What headwinds are we facing?

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; Rebecca Hall, Senior Industry Specialist, International Education, Austrade; Derek Scott, CEO and Principal, Haileybury; Arfa Noor, Associate Director, Sponsor Relations and Borderless Delivery at University of Adelaide

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.


Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall leads Austrade’s engagement in promoting Australia’s international education sector. As the Senior Industry Specialist, International Education, Rebecca forms part of the Trade and Investment Senior Leadership team, engaging across the Austrade global network and sector. She oversees Austrade’s AIE2025 strategy and Austrade services to support international education sector sustainability.

Prior to joining the Australian Government Rebecca led international education strategy for both the Queensland and Victorian Governments.  Rebecca’s career in international education was sparked by her experience as a JET Programme participant in 1996. Since returning to Australia in 1998 she has contributed her skills and passion for international education through roles in economic development, international relations, strategy development and industry engagement. Uniquely, she has worked across local, state and federal governments, peak bodies and education providers.

Over the past decade, her not-for-profit board experience includes appointments to International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Branch and the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) and as board member and deputy chair of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.  Rebecca holds a Bachelor of International Business Relations and a Master of International Relations and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 Rebecca was awarded the International Education Association of Australia’s (IEAA) Leadership Award for her contribution to the sector. She is mum to Emi and Mia.

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
CEO and Principal, Haileybury

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 and a campus in Wuqing, China.  Derek has a strong focus on international engagement and curriculum development. He has worked on curriculum development for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and is a published author on the issues of globalisation and international studies.
Derek is a board member of the International Education Association of Australia, the ADC Forum Education Council and the Monash University Education Advisory Board.


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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