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.
After 10 years in the Economics Department, she 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.
She 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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