Professor V. Lynn Meek
+ 61 3 8344 0756
Professor and Foundation Director of the LH Martin Institute, Lynn was previously Professor and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of New England. Having completed a PhD in the sociology of higher education at the University of Cambridge, he has more than three decades experience researching higher education policy issues.
Specific research interests include governance and management, research management, diversification of higher education institutions and systems, institutional amalgamations, organisational change, and comparative study of higher education systems.
Professor Jeanette Baird
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Jeanette Baird is Vice-President, Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning and Professor of Higher Education at Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea. From 2012 to 2015 she was an Adviser to the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in Papua New Guinea, supporting work on quality assurance and other systematic improvements for the PNG tertiary education sector.
In 2011 and 2012 she served as the inaugural Executive Director, Regulation and Review at the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). From 2005 to 2011 Jeanette was an Audit Director with the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and was AUQA’s Executive Director during the transition period to TEQSA. She has held management and academic positions in several Australian universities as well as management roles in public sector agencies.
Professor Anthony Baker
Professor Anthony Baker is the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancllor (Coursework) in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. He holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry/Crystallography from UNSW and an Honorary Doctorate from Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Bangkok.
Prior to his current appointment he was Professor of Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry and Forensic Science at UTS.
Ms Liz Baré
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Liz Baré has a deep knowledge and understanding of human resource management, having headed the HR function in three different organisations including an extensive period as Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at the University of Melbourne. In recent years, Liz was Head of Administration at the University of Melbourne, where she was responsible for service delivery of IT, HR, Finance, Research, Marketing, Property and Grounds as well as overseeing a major restructure of administrative service delivery.
Liz consults to universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific on human resources, leadership and management issues. Liz has research interests in the structure of the academic workforce and academic workload management.
Ms Janet Beard
Janet Beard has more than thirty years of experience in management roles at three Australian universities (The University of Melbourne, La Trobe and The University of Sydney) and undertaken consultancies and reviews of administrative, technical and academic support services in Universities, nationally and internationally (South Pacific, New Zealand and Indonesia).
Most recently, she has managed and coordinated major change programs at The University of Melbourne to design and implement improved administrative services across the University. Her special interests are in organisational analysis and diagnosis, planning and design, organisational development, continuous business process and system improvement, benefits measurement and tracking, managing diverse stakeholder groups and taking people through a change management process. Her business improvement and change management expertise is informed by a successful track record in managing large and complex faculties as well as university-wide change programs.
Dr Peter Bentley
Peter is an Honorary Fellow and works on projects investigating the changing nature of the academic profession, institutional diversity within the university and vocational education sector, university finance and research benchmarking, and course redesign. Peter is also involved in the online teaching for the Masters in Tertiary Education Management and Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance.
Prior to joining the LH Martin Institute in 2011, Peter worked as a research associate at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). Peter has also worked for Northern Territory Treasury, the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, and the Western Australian Department of State Development. Peter has also acted on the steering board for the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Quality Assessment Project and is a past president of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association’s Oceania Chapter.
Professor Gerald Burke
Professor Gerald Burke undertakes research on employment and on financing, participation and quality in education and training. He was Executive Director of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) until 2008 and now has an adjunct appointment at Monash as a professor in Education.
His appointments include chair of the Victorian Qualifications Authority and member of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. In 2011 he was on a panel that undertook public consultations on the Victorian review of fees and funding in vocational education and training.
Ms Pam Christie
Pam has held a range of senior executive positions in the tertiary education and training sector over the past 20 years. Pam has a great passion for changing lives through education and training and has driven major organisational, policy and regulatory reforms across a number of key leadership roles.
Pam’s strengths include driving organisational and cultural change and transforming organisations to be more customer-focused, efficient and commercially successful. She is highly accomplished in strategic leadership, innovation, advocacy and workforce reforms.
Dr Vernon Crew
0458 009 577
Dr. Vernon Crew is an international education consultant, continuing a career in education at all levels and in a variety of contexts working in the United Kingdom, Zambia, Hong Kong and Australia, all for substantial periods. He also engages in short-term consultancies and secondments elsewhere in Africa, North America, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Dr Cew's experience includes teaching in schools and higher education institutions, long-term service as Principal of an international school in Zambia and as Head of the School of English at the principal teacher training institution in Hong Kong, founding Head of the Centre for International Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and Director, English Language and International Services at the University of New England.
Mr Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson was Managing Director of TVET Australia, leading organisational transformation of this Ministerial Company.
Prior to this, Jim was the first Deputy Secretary, Tertiary, Youth and International in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). He has been a strong advocate and supporter of tertiary education in Australia, leading the Budget negotiations following the Bradley Review.
Associate Professor Stijn Dekeyser
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Stijn Dekeyser is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland where he was the Head of Department of Mathematics and Computing and is currently the Acting Head of School of Agriculture, Computational and Environmental Sciences.
After completing his PhD in Computing Science at the University of Antwerp in his native Belgium, Stijn took on a lecturing position in Queensland and gradually broadened his interests to include academic management. He is the co-developer of the Academic Workload Allocation Management Systems (WAMS) which was subsequently commercialised and is in use in a number of Australian Universities.
Dr Muyesser Durur
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Previously Director of the Port Macquarie Campus, she has led the establishment of the new campus with strong community engagement to become a vibrant part of the region. She has held senior positions at La Trobe University, the Department of Education and Training New South Wales (NSW) and with a Doctor of High Performance Teams and Transformational Leadership in Vocational Education at the University of New England, Australia.
Muyesser has extensive experience in change management, leadership, business strategy and capacity building, strategic human resource management and community engagement across public sector, tertiary education community and business organisations. In executive roles, Muyesser has developed and directed programs that have significantly shifted strategic direction and delivered transformational change.
Rhys is an experienced organisational leader and has worked at the highest levels of the public service for over 16 years. He is passionate about great leadership in organisations and has driven reform agendas across many areas of government. He has a strong background in governance, central agency leadership, energy policy, industry development and major project facilitation.
Rhys was Secretary for the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet for six years from 2008 to 2014. In that role he was also Secretary to Cabinet and the Tasmanian Senior Official for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Through this period he was involved in reforming the State Service through a period of intense budget challenge following the GFC as well as participating in national reforms including health, disability and education.
Mr Neil Fernandes
0419 918 565
Neil Fernandes was formerly the Managing Director at Central Institute of Technology (CIT) having commenced in July 2005. Prior to his appointment at CIT, Neil was the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training for 18 months and was the inaugural General Manager of WestOne between July 1999 and August 2003.
Neil has held a number of senior positions in the vocational education and training (VET) system in Western Australia over the last 30 years and has been instrumental in formulating legislation, policy, strategy and governance arrangements. He is a strong advocate for vocational education and training.
Mr Jon File
Jon File holds a first-class Honours degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town. His career has been primarily in university planning and management, having held the posts of Director of Academic Support Programmes, University Planning Officer and Academic Secretary at the University of Cape Town between 1980 and 1997.
Jon was a member of the 13-person National Commission on Higher Education (1995/6) appointed by the new South African government to make proposals for the transformation of higher education. He joined CHEPS in 1998 and served as Executive Director from 2004 until 2009.
Prof Andrew Flitman
0417 302 755
Andrew's experience has spanned higher education and consultancy and he has held a wide range of senior leadership roles within the higher education sector.
At Swinburne University of Technology, Andrew was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2007 to 2012. This included extended periods as Acting Vice-Chancellor. During this time, Swinburne experienced a step change in research performance and associated global rankings.
As Dean of Science and Technology at Deakin from 2005 to 2007 Andrew oversaw a realignment of the Faculty transofrming systemic financial losses to surpluses.
Prior to Deakin, Andrew wa Head of School and Professor of Business Systems at Monash University. Andrew was at Monash for 12 years.
Mr Michael Gallagher
Michael has worked overseas for the World Bank and also continues to undertake work for the OECD on higher education issues. He is currently Rapporteur for the OECD Review of Education in Indonesia. He has worked previously on higher education policy advising in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand and Vietnam.
Mr Bernard Griffiths
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Bernard's vision is to guide, facilitate and support learning organisations to achieve improved outcomes. Achievement is through both his own consultancy business "Dripstone" and a number of senior career assignments. Bernard is a management practitioner at heart with strong cross industry experience.
His management approach brings an applied sense of academic rigour and discipline, drawn through a Masters of Business from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
At a strategic and operational level, a depth of knowledge and skills comes from over 25 years of managing hospitals and healthcare services, working with boards and with direct responsibility for strategy, service budgets, associated staffing and infrastructure responsibilities.
Mr Jeff Gunningham
Jeff Gunningham has a wealth of leadership experience in vocational education and training and higher education both in Australia and internationally. He is the former Chief Executive of TAFE South Australia and was responsible for TAFE activities across the state.
Jeff returned to Australia in late 2010 after a period as Principal and Chief Executive of Swansea College, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in Wales, United Kingdom. Prior to this he was the inaugural Managing Director of Education and Training International, responsible for international student recruitment and offshore project work for all government schools and TAFE colleges in Western Australia. He has been the CEO of three other TAFE colleges in Australia as well as the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.
Ms Carol Harding
Carol has been Deputy Director of the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) for the past decade and has a deep passion for innovation and operating by design, not default. She is an innovation and design thinking practitioner, advisor, trainer and design sprint master. She has helped government, universities, business and community organisations - nationally and internationally - build capability in innovation, creative thinking, design thinking and the development of innovation programs.
Carol's major focus is on professional staff in the tertiary education sector and she runs specifically tailored workshops and other innovation/design related events. She also helps people use design thinking to design and live their best life.
Dr Tom Kennie
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Based in the UK, Tom works globally and brings with him wide-ranging international perspectives to our work. He has considerable experience in senior level leadership development having co-created (with Professor Robin Middlehurst) the UK's Top Management Programme for HE as well as the International Association of Universities 'Leading Globally Engaged Universities' programme.
Over the past 2 years we have partnered with Tom on his 'Global Challenges: Global Insights' programme which provides an opportunity for senior HE leaders to engage with their counterparts in other countries.
Dr Mary Leahy
Mary joined the LH Martin Institute as a research fellow in 2011. She has a background in research and policy on education, training and employment.
Since joining LH Martin, Mary has worked on a number of projects including: a major NCVER funded project investigating pathways in education and from education to work; an issues paper for the OECD on higher education governance and institutional management for development in middle and low income countries; and a research project funded by the NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training (BVET) which is assessing the feasibility of underpinning VET qualifications with the capabilities approach instead of competency based training.
Mr Bruce Mackenzie
Bruce Mackenzie has played a leading role in the successful development and implementation of the TAFE system in Victoria. His involvement in TAFE goes back to 1981 when he was a member of a four person unit that designed the TAFE system for Victoria which was implemented in 1982.
His contribution to the vocational education and training sector was formally recognised in the selection for the 1994 National AUSTAFE award for educational leadership. In the 2005 Australia Day Honours list, he was awarded the public service medal for outstanding services to vocational education. In 2013 he was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Canberra for his work in vocational and tertiary education.
Mr John Maddock
John Maddock has vast corporate governance, senior executive leadership and management experience in the tertiary and adult, community and further education sectors including CEO at Box Hill Institute, CEO of the CAE and previously as CEO/Director at Gordon Institute of TAFE.
John has gained broad experience in vocational education and training (VET) across areas of responsibility including strategic and business planning, business transformation strategies, change management, developing high performing teams, business development, marketing and public relations, information services, international education, VET program delivery, development of flexible delivery modes, entrepreneurial and commercial activities, VET research, quality and customer service initiatives and financial management.
Professor Vin Massaro
+61 3 8344 1911
Professor Vin Massaro (BA, PhD, FAICD) has worked in senior educational management and policy positions in unversities and government, and as a consultant and advisor in Australia and internationally. He has also been Chairman and a member of several company boards, is currently a member of the Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and has recently completed terms as a member of the Board of Northern Health, one of the Victorian Metropolitan Health Regions.
In addition to his position at the Martin Institute, Vin is currently Managing Director of Massaro Consulting, specialising in higher education and health workforce projects. He is also a Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Prof Bill Massy
Professor Massy's contributions to higher education are well-known. His publications Planning Models for Colleges and Universities, Resource Allocation in Higher Education, Honoring the Trust: Quality and Cost Containment in Higher Education, and Academic Quality Work: A Handbook for Improvement, have become standards in their respective fields, and his many papers in these areas are highly regarded.
He was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences panel on "Measuring Higher Education Productivity" and co-authored the report. His most recent book, Reeingineering the University: How to be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious provides recommendations and models for boosting teaching effectiveness, controlling cost, and optimizing academic investments.
Ms Elizabeth McGregor
Elizabeth McGregor is currently a member of the TAFENSW Executive Group, providing leadership in particular for workforce and technology reforms.
Elizabeth McGregor has specific responsibility for the North Coast Institute, where she is leading business transformation. Her Institute’s transformation involves a fundamental re-design from a product to a customer value focus.
Mr Dennis Murray
Dennis Murray was Foundation Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and is currently Director of IDEON International Higher Education, a research and consulting company specialising in the internationalisation of higher education. He has had over 25 years experience at the senior and executive management level in a number of Australian universities.
He has researched, consulted and published widely in international higher education strategy, policy and management in Australia, Europe and Asia especially.
Professor Peter Noonan
Professor Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s tertiary education and training systems over the past two decades as a policy adviser, senior executive in and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers, and TAFE institutes and in major reviews.
Peter’s major areas of expertise are in tertiary education policy, funding and regulation.
Peter has held a number of senior appointments in education and training portfolios at both state and national levels. He was a member of the Expert Panel for the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley Review) in 2008 and in 2010 undertook a Review of Post-Secondary Education for the Queensland State Government.
Professor Alan Pettigrew
Professor Pettigrew has Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held senior academic and executive appointments at The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and The University of New South Wales.
He was Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England from 2006 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005 Professor Pettigrew was the inaugural CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.
Mr Tom Phillips
Tom Phillips is Director of Soutenir Ltd, an international consulting and project services company. His experience in and around higher education spans 40 years in institutions, educational and professional organisations, and consultancy, dealing with diverse topics — student recruitment, admissions, and advising; research on student retention and performance; international student affairs and exchange; self-assessment, accreditation and quality management; and more recently, EU-funded capacity-building projects in quality assurance. T
om’s special interests relate to the comparability of quality assurance (QA) and accreditation systems; development of standards, evaluation criteria, and processes; quality assurance policy; the role of QA agencies as surrogates of government; and the behavioral context of accreditation. During 2010 Tom served as Instructor/Mentor for the LH Martin Institute's Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance unit on 'External Quality Assurance'.
Mr Martin Riordan
Martin was recruited as CEO of TAFE Directors Australia in 2006, and reported to a national board, with a National Secretariat based in Sydney.
Martin began his career as a political journalist in the Parliamentary press galleries of Canberra and Sydney, and worked as an editorial executive with News Limited. He later worked over several years in the Office of Hon. John Howard when Leader of the Opposition, however in the late 1980s moved to work in Australian ASX companies, managing regulation and corporate affairs. This included executive appointments with Pioneer Concrete Ltd, Coca-Cola Amatil with the demerger to WE & HO Wills Holdings Limited, and its UK parent BAT Industries plc, which took Martin to an extended posting in Singapore. It was during these years Martin's involvement with industry training took hold, and he continued this career interest operating a benchmark research consultancy in Singapore. He relocated to Australia in 2002, and was recruited by the Department of Education, Science and Training. He transferred to lead TDA, from 2006.
Ms Jeanette Roberts
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Jeanette Roberts has more than 35 years' international experience in the oil and gas industry working with operators, FEED specialists and EPC contractors. Until recently she was Country Manager for Kvaerner where she was responsible for all aspects of Kvaerner's business in Australia. Her experience encompasses the entire oil and gas value chain including concept development, FEED, project development, construction and asset support.
Dr Ruth Schubert
Ruth Schubert was a member of the LH Martin Institute from 2014 until 2018. Ruth began as a Program Director, VET and was subsequently appointed Associate Director. Ruth was previously the Director, Business Transformation with TAFE SA, and was asked to take on the role at a critical mid-way point in the change process involving the three separate South Australian TAFE Institutes becoming one organisation under a statutory authority. The transformation involved the realignment of over 2,500 staffing positions, major business improvement projects, and management of internal and external consultants. The reinvention of TAFE SA as a statutory authority was an integral part of the Skills for All reforms.
Ruth has experience in private RTOs, the schooling sector, universities, and most recently 15 years in executive positions in TAFE Institutes. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process of 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 executive education and corporate roles.
Mr Brendan Sheehan
Brendan Sheehan is Director of Inter Mediate, a public policy practice specialising in tertiary education issues.
He has been a chief of staff to both Commonwealth and Victorian education ministers and has served as an official in the both Commonwealth and Victorian departments of education.
Mr Robin Shreeve
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Robin Shreeve has worked in the skills sector for more than 30 years in Australia and England. He was previoulsy Chief Executive of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) having also been CEO of its predecessor organisation, Skills Australia. Robin has been the Chief Executive of two large Tertiary Institutions – one in Australia, the North Coast Institute of TAFE and one in Westminster, Central London. For different periods between 1989 and 2005 Robin worked for the Department of Education and Training in New South Wales Australia.
Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM
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Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies and Board Director at several companies.
He has held academic positions in the USA, the UK and Australia, and has served as vice chancellor of three universities: Macquarie University in Sydney, Brunel University in London, and Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004.
Professor Frans van Vught
Frans van Vught is a high-level expert and advisor at the European Commission (EC). In this capacity he chairs/has chaired several high-level expert groups on various EU policies in the fields of innovation, higher education and research. He served an eight year term as President and Rector Magnificus at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Furthermore he was president of the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU), president of the Netherlands House for Education and Research (Netherlands) and member of the board of the European Institute of Technology Foundation (EITF), all in Brussels. He is one of the two leaders of the EU sponsored project on the development of a new, multi-dimensional and user-driven global ranking tool called U-Multirank.
Prof Ian Young
0408 133 185
Professor Ian Young AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University in March 2011, a position held until February 2016. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology from 2003 until taking up his role at ANU. In 2014 he was elected Chair of the Group of Eight (G08) Board of Directors. He is presently the Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and Chief Executive of Conviro Pty Ltd.
Mr Mark Warburton
0412 783 666
Mark Warburton currently works part time as a consultant on projects involving public policy and research on tertiary education and social services.
Mark was the Principal Analyst for Universities Australia during 2015 and prior to that he had over 30 years of experience in the Australian Public Service.
Professor Graham Webb
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Professor Graham Webb is a former Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of New England in Australia where he had overall responsibility for the academic activities of the University and acted as Vice-Chancellor for extended periods.
His previous career includes eleven years at Monash University in Australia where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and CEO of Monash College Pty Ltd (a wholly owned company of the University comprising six educational businesses); eleven years at the University of Otago in New Zealand; six years at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica; and, seven years at the University of Ulster in Ireland.
Dr Stephen Weller
Dr Weller is Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Senior Executive Group at Australian Catholic University. In his role Dr Weller leads the Corporate Services Portfolio which is critical to the achievement of the strategic and operational priorities of the University.
The Portfolio includes infrastructure; information technology; properties and facilities; marketing and external relations; academic registrar and student administration; human resources; finance; planning & strategic management; and governance and general counsel. Dr Weller is also responsible for providing effective corporate governance through the University Senate and Company in his role as Company Secretary.
Professor Leesa Wheelahan
Leesa Wheelahan was the Associate Professor at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management at the University of Melbourne. She is now the William G Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at the University of Toronto.
Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, recognition of prior learning, credit-transfer and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between the VET and higher education sectors, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.
Ms Helen Zimmerman
02 9025 4738
Helen Zimmerman has worked in leadership roles in Australian public and private education for over 30 years. She is currently a senior executive of Navitas Limited, an Australian top 100 Company and global education provider that delivers higher education, English language training and settlement services, creative media education, workforce and professional education, and student recruitment.
Prior to joining Navitas she was Managing Director of the ACL Group of companies, the largest private provider of English language education in Australia.
Dr Heather Davis
+61 3 9035 8648
Heather is the Program Director-Awards and joined the LH Martin Institute in July 2012. She holds a BBus (RMIT), Master of Professional Education and Training (Deakin) and PhD (School of Management RMIT).
Heather’s background is in research management, knowledge work, adult education, librarianship and professional development. Her research interests include university leadership and management, distributed leadership, qualitative inquiry, social complexity theories and e-learning.
Ms Åsa Olsson
Åsa Olsson is Director Research, Development & Innovation at L H Martin Institute of the University of Melbourne and works currently on projects with institutions in Colombia, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and with 10 African countries to ascertain, develop and implement strategies to enhance performance in research.
Born in Sweden, with a career spanning over 15 years Åsa has worked with some of the world’s most prominent academic scholars and has extensive experience with integration of higher education, science and innovation policy and leadership for both institutions and governments. Åsa’s previous roles include Program Manager, Innovation, Higher Education, Research for Development (IHERD) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, Paris; Policy Specialist, Research, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, Stockholm; Program Analyst, Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, Paris. She has conceptualised and managed international research programs, with budgets of approximately A$10 million.