2017 MBA Directors Forum Speakers
Paul Danos was the ninth Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College July 1995 to July 2015 and is currently the Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration. Before joining Tuck, he was Senior Associate Dean and chaired professor of accounting at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and BS and MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is a CPA and a member of the AICPA.
Dean Danos has led comprehensive curricular innovations at both Tuck and the University of Michigan Business School. At Tuck his major themes have been faculty growth and excellence and giving students increasing access to faculty expertise. During his tenure Tuck has grown the ethnic, gender and international diversity of its student body, while steadily improving student qualifications and with world leading placement rates for its graduates. The MBA Program is consistently ranked among the very top worldwide and the Masters of Health Care Delivery Science for mid-career health care executives which is Tuck’s first major venture in distance learning. Dean Danos was named Dean of the Year in 2014 by Poets and Quants. On his retirement as Dean, Tuck Alumni and friends contributed $10,000,000 to endow the Paul Danos Deanship at Tuck.
Dean Danos is very active in reviewing major business schools for accreditation by the AACSB International and other accrediting organisations. Dean Danos has published two textbooks, several research monographs and over 25 scholarly articles and has made presentations at many academic and professional meetings on topics ranging from financial accounting to the future of management education. He has been extensively quoted in the press on all areas of business education.
Since 2012 Mark Farrell has been Professor of Marketing and Head of the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University. Concurrently, Mark serves as a Director at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland and was formerly an Advisory Board Member at the SP Jain School of Global Management.
From 1991 until 2012, Mark served in a number of roles at Charles Sturt University, starting out as an Associate Lecturer in Marketing and moving on to serve as the Head of School in International Business, then as the Director of Graduate Business Programs and the Head of Graduate School of Management. Following this, Mark was the MBA Director, the Sub-Dean of Marketing and then the Associate Dean in Research and Marketing for the Faculty of Arts. For several years’ in between, Mark served as Visiting Professor at Berner Fachhochschule in Switzerland.
Mark has published in several leading journals including the European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management and the Journal of Strategic Marketing. Mark and John A. Davis are co-authors of the book “The Market Oriented University: Transforming Higher Education,” http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-market-oriented-university
Mark earned his BA in Politics with International Studies from the University of Warwick and his MSc in Marketing from the University of Manchester. Mark also earned a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a PhD in Marketing from Monash University, Australia.
Paul Thomas, CEO Gateway Credit Union has an impressive track record in financial services spanning four decades. Under Paul’s leadership, Gateway has twice been voted Credit of the Year.
Paul has forged a reputation as a thought leader via his CEO Blog, which has spawned two books. Both volumes are a crash course in the political, economic, social and technological issues impacting our world (http://goko.com.au/bite-size-advice2)
An accomplished public speaker and writer, Paul’s credentials include an MBA and a Diploma in Financial Services.
Tracy Playle, CEO and Communications Strategist, Pickle Jar Communications Ltd and Utterly Content Ltd is a communications and digital engagement advisor to the education and related sectors.
Tracy previously worked in communications at the University of Warwick. Prior to founding her first consultancy in 2007, Tracy worked as Head of Research TV, a broadcast public relations service that raised the profile of university research on television channels around the world and online.
She has worked with almost 140 institutions, including approximately 100 higher education institutions in 20 countries. In 2014 she became the first European digital communications specialist to be awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Teaching Award for public speaking at education advancement conferences around the world. This award has been given to only 20 people in Europe in 20 years.
Anna Ross is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based creative and entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Kester Black – the ethical, sustainable nail polish and skincare company she launched in 2012 and quickly built into one of the fastest-growing and most innovative beauty brands. The Australian made Kester Black now sells to Asia, America, Europe and also the Middle East, where its water-permeable products appeal to Muslim women.
A rule breaker by nature, Anna’s on a mission to initiate global change in the beauty industry by setting new standards for cosmetics with a positive social and environmental impact. Anna’s products are certified vegan, sustainable and cruelty-free. These accreditations have attracted a cult-like following from customers across the world who love her beautiful products with an ethical edge.
Being values-led is central, but Anna’s also a commercial powerhouse, a self-made success, and the prestigious Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year. And Anna is passing on her success and knowledge. Her business has donated 15% of its revenue to charities, she’s an engaging public speaker and is establishing a financial literacy program, ‘More Cents’, to help schoolgirls become money-smart. Fashion designer, jewellery maker, yoga fiend, cosmetics queen; Anna’s proving that ethically, socially and environmentally-minded businesses can also be ground-breaking and highly successful.
Julian Sallabank, is the CEO of Clarius Group Ltd, a leading specialist provider of contracting and recruitment services to corporate and government organisations across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this Julian was the CEO of Student Edge, Australia’s largest student member-based organisation in Australia. He is an experienced executive specialising in commercialising and growing national and international businesses and has worked across a range of industries including financial services, international trade, allied health, education, advertising and information technologies.
Julian holds a Masters degree in Business and Technology (AGSM) and is a non-executive Director, mentor and advisor to a range of organisations including, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne University, Cohort Solutions and is President of the UNSW’s Australian School of Business Melbourne Alumni Committee.
Dr Snell is Director, Education Services, UTS Business School and is a marketing academic with 15+ years industry experience. Her teaching experience comes from institutions including Macquarie University, the University of Technology, and the University of Sydney. Lan comes from the professional services sector and has established her own business in strategic marketing and communications. Lan holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, a Master of Educational Leadership from Macquarie University, and a PhD in Services Marketing from the University of Sydney.
Lan is currently the Director, Education Services for UTS Business School where she is responsible for educational development and the Directorship of the MBA. Her portfolio includes the implementation of strategic educational projects in the areas of blended learning, curatorship of resources and original production, re-accreditation and development and quality assurance of the MBA.
Lan has a strong commitment to research that delivers real impact and benefit for individuals, organisations, and society. Given advances in technology have fundamentally changed the way service is delivered and experienced, Lan is curious about the role of technology-enabled services in improving individual and societal well-being.
Jason Lawrence is the Director for Market Development ASEAN, for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®) based in Hong Kong. Jason is charged with working with business schools and others in ten markets including, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining GMAC in June 2012, Jason was a Professor at KAIST College of Business, where he worked for 6 years. At the same time, he managed the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS).
Jason has a range of experience in managing sales teams or teaching/training roles, in Japan, Korea, and Australia. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business (HRM) and a Master of International Business.
Jessica Schubert is the Regional Sales Director Asia, HK Office,International Study Programs. She has over 16 years of Business Development and Operations experience in the services and hospitality industry. Originally from Germany, Jessica has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong in the past 14 years and has been managing multicultural teams across Asia Pacific and has helped businesses expand into new markets.
As Regional Sales Director for International Study Programs (ISP) based in Hong Kong, Jessica consults Business Schools in Asia to provide them with customised high level academic study programs in order to achieve their rigorous learning goals and to enable the students to connect the classroom with the international business world. Jessica is also an accredited Executive Coach and trained Team Coach.
Glen is an Associate Professor within the QUT Business School and is currently the Director of the Graduate School’s MBA program. Building on his early experiences in retail management Glen is a self-described “technology enhanced educator” with a strong a track record in building and delivering innovative, valuable and applied tertiary education courses. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) / Pearson Management Educator of the Year Award.
Glen says “I make people think, I challenge them, I demand more of them, I excite and engage them, sometimes I upset them – but always with the intent of making them better, more thoughtful, better performing business professionals”.
Glen believes deeply in what he does and is a “pragmatic innovator” – always on the lookout for a new tool, process or approach to help business and industry professionals optimise their performance.
Glen has held management roles in the retail industry both in Australia and the United Kingdom and has previously established and run a boutique on-line business, before selling his share in 2009. He was also awarded a QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2010 for innovative teaching and assessment.
2017 MBA Directors Forum Program
The MBA Today and Tomorrow
Wednesday 10th May
|10:30||Registration and Morning Tea – Alto Room|
|11:00||Conference welcome and introductions|
|Plenary – Business Schools Now and in the Future|
|11:30||The MBA today and tomorrow, (via video and Skype from USA) Prof Paul Danos, Dean Emeritus and Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College|
|12:20||How my management studies helped me in business: lessons for the future, Julian Sallabank, CEO, Ignite|
|14:10||Re-engineering the MBA, Dr Lan Snell, Director Education Services, UTS Business School and Dr Glen Murphy, MBA Director, QUT Graduate School of Business|
|15:10||Discussion – Designing the MBA for today and tomorrow|
|Plenary – MBA Programs – communications|
|16:10||How to Win Friends and Influence People, Jessica Schubert, Regional Sales Director Asia, International Study Program|
|18:45||Dinner – Swanston Room
Dinner Speaker: The Evolution of Design, Anna Ross, CEO, Kester Black
Thursday 11th May
|07:00 – 8:50||Breakfast (Restaurant)|
|Plenary – Our Future Leaders|
|09:00||Riding the tide of disruption, Prof Mark Farrell, Professor of Marketing, Head of the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University|
|09:50||Meet the Segments, Jason Lawrence, Director, Market Development (North Asia), Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®)|
|11:10||I have a problem – you solve it sessions|
|Plenary 3 – Business Today and Tomorrow|
|14:00||What Business needs from MBA graduates, Paul Thomas, CEO Gateway Credit Union|
|14:50||Creating effective digital communications: today and tomorrow, Tracy Playle, CEO, Pickle Jar Communications|
|15:40||Closing remarks and afternoon tea|