Sanj Surati
5 Feb 2019 | 16:00 - 17:00 | Main Stage | AV Magazine Add to calendar
Panel Debate: Diversity
Panel debate discussing diversity in the AV industry. The line-up for this session is:
• Sanj Surati, Digital Atelier and Founder of Tiger Heart
• Denise Nemchev, President and CEO, tvONE
• Amanda Eberle Boyer, Senior Director of Member Services, AVIXA.
The debate will be hosted by Clive Couldwell, Editor, AV Magazine.
This will be followed by the Women in AV (WAVE) networking event, sponsored by ISE.


Sanj Surati
Sanj Surati
Digital atelier
Tiger Heart
Sanj is an award winning multi-disciplined Digital Atelier with over twenty years of experience within the music, fashion and luxury industries.
London-based Sanj has been working within digital and technology since 1998. He has seen the cultural shift in human habit and behaviour as we all evolve into digital consumers.
Some of his successes have been burgeoning, ground breaking and, more importantly, culturally relevant.
Sanj started work in the Music Business developing an understanding of ecommerce and social trends within the web back in the late 90s. From there he started to help Digital Start Ups target Music Industry Professionals during the seismic shift of consumer habit evolution from physical products to digital.
His exposure to luxury began when the Head of Music at Burberry approached him regarding the use of holographic technology for a show in Beijing back in 2011. Over 120 million viewers watched the show live. Since then he has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Gucci, Charlotte Tilbury and last year’s worldwide launch of BMW’s luxury 7 Series.
He has worked with many award-winning artists as well and has brokered some exciting initiatives. His most notable project so far being part of the team that delivered the 2Pac hologram at Coachella back in 2012. This initiative won Titanium at the Cannes Lions and broke Digital PR Records faster than anything before that feat.
Tiger Heart is his new home where his specialty is working with technology to develop new live digital experiences for the purpose of product launches, retail experiences and experiential events.
He believes that we are still in the early stages of the 4th Industrial revolution. That there is a vast amount of great creative technology and digital ideas that are being conceived, designed, developed and delivered into the consumer space. That technology now is a part of everything we do, see and remember. That current technology developments are exciting, exploratory and for some businesses very frightening.
Sanj’s history of future thinking proves that the right application of technology can change the world and can communicate with people in an unforgettable way.
His current clients include: BMW, Gucci and Alphabet.
Amanda Eberle Boyer
Amanda Eberle Boyer
Senior Director of Member Services
Amanda Eberle Boyer has been with AVIXA, the international trade association of the professional audiovisual and integrated experience industries, for over eight years. In her time at AVIXA, she helped define the landscape of possible relationships with other associations and served as the initial point of contact with potential partners. She also cultivated relationships with members and their companies by developing training programs around AVIXA members that helped them work towards obtaining their CTS, CTS-D, or CTS-I.
In her current role as the Senior Director of Member Services, she oversees all operations of the Member Services Department and the strategic direction of AVIXA Membership. Her department oversees all AVIXA Councils and is actively involved with the AVIXA Diversity Council and AVIXA Women’s Council. Amanda also participated on an all women panel at the Women of CE Conference.
Denise Nemchev
Denise Nemchev
President & CEO
Denise Nemchev is an executive with more than 26 years of business experience holding senior level positions in privately owned and publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies. Most notably, Stanley Black & Decker (SWK). She has worked internationally including an expatriate assignment in Europe and has travelled and worked in over 40 countries. She is an authentic, creative business leader with a proven track record of driving real value for the people and companies she works with.
During her twenty-year career at Stanley Black & Decker, Denise progressed rapidly through roles of increasing responsibility. Including: manufacturing engineering, product design, strategic sourcing, financial planning & analysis, product management, marketing, brand management, acquisitions & integrations, and strategic planning. Given her depth and breadth of experience, Denise was appointed to the President of the Assembly Technologies Division in 2002, becoming the youngest—and first woman president—of any Stanley Works division in the company's then, 160-year history.
Her solid record of developing and executing strategies to drive financial growth, operational excellence and customer satisfaction has continued since that time. As President of several business units, she has solidified a reputation of exceeding commitments, delivering profitable growth with differentiated value propositions, taking market share, instituting sustainable business process improvements, and engaging employees in an inspiring way. Currently, Denise holds the position of President & CEO, tvONE Broadcast Sales, Inc.
She currently serves as an independent director on the board of Norbord (OSB). OSB is a publicly traded company on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). She also serves on the Board Member of Advancing Workplace Excellence (AWE). AWE is privately-held company dedicated to strengthening the organisation's leadership pipeline and creating an inclusive workplace culture where people are more consciously, creatively, and confidently contributing at higher levels.
Denise graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Psychology as well as being a three sport Varsity athlete (volleyball, basketball, and softball). She earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with concentrations in finance and technology.