About Us

Education Is Central To Our Lives, Our Society, Our Economy

At its core, education empowers us to fulfil our ambitions and our aspirations.  Education gives us the knowledge and the skills to change, to advance, to disrupt, to innovate, to create, participate and activate.  Education is a connector and an enabler. Education is also a discriminator and a blocker.

In recent times, the practice of education is being questioned. Relevance, commoditisation, cost, impact and purpose are being debated by business, industry, students, parents, politicians, policy makers, government officials, university boards, Chancellors and the academic community.

Established in 2006, the Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum is an important event for MBA Directors to connect, learn, debate and celebrate current and emerging trends, the success and opportunities impacting the people, business and education.

Our vision – to create a vibrant platform for leaders in education and business to engage, promoting relevant, expert and trusted dialogue enabling greater connectivity and understanding of the impacts of education and aspiration – exploring and uncovering best solutions for people as new business models and technology change not only the way we work, but how we live, learn and play.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 14th Annual Australia New Zealand MBA Directors in May 2020.

Managing Director
Libby Marshall

Dr Richard David Hames

Founder and CEO of Steam Capital Libby Marshall is fascinated by the role people play in shaping their own success – particularly as Australian, New Zealand and global industries face significant disruption of the modern era.

Her vision is to challenge the barriers that exist between individuals, business and education – enabling greater connectivity, understanding and impact of education and aspiration – exploring the best solutions for people and business as workforce changes impact the way we work and live.

As a thought leader on preparedness for the future of work, career transition and employability, Libby is a proponent of the Steam Capital Future Talent Pre-requisites and her “Whole Person” agenda.

Her career has spanned more than 30 years’ with experience in business working in a diverse range of industries including tourism, sport, government, not-for-profit, energy and education.  She has worked in the UK, France and Australia, within the disciplines of strategy, people development, employability, talent acquisition, organisational capability and capacity, marketing, communications and event management.

In recent years, Libby has participated in and advised organisers of global conferences and summits on the future of work and education.  Most notably, the MBA Career Services and Employers Alliance conference in Shanghai and Hong Kong (March 2017 & March 2018) and other employment and education conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Singapore.

When building and developing the capability and capacity of people, Libby brings a depth and breadth of knowledge highly valued by business, industry and candidates alike. Her expertise in uncovering individual career pathways, as well as creating organisational talent acquisition and management strategies, provides a unique combination. She holds a strong track record identifying emerging employment trends and business needs and has earned a highly regarded reputation for connecting people to business and business to people.

She is the Managing Director of the Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum, a current MBA Coach at the University of Sydney Business School, Director of MS Queensland, Co-chair of the MBA Career Services and Employers Alliance 2018 Asia Conference (Hong Kong) and lead consultant for the 2018 GMAC Asia Pacific Conference to be held in Mumbai November 2018.

During her career, she has held board directorships with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Celebrate Queensland Committee (Australia Day Council Queensland).  Libby holds post graduate qualifications in HR and Business, is an MBA graduate of the University of Queensland and a certified Myer Briggs Practitioner.