Michael Napthali, biography

Throughout his professional life Michael has been engaged with the arts and cultural sectors having dedicated himself to supporting, nurturing and advancing the careers, rights and aspirations of artists and the creative industries in Australia and internationally.

Michael has held roles as a media, entertainment and intellectual property lawyer working with a major Australian broadcaster before working with the Australian Government as a policy adviser to Federal Minster for the Arts and Prime Minister.

He has also served as an artist and label manager at Sony Music Entertainment, and was a judge and the manager of the celebrated pop band Bardot in Australia’s first music reality TV series Pop Stars.

Most recently as Director of the Australia in the UK programme for the UK/Australia Season 2021-22 Michael led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s collaboration with the British Council to deliver the largest ever international festival of Australian arts and culture ever undertaken.