Plenary and Keynote Speakers

/Plenary and Keynote Speakers
Plenary and Keynote Speakers 2018-10-02T22:48:35+00:00


We are delighted to introduce our outstanding key note speakers and our Congress MC.

Congress MC

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist.


Opening Ceremony Speakers

The Hon  Gayle Tierney MP

Minister for Training and Skills, Government of Victoria, Australia


Dr Stephen Murgatroyd

Experienced educational administrator, writer, and entrepreneur


Professor Dirk Van Damme

Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), OECD, France


Keynote and Plenary Session Speakers

Professor Stephanie Matseleng Allais

Research Chair, Skills Development Centre for Researching Education and Labour, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Nicolette Barnard

Head of Human Resources, Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Australia


Senator the Hon. Doug Cameron

Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships


Dr Ricardo Castro-Salazar

Vice President, International Development, Pima Community College


Professor CHEN Qiuming

Board Chairman, Shenzhen Polytechnic, The People’s Republic of China


Mark Dixon

CEO, Wodonga TAFE, Victoria


Charles Fadel

Global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign.


Dr David Finegold

President of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Dr Sean Gallagher

Director Centre for The New Workforce, Swinburne University of Technology


Jody Hamilton

Director, JMP Consulting, New Zealand


David Hughes

Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, UK


Dr Lee D. Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College District, USA


Dr Shyamal Majumdar

Head, UNESCO UNEVOC International Centre


Jan Owen OAM

CEO Foundation for Young Australians Australia

Professor Stephen Parker AO

National Sector Leader – Education, KPMG, Australia

Professor John Pollaers OAM

Chair of the ​Australian Government’s Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), Chairman Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce at Australian Department of Health and Advisory Board Member, Aged Care Financing Authority

TVET: A Celebration – Closing Session Speakers

Mary Faraone

Chair, Board of TAFE Directors Australia; Chief Executive, Holmesglen Institute

Nikki Hind

Founder of Blind Grit

Cassie Puruntatameri

Representing a TVET journey, NT, Australia

Craig Robertson

CEO, TAFE Directors Australia

The Voice of Youth

The young leaders of the 2018 WFCP Youth Camp will present their findings and priorities for action in a video presentation “Voice of the Youth”.

Video Speakers

Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator for Western Australia

Professor Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France