The IGEA team consists of 4 full time staff.
RON CURRY, CEO
Since joining IGEA in 2008, Ron has played an instrumental role in tackling the emerging issues surrounding interactive entertainment, and demonstrating the positive influence of computer and video games in the broader community particularly within the education and health sector. Ron was an Advisory Committee Member on the ALRC’s Classification Review and holds a seat on the government’s Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety.
Prior to joining IGEA, Ron spent 15 years in the interactive entertainment business working for platform holders, publishers and distributors in areas as varied as sales, marketing, operations and general management. In this time Ron was also one of the founding Directors of IGEA, which was then IEAA.
BEN AU, Manager of Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Ben brings to IGEA a wealth of government expertise. Ben is responsible for monitoring, identifying and advising members on current and emerging policy and regulatory issues affecting the industry. His focus is to work proactively with members and governments to help drive the video games sector forward.
Prior to IGEA, Ben was a manager in the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and was previously the director of classification policy and research at the Department of Communications and the Arts, where he also helped to lead the Government’s 2017 review of Australian and children’s screen content policy and funding. Ben spent many years in Canberra in the Attorney-General’s Department and then the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he advised on cyber policies.
Ben loves games and has invested many, many hours in the FIFA, Civilization, Diablo and Assassin’s Creed franchises.
RAELENE KNOWLES, Communications and Member Services Manager
Raelene joined IGEA in 2009 after working for many years in various Marketing, PR and Sales roles for first and third party publishers for video games in the ANZ marketplace.
Raelene ensures delivery of data services to Members by way of market sell through and advertising data, digital insights and broader consumer research. She also organises all of IGEA’s events, from Board Meetings, Quarterly Member meetings and Research launches, through to the most popular annual event, the IGEA Football tournament. She also manages internal and external communications, working very closely with Espresso Communications, IGEA’s PR Agency.
JENS SCHROEDER, Industry Development Manager
Jens joined IGEA in 2019 after working as a lecturer for game design, manager of the SAE Sydney campus, Head of Academic Studies for Digital Media at Laureate Australia as well as Associate Dean (Design Vertical) for Torrens University.
Jens is also active in the development space; he is involved in a gamification project that aims to engage students of low socioeconomic status with tertiary education which has received an AU$50k grant from Optus as part of the Future Makers grant.