and his team created a world-class immersive and feature-filled experience for both content creators and consumers.

Most recently, Mr Kelly has been the CTO of world-leading stress and wellness startup, Pioneera.

This year, AFTRS is launching a new five-year corporate strategy, Creating the Future, with a redrawn mission to offer its world-leading, industry partnered training and education across Australia, providing better access and opportunities for both entry-level and established industry practitioners to develop new and emerging skills alongside legacy craft skills, as the industry and technology evolve.

As AFTRS’ Chief Technology Officer, Mr Kelly will oversee the internal production and technology activities of the School, devising creative and sustainable solutions that allow AFTRS to flex and meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry. The CTO is also responsible for monitoring industry trends both in the screen and broadcast and education sector, to ensure AFTRS has access to innovative technologies.

“I am delighted to announce Troy’s appointment. Troy’s passion for technology and the arts, his commitment to equity, inclusion and the ethical application of technologies make him a perfect fit for this role,” Dr Greenwood said. “The screen and broadcast industries have long been leaders in technological innovation and AFTRS needs to be a thought leader in this area, preparing our students for a technology environment that is always evolving.”

Mr Kelly said, “I’m incredibly humbled to join this prestigious team that has already helped some of our nation’s most successful storytellers on their journey. I’m looking forward to seeing AFTRS grow in our ability to educate and train with cutting edge technology and to helping our regional storytellers find their voice.”

Mr Kelly commences at AFTRS on 25 October 2021.