Frances Adamson

Australian diplomat

Frances AdamsonAustralian diplomat Frances Adamson is currently the Ambassador to China. Previously, she worked in Hong Kong and as Representative of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taiwan, as well as in the United Kingdom as Deputy High Commissioner.

From January 2009 to December 2010, Ms Adamson was Chief of Staff to Stephen Smith, both as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence.

Undertaking her tertiary education in South Australia, Ms Adamson holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Adelaide and speaks Mandarin.

Session: UniSA and the world

Professor Fiona Arney

Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection

Fiona ArneyProfessor Fiona Arney is the Chair of Child Protection and Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) at UniSA. Her extensive research in the field of child protection has informed government policy in Australia.

Prof Arney completed her undergraduate studies in psychology and a PhD at the University of Adelaide. She is particularly interested in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and in working with families from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Session: Social entrepreneurship: making opportunities for citizenship?

Dr Lynn Arnold AO

Former Premier of SA

Lynn Arnold was the Labor Premier of South Australia from September 1992 to December 1993.

After leaving politics, he worked as Chief Executive of World Vision from 1997 to 2007, and as CEO of Anglicare SA from 2008 until 2012. He left Anglicare to explore ordination to the Anglican priesthood and is studying at St Barnabas’ Theological College.

Session: The porous institution: how do we engage with the community?

Darren Ball

Partner KPMG

Darren Ball is a Partner at KPMG in South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Vice President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in South Australia Inc, and a state executive committee member of the Australian China Business Council.

Session: Teaching creativity

Graham Barrett

AMX Australia’s Technology Director

Graham Barrett was appointed to the role of Technology Director for AMX Australia in 2011. He was a founding member of the management team for AMX Australia that took over the day-to-day operation of the business in 2006, serving as the product manager and marketing and communications manager until 2011.

He is a qualified sound engineer.

Session: Online offline flexible: teaching in the digital age

Emeritus Professor Mary Barton AO


Emeritus Professor Barton has served the University of South Australia for 17 years in senior roles and has contributed to professional development, research and the veterinary profession at national and international levels, bringing significant recognition to the University.

A veterinary diagnostic microbiologist, Prof Barton has a strong research background in bacterial infections of animals and in antibiotic resistance, has contributed more broadly to national issues of food safety and public health, and has played a significant role in government taskforces on policies concerning antibiotic use in food animals.

Alison Beare

Philanthropy Australia

Alison Beare is SA and WA Manager for Philanthropy Australia, the national peak body for philanthropy. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a highly skilled senior administrator and advisor.

Ms Beare is currently a Director of the Ngeringa Farm Arts Foundation and previously sat on a SA Premier-appointed funding panel. In 2011, she was selected to the Australia Council’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Program.

Steve Bingham

Managing Partner, Global Business Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Steve Bingham is Managing Partner of Global Business Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this recent appointment, Mr Bingham was the Consulting Services Leader for Global Business Services across the Growth Markets including Asia and Australia and New Zealand. During this time, he worked closely with clients such as Bank of China, China Pacific Insurance and Maybank.

Session: The Asian Century: what does it mean for UniSA?

Amanda Blair

Radio broadcaster and columnist

Amanda Blair is a broadcaster, columnist, and social commentator.

She is a board member of The Independent Gambling Authority and a former lead columnist with the Sunday Mail. She is a former member of the Social Inclusion Board and spent six years on the board of the Adelaide Festival. She has a keen interest in social justice and produced an event, Comedy For A Cause, as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2004, 2006 and 2008, which raised funds for the homeless of Adelaide.

Amanda’s individual fundraising efforts have raised over $1 million dollars for charity.

Major General Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator

Major General Charles BoldenNominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate, retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., began his duties as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency’s missions and goals.

Bolden’s confirmation marks the beginning of his second stint with the nation’s space agency. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he travelled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. Prior to Bolden’s nomination for the NASA Administrator’s job, he was employed as the Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing leadership, military and aerospace consulting, and motivational speaking.

Session: The future of universities: UniSA beyond 2020

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC

Higher education expert

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC is a former Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia.

Prof Bradley has been extensively involved in national education policy groups for more than two decades. In 2008 she chaired the Expert Panel which undertook the National Review of Higher Education. She has also had significant roles on other government and educational boards and committees involved in higher education and training.

On Australia Day 2008 Prof Bradley was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honour, in recognition of her service to higher education.

Prof Bradley has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sydney University, a Diploma of Education from Adelaide University, a Diploma of Librarianship from the University of NSW, and a Master degree in Social Administration from Flinders University. She also holds Honorary Doctorates from Pukyong University (Korea), University of South Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Western Sydney.

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Leslie Breackell

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Australia

Leslie Breackell is Senior Managing Consultant, Global Business Services, Strategy and Transformation, for IBM Australia.

Ms Breackell is an IBM organisation development professional, business consultant and executive coach with over 20 years' experience in behaviour change, building leadership capability and developing business solutions that link people outcomes to business strategy.

Over the last year, she has been responsible for leading a global team within IBM to define and design IBM's consulting services for Leadership Solutions (Creative Leadership, and Leadership for Social Business).

Session: Online offline flexible: teaching in the digital age

Leanne Brown

Partner, Global Business Services, Human Resources, IBM Australia

Leanne Brown is a Partner in IBM Global Business Services with 15 years'™ experience as a consultant and HR professional. Ms Brown has consulted on a range of large complex projects across all facets of human capital and change management in Australia and Asia. She has worked with IBM across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific in HR and learning and knowledge transformation. Ms Brown is responsible for the IBM Graduate Recruitment program for Global Business Services in Australia.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Lorri Bruun

Director of Nursing, St Andrew’s Hospital

Lorri Bruun is the Director of Nursing at St Andrew’s Hospital, a 207-bed private surgical hospital situated opposite Adelaide’s south parklands.

The team at St Andrew’s Hospital has received numerous National Quality and Clinical Excellence Awards.

Session: Training health workers for the future

Karen Bryant

CEO, Adelaide Festival

Arts administrator Karen Bryant is the Chief Executive of the Adelaide Festival.

Prior to joining the Festival, Ms Bryant has worked in various capacities in a range of SA arts organisations since 1994, including Vitalstatistix, Riverland Youth Theatre and State Theatre. She has also been a board member of the Feast Festival, Restless Dance and Cirkidz.

Session: Arts on campus: how do we foster the arts?

Professor Don Bursill AM

South Australia’s Chief Scientist

Internationally acknowledged as one of Australia's most respected water scientists, Professor Don Bursill is the Chief Scientist of South Australia. In this role, he provides independent advice to the Premier, the Minister and Cabinet on matters of science and research, technology and innovation, and co-chairs the Premier’s Science and Industry Council with the Premier.

Prof Bursill is the former CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (1995-2005) and former Chief Scientist of the South Australian Water Corporation (1990-2005). He has spent almost 40 years in the water industry with a principal interest in water quality policy, planning, management and treatment.

A graduate of the University of Adelaide, with a Master of Chemistry from the University of New South Wales, Prof Bursill is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the University's SA Water Centre for Water Science and Systems.

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Professor Aidan Byrne

Australian Research Council CEO

Professor Aidan Byrne is CEO of the Australian Research Council. He was appointed in July 2012.

Previously the Dean of Science and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Prof Byrne has a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency within the Australian Government’s Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio. The ARC advises the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development, and has responsibility for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Pauline Carr

Newmount Asia Pacific

Pauline CarrUniSA Council member Pauline Carr is the Director of Office Consolidation for Newmont Asia Pacific. She has over 25 years of management and commercial experience in the resources industry both in Australia and internationally.

Ms Carr is a member of the South Australian Mining and Petroleum Expert Group (SAMPEG), the Resources Industry Development Board and the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Council. More information can be found on UniSA's Council Members webpage.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Professor Ian Caterson

University of Sydney’s Boden Institute

Professor Ian Caterson is the Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise and a Director of the Physical Activity Nutrition and Obesity Research Group at the University of Sydney. He is also the Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney and has held that position since 1997.

Prof Caterson’s seminal breakthroughs have aided government and key stakeholders to recognise obesity as a genuine problem in the Australian population. His research feeds into a broader context challenging the status quo of clinical care for chronic diseases.

Dr Alice Clark

Shelter SA Executive Director

Alice Clark is currently the Executive Director of Shelter SA, the State’s peak body for housing and homelessness. At Shelter SA, she is able to apply her knowledge of housing and the human services sector and her research skills to policy advocacy for low income and disadvantaged South Australians and their housing needs.

Dr Clark is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at UniSA.

Professor Peter Coaldrake AO

Vice Chancellor Queensland University of Technology and ATN Chair

Professor Peter Coaldrake is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and is Chair of the Australian Technology Network of universities (ATN).

He is a dual Fulbright Scholar, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of politics/public policy (1980 – 1981), and as a Senior Scholar in the field of higher education policy and management (2001 – 2002).

In May 2011, he completed a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, the peak body of Australia’s universities. In the same year Peter became Chair of the Board of the Organisation for Economic Development – Institutional Management in Higher Education (OECD-IMHE) and was also appointed as Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council.

Session: The size and shape of UniSA: are we too big?

Dr Lynne Cobiac

Preventative Health Flagship Director

As Director of the CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship, Dr Lynne Cobiac is responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams from CSIRO and other research institutions to address the challenge of chronic disease. The flagship investigates new approaches to the early identification of common chronic diseases and develops preventative strategies to improve Australia’s health and wellbeing.

She was appointed to the SA Premier’s Science and Industry Council 2012. She has a background in nutritional biochemistry and research in the area of nutrition and consumer science, coupled with an Advanced MBA.

Session: Our grand research challenges: what are they?

Dr Wendy Craik AM

Productivity Commissioner

Dr Wendy Craik Dr Wendy Craik AM was appointed a full-time commissioner of the Productivity Commission in June 2009. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission from 2004-2008. Dr Craik has also been the Deputy Chancellor of UniSA since 2009.

In 2007 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for service to the natural resource sector of the economy, particularly in the areas of fisheries, marine ecology and management of water reform, and for contributions to policies affecting rural and regional Australia.

Session: The Health Precinct: where does UniSA fit?

Emeritus Professor Robert Crotty


Director of the Ethics Centre of South Australia, Prof Crotty's first career was as a priest.

After leaving the order in 1972 he became lecturer in Old Testament Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Melbourne, as well as a tutor in Ancient History. In 1975 he moved to SA and UniSA where he served as a Head of the History and Religion Studies Department, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Education, Dean of Research Degrees in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, Dean of Research Education and then Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Division of Business. His research interests include Historical aspects of Christianity up to the time of Constantine. Read more.

David Currow

Chief Cancer Officer of NSW

David Currow has been Chief Cancer Officer of NSW since early 2010.

Brought up in Newcastle, Professor David Currow held clinical roles in Sydney at Westmead and Nepean hospitals before going on to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney. His career has taken him from foundation Director of the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Chair of Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University to foundation CEO of Cancer Australia, the Australian Government's National Cancer Control Agency, before signing on to the Cancer Institute.

Emeritus Professor Ian Davey

UniSA former PVC and Vice President, Research and Innovation

Emeritus Professor Ian Davey has played important role at UniSA as Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Research and International from 1994 to 2003 and Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Research & Innovation from 2004 to his retirement in 2006.

A social historian, Prof Davey has served on the boards of several Cooperative Research Centres and Research Institutes and was also a board member of the commercialisation companies of both the University of Adelaide (LUMINIS) and UniSA (ITEK).

For more information, see Prof Davey's homepage.

Session: The porous institution: how do we engage with the community?

Paul Deshler

Director, Oracle Corporation

Paul Deshler is Higher Education Director at Oracle Corporation, a role which sees him manage strategy and business development for higher education in Australia and New Zealand.

Tim Dodd

Australian Financial Review

Tim DoddTim Dodd is the Education Editor for the Australian Financial Review, Australia’s finance newspaper. He specialises in higher, vocational and online education, schools and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Chris Drummond

Brink Productions

Chris Drummond is Artistic Director at Brink Productions, a professional theatre company based in Adelaide.

He became Artist Director in 2004 and has directed all the company’s main stage works since. Brink Productions’ repertoire of work includes ‘epic narrative, reimagined classics, music theatre and children’s theatre.

Helene Egan

Associate Partner, Global Business Services, Industrial Sector, IBM Australia

Helene Egan is Associate Partner in IBM Global Business Services, Industrial Sector. She has 17 years'™ corporate experience across a broad range of industries.

Ms Egan has held senior roles in the human capital management domains of learning and development, leadership development and organisation development. She is based in Adelaide.

Session: A vibrant campus life: how do we enrich the student experience?

Dr Susannah Eliott

CEO of the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)

Successful science communicator Dr Susannah Eliott is the CEO of the Australian Science Media Centre, a non for profit organisation that works together with the media to bring evidence-based science to the public.

With a PhD in cell biology and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Dr Eliott has worked in the field of science communications for nearly two decades. Prior to her current role, Dr Eliott was the Director of Communications for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program in Sweden. She has also managed the Centre for Science Communication at University of Technology Sydney.

Session: The porous institution: how do we engage with the community?

Terry Evans

Minter Ellison

Terry Evans A Special Counsel in Minter Ellison's Corporate division, Mr Evans has been a senior legal adviser to government for more than 15 years. His understanding of government is matched by strong corporate law expertise.

After beginning his practice as a corporate and commercial lawyer, Mr Evans went on to become Chief Commercial Counsel in the SA Crown Solicitor's Office (1996 to 2004) and Deputy Chief Executive of the South Australian Attorney General's Department (2004 to 2006).

During his time as a government lawyer, Mr Evans advised various agencies on strategic, tactical and legal issues relating to their commercial activities. He also participated in the development, implementation and monitoring of prudential and commercial protocols for the SA Government.

Mr Evans is a member of the UniSA Council. See his Council profile here.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Don Frater

Executive Director, State Development, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Don Frater is the Executive Director of State Development at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has previously worked as a Director at KPMG and as Chief of Staff to Senator Penny Wong.

Raymond Garrand

Chief Executive, DFEEST

Raymond Garrand has been the Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) since 2008. Prior to this, he spent four years as Chief Executive of the former Department of Trade and Economic Development.

Mr Garrand is an Honours Economics Graduate from Flinders University and has served on the Higher Education Council and Education Adelaide Board for several years. He has been actively involved in various other boards, including the Economic Development Board.

For the past 20 years, Mr Garrand has worked at the highest levels of Government in Australia with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra and as an economic advisor to Governments in South Australia and Queensland, bringing a strong business and industry focus to his current position.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Douglas Gautier

Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive

After more than two decades living and working in Asia, Douglas Gautier returned to his hometown of Adelaide in 2006 to become CEO of the Adelaide Festival Centre. He has played a key role in revitalising the Festival Centre and has introduced two new events – the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and the OzAsia Festival.

Prior to his current position, Mr Gautier led Hong Kong’s pre-eminent arts festival, and he continues to be an advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Gautier has also served on a number of arts, media and tourism boards in Hong Kong, throughout Asia and in Australia.

He was founding Vice-Chairman of the Asian Arts Festival Association, and was a board member of the Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Foundation). He currently chairs Asialink's Performing Arts Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres.

Arun Kumar Goel

Consul General of India

Arun Kumar Goel’s recent appointment to the position of Consul General of India in Sydney follows a lengthy diplomatic career in the Indian Foreign Office.

He has served in diplomatic roles in Bonn, Baghdad, Prague and Dakar and served as Consul General of India in Hamburg (2000-04) and High Commissioner of India in Seychelles (2004-08).

Dr Patrick Geoghegan

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Patrick Geoghegan is Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. His role is to coordinate undergraduate teaching and learning and oversee admissions.

An historian in the School of Histories and Humanities, Dr Geoghegan has published books on the Irish Act of Union, Robert Emmet, and a two-volume study of Daniel O’Connell. He has taught on the Trinity Access Program since 1999 and in the Department of History since 2001 and also served as Associate Dean of Research.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert


Professor Andrew Gilbert is the former director of the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at UniSA. He has an international reputation for his research and consultancy work in areas of medicines policy and health practice change. He led major research programs in the quality use of medicines including a more than $12 million project to look at analysis of medication-related problems in the community, including a health economic analysis. Read more.

Eric Granger

UniSA Council member and Fellow

Eric GrangerSuccessful South Australian manager and business executive Eric Granger is a member of the UniSA Council. He recently retired as General Manager of Bupa and now conducts his own management consultancy business.

In addition, Mr Granger sits on a number of not-for-profit Boards and is the Deputy Chair of the Rundle Mall Management Authority. More information can be found on UniSA's Council Members webpage.

Session: The Health Precinct: where does UniSA fit?

Sarah Hanson-Young

Greens Senator

Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young is a Greens member of the Australian Senate, representing the state of South Australia. She is also the second youngest person to ever be elected to the Australian Senate.

Hanson-Young has a background in activism and campaigning, having worked as Campaign Manager for Amnesty International in South Australia before entering the Senate. A human rights advocate, Hanson-Young cites playing a key role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People as one of her highest achievements in her first term in the Senate.

The ambitious politician grew up in Victoria, where she was named Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year for Gippsland. She now resides in Adelaide and completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Julie Hare

The Australian newspaper’s Higher Education Editor

Julie Hare is the Higher Education Editor at The Australian. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has specialised in higher education reporting for the past seven years.

Session: The future of universities: UniSA beyond 2020

Dr William Harris

CEO and President Science Foundation Arizona

Current President and CEO of the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), Dr William Harris has played an instrumental role in the science research sector in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining SFAz, Dr Harris was in Ireland in the role of Director General of Science Foundation Ireland. His career, which begun with a PhD in chemistry, has also seen Dr Harris work at the National Science Foundation, where he established 25 science and technology centres to support collaborative, multidisciplinary research across multiple universities.

Dr Harris is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hon Bob Hawke AC

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Hon Bob HawkeThe Honourable Bob Hawke AC was Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991.

With eight years in office, he was Australia’s longest-serving Labor Prime Minister and the third longest-serving Prime Minister of any party. He became Prime Minister after only two years in parliament, and only one month as Leader of the Opposition.

Since resigning from Federal politics Mr Hawke has been a successful businessperson, a consultant for international negotiations and business, and a media commentator. In August 1994 he published The Hawke Memoirs. He maintains a high public profile through academia, various labour campaigns and his work as a public speaker. Mr Hawke has championed many public causes including Australia’s movement towards a republic.

UniSA’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre has been named in honour of Mr Hawke and his contribution to the nation. The Hawke Centre’s focus on civil society issues reflects some of the themes of the Hawke era that remain relevant today in Australian life.

Session: Universities and philanthropy: how do we inspire support?

Jim Hazel

Non-Executive Chairman Precision Group

Jim Hazel is a prominent Australian company director with significant banking experience and knowledge of the banking industry. He is a non-executive director of Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd, Centrex Metals Limited, Impedimed Limited, Rural Bank Limited, Motor Accident Commission, as well as a number of unlisted companies and not for profit enterprises.

Mr Hazel was Managing Director of Primelife Corporation Limited, and oversaw its reconstruction and recapitalisation.

Mr Hazel holds a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Session: Clubs and societies: what’s missing?

Mike Heard

Former CEO Codan Limited

Mike Heard was the long serving CEO of Codan Limited, an Adelaide based company specialising in the manufacturing and supplying of communications, metal detection, and electronic equipment.

In the 19 years that he led Codan, Mr Heard helped the company increase its annual sales from $22m in 1991 to $189.3m in his final year in 2010.

Professor John Hennessy

Stanford University President

Professor John HennessyProfessor John Hennessy is an American computer scientist, academic and businessman who is the 10th President of Stanford University – one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions located in California.

Prof Hennessy originally joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 and by 1999 was named Provost, the University’s chief academic and financial officer. He was inaugurated as Stanford’s 10th President in 2000.

He is one of the founders of MIPS Computer Systems and is highly regarded as a pioneer in computer architecture.

Session: The future of universities: UniSA beyond 2020

Emeritus Professor Phil Howlett


A champion of applied mathematics, Prof Phil Howlett joined the SA Institute of Technology in 1965 as a tutor. His long career at UniSA saw him rise to Professor of Industrial and Applied Mathematics where he led teaching and research into water cycle management, train control, solar powered racing cars, optimisation and applied analysis. He was a strong advocate for research with industry and let the UniSA's engagement in the Maths In Industry Study Group.

Jane Jeffreys

Jane Jeffreys Consulting

Jane Jeffreys has been a prominent figure on the Adelaide business scene for more than 30 years. Currently she is the Company Director and Managing Director of Jane Jeffreys Consulting, an Adelaide based management consulting firm.

Ms Jeffreys has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors and remains active in both areas through a number of Board positions, including her current role as Chair of the South Australian Tourism Commission Board.

The successful businesswoman has also worked in senior positions in a number of South Australia’s most prominent tourism and hospitality venues, including the Adelaide Casino and the Adelaide Hilton International Hotel.

Session: Teaching creativity

Patrick Jonker

UniSA Tour Down Under ambassador

Patrick Jonker Patrick Jonker is an Australian cycling legend having competed in some of the world’s biggest cycling events during his years as a professional rider, from 1993-2004.

Jonker represented Australia twice in the summer Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996 as well as taking part in five Tour de France events and achieving notable wins in the 1997 Route du Sud event and Grand Prix de Wallonie event in 1999.

As a rider for Team UniSA, Patrick competed in three Tour Down Under events and secured overall victory in the 2004 event. It is a tour that Jonker is still closely associated with in his current role as sports commentator and Team UniSA-Australia ambassador.

Session: Clubs and societies: what’s missing?

Associate Professor Gregor Kennedy

Director of eLearning, University of Melbourne

A leader in educational technology research and development, Associate Professor Gregor Kennedy is the Director of eLearning at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include computer-based interactivity and engagement, 3D immersive virtual environments, and the use of electronic measures and analytics in computer-based learning environments.

Prior to his current position, Assoc Prof Kennedy worked in University's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, where he was Head of the Biomedical Multimedia Unit for six years and, more recently, coordinated the activities of the Melbourne University Virtual Environments for Simulation research and development lab in the Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit.

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Jane Kittel

Managing Director, BankSA

Jane Kittel was born and raised in Port Augusta, and educated at Caritas College. Upon leaving school, she worked in a variety of roles for AMP in Adelaide, and completed a Bachelor of Management (Employee Relations) with the University of South Australia. She also gained a Bachelor of Teaching (Vocational Education) with distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney and, in 1995, she joined Westpac to begin a career in banking.

Ms Kittel then went on to fill a number of leadership roles within Westpac including sourcing, risk management, learning and development, human resources and head of corporate services. In 2006, she was appointed general manager of Westpac's Pacific Banking operation, with responsibilities for seven countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Samoa.

In October 2010, Ms Kittel was appointed Managing Director of BankSA, and in that role she oversees South Australia's largest financial institution with 118 branches in South Australia, and four in the Northern Territory.

She also serves as a board member of BusinessSA and Catherine House, is chair of the University of South Australia's MBA advisory board, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Session: Teaching creativity

Dr David Klingberg AO

Chair of Centrex Metals and former UniSA Chancellor

Dr David KlingbergBusiness leader and civil engineer, Dr David Klingberg is a former Chancellor of UniSA, where he played a key role in the governance of the University in a period of extensive growth.  

His engineering career spanned 34 years with Kinhill Engineers, where he was instrumental in developing a small, Adelaide-based group into one of the largest and most successful firms of professional engineers in Australia and South East Asia.

In 2009, Dr Klingberg was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contributions to governance policy in the tertiary education sector and to commercial and economic development and infrastructure projects. He is now a professional company director and currently Chairman of Centrex Metals Limited.

For more information, see Dr Klingberg's biography on the UniSA website.

David Knox

Santos Chief Executive

David Knox is Officer and Managing Director of oil and gas company Santos, which is one of Australia’s largest producers of gas to the domestic market and has the largest exploration and production acreage position in Australia of any company.

Mr Knox has more than 30 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry and previously held senior positions with BP in Australia, UK and Pakistan, and engineering roles at ARCO and Shell in the US, Netherlands, UK and Norway, before joining Santos in 2007.

He is also Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and Director on the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia among other commitments.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Ralph Leonard


Ralph Leonard has more than 30 years' experience in the field of Information and Communications Technology. He is currently the CEO at South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet), a fibre-optic broadband network linking major research and education sites in metropolitan Adelaide.

Leonard previously worked as the Manager, Broadband and Digital Environments in the South Australian Government's Digital Economy and Technology Directorate. He is also the Immediate Past President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education.

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Bruce Linn

Bruce Linn & Associates

Bruce LinnBruce Linn is an experienced Company Director, Chairman and former CEO who heads a successful governance and strategic management consulting business operating in Australia and the USA.

Formerly CEO of Finlaysons Lawyers, his previous executive roles include CE for EDS (now HP Enterprise Services), responsible for all State Government business of EDS in Australia and CEO of Camtech, one of Australia's leading internet and electronic payments technology innovators.

A science graduate of The University of Adelaide, he is a technologist and futurist with over 35 years' experience in strategy, governance, leadership, business management and commercialisation of a broad range of technologies including IT, telecommunications, internet and social media.

Current Directorships include the Council of the University of South Australia where he Chairs the Finance Committee and the Foundation Committee, the boards of SABRENet Limited, ITEK Ventures Pty Ltd, SA Heart Centres Pty Ltd, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Chairman of eResearch SA and St Peter's Girls School and Deputy Chairman of the Internet Industry Association of Australia (IIA).

He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Computer Society.

See also Mr Linn's UniSA Council profile.

Session: The size and shape of UniSA: are we too big?

Kevin Lowe

Campbelltown City Council

Kevin Lowe is General Manager of Urban Planning and Leisure Services at Campbelltown City Council. He is a highly experienced Local Government senior management professional across various disciplines as well as board positions.

He is a Board Member at the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre, and is National President and SA/NT President at Parks & Leisure Australia.

Emeritus Professor Alison Mackinnon AM


Emeritus Professor Alison Mackinnon has had a long association with UniSA, having been a Foundation Director of the Hawke Research Institute among other roles and remains an Emeritus Professor with the University.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the convenor of the SA branch of the Academy. In 2009 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Her research interests include women's social history, the history of women's higher education, feminist theory and the changing cultures of work and responsibility in globalising societies. She has authored numerous publications, the latest of which is ‘Women, love and learning: the double bind'.

Jack Manning Bancroft

CEO Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

At 27 years old Jack Manning Bancroft is the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) which he founded with 25 Indigenous kids in Redfern in 2005 as a 19-year-old university student.

AIME incorporated in 2008 and Jack became one of Australia’s youngest CEOs.

He now leads a national team of 42 staff connecting more than 1000 volunteer university students with thousands of Indigenous high school students across 10 university sites in three states.

He is the 2010 NSW Young Australian of the Year and that same year was awarded the Young People’s Australian Human Rights Medal, and named Sydney University’s Young Alumni of the Year. He's also been named in Sydney's Top 100 most influential people, and named GQ Man of Inspiration for his work.

He is immensely proud of his Aboriginality, hailing from the Bundjalung nation in NSW.

Session: Reconciliation

Steven Marshall MP

Leader of the State Opposition

Steven Marshall is the State Member for Norwood and leader of the SA Liberal Party. Having completed his secondary schooling in South Australia, he studied a Bachelor of Business at UniSA and completed an MBA at Durham University in the UK.

Prior to entering politics, he had significant involvement in family businesses. His father established a South Australian furniture manufacturing business which sold furniture Australia-wide. In 1997 he became Managing Director of this firm which employed over 200 people. In 2001, the business was purchased by overseas interests and Mr Marshall then worked for the new owner. Prior to entering the Parliament, he was the General Manager of Michell Pty Ltd’s Textile Division – the iconic South Australian company exporting wool and textiles throughout the world.

Session: Our grand research challenges: what are they?

Professor Helen McCutcheon

School of Nursing and Midwifery Kings College London

A former UniSA Head of School, Professor Helen McCutcheon currently resides in the United Kingdom where she is the Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College London.

After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife and Neonatal Paediatric Nurse in Scotland, Prof McCutcheon moved to Australia where she has made many innovative contributions to teaching and research in the various disciplines of nursing.

Prof McCutcheon remains an Adjunct Professor at UniSA. To learn more, see her UniSA homepage.

Session: The size and shape of UniSA: are we too big?

Emeritus Professor Michael Miller AO


Emeritus Professor Michael Miller was the founding Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research, now one of UniSA's largest research institutes focused on research in satellite and terrestrial wireless communications.

Prof Miller is a Patron of the UniSA Research Leadership Program. He is also National Vice President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Paul Miller

Partner, Global Business Services, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Australia

Paul Miller is the leader of the IBM Global Business Services ANZ Strategy and Transformation service line. His current focus is assisting organisations to develop and execute transformation strategies covering both business and technology. Mr Miller has had over 29 years' experience in consulting with emphasis on technology strategy.

Prior to his current role, Mr Miller ran consulting and systems integration for insurance and wealth management across Asia Pacific, gaining extensive international experience in Japan, China, Korea and ASEAN.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Andrew Mills

Chief Information Officer SA

Andrew Mills is the Chief Information Officer for the South Australian Government.

He leads the development and implementation of across-government Information Communication Technology (ICT) strategy, policies, frameworks and standards. Mr Mills has worked in the public sector for 30 years, for both the South Australian and Australian governments. He has been an executive in the Government of South Australia since 1998. In that capacity he has worked on a range of projects including an innovative spatial information industry facilitation project, an ICT infrastructure project for the Parliament of South Australia and an Aboriginal Heritage project.

Session: Online offline flexible: teaching in the digital age

Professor Jim Moliterno

Washington and Lee University

Professor Jim Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has a leadership role in Washington and Lee’s third year curriculum reform.

For 21 years prior to joining the Washington and Lee faculty in 2009, he was the Tazewell Taylor Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Skills Program, and Director of Clinical Programs at the College of William & Mary, serving also as Vice Dean from 1997-2000. He has taught legal ethics courses and professional skills courses at six law schools over the past 30 years. A member of the American Law Institute, he has held committee leadership roles in both AALS and the ABA. He was the 2012 recipient of the Rebuilding Justice Award from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System in recognition of his career-long legal education reform work.

Craig Mudge

Pacific Challenge

Craig MudgeCraig Mudge is Managing Partner of specialist consulting firm Pacific Challenge and has international experience in technology and world-class research.

From being the founding CEO of semi-conductor start up Austek Microsystems to directing the Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC, his experience and innovative working practice has resulted in the publication of more than 60 papers and six patents.

Mr Mudge’s skills have proved pivotal in the areas of computer design, microchip research and collaborative cloud computing and these skills are matched by his ability to understand and interpret trends in the technology sector to a global clientele at Pacific Challenge.

In 2012 Mr Mudge was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for ‘Distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Australian information and communications technology industry’.

Session: Our grand research challenges: what are they?

Dennis Muirhead

South Australian Universities Alumni Europe Chapter

Australian-born Dennis Muirhead has spent more than 20 years working in the UK as a lawyer, mediator, artist and record producer manager. Mr Muirhead is the founder and CEO of Muirhead Management, a record producer management company.

A law graduate from the University of Adelaide, Mr Muirhead is President of the thriving South Australian Universities Alumni Europe Chapter based in the UK.

Session: The Asian Century: what does it mean for UniSA?

Michael Myers OAM

Chairman Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd and Managing Director ENVIZAGE

Dr Michael Myers is an engineer and entrepreneur who has been involved in implementing high-end engineering technology to the automotive, aerospace, defence and manufacturing industries across the Asia-Pacific region for the past 30 years. He is currently chairman of Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd and Managing Director of ENVIZAGE.

Projects he has been involved with range from helping the Australian Craniofacial Unit at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital deliver its life-changing work, through to helping design the interior of General Motors-Holden's iconic Monaro and the Boeing Company's 787 Dreamliner.

In 1998, Dr Myers founded the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation with the aim of encouraging younger Australians to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since its inception, Re-Engineering Australia has mentored more than 500,000 students.

Dr Myers has also served as a member of numerous government advisory panels, including the Advanced Manufacturing Action Agenda and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Maths and Science to the Minister of Education in Victoria, and is currently working with the Business Working with Education Foundation for the Victorian Government.

In 2012, Dr Myers was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours, and in the same year he completed his Doctorate of Business Administration at the University of South Australia.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Paula Nagel

International education advisor

Paula NagelPaula Nagel is an international education advisor and member of UniSA’s Council.

Her major consulting role is as an advisor attached to the University City Project with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Previously she was Chair of Education Adelaide, Marketing Manager of Foundation SA, and a Senior Consultant at Morgan & Banks. In 1997 she established her own company, NBC Resources, a management consultancy that organised board and other high level appointments and provided a range of marketing services. She also established a number of new industry development boards for the South Australian Government.

She has been a member of the Export Council of South Australia, board member and Ring Cycle board member of the State Opera and board member of the Jam Factory. In 2006 in recognition of her work in international education she received the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council ‘Woman of Distinction in Education’ Award.

Ms Nagel is currently a member of the board of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, the Academic Board of Le Cordon Bleu and the Minister of Tourism’s Round Table. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Session: UniSA and the world

Corinne Namblard

UniSA Council

Corinne Namblard has had approximately 30 years' experience in finance, infrastructure and related industries having worked in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Ms Namblard is a member of the State Government's Economic Development Board. Read her UniSA Council profile here.

Session: UniSA and the world

Professor Andrew Ng

Stanford University

Professor Andrew NgAndrew Ng is a co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford University.

In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Prof Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with universities to offer high quality, free online courses. With 62 university partners, over 300 courses, and more than 3.4 million students, Coursera is currently the largest MOOC platform in the world.

Outside online education, Prof Ng’s research work is in machine learning; he is also the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Michael Nietschke

Chairman, Surveyors Board of SA

Michael Nietschke is the Chairman of the Surveyors Board of South Australia, which assists in controlling the training and conduct of licensed and registered surveyors in this State.

Emeritus Professor Kevin O'Brien


Retired from UniSA since to 2002, Emeritus Professor Kevin O'Brien first worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia, including a period in the Research Department in Sydney.

He then joined the South Australian Institute of Technology as a Lecturer in Economics, before becoming the Head of School, School of Accountancy. He was UniSA's first Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management before becoming Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Business and Enterprise until his retirement in 2004. Read more.

Ian Olver AM

Cancer Council CEO

Ian OlverMedical oncologist and researcher Professor Ian Olver is the CEO of the Cancer Council Australia. In 2011, he was appointed to the Order of Australia for ‘service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.’

Prior to the Cancer Council, Prof Olver headed the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre. His research interests include new anti-cancer drug studies, symptom control, bioethics and psycho-oncology. The author of more than 200 journal articles, Prof Olver has also written 19 book chapters and two books, as well as co-editing two books.

Prof Olver is sought widely for his oncology expertise and is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia (the Federal Government's cancer control agency) and the Board of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre.

Chris Parr

Times Higher Education

Chris Parr is a social media reporter for the online channels of the Times Higher Education. The weekly magazine is the United Kingdom’s leading higher education news publication. Chris also covers IT and technology issues in the higher education sector. He joined the magazine in September 2012 and was previously chief reporter on SecEd newspaper, and then deputy editor of Independent Nurse magazine.

He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Newcastle, and – in his spare time – runs the UK’s leading Bolton Wanderers podcast.

David Penberthy

Sunday Mail Editor

A local success story, Adelaide-born David Penberthy is a journalist, editor and commentator that rose through the ranks of News Limited to become the editor of Adelaide’s Sunday Mail newspaper this year.

Mr Penberthy began his career at Adelaide’s The Advertiser newspaper before moving interstate, where he spent time as the editor of Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, and more recently was editor-in-chief of

As well as his current position as editor of the Sunday Mail, Mr Penberthy continues to write a weekly column for News Limited’s Sunday newspapers across the country.

Cheryl Pickering

Various People

Director, singer and singing teacher Cheryl Pickering is Artistic Director of Various People Inc, an Adelaide-based music theatre company which has created works for the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Ms Pickering has extensive performing experience in opera, oratorio and recital, within Australia and in the United Kingdom. She is a highly regarded singing teacher, with her students having been major prize winners in vocal competitions and include professional performers.

Dr Robert Porteous

Science and Research Division Head, Department of Industry and Innovation

Dr Porteous is the Head of the Science and Research Division in the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.  His responsibilities include science and research policy, research training, infrastructure and engagement.

Dr Porteous has a doctorate in physics and has worked in research in Europe and the USA. He has extensive experience in industry, innovation, science, research and tertiary education policy development in the Australian Government.  He has also worked in strategy, policy and operations in the areas of defence, transport, fiscal and social policy.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Simon Porter

General Manager HR, Codan Ltd

Simon Porter is General Manager, Human Resources and Business Excellence, at Codan Limited, which designs and manufactures a diversified product range for the international high frequency radio, metal detection and mining services technology markets.

Through a variety of executive and senior leadership roles, Mr Porter has gained extensive experience and expertise in the area of organisational change, human resource management, development and implementation of business management systems, quality and customer satisfaction, risk management and occupational health, safety and environmental management.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Grace Portolesi MP

Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills; and Minister for Science and Information Technology

Grace Portolesi

Grace Portolesi is Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills and Minister for Science and Information Economy.

Elected to the South Australian Parliament in 2006 as the Member for Hartley, she is passionate about working for her local community to make a difference.

She has held a range of portfolios including Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Youth and Minister for Volunteers.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Christopher Pyne MP

Federal Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training

Christopher Pyne was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1993 in the South Australian seat of Sturt. He has gone on to be elected in the following six Federal elections.

During his time in Parliament he has held various portfolios and is now currently the Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training.

He is also the Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.

Session: Educating tomorrow's teachers and the future of Magill

Holly Ransom

23-year-old entrepreneur

Named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Australian Women’ by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2012, Holly Ransom is dedicated to driving innovative change within the corporate and non-profit arenas. As a leader in youth engagement and innovation, with a passion for building sustainable and thriving communities, this 23-year-old entrepreneur and NGO Leader is a voice for change.

The winner of both the 2012 Western Australian of the Year Youth Award and 2012 Young Volunteer of the Year, Ms Ransom has worked with more than 20 non-profit organisations across the world, including establishing a micro financing project in the Kenyan slums which was made a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Awards in 2011. Ms Ransom serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of boards, including Giving West and Global Voices, and is currently President of Rotary of Crawley, making her the world's youngest Rotary President.

Ms Ransom runs two businesses: a consulting and public speaking business and a leadership development company. Working with small businesses, major corporations and industry bodies, she advises on intergenerational communication and leadership, innovation and change management; and also works as a Business Analyst at Rio Tinto.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Professor Leanna Read

UniSA Council

Professor Leanna Read Professor Leanna Read is a founder of Adelaide biotechnology company TGR BioSciences and is a member of UniSA's Council. Her full profile can be found here.

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AM

Chair, Higher Education Standards Panel

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson is Chair of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Standards Panel.

Prof Robson is an eminent university leader who has a profound commitment to quality educational outcomes for students in the higher education system. He was previously Vice Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, and has also served as Foundation Director of the Board of the Australian Universities Quality Agency (2000-2003) and Deputy Chair of Universities Australia (2005-2011) among many other appointments.

In 2003 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and awarded a Centenary Medal. In 2009, Professor Robson was made a Citizen of Western Australia.

Professor Göran Roos

Intellectual capital expert and former Thinker in Residence

Renowned expert in innovation management and strategy, Professor Göran Roos is the founder of Intellectual Capital Services Ltd, a think tank on technology and business futures. He came to Adelaide as the 23rd Thinker in Residence on the invitation of the South Australia Government.

An Honorary Professor at Warwick Business School in the UK, Prof Roos spent his time in Adelaide developing a vision for the State’s manufacturing future. His recommendations inspired the State Government’s Manufacturing Green Paper, which in turn formed the foundations of Manufacturing Works – the State’s 10-year manufacturing strategy blueprint.

Prof Roos remains involved in South Australia’s manufacturing industry through his role as the Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Council, which is currently overseeing the implementation of Manufacturing Works.

Session: Our grand research challenges: what are they?

Emeritus Professor Michael Rowan


Former Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at UniSA, Prof Rowan retired from the University in 2008. His academic interests include reasoning in natural language and the philosophy of science.

Today he is a visiting Professor at the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania and since retirement has returned what has been one of the preoccupations of philosophers since Locke: defending science from ideological attack. Read more about Prof Rowan here.

Dan Ryan

UN Youth Australia representative

UniSA graduate Dan Ryan was the 2012 United Nations Youth Representative for Australia. Mr Ryan was the first South Australian to be appointed to the role, which involved him doing a national listening tour of all states and territories to consult with Australian youth and run workshops, before giving a speech in the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September.

Mr Ryan is a graduate of UniSA’s Bachelor of Management (Marketing).

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO

Educator and researcher

A passionate educator and an accomplished researcher, Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom has played a key role in Australia’s health industry in a career that has spanned five decades.

Prof Sansom was instrumental in developing Australia’s National Medicines Policy and in 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievements and service to the Australian community.

From 1995-2000, Prof Sansom served as the Head of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at UniSA.

Session: The Health Precinct: where does UniSA fit?

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR

Governor of South Australia

Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce was sworn in as Governor of South Australia on August 8, 2007.

Joining the navy in 1968, Rear Admiral Scarce served during the Vietnam War on the troop transport HMAS Sydney. After the war, his naval career specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation.

Immediately prior to retiring from the Royal Australian Navy in 2004 in the rank of Rear Admiral, he briefly led the Defence Materiel Organisation. Following retirement, he formed and led the South Australian Government team charged with expanding the State’s defence business opportunities. One of the team’s first initiatives, to build Air Warfare Destroyers in Adelaide, was successfully achieved in May 2005 when the Federal Government awarded the contract to the locally based ASC.

Rear Admiral Scarce was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2008 Australia Day Honours Awards for distinguished contributions to Australia’s defence industry and to the people of South Australia, and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994.

Session: Pathways and participation: getting to university

Dr Beate Schuler

Businesswoman and philanthropist

Philanthropist and international businesswoman Beate Schuler is known for her role in co-founding and directing the Irish pharmaceutical company Iropharm Ltd in 1981. The company flourished under her guidance and was sold to a US multinational company in 1997.

Since then, Dr Schuler has turned her focus to philanthropic pursuits and is a strong believer in the value of education. She has made many generous contributions to several universities, funding both science research and scholarships.

Dr Schuler currently sits on the Trinity College Dublin’s Trinity Foundation Board and is also a member of Member of Business Angels in Frankfurt, an organisation offering young entrepreneurs financial and advisory support.

Session: Universities and philanthropy: how do we inspire support?

Kim Scott

BAE Systems Director (Land and Integrated Systems)

Kim Scott is the Director of Land and Integrated Systems at BAE Systems, an international company developing advanced defence, security and aerospace systems.

Prior to his current role, Mr Scott was the Director of the Joint Business Unit. He is also a founding Board Member of Rapid Prototyping Development and Evaluation organisation and is a member of the Premier’s Science and Industry Council.

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Roscoe Shelton

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Roscoe Shelton is Business Development Manager for Commercial Sites, Partnerships and Stewardship, at the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DENR).

He is responsible for the commercial business of DENR in South Australia, including Cleland Wildlife Park, Naracoorte Caves, and Seal Bay and Kelly Hill Caves on Kangaroo Island.

Session: Our grand research challenges: what are they?

Bill Spurr

Chair of Education Adelaide

Bill Spurr is the Chair of Education Adelaide, a body that was established by the State Government to develop and expands South Australia's share of the national education export market.

Mr Spurr has extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industries, formally working as General Manager of Australian Major Events group. He was also previously the Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission from 1999-2007.

Andrew Stevens

IBM Australia Managing Director

Andrew Stevens is the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand. He manages a business with annual revenues of more than $4 billion.

Mr Stevens is a member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council as well as the Business Council of Australia. He is the Deputy Chairman of the National Board of the Australian Information Industry Association; and serves on the Board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, Finance and Systems and has a Master of Commerce Marketing.

Session: Online offline flexible: teaching in the digital age

Dr Mike Teng

Managing Director, Corporate Turnaround Centre, Singapore

Dr Mike Teng is the Managing Director of Corporate Turnaround Centre Pty Ltd which provides corporate training and investment/management advisory services. He has more than 30 years' experience in strategic planning, operational and project management and responsibilities in the Asia Pacific region.

He is also the author of a best-selling book 'Corporate Turnaround: Nursing a sick company back to health'.

Dr Teng holds a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of South Australia, Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) from the National University of Singapore.

Session: Alumni and UniSA: how do we remain connected?

Arun Thomas

UniLife President

Arun ThomasFinal year nursing student Arun Thomas is the current UniLife President, UniSA’s democratic student organisation. He was awarded the 2012 Resthaven Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship.

Mr Thomas, who has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, was inspired to undertake a Nursing degree after working part-time in a nursing home during his Commerce studies.

Sessions: Unilife and the role of student association: connecting students, What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Paul Tighe

Australian Consul-General in Hong Kong

Paul Tighe has been the Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau since October 2011. He is a senior career diplomat with postings as Ambassador to Greece (2005-2008), and as Deputy Head of Mission in Bangkok and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (1998-2001).

He holds a Bachelor of Science with first class honours from the University of New South Wales.

Con Tragakis

KPMG SA Chairman

Well known in the South Australian business community, Con Tragakis is the Chairman of KPMG South Australia. At the age of 30, Mr Tragakis was made a partner of KPMG, making him one of the youngest partners in the firm at the time.

Mr Tragakis began working at KPMG more than 20 years ago after graduating from a Bachelor of Accounting at the University of South Australia. Prior to his Chairman position, he served as Partner in Charge of Tax Practice and Head of Property and Financial Services at KPMG.

As KPMG Chairman, Mr Tragakis plays an important role in shaping South Australia’s economic future, working closely with both private and public sector.

Session: What do employers look for in a UniSA graduate?

Jade Tyrrell

National Union of Students President

As President of the National Union of Students, Jade Tyrrell represents the student voice to government, media and the public. She is passionate about improving the student experience at Australian universities.

While she is currently living in Melbourne to complete her year as President, she comes from the University of Technology Sydney, where she is completing a double degree in Communications (Journalism) and Laws.

Session: MOOCs: so what?

Jason Valentine

CPR Pharma Services CEO

Jason Valentine is the CEO of CPR Pharma Services, a leading provider of early phase clinical trial services in the Asia Pacific region.

His experience in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the area of biotechnology, extends over 15 years.

As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and as a winner of the 2008 BioInnovation SA Young Achiever of the Year Award, Mr Valentine’s leadership and scientific skills ensure CPR Pharma Services is at the forefront of current industry trends.

He is also a team member of newly created Fusion Pharmacology – a group of companies and government organisations working in South East Asia to provide the best in drug development technology.

Denise von Wald

CEO of Education Adelaide

Denise von Wald has been the CEO of Education Adelaide since 2005. Education Adelaide is a body that was established by the State Government to develop and expand South Australia's share of the national education export market.

Since joining Education Adelaide, Ms von Wald has overseen a 23.5 per cent growth in international student numbers and an 18 per cent increase in the economic value of international education to the state.

Louise Walsh

CEO Philanthropy Australia

Louise Walsh brings extensive corporate, government, not-for-profit and philanthropic leadership and planning experience to her role as CEO of Philanthropy Australia.

A former corporate lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson, Ms Walsh worked on Sydney's Olympic Bid, and corporate partnerships for the 2000 Olympic Games and the City of Sydney, before becoming Director of Development for the Sydney Symphony.

Most recently, Ms Walsh has been founding Director of Artsupport Australia, an initiative of the Federal Government agency, the Australia Council for the Arts, to grow cultural philanthropy. During her 10 year tenure, Artsupport Australia facilitated over $77 million of philanthropic funds nationally for cultural sector across hundreds of organisations and individual artists.

Paul Wappett

CEO, Open Universities Australia

Paul Wappett is a passionate believer in the transformational power of education. Since his appointment as CEO of Open Universities Australia in February 2012, he has focused on ensuring that OUA provides its students and education providers with access to the best in online learning models, techniques and technologies.

A lawyer by profession, Mr Wappett's previous positions have included legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia, and law firm Clayton Utz. His qualifications include degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Session: Online offline flexible: teaching in the digital age

Mark Waters

State Manager of Reconciliation SA

Mark Waters is the State Manager for Reconciliation South Australia. He trained as a social worker and spent years in youth work, youth health work, mental health services, employment services, community drug and alcohol work.

In the 1980s, he ran a youth information centre in Hindley Street and the main client group was Aboriginal young people. He has developed vocational frameworks and training for Aboriginal aged care workers, children’s services workers and youth workers on the APY lands.

Session: Reconciliation

Premier Jay Weatherill

Premier of South Australia

Premier Jay WeatherillJay Weatherill is South Australia's 45th Premier.

He was born and educated in Adelaide's western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.

He is a lawyer with an economics degree, establishing his own law firm in 1995 and practising until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. He was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006 and in 2010.

Prior to becoming Premier, he held a range of portfolios including Environment and Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.

Session: The future of universities: UniSA beyond 2020

Glenn Wightwick

Director, Research and Development, IBM Australia

Glenn Wightwick is Director of IBM Research, Australia and responsible for a new lab located near the University of Melbourne which was opened in October 2011. The focus of the Centre's research work spans natural resources, disaster management and healthcare and life sciences.

Session: Measuring excellence: how do we ensure relevance and impact?

Dr Paul Willis

Director of RiAus

Dr Paul WillisDr Paul Willis is the Director of RiAus, a national non-for-profit science and technology hub based in Adelaide. A passionate science communicator, he has made a career out of sharing the latest science news with a wider audience.

Previously Dr Willis was a science journalist and broadcaster who produced and presented on a number of ABC television and radio shows, including Catalyst.

Dr Willis comes from a research background in geology and zoology and has authored and co-authored seven books on dinosaurs, fossils and rocks.

Session: The public intellectual: UniSA and public policy

Senator Nick Xenophon

Independent Senator for South Australia

Senator Nick XenophonSenator Nick Xenophon is an independent Senator for South Australia. His original 1997 platform into state politics centred on anti-pokies policy, but he has since become an advocate in many other areas. His popularity increased exponentially in his first 10 years in state politics, so that by the 2006 state election he garnered 20.5 per cent of the statewide vote.

He was elected to the Australian Senate at the 2007 Federal Election. He has continued to lobby on gambling reform, as well as water issues, consumer protection, food security and the destructive impact of cults.

Before entering politics, Mr Xenophon worked as a lawyer and was principal of his own law firm.

Session: Educating tomorrow's teachers and the future of Magill

Stephen Yarwood

Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Stephen Yarwood

Stephen Yarwood has been the Lord Mayor of Adelaide since November 2010. With a background as a town planner for 20 years in State and Local Government, he holds a Bachelor of Arts (Planning), Graduate Diploma (Regional and Urban Planning), Graduate Diploma (Environmental Studies) and a Masters in Business Administration from Adelaide University.

Mr Yarwood has researched, lectured for universities, studied in or undertaken study tours in several countries including: Australia, USA, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, India, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Session: A vibrant campus life: how do we enrich the student experience?

Dr Alex Zelinsky

Chief Defence Scientist of Australia

Dr Alex Zelinsky is Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

His career spans innovation, scientific and industrial research and development, commercial start-ups and education. His research field is robotics and computer science.

Dr Zelinsky has extensively advised Federal and State governments in Australia, most recently as a member of the Australian Government’s Defence Industry Innovation Board. He served on the advisory panels to the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre for Vision Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems.

Session: PhDs and industry: how do we bring the two together?

Anita Zocchi

Principal, Adelaide High School

Anita Zocchi is the first female Principal of Adelaide High School which caters for more than 1200 students from Years 8-13. Previous to taking on the role a few years ago, she was the Deputy Principal.

Ms Zocchi is committed to communicating with the school community and this year started writing a regular blog on the school website to provide insights about Adelaide High School.

Session: Educating tomorrow's teachers and the future of Magill