2020 Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum
Virtual Conference Program

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Day 1 - Tuesday 15 September


9:30 Conference Opens Networking Lounge

Conference Opening remarks MC – Bernadette Young, Senior Journalist & Presenter, ABC

10:00 – 11:00 Opening Keynote – Economically Speaking
Chris Richardson
Partner – Deloitte Access Economics
11:30 – 12:30 Positioning for Change
Agnes Naera – CEO NZ Global Women
12:30 – 1:30 Networking Lounge
1:30 – 2:30 The Evolution of Accreditation – it’s purpose, value, contribution and future
Dr Geoff Perry
Executive Vice President & Chief Officer
3:00 – 4:00 Deans & Leaders Panel – The Global Perspective
Professor Ian Fenwick PhD – Dean, Sasin School of Management, University of Thailand
Viki Kish – Managing Director International Study Programs
Mat Jacobson – CEO & Founder Ducere Global Business School
Dr Dipak Jain – President (Europe) China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Rod McNaughton – Professor Entrepreneurship and Academic Director – Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland School of Business
Dr Margaret Inman – Assistant Dean Institute of Management and Health, University of Wales
4pm –5pm

Dynamic Introduction to Leadership through the lens of Shakespeare
Glinda Major –Sponsorship Manager, UniBank
Jack Crumlin –Bell Shakespeare Actor, cast of Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Jane Mahady –Bell Shakespeare Actor, cast of Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet


Day 2 - Wednesday 16 September

10:00 – 11:00 Opening Keynote – Diversity & Inclusion – Are we there yet?
Tricia Hobson
Partner & Global Head of Insurance – Norton Fullbright Rose
11:30 – 12:30 Redefining Resilience – A leadership essential.
Dr Michael Cavanagh – Deputy Director Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney
12:30 – 1:00

Networking Lounge

1:00 – 2:00

ANZ MBA Innovations

Macquarie’s Global MBA Journey
Associate Professor Lan Snell

Data-driven Insights to Industry-based Challenges in a Post-COVID Era
Dr Chris Vas, Director MBA & Industry Programmes University of Canterbury
Arun Sebastian – Chief Financial Officer IBM New Zealand
Isuru Fernando – Google Cloud Google New Zealand

2:00 – 3:30

Career leadership in times of uncertainty – MBA Career Development Masterclass

COVID-19 presents many challenges for educators and for MBAs graduating during 2020 and early 2021.  Given the current economic crisis and the evolving downturn in business globally –  BCG predict a 20% – 30% decline in global trade with recovery commencing in 2023!  – employment options will be limited for the next 24 months throughout the APAC.  This masterclass has been designed to support MBA Directors, career development professionals and industry engagement specialists to learn the skills to advise and counsel MBAs as they take the next steps in their careers during this uncertain, unpredictable time in history.

Facilitator: Rosamund Christie – Program Director AGSM, University of New South Wales


Matthew Temple – Senior Director Alumni Career & Professional Development, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University
Daljit Singh – Director Leadership Development, Baker & Mackenzie

3:30 – 5:00

Spearheading change– MBA Masterclass 

MBA, Academic and Program Directors in Business Schools are under pressure. COVID-19, together with generational, technological and economic forces already in play, are impacting the expectations, motivations and demand for MBA and graduate management education in Australia and New Zealand. Whilst time was once on side, time is no longer an excuse for business as usual with consumers of graduate management education enjoying the choice of an extended global market. The greatest competition – the choice not to study. The purpose of this masterclass is to provide an exclusive environment for MBA Directors and academic leaders of programs to openly discuss the challenges of today and the future. To gain greater understanding of the changing MBA consumer profile, their expectations, motivations and learning outcomes to support the design of academic programs that meet the future expectations of both the student and the employer.

Facilitator: David Pender – Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide


Jason Lawrence – Market Development Director – East Asia, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)
Andrew Crisp – Director, CarringtonCrisp
Elyssa Berney – ANZ Talent Acquisition Manager, Boston Consulting Group


Day 3 - Thursday 17 September

10:00 – 11:00 Opening Keynote – It’s complicated  –  Geopolitics, future trade and their impact on our future.
Dr Keith Suter
Academic, Futurist & Commentator
11:30 – 12:30

Partnerships – The fundamental building blocks for the future of education.

ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Sara Caplan – Partner & CEO Skills for Australia – PwC
Joe North – CEO Lockheed Martin ANZ
Professor Chris Gallavin – Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla – Director SMaRT Centre, UNSW
Margot Smith – General Manager Strategy & Partnerships, Institute of Managers and Leaders

1:00 – 2:00

Networking Lounge

1:30 – 2:30 Closing Keynote 
Professor Margaret Sheil AO
Vice Chancellor & President QUT