Prof. Adam Gazzaley

World famous Author, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Inventor ; Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry; University of California ; and Founder, Neuroscape (USA)


This is your chance to meet one of EduTECH’s most-requested international speakers, authors and consultants. Join 4000+ delegates in the ICC’s Main Theatre for Dr Gazzaley’s keynote presentation “Neuroscience meets technology: a vision of the future of classrooms learning and assessments”. Adam Gazzaley is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Amongst many things, Adam is also: the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape; the 2015 recipient of the Neuroscience – Science Educator Award; the co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs; and the co-author of “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”. He has fascinated educators and technologists around the world.

Prof. Rose Luckin

Professor of Learner Centred Design, University College London, Knowledge Lab (UK)


What is your perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education? How much do you understand it and its impact on teaching and learning?

Secretary of the NSW Department of Education – Mark Scott AO, who will also be speaking at EduTECH, said AI was transforming classrooms and learning, with teachers able to use technology to create customised content for specific subjects and students, but great teachers would never become obsolete.

"The future in the classroom is now. We are at a crossroads and we can't sit back and wait for the revolution to happen to us. We need to lead the change. This is education's moment," said Mr Scott in his recent speech.

Prof Rose Luckin has been developing and writing about the Learning Sciences, Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) for over 20 years. Her research explores how to increase participation by teachers and learners in the design and use of technologies.

Don’t miss Prof Luckin’s presentation and breakout session that will change the way you think about AI forever. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two edited volumes, Prof. Luckin is the author of Re-Designing Learning Contexts (Routledge, 2010), and lead author of the influential Decoding Learning report (Nesta, 2012).

Register now to be inspired and educated by Prof. Luckin. You’ll see the behind the scenes research that applies participatory methods to the development and evaluation of technology for learning.

After participating in your own session with Prof. Luckin, you’re also invited to explore the exhibition to pick up more tips and useful information about AI and how YOU can use it in your teaching.

Prof. Guy Claxton

Best-selling international author on education, intelligence and building learning power (UK)


Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist with a long-standing passion for bringing the mind sciences to bear on the improvement of schools. He has made both practical and academic contributions to education through a series of books that include What's the Point of School?, Building Learning Power, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, and (with Bill Lucas) New Kinds of Smart and Educating Ruby. His latest book, The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves, with a foreword by Carol Dweck, was published worldwide in November 2017. His Building Learning Power approach has been influential in schools in many countries including Ireland, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile, as well as throughout the UK.

Prakash Nair

World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; and Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Prakash Nair is a futurist, a visionary planner and a recipient of the CEFPI MacConnell Award, the highest honour for school design. Prakash’s internationally acclaimed titles: “The language of school design” and “Blueprint for Tomorrow - Redesigning Schools for Student Centered Learning”, have revolutionised school design across the globe. Prakash lectures the Leaders of Learning course at Harvard University. Having worked with education departments in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, Prakash has an intimate understand of the challenges facing Australian educators. Join Prakash as he reveals how you can effectively design and adapt your learning spaces in environments shifted by technological, cultural and workspace change.

Lisa Rodgers

CEO, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)


Following an extensive national and international search, Lisa Rodgers was appointed CEO of AITSL, commencing in October 2016. 

Before joining AITSL, Lisa was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement in the New Zealand Ministry of Education, with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders across education and the wider social sector.

Lisa made significant contributions in several different posts at the NZ Ministry of Education, including as the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge, applying research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve. 

Lisa has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research, insight, and analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales, and the British Army.

Jo Mithen

CEO, Monash College


As a Monash University alumna, Jo is a proud advocate of the power of an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.

She joined Monash College in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Having worked at senior levels with universities for more than 15 years, her expertise lies in her ability to recognise market trends and affect change.

Under her leadership, the company has tripled student enrolments and strengthened the quality of graduates entering the University. Monash College is the largest University owned entity of its type in Australia and continues to grow at double digit rates annually.

A member of Monash University's Senior Leadership Team, Jo has developed robust partnerships between Monash College and the University faculties. Monash College delivers a range of solutions to issues such as student diversity, graduate employability, employer interface and teaching disruption. Jo has also extended international College partners, invested to diversify College leadership succession and unified the College under a single vision.

She is passionate about people and has focused her career on transforming business and culture. As a leader, she values accountability, fosters innovation and inspires excellence. Jo's international experience provides a deep understanding of issues facing education and markets around the world. During her six years as CEO at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), she represented Asia on the World Federation of Personnel Management Association Board. Since then, she has continually travelled and conducted business outside of Australia, particularly across Asia.

Prof. Stephen Heppell

Internationally acclaimed leader in learning, new media, and technology in education (UK)


Stephen's "eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground" approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.

As a school teacher for more than a decade, and a professor since 1989, Stephen has worked, and is working, with learner led projects, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organizations.

Stephen is, and has been, a regular face on TV all around the world - in the UK this ranges from Newsnight to the BBC Breakfast sofa and Sky News, to Channel 4's Things to Come - and on radio too: from BBC Radio 4's You and Yours to the Steve Wright Show - or even right back to Phil Miles on Australia's Island Sound radio in 1992! In Australia radio regular appearances range from national ABC to statewide Mix Radio in WA.

Stephen's ICT career (he is credited with being the person who put the C into ICT), began with the UK government's Microelectronics Education Programme (MEP) in the early 80s, after he had been teaching in secondary schools for some years - which he enjoyed enormously.

Stephen founded and ran Ultralab for almost a quarter of a century, building it into one of the most respected research centres in e-learning in the world - at one time Ultralab was the largest producer of educational CD-ROMs in Europe - before leaving it in 2004.

Alison Haines

Team Leader - Agriculture and Rural Operations, Charles Darwin University


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Fiona Plunkett

Team Leader - AGriculture and Rural Operations, Charles Darwin University


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Brad Seaman

CEO, IKON Institute


Brad has broad experience in leadership, management and training in both the public and private sectors. Brad’s experience includes the development and accreditation of training and delivery of vocational, professional development and personal leadership training to a range of audiences.

Since 2008 Brad has led IKON through significant growth and change both internally and in the sector. Starting with 32 students and growing the training organisation to 550 students across 20 courses in 3 states. Brad is passionate about the role of education in social change. He is a strong advocate for the integration of research, evidence based practice and education in to professional practice.

Dr Rod Dilnutt

Industry Fellow, The University of Melbourne


Rod is the Director of William Bethwey & Associates, a specialist information and change management consultancy. His professional experience has been gained in management and consulting positions and spans over twenty-five years’ as an internationally recognised consultant and educator. During this time he has helped many leading organisations develop business and digital capability to successfully transition to a higher level of operating maturity. Rod applies his practical knowledge and expertise to his assignments and widely sought after as a consultant for his views on innovation in the digital world.

Specialising in the formulation and deployment of strategy and architecture at senior executive level for many leading organisations Rod is a respected thought leader being recognised as the ICT Professional of the Year in the Australian iAwards 2013. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he lectures in Architecture, Strategy and Change Management in various higher degree programmes. He has published a number of research articles, a book on Organisational Change and supervises industry based research programmes. 

Rod is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and serves as Director, Membership Life cycle Board, Vice Chair of the Victorian Branch Executive and member of the Professional Development Board.

Prof. Mike Keppell

former Pro VC Learning Transformations, Swinburne University


Professor Mike Keppell has worked at six universities, held formal leadership roles across all institutions, and been a full Professor since 2007. With a strong research and scholarship background in higher education, educational technology and innovative learning design, he has edited three books, authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and worked on research projects valued at $AUS16M. 

Passionate about learning and teaching, Mike has been an academic developer and designed institution-wide professional development with a focus on learning design via the creation of award winning educational resources that integrate into curriculum. 

Mike offers international recognition and academic thought leadership in the areas of personalised learning, blended learning, learning spaces, learning design, higher education pedagogy, learning-oriented assessment, authentic learning, educational technology, leadership and transformative learning using design-based research.

A champion of the formation of strong collaborative partnerships, Mike has led numerous multinational research, innovation and development groups and cross-institutional projects. He served on the ASCILITE Executive from 2000–2011 as Board Member (6 years), Treasurer (3 years) and President (3 years) and was granted Life Membership in 2011 – one of 10 offered in the last three decades.

Dr Jane Hunter

Leading Australian researcher in school education, innovative pedagogue and designer of the High Possibility Classrooms framework for technology enhanced learning in K-12 settings University of Technology Sydney (Australia)


Dr Jane Hunter is an education researcher, mentor and teacher educator in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. She is conducting a series of STEM and STEAM studies in Australian schools; in this work she leads principals, teachers, students and communities to better understand and support education change. Her book Technology Integration and High Possibility Classrooms: Building from TPACK is advancing new ways of enacting pedagogy in K-12 schools. Jane was a classroom teacher, a head teacher in secondary schools and throughout her education career she has received national and international teaching awards for outstanding contributions to student learning. She enjoys writing and her research-based presentations at national and international conferences challenge audiences to consider alternate education possibilities. You can follow Dr Hunter on Twitter @janehunter01 and via her blog on the High Possibility Classrooms website.

Dr Rebecca Vivian

Research fellow, Computer Science Education (CSER) Group


Dr Rebecca Vivian is a Research Fellow at the Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group at The University of Adelaide. She has expertise in Computer Science Education, Teacher Training and Educational Technology and has collaborated with stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver education and research projects. Rebecca is involved in the development of the national CSER K-12 Digital Technologies Education teacher-training program, which has seen over 13,000 teachers enrol and which includes the PL-in-a-Box extension, a partnership with Google Australia that empowers education leaders to facilitate professional learning in Digital Technologies with free, ready-made resources. Rebecca is passionate about engaging more young people in STEM, particularly in Technology-related areas, and sees supporting teachers, families and engaging children from the very first year of school as key. 

Prof. Katrina Falkner

Head of School, School of Computer Science; Lead, Computer Science Education Research Group Lead, Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies – Modelling and Analysis, The University of Adelaide


Associate Professor Katrina Falkner, Acting Deputy Executive Dean - Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Katrina Falkner is Head of School at the School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide. Katrina is Lead Project Coordinator of the CSER Digital Technologies Education Program, and is Founder and Director of the CSER Group, leading research into Computer Science Education and Computational Thinking. Katrina also leads the Modelling and Analysis program in the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies, a collaborative research effort with DST Group. Katrinaís research efforts have together attracted in excess of $11 million in government and industry research funding.

Katrina is the winner of multiple teaching and educational leadership awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation, and the 2016 Australian Council for Computers in Education and Australian Computer Society Leader of the Year award. Katrina is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Australasia, and Vice Present for the Australian Council of Deans in ICT.

Dr Arnaud Prevot

School Marketing Specialist, Technology Teacher


Originally from France, Arnaud is a teacher, technology coordinator, and marketing committee member. Arnaud’s has followed his doctoral work on school marketing with over 60 articles and two books on the topic ( A Perfect Fit, focusing on school marketing and It's Who We Are, focusing on school branding).

He currently works at two schools in the Portland, USA. He is also a peer reviewed academic author and is always looking to integrate business concepts into educational management and administration.

David St George

former Director Brand, Marketing and Communications, TAFE Queensland


A multi-award winning marketing and communications professional with over 20 years experience, including two and a half years with QSuper as Head of Group Marketing, two years with the Phillips Group as Director Marketing; four years as CEO of RedChilli Marketing; two and a half years with Brisbane City Council (BCC), with 14 months as Organisational Communication Director; five years with Mercer Human Resources Consulting including Head of the Sydney Communication Practice and over two years as Account Service Director at HRD Advertising and Marketing. Holds Bachelor of Business Communications Degree. Council Member Public Relations Institute of Australia (Qld Division).

Mark Scott AO

Secretary, NSW Department of Education


Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media.

The department is the largest education system in Australia, operating 2,200 public schools for almost 800,000 students.

Mark’s career began as a teacher in Sydney. He built on his interest in education with senior policy and leadership positions with two NSW education ministers, Terry Metherell and Virginia Chadwick.

Mark held a number of senior editorial roles at Fairfax, including Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers.

From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC, overseeing the creation of new services like iview, News 24, ABC3 and digital radio and the expansion of online and mobile services, such as the ABC News site and podcasting.

He led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of respect, integrity, collegiality and innovation.

Mark was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to media and communications, and to the community through advisory and governance roles with a range of social justice and educational bodies.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney and UNSW.

Dr Michael Cowling

Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology , CQ University


Dr Michael Cowling is an information technologist with a keen interest in educational technology and technology ubiquity in the digital age, especially as it relates to the use of mixed reality in skills training, the changing technology culture in education, and the specific needs of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering & Technology at CQUniversity Australia. 

Dr Cowling is currently a partner in an OLT Innovation and Development grant and is the recipient of 3 CQUniversity Learning and Teaching grants related to teaching technology. He is a recipient of an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, is a three time recipient of a CQUniversity Learning & Teaching Award, and gained a CQUniversity Student Voice Commendation for his teaching practice in 2014. He is a regular contributor to media outlet The Conversation and is also a regular contributor in Australian radio and print media on the topics of Educational Technology and Technology Ubiquity.

Dr Cowling has a passion for the practical application of technology in the classroom, with a focus specifically on not just bolting technology onto a classroom setting, but instead investigating how technology can be weaved into the pedagogy of a classroom setting. Living by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, Michael works to help teachers and academics to innovate with technology to improve their students motivation and learning outcomes, leveraging technology as a tool to improve the overall education process, not a another resource that will gather dust in the corner of a classroom.

Michael's teaching interests include a broad-range of business and IT/IS subjects, including Systems Management, Systems Analysis, Organisational Behaviour, Network Security & Database Management. His research interests include educational technology, mixed reality, robotics, signal processing & articifial intelligence.

Dr Ragnar Purje

Adjunct Lecturer – School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University


Dr Ragnar Purje holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia. He is the author of Responsibility Theory® which focusses on the use of relevant neuroeducation principles and practices to support and advance the academic and social learning of students.

Ragnar is also the initiator of NeuroNumeracy®, which is an intensive self-motivating neuroscience brain based numeracy learning program for children. The purpose of which is to not only enhance the skills, knowledge and understanding of the four operations in mathematics, but to also help the children advance in their emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Claire Amos

Principal and Co-Founder, City Senior School (NZ)


Claire is currently the Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School - a new secondary school that opened at the beginning of 2014. Being the education powerhouse and thought-leader that she is – Claire will soon be the Principal and co-founder of the brand new City Senior School in Auckland at The Launching Pad (for new tech and innovation business start-ups that will work with students on joint projects).

The new school will be an urban inner city STEAM school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. It was also have “green” sustainability philosophy which will focused on through Green Innovation Projects. City Senior School will be a school that is characterised by its student’s partnership with business and industry, and the employment pathways it creates. By co-locating students and industry we will be able to support to students to work alongside and with their business partners and mentors.

Join Claire at EduTECH 2018 to hear their story; how she is building this school from the ground up, how they are funded, which companies they work with, and the lessons she has learned along the way.

Claire is passionate about her family, education, design, living by the mantra - “you can never be overdressed or overeducated”.

Roni Zimmer Doctory

Senior Design Consultant, Fielding Nair International (USA)


Roni Zimmer Doctory has over 17 years of professional architectural and project management experience. She has served as an Architect and Design Team Leader at AlefBet Planners in Israel since 2007.

Roni has extensive knowledge of and experience working on a variety of projects including public buildings, welfare and community buildings, tourism and leisure complexes, neighborhoods and residential buildings, industrial and office buildings.

Roni graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

Her portfolio of educational work includes various schools throughout Israel. For the past two years, Roni has collaborated with Fielding Nair International on innovative educational projects including the nationally renowned GOGYA Teacher Training Academy developed by the AMIT Network of schools.

Roni’s commitment to education is inspired by the schooling experience of her own children. She represents a new generation of visionary young architects who understand the profound ways in which the built environment impacts student learning outcomes.

She believes passionately that there is an urgent imperative for education change in Israel and throughout the world so that students are better prepared for a very different future than anything we have seen before. Towards this goal, Roni has been traveling within Israel and internationally and working closely with FNI’s President Prakash Nair and other senior managers at the Company to explore a wide range of effective education solutions. These include not just new ways to design school buildings but also methods to introduce and implement highly innovative, student-centered curriculums in new and renovated schools.

Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School


Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She has been Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for eighteen years.

Karen is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia, Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland and a member of the Yalari board. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators. Karen is also a member of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Advisory Group.

Karen holds both a Masters in Educational Administration and an MBA.

In 2013 Karen was appointed as a Fellow of Bond University. She supports QUT through their CEO advisory group to the Business Faculty and was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International.

Most recently, she was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia Queen’s Birthday Honour for her service to women, and to education.

In 2018, Karen will assume the Principal’s role at John Paul College in Brisbane.

Alanna James

Teacher, Claremont College


Alanna has a Bachelor of Education in Special Education from University of Technology, Sydney. She has taught at Claremont College for 8 years on Kindergarten and Year 4. Alanna has experienced the transition from single cell classrooms to co-teaching spaces and has mentored new staff in this process. She is the ‘lead teacher’ on the Kindergarten team. She has presented previously about the successes and challenges of co-teaching at EduTech and Australian Independent Schools conferences.

Lisa Inglis

Teacher, Claremont College


Lisa has completed a Bachelor of International Studies majoring in cross-cultural communication at Macquarie University. She has completed a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Sydney and began working at Claremont College in 2015 as a practical student. Lisa then earned a role as an intern teacher where she was mentored by the classroom teacher, offering support and assistance to the teaching team in a co-teaching classroom. She is now working as a classroom teacher on Year 4 and will be teaching Japanese 1 day a week from 2018 along with 4 days/week on class. Lisa works with a team including learning support, teaching and learning assistant and executive teachers to ensure the best learning opportunities for her students.

Bill Cohen

ICT Integrator/ Teacher Librarian, Asquith Girls High School


Originally a classroom teacher with experience across the public and private school systems, Bill Cohen is the Teacher Librarian and ICT Integrator at Asquith Girls High School. At Asquith Girls he runs a variety of co-curricular activities, teaches the Authentic Learning elective 'The Art of Game Design', and recently oversaw the first major redesign of the library's learning spaces in over a decade.

Bill has also worked as the Education Content Manager for a national education website, delivered workshops on social action and global citizenship to student groups ranging from 15-150 in size, and written extensively on technology and education for the ABC. He has previously spoken at conferences such as EduTECH, the 2016 and 2017 Australian Curriculum Symposium, the 2017 Australian School Library Association's Conference, and a range of TeachMeets. 

Against all expectations, he's OK with you dog-earing the pages on your books. 

Phil Lambert

Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney


Australian author, educator and philanthropist, Dr Phil Lambert has an extensive background in education. His remarkable efforts have been recognized greatly as he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours back in 2012. And if that’s not cool enough, he’s now supporting the National Rugby League by reviewing its education programs!

With so much experience as a Principle, Executive Director, and General Manager, Dr. Lambert recently led the development of Australia’s first national curriculum so with that in mind, what better way to hear about Authority, Action and Agency than the man himself, the President of Australia College of Educators (NSW).

Barbara Pesel

Managing Director, Pesel & Carr


Barbara is an award-winning communications professional and Fellow of Public Relations Institute Australia. She has led communication programs for secondary schools, tertiary institutions and the producers of educational products.

With schools Barbara has provided insightful strategic counsel to help them successfully manage issues from reputational, internal and community.

Barbara has been recognised internationally both for her work in issues and crisis management which she will be presenting on at EduTECH.

Susan McLean

Director, Cyber Safety Solutions


Susan is Australia’s leading expert in cybersafety at schools.

She was the first Victorian Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people. Susan is a member of the Federal Government’s Cybersafety Working Group and the National Centre against Bullying (NCAB) Cybersafety Committee.

At EduTECH Susan will be presenting on cyberbullying and also school photo permission policy.

David Ford

Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers


David is an expert in education law advising well over 80 educational institutions throughout Australia. David has presented at international conferences on enrolments, student rights, teachers’ liability, investigations, risk management, school counsellors and confidentiality, bullying and cyber bullying, outdoor education, school sport, discrimination, discipline and child protection.

David is a member of the Australian, New Zealand, English, American and South African Education Law Associations and he is the editor of Education Law Notes, a quarterly newsletter which keeps schools up-to-date with education law developments.

Gil Poznanski

Creative Technologies Activator, Libraries and Recreation City of Melbourne



Gil is an innovator, maker, and student of popular culture who excels at helping people tell their story and get their projects across the finish line.

He works as the Creative Technologies Activator for the Library at the Dock where he runs the Makerspace, a place where the public can come and learn all about the latest technology. He is an expert in methodology and workflow, something he learned and perfected when he worked aboard in the Hollywood film industry.

Nicknamed “The Kosher Tony Stark” by those who he has helped, Gil brings a flair to everything he does, and doesn’t shy away from the big projects.

Di Laycock

Head of Library Services, The Kings School



After a long and broad career as a classroom teacher, Di moved into teacher librarianship 15 years ago and is now Head of Library Services at The King’s School.

Di sits on the Board of the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC). She also helped developed the vibrant IBSC Action Research Program, for which she was awarded the Hawley-Jarvis Award for service to boys’ education. Her presentation at EduTECH will draw on her own research experience and share insights

Her ongoing commitment to research is also reflected in Di’s involvement in The King’s School research community and her recent completion of a Doctor of Education. Di’s research interest in the promotion of graphic novels as texts for school libraries and classrooms has provided her with numerous opportunities to share her work in Australia and overseas, and to publish in professional journals.

Jenny Kemp

Director of Information Services (Library), St Andrew's Cathedral School



Jenny is the Director of Information Services (Library) at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney.


She has recently overseen the redevelopment of their K-12 library space into three separate libraries, a unique challenge in a school located in CBD office blocks. Before becoming a teacher librarian, Jenny worked in a public library as a children’s librarian and before that as a secondary HSIE teacher.

Dr Jason Lodge

Senior Lecturer Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne



Jason's is an expert on cognitive science, educational psychology, higher education and educational technology.


His research focuses on the cognitive and emotional factors that influence student learning and the student experience in adult educational settings. Jason is interested in how educational technology is influencing the development of metacognition, critical thinking, expertise and professional ways of being and is part of the Educational Technology Research Group.

Vijay Varadharajan

Director Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre, University of Newcastle



Vijay is the Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle and Director of Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC) at Newcastle.


Previously he was Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Computing at Macquarie University and the Dean/Head of School of Computing and IT at University of Western Sydney (1996-2000).

Vijay is active in industry and government consultation including: member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Information and Communication Systems (2014 -- ); ICT Advisory Panel in the NSW Government (2014-2015); the Cyber Security Task Force (CSTF) in India (2015 -- ); and was a member of Strategic Research Priorities Committee (Cyber Security), Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia (2015).

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) & Director, The University of Melbourne



Gregor is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education.


His current work involves leading the University of Melbourne's strategy in curriculum innovation and technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, and undertaking research in educational technology.

Gregor research interests include university staff and students’ use of technology; interactivity, engagement and self-regulation in digital learning environments; the use of 3D immersive simulation for learning; and the use of learning analytics in educational research and evaluation.

Rodney Zandbergs

Senior Manager UX & Digital Design, RMIT University



Rod is a digital strategist specialising in UX design factors. He currently heads the UX practice at RMIT University in Melbourne. Across more than 15 years working both locally and abroad, he has delivered award-winning solutions across a diverse range of industries and contributed to multiple enterprise-scale digital transformation projects.

Dr Sara Branch

Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University



Sara is an expert in Workplace Conflict specialising in Workplace Bullying and Change Management. Sara has broad interest in Social Justice and recent research work has focused on applying organisational theory to enhance processes for collaboration.

Zoë Routh

Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Adventurist, Author of COMPOSURE and MOMENTS



Zoë’s is the author of 'Composure - How centered leaders make the biggest impact', and  'Moments - Leadership when it matters most.’ Originally from Canada, Zoe’s past leadership roles include Chair of the Outdoor Council of Australia, President of the Chamber of Women in Business, and Program Manager at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Oscar Trimboli

Author of Breakthroughs & Deep Listening



Oscar is a marketing and technology industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience across software and telecommunications organisations including Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Polycom, Professional Advantage and Vodafone. During his time at Microsoft, he was accountable for the 5-year journey to move Microsoft Office from DVDs to the Data Centre and their subscription business model.

Dylan Van Der Walt

Human Resources Business Partner (Sydney, Perth and PNG), Dentons Australia



Dylan has a passion for employee relations and mental health which has been a large agenda item at Dentons. In 2015 Dylan formed a health and wellbeing program, which won Dentons Perth office gold recognition from Healthier Workplaces WA, the only law firm to have received the accolade. During his time as a HR practitioner, Dylan has successfully managed employees with a range of presenting mental health related issues, including anxiety disorders and depression. He has also successfully navigated through the challenges of managing traumatic workplace events such as employee self-harm and death.

Robin Yarham

National Training Manager – Sales & Service, Seek Limited



Robin knew his passion was in L&D where he initially started out as a coach working for South Africans largest financial services provider.

He spent 6 years in Sydney working for Vodafone, News Limited and Westpac all with a focus on sales, customer experience and leadership. He moved to Melbourne with SEEK as their Training Manager for Sales, Service & Sales Management. His main focus since starting is designing and delivering a program that is blended, flexible and has the end user in mind at all times.