11th Annual Australian and New Zealand MBA Directors Forum

“The MBA Today and Tomorrow”

  • The Langham Hotel, Melbourne 3000
  • From 11 am Wednesday 10 May
    To 4pm Thursday 11 May 2017


We are pleased to announce the 2017 Australian and New Zealand MBA Directors Forum. MBA Directors, Program Managers and other staff involved in managing the MBA Program are warmly invited to attend.


The Forum will be held at The Langham Hotel, Melbourne with sweeping vistas of the Yarra River and Melbourne skyline. It is nestled on the famous Southbank Promenade in an outstanding location and with excellent conference facilities.


The program will offer a mix of presentations and, this year, even more interactive discussion sessions as well as opportunities to talk informally with other MBA Directors and senior Program managers. We would encourage each institution to send several members of their team to take advantage of the opportunities this Forum offers.


We are honoured and delighted to announce Prof Paul Danos, Dean Emeritus and Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, has agreed to speak at the Forum and share his ideas about the ‘MBA today and tomorrow’ based on his extensive knowledge and experience. Prof Danos was Dean of Tuck for 20 years and has led major innovations at both Tuck and the University of Michigan. He is active in reviewing and counseling business schools for accreditation and has written widely on the future of business education.

Prof Mark Farrell, Head of the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University will be speaking about riding the tide of disruption to assist us all to better plan for the future and plan Programs which meet the needs of our students.

Paul Thomas, CEO Gateway Credit Union has agreed to speak about what Business need from MBA graduates and Tracy Playle, CEO Pickle Jar Communications will be joining us from the UK to share her thoughts on how best to create a digital strategy and online strategy for use with Business School students.

Julian Sallibank, CEO Clarius Group, an entrepreneur with experience in commercialising and growing national and international businesses and former CEO of Student Edge will share his experiences of how his management studies has helped him in business and some lessons for the future.

Anna Ross, New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Kester Black and Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year for 2016 will be our Dinner Speaker. She will be sharing her inspiring story, talking about what she thinks may be useful for us to pass on to our MBA students.

Jason Lawrence, Director of Marketing and Development ASEAN at Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), will also be discussing what students want from our Programs, Jessica Schubert from International Study Programs (ISP) will discussing “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and Lan Snell, Director Education Services at UTS Business School will be joining with Glen Murphy, MBA Director at QUT Graduate School of Business to discuss their experiences ‘Re-engineering the MBA’. Lots more more speakers will be announced soon.

What Other Attendees Are Saying

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

“I look forward to this Forum all year. The Program is consistently engaging, diverse and relevant.”

“Good presenters – engaging and innovative.”

“Discussion groups are a great opportunity to network and share stories and experiences.”

“I liked the sequencing of speakers and activities – well-orchestrated.”

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

“Good mix of listening, talking and interacting.”


$1,720 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.)

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