Friday 6th December: 0930-1015

Chair: Fazal Rizvi, Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne; Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panellists: Chris Beard, Executive Officer ISANA NZ; Brett Blacker, CEO,English Australia; Phil Honeywood, IEAA; International Education, Austrade; Derek Scott, CEO and Principal, Haileybury; Arfa Noor, Associate Director, Sponsor Relations and Borderless Delivery at University of Adelaide; Diana Crvenkovic, Manager Student Initiatives, Global Victoria, International Education, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Study Melbourne

The ISANA 30th anniversary conference will celebrate the development and achievements of international education in Australia over three decades. It will also consider the challenges that face the industry, particularly from the perspective of international student experiences. This panel brings together experts across sectors and stakeholder groups to share their insights and observations. They will consider the implications of current and future trends, and discuss impacts of external factors on enrolling institutions and on their international student cohorts.


Fazal Rizvi (chair)

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). His most recent books include a co-authored volume, Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017) and a co-edited volume,Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education(Bloomsbury 2019). Professor Rizvi is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a former Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education.


Chris Beard

Chris has worked in international education for 26 years. For most of this professional life he has had daily contact with international students through teaching and advising.  He co-teaches a postgraduate course in International Education for Victoria University of Wellington’s MEd programme. Based in Wellington, Chris is Executive Officer for ISANA NZ and is responsible for the Association’s professional development programme. He liaises with education providers, partners and government agencies on ISANA NZ’s behalf, and is particularly interested in supporting innovative practice that enhances the international student experience.



Arfa Noor

Arfa’s career in Australian international education spans almost 10 years. Starting as a founding member and the second President of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA), Arfa has since been working in international education marketing, policy and strategy development across institutes and state government departments.

She is currently the Associate Director, Sponsor Relations and Borderless Delivery at University of Adelaide and a Board member with the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).


Derek Scott

Derek has been Principal of Haileybury since December 2007. He is a Director of Haileybury International and the Chairman of Haileybury International School in China.  Haileybury is the largest independent school in Australia, with four campuses in Victoria, Haileybury Rendall School in Darwin, Haileybury International School Tianjin, China and nine other programs in China.

Derek is on the International Education Ministerial Advisory Council and is a board member of the International Education Association of Australia.  Derek was the recipient of the Australian School Principal of the Year Award at the 2019 Australian Education Awards.

Hon. Phil Honeywood
Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

He was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament, Australia, for 18 years (1988–2006). During this period Phil served as the Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs and was Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2002–2006.  Since 2006, Phil was Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College, Melbourne. He also served on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology.  Phil is Convener of the National Council for International Education and a member of the Higher Education Standards Panel, New Colombo Plan Steering Committee and the Education Visa Consultative Committee.

Diana Crvenkovic

Diana Crvenkovic is responsible for overseeing the Victorian Government’s investments for international students. These include the Study Melbourne Student Centre, the Lead. Intern. Volunteer. Experience initiative, the International Student Welfare Program, the Study Melbourne Student Experience Network, the International Student Work Rights Legal Service and Accommodation Service. She has worked in the Victorian Public Service for the past ten years in roles supporting the design, biotechnology and international education sectors. Diana holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management.


Brett Blacker

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 an Expert Member of the Federal Council for International Education.


ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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