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Peter Adams

Senior Manager, PISA-based Test for Schools
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Sally Robinson, an Australian feature writer, recently described Peter Adams as “Our Man in PISA”. As Senior Manager for PISA at the OECD Peter has overarching responsibility for the development and delivery of the PISA program internationally, now the world's largest and most well -known assessment. He brings to the position many years in senior leadership roles within Australian education (most recently, as General Manager of Assessment and Reporting at ACARA, responsible for NAPLAN, the My School website and NAP online) and also broad international experience. In 2014-15, for example, he worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish the national assessment program and now, in Paris, he runs the OECD's PISA with 80 participating countries and 540,000 students worldwide. Peter will speak to the myths about PISA, highlighting what it is and what it isn't, and about its increasing relevance, especially for Australia. He will touch on some of the implications for Australia of its recent results.


Peter is also keen to highlight what for some will be the less well-known aspects of the program - products and services that strongly support education system and school improvement, and inform policy making within countries by showcasing best practice and success stories. His focus will also turn to the future role for PISA, especially in the context of the increasing importance of globalization and the Education 2030 commitment; discussing innovation in PISA through exploring new domains of knowledge and learning and ‘new metrics' to measure student competencies in these areas.

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Abdul Chohan

Director of Development
Essa Academy


Apple calls him ‘one of the most innovative educators in the world'. His award-winning programmes have been internationally described as ‘Simple and Reliable' and have extended beyond the traditional school environment and numerous Ministries of Education. In 2011, his work at Essa Academy in the UK, won him the ‘Outstanding ICT Learning Initiative' award by The Times Education Awards of 2011. He has pioneered the embedded use of learning technologies for students and teachers alike and now works with international educational organisations and devises learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms.


For over 14 years, Abdul Chohan has led, developed and successfully implemented the digital learning strategy at Essa Academy in the UK. And despite being situated in a challenging, low socio-economic location and labelled as the ‘failing school', Essa Academy's massive transformation now boasts measureable improvements in learning outcomes with a passing rate exceeding 95% from 900 students. Under Abdul's strategic leadership, Essa Academy is leading the way in its development of learning technologies, with a 1:1 family iPad programme and Apple TVs as a learning solution, allowing the use of modern learning resources and streamlined productivity in an educational setting that is accessible from anywhere.

Abdul will show you how your school can achieve similar results while benefiting from cost efficiencies to expand data and knowledge access. He will address issues around traditional learning spaces to create more fluid areas that maximise the capabilities of new technologies while minimising the need for fixed location working.



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Prof. Carol Dweck

Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor,
Department of Psychology, Stanford University (USA)


Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation and development particularly in the education sector. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has won 9 different lifetime achievement awards for her work. Her best-selling book Mindset, has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 25 languages. Carol is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Carol's research demonstrates the critical role of mindsets in students' achievement, and shows how a focus on intelligence or talent can undermine their motivation and learning. Learn how Carol's ground-breaking research findings on enhancing students' motivation and learning can help narrow achievement gaps in your school.



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Associate Professor Philip Uys

Director, Learning Technologies,
Charles Sturt University


Philip is the Director, Learning Technologies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia. Philip has University-wide responsibility for evaluating new educational technologies in terms of their impact on learning and teaching and he plays a leading role in adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods. Philip has expertise in the strategic implementation and management of mobile learning, elearning, educational technology, open and distance education and educational innovation and change both in developing countries such as Botswana and Bangladesh and in New Zealand and Australia.



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Dr Scott Cragin

Professor of Management & Marketing, Robert W. Plaster School of Business, Missouri Southern State University USA


Scott has been a professor of marketing and management at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, since 1989. He currently teaches Strategic Management and Marketing Strategy. His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering and he has an MBA from Northwestern University and PhD in marketing with a minor in TQM from Oklahoma State University. Scott and his colleague Jeff Gibson, Director of Budget and Operations, are leading The Great Game of Education initiative at MSSU.

Missouri Southern is the first university to commit to the GGOB system and kicked off campus-wide training in August of 2016.



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Jenielyn E Padernal

Director, Centre for Innovative Learning Programs De La Salle University Dasmarinas (Philippines)

Jenielyn (Jen) E Padernal is the Director, Centre for Innovative Learning Programs in the Faculty Business Management Department at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Dasmarinas in the Philippines.

Jen is responsible for managing the DLSU learning environment both physical and virtual domain to over 14,000 students and 700 faculty members. The goal is to make the DLSU-D's e-Learning environment more accessible locally and internationally.

Jen is an educator, an e-Learning specialist and a technology trainer living in the Philippines and will be will be presenting on Flipped Classroom in a University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).



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Valerie Runyan

Director, Business Process Improvement Initiative,
Macquarie University


Valerie has worked in the Australian Higher Education Sector for the past 20 years in Victoria, Queensland and NSW. Her previous roles have included the oversight of the divisions and the development of strategy in the areas of student administration, student support, student recruitment, marketing and communications.


In 2013 Valerie was employed by Macquarie University to establish the Business Process Improvement Initiative (BPII) office to add value, safeguard and complement the student and staff experience.





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Professor Caroline McMillen

Vice-Chancellor and President,

University of Newcastle


Professor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice-Chancellor and President in October 2011. She has previously served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She has held national and international roles in medical and health research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.

Professor McMillen is a Director of the Australian Business Higher Education Round Table, and a Business Event Sydney Ambassador. She has served on a range of national and international disciplinary bodies and industry boards and as Convenor of the New South Wales Vice-Chancellor's Committee.

As a medical and health researcher, Professor McMillen is internationally recognised for her work on the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic disease in adult life. She has published more than 200 publications and been invited to present at more than 70 international and national meetings.

Professor McMillen is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, B Chir at the University of Cambridge.




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Professor Shelley Kinash

Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching

University of Southern Queensland


Professor Shelley Kinash is the Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching at University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her PhD is in Education Technology from the University of Calgary, Canada and was completed in 2004. Shelley has led 3 completed national multi-institution (Category One) research projects funded through the Australian Government - commissioned projects on graduate employability and postgraduate student experience, and a seed project on student evaluation. Exemplar impact achievements of the graduate employability project include: consultation to and engagement with the 2014 G20 Summit and with five government bodies (Employment, Education, High Commission, DFAT, AUS-INDIA Education), hosting a national symposium with 150 delegates from 18 Australian universities, and conducting a professional development circuit in India / Sri Lanka for more than 150 educators from more than 50 institutions across 5 workshops / cities. Shelley facilitates professional development across the country and internationally, supporting academics to apply evidence-based approaches to making outstanding contributions to student learning. Her 200+ publications have been downloaded more than 37,000 times across 155 countries (1530 institutions/companies). She has delivered 11 keynotes/plenaries including at peak national / international body conferences.




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Danny Carroll

Manager Business Digital Learning,

UNSW Business School


Danny Carroll is the Manager Business Digital Learning at UNSW Business School. Danny is an educational and eLearning specialist with a career focus on identifying and implementing educational technology initiatives that make a positive contribution to improving teaching and learning. Danny's Higher Ed Learning projects have included the improvement of staff and student assessment experiences, Learning Analytics, Education technology Flipped Classrooms and more. Danny will be presenting on systematically connecting assessment with learning at the Higher Ed Leaders Congress.




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Professor Gilly Salmon

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation),

University of Western Australia


Professor Gilly Salmon is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Gilly established The Centre for Education Futures to realise UWA's Education Futures principles and visions which have included 'Mobile is the new Blend', the Futures Observatory, the Carpe Diem methodology for collaborative design of teaching units and enhancements to digital learning environments for UWA.

Gilly is one of the world's leading thinkers on learning futures and pedagogical innovation. She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to online education including research, learning design, teaching methods and the use of digital technologies. Gilly will be presenting on a new take on blended learning and mobiles in her presentation on ''Mobile is the new Blend' at the Higher Ed Leaders Congress at EduTECH.




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Renee Hindmarsh

Executive Director,

Australian Technology Network (ATN)


Renee is the Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network (ATN). The Australian Technology Network brings together five of the most innovative universities in Australia: QUT, UTS, RMIT University, University of South Australia and Curtin University.

Renee will be leading the discussion on collaboration in driving Higher Education research and innovation at the Higher Ed Leaders Congress at EduTECH.




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Professor Marcia Devlin

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality),

Federation University Australia


Professor Marcia Devlin is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) and a Professor of Learning Enhancement at Federation University Australia. Marcia is an internationally recognised thought leader and expert in higher education. She is a strong and vocal advocate for the transformative role of tertiary education, both as a mechanism for social justice and as a driver for regional and national productivity and innovation. Marcia expertise is in equity, leadership, student engagement and digital education.

At the Higher Ed Leaders Congress Marcia will share her insights on strategies to improve regional student engagement.




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Dr David Bowser

Managing Director

Curio Group


David leads the Education sector practice of Nous Group, a global management consulting firm as well as founding Curio, an EdTech startup. He advises university senior leadership teams on strategy, product development, student experience and academic excellence. David is unique in consulting. He is a former academic and neuroscientist at Melbourne and Cambridge.




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Professor Susan Elliot

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education),

Monash University


Professor Susan Elliott leads a dedicated Education portfolio at Monash University and is responsible for providing an integrated approach to the education elements within Focus Monash. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education), Professor Elliott is focussed on actively promoting engagement and advocacy in shaping the University's education agenda.

Professor Susan Elliott joined Monash University in March 2017 from The University of Melbourne where she held the position of Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International). Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and her many appointments on national and international committees include President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) - the first Australian and first female academic to be elected to the position. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) International Policy Advisory Committee and also serves as a Board member for the Australia India Institute.




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Dr Simon Collyer

Teaching and Learning Support,

The University of Queensland


Dr. Simon Collyer researches management techniques for dealing with rapid change across industries, including higher education. He is interested in how higher education can keep pace with technology change, and is responsible for central eLearning systems at the University of Queensland.




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Jack Hylands

CEO, Ducere Global Business School


Jack Hylands is the Chief Executive Officer of Ducere Global Business School, an innovative education company that partners with universities and industry in Australia and overseas.

Jack has returned to education after a career in management consultancy across the finance, resources and telecoms sectors, working with PwC and Accenture in the UK and Australia. Jack's background in education is as a teacher and an educational consultant working in the UK, France and Russia.

Jack completed his bachelors at the University of Cambridge and is a graduate of the Teach First Leadership Development program in the UK, with a PGCE in Mathematics from Canterbury Christ Church University.




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Shane Oxley

Business Manager, Bishop Druitt College


Shane is the Business Manager of Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour in northern NSW and the Secretary of ASBA NSW. He is a senior member of the College Leadership Team reporting to the Principal and College Council and is responsible for all aspects of Financial Management and operations including facilities development, WHS Governance and Compliance.

Shane will be presenting at EduTECH 2017 School Business Managers Congress on Facilities Management for schools.





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Sue Aveyard

Business & Facilities Manager, Amaroo School


Sue is the Business Manager at Amaroo School, the biggest government school in the ACT with a student population over 1700. Sue has been a business manager for over 15 years in the ACT Education Department in a range of schools from primary to college. Sue is the President of both the ACT School Business Managers Association and the Australian Association of Government School Administrators.

Sue is a Chair of School Business Managers Congress at EduTECH 2017 and will draw upon her extensive experience and network in school business management.





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David Ford

Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers


David is a partner at Emil Ford Lawyers, a Director of the Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA), President of NSW Chapter of ANZELA, an Editorial Board member of the CCH School Principals Legal Guide and a former Chairman of the Council of MLC School. During his presentation at EduTECH' School Business Managers Congress David will draw on his Education Law expertise and most importantly address how schools can avoid litigation and keep up-to- date on education law matters.





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Damian Ferguson

Chief Financial Officer, Knox Grammar School


Damian the Chief Financial Officer at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. Damian is an accomplished education management professional across International and Australian School's (day & boarding) for Private Equity, Individual Trust and Proprietor ownership groups (Profit & Not for Profit).

Damian's roles have encompassed membership of school executive, school academic boards, sub-committees (finance, infrastructure, educational strategy, audit & risk), capital works programs, secretary to the board and management of the multi-disciplinary teams responsible for delivering financial, operational and all other non educational services.

During his presentation on School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017 Damian will draw upon his 25 years experience in education management in the discussion on The role of the School Business Manager (SBM) and how is it evolving.





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David Barker

Bursar, Barker College


David has been the Bursar of Barker College for nearly nine years and is the President of ASBA NSW and the Treasurer of ASBA Limited.

As Bursar he has overall responsibility for the School's Finance, Taxation, Budgeting, Property, IT, Archives, Catering and Facilities and is also the secretary to the School Council and School Foundation.

During his presentation at School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017 he will draw upon his extensive experience in the discussion on the role of the School Business Manager (SBM) and how is it evolving. Don't miss this session on the expanding role of the SBM





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Neil Pierson

Storyteller, Centre for Marketing Schools


Neil is a former Australian teacher and vocal supporter of the education profession as well as an author of school marketing articles and published books.

Neil will show you how to get bang for your buck when marketing your school from a business manager perspective at School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017. Don't miss this session if you want to encourage, equip and connect with other school marketers. The session is for you whether you're an experienced marketer, a technical guru, or an inspirational business leader, you will learn something new





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Helena Golovanoff

Partner, Holding Redlich


Helena is a Sydney-based Partner at Holding Redlich, leading a team of practitioners dedicated to building and construction matters.





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Nigel Collin

Business Facilitator


Nigel created his first business at the age of twenty and sold it at twenty-one. He then went on to build Absurd Entertainment, one of Australia largest entertainment design companies.

He is an alumni of the Disney Institute, a Ted-Xer, and author of three books

Nigel worked extensively on the 2000 Olympic Games, was entertainment advisor at the 2000 Paralympic Games. He then moved into the world of consulting, advising his clients on implementing ideas and everyday innovation.

He founded the 'Ingenious Oz Project' and is an ambassador of Start-up Australia, where he interviewed over 50 of Australia's top entrepreneurs and business leaders. Do not miss Nigel's session on The Game of Inches at EduTECH.





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Kristy Ahearn

CEO, Ducere Global Business School


Kristy is the Bursar at SCEGGS Darlinghurst and on the Committsee of ASBA NSW. Kristy is responsible for planning finance and administration, budgeting and management accounting, property management and capital funding and developing financial policies, procedures and systems.

At School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017 Kristy will draw upon her experience and perspectives for the presentation on The role of the School Business Manager (SBM) and how is it evolving. The discussion will lead you through the skills, attributes and characteristics of good business managers now and what will be required into the future.





kathy dickson

Kathy Dickson

Bursar, SHORE School


Kathy is the Bursar at Sydney Church of England Grammar School in North Sydney and previously the Bursar at the Illawarra Grammar School for nearly 12 years.

Kathy is the Immediate Past President of ASBA NSW and a Board Member of ASBA Limited.

Kathy will share lessons on Outsourcing at the School Business Managers Congress at EduTECH 2017.





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Dr Louise Mahler

Communication specialist, Opera Singer and leadership influencer


Louise is a communication specialist and proven performer in inspiring positive action through the unsung wisdom of voice. Louise has brought the worlds of Art and Business together with a background in opera as a soloist with Vienna State Opera, a PhD and roles in London and BHP Australia.

See how Louise will expand upon the 'opera of organization' as she provides insights on how to Lead your School's business team in a shifting educational landscape at School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017.





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Dr Steven Austen

Business Manager, Whitsunday Anglican School


Steve is a member of the Management Committee of ASBA Queensland, the professional association for Business Managers of non-government schools in Queensland. He has co-written a paper on Governance and School Boards in Non-State Schools in Australia.

Steve is a Chair of School Business Managers Congress EduTECH 2017 as well as presenting on School Boards Governance which is the focus of his PhD.





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Katrina Mae

Senior Associate, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers


Katrina is a Senior Associate at HWl Ebsworth law firm.

Katrina will co-present with David Vaughan on how to Effectively manage school buildings, development and service projects at the School Business Managers & Congress EduTECH 2017.

School building and facilities can be complex given time and budgetary pressures, contractor problems, long lead times and general uncertainty. Find out how schools can understand the procurement process and be more engaged in the delivery and management of their projects to ensure success.





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Tessa Gooch

Business Manager, St. Patricks College


Bio Coming Soon...





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Dr Suzy Green

Founder, The Positivity Institute


Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology, having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.

Suzy was the recipient of an international Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Suzy lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years, and as an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy also currently holds Honorary Academic positions at the School of Business, University of Western Sydney; Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University and the Black Dog Institute. Suzy is also an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University. Suzy was the 'Stress-less Expert" for Australian Women's Health Magazine for eight years, and maintains a strong media profile appearing regularly on television, radio and in print.





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Tim Rowler

Business Manager, Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak


Tim Rowler is currently the Business Manager at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak an Independent Catholic Girls School with over 1,100 students from Early Learning to Year 12. Tim previously worked as the business manager at St Joseph's College, Ferntree Gully, for over 5 years. He is the current Vice President of the Catholic Education Business Administrators. Tim has extensive experience in property having worked as a project manager at a property development group. He has international experience as an accountant, commencing his career in a private Melbourne tax practice before moving to London and working for Cadbury Schweppes in their global tax department. Tim is passionate about technology and seeing it used positively in Schools to assist and improve learning, financial and administrative outcomes.





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Rod Camm



Rod Camm took the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training in October 2014.


Prior to this Rod was the Managing Director of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Rod also held senior appointments in Skills Queensland, Department of Education and Training and Construction Skills Queensland as well as a range of other executive roles in Government.


Rod has performed the role of director on a range of boards and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


He has an Executive Masters of Public Administration.





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Jared Cooney Horvath

co-president of The Science of Learning Group and The Education Neuroscience Initiative


Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on translating neuroscientific principles to enhance teaching and learning practices within the classroom. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Southern California, and the University of Melbourne and has taught at schools around the Untied States and Australia. Currently, Jared is undertaking research in collaboration with the Science of Learning Research Center at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and serves as co-president of The Science of Learning Group and The Education Neuroscience Initiative: two groups dedicated to bringing the latest in brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents alike.





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Chemene Sinson

Educator, Instructional Designer & Olympian


Chemene is an educator and instructional designer with 25+ years of experience in Australia and internationally. She specialises in 'best practice' learning and education, and in VET (TAE) qualifications. She delivers accredited and corporate programs for diverse client groups, and has written training and assessment materials used by more than 100 RTOs around Australia.

Chemene's public speaking experience began in the sport industry. An Olympian, she has announced or commentated at numerous sporting events, including World Championships, Commonwealth, and Olympic Games. She is honoured to act as Chair for Day Two of Edutech's VET/RTO Leaders' Congress, and excited about the opportunity this brings to work with leading minds of Australia's VET sector.





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Chelsea Wright

Library & Learning Resources Leader, Salesian College Sunbury


Chelsea Wright is a library manager with a passion for "new librarianship" and the role of school libraries in providing equitable access to digital literacy and new and emerging technologies.

Chelsea is a strong advocate for the reimagining of school library services to facilitate the many new ways information can be accessed and experienced by students. Her interests include the Maker culture, exploratory learning spaces and the use of school library resources to encourage divergent thinking. At the Future Library Congress Chelsea will be presenting on the future of VR and AR in schools.




Kim Tairi

Kim Tairi

University Librarian, Auckland University of Technology, NZ


Kim has returned to New Zealand after 27 years living in Melbourne, to lead the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Library. She worked for 20 plus years in the Australian tertiary education sector. Her career also includes leadership roles at both Swinburne University and Victoria University. She is particularly interested in creativity at work, library innovation, student experience, networking, influence and leadership. Outside of work she tweets, instagrams, runs, draws and plays ukulele.





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Dr Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, Digital Research Team, Collections Division, The British Library, UK


Originally from Melbourne and now living in London and working at The British Library in the Digital Scholarship team as Digital Curator. Her interests include user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and participation in the cultural heritage sector and digital history. Mia is the Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) also member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and has worked at Science Museum Group, Museum of London and Museum Victoria/Melbourne.

Mia will be presenting on the Digital scholarship at the British Library at the Future Library Congress.





Jenny Kemp

Jenny Kemp

Leader of Learning (Information & Research Services), St Andrews Cathedral School


Jenny Kemp leads a K-12 library in an independent school in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Jenny's particular passion is to convince teacher librarians and school libraries that they will be more valued by school leadership when they add to the core business of curriculum delivery. She believes that library practices have to radically transform so libraries are no longer mysterious entities only understood by librarians. Jenny also thinks that for the profession to have a strong future it needs to attract risk taking, flexible and creative thinkers. Jenny is an experienced history and social science teacher and has also worked as a librarian in a local council library where she learnt the importance of library promotion.

Jenny will be presenting on the Embedding information literacy skills at the Future Library Congress.





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Cathie Oats

Director, Trove, National Library of Australia


Cathie Oats has the dream job of working with the Trove team that makes the wonderful resources held by Australian collecting institutions easier to discover, access and use. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small. She specialises in creating digital services that connect people to content. Prior to joining Trove she worked in public, university and school libraries and arts administration. Cathie also has a background in communications and marketing. In her spare time, she is studying for a Master in Digital Humanities and Public Culture at the Australian National University.





Philip Minchin

Philip Minchin

Play, imagination & learning advisor


Trained in history, literature, classics and archaic languages, Philip Minchin has worked in publishing, arts production, human rights campaigning & NGO governance, game design, public libraries, and library IT. (He regrets to note that he is older than he looks.) He is a futurist and innovator in the areas of libraries, learning, imagination, and play. His gift for discovering, exploring, and mapping out untapped opportunities for libraries has seen him publishing and presenting nationally and internationally; leading global library events that connect thousands of libraries and tens of thousands of people; sourcing unprecedented e-lending collections opportunities for Australian libraries; and more. He also dislikes singing his own praises and writing in the third person, so thank goodness that's over.

Philip Michin will be presenting on the Open Catalogues at the Future Library Congress.





Vicki McDonald

Vicki McDonald

State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Queensland (SLQ)


Vicki McDonald is the State Librarian and Chief Executive at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). She is an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the library sector, state and local governments and tertiary education.

Her appointment at SLQ renews a relationship that started in 2001, when she was seconded from Brisbane City Council as Acting Director Policy Development, progressing to the permanent role of Executive Director Policy and Development and then to Director Client Services and Collections in 2002. She was the Executive Director Library & Information Services at the State Library of New South Wales (2013-2016); and previously at QUT as the Associate Director Client Services & Learning Support at QUT (2009-2013).

Vicki has an active role in the library and information sector. She is currently President of the Australian Library and Information Association, and has held a number of leadership roles at International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).





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Lyn Hay

Head of Professional Learning, Syba Academy Director, Leading Learning Institute; Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University


Lyn Hay, Director of the Leading Learning Institute, Head of Professional Learning (Syba Academy), Adjunct Lecturer (Charles Sturt University). Lyn works with schools to evaluate the functionality and impact of their school library, and design future-focused school library spaces, teams, programs and services.

Lyn Hay is Director of the Leading Learning Institute, a think tank providing educational consultancy services for schools, specialising in vision building to inform the design and refurbishment of school libraries, and assisting teacher librarians in collecting and analysing data to demonstrate evidence of impact. Lyn also works as Head of Professional Learning at Syba Academy, where she designs and teaches courses on inquiry learning, guided inquiry, school library management, evidence-based practice, curation and resourcing the Australian Curriculum, and digital citizenship.

After 20 years as a tenured academic, Lyn continues working for Charles Sturt University as an Adjunct Lecturer in HRD supervision. Her research interests include school library futures, iCentre design, principal-TL partnerships, information policy and digital citizenship, school library impact and evidence-based practice, guided inquiry, and students' use of technologies to support inquiry learning.

Lyn is the recipient of a number of national and international professional awards including the US-based Teacher Librarian Journal's Leadership Award for being a Learning Commons Visionary for 2012, the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Takeshi Murofushi Research Award (2012), and the Australian School Library Association Citation (2007) for outstanding service and leadership to school libraries in Australia in the areas of education, publications, research and innovation. She has presented at hundreds of conferences and seminars in her time as an academic, consultant, and invited speaker in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jamaica, Brunei, Sweden, and South Africa.

Her website is





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Kate Reid

Head of Library, The Hutchins School, Tasmania and Vice President of ASLA


Kate Reid is the Head of Library at Hutchins, a pre-K to 12 Anglican school for boys. She has experience working as a teacher librarian in public, independent and international schools, and uses this range of experiences to inform her practice.


Kate is passionate about the collaborative roles of teacher librarians and school libraries in encouraging students to develop into readers, ethical users of information, and digitally literate lifelong learners. She is also an advocate for the transformative use of technology to encourage student to connect, communicate and collaborate. Kate has presented sessions through webinars and at local, state and national conferences on the topics of technology in the primary library classroom and social media for professional learning.


Kate is currently the Vice President of ASLA, the Australian School Library Association.





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Jane Viner

Head of Library Resource Services, Kilvington Grammar School

Jane Viner is Head of Library Resource Services at Kilvington Grammar School. She has extensive experience as a school library leader, teacher librarian, teacher, professional association member, participant and school library advocate. During her career Jane has presented at local, interstate and international conferences and has been published in a variety of journals.

Jane has been a past Chairperson of the IBAP Library Group, Vice President of SLAV, Co-Convenor of Central Metropolitan Branch, member of the ALIA Policy Advisory Group for School Libraries and is currently Co-Convenor of Southern Metropolitan SLAV Branch





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Matt Richards

Senior Advisor Learning Innovation, Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand


Matt is an educational leader and an innovative technologist. Currently Senior Advisor Learning Innovation at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, creating innovative learning spaces and programmes. Matt pioneered the maker education movement in Australian schools and founded an international games-based learning project. He employs emerging technologies to empower learners and build global learning communities. Matt is a Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.





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Andrew Stark

Head of Libraries, The Southport School


Andrew J Stark is an Associate Dean and Head of Libraries and Information Services at The Southport School, an independent Anglican School for boys. For the last nine years, he has been directly involved with developing and promoting Library Services within Independent schools and has completed extensive research into the value of creating positive learning and teaching spaces for students and teaching staff. In 2014, he completed an Action Research Project for the International Boys' Schools Coalition which considered the influence affinity space has on critical thinking and engagement. This led him to explore the relevance of learning space in pedagogy.


Mr Stark argues that the modern librarian requires skills far beyond that of 'literary expert' and 'research assistant'. The contemporary library context now requires public relations experts who can promote and manipulate the plethora of available resources and text-types thus enabling students and staff to make sense of what is on offer in the 21st Century library and classroom. In 2014, Mr Stark became the founding Chair and Director of the International Library Symposium, a biennial event that brings together librarians, authors and teachers to discuss and reflect upon issues relating to the promotion of literature and information literacy skills in schools and the broader community.


In 2015, he became a member of the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee as a consultant and external reviewer.





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Ralph Springett

Education Technology Manager, Wellington Institute of Technology, NZ


Ralph Springett is a life-long learner and advocate for accessible education using digital technologies. Currently Ralph works as the Learning Technologies Group Manager at WelTec/Whitireia supporting vocational training learners. Ralph also owns ReGear Learning, a small consultancy offering strategic advice and resource production services for the compulsory schooling sector. Over the last 20 years Ralph has delivered training and assessment in workplaces, advocated for distance, part-time and mature learners, studied online to achieve a BA and MA (English), worked in governance and management positions, and provided strategic plans for tertiary training organisations.

Ralph has a particular passion for storytelling to help make sense of life, the universe and everything.





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Dr Gordon Howell.

Director Learning Environments and Technology Services, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Gordon Howell is Director Learning Environments and Technology Support at Queensland University of Technology. Gordon is responsible for the support and enhancement of technology in QUT's 300 plus learning spaces and QUT's Managed Operating Environment covering 12000 computers and 50000 students and staff. Recently he was responsible for the technology deployment at QUT' $230M Science and Engineering Centre.

Gordon has in excess of 25 years experience within education and technology and he will provide practical insights on how to accommodate the new modes of learning and the next generation of leaning spaces at the Higher Ed Leaders Congress.





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Alex Hanlon

Head of Libraries, The Southport School


Alex is the Executive Director of Learning Resources at the University of Canterbury (UC) where she holds responsibility for property and infrastructure (Capital Works, Engineering Services, Campus Services & Field Stations); information technology (Operations and Infrastructure, Applications and Systems Support, and IT Project Management Office) and the University libraries (Central Library, E-Learning Support, Education Library, Engineering and Sciences Library, UC Archives and Rare Books & Art Collection).

Alex has over 20 years' experience working in the University and property industries in Australia and New Zealand. She has worked on a wide range of private and publicly funded business, technology and construction projects including governance reform, student accommodation, academic, learning and retail spaces, quality assurance and the financial management of a multi-million dollar capital development program. Her experience includes delivery of projects for multiple departments of the NSW Government, University of New South Wales, University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Authority. Alex is a previous Director of the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association and a current Director of the NZ Green Building Council and Chair of the NZ Directors of Facilities Management group.





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Kyle Bowen

Director, Educational Technology, Penn State University


Kyle Bowen is director of educational technology at Penn State University, where he leads university efforts for effective uses of technology for teaching and learning. Kyle oversees a portfolio of services including instructional design, faculty research support, learning spaces, digital media development, and the exploration of emerging technologies. Formerly the director of informatics at Purdue University, he shaped and led the university's strategy to advance student success through new and innovative technologies. A relentless pursuer of technologies that hack the classroom, Kyle is also an author, entrepreneur, and frequent speaker on the role of technology in advancing education. He has co-authored and edited more than 20 books in the areas of web design, development and usability - and his work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, TIME, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.





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Scott Sorley

Executive Director ICT Services, University of Southern Queensland


Scott Sorley is Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland. Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems. Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value. He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society.





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Robert Irving

CIO, University of New England


Robert Irving is the Director of Information Technology at the University of New England, a position he has held since January 2011. During his tenure at UNE he has overseen the largest technology transformation in the history of the university with an investment of $18m in 2013. This investment was proportionally larger than any other university in the Southern Hemisphere. The university is predominantly an online educator with 18,000 of its 22,000 students studying online. The university has a significant focus on the quality of the student experience and was the first university in APAC to adopt Skype for Business for its staff and students and again first to implement Workplace by Facebook for staff. The Information Technology directorate have also been awarded first place for IT service satisfaction to students for five of the past six years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016) in Australia and New Zealand. Robert also acted in the position of Executive Director of Operations in 2014 and 2015 managing the Human Resources, Faculties, IT, Colleges and UNE Life functions of the organisation, providing a deeper business understanding of how technology can transform business operations.





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Chris Rasmussen

Chief Information Officer, Curtin University


Chris Rasmussen joined Curtin University in 2013 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and heads up a team of more than 300 IT professionals. Since his appointment, Chris has established the Digital Futures (DF) Portfolio which aims to transform the front line University systems and ensure the necessary technological expertise is in place to support them, as well as positioning Curtin IT Services (CITS) as a strategic business partner supporting the success of the University.

Prior to Curtin University, Chris was the Group Manager - Information Technology for Monadelphous Group Ltd and the Director - Information Technology Services at the University of Western Australia.





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Bruce Callow

Chief Technology Officer, Information Services, Griffith University


Bruce is the Chief Technology Officer for Griffith University, a position he has occupied since 2013. Previous to this current role, Bruce was the Director of Information and Communication Technology Services at Griffith (four years) and Deputy Director ICTS.


Overall, Bruce has some 15 plus years' experience in the Higher Education industry with some 30 plus years in total in the IT industry; government, private and education areas. During his time at Griffith, he has served on the Board of Directors for the global Higher Education Users Group and Chair of the ANZ Higher Education Users Group (six years). I am currently a member of the Global Oracle Education & Research Strategy Council (two years), Vice President of the Australian Access Federation and Chair of QUESTnet.





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Peter Nikoletatos

Executive Director and Chief Information Officer La Trobe University


Peter Nikoletatos has more than 25 years experience in the ICT industry in Australia and overseas. Over the years, he has held several senior appointments including the inaugural CIO role at the Australian National University and CIO posts at Curtin University, and the University of Newcastle.

In 2014, he spent six months overseeing the IT Directorate at the University of New England. He commenced as the Executive Director and Chief Information Officer of La Trobe University in October 2014.

He has also held senior IT leadership roles for I-MED (Radiology) and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) formerly BHP IT.

Peter holds a Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Project Managers, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society.

He has sat on a number of boards including Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) and Burgmann College (affiliated with ANU).

Peter has a particular interest in ICT strategy and its relationship to research, teaching and learning. He has worked closely with many of the leading global vendors to help shape ICT strategy.

Peter has also presented regularly including keynotes at a number of conferences on topics ranging from effective ICT Governance, managing change, emerging trends and technologies, mobility (accelerated connectedness), identity and access management, analytics, cloud computing and big data.





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Mark Scott AO

Secretary, NSW Department of Education


Mark has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media. His career began as a teacher in Sydney, and 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. Mark now leads the NSW DEC, which the largest education system in Australia, operating 2,200 public schools for almost 800,000 students.

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.





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Jan Owen AM Hon DLitt

Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians


Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).


Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.





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Greg Whitby

Executive Director, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


Greg has been recognised for his work in Catholic schooling and contemporary education and in 2013 was awarded a Papal Knighthood in the Order of St Gregory the Great. He is an Apple distinguished educator and a fellow of both the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

He received a presidential citation from ACEL and in 2006 was named Bulletin's Most Innovative Educator of the Year. Greg has been involved in education in the government and non-government sectors for over 40 years, as a teacher and school leader, as well as lecturing on a part-time basis for 10 years in the faculty of business at the University of Western Sydney. Greg has led large systems of schools for over 17 years. Greg writes a regular feature column syndicated across 20 NewsLocal papers in NSW.


Greg brings together the best of theory, practice and evidence to ensure a relevant, challenging and engaging contemporary learning experience for schools and the communities they serve.





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Catherine Misson

Principal, Melbourne Girls Grammar


Melbourne Girls Grammar is implementing a radically new Senior Years Wellbeing Program, fundamentally shifting the focus for adolescent learners to learning first what makes them well, confident and capable, and then leveraging this resilience for rigorous academic outcome. Catherine questions the status quo in educational paradigms, and leads the way in the design of school programs, including new ways to imagine the use of time, new roles in schools, and new ways of young people taking control of their learning.

Catherine is a leading voice for enterprise education, a vision that places students at the heart of schooling initiatives to promote the non-cognitive learning attribute, and ensure readiness to thrive in the 4th Revolution World. She has developed an educational narrative that champions the development of the enterprising mindset in youth, to ensure that children today are being equipped for a digital age in which their experiences of work and wellbeing will be vastly different to that of their parents. Through her establishment of the Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE, 2015), Catherine has taken this agenda international, launching in 2016 the Enterprising Schools Network, to connect educators who are acting and leading for the same greater purpose.





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BR Patrick Howlett

Principal, Parramatta Marist High School


Br Patrick has been a Marist Brother for over fifty years, including thirty-seven of those years as Principal or Assistant Principal. He came to Parramatta Diocese as Principal of Parramatta Marist High School, Westmead in 2002 after very successful tenures as Principal of Marcellin College, Randwick and Benedict College, Auburn.


Br Patrick advocates that proactive leadership in a school can be the change agent to provide a strong curriculum, supportive school community and student success. In recent times Br Patrick's leadership and vision has led Parramatta Marist to achieve significantly in the HSC results and also embracing PBL pedagogies. The school is now recognised as one of the best performing Catholic system schools in NSW.

At this stage of his life, when most of his peers might be considering slowing down, Br Patrick, has emerged as a leader in leading school educational reform within the Parramatta Diocese and beyond. Not only does Br Patrick inspire academic success for all students, but he also ensures that both the students and teachers are nurtured in an environment to develop the whole person. He is extraordinarily selfless and compassionate and is driven by his Catholic values. His mission is to live for a cause greater than one self. In 2008 Br Patrick Howlett was awarded the Parramatta Catholic Education Staff Recognition Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.


In March 2012, Br Patrick Howlett was awarded the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, which is the highest recognition awarded by the Pope to a member of religious order for his services to Catholic Education. In November 2014, Br Patrick was awarded as a Master Teacher of Honor from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education.





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Rolfe Kolbe

Mathematics Teacher and Director of Learning Technologies, St. Andrew's Cathedral School


Rolfe Kolbe is a leading Mathematics Teacher and Director of Learning Technologies at St. Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney CBD. He is an expert on the authentic and appropriate use of technology to enhance and enrich learning, and is passionate about nurturing creativity and innovation.

Rolfe has worked with educators and students over many years to deepen community understanding about appropriate technology use, and participated in a variety of advisory councils.





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Mary-Lou O'Brien

Chief Digital Officer, Melbourne Girls Grammar


Mary-Lou has had a very varied background that includes being one of Australia's internet pioneers when she started Australia's first online retail business in 1998. She then moved into education after obtaining a Masters in eBusiness and Communication and a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.


Mary-Lou has worked at Swinburne University as an eLearning Leader for the School of Business, a Course Convenor and lecturer of eMarketing, eCommerce, Change Management and eBusiness Systems. She moved to Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2009 to take up the role of Director of eLearning and since then, she and her team, have successfully transformed learning at MGGS by introducing online environments that extend the student's capacity to learn independently and collaboratively. To complete the digital transformation at Melbourne Girls Grammar she has recently accepted the role of Chief Digital Officer, and whilst it will encompass what was previously eLearning, she now oversees the complete digital ecosystem to ensure it meets the School's strategic intent and to fortify Melbourne Girls Grammar's place at the leading edge of education innovation.


Mary-Lou's door is always open and as a mentor to many she regularly welcomes school staff from across Australia and internationally to visit Melbourne Girls Grammar so they can witness first-hand the changes the school has undergone in recent years.






Angela Maiers

Leader, Visionary, Entrepreneur, Disruptor, Change Maker and Author


Angela embodies passion, commitment and determination and has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.

Angela's eight books, including Liberating Genius, The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom have inspired readers everywhere with lessons and ideas necessary to find their way on the social web and this newly flattened world.

Angela's Choose2Matter global movement challenges and inspires students worldwide. Students tackle authentic real world problems in real time, learning the skills and habits needed most for college, career and citizenship. In just a few short years, Choose2Matter has grown from a few classrooms to a reach of nearly 60 thousand classrooms, across 100 countries, touching more than a million students a year.

Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate and post graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Angela holds two master's degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership.





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Lee Watanabe Crockett

President, Global Digital Citizen Foundation


As well as being President of the not for profit Global Digital Citizen Foundation, Lee is co-author of Understanding the Digital Generation, The Digital Diet, Living on the Future Edge, and the best-seller, Literacy is not Enough, and works with educators and corporations in several countries, helping them make the shift to regain relevance and establish a culture of excellence. Lee is an author, speaker, designer, inspirational thinker and the creative force behind some of the most exciting transformations in education happening worldwide today. But, that's all in a day's work.

In life, Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, he has cultivated skills in Aikido, studied tea ceremony while living in Japan, as well as studied painting in Florence. He also studies traditional Zen Buddhist music which he performs on a Shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute.

Lee has a curiosity about the shared human experience. This curiosity is infectious, as anyone who has heard Lee speak can tell you. Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach and he is the creative force behind the Solution Fluency Activity Planner, a social network which has created a culture of collaboration as educators around the world. Lee is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.

In addition to creating digital learning tools for the education sector, Lee has adapted his own corporate experience into a dynamic team-based training model. Lee sees and understands the current of endless exponential change that exists in corporate culture. Change which has created paradigm shifts for so many major industries. Lee's ability to sense trend, identify opportunity and pivot in response to adversity has been invaluable to his clients.





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Michael Christodoulou

Manager Advisory Services General Manager NSW, Darlo Higher Education


Michael Christodoulou is the Manager Advisory Services at Darlo Higher Education. Michael manages a range of national advisory projects at Darlo a specialist consultant to education providers regarding business development and compliance matters. Previously he worked for the national regulator for higher education TEQSA.





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Sarah Chaloner

Deputy Chief Information & Digital Officer, Associate Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Western Sydney University


Sarah Chaloner is one of those examples you read about of someone who has had multiple careers in their working life. Sarah started work as an Artist and Illustrator back in the days when cutting and pasting involved sharp knives and glue! She has also been an Estate Agent, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Salesperson, Project Manager, Head of IT Support Services and Associate Director Infrastructure. Sarah is accredited in Belbin, PROSCI and PRINCE2 and is a trained HR investigator. Sarah has experienced University at undergraduate and post graduate level as an Academic Staff member and as an IT Service Provider giving her a unique and interesting perspective. Sarah is now Deputy Chief Information and Digital Officer at Western Sydney University and leads Digital Strategy and Innovation which she describes as "being in charge of cool things we haven't done yet". A first in family student herself, Sarah is passionate about education and the opportunity it provides and enjoys supporting innovation in all its guises. In addition to championing student engagement initiatives outside of her role, Sarah is also a Faculty Member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute





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Warren French

IT Manager, Transformation Projects, Information & Communications Technology, The University of Sydney


Warren is the IT Manager, Transformation Projects in the ICT Department of Sydney University, where his main focus is introducing innovation in the way technology is implemented in the University's major campus revitalisation construction program. Warren will provide examples from three recent building projects were innovative technology has been implemented in learning spaces. Starting as a computer programmer using punched cards way back when, Warren progressed to occupying IT leadership roles from 1995 in a range of industries, both on the customer and the supplier side. In 1999 Warren was made a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society





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Mal Booth

University Librarian, UTS

Winner of VALA's 2016 Williamson Award, Mal has helped to lead the UTS library to be one of the most dynamic, creative and interesting academic libraries in Australasia. His work has focussed on being an advocate for openness and new models of scholarly publishing and on pushing boundaries when it comes to Library design, moving beyond spaces and technology and seeing the library as connecting people, knowledge and the culture of UTS.

Mal leads the planning team for the future Library as one of the major projects in the UTS Campus Master Plan which included the successful implementation of the automated Library Retrieval System in 2014. He has been influential in the Library's achievements in these fields: codesign; design thinking; sustainability; active community engagement; curation of collections; visual communications; and the development of cultural collections in academic libraries. He was formerly Head of the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial and responsible for its library, archive and the Memorial's web strategy. From 2006 to 2008 he curated the Lawrence of Arabia & the Light Horse exhibition which attracted almost 250,000 visitors. In late 2008 he made the first curatorial visit to a war zone by one of the Memorial's librarian/archivists to identify, record and collect records of war from Australian forces before they withdrew from Iraq. Twitter - @malbooth

And in my own words.....Serial pest. Apart from the work bio you can find above, I like spy novels, queer film culture, true crime podcasts, swimming and photography. I am proud to have convened the Australian Academic Design Libraries to support book design in Australia and to be on the Advisory Board for The Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study. I am passionate about design, Open Access and behaving like a human being when at work.





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Stacey Taylor

Acting Director of Global Connections, Kambala


Stacey has experience in both School and Public libraries, she is a constructivist educator that believes that students make the most connection with work they co-construct with others. She uses a variety of Inquiry models but is most engaged with the Guided Inquiry Design (GID) model

She is involved in the International Baccalaureate community as an examiner and workshop leader and networks widely via social media channels. She works alongside students when honing their research as the Extended Essay Coordinator.

She currently works as The Director of Global connections, which draws on her skills developed as a Teacher and a Librarian. She has a deep commitment to Social Justice and believes in the power of the Library to set a tone for the school through the collection and it's activities

Stacey won the John Hirst Award for excellence in the field of Teacher Librarianship in 2012.





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Professor Jane den Hollander

Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University


Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since 2010. Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does. Professor den Hollander is a Board member of Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council, Chair of Skilling the Bay, member of the VERNet Board and a member of the Kardinia Park Trust. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University.





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Martin Levins

President, Douglas & Brown, Australia


As the President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education, Martin leads the national peak body for educators using technology in teaching and learning. He is the co-author of "BYO-the digital evolution of schooling" (with Mal Lee). As well, he is an occasional lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New England.


Martin is a national authority in the use of technology in education, and the deployment of hardware, software and wetware technology processes and systems in schools. He has always loved playing with tech, and finds play to be an essential ingredient of learning (that's his excuse!).


With a teaching career spanning Science, Maths, Design, Technology, IT and Outdoor Education, Martin assists in developing cutting edge curriculum and professional learning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, management, and public speaking, and consults to systems, schools, districts and authorities nationally. Martin delivers professional keynotes and workshops to leaders, parents, staff and student organisations.


Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Martin's unique insights and high level experience and knowledge.





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Creel Price

Entrepreneur and Founder, Club Kidpreneur


From building a hugely successful business with over 1,000 employees in less than a decade, to founding a social enterprise for budding young entrepreneurs, to scaling mountains and being rescued by pirates, Creel Price is a high-octane entrepreneur passionate about sparking an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation and inspiring them to use the power of business for good. Creel whet his appetite for entrepreneurship during his formative years, launching his first business at age 11, selling strawberries in rural NSW.


Creel then launched another seven businesses while still at school and another two in university. Described by Sir Richard Branson as 'the living, breathing definition of an entrepreneur' at 25, Creel went on to co-found Blueprint Management Group where with passion, drive and only $5,000 from his pocket he built a business which was sold 10 years later for $109 million. Creel staunchly believes in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit to drive positive change.


With this as his driving force, Creel founded the Club Kidpreneur Foundation in 2010, a not-for profit social enterprise fostering entrepreneurship in primary-aged children. To date over 8,000 kidpreneurs have launched their first micro-enterprises across Australia and New Zealand. Creel is dedicated to exposing people to the possibility of entrepreneurship, and the awareness that it is not merely a gene that one is born with, but a philosophy which can be developed within any individual.


Creel has set out to spur this social, economic and personal revolution through the 'entreprenaissance', a movement to encourage more globally inspired people to become entrepreneurs and therefore give the planet a fresh new economic future.





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Lisa O'Callaghan

ICT Integrator,
Calrossy Anglican School (Tamworth, NSW)


Lisa O'Callaghan has worked in education across Australia for over twenty years, and has worked in early childhood, primary and secondary schools in the government, Catholic and Independent sectors. Lisa has a Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and is currently completing a Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation). Passionate about digital technologies, she works collaboratively with classroom teachers encouraging and supporting them in their role to incorporate information technology and STEM into their programs.


Lisa's expertise, leadership and enthusiasm in digital technologies has meant that Lisa has been an integral part in establishing and facilitating Calrossy's Coding Club, Makerspaces and STEM programs, based on research and information provided by ACARA, the National Innovation Science Agenda, and NSW BOSTES policies. Lisa has been key in successful presentations about The Maker Movement and STEM in regional workshops, and STEM Symposiums.





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Amber Chase

Acting Director of ICT,
Calrossy Anglican School (Tamworth, NSW)


With over 15 years of experience in QLD DET and NSW independent schools, Amber has taught at both primary and secondary levels, held ICT leadership positions, and contributed at the executive level. Amber has lead and managed the roll out of interactive technologies including BYOD devices within primary and secondary contexts; and introduced and implemented new digital technology syllabi, including initiatives with makerspaces, robotics, 3D printing and coding.


These initiatives are based on both ACARA and the National Innovation and Science Agenda, as well as NSW BOSTES policy. Amber has presented at the 2016 AIS STEM Symposium, and the University of Sydney STEM Academy, as well as orchestrating workshops with a focus on The Maker Movement and STEM to educators across NSW. Amber actively shares her work on Twitter and as an active blogger, and is currently working towards her Masters of Information and Communication Technology in Education.


As a leader of learning, and a lead learner, Amber works with teachers and students to authentically support meaningful integration of ICT into future-focused teaching and learning, and passionately works to inspire teachers to see the benefits that STEM and digital technologies can have in their classrooms.




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Sandra Amoore

President, Australian School Library Association (ASLA)
Teacher-Librarian, Alligator Creek State School


Following graduation as a primary school teacher, Sandra has been employed by Education Queensland for forty years and currently holds the position of teacher-librarian. Her many leadership roles include mentoring adult traineeships, organising and delivering staff and parent seminars, supporting philosophy and values education practices, workplace health and safety, the school rugby league team, district sports carnivals and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Perspectives.


Sandra is President of the Australian School Library Association (ASLA), managing the professional journal ACCESS. An advocate and passion for the teacher-librarian profession drives her to promote the importance of professional staffing in school libraries. She has been conference convenor and team member of state, national and international conferences and facilitated professional learning. Sandra has held positions in the School Library Association of Queensland and the Policy Advisory Group with Australian Library and Information Association.


Sandra's passions are reading and integrating information and computer technologies into teaching and learning. She holds a Digital Pedagogical Licence Latest interests are STEM, coding and robotics. Sandra enjoys networking so please introduce yourself during the conference.




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Roxanne Ciddor

Head of Educational Resources,
Bialik College, Melbourne


Roxanne Ciddor is the Head of Educational Resources at Bialik College in Melbourne. A K-12 co-educational school, she oversees all library and eLearning programs. She is an experienced teacher and teacher-librarian with a passion for technology and the maker movement. Since establishing the Bialik makerspace only a few years ago, it has fast become a vibrant part of the library and school. Students from all year levels mix freely, sharing ideas and expertise and learning collaboratively. The way that students are embracing learning as makers is now infiltrating the curriculum and is having a profound effect on the changing concepts of learning.




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Rachael Cilauro

Staff Learning and Development & City Library Team Leader,
Melbourne Library Service


Since starting her career shelving at her local public library when she was 16, Rachael has developed a passion and commitment to promoting the importance and relevance of libraries in our contemporary world. From her humble beginnings Rachael has experience in state, academic libraries, policy writing and events management. Rachael has landed in a leadership role in a public library where she builds awareness of libraries as a vital part of our community.

Rachael believes in the power of library services, the internet of things and cat videos.




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Gerard McCartney

Oesterle Professor of Information Technology, Vice President for Information Technology and University CIO, Purdue University USA


Gerry has served as Purdue University's chief information officer since July 2007; in 2013, his role was expanded to include responsibility for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRAE) and oversight of information technology at the regional, as well as West Lafayette campuses.


Under Gerry's leadership, Purdue has developed the nation's largest cyberinfrastructure for research, with six supercomputers listed in the internationally known Top 500 list. Also during his tenure, Purdue has developed some of the nation's most advanced learning and classroom technologies, including Forecast and Hotseat. In addition, in 2010 Gerry provided oversight to a campus-wide restructuring of the information technology resources used by the nearly 15,000 faculty and staff on campus.


As System CIO, Gerry is responsible for the management of Purdue data and IT resources at the West Lafayette, Calumet, North Central, and Fort Wayne campuses. On the West Lafayette campus, areas of responsibility include application services; cyberinfrastructure for research; IT infrastructure; IT security and policy; academic and classroom technologies; IT customer relations and support; and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.


McCartney reports directly to Purdue President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Gerry holds tenure at the rank of Professor in Purdue's College of Technology and is the inaugural recipient of the Olga Oesterle England Professorship of Information Technology. Before becoming CIO, McCartney served two years as assistant dean for technology at Purdue's Krannert School of Management, where he taught in the MBA, executive MBA and engineering management programs. McCartney also is the principal investigator for the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid. Gerry holds a patent on a product providing authenticated access to Internet-based research and data services.


He also earned the CIO Enterprise Value Award in 2003, the 2013 Global Leader in IT Value Award, the 2015 Computerworld Premier 100 Award, and is a member of the CIO Executive Council.




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Dr Denise Meyerson

Managing Director, MCI


Dr Denise Meyerson is the 2015 AITD Learning and Development Professional of the year and is the author of 2 books on integrating activity-based learning in to sessions. She is the founder and Director of MCI, an RTO with a 12 year history of award-winning design and delivery of high quality learning experiences. Denise is also one of 4 master trainers of the LEGO Serious Play methodology and travels the world to facilitate sessions using this powerful and engaging process. Denise holds numerous vocational qualifications as well as a PhD in English and in 2014 she was
a finalist for the Telstra Business Women's award




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Professor Nick Wailes

Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation), UNSW Australia Business School


Professor Nick Wailes, Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation), is responsible for leading the digital transformation of the UNSW Australia Business School, he is also Director AGSM Online. Nick will expand the work he is already doing in the digital space to enhance the student learning experience across the Business School through new technologies. Prior to Nick's appointment as Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation) he was Director of the MBT and AGSM Online; he also has extensive experience gained while Director of the MBA program at the University of Sydney. His research has focused on technology and organisational change. He has also conducted research in international and comparative human resource management and strategic management.




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Andrew Brown

I.T. Facilitator, Tec-NQ


Andrew is currently a full time Information Technology Facilitator at Tec-NQ in Townsville but has worked in education at JCU, Sunshine Coast University and Monash University. As an IT professional Andrew has developed a number of applications that include educational apps for various industries.




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Jodi Schmidt

CEO,TAFE Queensland


Jodi Schmidt is the Chief Executive Officer of TAFE Queensland and is responsible for the overall leadership of TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body, ensuring it is developed into a flexible and responsive organisation that works closely with industry and the community to meet the needs of stakeholders in a commercially viable way.


Jodi has been part of the VET sector since 2005 and has shown strong commitment to the sector both in Queensland and Nationally. Prior to her current role Jodi was Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment within the Department of Education, Training and Employment with overall responsibility of the state's training and employment portfolio, which included directing $1b plus government investment in vocational education and training each year. Her extensive VET experience includes, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Commercial Strategy for the former Southbank Institute of Technology. Jodi has held various senior positions in both Australia and the United Kingdom in health, local government and in the private sector and holds qualifications in Marketing, Accounting and Market Research. She is a former Member of the Board of Construction Skills Queensland and is currently Chair, Education Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC) which provides industry advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on future skills needs and competencies underpinning vocational qualifications.


Jodi has also recently been appointed Deputy Chair of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA). The TDA Board comprises TAFE CEO representation from institutes across Australian states and territories.




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Paul Rasmussen

National Training Manager,The Spectrum Organisation


Paul is National Training Manager, The Spectrum Organisation. He is a Thought Leader and Speaker on Organisational Learning, The Australian VET and RTO sector, Formal and Informal Learning and the future of learning. He speaks widely and has published work in the areas of Learning and Development, Learning evaluation, Vocational Education and the business of RTO's. With Qualifications in Ethics and Bioethics, Organisational Learning and Development, Training, and Business Management and Leadership, Paul has worked in and with a wide range of public, private, government and not for profit organisations. He is currently the National Training Manager for Spectrum Training and the principal consultant with Rasmussen Learning.




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Shara Evans

Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity


Shara Evans is a Technologist, Futurist and Keynote Speaker. She is recognised as one of the world's top female futurists, fusing her engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies.


She's the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm, and Telsyte (which she sold to publicly listed UXC), and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology for the past 19 years. Shara is a regular media commentator on technology issues - appearing on shows such as Sky News, The Drum, 7:30 and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many others. Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies.


Frequently working with executive, strategy and product teams, Shara gets organisations to think outside the box of what's available today to imagine the world in 5 or 10 years, and assists them in commercialising these concepts into innovative new products and services. In her keynote speeches, Shara brings together the latest technology innovations and cutting-edge research projects, tying them into strategic insights for a wide range of industries. Shara has crafted a unique career in the technology industry, with roles spanning software engineering, program management, sales and marketing, founding two successful technology analyst firms and most recently focusing on the world of emerging technologies and becoming a sought after keynote speaker.




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Joris Beerda

Managing Director, The Octalysis Group


Joris is one of the world-leading experts in Octalysis Gamification design. Octalysis is currently considered to be the leading Gamification framework worldwide. He leads organizational growth and client implementation for The Octalysis Group, the consulting and licensing arm of the framework. An International Keynote speaker on Gamification, he has appeared in several renowned conferences to present about Enterprise and Product Gamification best practices. As a high level diplomat in the Netherlands Foreign Service Joris was responsible for creating innovative training and virtual engagement approaches with rebel groups, government soldiers, and public-private partnerships. He continued his engagement consulting services as Global Advisory Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with the United Nations and the World Bank. Prior to joining The Octalysis Group, Joris focused on the Human Resources Industry, implementing innovative ways for virtual, distance HR and Project Management methods worldwide.




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Dr Ruth Schubert

Associate Professor and Associate Director LH Martin Institute


Ruth has extensive experience in education having worked in private RTOs, the schooling sector, and universities, and most recently 15 years in executive positions in TAFE Institutes in South Australia. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process for TAFE SA Regional winning the State and National 2011 Large Training Provider of the year. Ruth's considerable expertise in the Vocational and Training Sector includes education and corporate roles. Ruth has been a Director of the Stand like Stone Foundation since 2004, and is an inaugural member of the Governor's Leadership Foundation. Ruth has a PhD and Masters of Educational Management, and was awarded a Premier's Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning 2001. Ruth is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Ruth's research interests are in leadership, social capital, building successful communities and the structure and positioning of the Vocational Education and Training sector.




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Mark Morgan

Principal Consultant, SpectroTech


Mark has a background spanning more than 25 years specialising in Radio Frequency (RF) and wireless technologies, networking, and cryptography. He founded SpectroTech, a globally recognised wireless networking and security consultancy since February, 2003 Mark is passionate about technology, and even more so about empowering people with knowledge and experience in technology. For over 13 years, Mark has been an independent consultant to many independent schools and colleges throughout Australia. He has also been a contract instructor to a wide range of wireless networking vendors including 2 of the top 3 global vendors, and a contract trainer and independent consultant for organisations including Department of Defence, Attorney General's Department, Australian Taxation Office, Telecom New Zealand, RailCorp, Woolworths, and many more. Previously Mark served with the Australian Army where he also represented the Department of Defence on radio frequency management projects with British Aerospace Australia, and ionospheric prediction system trials at Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). He was recipient of the Best Instructor award from Land Command Training Centre during over a decade of service, and was the first Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), and Certified Wireless Network Trainer (CWNT) within Australia. Mark has a strong background in hosting, chairing, and presenting at industry events, and has played a key role in ICT strategic consulting for independent schools throughout Australia. His key focus for schools is empowering them to understand key business and technology criteria, aligning technology with established needs, whilst ensuring effective strategies for the planning, design, implementation and optimisation of technology to achieve success.




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Wendy Perry

Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint


Wendy Perry, innovator, leader, speaker and writer in Workforce Planning and Development, VET, Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Edupreneur of the Year in the Vocational Education and Training category for 2015, Wendy is a described as an inspiration by her colleagues and she recently presented a key note at the World TVET Conference in Sarawak, Malaysia on Innovation through Partnerships and Collaboration in TVET. With a vision of developing 21st Century Workforces and World-class VET systems, Wendy is the Managing Director of Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd, VET Strategist at WPAA and Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint.




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Michelle Ockers

Modern Workplace Learning Practitioner, L&D Strategist, Collaboration & Community Facilitator, Working Out Loud Champion


Michelle is an independent expert in modern workplace learning, Learning and Development (L&D) strategy, social learning, collaboration and knowledge management. She aims to improve both organisational performance and people's experience of their work and how they learn. Her work is based on practical experience developing and implementing learning and knowledge strategies and solutions in organisations in FMCG, telecommunications, financial services and defence sectors.

Michelle's most recent corporate experience was at Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA). She designed, set up and led CCA's Supply Chain Technical Academy over a five year period, ending in September 2016. Under her leadership the Academy was a highly commended finalist for blended learning (2013) and best use of social / collaborative learning (2015) in the Australian Institute of Training and Development's (AITD) Excellence Awards.

Working Out Loud is at the heart of Michelle's professional practice. She writes a blog, is active on Twitter and is an advocate of Working Out Loud Circles. She has spoken at many conferences, including the Association for Talent Development International Conference and Exposition (ATDICE) in Denver. She applies modern, transformative approaches in her work. In recognition of her contribution to the wider L&D community, AITD named Michelle as a finalist in the 2015 Learning and Development Professional of the Year.




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Marc Ratcliffe

Chief Executive Officer, MRWED Training and Assessment


Marc is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private Australian registered training organisation, specialising in trainer training. He has been involved in workplace and Vocational Education for 23 years. This experience includes conducting over 250 courses in "trainer training" in the last 15 years. In addition to this, he has presented training-related workshops internationally in North America, Africa and Asia. He is a Registered Teacher and has completed a Masters in Education specialising in Adult and Workplace Education. In 2009, he was named as one of the top 10 young trainers in the world by US Training Magazine and was awarded a Global HR Award for "Strategic Leadership" by the World HRD Congress in 2012. In 2013, Marc was named the Learning and Development Professional of the Year for QLD/NT at the AITD awards.




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Gareth George

Organisational Development Manager, Caltex


An Organisational Capability Manager experienced in various learning and organisational development roles across a multitude of industries including Retail, Finance, and Construction. Whilst working in Denmark, Gareth introduced eLearning into Pandora globally reaching over 11,000 employees across 40 countries and 8 languages. At Lend Lease Gareth set-up a team of instructional designers, developers and trainers to support the blended learning needs of a global workforce of over 12,000 employees. In his most recent role at Caltex, Gareth has set-up and launched the Caltex Academy partnering with local and international universities, training providers and experts within the business to offer a suite of best in class learning programs to Caltex Australia's 3000 employees.




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Charles Leadbeater

Author of Frugal Innovator and We-Think and Senior Research Associate, Desmos, UK


As a global innovation and education guru, author, thinker, and strategic education adviser, Charles shows organisations how to thrive. The New York Times anointed Charlie's idea, The Pro-Am Revolution, referenced extensively by Chris Anderson in his landmark book The Long Tail, as one of the "biggest global ideas of the last decade"; and Spectator Magazine described him as "the wizard of the web" after the publication of his bestseller "We Think: mass innovation not mass production", forecasting the rise of open and collaborative innovation. Charles is a past winner of the prestigious David Watt Prize for journalism, and was assistant editor at the Independent newspaper after a distinguished career at the Financial Times, where he was Labour Editor, Industrial Editor and Tokyo Bureau Chief. He was key adviser to Prime Minister Blair's policy team, being Tony Blair's favourite global thinker, and to the Department of Trade and Industry, specialising in the impact of the Internet and the knowledge driven economy. He drafted the UK Government's White Paper: "Our Competitive Future: Building the Knowledge Driven Economy", which was one of the first policy papers in the world to argue that advanced economies would become increasingly dependent upon innovation for growth. Governments in Europe, North America, Australia and Latin America have turned to Charles for advice on education policy. Charlie is a long standing senior research associate with Demos, the influential London think tank; a co-founder of Participle, working with public sector agencies to create next generation public services, and a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, where he has championed ideas of open and user driven innovation. Charlie is co-chairman of the social enterprise Apps 4 Good. Charles has a track record for spotting ideas ahead of time. Join him at EduTECH to hear about leadership, strategy, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.




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Richard Maloney

Founder & CEO, Engage & Grow


RICHARD MALONEY is quickly becoming known as the worlds #1 team engagement expert, as he leads over one hundred employee engagement advisors in 73 countries as founder and CEO of Engage & Grow Global. His views are radically different and he is disrupting the L&D and HR industries with his bold statement: Traditional Training is Dead.

He is creating a world where management and employees are working and growing together for the common goal of the business, and loving it. Put simply, we bring the colour back into the minds of employees and organisations.

He's worked with more than 70 businesses globally...and eight elite Australian sporting organizations...with a combined 30 premierships wins along the way!

His ground breaking neurologically designed employee engagement program is helping businesses improve culture, increase profits and productivity and fast track team engagement and leadership. He has recently been recognised as a finalist in the Australian Optus Business Awards as Business Leader of the Year and Export Business of the Year.

He's a sought after international keynote speaker and he is also the author of The Minds of Winning Teams: Creating Team Success Through Engagement & Culture.




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Professor Christina Hong

President, THEi, Hong Kong


Professor Christina Hong is the President of the Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi), Hong Kong. THEi is a member of the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong and was established to offer innovative degree programs with a vocational and professional orientation. Degrees at THEi are developed with significant industry input and are inclusive of real world, applied learning and research components to produce work ready graduates with an international outlook. Prior to joining THEi, Christina was the Chief Academic Officer for TAFE Queensland and was responsible, amongst other key result areas, for initiating and leading TAFE Queensland RedSpace: Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. Christina has an extensive background in education with an emphasis on leadership and change management, curriculum development, transformational pedagogy, and teacher praxis across the school, vocational education and training and higher education sectors. Christina's prior roles have included Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive in the Australian VET sector and Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Australian university sector as well as senior executive leadership roles in the New Zealand tertiary sector.




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Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Nutritionist & co-host Good Chef Bad Chef


Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London) Zoe is also the co-host, alongside Adrian Richardson, of Network Ten's Good Chef Bad Chef which is currently airing its seventh series. Zoe's expertise and presenting skills are highly sought after and she has made regular appearances on Studio 10, MORNINGS, Everyday Gourmet, TODAY, The Morning Show, Sunrise and Today Tonight. Her speaking experience has included workshops for The Westin Hotel, Henry Davis York, Marie Claire, Clinique, Freehills, Unilever, L'Oreal Biotherm's Aquasource and Ultraceuticals to name a few.

Zoe has recently released her second book, Falling In Love With Food and is also a regular contributor to national publications such as the Fitness First magazine, Women's Health and Fitness, OK! Magazine,, Marie Claire and Harper's BAZAAR.




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Roger La Salle

Business Management - Innovation - Opportunity - Marketing, La Salle Matrix Thinking


Roger La Salle, trains people in innovation, marketing, business management and the new emerging art of Opportunity Capture. "Matrix Thinking"™ was developed by Roger, and is now licensed more than 29 countries and used in countless organisations worldwide. He is speaks on Innovation, Opportunity and business development, and is the author of four books, and a Director and former CEO of the Innovation Centre of Victoria (INNOVIC), as well as a number of companies both in Australia and overseas.

He has been responsible for a number of successful technology start-ups, and in 2004, was a regular panelist on the ABC New Inventors TV program. In 2005 he was appointed to the "Chair of Innovation" at "The Queens University" in Belfast.

Roger has presented in more than 29 countries, and in four languages. His books include: "Think New", "The easy structured way to product innovation and greater business opportunity", "Think Next", "How to find business opportunity in the chaos of everyday life", "Think Again", "Innovate your processes and harvest untouched wealth", and "Innovate or Perish", the essential chemistry and metrics for innovation in the services sector.




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Prof. Louise Stoll

Prof. Professional Learning, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, University College London - Institute of Education


Professor Stoll's research and development activity focuses on how schools, local and national systems create capacity for learning in a changing world, with particular emphasis on professional learning communities and learning networks, creative leadership and leadership development. She is also passionate about finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice. Professor Stoll directed a national knowledge exchange project in England, working with middle (teacher) leaders, and is evaluating progress towards an evidence-based teaching system for England's Department for Education. Other projects include synthesising the findings of teaching school alliances' R&D national theme projects for the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Louise has been named as one of Debrett's 500 2016 most influential people in Britain. She is a former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and expert to the OECD, contributing to its Innovative Learning Environments, Transforming Schools into Learning Organisations, Improving School Leadership, and Evaluation and Assessment initiatives.

She is author and editor of many publications - including Professional Learning Communities with Karen Seashore Louis, It's About Learning with Dean Fink and Lorna Earl, and Changing Our Schools with Dean Fink - which have been translated into several languages. She has developed research-based materials on professional learning communities, a simulation on school-to-school networking, The Toolkit: Improving School Leadership for the OECD, and professional learning cards for school leaders. Louise is a popular international keynote presenter and workshop facilitator. She also enjoys singing in a jazz choir.




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Nigel Coutts

Dean of Teaching & Learning, Redlands


Nigel's areas of interest include empowering student agency, design thinking, making, cultures of thinking, and teaching for understanding. He has experience in Gifted and Special Needs Education and with 'Making Thinking Visible'. The culture of Nigel's classroom supports thinking and reflection, while encouraging a growth mindset, and an understanding that learning is an iterative process. He has presented at two international conferences most recently in Florence, where he presented a paper titled 'From Personal Passions to Teaching for Innovation'. Nigel shares his thoughts on learning through his blog 'The Learners Way'.




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Maxine McKew

Author and Hon Fellow, Graduate School of Education,
University of Melbourne


Maxine's most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is "Class Act" - a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followed the success of her memoir, "Tales From the Political Trenches", an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal Parliament.

Maxine McKew's background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work has been recognized by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards. When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood and later, for regional development and local government.

Maxine lives in Melbourne and is a director of Per Capita and the John Cain Foundation. In 2015 she was also appointed to serve on the board of the State Library of Victoria.




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Brian Host

ICT Integrator, Learning Coach & Classroom Teacher,
Inaburra School


Brian is a passionate educator, driven by the possibilities that digital and physical technologies have for classroom practice. He is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Educational Leadership, focusing on the pedagogical impact of individualised learning, differentiation and technology integration on learner outcomes. Brian supports students and teachers in becoming lifelong learners who are truly engaged within their world. He is particularly interested in how schools are changing to accommodate the needs of today's learners, and creating confident and discerning leaders.

Brian is currently a Stage 3 classroom teacher, collaboratively team teaching in an innovative open classroom space with 112 students and 5 teachers. He has served as an ICT Integrator and Learning Coach at Inaburra School and regularly consults to schools and conferences on STEM/STEAM, technology integration, and the use of social media for professional development purposes. Brian is a change agent, recognised for his commitment to innovative development and delivery of content. Examples include the use of mystery locations in teaching geography, and engaging students in global citizenship, minecraft to support science and critical thinking, coding and computational thinking in mathematics and the use of "Making" to develop creativity, design thinking, resilience, and responsible risk taking. Brian is always looking for new and exciting ways to blend learning with technology to provide a rich learning environment for students to thrive. He focusses on pedagogy to support the curriculum integration of technology.




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Graham Gubbels

Head of Learning and Development, Talent, Capability & Culture,


With over 20 years experience in the learning and development arena across a diverse range of businesses, Graham is passionate about health care and creating high functioning teams that drive transformation and change throughout the business. Graham always ensures a focus on Medibank's aim of ensuring better health outcomes for all Australians and promoting the #GenBetter cause for a more positive and healthier Australia.




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Jane Kiddell

eLearning Education Designer,
Epworth HealthCare


Jane is a writer and eLearning Education Designer at Epworth HealthCare. Her background and qualifications include media communications, screenwriting and a Masters of Education (digital and adult learning). For over ten years she has specialised in the design and delivery of innovative blended and online learning.




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Mark Morgan

Principal Consultant, SpectroTech


Mark has a background spanning more than 25 years specialising in Radio Frequency (RF) and wireless technologies, networking, and cryptography. He founded SpectroTech, a globally recognised wireless networking and security consultancy since February, 2003

Mark is passionate about technology, and even more so about empowering people with knowledge and experience in technology. For over 13 years, Mark has been an independent consultant to many independent schools and colleges throughout Australia. He has also been a contract instructor to a wide range of wireless networking vendors including 2 of the top 3 global vendors, and a contract trainer and independent consultant for organisations including Department of Defence, Attorney General's Department, Australian Taxation Office, Telecom New Zealand, RailCorp, Woolworths, and many more.

Previously Mark served with the Australian Army where he also represented the Department of Defence on radio frequency management projects with British Aerospace Australia, and ionospheric prediction system trials at Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

He was recipient of the Best Instructor award from Land Command Training Centre during over a decade of service, and was the first Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), and Certified Wireless Network Trainer (CWNT) within Australia.

Mark has a strong background in hosting, chairing, and presenting at industry events, and has played a key role in ICT strategic consulting for independent schools throughout Australia. His key focus for schools is empowering them to understand key business and technology criteria, aligning technology with established needs, whilst ensuring effective strategies for the planning, design, implementation and optimisation of technology to achieve success.




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Pam Cavan

Director Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, TAFE Directors Australia


Pam Caven took up the position of Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) in May 2007. Pam's career has included being a secondary school teacher, teachers' college lecturer, TAFE teacher, senior manager in state and federal government departments, and author. She was a Director in the Victorian Department of Education and Training prior to moving to the Australian National Training Authority as Project Director. At TDA, Pam has managed significant national projects and organised a range of seminars and the annual TDA national conventions. Pam holds a BA (Hons), DipEd, Cert IV (Training & Assessment) and a Master of Education - Leadership and Management.




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Meridith Ebbs

NSW CSER Project Officer, University of Adelaide


Meridith has over 20 years experience in K-12, adult and corporate education. She has a passion for evolving pedagogy, and revolutionising education to increase student engagement. Meridith has worked on school wide initiatives and been instrumental in training staff in new programs. She has also been a consultant to the BOSTES Board of Studies, New South Wales. Meridith is active on social media and blogs. She also speaks at national and international conferences about computational thinking, coding, makerspace, digital citizenship and evolving pedagogies.




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Karen Binns

IT Teacher and Integrator, St. George Christian School


Karen is an ICT Teacher and Integrator at St George Christian School, working with K-12 students and staff. Karen runs an IT Leadership group for Year 5 students as well as the schools' Design Studio. She also leads a group of highly motivated RoboCup Junior participants, including the current Open Rescue National Champions. Karen is passionate about integrating technology into the classroom, and transforming teaching and learning so that learning is accessible for all. Community is at the heart of Karen work with students, and she builds and environment where creating, designing, innovation and 'hard fun' provide a foundation for learning. Leading both staff and students with digital technology is a journey that involves walking beside people, tinkering, and then embedding the skills into rigorous and sound pedagogy. This year Karen has been a part of a new initiative, and a founding member of 'Think, Create, Connect'. This is a collaboration between like-minded educators connecting students through non-competitive design challenges across school sectors. Karen is also a Director on the Board of ICTENSW.




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Grant Jones

K-6 Educator, IT Integrator and Practicum Supervisor, St Marys Public School, Western


Grant has been at the forefront of emerging technologies in his school across both the catholic and public school system. He has taught technology to students from Pre school to Year 6. Grant has presented at many conferences around Australia including Leading a Digital School, K-12 Digital Classroom Practices as a part of the National Education Summit and FlipCon Australia. He has also published educational articles on Modern Learning and Integrating Green Screen Technology into the Classroom for Education Technology Solutions. Grant facilitates professional development for green screen technology and its integration across the curriculum.




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Fran Cosgrove

Strategic Advisor, Victorian Institute of Teaching


Fran is Strategic Advisor with the teacher regulator in Victoria. This role involves providing strategic advice on emerging trends and issues in education and liaising with a range of stakeholders from school and sector authorities and peak organisations. Fran manages major projects with the VIT. Recent projects have included the introduction of early childhood teacher registration and the implementation of mandatory professional learning for registered teachers to develop their capability to teach learners with disability. With over 20 years teaching experience, Fran is passionate about best practice regulation that can support improvement in teacher professional practice and conduct. - See more at:




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Ruth Thompson

Immediate Past President, Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE), NSW


Ruth has been a technology teacher for 35 years, twelve of those as Head Teacher (Teaching and Learning) and four as Head Teacher Technology (Industrial, Information and Engineering). During that time she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship enabling her to study technology and design education implementation internationally. Ruth has presented at state, national and international conferences including in the USA and is considered to be a leader in design, technology and engineering education. She has provided consultation for several states and territories on STEM curriculum development, has served as a curriculum writer, examination committee member, and senior HSC marker of Industrial Technology, Design and Technology and Engineering Studies. As an innovative and leading educator, Ruth has been actively involved with STEM education from the beginning of her career at the classroom level and above. She introduced the first 3D printer (Dimension SST768) into schools over a decade ago. The Dimension machine provided bureau type facility for teachers and students in many schools nationally, when 3d printing was largely unheard of and the price of 3D printing and the cost of a machine were beyond the financial capacity of most schools. Ruth has had a long and significant involvement in teacher professional development, organising the first "Hands On Technology" weekend at Sturt workshops in 1983 and most recently presenting keynotes on Project Based Learning and the future of education and Digital disruption. Join Ruth at EduTECH to hear where STEM and Technology education can take us.




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Kieran Moors

Senior Leader and Learning Resources Manager, Aldinga Beach B-7 School, SA


Kieran has been an innovative classroom teacher in low socio-economic schools for the last 11 years. He is the Learning Resources Manager at Aldinga Beach B-7 School where his role covers the smooth running of the resource centre, and ensuring that teachers are meaningfully integrating technology into their pedagogy. Since getting his first Casio Databank calculator watch as a 6-year old, Kieran has always been fascinated with technology and gadgetry. As an innovative educational leader, he works hard to make technology accessible to all, and has found that to get things working in schools, teachers need to find cost effective solutions that are reliable and relevant. Kieran uses a broad range of readily available technologies and solutions to engage learners, and has transformed Aldinga's traditional library into an innovative, inviting and tech savvy learning hub where children love to come and read and engage with information a variety of ways. He is also a certified Plickers ambassador. At EduTECH, Kieran will be presenting on technology trends, BYOD, ClassTECH on a budget, and non-digital and digital technology engagement for primary and middle school students.




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Abi Woldhuis

Junior School Executive - Innovation, Roseville College


Abi is currently working in Teaching and Learning Innovation in the Junior School at Roseville College. In a world of rapidly changing technology, Abi has been working with staff to research and explore deep learning opportunities utilising various technologies and pedagogies. Abi is a passionate educator, who is a power user of technology to connect with others and to extend professional practice. She is passionate about empowering students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers and creative problem solvers. She runs a variety of Clubs to provide opportunities for the students at her school to develop skills through coding, Makerspace, Robotics and tinkering.

Abi is a Google Certified Innovator, an Adobe Campus leader. This year she was part of a panel at Sydney's Vivid festival where they discussed how to inspire the next generation of creative, entrepreneurial and digital women. She regularly presents at workshops and conferences including Adobe Educational Leaders Summit (2016), TeachMeets, Future Schools Conference, IB International Conference (2015), AIS Integrators conference, AIS IT Mangers conference, Google Summits, Google Teacher Academy and ICTENSW (ICT Educators).




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Dr Caroline West

Lecturer, Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine


Dr Caroline West is the past president of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and she is currently a lecturer in Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine presenting workshops and seminars around Australia. Dr Caroline West is also one of Australia's best known media doctors. Her credits include Beyond Tomorrow (enjoyed by a global audience through the Discovery Channel), Good Medicine, Beyond 2000, 60 minutes, Sex/Life, Living Longer, Everybody ,George Negus Tonight, Guide to the Good Life, Presenter of the Rural Health Channel and Mornings. Using her knowledge of health and fitness she has also presented several ABC TV specials. Dr Caroline West areas of expertise include wellness , nutrition and exercise, work/life balance, stress management, healthy lifestyle, health and peak performance and preventative medicine. Dr Caroline remains committed to the latest developments in healthy lifestyle medicine believing that prevention is the key for better health.




Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson

Executive Director, Victorian TAFE Association


Andrew Williamson is Executive Director of the Victorian TAFE Association, the peak body for Victoria's public VET sector TAFE institutes and dual sector universities. He has worked in executive and leadership roles in Victorian TAFE, dual sector university, technical college and government. Andrew is a passionate advocate for the public VET sector.

Prior to joining the Victorian TAFE Association in April 2015, Andrew was Director of TAFE Governance and Performance Monitoring in the Higher Education and Skills Group. Andrew's TAFE experience includes key leadership roles at Victoria University and William Angliss Institute, where his responsibilities included industry liaison and innovation in the trades disciplines.

As CEO and Principal of the Australian Technical College in Sunshine, Andrew established a strong network of stakeholders including local schools, TAFE providers and industry, to offer senior secondary certificate studies with a school-based apprenticeship in the traditional trades.

Andrew has degree qualifications in Philosophy (Bachelor) and Vocational Education & Training (Masters), and is qualified as a VET teacher and chef.




Dr Anitza Geneve

Dr Anitza Geneve

TAFE Queensland Brisbane


Dr Anitza Geneve has held a diverse range roles with TAFE Queensland Brisbane including Head of Department for the School of Digital Design and ICT, Project Manager for online Product Development and currently focuses on Student Engagement.

Anitza has over 15 years experience as an educator specialising in the production of digital products, having taught with private RTO's, with TAFE Queensland, in Higher Education and internationally.




Robin Yarham

Robin Yarham

National Training Manager - Sales & Service SEEK Limited


'Having grown up in South Africa and starting in sales, Robin knew his passion was in L&D where he initially started out as a coach working for South Africans largest financial services provider. His career then took him to the England where he worked in Manchester for PepsiCo as a sales coach for all of the northern parts of the UK.

Following this role, he was offered a role in London working for the UK's largest media B2B company, Emap, where he looked after the development of anyone in a sales role. After 3 years with Emap, he was headhunted by Haymarket PLC, as the L&D manager for the UK division with a focus on sales and sales Leadership.

When the GFC hit in 2009, Robin and his wife Izabela decided to move to Australia where he spent 6 years in Sydney working for Vodafone, News Limited and Westpac all with a focus on sales, customer experience and leadership. Robin moved to Melbourne at the end of 2015 where he started 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.'




Beth Hall

Beth Hall

Group Learning Manager, Cotton On Group


Currently Beth is the Head of Group Learning at Cotton On Group, Beth focuses on the positive development of an individual's knowledge and skills, ensuring they have a successful and fun learning experience.

Beth graduated with a BA (Hons) in Retailing from Leeds University in 2004. Specialising in Human Resources Beth has extensive theoretical knowledge of a wide range of industry sectors. Both before and after her degree, Beth has amassed a decade of experience in leadership which, in conjunction with her studies, affords Beth a well established reputation in her field.

Over her career with an internationally recognised chain, Beth progressed through all operational areas to the role of Store Manager, managing a turnover in excess of $2.5 m and leading over 90 team members. In recognition of her diligence and leadership, Beth took on the responsibilities of Regional Training Expert ensuring a smooth transition for both the new Store Manager population and beneficiaries of a strong internal promotion program.In May 2008, Beth moved to Melbourne and since then has specialised in learning and development full time.

As a Facilitator and Instructional designer, Beth is enthusiastic and passionate about training and development. Having worked from the ground up she has emerged as a motivated and self-directed professional who enjoys helping individuals and organisations achieve their objectives. Beth has designed and delivered learning solutions for Universities, Registered training organisations and private clients across Australia.




Matt Farmer

Matt Farmer

Program Lead - Products and Market Engagement, National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP)


Matt Farmer has spent over 25 years solving wicked problems through the application of information technology. As NSIP Program Lead, Matt is a strategist, architect, designer, developer and policy maker; often all before Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewingtime.

Making information relevant, helpful, powerful and safe across the education sector is the focus of his work, and the work of the whole NSIP team.

Education's desire to harness data in improving outcomes poses some of the greatest systemic technical challenges there can be, and playing a part in solving those challenges is what continues to motivate Matt and all of the NSIP crew.




Rosanna Lacorcia

Rosanna Lacorcia

National Stakeholder Relations Manager, National Broadband Network


As the National Stakeholder Relations Manager, Rosanna works closely with national stakeholders to provide updates on the nbn rollout and the opportunities and benefits that fast broadband will deliver for businesses, government, communities and individuals.

Rosanna has been with nbn for over 4 years and prior to nbn worked in the telecommunications, finance and utility industries in communications and stakeholder engagement roles.




Raju Varanasi

Raju Varanasi

Chief Information Officer, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


Raju has over 25 years of experience in the Australian education system, with experience in both government and non-government sectors in Australia. His CIO responsibilities include enterprise systems, IT infrastructure, data and information services.

Catch Raju at EduTECH where he will share the highly successful Educational Analytics Framework and Strategy, implemented in the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta, in 2016. Using a six-lens approach to school effectiveness, Raju and his team worked closely with MIP to develop over 200 visually appealing and user friendly dashboards that blended data in real-time from a range of source systems. This has led to a new wave of data and insights culture across 5000 staff in the 78 schools in the system.

Prior to this role, Raju was the Chief Operating Officer for Education Services Australia where he led the national online services initiative, an integrated suite of digital platforms in content, collaboration, assessment, careers and publishing to meet the needs of teachers, students and parents to support the implementation of national curriculum.

Raju also served as General Manager of the first ever innovation centre for public schools and TAFE in NSW Department of Education, which he led successfully for 8 years.




William Newman

William Newman

ICT Leader in Distance Ed, Alice Springs School of the Air, NT DEC


Dr William Newman was initially recruited to Alice Springs School of the Air to initiate and manage the transition from radio to more contemporary technologies. Following successful implementation and ongoing structural improvements, he went on to found the middles years' program, extending the schools offering from preschool to year 9.

The school is a distance education provider servicing compulsory age children from remote and isolated parts of Central Australia across an area in excess of 1,500,000 Km2.

In addition to his teaching experience William has worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in product development and as a Director, specialising in change and growth management, for a leading UK multimedia company based in London. William is passionate in his belief that what teachers do, and want to do, must drive technology and not the other way around.




Dermot O'Gorman

Dermot O'Gorman

CEO, WWF Australia


Dermot has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, including 15 years as CEO in the WWF offices of Australia, China and the Pacific. As a WWF CEO, Dermot has been responsible for delivering major conservation and sustainable development initiatives, from those with significant global impact to those with tangible on-ground results.

Under Dermot's leadership, since 2010, WWF-Australia has undertaken a unique combination of field projects, strategic partnerships with business, and powerful advocacy campaigns. Dermot also has a keen interest in the development of digital technologies and has overseen substantial growth in WWF-Australia's supporter base to nearly one million supporters, as well as the organisation's digital influence and impact.

Dermot is chairman of the WWF Asia-Pacific CEOs Growth Group; is on the Board of the Australian Council for International Development; has led WWF's Global Conservation Committee (2007-2010); was a member of the China Green entrepreneurs club (2008-2010); was on the 2014 Australian C20 Committee, and is a founder of the Australian (Business) Climate Roundtable.

Ultimately, Dermot's passion lies in the big picture of conservation, actively working with businesses, international development agencies, NGOs and community groups towards a planet where humans live in harmony with nature.

Dermot has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Master of Science from London School of Economics and degrees from University of London and Southern Cross University.




Greg Chamitoff

Greg Chamitoff

Prof. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University


An Educator, Engineer and former NASA Astronaut, Astronaut Greg Chamitoff will simply "blow you away". From the first time that he stepped out to do a space walk, he will inspire and uplift, taking you to infinity and beyond.

Selected by NASA as an Astronaut Candidate in 1998, in 2008, Dr. Chamitoff served as the flight engineer and science officer for a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station during Expeditions 17 and 18. He launched to the station on shuttle mission STS-124 and returned to Earth on shuttle mission STS-126.

As well, Dr. Chamitoff served as a Mission Specialist on the 25th and final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS 134. During this mission, he performed operations with the shuttle and International Space Station Robotic Arms, including a particle physics observatory called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which holds great promise for fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe. During his career, Dr. Chamitoff logged more than 198 days in space.

Real world and out of this world, able to take people to another place, and someone who will open your eyes to what both imagination and application can create. Remarkably, Astronaut Chamitoff will show you what is truly possible, when you set great minds on something.




Bruce Fuda

Bruce Fuda

Educator, Australian Computing Academy - University of Sydney


Before taking on his new role at the Australian Computing Academy, Bruce was acting as the Associate Principal of Gungahlin College, a government school of around 1200 students in Years 11 and 12. As Director of Learning Technologies, he transformed the pedagogical approach and learning space design used in the study of Information Technology subjects to encourage greater independence, collaboration and personalisation for students through completely elective driven units of study. The school now has the highest number of IT enrolments of any secondary college in the ACT, and top student projects are assessed by local university academics at a standard equivalent to that of 3rd year computer science undergraduates.

Throughout his career, his emphasis has been on developing the understanding of computer science and programming capabilities of students in years 5-12 using a range of programming tools and learning approaches. He was a writer of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies and has been involved in projects across multiple Australian jurisdictions developing teacher capability and lesson resources to support the implementation of the curriculum. Most recently, he was one of the authors of the Learning Sequences published on the Digital Technologies Hub, and continues to contribute to national and ACT computer science and digital technologies educational and outreach initiatives.

Bruce is currently the President of Information Technology Educators ACT, and represents educators nationally on the Educators Board of the Australian Computer Society. He is a member of the ACT Digital Careers Advisory Board, Chair of the ACT Digital Careers Educators Advisory Committee, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and in 2016 was named the Australian ICT Educator of the Year. He's also an avid gamer - of both the computer and tabletop varieties.

He believes that the skills and knowledge that you develop through an understanding of the digital technologies are the modern equivalent of magic, and wants to see all students have the opportunity to become masters of this mystical art.




Nicky Ringland

Dr Nicky Ringland

Educator, Australian Computing Academy - University of Sydney


Nicky believes that a solid computer science understanding is vital whether you want to fight climate change, make the next blockbuster movie, or unlock the secrets of the universe.

As one of the founders of Grok Learning, an educational startup teaching the world to code, Nicky teaches and inspires over 180,000 students each year, and leads professional development workshops for teachers to gain confidence with coding and expand their skills. With a decade of experience in computer science outreach, Nicky is co-founder of the Girls' Programming Network, running free coding workshops for school-aged girls, and continues to attract hundreds of enthusiastic young women coders. As the Outreach Officer at the National Computer Science School, she challenges Australia's top students to test the limits of Computer Science.

In 2016, Nicky received the Young Alumni Award for Achievement from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney, for her work as a champion for STEM education and women in IT. She has also been awarded the ISTE "Making IT Happen" award, the Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship, and the Google Anita Borg Women Techmakers Scholarship. Nicky holds a PhD in computational linguistics, a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, and enjoys sneaking machine learning and natural language processing into workshops, resources and challenges.




Associate Professor James Curran

Associate Professor James Curran

Director, Australian Computing Academy - University of Sydney


James Curran is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. His research is in computational linguistics - the field of Artificial Intelligence involved in understanding natural languages, like English and Chinese. James is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 10,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an Edtech startup that aims to children everywhere to learn to code.

James was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. He has won Faculty, University and national awards for university teaching excellence; an AIIA iAward, and an Engineering Australia (Sydney Division) Excellence award (Education and Training).

In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.




Bill Jarrard

Bill Jarrard

Co-Founder and Innovation Facilitator, Mindwerx International


As co-founder of Mindwerx International (1998) Bill Jarrard helps people and organizations succeed through the application of Critical & Creative Thinking to Make Innovation Happen. In his role as Innovation Facilitator Bill helps people and organisations to Think, Learn, and Innovate better, so that they achieve the results and future they want.

Bill has a Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Swinburne University's AGSE, and since 2000 has also lectured on creativity and innovation at universities in Australia, Israel, Asia and the USA. He is currently Course Coordinator and Lecturer with Federation University Business School.

As co-founder of the Buzan Centre Australia (2001) Bill has helped thousands of people learn how to learn, with methods like range and rapid reading and Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping. Since starting in 2001, the Buzan Centre Australia has accredited almost 200 instructors in Australia and overseas, including over 100 teaching professionals.

Lastly he is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning Professional (ILP) and the ILP Regional Advocate (Vic).




Professor Jane Burns

Professor Jane Burns

Professor of Innovation and Industry, University of Sydney


Professor Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney. In 2010 she raised 35M as the founder and CEO of Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre an organisation that over its five years drove industry focused research and development to explore the role of new and emerging technology in improving wellbeing.

Jane was a winner in the category of Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit for 2015's Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards.

Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service. She provides strategic advice to the government, university and social enterprise sector and is a member of over 10 advisory boards and government working group, including as a member of the Vision for Australia Advisory Council, the Department of Communications Online Safety Working Group and the Department of Veteran Affairs Clinical Reference Group. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association, the Bounceback and Thomas Kelly Foundations.

Jane was Deputy Executive Officer and led the youth and public health agenda for beyondblue in its initial start up, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at Inspire Foundation driving growth in the United States. Jane held a VicHealth fellowship from 2006-2013, an NHMRC fellowship from 1997-2000 and an NHMRC scholarship from 1994-1996. She has a PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health and Epidemiology) University of Adelaide.




Brad Beach

Brad Beach

Manager - Professional Educator College, Chisholm Institute


Brad's experience in vocational education spans 20 years in the VET sector. A consistent focus of Brad's career has been working with teachers to develop new, innovative ways of delivering VET programs, including online and blended program delivery design and development. He is consider to be a leader in flexible learning and has received a number of awards including the Victorian VET Teacher of the Year in 2004. He has also completed several international training and consultancy projects in Malaysia, Tonga and PNG. Brad has lead the development and implementation of sector wide national e-learning programs for Master Grocers Australia, Australian Regional Health Group and Violence Free Families to name a few. At Chisholm his work has focussed on building and implementing an innovative teacher skills and knowledge framework that drives opportunity for professional development for all teachers in senior secondary, ELICOS, VET and Higher Education sectors at Chisholm.




Chris McCann

Chris McCann

Wellbeing and Resilience Strategy, TAFE SA


Chris McCann is the Director of the Community Services, Health and Lifestyle (CSH&L) Business Unit - one of six state-wide educational units within TAFE SA. The CSH&L Business Unit includes qualifications in Nursing, Aged and Disability Services, Mental Health, Youth and Community Services and Early Childhood Education and Care and other related disciplines. In 2014 the unit began responding to the emerging demand for training in Positive Psychology, Wellbeing and Resilience. TAFE SA now deliver a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and an accredited short course in Wellbeing and Resilience and the team are commencing an Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing in Semester 1, 2017.

In 2016, TAFE SA and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Centre (SAHMRI) formed a partnership to measure and build the wellbeing and resilience of TAFE SA staff and impact on the positive outcomes of students and communities. Chris is the sponsoring director for this strategy and chairs the organisation's governance committee for Wellbeing and Resilience. Having been involved in vocational education, health and community services over many years, Chris is particularly interested in ways to develop a culture of collaboration, optimism and high performance across a dispersed staff and student group and through significant policy, workplace and environmental change. Chris holds a BA (Psych), a Diploma of Education, Graduate Diploma in Adult & Further Education and a Master of Education (Adult Ed).




Gabrielle Kelly

Gabrielle Kelly

Director Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)


Gabrielle Kelly is the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre's inaugural Director. Film-maker, digital media executive, social entrepreneur and strategist, she has been working on human behaviour and systems change in a range of settings. She was Senior Vice President of the New York-based digital start up Health Accord, where she developed health and wellbeing products to self-directed health consumers, before being appointed as Director of the ground-breaking Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program. The Adelaide Thinkers Program was an internationally respected innovation incubator, which resulted in significant advances in city design, advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, and positive psychology within South Australia.

Gabrielle's work at 'Thinkers' laid the groundwork for what was to become the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, when she commissioned and led the Professor Martin Seligman residency in South Australia, attracting a range of high-profile partners to explore the value of positive psychology in building mental wellbeing and resilience and reducing mental illness at a societal level.




Dr Stanley Rabinowitz

Dr Stanley Rabinowitz

General Manager, Assessment and Reporting, ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority)


Dr Stanley Rabinowitz commenced his role as General Manager for Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in July 2014. Some of his key responsibilities involve managing the national assessment programs (NAPLAN and NAP sample), national data reporting, including the My School website, and utilising his experience to launch NAPLAN online in Australia in 2017.

Dr Rabinowitz has joined ACARA after serving as Senior Program Director of WestEd's Assessment & Standards Development Services (ASDS), a program of national scope with more than 100 staff throughout the USA. In that role, he served as Director of the national Center for Standards and Assessments Implementation (CSAI) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Project Management Partner (PMP).

Dr Rabinowitz has consulted extensively on standards, assessment and school/educator accountability issues with researchers, policymakers and assessment staff at national, state and district levels in the USA. Through his involvement in more than a dozen state and national technical advisory committees and the role he served in the CSAI, Dr Rabinowitz is very familiar with the standards and assessment system challenges and constraints faced by states and districts. He also has experience in supporting states as they design and implement new standards, assessment and accountability systems.

Dr Rabinowitz was also a member of the Common Core State Standards national validation committee. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr Rabinowitz served as State Assessment Director for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Dr Rabinowitz received his PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the State University of New York at Albany, New York, USA.




Leanne Cameron

Leanne Cameron

Lecturer, Design, Digital and Technologies Education, Southern Cross University


Leanne Lectures in Design, Digital and Technologies Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour and she has published widely in the area of effective technology integration in education. In addition to her academic role, Leanne is the current President of the ICT Educators of NSW. Leanne is an international expert in social media and Web2.0 tools in education and learning design.

Leanne's passion lies in up skilling teachers to meet the challenges of the new Australian Technologies curriculum implementation. She draws heavily on her experience as a classroom teacher and as a Technology Trainer for the NSW Department of Education's Training & Development Directorate, providing classroom-ready advice and support for teachers.




Julian King

Julian King

Justice Learning Manager, Learning and Development People and Culture, Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria


Julian has been learning and development for over 25 years across government, private industry and not for profit organisations. He started as an agricultural scientist and developed an interest in education and training which lead to studying a masters and a diploma in training and assessment. Julian currently works for the State Government of Victoria in the Department of Justice and Regulation. He has a strong interest in the current fascination with neuroscience and its applications to learning, leadership and life in general. Julian has been involved in elearning development for the last 15 years and considers himself tech savvy, however his children laugh at the way he types a text message and think he is a dinosaur.




Ian Quartermaine

Ian Quartermaine

Project Manager (Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network - ISDCN), Independent Schools Queensland


Ian Quartermaine is Project Manager for the national ISDCN project for Australian Independent schools. He is based in Brisbane working for Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ). Prior to Ian's management roles at ISQ he has worked as an ICT teacher, ICT manager and ICT integrator in secondary schools in Queensland.

His education and qualifications include diplomas in Teaching & Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science (Geology), a MBA and he is a qualified PMP.

The majority of Ian's time at ISQ has been consumed with the conception, implementation and sustainability of the ISDCN project in partnership with AISNSW. The project originated from federal BEESS funding and continues to offer services to all independent schools nationally.




Dr Phil Lambert

Dr Phil Lambert

Director, Phil Lambert Consulting Pty Ltd;
Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney;
Adjunct Professor, Nanjing Normal University Independent Schools Queensland


Dr Phil Lambert has extensive experience in education as a principal, inspector, Executive Director, Assistant Director-General, Regional Director, Sydney (including CEO Sydney Region Registered Training Authority) and General Manager, Australian Curriculum where he recently led the development of Australia's first national curriculum. He has authored books, presented a number of papers and keynotes at national and international conferences, had a number of articles published in journals and led statewide reviews and reforms.

Dr Lambert completed both his Masters and Doctorate at the University of Sydney where he continues to support the education faculty as Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Dean's Advisory Board. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Notre Dame University and Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University. He is both a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators (ACE). He is also President of the NSW ACE, Chair of the ACE National Council and a member of the ACE Board.




Stephen Loquet

Stephen Loquet

Chief Information Officer, NSW Department of Education and Communities

Stephen has a strong IT background and a deep understanding of the education sector. He joined the NSW Department of Education and Communities as its Chief Information Officer in January 2011.

Prior to joining DEC, Stephen was the Assistant General Manager, ITD with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

In this role Stephen was heavily involved in the federal government's Digital Education Revolution and successfully implemented and managed a number of major change programs. This included working with a broad range of stakeholders, including both Primary and Secondary school principals, to implement a state-wide technology roadmap.

In his first two years as CIO, Stephen has looked in detail at the services offered by the Department's IT Directorate, and is now leading work on a set of initiatives to deliver a more agile and innovative ICT foundation for schools, TAFE and corporate users.

Prior to working in education, Stephen transformed the ICT services within Parks Victoria.




Stephen Loquet

Simon Harper

Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Technology & Learning), Killara High School

Simon is Head Teacher Technology & Learning at Killara High School. He is passionate and committed to leading digital transformation to stay on the cutting edge of education to improve student engagement, outcomes and prepare them for the new work paradigm.


Simon is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at many principal conferences, universities and TeachMeets locally and globally. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, TeachMeet NSW coordinator and expert in flipped learning.




Stephen Loquet

Dr Goran Lazendic

Senior Manager Research and Development, Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Goran is responsible for psychometric aspects of National Assessment Program (NAP) including the National Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.


Goran has training and research experience in cognitive psychology and educational measurement and since 2012 has been leading ACARA's research program and efforts to develop and implement NAPLAN Online as computerised stage-adaptive assessments.


At EduTECH 2017 Goran will be talking about adaptive assessment.




Prof. Richard Telford

Prof. Richard (Dick) Telford, AM

Research Director, Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK)

The Australian LOOK longitudinal study began with a randomized trial to determine the effects of physical education in primary schools, and continued longitudinally with the ultimate goal of determining the early lifestyle influences on quality of life in old age.


Prof Telford has published more than 100 international peer reviewed articles, and two books, and LOOK resulted in more than 40 publications to date. Prof Telford's recent book, Running: Through the Looking Glass combines, his sports science and health science work with his international career as a distance running coach to many international medalists, including Australia's only marathon medallist, Lisa Martin (Ondieki) and Australia's current Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Michael Shelley.


Dick's major lifetime awards include Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for contributions to Sport and Sport Science; Inaugural Fellow of the College of Australian Sports Medicine Federation; Order of Merit - Australian Institute of Sport for outstanding achievement in Science; Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine; Inductee into Australian Sporting Hall of Fame; Athletics Australia: Coach of the Year; and 2017 ACT Senior Australian of the Year for contributions to physical education and health in of children.




Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Director of ICT and eLearning, The King's School

Peter Anderson spent seventeen years in teaching, with responsibilities including Head of Department and Boarding House Master. He then formed and ran a consultancy company for twelve years dealing with Educational and non-Educational organisations, covering Systems Integration, Professional Development and authoring Database Administration Systems.


Peter was ICT Manager at St Catherine's from 2000 to 2007; Head of ICT at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview from 2007 to 2014, and Assistant Head of Division, Corporate Services at the Association of Independent Schools NSW from 2014 to 2017.

In his current role, Peter spends a considerable amount of time looking at the strategic direction that management of educational technology needs to take, and taking the pain out of any changes that need to happen.




Rob Grimshaw

Rob Grimshaw

Chief Executive Officer, Tes Global

Rob Grimshaw is the CEO of TES Global, having joined the company in November 2014.

Previously, Rob led the successful development of digital at the Financial Times in his role as Managing Director, He was also responsible for the FT¹s print subscriptions, events business and its New York Institute of Finance professional development subsidiary. Rob joined the Financial Times in 1998, holding a series of commercial roles before taking responsibility for

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Warwick




Dr Elena Sitnikova

Dr Elena Sitnikova

Critical Infrastructure Research Leader, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra, ADFA

Elena is an award winning academic, holding an Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She is an executive member of and a Champion for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) and a key member and a fellow of the Australian Council of Deans for Information and Communications Technology (ACDICT).

Elena is the Program Coordinator for three Master of Cyber Security programs at UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Her research interests are in critical infrastructure protection, and she conducts research projects in cyber security with industry, State and Australian Federal Government partners.

Elena is one of the first Australians to be certified in CSSLP - Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, issued by (ISC)2 International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, USA in 2009, and she keeps this qualification current. Elena will show you first-hand how to build security in, rather than adding it on, to networks and software systems.




Cecil Goldstein

Cecil Goldstein

Cybersecurity trainer, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra, ADFA and AxisAgile

Cecil Goldstein has been involved in Internet and cyber security teaching and training for more than 25 years at both the tertiary and industry levels.

Cecil worked for many years at the Queensland University of Technology in the ICT Centre and as a lecturer in ICT. He was the training manager for APNIC (the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) and later worked for Team Cymru, an internationally known Internet security research company, as their global training practice manager.

He has engaged globally with law enforcement, government, industry and educational organisations in delivering specialised workshops and training, and is currently involved in developing cyber security courses for the ACCS and AxisAgile, a leading training company.




Bradley Loiselle

Bradley Loiselle

President & CEO, BetterU

Bradley Loiselle is a published author and entrepreneur with multiple business awards. He has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Education World (India), Globe and Mail, Financial Post, CTV, CBC, CJOH and many more. Brad has built both unsuccessful and successful businesses over his career. He is an avid public speaker, a father of 3, and sits on advisory boards in Canada and India.

Brad's recent company BetterU is focused on educating the mass population of India. Coming from a humble beginning then leaving home at the young age of 16, Brad has built his entrepreneurial career and used Project Management techniques to to turn failed businesses into successful ones. By 2000, Brad founded a company that became the largest developer and importer of wrapping paper and other paper products in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers and many others. Brad's ambitions expanded his company into seven other countries, including moving manufacturing to China. By 2008 after several visits China, his eyes were opened to the lack of access to education faced by many emerging markets.

Brad wanted to make a difference, and by 2009 went onto founding iPal Interactive Learning, an online education company which was acquired in 2011. Next, Brad focused his efforts on India and founded Skillsdox, operating as BetterU, travelling to India 25 times over the next 4 years. Brad's travels focused on understanding the root challenges for education, embracing the culture, and working to establish infrastructure while building relationships and partnerships that would support his vision to 'equalize education' for all.

By 2015 Brad was able to secure a 150 core marketing investment from Times of India, establish an Indian operating entity, secure content partnerships from some of the largest global educators across KG-12, Skills Development, Exam Preparation, Assessment, Higher-Ed and more. His company now offers over 8,000 programs. With a growing support team in Canada, Australia and India, BetterU is now primed to becoming India's leading and largest educational marketplace of 2017, and the first marketplace of its kind.

Brad lives by his motto to always Keep Moving 4ward!




Tina Russell

Tina Russell

Head of Learning Technology, Penrhos College WA

Tina has worked in education for sixteen years in primary and secondary schools in the government and independent sectors, as well as overseas. She has a Master of Information and Communication Technology in Education, and has also lectured at a tertiary level in this area.

Passionate about digital technologies, Tina works with teachers and students, to lead and implement programs to support meaningful integration of ICTs into future-focused classrooms. She inspires teachers to design ICT-rich learning tasks that challenge students to engage more deeply in their learning, and to develop 21st century learning skills.




Shannon Armitage

Shannon Armitage

Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning, Penrhos College WA

Shannon has taught Polictics and Law for over 10 years in the government and independent sectors, and her students regularly attain the state's highest standards.

She was the President of the Political and Legal Educators Association of Western Australia for three years, and was also a member of the Course Advisory Committee in WA for five years.

Shannon's experience and expertise in Gifted and Talented education and pedagogy with an ICT focus has equiped her to motivate students through innovative and engaging learning experiences. Shannon has a Masters of Educational Leadership, and has lead the introduction of Professional Learning Communities at the College to support robust discussion and staff professional learning.

Shannon enjoys the challenge of leading and fostering innovative design and delivery of curriculum by teaching staff in the Secondary School, to ensure students are prepared to enter a changing society with 21st Century Skills.




Najla Turk

Najla Turk

Diversity and Inclusion Integration Specialist, ConnEQt

Najla Turk is an author, connector, facilitator and presenter on the topic of diversity and inclusion.

As an Australian-Muslim, Najla has experienced struggles grappling with multiple barriers both personally and professionally. As a qualified vocational education and training practitioner, Najla has engaged with students from over 184 different countries, and continues to develop as an agent for change.

In today's ever-changing workplace environment, diversity is both loved and feared. Equipped with a Master of Management qualification, Najla strategically engages people from all walks of life, and all levels, effortlessly. By openly discussing the less than comfortable topics such as implicit bias, cultural and gender stereotyping, and other diversity issues, Najla demonstrates expertise around people, culture and change management.

Nagla is highly sought after for inspiring others, as she shares an insider's perspective, as well as providing proven strategies to support inclusion and education.




Samantha Pennington

Samantha Pennington

Executive and Software Design and Development Teacher, ICTENSW and Carlingford Public School

Sam has been teaching Mathematics and Computing for over 25 years. She has been involved with ICTENSW, formerly CSTA, for over 20 years, and is life member. Sam's passion is to see everyone utilise technology in ways they didn't think they could.

Sam is the recipient of a Professional Teachers Council (PTC) acknowledgement for services to the Computing Studies Teachers Association (2005). Catch her at EduTECH and find out how to code AppInventor on Android devices.




Shannon Armitage

Rachael Sowden

Director, Family Focus Consultancy

Rachael Sowden has actively worked as an advocate for parents and students in rural NSW since 2000, and was formally the media spokesperson for P&C Federation for three years till 2014. She is the authentic voice of parents in schools, and has set up a passion project to help support teachers, schools and parents work together.

This lead to the business of Family Focus Consultancy, which offers pro bono support to parents and not-for-profit teacher professional learning, accredited via NESA, to build capacity and engagement in their working with parents and carers to enhance student engagement and well-being. Rachel's work is based on Australian and international commissioned parental engagement research.

Most recently Rachael worked to help keep the regional performing arts showcase CAPERS, allowing students in regional areas access this great resource, and showing just how important parent voice, choice and capacity matters in schools, and how important it is to work together for the outcomes of our students.




Tim Bowden

Tim Bowden

Principal, Inaburra School

Tim is an amazing school leader and Principal, with graduate and post-graduate degrees in Communications, Divinity, Education, and Educational Leadership. He is currently also completing an Executive MBA.

Tim's professional interests include the relationships between pedagogy, the built environment and character formation, with a focus on ensuring that school education is fit for the purpose of equipping young people to thrive in the decades to come.

As the Principal of Inaburra School since 2011, Tim's focus in on ensuring that every student experiences world-class teaching, and makes real progress in learning. Tim is convinced that digital technologies are tools that can help us get there.




Elissa McKenzie

Elissa McKenzie

Lead Educational Designer - Yarra Ranges Tech School project, Teaching Innovations, Box Hill Institute

Drawing on 12 years' experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector, as well as experience in Higher Education and Early Childhood education, Elissa led the Learning Design for the establishment of the Yarra Ranges Tech School, the first tech school to be established under the Victorian Government initiative.

Elissa's experience in educational design is accompanied by her research into the use of technologies in VET and gifted education. Elissa currently works with the Teaching Innovations at Box Hill Institute to develop and implement innovative solutions to improve the student and teaching experience.




Dr Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield

Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology

Kate is an experienced teacher and researcher, with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play.

Prior to moving to Swinburne University of Technology, Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher, and then ten years working as a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Institute of Early Childhood, and as a research fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education).

Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and analyses supports that enable teachers' effective use of technology.




Jenine Beekhuyzen

Jenine Beekhuyzen

Founder and Lecturer, Tech Girls Movement and Griffith University

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen is a futurist who questions existing structures that won't serve tomorrow's digital landscape. Providing insight into the disruptive nature of technology, Jenine helps us prepare engage the next generation of workers and leaders and transform our approach to innovation. As a well-known advocate for technology innovation and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Jenine draws on her 15+ years of internationally published academic research and university teaching, 8 years as CEO of her own technology consulting company, and her not-for-profit work, to prepare school children to become technology leaders of the future.

In her highly engaging presentations, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, creator of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, Founder & CEO of the Tech Girls Movement, and Gumption Trigger author, discusses the necessity of overcoming the inertia that is debilitating our leaders and their visions of our technology futures. She proposes that we invest in digital literacy and education to mobilise a tribe of next generation leaders who are engaged and committed to solving real world problems with technology. Jenine provides practical suggestions for the future of leadership in the digital space.

Jenine's unwavering commitment to advocacy has seen her awarded on the world stage as a Westpac/Fairfax 2016 100 Woman of Influence, the 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year, 2016 Advance Queensland Digital Champion, 2014 Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA) Queensland ICT Woman of the Year, 2014 Microsoft Community Educator of the Year, 2012 Claudio Ciborra Award for Innovation in Research (Europe).

As an internationally acclaimed author of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes series of books, Jenine has reached more than a quarter of a million children with her innovative approach to storytelling and STEM. She also supports youth entrepreneurship through her national competition - the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero - reaching more than 2000 school girls in 2017.




Torres Webb

Torres Webb

Senior Community Engagement Project Officer, Indigenous Performance, Far North Queensland Region

Torres Webb, a proud Erubam man from Darnley Island, is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing through culture, language, music and education. He is recognised nationally and internationally for his community engagement and leadership skills.

Having represented his people with Youth Challenge Australia in Vanuatu, Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network in Philippines, Queensland Youth Parliament and with Oxfam International Youth Partnerships in India, Torres returned to his people. On Darnley Island, he held a Deputy Chair on the Erubam Traditional Land and Sea Owners Native Title Body, where he worked closely with the local rangers and elders.

In his current role, Torres assists Indigenous communities to connect with their local school to foster identity, culture and learning outcomes for all students.




Alinda Sheerman

Alinda Sheerman

Head of Information Services/ Teacher Librarian, Broughton Anglican College

Alinda has been teaching in Primary and Secondary schools for 42 years; 17 of these years managing K-12 school libraries. Alinda initiated the use of Guided inquiry with teaching teams and students at her school, both Primary and Secondary, in 2008, and since then has been conducting Action Research into using Guided Inquiry to assist in changing pedagogy at her school.

This work was recognized with a NSW Quality Teaching Award and then also by being awarded the ASLA award of Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year. She has published her Action Research, written articles and has spoken at numerous conferences about the impact the school library can have on teaching and learning in a school.

Together with Lee Fitzgerald who is a lecturer in Teacher Librarianship at Charles Sturt University, Alinda continues to train and support Australian Teacher Librarians in using Guided Inquiry through a blog in which programs of work, scaffolds for learning and teaching experiences are shared.




Wayne Chaffey

Wayne Chaffey

Consultant and Presenter, Family Focus Consultancy

With a rural and regional background, and then as Head Teacher Science, Deputy Principal, and Principal at a number of schools, over several decades, education has been an important part of Wayne's life for as long as he can remember. Wayne's skills continued to grow in teaching and learning, organisation and management, and communication and leadership, and he concluded his school-based teaching career as Relieving Executive Principal at Moree Secondary College in 2014.

Over his career, Wayne fostered and maintained links with parents and parent organisations (President of Somerton P&C Association, member of the Tamworth High School P&C Association, State Councillor for the Federation of P&C Associations of NSW, Parent Representative on the Quality Teaching Council - the body overseeing Teacher Accreditation begun by the NSW Institute of Teachers, now BOSTES), and professional learning has consistently been a key focus area.

Catch Wayne at EduTECH to examine education as a social construct, involving not just groups of students, but the community. The nineteenth century paradigm of children being sent off for teachers to deal is outdated, and professional development of teachers needs to increase skill in addressing the gaps in school-parent/carer relationships, highlighting opportunities to improve positive teacher-parent/carer interactions.

Find out how to support students in reaching their full potential, through a three-way partnership of student-teacher-parent/carers.




Anita Chin

Anita Chin

Founder & Learning Strategist K-8, Anita Chin Mathematics Consultancy

Anita Chin is a leading Australian expert in primary mathematics education, and is the founder and learning strategist at Anita Chin Mathematics Consultancy. Anita draws upon more than 20 years experience both as a secondary mathematics teacher in Sydney and as a Mathematics Consultant K-8 across Australia and the USA.

Anita works in primary schools across Australia to transform teachers into confident, inspired mathematics educators. She presents successful whole-school strategies for understanding the mathematics curriculum, along with innovative, enlightening teaching techniques that inspire and delight educators and their students. Anita supports teachers and leaders through tailored on-site workshops, in-class demonstration lessons, her team-based conferences and interactive online learning.

Anita has conducted research into the use of concrete materials to teach Number and Algebra concepts in the Middle Years 5-9 and holds a MEd in Teaching and Curriculum Studies. She has been a Sessional Tutor teaching pre-service teachers secondary mathematics at the University of Sydney.




Shannan Judge

Shannan Judge

Principal, Ermington West Public School

With 20 years of experience in public education in South Western and Western Sydney, and years of working in early childhood settings, Shannan has experienced first-hand the power of mindset. Working in communities with families from refugee, low socio-economic and disadvantaged backgrounds, she has always been fascinated by the different approaches people take when faced with adversity and opportunity.

As principal of Ermington West PS (a school with a truly diverse, highly active school community) Shannan frames her leadership around the importance of growth. The school is modelled around processes for continued improvement of teaching and learning for all.

Shannan is also the Secretary of the Parramatta Primary Principals Council, a member of the Similar and Equivalent Requirements Committee (NSWPPA Representative), and the NSWPPA Conference Sponsorship Co-ordinator.




Dr Asif Gill

Dr Asif Gill

Director DigiSAS Lab School of Software, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Dr. Asif Gill specialises in designing and implementing actionable adaptive architecture driven strategy and solutions for business optimisation, innovation and transformation. He has extensive experience in both agile and non-agile environments, displaying a deep appreciation of their different perspectives in a number of IT-enabled improvement and transformation industry projects of varying sizes. He has developed a comprehensive adaptive architecture framework (a.k.a The Gill Framework® V 3.0).




Nick Giurietto

Nick Giurietto

CEO & Managing Director, Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association (ADCCA)

Nick is the CEO of the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association, the industry representative body for digital commerce businesses in Australia. ADCCA's purpose is to promote the adoption of Blockchain technology as a means to challenge existing business models and drive innovation across multiple industry sectors. Nick is an experienced B2B Product and Marketing leader who has lived and worked in six different countries around the world.

As Head of Marketing at the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation he worked with Australian exporters seeking finance to fund growth and investment in overseas markets. The complexities of existing trade finance and asset finance models were often a baffling obstacle for entrepreneurial exporters to overcome.

As Head of Product at Experian Credit Services, Nick worked to design a new format consumer credit report that makes it easier for Australians to access and understand their credit records. He also led the design and build of a cloud solution for major banking clients to manage their complex data reporting obligations for credit records.




Michael Haigh

Michael Haigh

Manager IT Services, Catholic Education Melbourne

Michael was a Maths, Science and IT teacher in the non-government sector from 1973-93. He then moved to the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies as Technical Advisor, overseeing Year 12 Certificate processing through to 2002, including migration from mainframe.

Michael has had oversight of the set-up of a greenfields IT Wide Area Network environment for the 50+ Archdiocese of Canberra/ Goulburn Catholic schools.

In 2011 he moved to Catholic Education Melbourne, where he oversees the IT environment across the 500 Catholic schools in Victoria. Hear Michael on the NSIP panel talk about interoperability, business intelligence, and the future of data.




Trevor Hill

Trevor Hill

Director IT Services and eStrategy, Department of Education (Tasmania)

Trevor has worked in the education sector for the past 17 years in both the K-12 sector, as well as the TAFE sector, and has been in IT for over 30 years.

Trevor leads a team that provides all the IT support and IT infrastructure for the department's 195 schools, 61,000 students, 8,000 teachers and some 2,000 support staff, as well as provides services and support to TasTAFE, and all its staff and clients.

Trevor is the author of the department's eLearning strategy released in 2014, and is responsible for the priority actions detailed in it, with a focus on 21st century learning, and supporting students in rural and regional areas of Tasmania.




Rob Livingstone

Rob Livingstone

Principal, Livingstone Advisory & Fellow of UTS

For more than three decades Rob has amassed senior managerial experience, substantially as CIO in multinational corporations. Prior to entering the IT world as a CIO in the mid '90s, Rob held several senior operational, strategic advisory and executive positions in a range of industries both locally in Australia and overseas.

These included defense-aerospace, manufacturing, public utility, packaging, construction through to logistics. Now a sought-after mentor, consultant and industry advisor, he is also an author, columnist, speaker and regular news media commentator. A Fellow of the University of Technology, Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and IT, Rob lectures to higher-degree students on leadership, strategy and innovation as part of their flagship MBT program. Rob has a BSc Mechanical Engineering, Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Technology Management.




Lorraine Salloum

Director Organisational Development and Learning, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Lorraine Salloum is currently Director Organisational Development and Learning at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. She was engaged in 2014 to establish and build a new organisational development function that supports and drives performance improvement, workforce effectiveness and efficiency for a distributed and diverse workforce of 22,000 employees across NSW. Her portfolio includes enterprise wide: employee engagement, culture and performance development initiatives; leadership, talent management and succession programs and solutions; and since mid 2015 learning and development.nPrior to joining FACS Lorraine was the Head of Human Resources for NSW Treasury.

Lorraine is passionate about the role of people in organisational performance. She uses a multi-faceted approach combining a background in organisational development, business process improvement, professional standards, marketing, communications and law to specialise in planning and leading comprehensive people and performance strategies, performance improvement projects and culture change programs.




Kate Fraser

Training Manager, Standards Australia

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Anne Mirtschin

ICT Teacher, Hawkesdale P12 College & Leader in Global Education

Anne Mirtschin is an multi-award winning teacher who uses online tools to create powerful learning opportunities for students. She teaches Information and Communications Technology(ICT) and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College a remote Prep to Year 12 School in country Western Victoria. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. The innovative use of technology together with an amazing international PLN has enabled her to make the world her classroom. Anne is a leader in global education and has been featured in the recent book release The Global Educator. Anne has presented at statewide, national and global conferences.

Anne is the co-Australasian Chair for the Global Education Conference, a Skype Master Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, a Flat Connections Lead teacher and Communications Officer for ISTE Global Collaboration PLN.

Her many awards include, VCTA President's Award 2015, Global Classroom Lead Teacher 2012, 2013, 2014, nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award 2014, 2015 in Edublogs Awards and former ACCE Teacher/Educator of the Year, Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA) Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year.




Dr Sara Cullen

Managing Director, The Cullen Group & Fellow | The University of Melbourne

Sara is a former national partner at Deloitte (Australia). She has a leading profile in Asia Pacific and is one of the region's most experienced advisers. She has consulted to over 135 private and public sector organisations, spanning 51 countries with contract values up to $18B. She is a widely published, internationally recognized author having written over 137 best practice publications, conducted 7 government reviews, featured in 100+ articles and presented in 300+ major conferences, and trained 751 organizations.




Mike Feghali

Director, Expiriti & senior lecturer for the Post-Graduate User Experience (UX) programme at Torrens University

Mike has designed and researched the user experience for some of Australia's best-known digital experiences including CBA, Optus, , Westpac and Transport for NSW. He is also senior lecturer for the Post-Graduate User Experience (UX) programme at Torrens University.

He advises commercial, government and startup organisations about transforming their traditional ICT delivery to include Design Thinking and deliver usable and user-centred digital products.

He is co-founder of Sydney User Experience agency, Expiriti, with keen interests in information architecture and retrieval as well as the emerging role of artificial intelligence on user experience.




Karen Yager

Deputy Headmaster 7-12 and K-12 Head of Student and Teaching Excellence, Knox Grammar School; and President, English Teachers NSW

Karen is an English Method Lecturer at UNSW, Vice President of the Professional Teachers' Council and President of the English Teachers Association NSW. Karen was awarded the first International Teaching Fellowship by the Singapore Ministry of Education in 2011 for her work on creativity, formative assessment and writing.

Karen has presented papers at International Conferences in Singapore, London, Melbourne, Dallas, Boston, Baltimore, Victoria (BC) and Philadelphia. She was awarded the NSW Professional Teachers' Council Award in 2008 and the Australian Professional Teachers Association Award in 2014 for her contribution to the teaching profession.

In 2005, Karen was awarded the NSW Premier's Literary Scholarship to research how to connect students with Shakespeare. In 2015, she was awarded the NSW State Library Fellowship. Her co-written text Oxford HSC English won the National Publisher's award in 2014.




Shirley Casper

Senior Curriculum Officer, Science | Curriculum and Assessment Standards | NESA

Shirley is an experienced educator who has taught Science at primary and secondary levels in government and independent schools in Sydney and overseas. She has taught Primary Maths and Science Methods in Bachelor of Education programs at Sydney University. Shirley has also gained accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Professional Excellence levels.

Passionate about building curiosity and enthusiasm for science as it is practiced, Shirley has developed a range of cohesive Primary STEM Activities, at BOSTES (now NESA), to enable teachers to fully integrate the pillars of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in engaging and effective ways.

Currently, Shirley is a Senior Curriculum Officer for Science at NESA, developing support materials to help teachers implement the new Stage 6 Science syllabuses. Catch Shirley at EduTECH to hear about how to deepen observation, inquiry and critical thinking through Primary Science.




Andrew Draper

Science and Technology Teacher, Queenwood

Andrew started out as a civil engineer. He made a career change to teaching over 15 years ago, initially teaching physics, science and PE. Andrew has taught in the U.K., USA and Australia, and has experience with a variety of different courses.

Andrew was the inaugural Director of STEM at Wenona, where he introduced a wide range of co-curricular activities, as well as Engineering Studies for the HSC. He also co-authored Wenona's successful DT - Applied STEM course for Stage 5.

Currently Andrew is involved in the implementation of a range of cross and co-curricular activities at Queenwood, across a wide range of ages, in his role as a science and technology teacher.




Simon Harper

Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Technology & Learning), Killara High School

Simon is Head Teacher Technology & Learning at Killara High School. He is passionate and committed to leading digital transformation to stay on the cutting edge of education to improve student engagement, outcomes and prepare them for the new work paradigm.

Simon is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at many principal conferences, universities and TeachMeets locally and globally. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, TeachMeet NSW coordinator and expert in flipped learning.




Andrew Merrick

Consultant Engineer, Queenwood School

Andrew Merrick is a Software Engineer with 15 years of experience in solution architecture and development, and a passion for creativity, thinking 'out of the box' and blending hardware, software and design skills into unique solutions and projects.

He has worked in a variety of industries including Government, Financial Services, Education and Health & Human Services, and has recently become involved in designing and delivering innovative projects-based learning opportunities in the areas of STEM in schools.

Catch Andrew at EduTECH, along with Andy Draper, and find out where physical computing with Arduinos can take you and your students.




Clive Gold

Senior System Engineering Manager and Director Healthcare and Education, Dell EMC ANZ

Clive Gold leads a team of System Engineers and drives the Healthcare and Education business at Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand. Joining EMC Corporation in 1999 as a Program Manager, he became Marketing Director in 2000, moving to the Director Product Marketing in 2005, and then in 2009 he took on the Chief Technology Officer role for Australia and New Zealand. As Director of Healthcare Clive is responsible for providing focus on Dell EMC's solutions for Healthcare, by providing thought leadership and communicating Dell EMC's vision and strategy. Clive's experience in projects such as 'The Human Face of Big Data' enable him to apply his knowledge of Dell EMC's technology to the most pressing issues in healthcare.

Clive has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and has been active participant in industry holding positions such as the Chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association's Global Steering Committee. Having commenced his career with Hewlett-Packard, Clive subsequently held a variety of senior management positions in IT services, software development, systems implementation and marketing, with companies including Dimension Data and Pyramid Technology.

Clive holds Masters Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.




Helen Bremner

Director of ICT, Wenona School

Helen is passionate about the effective use of technology in education, and has a particular interest in change architecture. She was previously the Head of eLearning at Trinity Grammar School.

A regular speaker at conferences nationally and internationally, Helen is active on social media, and is an advocate for increasing the number of women entering into technology focused careers.

Helen's work was recently recognised by The Educator Magazine who named her on their 'rising star' list, recognising Principals and school leaders under forty, who are making their mark in education.




Satpinder Daroch

Chief Information Officer, IT and Information Services, DoE NT Gov't

For the past seven years, Satpinder has delivered ICT projects to transform organizations, and set the strategic direction and technical roadmaps for the NT Department of Education.

Satpinder has over 23 years' experience in various ICT roles working in both private and public sectors, having performed various roles, including in Senior ICT management positions. With extensive experience in ICT service delivery, Satpinder has worked with systems and network engineering, development and implementation of ICT technical architecture, and a variety of targeted technologies. At EduTECH, hear from Satpinder on the ICT Directors and Manager's NSIP panel about the future of interoperability and school ICT systems.




Paul Taylor

Principal, Banora Point Primary School

Over the last three years as Principal, Paul has led staff at his school to move from traditional methods to future focussed learning. This has involved pedagogic transformation and learning redesign, learning spaces renewal, repurposing and redesign and the introduction of 1:1 technology.

Staff have worked collaboratively to build their knowledge, visiting schools and conferences in North America, Europe and Asia, and have implemented the principles of 'Deeper Learning' and the work of Ron Berger.

Ron visited the school in August 2016 to work directly with staff and to present at the school's "ionthefuture" event. Students at the school set personalised learning goals, delivering projects for authentic audiences through public exhibitions of learning, and lead semesterly student led conferences with parents.

Paul has also connected his staff face to face with Alan November, Carl Jarvis, Kevin Honeycutt, Dean Shareski and Laura McBain and worked closely with the community to build understanding of the changes implemented.

Paul was named in the 2016 Educator Magazine Hotlist and was also a recipient of an ACEL Leadership Award, also in 2016.




Scott Davidson

Principal, Cabramatta Public School

Scott has worked in NSW Public Schools as a classroom teacher and in leadership positions, including Executive Teacher, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal, Principal and Director Public Schools. All of Scott's 25 years in NSW Public Education have been spent working in schools across South Western Sydney.

Now, as the Principal of Cabramatta Public School, a school that serves one of the most culturally diverse suburbs in Australia, Scott has been able to work with his highly skilled staff and school community to ensure that NSW educational reforms have maximum impact for students.

Scott was the 2015 Public Education Foundation and Teachers' Mutual Bank recipient of the Harvard Club of Australia Principal Scholarship. This enabled him to travel and study at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. With global connections, Scott has seen first-hand how education has the power to transform lives.

At EduTECH in 2017 Scott will be leading our opening plenary UN SDGA panel session to reflect with global and national thinkers about our opportunity as educators to respond to a range of pressing issues, facing our planet. Scott firmly believes that his role as a NSW Public School Principal is an extremely privileged position.




Anne Johnstone

Principal, Ravenswood

Anne is an educational leader whose passion is to help people fulfil their potential, flourish and live purposefully. She is the Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, a leader in positive education, and Vice Chair and a founding board member of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association).

Anne is currently completing the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research developing student resilience in the United Kingdom.

Anne was previously the Principal of Seymour College in Adelaide, and prior to this held a range of leadership positions including Deputy Headmistress and Head of Senior School, Head of Junior School, and was an English and History teacher at St Catherine's Waverley in Sydney.

Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practised as a lawyer in commercial litigation, and undertook teaching blocks as course convenor and lecturer in law at Macquarie University.

Anne holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degrees, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and graduates with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2017.




Phillip Heath

Principal and Head, Barker College

Phillip Heath achieved a First Class Honours degree in Reformation History and taught at Trinity Grammar School Sydney and King's School Ely (UK), before becoming Deputy Head of The William Clarke College in Kellyville, and then Headmaster of St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney, where he formed the Gawura Campus for indigenous inner city children. Author of "Trinity, the Daring of Your Name", and numerous journal articles, Mr Heath became fifth Principal of Radford College ACT in 2009 and the school received the Order of Australia Association (ACT) Award for Community Service twice under his leadership. He was made a Fellow of the ACT Branch ACEL in 2011.

Mr Heath was appointed as the Head of Barker College in 2014 where he formed the Darkinjung Barker Campus for Indigenous children on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Mr Heath has served on the NSW Board of Studies representing the Independent Sector (2000-2009) and is also the immediate past National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (2013-2015). Phillip is married to Alison, who is also an educator with expertise in English literacy and language acquisition.




Chris Woldhuis

Assistant Principal - Student Opportunities, Northern Beaches Christian School

ICTENSW Educator of the Year 2016 Chris is an enthusiastic educator, passionate about helping students to be their best. As part of the Senior Leadership Team at Northern Beaches Christian School, Chris's role is to lead the Student Opportunities program. He oversees the development of a student and staff passion-driven camp program. Through his interests in Media and Production, he has developed strong student-based Media and Production teams and is growing more teams under an entrepreneurial model.

With a background of over 25 years in technology education, Chris is enthusiastic about the expanding potential of technology to enhance learning. He is an Adobe Educational Leader, a Google Certified Innovator, and was awarded the NSW ICT Educator of the Year for 2016.




Matt Robinson

Operations Manager, Lowanna College (VIC); Co-Founder of The Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)

As a co-founder of the Education Technology Consortium Victoria (ETCV), Matt leads collaboration between the IT Managers and curriculum leaders driving some of Victoria most innovate School IT programs. ETCV aims to develop best practice in the delivery of IT services to improve learning and teaching.

Matt has had significant involvement in developing and sharing strategies to support schools and student learning around the 1:1/BYOD technologies around Australia. At Lowanna College he is responsible for managing one of the largest, business-grade, single-site ICT networks in the Gippsland region, rivalling local hospitals, universities and the power industry.

In 2014 Matt was in the top 3 Finalists in the 2014 Finalist Australian Government ICT Professional of the Year.




Sharon Johnson

Community Connection Consultant, Family Focus Consultancy

Sharon Johnson works with Family Focus Consultancy as their Community Connection Consultant. Sharon has been an advocate for authentic parent engagement in the child's education for just short of two decades. We know, we know, she doesn't look that old! From the moment Sharon started fretting about handing over her kids to the "local school" she has been challenging educators to let her in and, let her be involved. Sharon, narcissistic and subversive by nature found plenty of nearly-lost opportunities to improve the educational experiences of her children. As such, and as an accidental by-product of her bloody one-mindedness she began influencing and improving the educational experiences for many, many parents across Australia.

With an extensive volunteer career that encompassed local, district, regional, state and national advocacy roles coupled with a professional career that witnessed her being engaged as the General Manager of the magnificent force that was the Federation of Parents & Citizens Association of New South Wales (P&C Federation) Sharon knows her way around the mysterious school landscape. She is experienced at advocating, representing and consulting with many layers of people involved in contemporary education, from the staff rooms, to the car parks, the oh-so-small halls, the parent-funded COLA's all the way through to the office of many an uptight pen-pusher and of course, in the corridors of a Parliament or two. Sharon mastered the art of educational speak and shares her knowledge with EduTECH audiences by challenging that while all the "parent as partners improves the learner experience" research is right it is rarely applied properly. Sharon attests that only when parents and educators are prepared to completely scrutinise the current relationship patterns and start to adopt flexible and unbiased practices will optimal parent-learner-educator relationships be realised.

Sharon is a fan of robust language and lacks a social filter majority of the time. She could be considered less of an "on-trend" disruptor and more a simple case of chaos theory. She looks forward to being part of the conversation at EduTECH.




Andrew Silvers

Alliances Manager, Lenovo ANZ

Andrew Silvers has over 30 years of local and international experience in the IT industry. He was appointed as the Alliances Manager ANZ for the Lenovo Datacenter Group in January 2015. In this role he is responsible for Lenovo's datacenter solutions with its key partners Intel, SAP, Microsoft, Vmware, Datacore, Nutanix, RedHat, SUSE etc.

Andrew has held roles across Hewlett-Packard, Blade Network Technology, IBM and Lenovo. These roles included Technical Operations, Technical Presales, Enterprise Sales, Customer Education Manager ANZ, Education Solutions Manager Asia Pacific, Enterprise Customer Programs Manager Asia Pacific, Infrastructure Software Manager ANZ, Networking Sales Manager ANZ, National Partner Manager ANZ and Alliances Manager ANZ.




Dr Michael Tomlinson

Director Assurance Group, TEQSA

Michael Tomlinson is Director of the Assurance Group at TEQSA (the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency). He leads a team to organise and conduct assessments of over 120 providers of higher education (including all of Australia's universities) against Australia's Higher Education Threshold Standards. He is also leading the implementation of the Higher Education Standards Framework (2015) for TEQSA.

Before coming to TEQSA, Michael was an Audit Director at the former Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), and for twenty years worked in Australian universities, for the last fifteen of these in senior positions at Swinburne University of Technology.

Michael is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australian and of the International Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is also a consultant for the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation, Timor Leste, and has been an expert panel member for a number of reviews of providers in Timor Leste.




Jacqui Pooley

National Education Manager, National Home Doctor Service

Jacqui's experience spans 8 years in healthcare, specifically in the recruitment and learning and development of after-hours doctors. Jacqui has spent most of her career working in healthcare and through her experience, Jacqui has developed an understanding of what it takes to motivate, engage and retain doctors. She has a particular interest in harnessing the power of collaboration through social learning and utilising technology to deliver timely and relevant learning.




Rita Chiu

Founder & Learning Design Manager, Learnamic

Rita has worked across multiple education institutions such as Holmesglen Institute, Box Hill Institute, Open University Australia and Swinburne University of Technology driving innovative practice and change. Rita is the Founder and Learning Design Manager at Learnamic, a company that co-designs and implement elearning strategies with her clients including The Victoria Police Academy, Chisolm Online, Independence Australia and ACER. Rita Chiu began her career as an English as a Second Language Teacher after completing her Masters of Applied Linguistics at La Trobe University. Rita has managed the implementation of elearning strategies in Corporate and Government environments as a consultant and embedded as part of an organisation such as NDIA. Rita's main drive is improving student experience and engagement. Her main interest is playing video games and she has successfully translated that interest into the successfully delivery of projects at Box Hill Institute which includes The Assessment Led Learning Project, simulation development for 7-Eleven and Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.