Judges

Ailsa Lamont
Director and Founder
Pomegranate Global, Australia

Ailsa heads up Pomegranate Global, a specialist international education consultancy with expertise in global strategy, operations and climate action. Pomegranate Global focuses on how the climate crisis can be transformed into an opportunity to improve the business of international education: reshaping global mobility and international recruitment operations to factor in environmental costs and to engage international students through climate action. She is also the co-founder and president of CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a non-profit working to strengthen the international education sector’s response to the climate challenge. Ailsa is a NAFSA Senior Fellow 2020-2021.

Alexander Gizi
Founder and Managing Partner
International Education Club, Russia

Alexander is passionate about challenging himself and his team in solving non-trivial problems in education. For the recent 10 years he has been leading the International Education Club from a consultancy agency for parents to the consultancy company performing challenging tasks of schools improvement. After gaining his master’s degree in Leadership in Education here in Russia, he continues his studies in Harvard University.

Andrew Disbury
Vice President
MSM, UK

Andrew Disbury’s career combines an academic background in international business with education leadership and management in China, Scotland and England and extensive working experience in the Indian and US education markets. Andrew has worked at four British universities, most recently as a Pro Vice Chancellor, and was the British Council’s Education Director in China. Andrew is now an education consultant and is Vice President UK for M Square Media. Andrew also serves as Chair of the Awards & Talent Committee of the European Association for International Education. A keen linguist, Andrew studied abroad in France and China as a student.

Andrew Elias
Head
International Schools Network, UK

Andrew Elias is the Head of International at The Education Company, the market leaders in providing data, marketing services and research to suppliers looking to connect with UK and international schools. He is also the founder of the International Schools Network - an innovative, collaborative international schools community that launches in March 2021 and welcomes international educators from around the world to contribute their expertise and engage with other educators. ISN is all about partnership and celebrating the amazing world of international education.

Arturo Varona
Director of International Relations
Comillas Pontifical University, Spain

Arturo Varona has 20 years of experience in international education. He spent 18 years in China, of which 12 were focused on managing international programs for providers like ACT Education Solutions and Kaplan International Pathways. He has also led EU international education projects like the EIT Digital Master School. Arturo holds a Bachelor´s degree in Computer Engineering and Master´s degrees in Information Technology and Education (e-learning), as well as an Executive MBA from IE Business School. He is currently based in Madrid, Spain, where he is the Director of International Relations at the Comillas Pontifical University.

Başak Akdemir
Chief Executive
BAU Global & MLA College, UK

Dr Başak Akdemir is the Chief Executive of BAU Global and Chief Executive of MLA College. She has worked within the maritime industry and academia, served as the managing partner of a ship owning company. Dr Akdemir was awarded a PhD from De Montfort University with the thesis "Improving Supply Forecasting within the Shipping Industry"; the forecasting model developed in this programme of study made use of neural networks and employed novel methods to identify sudden changes in the market. It provided a mechanism of corrective action for when the fluctuations in the market were considered excessive.

Brad Dorahy
Founder and Executive Director
CISaustralia, Australia

Brad is passionate about international education and travel. After graduating from the University of Newcastle, where he was also awarded a cultural scholarship and coordinated the second ‘Cultural Awakenings Festival’, Brad travelled the world and has since visited 60+ countries. Brad has been involved in international education for 25 years, working at a number of Australian Universities (The University of Newcastle, Bond University and Navitas at Griffith University), and for international companies in Korea, China and the US. Brad studied abroad at the University of Canterbury - NZ and Harvard University - USA, has volunteered in the Philippines and has been an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland for 8+ years. He loves the outdoors and hiking, has completed the Australian Ironman, hiked Kokoda and to Base Camp Mt. Everest. Brad is on the reference group for the EPITOME Research Project (Enhancing Programmes Integrating Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences) and has presented at international conferences such as NAFSA, ISANA, the Mobility Forum, AIEC and CCIS.

Brett Berquist
Director International
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Brett Berquist is Director International at The University of Auckland, where he leads international strategy and operations. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector, in Europe, the US, and Asia, as academic staff and administrator leading international recruitment strategy, transnational education, ESL provision, campus-wide internationalisation strategy, and credit mobility. His most recent publication is Crawford, P. & Berquist, B. (Eds.) (2020). Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and practices on service, engagement, and learning overseas. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Bruce Loc Do
Vice President
Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics & Finance (UEF), Vietnam

Dr. Bruce Loc Do is the Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics & Finance (UEF), where he is responsible for all internationalization strategies within UEF’s faculties, institutes and departments. He took charge as University VP at the age of 34 and is regarded as one of the youngest top executives in Vietnam higher education. He is also the Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association and serves as a member of the International Advisory Board at Wonkwang Health Sciences University in Korea. Prior, Dr. Bruce Loc Do held the position of Dean of English and Executive Education at Vietnam National University International Education Institute.

Bukky Awofisayo
Regional Manager
UKEAS, Nigeria

With 18 years working in student recruitment in Nigeria and beyond, Bukky has tremendous experience and excels on all matters of local strategy. She has worked across different levels of the recruitment space from student counselling to senior management positions. Bukky is enthused about building teams, improving business processes to achieve strategic goals, and engaging with new projects and markets. She kickstarted the first UKEAS office in Lagos, Nigeria as a template for many more in the region. Bukky is leading UKEAS expansion strategy for Africa. With her experience and knowledge of working with diverse UK Universities and other English speaking destination schools, she understands partner institutions diversity needs and supports them with relevant market intelligence and student recruitment solutions.

Colin Bell
CEO
COBIS, UK

Colin has been COBIS CEO since 2010. Alongside a talented Executive Team and Board, he works with and supports students, teachers, leaders, support staff and governors from high quality British international schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. Prior to COBIS, Colin taught in the UK, Far East and Europe and has led educational projects in the UK and internationally, working with the DfE, Government Office for London, British Council and other global partners. Much of this has focused on school improvement, safeguarding, student and teacher well-being and professional development across the school workforce. Safeguarding is of paramount importance to COBIS. Connected to this, Colin is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection. In addition, Colin is a Director of IStip, a Governor and Trustee of the British School in Tokyo and an appointed member of the Ministerially chaired, Education Advisory Group, for the UK Department for International Trade.

Craig Fernandes
CEO & Co-Founder
Lock&Stock, UAE

Craig Fernandes founded Lock&Stock at the age of 21 in 2017 as a mobile app that helps students stay off their mobile phones. Today we connect over 50,000 students with nearly 1000 universities and over 1200 consumer brands from around the world, establishing ourselves as the largest education marketplace and student discount platform in the GCC. In 2019 he was named as a Future Star at the Arabian Business Awards, and in 2020 he was named among the region's most successful entrepreneurs in the book GCC's Top 20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets Of Success.

Daniel Obst
President and CEO
AFS Intercultural Programs, USA

Daniel is President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, a global not-for-profit Network that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Each year around 12,000 young people take part in the AFS Programs that are supported by over 50,000 volunteers and staff in 60 countries worldwide. Before joining AFS in 2016, Daniel served as Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where he provided strategic leadership for many groundbreaking IIE initiatives, including Generation Study Abroad. Prior to joining IIE, Daniel was Producer and Director of Product Development at the tech start-up iAgora.com, an online community for young internationals who live, work and study abroad. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Board of Directors of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, and the Advisory Council of Diversity Abroad. Daniel his B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University (USA) and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics (UK).

Daryl Fong
Chief Operating Officer
AECC Global, Singapore

Daryl Fong is currently, the Chief Operating Officer of AECC Global which he joined the company in late 2017. Prior to that, he was one of IDP’s most experienced staff members. Daryl joined IDP as the Assistant Representative in 1987, one year after the Australian Government introduced full fees for international students. He became the Manager of the Australian Education Centre in 1990. In 1995 he became the Country Director of IDP Singapore. In 1997, he took on the role of General Manager, Networks, IDP Network Director, Learning and Development Centre and assisted in the setting up offices in UK, Korea and Middle East and India. In1998 -1999, he set up new IDP offices and staff hire and training in Beijing and Shanghai. In 1992 and 1993, he also deputised as Country Directors in Thailand and Hong Kong IDP Operation. Throughout his career, he has built an extensive network contacts with both local and overseas institutions, placing IDP on the spotlight as one of the major players in the education and student placement industry in Singapore. He likes to bring that to AECC Global as he has worked and championed many institutions on numerous projects close to 30 years.

Eero Loonurm
Head of International Marketing
Estonian Education and Youth Board/Study in Estonia, Estonia

Eero Loonurm has been active in higher education internationalisation for nearly 15 years. His responsibilities in the Estonian Education and Youth Board include the development and execution of the national higher education marketing strategy for "Study in Estonia" and representing Estonia in communications-related working groups on the state level and European level. He is the marketing and communications expert in promoting Europe as a study destination for the European Commission project “Study in Europe”.

Hiroshi Ota
Professor, Center for General Education
Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Dr. Hiroshi Ota is Professor at the Center for General Education at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, where he serves as Director of the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program. His research primarily focuses on higher education policies and practices related to internationalization and international student mobility from a comparative perspective. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Office of International Education at State University of New York at Buffalo, and Toyo University. From State University of New York at Buffalo, Ota received his Ed.M. and Ph.D. in Comparative and Global Studies in Education. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Isaac Garcia-Sitton
Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion
Ryerson University, Canada

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is a respected leader in the Higher Education sector with over 18 years of experience in international relations and business development. An accomplished former diplomat, he currently serves as the Inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Ryerson University in Toronto. Isaac’s efforts to positively impact immigrant communities has been recognized by being named one of the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” in 2018 and as a RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner in 2020. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at York University and his research interest is immigration policymaking as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Ontario.

Janaka Pushpanathan
Director, South India
British Council, India

Janaka Pushpanathan leads British Council’s work in South India and has over 20 years of experience in the Arts, Education & Enterprise sectors. She has also co-founded education, L&D and Ed tech start-ups and was part of British Council’s think tank on Intercultural Dialogue. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore & Project Zero at Harvard University, Janaka is among the top 100 most influential in building UK-India relations. She’s part of the India Inc. 2019 list, which is the first ever all women’s power list to celebrate the immense contribution of women, driving a glorious future relationship between UK and India.

Jessica Winters
Head of Marketing
Utrecht University, Netherlands

Jessica Winters is Head of Marketing at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. With close to 20 years of experience in international higher education, she is an expert in international student recruitment and was an early adopter in the use of tools as social media. Prior to Utrecht University, she was Head of Marketing at the University of Groningen and consulted highered institutions on social and online student recruitment. In recent years Jessica was a steering group member of the EAIE Expert Community Marketing and Recruitment, Chair of the Dutch Higher Education Network on International Marketing. She also is a regular speaker at conferences like EAIE and NAFSA.

Joanna Regulska
Vice Provost and Dean, Global Affairs
UC Davis, USA

Joanna Regulska is Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. For more than three decades Regulska has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved globally focused services and programs for students, faculty, and staff. In 2019, she was recognized with the inaugural Institute of International Education (IIE) Senior International Officer Award.

Juan Garoz
CEO & Founder
Parrot Virtual Events, Mexico

Juan is passionate about international education and travel, he has live in 4 countries. After a Business English Course in South Africa, he started working as an agent in his born country, Spain. A few years later he expanded his business as a partner in Mexico and Colombia. Juan has been involved in international education for 10 years, working as Global Sales & Marketing Director for Book & Learn (now merged with Edvisor) with a successfully opening market in Latam, Australia-NZ & Europe. He has giving consulting and tech services to Mundo Joven, the largest educational travel agencyt in Mexico and AMTE, the Mexican Association of Educational Tourism His DNA is innovation and for a year was the Event Director for the MIT Tech Review "Innovators Under 35 LATAM Award" & Harvard Business Review Summit in Mexico. He currently is the CEO & Founder of the EdTech startup, Parrot Virtual Events, which will be launching in the following months.

Kelly-anne Watson
Head of Programme Curation
The Class Foundation, The Netherlands

Kelly-anne Watson is the Head of Programme Curation at The Class Foundation. She is an ambitious Events and Business Management graduate with a passion for connecting people and communities. In 2016, Kelly-anne was elected to represent 27,000 students in Leeds as their Welfare & Community Officer. During this time she became a trustee at ANUK/National Code which covers 385,000 student bed spaces in the UK. Her growing interest in the student-housing sector led her to work with Unipol Student Homes where she gained experience designing and implementing a Res-life strategy, led on local and national projects, created sector leading training and events programmes, built political, intuitional and private networks and supported multi-million-pound PBSA builds.

Kevin Ruth
President
Moreland University, US

Prior to his current role, Kevin was Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Teach-Now Graduate School of Education and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS). In addition to 23 years in education, he has given 20 years of service as a director on non-profit boards, with four years as a school trustee. Kevin is a Fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts; advisory council member for Harvard Business Review; member of the Online Executive Panel (Education) for McKinsey & Company; member of the Feedback Forum (Marketing) for the Financial Times; a judge for the International School Awards; and past lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He holds bachelor’s degrees in French and German and a Master’s in Comparative Literature, all from the Pennsylvania State University; a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University; and two executive certificates from Stanford University in Advanced Project Management and Strategic Decision & Risk Management. A polyglot with seven languages, he holds citizenship in the US and UK.

Kevin Tan
Co-Founder & CMO
SUN Education Group, Indonesia

Kevin co-founded SUN back in October 2010. Ever since, he has held the responsibility as Chief Marketing Officer for the largest network of highly reputable International Education Consultancy firm in Indonesia, and managed partnerships with over 300 leading education providers globally. Kevin’s 20+ years of passion and knowledge of the International education industry has earned him a strong reputation and extensive network of contacts, both local and overseas, throughout private and government institutions. In May 2019, Kevin and partners launched the first “Overseas Study Mobile Apps and Course Finder in Indonesia” that aims to reinvent the agency’s service delivery and customer experience. Kevin enjoys travelling for business and pleasure. Born and raised from a small town in West Borneo Indonesia, he felt blessed to have had the life changing opportunity of studying, living and working in Sydney, Australia. He loves nature, scuba diving and has been to the base camp of Mt Everest. He is married with 2 daughters who are also currently International students at universities in Australia and Canada.

Kylie Colvin
Director of Strategy and Business Transformation
University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia

Currently responsible for designing and implementing strategic initiatives for the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Chair of Malaysian UK5 Universities Strategic Working Group. Formerly Director of Strategic Planning for the University of Sydney. Specialist in strategic analytics and aligning strategy with institutional values and identity.

Lucy Okumu
Director, International Office
KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Lucy Okumu specializes in the intersection of communications, policy and stakeholder engagement in the education sector. She has actively led transformation endeavors at national and international organizational systems. An intuitive and strategic thinker, she has tackled issues of significance from increasing multi-year government investments in education to shaping strategic platforms for a globally-respected research university. As Director of the International Office at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Ms. Okumu brings entrepreneurial ideas to a young university dedicated to training the best minds in STEM. She leads a global, multicultural team to deliver outcomes by harnessing their expertise in recruitment, strategic planning, communications and global higher education systems. Ms. Okumu’s passion for education and people is rooted in her early immigrant expereinces in the United States and her global outlook to serve society. She currently lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is an avid traveler with a passion for local culture.

Marina Khan
Director
Intellect Consulting Educational Agency, Kazakhstan

I studied philosophy at university and fully intended to become an academic in later life. However, upon graduating with a PhD I found myself in a fast-changing world caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union. This prompted me to create my own business as at that time I could not imagine my life without being involved in education. Intellect became one of the first educational agencies in Central Asia in 1996. With the aim to promote international education in our region I set up the first educational fair in 2003. Since then Intellect has won the best agency award in Eastern Europe in 2016 and I have had the privilege to become a regular speaker at BBSW, NABSW and ICEF.

Nicholas Cuthbert
Director
OK Student / Vermilion Group, UK

Nick Cuthbert is the Director of OK Student and a strong advocate of entrepreneurship, travel and education. OK Student is one of Europe’s leading educational consultancies focusing on studying in the UK and they are expanding their services globally as part of Vermilion Group. Nick has developed a unique company culture at OK student, mentoring a team of international student entrepreneurs who focus on solutions for peer recruitment, community and future proofing services. This approach has drawn industry praise for investing in graduate talent and has been dubbed the ultimate student takeover. Formerly of Nottingham Trent University, Nick has 15 years leadership experience in higher education marketing and international recruitment. Vermilion Group work in partnership with over 70 UK universities across four continents as trusted recruitment consultants.

Nicolas Chu
CEO & Founder
Sinorbis, Australia

As the CEO & Founder of Sinorbis, Nicolas is responsible for the strategy and development of the company. A global digital thought-leader, Nicolas has extensive experience in managing technology businesses, from start-ups to large corporates in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. He is an active mentor for a number of technology and digital initiatives and also serves as a Professor of Practice at the UNSW Business School in Sydney.

Novi Kurniawati
VP of Sales
goKampus, Indonesia

Novi, an Australia educated professional, is the VP of Sales in goKampus, a leading Indonesian edtech company that has been fundamental in providing access to higher education in one app. Novi has more than 10 years of leadership and management experience in the field students recruitment for both international and national higher education institutions. Her true passion and commitment in serving students, schools, and university partners have contributed positively to the global education market. She constantly strives to identify opportunities to simplify access to higher education using technology for every student.

Paddy Jansen
COO & CMO
Globeducate, Switzerland

Paddy Jansen serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Globeducate, a global network of 55 premium international and bilingual schools, as well as online education programs. Globeducate offers inspiring learning opportunities to almost 30,000 students between 2 and 18 years old in 9 countries. At Globeducate, we believe that our students will only succeed in the world of tomorrow, if they are prepared for the challenges that they will encounter. We prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world. Prior to joining Globeducate, Paddy co-founded Afaya Partners, a global education consultancy, and held various leadership roles at Laureate Education, a private university group with operations in more than 30 countries, and had postings in Italy, Switzerland and the USA. Paddy started his career with ING Group, and holds an MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland and a MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Originally from the Netherlands, Paddy has worked and studied in seven countries, speaks five languages, and currently lives with his wife and four children in the alpine ski resort of Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Paul Mullally
Director
Education Lighthouse, Ireland

Paul Mullally began his career as a chemist in science laboratories and moved to working in the Higher Education field in 2007. He has been directly involved with student recruitment from a range of different countries and regions, and he has worked for several institutions over the years including two in Ireland: Griffith College and Maynooth University. He was also a former Deputy Director of Griffith International at Griffith University in Australia. Over the last 5 years, Paul has been an international education consultant and has worked with universities in Ireland, UK, US, Australia, and NZ to help with their internationalisation strategies. Paul and his team have contributed to the development of international education over the years by writing internationalisation strategies and implementing them for institutions as well as contributing to national and international discussions and forums relating to international education. His company, Education Lighthouse, has recruited students from many different regions for all his clients. He has attended, exhibited, and presented at many international conferences around the world.

Perry Hobson
Global Engagement and Professor of Tourism
Sunway University, Malaysia

Professor Perry Hobson, PhD is a Professor at Sunway University in Malaysia. He has an academic background in hospitality and tourism, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vacation Marketing for over 22-years. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCi) in Austria, an Adjunct Professor at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Vietnam, and sits on the International Advisory Board of the University of Ostrava (OSU) in The Czech Republic. He has been responsible for initiating and managing various TNE relationships since 2000.

Professor Mathews Nkhoma
Dean of School of Business & Management
RMIT University, Vietnam

As Dean of School of Business & Management (SBM), Professor Nkhoma’s primary responsibilities are to ensure a consistently high-quality, transformative experience for all SBM students, staff members and industry partners, and to continue the School’s positive impact on Vietnam and the Southeast Asia region.

Rachel Sandison
Vice-Principal, External Relations
University of Glasgow, UK

Rachel Sandison is Vice Principal, External Relations at the University of Glasgow. As a member of the University’s senior management team, Rachel's responsibilities include strategic leadership for domestic and international student recruitment; marketing, brand and reputation; undergraduate and postgraduate admissions; international affairs and partnership development; fundraising & alumni relations; and widening participation. She is also the University’s Refugee & Asylum Seeker Champion. Rachel is a chartered marketer and a CASE Global Trustee. She is a member of the Universities Scotland International Committee and sits on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also the University of Glasgow’s senior leader for the Universitas 21 network and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities. Rachel has almost 20 years experience of working in higher education, and prior to her role at the University of Glasgow, was Director of External Relations at the University of Aberdeen.

Randall Martin
Executive Director
BCCIE, Canada

Dr. Randall Martin has experience spanning thirty years in post-secondary education, development education, project management and implementation, and international education, having worked on projects, in colleges and universities, in societies, and for the last decade leading the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), a Crown Corporation of the Province of British Columbia charged with an expansive mandate of advancing the provincial agenda on International Education. He is a recognized administrator and leader, has authored or co-authored numerous papers, is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and symposia, and regularly engages in an advisory or external review capacity for institutions and other jurisdictions. Winner of the AIEA Charles Klasek Award 2021.

Riddi Viswanathan
Founder & CEO
Generation Purple, India

Riddi Viswanathan is an entrepreneur supported by the University of Manchester building her startup, Generation Purple, which aims to enhance diversity in graduate recruitment through digital initiatives. She is an award-winning advocate for Inclusion with over 3 years of experience working with students from diverse underrepresented backgrounds helping them enhance their employment prospects. Riddi is a graduate in Business Studies and Economics from the University of Manchester. She is the former Overseas Representative of the National Union of Students (NUS), UK, where she has represented over 400,000 overseas students from 192 countries. She has also served the Manchester Students’ Union as the first Full-Time International Students’ Officer, Diversity Officer and a trustee. Riddi has advocated for students from marginalised backgrounds at the Westminster Parliament, the European Parliament at Brussels and is frequently invited by media such as the BBC, ITV, The Guardian, The New York Times and other leading Indian publications for expert opinions on diversity and youth issues. Riddi has been awarded the Pioneer International Alumni of the Year 2020 for her contributions to international students in the UK.

Sebastian Bariamentos
Director
Grasshopper, Colombia

Sebastian Barrientos, I am a lawyer from the University of Medellín, Master in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Marketing and Senior Management from Deakin University Australia. With a long history in strategic planning, business development and product management. For seventeen (20) years I have served as executive director in Grasshopper International, a leading company in international education consulting and academic counselling for international studies.

Shanton Chang
Associate Dean International - Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Shanton Chang is a faculty member at the School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne. He is also currently Associate Dean (International) at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. He has extensive experience in the international education sector having previously been an international student himself, and been involved in marketing, recruitment, and student services. His latest book, co-edited with Associate Professor Catherine Gomes is "Digital Experiences of International Students: Challenging Assumptions and Rethinking Engagements". He has been involved in ISANA International Education Association, IEAA and is a co-founder of VicWise (Victorian Working Group on International Student Employability) in Australia.

Stuart Perrin
Associate Principal & Professor
Xia’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University Entrepreneur College (Taicang), China

Professor Stuart Perrin is currently Associate Principal of the Xia’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University Entrepreneur College (Taicang), a new education venture built around technology-based education through concepts of AI and industry 4.0. Previous positions that he has held in the university include Dean for Internationalisation (2017-2019), Dean for Learning and Teaching (2013-2017), and Director of the Language Centre (2012-2016). In this role he was responsible for the introduction of modern foreign languages into the curriculum. He has previously worked in management positions in language centres at Queen Mary, University of London, and Brunel University, as well as within the private sector.

Suryani Halim
Networking & Partnership Head
Universitas Ciputra, Indonesia

Always look for the opportunity in development industry, Suryani had a strong leadership in academic experience learning and business consultancy. Now served as coordinator for Entrepreneurship in Indonesia Career Center Network and a member in International Office Indonesia University. The goals of both organizations are for society improvement. Born in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia 19th November 1967, Suryani married to Rony Tjandra Djaja and have 1 son, William Tjandra Djaja. They are her whole world to pursue happiness. With a background in banking since 1992 and IFC World Bank Group (2005-2007), she established career in Universitas Ciputra Surabaya, Indonesia since 2007. The first area to handle was Entrepreneurship center and Business Incubator (2007 to 2016). Then she was promoted to manage International Office and Career Center as Head of Networking & Partnership Department for Universitas Ciputra from 2016 to current. Suryani believed in creating opportunity for young generation to reach global education will in turn creates a better world.

Tajana Mohnacki
Vice-President
Erasmus Student Network AISBL, Belgium

Tajana is the Vice President of the Erasmus Student Network responsible for membership, governance, organisational management and development, human resources and capacity building, non-formal education, and competence development of volunteers. She comes from Osijek, Croatia where she had studied at the Academy of Arts and Culture at the University of Osijek from where she has obtained a Master Degree in Cultural Studies and Cultural Management. Tajana has also participated in two exchange programmes in Canada and Poland during her high school and higher education experience.

Thomson Ch'ng
International Specialist Advisor
Asean Focus Group, Malaysia

Thomson is awarded the Malaysian-Australian Distinguished Alumnus of the Year 2019 by the Australian High Commission in Malaysia. He is currently an independent consultant at ASEAN Focus Group specialising in the Malaysia -Australia education relationship. Prior to this, Thomson was a special advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education’s Education Malaysia Australia (EMA). He was instrumental in the instigation of the first official visit of the then Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh to Australia, which has resulted in the signing of the partnership between Malaysian Polytechnics and TAFE Sydney and the inauguration of the Malaysia-Australia Tertiary Education Conference.