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 sits on the Board of VicHealth and STREAT (youth homelessness).
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.
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 sits on the Board of VicHealth and STREAT (youth homelessness).
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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