Keynote speakers

Jane den Hollander

Professor Jane den Hollander AO was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University 2010 until retirement in 2019 and Interim Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia between March and July 2020. In 2017 Jane received an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education; in 2018 she was awarded the Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Ashley Goldsworthy medal for individual leadership and in 2019 was named in the Victorian Honour Roll for Women.

In 2020 Jane received the Australian Financial Review 2020 Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor den Hollander has retained her interests in innovation and start-up enterprises, and in most aspects of higher education strategy and policy.

Current Board appointments include Chair, Australian Global Health Alliance (Melbourne); Chair, Centre for Stories (Perth); Director and Trustee, Unisuper (Melbourne) Pty Ltd; and Director, Lion’s Eye Institute (Perth).

Professor den Hollander will be speaking on Thursday 28 October.

Stephen Parker 

Professor Stephen Parker AO is a writer and commentator on tertiary education.  He is currently a Principal with the Higher Education and Research Group, an analytics consultancy specializing in the productivity performance of higher education. He is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra.

Stephen served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra between 2007 and 2016.  His previous roles include Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University, Dean of Law at Monash University, Professor of Law at Griffith University and Reader in Law at the Australian National University. He began his career as a practising solicitor, whilst also lecturing at University College Cardiff.

In recent years Stephen has written extensively on higher education policy matters in Australia and globally, including a 2020 report entitled “The Future of Higher Education in a Disruptive World” and a 2021 report, with Michelle King, called “Student Experience in the Age of the Customer”.

Stephen was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the Australia Day Honours in January 2014 for his distinguished service to tertiary education through administrative, academic and representational roles, and as a leader in the growth and development of the University of Canberra.

Professor Parker will be speaking on Tuesday 26 October.

Professor Zlatko Skrbis 

Professor Zlatko Skrbis is the fourth Vice-Chancellor and President of Australian Catholic University (ACU), a position he commenced in January 2021. He joined ACU in 2018 and has also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Innovation) and Interim Provost.

Professor Skrbis holds a PhD in sociology from Flinders University and undergraduate degrees in sociology and philosophy from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

As an accomplished sociologist and an active researcher, he maintains an influential and internationally recognised research profile in sociology. Since 2006, Professor Skrbis has led the ‘Our Lives’ longitudinal study, which follows the life pathways of a large cohort of young people from Queensland as they transition from adolescence into adulthood.
Professor Skrbis has an extensive portfolio in higher education leadership and has previously held senior executive positions at Monash University and The University of Queensland.

He was elected convenor of the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies in 2012 and 2013 and was a member of its executive for a further two years. In 2015, he was the inaugural Secretary of the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

Professor Skrbis will be speaking on Wednesday 27 October.


Bruce Wilson

Professor Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT. In this role, he provides insights to and leads research and debate on EU-Australian relations, encouraging mobility for staff and students, and for building partnerships between Australian universities and organisations and their European counterparts.

In this capacity, he leads the Centre of Excellence on Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy, which has developed Smart Specialisation Livewire as a resource for policy-makers. For the last four years, he has contributed as a Co-Chief Investigator to the Latrobe Valley Authority’s implementation of Smart Specialisation in Gippsland, and for three years, he has led RMIT’s participation in Regional Research Connections, a policy-oriented initiative of the Regional Australia Institute. He was also led the Australian participation in the EU’s World Cities initiative in 2016-18 and is Coordinator of the Australasian participation in the EU’s International Urban and Regional Cooperation project, 2021-23.

He was a founding Co-Director of Pascal (Place, Social Capital and Learning) International Observatory and a member of the Advisory Board and Committee of the Hume Global Learning Village. He is currently an active member of the Australian Coalition for Education and Development, and is a Councillor for the Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International. He has had long experience in working with all levels of government on organisational and social change, and is committed to linking researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments on social and economic policy, innovation, lifelong learning and environment.

Professor Wilson will be speaking on Thursday 28 October.

Christopher Ziguras 

Professor Chris Ziguras is Professor of Global Studies and Associate Dean, Global and Language Studies at RMIT University.

His research explores varied aspects of the globalisation of education, particularly the ways in which regulatory agencies, markets, education providers and other actors shape cross-border provision of higher education. His most recent book is Governing Cross Border Higher Education (Routledge, 2015). Chris teaches in RMIT’s international development and public policy programs and plays a leading role in coordinating RMIT’s international partnerships in the social sciences.

He was President of the International Education Association of Australia 2015-18 and is currently the Association's Research Director. He is a member of the RMIT Social and Global Studies Centre, the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, the Australian APEC Study Centre and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Melbourne.

Professor Ziguras will be speaking on Wednesday 27 October.

Helen Kronberger 

Helen Kronberger brings over 20 years of experience in international education, across Higher Education, VET and Government, to her role as Manager International Education (A/g) at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). In collaboration with Austrade’s global network, Helen supports the promotion of Australia’s international education sector worldwide, and has previously worked in-country on behalf of Australian providers across Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and the Americas. Helen is passionate about the benefits of international education to domestic and international students alike, to campus and community life, and to global society.

Helen Kronberger will be speaking on Wednesday 27 October.

Ian Marshman 

Ian Marshman joined The University of Melbourne in 1990 and was appointed Senior Vice-Principal ('Chief Operating Officer') in March 1999. In that role he was accountable for the overall administration and operational management of the University. Ian has played major roles in reform of the University's administration, the implementation of new administrative systems and processes, budgetary and planning reform, the development of the Melbourne Scholarships program and student-facing aspects of the Melbourne Model and planning and implementation of major University projects. Ian retired from that role in July 2015 and now serves as an Honorary Principal Fellow and Associate Professor at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Ian has served as a director (and chair) of a number of not-for-profit entities including Chair of headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation, Queen’s College Council Limited, Melbourne Teaching health Clinics Ltd, U21 Global and Yea and District Memorial Hospital.  Other board appointments include Melbourne Theatre Company, Australian National Academy of Music and Grattan Institute. Earlier career roles were in the Australian Public Service in Canberra and the Victorian Department of Health.

Ian Marshman will be speaking on Tuesday 26 October.

Dr John H Howard 

Dr John Howard is a highly regarded expert on science, research, and innovation (SRI) policy. His professional knowledge, skills and experience in management consultancy, economics and public policy provide a unique combination of capability reflected in an extensive portfolio of successful commissions and assignments for government, business, universities and the non-government (NGO) sector over 30 years.

Over the last five years, John has produced several influential reports and publications on innovation and knowledge transfer for government and business and has presented at international conferences and events.

John is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. He holds a PhD from The University of Sydney, a Master of Arts (Administration) from the Canberra CAE, and a BEc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania.

Dr John Howard will be speaking on Tuesday 26 October.

Mary Faraone 

Mary Faraone commenced as Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute in October 2013.  Mary has had extensive experience in the VET sector, working with industry, RTOs and TAFE in various roles prior to joining Holmesglen Institute in 2003.  Mary has been particularly instrumental in leading the Institute’s teaching and learning, securing a number of significant national and international projects and the introduction of higher education.

As Chief Executive Mary has continued to develop the innovation and entrepreneurial culture at the Institute and build on the Institute’s history and reputation as a leading tertiary provider.  Mary is committed to TAFEs important role in the social fabric of our local communities through skill development, industry engagement, workforce development and participation in education and training. TAFE institutes contribute, not only to the skills development of individuals, but also to the economic and social wellbeing of their communities supporting social cohesion and social inclusion and its underlying values of equity and access and to the overall prosperity of the nation.

In 2017, Holmesglen won the International Training Provider of the Year and has won the Industry Collaboration Award at the Australian Training Awards for three consecutive year at the Victorian Training Awards from 2017 to 2019.

Mary Faraone will be speaking on Tuesday 28 October.

Paul Rowland 

Dr Paul Rowland has had a career extending over 20 years in the Australia Higher Education (HE) sector. This included roles at Director, Executive Director and Pro Vice Chancellor level in three prominent Australian universities, focusing on organisational strategy, business and academic planning, and external stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Paul has a PhD in Leadership and is a Professor in the Practice of Leadership.

He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of a Sydney-based private HE provider (Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce), specialising in the provision of undergraduate degree and diploma programs in Information Technology (IT) and Business Information Systems (BIS).  In this role Dr Rowland led the School’s TEQSA registration and course accreditation processes, and has overseen the School’s strategy for the commencement of teaching in fully on-line mode during the current COVID 19 conditions.

Dr Paul Rowland will be speaking on Wednesday 27 October.

Dr Siew Fang Law 

Dr Siew Fang Law is a Senior Lecturer and Engagement Lead at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Her academic role contributes to the Centre’s awards and non-awards professional development programs, focusing on developing best practices for positive University-Industry-Community engagement, collaboration and partnerships.

Bringing to this role is her 20 years of academic experience and an interdisciplinary research backgrounds intersecting culture diversity, community development, peace psychology and conflict transformation. She also brings governance experiences as a former University Council member, Research Ethics Committee member and a non-profits Board member with other institutions.

Dr Law’s research in Peace Psychology is internationally recognised. She has been appointed as a Extraordinarius Professor of the University of South Africa and an Honourary Fellow of Western Sydney University. She is the Co-Chair of the International Network for Peace Psychology and the Editor of Springer Peace Psychology Book Series. Before joining the Universities, she has worked with UNDP and UNESCO in Southeast Asia. As experienced, registered, accredited mediator, she has mediated over 80 disputes. She reflects and publishes her research-teaching-praxis in various academic Journals.

Dr Law will be speaking on Thursday 28 October.

Teresa Tjia 

Teresa Tjia has over 30 years of experience in higher education, with a deep understanding of strategy design and implementation. Teresa has worked on some of the most innovative and internationally significant university transformation programs across research intensive, dual sector, teaching intensive and regional universities. In addition, Teresa is an active community leader and thought leader. Currently Teresa is the Dean of Students and Registrar at Federation University, and Honorary Fellow with the LH Martin Institute, Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Teresa Tjia will be speaking on Tuesday 26 October.

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