Simon Mordant

Australian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale
'The Venice Biennale - what's in it for Australia'
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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Simon will address the importance of Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale and the importance of Australia’s creative talent being exposed internationally and he will also discuss the journey to building a new Australian Pavilion in Venice which will open in May 2015.

Australia is the only country able to redevelop its Pavilion and is concluding the building of the first 21st Century building in the Biennale Gardens and indeed in Venice-there is great interest in this project from within the art’s community internationally and the Venetian community.

Australia wants to be known as a culturally ambitious nation and Australia’s participation in the Venice Biennale and the construction of this new building-a public and private sector project where the substantial portion of the funding was raised from 80 families across Australia-is a key part of realising that aspiration.

Simon Mordant is a corporate adviser and philanthropist.

He has 30 years’ experience in advising Australian and multinational companies and Government on their M&A and capital markets strategy.

Until 2014 Simon was Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co. In 1999, Simon co-founded Caliburn and was Joint Chief Executive Officer of the firm. Previously, he was Co-Head of Corporate Finance at BZW and ABN Amro. Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Simon is the Australian Commissioner to the 2015 Venice Biennale , a role he also performed in 2013. In addition Simon has led the campaign for the redevelopment of the new Australian Pavilion in Venice.

Simon is Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a director of MOMA PS1, a director of the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a member of the Leadership Council of the New Museum in NY, an advisory board member of Venetian Heritage in Italy, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia, and was Deputy President of Takeover Panel 2000-2010. Simon was awarded an AM being made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “Services to the Arts and to the cultural environment of Australia through philanthropic and executive roles, and to the community”.