INNOVATON POST-COVID: IEAA TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM 2021

 
INNOVATON POST-COVID: IEAA TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM 2021
INNOVATON POST-COVID:
IEAA TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM 2021
Thursday 29 - Friday 30 July 2021

 DAY 1: THURSDAY 29 JULY

 1pm      FORUM WELCOME
 (AEST)
          The Hon. Phil Honeywood
          Chief Executive Officer
          International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

          Caryn Nery
          Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
          Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

 1:10pm AUSTRADE UPDATE: DEMAND AND OPPORTUNITY IN EMERGING MARKETS
 (AEST) Border closures can impact the ability to scan key mature and emerging markets for
        opportunity to grow and diversify TNE presence. This session taps into in-country expertise
        from select markets and will include an opportunity for attendees to share market insights.

          Peter Harris (Chair)
          Deputy Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
          Chief Officer, Partnerships and Growth, UTS College

          Rodney Commerford
          Trade and Investment Commissioner, Indonesia
          Austrade

          Haike Manning
          Founder and Managing Director
          LightPath Consulting Group

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Kanishka Padidilian
          Director of Education, Sri Lanka
          Austrade

1:55pm AUSTRADE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
(AEST)
       Melissa Banks
       Head of International Education Centre of Excellence
       Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

BREAK

2:20pm TNE IN INDIA: CASE STUDIES
(AEST) With the release of the National Education Policy, the Indian government has recently announced
       draft regulation on Indian and foreign education collaboration. This session provides an overview
       of the new regulation and takes a closer look at Australian institutions with deep engagement in
       India, where they are now, and how the NEP will shape their future engagement.

          Caryn Nery (Chair)
          Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
          Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

          Ankur Dhawan
          President, Study Abroad
          upGrad

          Brett Galt-Smith
          Counsellor, Education and Research
          Australian High Commission New Delhi, India

          Anuradha Gupta
          Head, Partner Engagement
          Macquarie University

          Lakshmi Iyer
          Executive Director, Education
          Sannam S4

          Ravneet Pawha
          Deputy Vice President (Global) and CEO (South Asia),
          Deakin University Australia;
          President, Australia India Business Council (Victoria)

BREAK

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3:35pm TNE HOST COUNTRIES: REGULATORY UPDATES
(AEST) The pandemic has created new regulatory considerations and increased the significance of other
       recent changes. In this session, we will here updates on three key TNE partner countries to help
       providers navigate these changes.

          Peter Harris (Chair)
          Deputy Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
          Chief Officer, Partnerships and Growth, UTS College

          Jen Bahen
          Education and Research Counsellor
          Australian Embassy, Vietnam

          Dr Paul Farrelly
          Policy Officer, International Division, North Asia
          Department of Education, Skills and Employment

          Atty. Lily Macabangun-Milla
          Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Director
          Commission on Higher Education, Republic of the Philippines

BREAK

4:25pm PRACTICAL TIPS ON DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A TNE STRATEGY
(AEST) Cross border and borderless delivery have now a more significant role in the vision for most
       Australian providers. Existing strategies are being revised and new ones created. In this session,
       Dr David Pilsbury will provide insights and lessons in setting TNE strategic direction followed by
       facilitated groups sharing their current experience and challenges and future plans.

          Peter Harris (Chair)
          Deputy Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
          Chief Officer, Partnerships and Growth, UTS College

          Dr David Pilsbury
          Deputy Vice Chancellor International
          Coventry University

5:25pm DAY 1 WRAP UP
(AEST)
       Peter Harris
       Deputy Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
       Chief Officer, Partnerships and Growth, UTS College

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Caryn Nery
         Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
         Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

         Emma Steinke
         Manager, Global Operations, Global Portfolio
         RMIT University

NETWORKING

5:45 – VIRTUAL NETWORKING
6:30pm
(AEST) Virtual networking via Zoom.

CLOSE DAY 1

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DAY 2: FRIDAY 30 JULY

1pm        A CONSORTIUM APPROACH TO TNE: IS THE WHOLE GREATER THAN THE SUM
(AEST)     OF ITS PARTS?
           This session will describe the framework for a consortium approach to TNE projects
           developed by Victorian TAFE providers. This will be followed by case studies from
           Melbourne Polytechnic, Kangan and Box Hill Institutes on their experience of this
           consortium approach, including the benefits, risks and opportunities.

           Caryn Nery (Chair)
           Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
           Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

           Tim Gilbert
           Vice President International Development
           Melbourne Polytechnic

           Emily Hardidge
           Program Leader, Short Course Operations
           Centre for Adult Education, Box Hill Institute

           Bev Jeffreys
           Manager, Offshore Partnerships
           Kangan Institute, Bendigo

           Judith Uren
           Director International Education
           Victoria TAFE Association

BREAK

2pm        TEQSA UPDATE
(AEST)     Alistair Maclean will provide an update on the key priorities for TEQSA in the changing
           environment for international education, as well as discussing the challenges Australia’s
           higher education sector experienced due to COVID-19. The session will also include an
           update on TEQSA’s work to combat academic integrity and contract cheating.

           Emma Steinke (Chair)
           Manager, Global Operations, Global Portfolio
           RMIT University

           Alistair Maclean
           Chief Executive Officer
           TEQSA

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2:30pm   THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
(AEST)   Australia’s international education sector has been significantly affected by COVID-19.
         Border closures and disruption to our partner country economies has hindered student
         mobility flows globally. Australia’s international education sector can however move
         forward from the COVID-19 pandemic to become even more competitive, resilient and
         sustainable.

         Australia is well placed to adjust to emerging trends, capitalise on new opportunities,
         and continues to deliver high quality education services. Simon Moore, Assistant
         Secretary for International Policy at the Department of Education, Skills and
         Employment, will discuss the role that government can play in supporting transnational
         education. The session will discuss increasing diversification, ensuring international
         recognition for Australian qualifications and promoting the value proposition of
         Australian transnational education experiences for international cohorts.

         Emma Steinke (Chair)
         Manager, Global Operations, Global Portfolio
         RMIT University

         Simon Moore
         Assistant Secretary, Partnerships
         Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and
         Employment

BREAK

3:05pm   ONLINE LEARNING CENTRES: THE NEW TNE FRONTIER?
(AEST)   Online Learning Centres (OLCs) and Study Hubs have expanded during the pandemic,
         driven by border closures and supported by improvements in and acceptance of
         remote and digital delivery. With the reimaging of the international study experience and
         contribution of on shore and in country engagement OLCs will remain a key part of the
         value proposition even as borders reopen.

         This session will hear about Australian and UK experience and differing models and
         views of the longer-term impact

         Caryn Nery (Chair)
         Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
         Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

         Callum Cowell (SFHEA, FAIM)
         Director, Centre for English Language Teaching
         The University of Western Australia

         Innes Ireland
         Deputy Director, Global Engagement
         University of Technology Sydney

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Michael Wells
         Director, Australia and UK
         Wells Advisory

         Mike Winter OBE
         Director, Global Engagement
         University of London

BREAK

4:10pm   POST- BREXIT, POST-TRUMP, POST-COVID: THE NEXT 10 YEARS FOR GLOBAL
(AEST)   EDUCATION AND TNE
         The global geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting, and COVID has turned the world
         upside down and inside out. As we turn our minds to recovery post crisis, where do
         we see global education and TNE going?

         This closing session’s panel of global education experts will offer their insights into the
         future of TNE from their own regional perspectives.

         Rebecca Hall (Chair)
         Commissioner to Southeast Asia
         Victorian Government

         Eduardo Ramos
         Head of Transnational Education
         Universities UK International

         Jeffrey Smart
         Director and Co-Founder
         The Lygon Group

         Josh Taylor
         Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Programs and Mobility Services
         New York University

         Professor Andrew Walker
         President and Pro Vice-Chancellor
         Monash University Malaysia

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5:20pm   DAY 2 WRAP UP
(AEST)
         Peter Harris
         Chief Officer Partnerships and Growth
         UTS College

         Caryn Nery
         Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network;
         Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

         Emma Steinke
         Manager, Global Operations, Global Portfolio
         RMIT University

FORUM CLOSE

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PRESENTER BIOS

Jen Bahen
Education and Research Counsellor
Australian Embassy, Vietnam

Jen Bahen is the Counsellor (Education and Research) to the Australian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam,
with the responsibility of Vietnam and Thailand. Prior to commencing this role, Jen was the Director
for International Education at TAFE Directors Australia and brings with her a detailed knowledge of
Australia’s tertiary education system, particularly vocational education and training. In this role, Jen
was responsible for supporting Australian TAFEs to further their international engagement and as
such, facilitated several agreements and programs that supported TAFEs expansion globally. Jen
also led Australia’s engagement with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, providing
invaluable experience in global skilling systems.

Jen has previously worked in several positions within the Australian Government, leading policy and
program initiatives spanning schools, vocational education and youth engagement. Jen was posted
with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to the Australian Embassies in Beijing and
Bangkok, managing the broad bilateral relationship between China and Australia and Thailand and
Australia. Jen has also worked in the education sector privately supporting both school and university
engagement in China. Jen has lived in Beijing, Shanghai and Bangkok, and is passionate about
enabling global engagement and exchange in education.

Melissa Banks
Head of International Education Centre of Excellence
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Melissa Banks joins Austrade as Head of International Education from November 2, 2020. An
experienced leader, Melissa brings a rich background in international education spanning 30 years
and multiple education sectors. Melissa has held several senior executive positions, most recently
Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University. Throughout her career she has
contributed to international research forums to advance the international education sector in Australia,
including as the most recent antecedent President of the International Education Association of
Australia. Melissa is a recipient of the prestigious Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of
International Education (IEAA) and was recently identified as a key influencer of change and innovation
in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Rodney Commerford
Trade and Investment Commissioner, Indonesia
Austrade

Rod’s experience includes the facilitation inward investment into Australia, growing Australia's exports
and supporting expansion of Australia's education sectors. Prior to commencing his role in Jakarta,
Rod lead Austrade's teams in South Korea and Mongolia. Rod also spent time as Trade
Commissioner in Mongolia. and established the foundation to establish a permanent Austrade office
in Ulaanbaatar.

Since his commencement with Austrade in January 2008, Rod has been Team Leader, Transport
and Multilateral projects, assisting Australian Infrastructure companies’ grow in international markets
and has also worked across multiple sectors, including agribusiness, resources, food and beverage.

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Rod also worked in Austrade’s inward investment division, helping attract productive foreign direct
investment into Australia’s infrastructure, energy and agricultural sectors.

Prior to joining Austrade Rod has over 12 year’s international trade experience, including roles at
Alcoa and Holden, expanding their export business units. Rod has considerable experience in trade
with Asia and the Middle East.

Callum Cowell (SFHEA, FAIM)
Director, Centre for English Language Teaching
The University of Western Australia

Callum has worked for 25+ years in international higher education and training both in Australia and
abroad. At UWA, in addition to his UWA CELT responsibilities, Callum was recently seconded to an
interim role as Director with the task of transitioning the former Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor
International to that of Global Engagement Office. In the role of Director Global Engagement, a key
project was leading UWA’s innovative China Learning Centres, a widely recognised successful
COVID-19 mitigation response. Callum is continuing to lead the project along with his return to UWA
CELT.

Prior to joining UWA, he was Director of International Student Recruitment for Western Australian
Government Schools and TAFE Institutes (Education and Training International).

Before joining the WA Government in 2011, Callum spent eight years at Edith Cowan University (ECU).
While at ECU he held positions of Regional Marketing Manager for two years and then Head of
International Marketing for six years.

Callum worked as an English Lecturer in the Humanities Faculty of Sapporo Gakuin University 札幌
学院大学 (Japan) from 1995-1999 along with other sessional teaching roles at Senshu University 専
修大学 and Sapporo Kokusai University 札幌国際大学.

Callum holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Deakin University (formerly Victoria College –
Rusden) and undertook his postgraduate studies in Business and Tourism at Monash University.

Prior to working in International Education, Callum’s early career was as a Dancer and Choreographer.

Ankur Dhawan
President, Study Abroad
upGrad

As President, Study abroad, Ankur is incubating a new and differentiated study abroad business
which will be value accretive for whole industry. In short time of execution, this business has already
seen partnership with top Universities such as James Cook University, Deakin University, Northern
Arizona University and International University of Applied Sciences.

Prior to upGrad.com, Ankur worked with Buddy4Study.com, India’s largest scholarship portal as
Chief Operating Officer and supported more than 50,000 students with scholarships to complete their
higher education.

Ankur has close to 15 years of experience with deep insights and knowledge of business strategy,
business development, scaling up operations, strategic initiatives and sales. Before his previous role

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at Buddy4Study.com, he has been part of dynamic companies like PropTiger.com, Pine Labs Pvt.
Ltd., The Boston Consulting Group, and Mentor Graphics.

Ankur has a B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT (BHU) and PGP from IIM (Bangalore). He was gold
medallist at IIT (BHU) and part of prestigious Director’s Medal List at IIM (Bangalore). He has been
awarded as one amongst the “Most Influential 25 E-commerce Professionals of India” by CMO Asia
in 2016. His views on business strategy and execution in different domains has widely been featured
in on several industry and media platforms. When not engaged with work, Ankur loves to read and
travel with family.

Dr Paul Farrelly
Policy Officer, International Division, North Asia
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Dr Paul Farrelly works on the North Asia Desk in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
He has two decades working between public policy in Australia and academic research in China and
Taiwan. Prior to joining the department, he worked at the Australian National University and was a
visiting fellow at Peking University and Academia Sinica. As an academic he has experience in
delivering transnational education offshore, teaching international students in Australia and working
on transnational research projects. He was an international student for three years in Taiwan.

Brett Galt-Smith
Counsellor, Education and Research
Australian High Commission New Delhi, India

Brett Galt-Smith is with the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
(DESE). He took up the role of Counsellor, Education and Research, for South Asia in December
2019, based at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

Prior to his appointment as Counsellor, Brett was Director of Policy and Legislation in International
Group at the Department of Education in Canberra. He managed the implementation of the National
Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018, the English
Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Standards 2018, the Education
Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2019 and drafting changes to the ESOS Act
2000. Brett was instrumental in policy development and new approaches to the management of
education agents, including the recent agent transparency approach.

Brett has worked in a diverse range of areas including international education policy and regulation,
the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, international and Commonwealth/state relations, the
repatriation of Indigenous Australian human remains from overseas collecting institutions and was the
Research Director of the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs from 1998-2003.

Tim Gilbert
Vice President International Development
Melbourne Polytechnic

Tim leads Melbourne Polytechnic's international student marketing and recruitment activities, as well
as the development and management of international partnerships and mobility programs. Melbourne
Polytechnic's international activities cover English, Vocational Education, and Higher Education, and
the 1800+ international students that call Melbourne Polytechnic home are recruited from more than

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90 countries. Tim has worked at Melbourne Polytechnic for more than 8 years and his work has been
integral to the expansion of its' international activities and growing international engagement.

Anuradha Gupta
Head, Partner Engagement
Macquarie University

Anuradha is a specialist in international education with over 13 years’ experience. She is currently
responsible for developing and managing Macquarie’s institutional and corporate relationships in
India. Anuradha is a public policy enthusiast and over the last decade she has advised several
international universities navigate the higher education regulatory framework in India. She firmly
believes that now more than ever is a time where sustainable TNE partnerships must be at the core
of all universities aspiring to remain globally relevant in the future.

Rebecca Hall
Commissioner to Southeast Asia
Victorian Government

Rebecca Hall is Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia, bringing more than 20 years of experience
in global engagement, industry policy and strategy to the role.

Most recently Rebecca formed part of the Austrade senior leadership team as Head of the
International Education Centre of Excellence, working across Austrade’s global network to promote
and support Australia’s international education sector. She has previously worked in the Victorian and
Queensland state governments and held senior roles in the not-for-profit and education sectors as
well as industry bodies such as the International Education Association of Australia, Australian Institute
of International Affairs and AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

Emily Hardidge
Program Leader, Short Course Operations
Centre for Adult Education, Box Hill Institute

Emily Hardidge coordinates a range of face to face and online learning programs. With over 15 years
in the tertiary education sector, Emily has experience in managing general and customised programs
for higher education, corporate and public groups. These programs include short courses for adult
learners, English language skills programs, online seminars, corporate teambuilding events and
international study tours.

Peter Harris
Deputy Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
Chief Officer, Partnerships and Growth, UTS College

Peter brings a range of experience and perspective from over 20 years in executive and board roles
including professional services, government, start-ups and listed companies. Peter was most recently
Chief Business Development Officer for UTS Insearch where he had oversight for their strategy for
cross-border programs including partnerships in Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Nepal, and
Myanmar as well as the assessment and development of new partnerships.

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The Honourable Phil Honeywood
Chief Executive Officer
International Education Association of Australia (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.

Innes Ireland
Deputy Director, Global Engagement
University of Technology Sydney

Innes Ireland is Deputy Director of Global Engagement at the University of Technology Sydney. Innes
holds responsibility for a wide range of UTS's international engagement, including Key Technology
Partnerships, which are UTS's strategic research-focused international partnerships; short-term and
semester-based student mobility, both inbound and outbound; international student services;
offshore business development, including UTS’s Offshore Learning Centres in China, Vietnam and
Indonesia; and BUILD, which is UTS's flagship international leadership program. He is also General
Manager, UTS Global Pty Ltd., which operates two subsidiaries in China, UTS Beijing and UTS
Shenzhen, providing education consultancy, profile-building, business development and research
engagement for UTS.

Innes’s career includes positions in student mobility management at Macquarie University, arts
program management with the British Council, and the Charity Commission in the UK. He holds a
Master of Arts with honours in politics and philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.

Lakshmi Iyer
Executive Director, Education
Sannam S4

Lakshmi Iyer has been working in the education industry for over 19 years and brings senior
managerial experience to the table on global operations and TNE. Prior to working with Sannam S4,
Lakshmi worked at Study Overseas Global where she ran operations for the recruitment agency for
9 years across North and West India.

A DFID Scholar with a master’s in international marketing from the UK, Lakshmi began her career in
International Education working in the Student Support Office at the University of Strathclyde in
Glasgow.

Lakshmi is an avid observer and commentator of the higher education space and runs one of the
most respected personal LinkedIn and Twitter channels for news aggregation on higher education.

Bev Jeffreys
Manager, Offshore Partnerships
Kangan Institute Bendigo

Over the past 20 years Beverley has held various senior management roles in international education
working with Government bodies, vocational institutes and industries in many countries including
China, Vietnam, Malaysia, PNG as well as several African countries.

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Beverley has a strong interest in developing the professional practice of VET teachers to ensure
course designs and delivery methodologies are industry relevant to enhance the learning experience
and outcomes for students. She is also a member of the International Skills Training Course Advisory
Group which oversee delivery of TVET Trainer and Assessor courses.

Atty. Lily Macabangun-Milla
Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Director
Commission on Higher Education, Republic of the Philippines

Atty. Lily Macabangun-Milla is the Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Director of the Commission
on Higher Education until July 2021. She is the Director III of the International Affairs Staff (IAS) Division
of the Commission.

As OIC and Deputy Executive Director of CHED, Atty. Milla oversees the overall implementation and
operations of the CHED central and regional offices, ensures the successful implementation of the
higher education reform agenda, and provides secretariat support to the office of the CHED
Chairman.

As Director III of IAS Division, she spearheads the higher education initiatives on internationalisation
and programs and projects related to bilateral and multi-lateral agreements on higher education with
international HEIs, organisations and entities, international projects, collaborations and scholarships,
transnational education, and national information centre for the UNESCO convention on the
recognition of qualifications in the Asia Pacific region, ASEAN integration initiatives, and other
international and regional associations and partnerships.

Atty. Milla is the Secretary-General of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Philippine
National Secretariat and has represented the Philippines as focal in ASEAN, UNESCO, APEC,
international trade and other various international organisations.

Prior to her current post as Director III of the CHED IAS Division, she served as the University Legal
Counsel for the University of the Philippines System from 1999 to 2001 and subsequently became
Chief of the CHED Legal Service, and the Director of the CHED Office for State Universities and
Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs)’s Concerns. She has a total of 16 years
of government service in the Philippine higher education sector to her name.

Atty. Milla is a product of the UP College of Law and a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, major in Economics and Political Science,
also at the University of the Philippines. She is globally trained, completing programs in international
trade in services, GATS WTO, intellectual property, internationalisation of higher education, and adult
education.

She has been recognised by the UP College of Lay for her exemplary contributions to public service.

Alistair Maclean
Chief Executive Officer
TEQSA

Alistair Maclean commenced as TEQSA’s CEO on 1 September 2020.

Prior to his appointment at TEQSA, Alistair was the inaugural CEO of Victoria’s Independent Broad-
based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) from 2013-20, where he was responsible for the

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management of IBAC’s activities and functions. From 2008-13, Alistair was General Manager
(External Affairs) with PanAust Ltd, an ASX-listed gold and copper producer.

Alistair was previously an Australian diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Laos from 2004-07, with
prior postings to Washington DC and Bangkok. In between, he fulfilled various roles in Canberra,
including as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister.

Haike Manning
Founder and Managing Director
LightPath Consulting Group

Haike Manning is the former New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam (2012-2016). He has more than
20 years of extensive international experience, including 12 years living and working in Asia. He has
a rich blend of commercial and senior government experience, including trade negotiation, advocacy,
outreach and business establishment.

Haike founded LightPath Consulting Group in Ho Chi Minh City in 2017. LightPath is a B2B business
providing advisory, market entry, and execution support services to the international education sector
in Vietnam. LightPath’s clients include schools, universities, private education providers, EdTech
companies and governments from around the world, including Australia.

LightPath’s focus is on TNE (Transnational Education) solutions for international providers in Vietnam,
including LightPath Study Hub HCMC, which offers offline support to Vietnamese students
commencing their international studies online.

As Ambassador, Haike was honoured by the Vietnamese government in late 2016, and was awarded
Official Medals for the Cause of Education and for the Cause of Agriculture.

Haike lives in HCMC with his wife, Irene, who is a leading voice on women leadership in Vietnam and
the author of an award-winning book on Vietnamese women leaders (Ba Chieu’s 21st Century
Daughters) and their eight-year-old son, Lucian, who is a fluent Vietnamese speaker.

Simon Moore
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.

Caryn Nery
Convener, IEAA Transnational Education Network
Director, Transnational Education Partnerships, Victoria University

Caryn has worked in international education for over 25 years in a variety of roles including teaching,
teacher training, academic coordination and TNE partnership management. Caryn has been involved

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in the leadership of the TNE Network for over 10 years and is a highly regarded TNE expert. She
joined Victoria University as Director, Transnational Education Partnerships in June 2019, and
oversees partnerships in Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, and India. Prior to this, Caryn worked as
Associate Director, Partnerships and Development at Monash College and spent 9 years at RMIT,
managing TNE partnerships in the Asian region.

Kanishka Padidilian
Director of Education, Sri Lanka
Austrade

Kanishka joined Austrade in 2016 and is responsible for driving and strengthening Australia’s
education sector linkages and partnerships across South Asia.

He is an experienced professional, with over 5 years of experience at Austrade in the field of education
sector. Prior to Austrade, Kanishka has worked as International Education Manager (Business
development, marketing, strategy) for several higher education institutions in Sri Lanka.

He holds a Postgraduate degree in master’s in business administration from Cardiff Metropolitan
University, United Kingdom. Certificate in Psychology in Learning by Monash University, Certificate in
Sustainability and Development by Deakin University, Certificate in Social Change and Marketing by
Griffith University.

He is engaged in domestic cricket leagues whilst playing for Division 3 Cricketing tournament for past
8 years. He loves travelling and experiencing different cultures and values, to date he has travelled
over 15 countries.

Ravneet Pawha
Deputy Vice President (Global) and CEO (South Asia), Deakin University Australia;
President, Australia India Business Council (Victoria)

Ravneet Pawha is currently the Deputy Vice President (Global) and CEO (South Asia) at Deakin
University Australia and President of the Australia India Business Council (Victoria).

Ravneet has been awarded the prestigious Business Leader of the Year at the India Australia Business
and Community awards 2018 and Exceptional Woman of Excellence in Women Economic Forum
2019. She has been awarded with various Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and outstanding
contribution to building economic, social and human capital.

In 2021, Ravneet has been nominated in the top 10 Women of Indian Origin making difference in
Australia and by AsiaOne as Women Empowerment Entrepreneur Award 2020-21.

With over 28 years of experience in the International education, research, and training sector, Ravneet
has been instrumental in setting up global collaborations and strategic partnerships. She set up the
Deakin University operation in India in 1994, the first ever international ‘University office’ in India of any
foreign education provider and since has developed over 20 strong holistic partnerships across
government, academia, industry for education and research for Deakin University in India / South
Asia. She has also contributed to the immense success globally. Ravneet also holds an honorary
position for Australia India Business Council (AIBC) as the President for the Victoria chapter, through
which she significantly contributes to the government and corporate diaspora in both countries.

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Dr David Pilsbury
Deputy Vice Chancellor International
Coventry University

David Pilsbury has been DVC International at Coventry University since 2008, responsible for joint
ventures, recruitment, collaborative delivery, curriculum internationalisation, mobility and
enhancement. His ambitious agenda has seen a more than 6-fold increase in recruitment; established
the UK’s largest overseas collaborative delivery program and the world's largest international
enhancement program - ranked No.1 for overseas mobility for 5 years.

He has won many awards including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and holds numerous Board level
positions including with JISC, China-Britain Business Council, EAU, IDP Connect, StudyPortals,
EURIE, NARIC and the Hainan Government. He Chairs the UUKI PVC Group on Global Engagement
and is a HKVTC Honorary Fellow.

David was founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, Head of Research Policy for HEFCE
and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge` University Hospital. He spent several years in strategic
consultancy and investment banking after a D. Phil and postdoctoral research at Oxford University.

Eduardo Ramos
Head of Transnational Education
Universities UK International

Eduardo manages the Transnational Education programme of work at Universities UK (UUK), leading
on the development and implementation of strategies that contribute to positioning the UK as a
leading transnational education provider and global partner of choice. The programme creates new
initiatives in focus regions, supports the development of effective TNE partnerships, and delivers good
practice support for strategic leaders and practitioners in UK universities.

Eduardo worked on education internationalisation for Spanish agency ICEX-Invest in Spain, Audencia
Business School in France and St George’s, University of London. He holds degrees from the
Autonomous University of Madrid and the UCL Institute of Education.

Jeffrey Smart
Director and Co-Founder
The Lygon Group

Jeffrey is Director and co-Founder of The Lygon Group – a bunch of international education nerds
who exist to sustain and support the sector in Australia. He is an expert in all aspects of international
education and the international student experience. He has held senior roles in international education
at Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University and The University of Melbourne and has
served on the boards of Online Education Services Pty Ltd and ETS TOEFL in the USA, the
Universities Australia DVC-I executive, and represented the Victorian DVC's-I on the Ministerial
Advisory Council for International Education.

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Emma Steinke
Manager, Global Operations, Global Portfolio
RMIT University

Emma has a wealth of experience in higher education and transnational education development at
both metropolitan and regional Australian universities and a background in business management.
She is currently Manager, Global Operations at RMIT University overseeing partnership operations in
China, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and Sri Lanka and is engaged with the University campuses in
Vietnam and Europe. She has worked in higher education for the past 18 years and has broad
experience across both domestic and TNE partnership development, regulation, quality assurance
and policy.

Josh Taylor
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Programs and Mobility Services
New York University

Josh Taylor is Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Programs and Mobility Services, at New York
University. In this capacity, he oversees the University's inbound and outbound immigration functions,
and helps to manage NYU’s global sites, with a focus on emergency response and crisis
management.

Formerly, Taylor was Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Community Relations at NYU
Abu Dhabi, overseeing the school’s communications, marketing, and special events functions, and
helping to lead NYUAD's community engagement efforts.

Taylor has served in several other capacities at NYU, including deputy director of Public Affairs and
director of Web Communications. He also held the position of Vice President of Communications at
Teach For America and worked in new media for companies including CBS Interactive and Microsoft.

Judith Uren
Director International Education
Victoria TAFE Association

Judith has worked in International Education and the vocational sector more broadly for over 30 years
with experience working overseas on large vocational education projects in Africa, South Asia, South
East Asia and North Asia including China. Her work has covered, capacity building through aid and
development projects, transnational delivery of Australian qualifications and skills assessments of
workers for both temporary and permanent migration.

Judith recently joined the VTA after working for the Victoria Government where she managed a range
of international portfolio areas including, business development including the TAFE Victoria Offshore
Consortium project, Study Melbourne destination marketing and student initiatives focusing on
enhancing the international student experience.

Professor Andrew Walker
President and Pro Vice-Chancellor
Monash University Malaysia

Professor Andrew Walker is President and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Monash University Malaysia and an
anthropologist specialising in the society of culture of Southeast Asia. Since arriving at Monash

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University Malaysia in late 2016, Professor Walker has been working to position the university as a
hub for research and educational excellence in Southeast Asia.

Professor Walker has a strong interest in educational innovation. For more than a decade he has been
exploring how new technology and new forms of media can transform the ways academics share
knowledge and promote learning. He is also committed to the importance of learning outside the
classroom and is an active promoter of all forms of student mobility.

His research has focused on economic development and rural transformation in Thailand. He is
currently writing a book about a rebellion that took place in northern Thailand in the early 1900s.

Before joining Monash University Malaysia Professor Walker worked at the Australian National
University (ANU) in Canberra where he was a member of the Executive Committee of the College of
Asia and the Pacific at the ANU from 2009-2014.

Michael Wells
Director, Australia and UK
Wells Advisory

Michael Wells, Founding Director of Wells Advisory, is one of the leading advisors on higher education
in Australia. Michael advises public and private clients on mission-critical issues including institutional
strategy, license to operate, and partnerships. He has a strong reputation and network within the
higher education sector in Australia and internationally. Over the last 25 years, Michael has worked at
the cutting edge of higher education, with senior roles spanning government, university and private
sector. He was appointed a Commissioner to help design and set up Australia’s national regulator
TEQSA, he was a member of the senior executive at the University of Melbourne leading planning,
QA, finance and risk, and prior to that spent a decade in the private sector advising (including
universities) on brand strategy, valuation and defense. Michael holds degrees in law, economics and
marketing, and is admitted to legal practice.

Mike Winter OBE
Director, Global Engagement
University of London

Mike has 40 years' experience in international education, including with the British Council from 1981
to 2008 in the UK, Turkey, Brazil, France and Japan, where as Director Education he was awarded
an OBE for services to international education collaboration. In 2009, he became Director International
of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) with responsibility for the IOE’s global partnerships, student
and staff mobility, and the development of its international research and knowledge transfer portfolio.
He has been the University of London (UoL)'s Director of Global Engagement since 2016, leading on
the development of UoL’s transnational provision across 190 countries.

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