Venues Canberra for their work at Exhibition Park in Canberra - 2017 National Finalist: Best Achievement in Venue Management

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Wesley Portelli

Wesley Portelli

Wesley’s career has been marked by the delivery of world-class entertainment and captivating ceremonies that have entranced global audiences. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to excellence, Wesley’s expertise spans a diverse array of formats, budgets, and cultures, all refined through his successful execution of Ceremonies and Major Public Events.

Recently appointed as Head of Event Strategy & Delivery, Experience Melbourne at The City of Melbourne, Wesley continues to leverage his extensive experience to enhance Melbourne’s standing as a premier events destination. Previously, as the Head of Ceremonies & Programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Events & Entertainment team delivered over 30,000 performances across six months of programming, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the 50th UAE National Day Ceremony, engaging more than 24 million visitors, while skilfully managing complex budgets and operational constraints. His contributions also extended to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, where he played a key role as Project Director for the Welcome to Qatar Ceremony, a dazzling spectacle on Doha’s iconic Corniche, that left a lasting impression on a global scale.

Wesley began his career in major events as part of the ceremonies team for the 18th Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006. He continued to make his mark with contributions to White Night Melbourne 2017 & 2019, Ballarat 2017 & 2019, Geelong 2018 & Bendigo 2018, the 21st Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018, the 1st European Games Baku 2015, and the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006. Wesley’s remarkable expertise in managing ceremonies, programming, and events, coupled with his commitment to artistic excellence, continues to redefine the art of live experiences and create unforgettable moments in the world of extraordinary events and entertainment.