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Andrew Carruthers is a Hospitality Management lecturer with 15 years’ experience in both VET and Higher Education. Currently he teaches in Holmesglen Institute’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management, with responsibility for the program’s final-year industry placement units. Prior to moving into education, Andrew worked in a variety of management roles with international hotel companies Accor and IHG.
Edward Valeau is an American Council on Education Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar; a consultant to the City of Wuixin, President Emeritus of the California Community Colleges for International Education; a former Educational Advisor; former Chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on International Education; Board of Directors of the American Council on Education Commission on International Education; and co-author. He is a senior partner with ELS LLC, a higher education executive search and interim placement firm.
Mary Faraone has extensive experience in the VET sector, working with industry, RTOs and at TAFE. Ms Faraone has been at Holmesglen since mid-2003 and in her previous role as Executive Director, Educational Development and Design, Mary was instrumental in leading the Institute’s teaching and learning, securing a number of significant national and international commercial projects and the introduction of higher education. The Institute is now widely recognised as a leader in non-university higher education delivery. Since commencing as Chief Executive in October 2013, Mary has embarked on an organisational renewal agenda which aims to build on the Institute’s history and reputation and lead the Institute in the next phase of its journey as a relevant and contemporary tertiary provider. Mary is committed to TAFE and the role of public education in social inclusion and social cohesion and ensuring TAFE thrives in the contestable market. Mary currently is member of the Victorian Ministerial Roundtable for International Education with the Minister for Training and Education and the Minister for Industry. Mary was appointed as the Victorian representative on the TDA Board in July 2015 and in October 2016 was appointed for a three year period as Chair of the TAFE Directors Australia Board.
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a key member of the OECD’s Senior Management team, he supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. In addition to policy and country reviews, he oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Skills Strategy, the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).
Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Craig Robertson commenced as CEO of TAFE Directors Australia in April 2017. The organisation promotes nationally and internationally the critical role that TAFEs play in tertiary education in Australia. On behalf of its members TDA also works with global multi-lateral organisations, and with overseas governments and their industry and provider representatives to assist in the deployment of training and workforce development to enhance economic capabilities. Prior to joining TDA Craig worked in the Victorian Government in 2015 and 2016 with responsibilities for the operation of vocational education and working with Victorian universities. Craig also worked for over 30 years in the Commonwealth Government with responsibilities in national policy and program delivery relating to employment services, funding for schools and most aspects of vocational education and training. Craig was also an inaugural member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council formed in 2011. Craig holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration and Bachelor of Education (Primary).
First elected to Federal parliament in 2010 representing the electorate of McPherson on the southern Gold Coast, Karen Andrews was re-elected in 2013 and 2016. Karen has held the following portfolio positions:
– December 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science
– September 2015, Assistant Minister for Industry and Science
– Since July 2016, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Karen is focused on raising the status of VET and ensuring people have the skills industry is looking for. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations.
Since May 2011, Dr Shyamal Majumdar is Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. Before he was Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) Manila, Philippines; Vice President of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) and Professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India. He holds a Master in telecommunications engineering and a Ph.D. in educational computing. As a TVET expert, Mr. Majumdar has conducted a variety of programmes and projects in the education sector across the globe. He was an author of more than 100 research papers and a co-author for more than 20 book publications. His achievements include international awards such as IVETA Award and CPSC TVET Leadership Award.
Chancellor Lambert was born in South Korea and has lived in three continents. He is the 2017 CEO of the Year of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He has promoted community colleges around the world and has been invited to speak in numerous international forums.
Chen Qiuming, male, doctor and professor of law, currently serves as the Board Chairman of Shenzhen Polytechnic. He has long been engaged in the study of law and higher education. Chen presided several scientific researches including the Social Science Fund Program of Guangdong Province and published a monograph On the Law Systems of Policy-based Guarantee Companies and nearly 40 academic papers. Chen is also a member of the Vocational College Cultural Quality Education Steering Committee and Deputy Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneur Sub-committee of the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Castro-Salazar is an educator and Community College administrator. He is also an Associate Researcher, University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies. Fulbright Administrative Scholar in Russia. Has graduate degrees in England, Holland, Mexico, and USA. Has published in English and Spanish in various international journals and edited volumes and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
Jon Black is the Managing Director of TAFE NSW, and previously the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
He has a strong background in water management in Queensland as the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern South East Queensland (SEQ) Distributor-Retailer Authority, UnityWater, and prior to that, the SEQ water and sewerage distribution business.
He has first-hand industry knowledge plus a wealth of leadership proficiency gained over a 25 year career with the Australian Army, He draws upon this experience to lead organisations to succeed.
His education history has provided him with qualifications from the University of New South Wales, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Royal Military College, Duntroon and the United States Marine Corps, Virginia, USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.
Russell McKay is an economist, monitoring, evaluation and research specialist supporting workforce development projects across the Pacific. He undertakes labour market analysis, and provides strategic input to scholarship, TVET, and employment projects. At Project Partnership, he delivers advisory as Monitoring, Evaluation, Value for Money Assessment, Program Management, Quality Assurance and Project Design.
Asami Shimoda is a research fellow of the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University. Through her previous work at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), she has field experience in international cooperation in the area of education namely JICA Technical Cooperation Projects in Honduras and Zambia. She also did a comprehensive evaluation result research which were targeted in the field of technical education, such as King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand, Electronics Engineering Polytechnic Institute of Surabaya, Indonesia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, Japan Senegal Vocational and Technical Training Center, Senegal, when she was stationed at JICA HQ.
As Head of Market Intelligence at QS Enrolment Solutions, Tim has worked on research, insights and strategy projects with many universities and peak bodies across Australia and New Zealand. An expert in research design and delivery, Tim produces the QSES International Student Survey and QSES Future Student Survey, and is passionate about using data to understand what drives student decision-making.
Hasmukh Lal is Executive Director of Pacific Technical and Further Education and Project Director for Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development, at The University of the South Pacific. He is an innovative, transformative and entrepreneurial leader and has proven record as one of the young and vibrant senior management staff at the University.
As the lead Trainer of Certificate III Carpentry, Gail Waki Tamakam is responsible for course delivery at APTC Vanuatu. The passion she has, and the support she gets from her family and colleagues, has driven her to be where she is today. Gail shines bright to set a path for other women in trades to follow.
Mark Halabe’s vision, hard work and steadfast leadership has led to the growth of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry in Fiji. His commitment to upskilling his workforce at Mark One Apparel has improved the livelihoods of many women in Fiji and enabled his company to provide high quality sportswear for some of the world’s renowned sporting teams.
Rosalind Latiner Raby, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at California State University, Northridge. She also is the Director of California Colleges for International Education, a non-profit consortium of California community colleges. Dr. Raby received her Ph.D. in the field of Comparative and International Education from UCLA.
Dawn Ward CBE is CEO and Principal of a Burton and South Derbyshire College, a high achieving technical College in the UK. Following her successful international career, Dawn has worked at an executive level in Colleges for over 20 years. She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for Services to Education.
Gao Yang is a Vice Director at Tianjin City Vocational College. She is an active researcher and in 2017 was awarded a research fellowship to investigate work integrated learning environments. She was recognised for her teaching excellence in 2014 when awarded of first place in the National Vocational College ICT Teaching Capability Competition.
Assistant Prof Dickson Yan teaches into the BSc in Environmental Engineering and Management at THEi. Dickson will speak about approaches to vocational teaching and applied research in the VPET sector and the use of new technologies and real-world projects in preparing students for the future world of work.
Fiona Wahr, PhD. holds a newly created role at Melbourne Polytechnic to promote and support staff engagement in applied research and scholarship. Her research examines transformative educational change in learning and teaching development. Using action oriented projects, Fiona collaboratively explores engagement in and impact of authentic professional learning.
Kepreen has extensive experience working in Tonga and the wider Pacific region in policy and planning, tourism management, project management advancing human rights, gender and leadership. She has held a diverse range of roles in the Tongan VET sector with government, private sector businesses and non-government organisations. Before joining Tonga Skills Kepreen was the gender focal point in Tonga for the UN Women. She holds a Masters in Tourism from Monash University.
John is responsible for the operations of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, the largest public provider of trade training in Queensland. John’s passion for VET stems from a long career spanning hospitality, business and trades. John leads a dedicated team supporting the training of students who choose to explore a vocational pathway.
Bannau Tiiata has worked in the vocational education sector in Kiribati for the past 15 years. Since 2008 Bannau has held senior TVET leadership roles, most recently as the Officer-in-Charge at the Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT). In 2015 Bannau was awarded a Lecturer Fellowship and spent four months with TAFE SA. Ms Tiiata has participated on study tours and training programs in Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
I Made Suarta is a senior lecturer at the Bali State Polytechnic. He has taught business mathematics, business statistics, and computer applications in the Accounting Department. He completed the Vocational and Technical Education doctoral program in 2011 from Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia. I Made is currently doing research on employability skills.
As an immigrant herself, Nawal fully understands the issues surrounding settling into a new country. Her career guidance, marketing and skills as a Pathways Counsellor in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) enable Nawal to provide settlement, career and study advice and assistance to newly arrived people in the community.
Tony O’Brien is a senior executive with international experience in the private sector ranging from IBM and Fletcher Building through to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. He joined Wintec in 2012 and has been directing the New Zealand – China Vocational Education and Training Model Programme (Sino -NZ Model Programme) since November 2014.
Casey O’Brien has more than 20 years of industry experience in information security, large-scale IT implementation/project management in challenging and cutting edge computing environments that include both public and private sectors. Casey’s research interests include cybersecurity competition design and practice analysis as well as scalable and cost-effective information security laboratories.
Dr. Takayoshi Maki is an Associate Professor in Human Resource Development for Education at Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan. Currently, he works with researchers and practitioners in Malawi, Zambia, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar besides Thailand. His research laboratory strives to build an atmosphere for conducting long-discussion in multiple languages including indigenous languages for study sites, Japanese, and English, and to be a collective entity of truth-seekers who are strongly motivated, operating by the motto ‘research as my daily meal.’
Dr. Shahrzad Kamyab is a lecturer in the TESOL program at University of San Diego. Currently, she’s the chair of San Diego-Tijuana sister city and instructs the staff of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego to improve their communication and writing skills in English.
Shanan Holm joined Open Polytechnic in 2010 and led the product development and direction of iQualify, a digital learning platform created by and at Open Polytechnic that serves the learning needs of a range of businesses, professional organisations, secondary schools and tertiary education providers.
Evelyn Goodwin is the Manager, VET Policy & Projects of Community Colleges Australia, responsible for professional development activities and policy development. She managed sustainability and quality assurance projects at Sydney Institute of TAFE and has coordinated Registered Training Organisation professional development activities for the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Uttam Gaulee is a faculty member in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University. He studies international higher education at the intersection of higher education policy, globalization, and multiculturalism. Dr. Gaulee also supervised the organization of national policy summit on reverse transfer and talent pipeline management. He is currently documenting the international adaptations of the American community college.
Dr. Martina Gaisch is a teacher of English, intercultural competence and diversity management at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria. She completed her doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Vienna and is a certified ESOL examiner of the University of Cambridge for more than ten years . As an applied linguist and diversity manager working at a school of informatics, her main research areas are at the interface of educational sociology, higher education research and sociolinguistics.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon is a research project manager at the Centre d’initiation à la recherche et d’aide au développement durable (Research Initiation and Sustainable Development Support Centre) (CIRADD), a College center for technology transfer (CCTT) affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. Mr. Gagnon has also taken part in the design, development and implementation of international TVET projects, especially in the CARICOM region. Mr. Gagnon holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Political Science.
Anne Deschepper has an extensive background in vocational and higher education with special interest in curriculum design, educational innovation and the interaction between education sectors. She has wide ranging experience in working with academic, industry and government stakeholders in education research, evaluation, operation, management and governance projects.
Professor Nitza Davidovitch serves in teaching and administrative positions at the Ariel University. She is currently the Head of Quality Assessment and Academic Instruction in Ariel University and the Head of the Israeli Consortium of Faculty Development Centers. Her areas of research interest include academic curriculum development, development of academic instruction, Holocaust awareness and Jewish identity, student exchange programs with Germany and Poland, preservation of the heritage of Jewish sects, and moral education.
Audree Chase-Mayoral, Associate Director of Global Online Graduate Degrees and Training at Lehigh University’s College of Education. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. She is co-author/editor of numerous publications including, The Global Rise of the U.S. Community College, and Community Colleges Worldwide: Investigating the Global Phenomenon, International Perspectives on Education and Society.
Marcelo Henrique Carneiro Camilo is a Professor and Director of International Relations at the Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN), Brazil. Since 2007, he has worked in the Internationalization of IFRN where he has coordinated partnerships with Fulbright, European Universities, and the Brazilian Mobility Program amongst others. He is currently a member with International Relations forums FORINTER and FAUBAI.
Mike Brown is a Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University, Melbourne. His research and teaching focuses on aspects of Adult, Professional and Vocational Education. He started out as a trade teacher and has been involved in statewide and national projects. He is currently on the Board of the VET Development Centre.
Fayaz Amiri is an Afghan Fulbright scholar, who pursued his master’s degree through Fulbright Scholarship in Comparative and International Education at Lehigh University and will be obtaining his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Denver University. Amiri is currently working with Higher Education Development Program at Afghan Ministry of Higher Education, as Senior Academic and Managerial Development Manager.
Roberto Gil Rodrigues Almeida: holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Uberlândia , a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and a PhD in Soil Science from Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP. He is currently a professor at the Federal Institute of Triângulo Mineiro and holds the position of rector.
Dr. Regina Aichinger is the Vice Executive Prosident responsible for organisational and staff development, quality management, diversity management, and accounting to the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. In 2011, Dr. Aichinger established a special unit for higher education research and development.
Julie Wright (M Ed) is Course Leader of VET and undergraduate Fashion programs at Holmesglen Institute. In a career spanning more than 30 years, she initially worked in the fashion industry as a Training & Development manager before entering the education sector as a curriculum writer, VET teacher and Higher Ed lecturer. Knowledge acquisition has always been at the heart of Julie’s practice, and her Master’s thesis explored the acquisition of higher order thinking skills in a training package context.
Andrew Williamson is Executive Director of the Victorian TAFE Association. This follows roles as Director in the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Associate Director at Victoria University and CEO of the Australian Technical College. Andrew holds a Masters of Education, Bachelor of Arts and is a chef and teacher.
Associate Professor Melanie Williams is Associate Dean (Scholarship) at WAI. Here role is to support vocational and higher education staff to develop a scholarly approach to their teaching practice. She has worked in academic development and the scholarship of learning and teaching in the vocational and higher education sectors.
John Widdowson CBE is the Principal of New College Durham, one of the first English colleges to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council. He has a particular interest in the development of college-based HE to provide alternatives to traditional approaches to higher education.
Juliana Vilela Alves Pacheco – holds a degree in Linguistics -English and Portuguese and Masters in Linguistics and bachelors degree from the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). Is responsible for the Idioms without Borders (ISF) and International Affairs and Language Center Coordinator of the Federal Institute of the Triângulo Mineiro (IFTM).
Tony Tai is the recently retired General Manager of IBM Hong Kong with a 37-year career in leadership across many roles and countries. He is Chair of the VTC Technology and Innovation Training Board. Tony has a particular interest in smart city development. He will address the competencies needed for a digital economy and the strategic activities of the industry Training Board in supporting the VPET mission in Hong Kong.
Erica Smith is a world-leading international expert on apprenticeship, and is co-chair of the International Network for Innovative Apprenticeship research group. She has managed over a dozen national and international research projects on apprenticeship. In recent years, Erica has provided advice to national governments and at international forums.
Gitta joined the National Centre for Education Research (NCVER) in Adelaide, Australia in 2011. She is currently working on digital technology in the workplace, lifelong learning and stackable education. Prior, Gitta worked in online education at various Australian education institutions. She has a PhD in agricultural and environmental sciences and shifted her focus from insect behaviour to human behaviour.
Dr Caroline Seelig has 25 years’ experience as a senior manager in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector, specialising in Open, Distance, Flexible Learning (ODFL) and vocational education. Caroline joined Open Polytechnic as Chief Executive in 2009. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning and a Woolf Fisher Scholar.
Dr. John Sands (Ph.D. Colorado State University) has over 30 years of experience in teaching and developing curriculum in the area of Cybersecurity. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator/Executive Director of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA). John holds several industry certifications including CISSP and CCIA.
Jodee Price is the Manager for Skills and Employment at GOTAFE. Jodee has over 25 years experience in the Vocational Education Sector, working for Public and Private providers as well as for Industry and Industry Associations. Jodee is also the Chair of the Goulburn Murray Local learning and Employment Network and has been a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industries Employment, Education and Training Committee.
As Operations Manager for Eskimo Resource Solutions, Brad works closely with high profile education clients to manage and improve delivery in all aspects of the student experience. Brad manages a large student workforce, and has worked with a number of clients to provide managed services to the education sector.
Dr Karen O’Reilly-Briggs is a qualified boilermaker, pressure vessel welder, pipefitter, welding-inspector and vocational education and training (VET) teacher. In 2012, Karen was awarded La Trobe University’s David Myers Scholarship to pursue full time research in the field of engineering trade VET, and in 2016, graduated as a PhD (Education).
Denise O’Brien held the position of CEO of APTC for over 5 years. Denise now represents TAFE Queensland as the Contractor Representative- Advisor APTC. Denise is passionate about the role TVET plays in assisting people of all ages, regardless of life circumstances, to improve their economic, social and cultural prospects.
Currently Dean Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College, British Columbia, Canada. He has been employed in the Secondary and Postsecondary education systems for over 25 years involved in the design, delivery and administration of Apprenticeship, Vocational and customized training programs in Canada and Overseas
Dr Stuart Middleton has worked to achieve equity of access for all learners in TVET programmes in a variety of settings. He was a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2007-2008 and was awarded an OMNZ for his pioneering work in developing the Tertiary High School model which in turn led to the development of secondary / tertiary programmes in New Zealand.
The author is graduate in Librarianship and postgraduated in Public Management. She has been working for about 14 years in a federal government public institution brasilien which offers professional education courses. Currently, she works in the institution’s international relations office, focusing mainly on the mobility of students and teachers.
Full Professor and Rector of the Fluminense Federal Institute. PhD in Computing and Systems Engineering. I have been teaching at Basic Professional Education, Graduation and Post-Graduation levels for 24 years. I have experience in the Computer Science field with emphasis on Computer Networks and Studies in Science, Technology and Society.
Started life as a Mining Engineer before moving into Maths/Science/ICT teaching. He taught in Technical and Community schools for 30+ years. In 2008, he converted a Corolla to electric drive. He currently works in the VCAL program at Holmesglen’s Vocational College, developing projects to teach Numeracy.
Jefferson Ramos de Lima has been a teacher at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Pará since 2014. He has a degree in Portuguese and English languages and is a specialist in linguistics applied to teaching English as a foreign language. He is the campus former internship sector chief and has been selected to be the coordinator of the campus language center.
Hemant is General Manager, Student Experience at Chisholm, and is accountable for the end-to-end student experience across the Institute. Responsible for all service-related functions, the consolidation of Hemant’s portfolio has enabled a complete redesign of Chisholm’s customer acquisition and engagement approach, with processes, systems and people all centred around students.
Dr. Rahim Karim is Associate Vice President, Partnerships, Pathways and Internationalization at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. He has strong leadership experience in the education and healthcare sectors and has been an administrator, educator and clinician. Dr. Karim has a strong focus on partnership building for educational institutions.
Dr. Sylvia Jenkins became the fifth president of Moraine Valley Community College on July 1, 2012 and was previously vice president, dean, assistant dean and public services librarian at Moraine Valley. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies/Community College Leadership, a MLS and B.S. in English Education.
Stuart Howie is a communications consultant who helps organisations find their voice and shine in their sector. Stuart has more than 30 years’ experience in media as an editorial executive and journalist. He is the creator of the DIY Newsroom™, a new approach to strategic communications.
Anne has spent a number of years working in Language, Literacy & Numeracy area, working within SEE, with problematic cohorts and as a subject matter expert in the development of Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT). She currently manages English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Foundation courses at Victoria Polytechnic.
Craig is a qualified dental prosthetist with over twenty years of experience working within the dental technology field. He currently is employed as a teacher within the Holmesglen Dental Technology program and has a keen interest in curriculum development incorporating Computer Aided Design specialising in Crown and Bridge applications.
Dr. Marilyn Herie is Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer at Centennial College, with an academic cross-appointment at the University of Toronto. Marilyn has published numerous books and peer-reviewed research articles, and she blogs about higher education and leadership at www.educateria.com.
Warren Guest is a lecturer of Hospitality Management at the Holmesglen Institutes’ Bachelor of Hospitality Management program. He is a former chef, restaurant owner, and has extensive experience in hospitality management. He has a Masters in Education and is currently completing a PhD in Education at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.
Paula Greenwood has over 13 years of student affairs experience in postsecondary education, in the areas of student success initiatives, student advising, residence life and student leadership education at three Canadian universities and one college. She recently completed her Masters of Education at the University of Toronto.
With extensive Human Resources experience gained over 30 years in a variety of industries, Katea has worked at executive and C suite levels in top 25 ASX listed organisations. Her reputation is built on a genuine commitment to building a talented team to deliver outstanding performance results.
Sherol George is the Disability Inclusion Coordinator with the Vanuatu Skills Partnership. She currently manages the Training Provider Inclusion Improvement Fund in Vanuatu which is assisting training providers to be more inclusive in skills training and assessment. Sherol holds a Masters in Disability from the University of Newcastle.
Dr Sean Gallagher is the inaugural Director of the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology, a research centre focused on talent development and workforce transformation at the intersection of learning and the future of work. Sean has extensive leadership experience in establishing research and education initiatives.
Professor Valerie Francis is the Chair in Construction in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Construction at the University of Melbourne. She is a civil engineer with practical experience in industry and has a Masters degree in Project Management and a PhD. Her research investigates construction efficiency and factors affecting organisational effectiveness.
John Flett has over 30 years senior management experience in educational design and delivery within the Australian vocational and secondary education systems. He has headed delivery and innovation centres in TAFE; an enterprise registered training provider; and is a member of several industry advisory and community learning and education networks.
Karen has been educating students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds within the TAFE sector for over 14 years. In her role as educator and manager of English Language Programs, she has extensive experience with supporting people who may face enormous challenges whilst navigating their way through the education system.
Adam Fedden is the ANZ regional lead for Education at AWS. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry across a number of global vendors and has been at AWS for 4 years
Peter Exner is the Director and General Manager of Exner Group, comprising of their consulting and RTO education services. Peter has spent over 25 years in the Engineering and Construction Industry in both private and public sectors. From this he is delivering a fully deployable, containerised immersive VR training course.
Having come from the fashion industry with a Design and Technical background, Ryan Euinton (B Fashion Hns) has been Teaching in the VET & Higher Education arena for 8 years. During his time in the fashion industry, Ryan has worked across several key projects with Non-for-Profit and Government bodies such as the TFIA and The Social Studio.
Donald Elliot has been the manager of Holmesglen’s Vocational College electric car team since 2010. He has taught at TAFE for 40 years and is expert in Plastics/Composites, Engineering and Metal Fabrication. Don has been involved in:- World Solar Challenge – Darwin/Adelaide; World Solar Cycle Challenge – Alice Springs/Adelaide; Sunrace – Adelaide/Sydney and RACV Energy Breakthrough – Maryborough, Victoria.
Dr. Sam Duncan has been a full time lecturer with Holmesglen since 2015. Sam is a dynamic and engaging lecturer, and also a regular media contributor with The Age, the AFL Record, The New Daily and other broadcast mediums. Sam completed a doctorate, conferred in 2016, exploring the relationship between Australian rules football, the community and the growth of the AFL competition as a business enterprise.
Patrick Donahoe is an experienced educator/administrator who is keenly interested in student learning environments and how we encourage learners to assume responsibility for their learning lives. He sits on Surrey’s Local Immigrant Partnership and served as the Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment from 2010- 17.
Ross Digby is the Dean of the Faculty of Building, Construction and Engineering at Holmesglen Institute. His area of research focuses on the capabilities required in a mixed sector provider to be competitive in a demand driven eduxation market.
Alex Devine is a Senior Technical Advisor in Disability Inclusion at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Alex works alongside people with disabilities towards the realisation of their rights in a variety of sectors. Alex is currently the Disability Inclusion Advisor to the Kiribati TVET Sector Strengthening Program. Alex is also a PhD candidate, focussing on employment outcomes for people with disability.
Jan is the Course Coordinator for Certificate 1 in Work Education at Holmesglen Institute Victoria, Australia. The student cohort consists of 16 – 24 year olds who present with additional learning needs or disability. The courses primary focus is to support students to pathway into mainstream employment or further study.
Dr Karina Davis has worked in a variety of educational contexts prior to her senior leadership role at Melbourne Polytechnic. This includes working as a teacher, a lecturer and researcher in the University context and as a Head of Faculty. Her current role has her leading key new educational strategy.
Helber Silva is Professor/Outreach Coordinator at the Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN), Brazil, especially supporting internationalization activities to integrate students and local society. He is author of more than 20 scientific papers, mainly in the fields of Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Internet of Things and Network Security.
Robbie Coyle is the Course Leader of Holmesglen’s relatively new Sports Degrees, (1) the Bachelor of Sports Media, and (2) Bachelor of Sport Business. Robbie was the recipient of the Holmesglen Innovation and Excellence Award in 2017, primarily for his leadership role with respect to the two degrees which are arguably Australia’s most industry engaged sports degrees.
Prior to his role as Assistant Deputy Minister of Learning at Employment and Social Development Canada, Alexis Conrad served as Executive Director at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He has also worked at the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada. Alexis holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree.
John Clayton is an active researcher with interests ranging from situated cognition and work integrated learning, to quality assurance and course design and the design of entrepreneurial education systems. He has facilitated numerous international professional development opportunities in teaching and learning and is currently a research fellow for the Sino-NZ Model Programme project.
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing, Strategy and General Management in Australia and internationally. As CEO of the Maverick Rose Group, Peter has led major projects and thought leadership across higher education and vocational education sectors, with specific expertise in student experience optimisation and employability initiatives.
Dr. Neil Buddel has over 17 years of experience in the postsecondary system and currently serves as Dean of Students at Centennial College with oversight of the Student Learning, Development, and Engagement portfolio. Neil completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, exploring social class, stories, and the student experience.
Linda has over 30 years experience in the TAFE sector and is passionate about her support of students of all ages and among these, newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Lifelong learning is not just a dream. The journey might take a bit longer, given the need for language, settlement in new environment, establishment of safety and confidence, but with the right supports, the goals will be achieved.
Carol-Anne is an experienced executive educationalist in Australia and internationally. Recent work in the Pacific has expanded her technical vocational education and training (TVET) sector focus to an international development one. She is passionate about TVET operations for performance optimisation, and leads Labour Market Analysis and Planning Frameworks internationally.
Professor Bi Yumin, the applicant for the speech, is the president of Taishan Polytechnic. He received the joint training by Peking University and University of Pennsylvania. He is the host of one national prize and two provincial first prizes. He gave an English speech in the Executive Leadership Development Workshop of WFCP World Conference 2014.
Francesca Beddie is an independent researcher, policy analyst and trainer. She was general manager, research at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and executive director of Adult Learning Australia.
Mr Barnes has extensive experience in developing industry relationships, both in Australia and internationally. His work draws on a strong understanding of educational practice combined with systematic analysis of markets and industries. He is committed to strong educational outcomes in responding effectively to industry, student and government needs.
Sally Baker is an Advisor with over twenty years experience working to support disability inclusion in development programs across Asia and the Pacific. Sally supports the strengthening of policies and programs, including education and training efforts, so that people with disabilities benefit from skills development and economic growth opportunities equitably. Sally has worked closely with skills development programs in Vanuatu and Tonga for several years.
Anthony Bailey is the Contractor Representative for the Tonga Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth Program and Skills Supply Adviser with the Vanuatu Skills Partnership. Anthony has worked in the South Pacific for more than ten years on a number of Australian Aid programs supporting skills sector reform.
Director of the Innovation Hub, Full Professor in Informatics, teaches Professional Education since 1996. B.Sc. in Informatics, M.Sc. & D.Sc. in Production Engineering. Awarded by International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP/UNESCO) and the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 2006, 2007, and 2011. Researcher of the National Council for Research.
Dr Adil Abbas is currently the Head of Department of Applied Building Technology at Holmesglen Institute. He has formal qualifications and professional affiliation in Civil Engineering and in Education. He has 30 years of experience in Civil Engineering practice, education and research including application of innovative technologies and solutions in STEM education.
John Pollaers is Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.
John has a proven track record in leading major Australian and international companies including Pacific Brands and Foster’s Group, and in his current roles is working across Government to bring about major reforms to vocational education and training and aged care. This is realisation of his vision of building a strong future for Australia by creating opportunities for people and businesses to flourish and succeed. He is a passionate advocate for education and training, the care of senior Australians and including more people with disability in work and training.
John is also Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, a member of Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, and an advisory board member at Melbourne University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership. He runs his own business and sits on an international board.
Lauren is an award-winning trainee who rose through the ranks to become the head of South Australia’s peak group training industry body, before leading the national body. She has served on youth advisory bodies including the Playford Youth Advisory Committee, the Policy Council and Board of the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia, and was Chair of the Ministers Youth Council.
Denise is a widely experienced and nationally recognised educational leader with 25 years senior management VET experience. She has a firm grasp of nuances influencing VET’s changing educational environment. At the 2016 Australian Training Awards she received the National Achievement Award for ‘outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET sector.’
An experienced leader in VET, as General Manager TAFE Queensland East Coast, Ana was instrumental in developing the recently opened Sunshine Coast Health Institute, a four-party joint-venture with the regional Health Service, USC and Griffith University offering a unique collaborative teaching, learning and research space with world-class facilities and equipment.
Robert is a key member of TAFE Queensland’s Executive Team who is passionate about innovation and ensuring that the VET sector stays in front of the curve with contemporary approaches to skills and workforce development which build capacity in communities and the greater Australian economy.
Dr Don Perlgut is the CEO of Community Colleges Australia (CCA), representing a network of Australian adult and community education providers. Prior to CCA, Don worked as the CEO or Executive Director of the Rural Health Education Foundation and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.
Ili Pelletier is an Educational Manager with more than 20 years’ leadership experience in the secondary, tertiary and mixed education sectors in Australian and overseas. She has focused on developing and implementing higher education programs that have an applied approach to learning, teaching and incorporate applied research.
Phil is a successful tertiary leader and teacher, with expertise in curriculum development, assess-ment of student learning, leadership development specifically and in the professional development of tertiary educators and in the recognition of prior learning. Particular interests are in business education, education for sustainability and staff development generally.
Anthony spent his early career as an economist in the UK public sector. Since the beginning of 2017, Anthony has led the work of EMSI in Asia Pacific region, helping leaders in the education, staffing/workforce and economic development world to make even more informed decisions using Emsi data.
Professor Christina Hong Panel session Chair, President of THEi will talk about organizational agility at the VTC and development initiatives underway at THEi to foster entrepreneurial mindsets and work ready graduates that are responsive to innovation and change.
Grant Dreher is an expert in Vocational Education. With over 20 years’ experience in the Victorian TAFE sector, Grant is a member of the University’s Senior Executive Group. He delivers a broad range of industry-informed courses at multiple AQF/Certificate levels, specialising in high-touch interactive, blended and applied learning solutions.
Karen is General Manager, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast and prior to this was Managing Director, Kimberley Training Institute, TAFE WA. Karen has extensive executive level experience in public sector management across health, employment services and vocational education and training. She has postgraduate qualifications in health, management and WHS.
Bev works across a range of Community Services portfolio areas. She collaborates on strategic education and training projects including large workforce development projects in partnership with industry stakeholders. She holds qualifications in Education, Disability and Health with experience across a range of education and community settings.
Sara Caplan is a Partner in PwC’s Consulting Group, responsible for leading our work in the education and skills arena. She worked for 10 years in the FE/HE sector both as Head of the Business School and Director of Registry in a mixed economy College.
Sara leads a number of our education and skills-related programmes including: Achievement for All, a programme designed to raise attainment levels in schools in England, focusing on pupils with SEND, and the development of the Higher Apprenticeship Framework for the Professional Services sector, which will include routes for audit, tax and advisory. She also led the World Class Skills programme, which was designed to transform the FE sector to become more employer and employee focused and involved working across the public and private sector with both education and training providers and employers, the development of a number of National Skills Academies and advises on skills policy on an all-party basis. Sara is a member of the National Skills Forum and has spoken on skills issues extensively on a national basis.
For the past 15 years, Gail has successfully led the implementation of multimillion-dollar greenfield projects in the TAFE sector. As an early adopter of technology, Gail has consistently strived to better understand technology and how it improves educational outcomes.
As the inaugural Director of the Gippsland Tech School Paul has established a network to develop innovative curriculum with local schools and industry in the Latrobe Valley to prepare students for future careers and further study. Paul is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to achieve their best and support them to continue their learning journey from secondary schooling to TAFE/University and employment.
Deb Blow, Executive leader health and nursing, TAFE Queensland, has worked in the health industry for over 30 years. Deb has roles on the Strategic ANMAC Accreditation Committee and the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group and currently sits on the board of Queensland’s Health and Community Services Workforce Council.
Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar at Harvard GSE; chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of “Four-Dimensional Education” (available in sixteen languages) and best-selling “21st Century Skills”; founder and president of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland); senior fellow at The Conference Board. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than thirty countries. He was formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG, and angel investor with Beacon Angels. He holds a BSEE, an MBA, and seven patents. Full Bio at: http://curriculumredesign.org/about/team/#charles
Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD FBPsS FRSA is an experienced educational administrator, writer, and entrepreneur.
Formerly Dean of Business at Athabasca University where he launched the world’s first online MBA program in 1993-4, Stephen has worked at The Open University (UK), Canadian University of Dubai, Middlesex University, and Axia Net Media He owns and leads three companies, has written over forty books and over one hundred papers and book chapters and has appeared on television and radio. He has keynoted at conferences in thirty countries and is in demand as a change consultant for higher education.
He is currently working with NAIT, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai. He is CEO of the Collaborative Media Group Inc.
The Future Isn’t a Straight Line from the Past – Challenge and Change and the Future of Learning
We are in the midst of a major social and economic transition which will have a direct impact on millions of jobs, thousands of organizations and all of the colleges, polytechnics and universities in the world. As Yogi Berra would have said “the future isn’t what it used to be!”. In this presentation Stephen Murgatroyd will explore eight major patterns and trends which will impact us all and lead to major change in teaching, learning, skills development and assessment. In particular, he will look at the impact of demographics, shifts in regional economic geography, shifts in the nature of work and the nature of organizations, emerging technologies and their impact on work, community and people and the emergence of the gig economy. He will raise issues about the impact of these developments on the demand for learning, on the nature of learning and on identity. He will suggest specific implications for polytechnics and those seeking to drive education from the need to have an impact on the communities with which they work.
After 10 years in the Economics Department of the OECD, France, Professor Jamet has joined the Directorate of Education and Skills where she is in charge of the Skills Outlook publication, analysing the role of skills for various economic and social outcomes.
Stephanie is now working on the topic of skills and digitalisation after having published the 2017 edition of the Skills Outlook on skills and Global Value Chains. Prior to that, she has been the head of the Denmark and Sweden desk and has contributed to a project on the economics of climate change.
She is interested in various structural issues including education, labour market and social policies. Before joining the OECD, she worked at the French Ministry of Employment. Stéphanie Jamet holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Paris I.
David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.
From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). At the LSC and SFA David led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully took on trouble-shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances.
Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.
David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.
David L. Finegold is the President of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a scholar and educational entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to education and training reform, designing high-performance organizations, and international comparisons of skill-creation systems and performance.
Before joining Chatham, Dr. Finegold was Chief Academic Officer at American Honors, an organization which seeks to improve the quality and affordability of undergraduate education by building honors colleges in partnership with leading community colleges across the United States. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth at Rutgers University. With colleagues from the Tata Institute of Social Science, he was one of the four recipients of the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award to build higher education capacity in India.
Dr. Finegold, a prolific writer of both professional and popular publications, has authored or co-authored seven books and monographs, including Are Skills the Answer? (2001). He has provided policy advice on skills issues to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.S., Australian, Canadian, Singapore, Indian, South Korean, and British governments, and was an Atlantic Fellow and Policy Advisor to the Leitch Review, Her Majesty’s Treasury, London.
He holds a doctorate in Politics from University of Oxford.
Stephanie Matseleng Allais is the SARCHi Research Chair of Skills Development at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa.
Her research interests are in the sociology of education, policy, education and development, curriculum, and political economy of education, focused on relationships between education and work.
Prior to joining Wits University Professor Allais was a fellow at the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Immediately prior to that, she managed and conducted research for an international research project comparing qualifications frameworks in 16 countries, for the International Labour Organization.
Professor Allais has been Special Advisor to the South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, and is currently advising the Department of Higher Education and Training on a national 15 year plan for the South African post-school education and training system.
She has a PhD in education policy from Wits University in South Africa. She is the author of Selling Education Out: National Qualifications Frameworks and the abandonment of Knowledge (2014) and, with Y. Shalem, Knowledge, curriculum, and preparation for work (2018, forthcoming).
Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors the prime time flagship program 7.30. From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC’s Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. From 2006 to 2008, Leigh was the ABC’s National Security Correspondent, before becoming the anchor of Lateline.
In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. In 2012 Leigh was again presented the prestigious Walkley Award for best interviews for her work on 7.30.
She’s the author of two books, Detainee 002 and On Doubt and her writing appears in Australia’s top newspapers and magazines.
She co-hosts a popular independent podcast with her colleague Annabel Crabb called Chat 10, Looks 3 about culture and politics.
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