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Kylie Carlson

- Academy CEO and Creative Business Coach

For nine years Kylie ran a highly successful London based wedding and event business, planning and designing events around the world for an enviable list of high profile clients. After selling her company in 2003 she moved to Australia where she spent a year on the five-star resort of Hayman Island managing their onsite events as Operations Director.

After coming off the island she was looking for a change and it was then that the idea of sharing her knowledge by starting an online Academy for the wedding industry was born. Ten years later as CEO of the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning she manages 6 regional virtual campuses across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, UAE, South East Asia and North America. Through the Academy she has helped launch the careers of over 3,000 wedding professionals and is a business expert for the industry.

Kylie also has her own YouTube Channel and is a sought after speaker around the world. Through her personal brand she offers an intensive online business school for creative entrepreneurs, CEO School, along with a business retreat held in locations globally.

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Bonita started her career in media sales in South Africa working for some of the biggest media brands before moving to Dubai where she continued to work in media with brands such as Dubai 92, Virgin Radio and Star TV before moving to Saudi Arabia to work as a marketing manager for an architectural design firm.

Upon returning to the UAE, Bonita decided to use her media and marketing skills to join the wedding industry to work with BrideClubMe before joining the team at the Arabian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning to focus on Business Development.

Bonita has organised, attended and spoken at many indsutry events and throughincluding Dubai Wedding Summit, The International Convention of The Wedding Frathernity Europe (ICWF) and has also been a judge at BRIDE Dubai in 2017.

Her passion in life is to help others succeed be it as an individual in the industry or business looking to grow. She is involved with industry organisations such as ILEA to help foster talent and industry growth within the wedding community across the GCC

In her spare time Bonita enjoys scuba diving and travel



- Wedding and Event Planner

After over 10 years of marketing and event management experience working with multinational brands within the MENA region, Zeina co-founded a wedding and event management business in the UAE, Jive Events. Zeina also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. Her managerial experience combined with her entrepreneurship spirit and educational background, are key factors in the success of her business and her well-planned events.

Zeina is looking forward to passing the knowledge and skills gained in event management to students at the Arabian campus of Academy.

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Martha Tobyn

- Anemone

Martha is an Academy Alumni who studied the Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design. She joined the Academy team back at the end of 2016 as the Brand Manager and is the design genius behind our annual International Wedding Trend Report and quarterly Wedding Business Magazine. She also collates the Academy blog, manages our social media, helps to create the concept for many of the Academy styled shoots and works with us on all the studio days creating new course material. To say her role is varied would be an understatement, but as a former student herself she has a unique advantage and can really help students in their day to day study.

Not only is Martha our Brand Manager she is also the woman behind Anemone; the founder, planner and stylist who has a love of elegantly understated and unique city weddings. Martha comes from a fashion and brand management background and therefore takes a very design-led approach, has a fantastic eye for colour and texture and always pays attention to the finer details.