2021 Speakers

Principal - Claire Field and Associates
Claire is the Principal of Claire Field and Associates, a consultancy practice offering strategic advice on VET, international education and higher education to providers, investors and other tertiary education stakeholders. Claire served as the CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training from 2010 – 2014 representing more than 1,100 private VET and higher education providers. Prior to ACPET Claire worked in senior roles in a number of State and Australian government agencies, including establishing the Australian government’s first national VET regulator, the National Audit and Registration Agency. She has also held senior positions in both TAFE NSW and a national not-for-profit provider. Claire is a Board member of MEGT and sits on the Advisory Boards of two technology businesses. She has a weekly column in Campus Morning Mail, provides a subscription service offering expert insights into the changing Australian tertiary sector, and is the host of the free ‘What now? What next? Insights into Australia’s tertiary education sector’ podcast.
CEO - MindTribes
Div Pillay has supported and advised Austrade, International Education and various Study locations across Australia across 2020 and continuing into 2021 to transform messaging to be culturally responsive and humanistic, with the ultimate aim of caring for students well-being. Div draws on her behavioural psychology, economics background, cross cultural intelligence expertise and over 25 years of qualitative research leveraging lived experience from a diversity and inclusion perspective. She is one of the 100 Women of Influence, named by the Australian Financial Review in 2018 and was recognised as one of two Australians in a list of 25 Global Influencers, by AACSB, the world’s largest business education alliance. Div is the CEO of MindTribes, Co-Founder of Culturally Diverse Women (both award winning D&I firms), she is Chair of the D&I committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and is a Board Director at VicHealth.
Serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Vishma Studio
Saroj Basnet is a serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Vishma Studio (a multidisciplinary creative studio). He is a creative personal specializing in design, photography, video production, creative and brand strategy, and creative leadership. He began his career as a theatre actor in his early childhood. Saroj graduated with a Master’s degree in Information Technology from CQUniversity. He has always been passionate about using creativity in technology through interactive designs for a better user experience. Not limiting himself to creativity and technology, Saroj has been able to showcase his leadership skills since his young age. Through his vision, he organised a successful TEDx event for CQUniversity in March 2020.
Senior Manager, eLearning Design and Operations - Learning Innovation, Monash College
Matt has over two decades of experience in Higher Education where he honed his expertise in designing digital learning experiences. He has managed a large number of course development projects with dynamic cross-functional teams, taught at several Universities, and lead the successful digital transformation of a University’s learning environment technologies and learning design practices.  Matt is responsible for digital learning at Monash College.
Global Executive Director, Design, Practera
Beau is co-founder and co-CEO of Practera, a fast growth experiential learning technology company helping people build the real world skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. Practera is a platform for educators in Universities and employers to build and deliver apps to support experiential learning programs like internships, apprenticeships, business projects, overseas study experiences, accelerators, mentoring networks and skills micro-credentialing.
CEO, Haymarket HQ
Duco is an early-stage investor and CEO of Haymarket HQ (HHQ), a profit-for-purpose that supports tech. companies to start and expand into new markets via programs, coworking space and global mentor and investor networks.  To date, HHQ has supported over 700 companies, ranging from small startups to ASX-listed enterprises, to start and expand into new markets across the Asia Pacific.  Prior to coming to Australia, Duco lived in China for seven years where he worked with MNCs and state-owned enterprises and helped form one of China’s first industrial incubators. 
Assistant Secretary, Partnerships - Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Simon is an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. His responsibilities cover a broad range of international education matters. Simon joined the Department in April 2021. His branch supports the Council for International Education and guides the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025. Simon also leads the Department’s engagement with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Simon has been with the Australian Government since 2002 including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
National President - CISA
Oscar Zi Shao Ong, the current National President of Council of International Students Australia (CISA) and PhD student at the University of Adelaide (UofA) from Malaysia, have a deep passion for representing students from different backgrounds, held a range of positions over his six years of study at the university. He is the Adelaide University Union (AUU) Board President for the 2022 and 2019 term. He was the 2020-21 UofA Student Representative Council (SRC) President and 2018-19 and 2021-22 AUU Board Director, and was the SRC General Secretary in 2018. He is also a UofA Academic Board member since 2019. A few important initiatives he helped introduce during COVID-19 includes: student support package (SSP) financial and wellbeing support, state international SSP, free flu vaccine.
Chief Executive Officer, IEAA
Phil has been IEAA's Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Previously, he was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament (1988–2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996–1999) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002–2006). Since retiring from politics, Phil worked at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College. Phil is the Chairman of the Roundtable of International Education Peak Body CEOs and a member of the Tuition Protection Service Board. Phil is also a Board member of the Bennelong Philanthropic Foundation and the Bangarra Group Board.
Director, International Education and Study NSW, Investment NSW
Toshi Kawaguchi is Director, International Education and Study NSW, at Investment NSW. He is responsible for managing the Study NSW team and coordinating international education policy advice for the NSW Government. He joined Study NSW in October 2014, after a decade working at the Commonwealth-level in the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC). At DFAT, Toshi served as the Secretary-General for the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, managing Australia’s engagement with the UN on education, science and cultural issues. He was also posted overseas in Solomon Islands with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), as well to the Australian Embassy in Rome with accreditation to Italy, Libya and San Marino. At PMC, Toshi was a senior adviser with the COAG Reform Council, with responsibility for national reports to improve government service delivery under the COAG Reform Agenda. Prior to working in government, Toshi graduated with a combined bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons. I) from the University of Sydney, and worked as a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons and NSW Community Legal Centres.
Chief Executive Officer of English Australia
Brett Blacker is the Chief Executive Officer of English Australia, the National Peak Body for the English Language Teaching sector. He has previously held a range of Director level roles at Murdoch University, and the University of Newcastle. Brett has experience with the Insurance and Health sectors as General Manager: Health, OSHC Worldcare a portfolio under Allianz Worldwide Partners. He was a long-standing Board member and past President of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). He has served on the Board of Perth Education City (PEC) and as part of the executive group of Australian Universities International Directors Forum (AUIDF). Brett is a member of StudyNSW International Education Advisory Board, the South Australian International Education Ministerial Advisory Council, and is a former Expert Member of the Federal Council for International Education.
Senior Adviser International Education - Austrade
Helen Kronberger is Senior Adviser International Education at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). She worked previously as Director Victorian Tafe International at the Victorian Tafe Association, as Director and Consultant at IEC International Education Consultancy, and held roles at University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University.
ISANA NZ Executive Officer
Chris has worked in international education for more than twenty five years. He has experience teaching in the secondary, tertiary and PTE sectors and leading student support practice on two university-based foundation studies programmes. Chris helped to develop New Zealand’s first postgraduate course in International Education (EDUC504) which is offered by Victoria University of Wellington’s Masters of Education programme. He oversees ISANA NZ’s professionalisation programme which is presently supported and funded by the MOE’s International Student Wellbeing Strategy. Chris liaises with government officials, allied peak-bodies and education leaders on ISANA NZ’s behalf.
Senior Assessment Manager in the ESOS/CRICOS Team at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
Fouli Christmann is a Senior Assessment Manager in the ESOS/CRICOS Team at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  She has an extensive background in government delivery of education and workforce programs, conducting compliance audits and quality reviews.  Fouli previously worked in the English language sector and she has a strong interest in ELICOS Programs and course design.
Client Engagement Manager, IDP Connect
Councillor, Ethnocultural & International Students’ Officer, University of Sydney
International Student Ambassador, City of Sydney - International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA)
National Treasurer, Council Of International Students Australia
University Secretary at Charles Darwin University
Professor Hilary Winchester is the University Secretary at Charles Darwin University, focussed on governance, compliance, and policy, legal and audit matters. Formerly Hilary was Provost at Central Queensland University Australia, and was responsible for academic matters, including Learning and Teaching, Research, Community Engagement and Indigenous Education. She has held senior positions in Australian Universities including as President of Academic Senate, as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research).  She has also run her own company as Director and Principal of Hilary Winchester Pty Ltd, a consultancy company specialising in Higher Education Quality Assurance. She gained her degrees from the University of Oxford, is the author of over a hundred refereed publications and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mental Health Practitioner
Coby is an experienced mental health practitioner with a passion for life, health, and healing. As an advocate for good mental health, Coby regularly presents at conferences and facilitates training workshops across different states in Australia and internationally. He has extensive experience working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures, and he offers more than ten years of professional work experience in areas such as mental health counselling, emotional wellbeing, child protection, international education, community development, and LGBTIQ support. Coby is dedicated to encouraging people to take greater responsibility for the long-term functioning and health of their mind and the minds of those around them.
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