“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein


We would like to sincerely thank all of the delegates and sponsors who attended the 2018 Australia New Zealand Directors Forum in Melbourne.  The event is an important and relevant opportunity for MBA and Masters Directors of Business Schools to meet and connect.  The Forum, in its 12th year, provided a platform for leaders in education to learn and debate, uncovering the new and emerging trends in MBA and Masters Education, throughout Australia and New Zealand and the impact of global influencers.


The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, was our host again for the 2018 Forum.  As one of Australia’s most loved and recognised grand hotels right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, it will be difficult say goodbye to this very gracious establishment.  Due to refurbishment at The Hotel Windsor, the 2019 Australia New Zealand Forum will be hosted at a new venue yet to be announced.


The program offered a diverse a mix of presentations and interactive discussion sessions as well as opportunities to talk informally with other MBA Directors and senior Program managers.  Delegates can download all presentations from the 2018 Forum by clicking here.

2018 Speakers

Michelle Gallaher, Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 has agreed to be this year’s dinner speaker. Michelle has been an entrepreneur, science communicator, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years and is an engaging and inspiring speaker.

Professor Roy Green former Dean of the UTS Business School at the University of Technology Sydney, and now an adviser to the UTS senior team on innovation and entrepreneurship has agreed to be our opening speaker. Roy is an engaging speaker and has vast local and international experience in Business Education over many years. We look forward to hearing his ideas on “What’s Next for the MBA?”

Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), University of South Australia Business School, will talk about creating the Enterprise MBA through relationships and pathways with commercial industry partners, leading associations and global institutes.

High-profile marketing and communications strategist and founder of Prospect, Rob Lawrence, has agreed to join us to discuss evidence-based information we need to consider when revamping and marketing our MBA Programs and in response to popular demand, Jason Lawrence, from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), will be joining us again this year to talk to us about the latest trends. Amber Anderson from Russell Reynolds Associates a prestigious consultancy and executive search company will be discussing what companies are looking for in their search for their top people.

We will also be having virtual panel of international speakers – 5 Deans and Directors from 5 different countries – discussing their Programs and answering your questions. These include Professor Michael Page, Professor of Finance and Management and a past Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bentley University in Massachusetts, Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School in the UK, Nicole Tee, Director of Graduate Studies at Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Martin Butler, Head of MBA Programs at Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town and Professor Knut Haanaes, Deputy Dean of IMD (Switzerland) MBA program. This session will be facilitated by Jessica Schubert, Regional Sales Director Asia, International Study Programs.

What Other Attendees Are Saying

All respondents rated the overall program and venue very highly. Some comments from previous MBA Directors Forums were:

“Excellent Forum – looking forward to the next one.”

“I loved the interactive workshops with colleagues, some of whom are at the top of their game.”

“Very good organisation by Victoria and her team.”

“I loved the ‘I have a problem – you solve it’ session.”

“Well-facilitated, well-promoted, food was good and a good turnout of Schools.”

“Consistently good speakers.”


$1,810 plus GST which includes attendance, accommodation on Wednesday night and all meals. After 24 February the fee will increase by 10%. (Payment by credit card is available for your convenience – 2% fee.)

We have reserved Superior rooms with quality inclusions. As the number of Superior rooms is limited please register your interest now to ensure one of these rooms is available for you.