2018 MBA Directors Forum Speakers

Michelle Gallaher

Michelle Gallaher

Michelle Gallaher has been an entrepreneur, science communicator, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years.

Her career spans working as an orthopist with low vision patients in public hospitals, to executive roles in ASX-listed biotech companies. She has led major national medical research initiatives, and served as Chief Executive Officer of the peak body for biotechnology and medtech in Victoria, the BioMelbourne Network, stimulating the growth of the local sector.

Identifying the emerging impact of social media in the healthcare sector, Michelle left corporate life in 2014, entered the world of entrepreneurship, co-founding The Social Science, a unique digital marketing communications agency focused on the science, health and technology sector.  At the same time, she co-founded a NFP advocacy group, Women in STEMM Australia.  Michelle is also co-founder in a third startup, SkinLife, established in 2016, developing new products with a therapeutic application in dermatology.

Michelle is renowned for her role in supporting and mentoring many in the technology, biotechnology and medtech start-up community and as an advocate for women in STEMM and leadership. Michelle’s positive impact on individuals and organisations in the health and life sciences industry in Australia is both significant and sustaining, evident in her continuing influence as a non-executive director on boards and advisory committees.

She is a sought-after speaker, mentor, collaborator and influencer.  Michelle is an enthusiastic contributor to the Victorian community as an Ambassador for the Victoria Against Violence Campaign and a regular at the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO SleepOut.

Michelle was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Woman on the Year 2017 and the Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and was inducted in to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in March 2018, celebrating her contribution to the Victorian economy and community.

Jason Lawrence

Professor Roy Green

Roy Green is 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. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge and he has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas. Roy has published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management and undertaken projects with the OECD and European Commission. He is a Fellow of the RSA and Irish Academy of Management. Roy chaired the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre and CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, and has served on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce and as expert adviser to the recent Senate Innovation System inquiry. He led Australian participation in a global study of management and productivity and an Australian Business Deans Council initiative on the future of management education. He is currently a member of the BCA’s Innovation Taskforce, Innovative Manufacturing CRC board and chair of the Queensland Competition Authority.

Marie Wilson

Professor Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson is the Pro Vice Chancellor: Business and Law, and Professor of Management, at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She has over twenty years of University leadership experience, including senior roles at Griffith University and The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is the former managing director of a multinational medical relief agency, and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies, including one of the world’s largest IT companies. She also has extensive experience in start-up and high technology ventures. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, and a Fellow of AIM and ANZAM. Professor Wilson holds a JD in contract and employment law, and a PhD in management of higher education, as well as other postgraduate degrees in science and rehabilitation. Her speciality areas in research, teaching and practice are the management of performance, with a focus on professionals and knowledge work. She has over 20 years high level experience in consultancy and executive development for both public and private enterprises.

Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson is a search consultant with Russell Reynolds and Associates. Her search experience ranges from CEOs to other senior executive leaders over a wide range of industry sectors.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Amber was a Consultant at Strategic Project Partners; a strategy consulting firm. Prior to that, she served as Corporate Legal Counsel for Transurban, an international road network operator, Nissan Motor Company, Vanguard Investments and Goldman Sachs JBWere. Amber was a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial Team and completed her Articles at Norton Rose.

Amber is a Councilor on the Melbourne Business School Alumni Council and is a recently a retired professional race car driver and race driver coach. She has a Bachelor of Laws, Honours and Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Jason Lawrence

Rob Lawrence

At the 2014 AIEC Conference in Brisbane, Rob was presented with the highly prestigious Award forDistinguished Contribution to International Education. This award was in recognition of 25 years at the forefront of the industry, undertaking research and developing strategies which have helped to shape the face of the Higher Education industry. Rob’s understanding of education market dynamics, demand and drivers is without equal. Each year, he interviews many thousands of students, academics, employers and opinion leaders, on behalf of universities, government agencies, institutions and cooperative organisations around the world. Rob describes his role as projecting future market demand and testing market potential. Much of the work which Rob undertakes is in entirely new space. Rob has worked in over 45 countries on projects for the Australian Federal Government and all State Governments, 14 peak bodies, over 90 universities and countless colleges, schools and institutions. Over recent years, Rob has worked on the research and strategy to inform mobility, employability, accommodation, brand and market positioning strategies for government agencies, universities and peak bodies; as well as campus feasibility tests in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Italy and the UK. Rob conducted research for the New Colombo Plan strategy, and was a lead strategist for the FutureUnlimitedcampaign, the AUIDF employability plan and the Go8 international PhD strategy. Rob was co-author of the Federal Government funded book Making A Difference: Celebrating 25 Years of Australia’s international education industry. Rob is a key contributor to the industry through keynote addresses, professional development programs, workshops and seminars. www.research.com.au

Jason Lawrence

Jason Lawrence

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.

Jason Lawrence

Professor Michael Page

Michael Page is Professor of Finance and Management and a past Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bentley University in Massachusetts. Before joining Bentley, he served as the Dean of Post-Experience Programs and Executive Director at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management. Previously he was the Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Graduate School of Business. Mike joined Erasmus after sixteen years at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town where he also held the Len Abrahams Chair in Finance. Mike currently serves on the boards of EFMD and South Africa Partners. Previously he also served on the Board of AACSB International, on its Committee for Issues in Management Education (CIME), as chair of its Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC), and as a member of the International Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality that developed the new accreditation standards. Mike serves on advisory boards for Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Cape Town University’s Graduate School of Business, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) School of Management, Paris, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux and Marseille, and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow. He has also previously served on the international advisory board of Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration. Mike’s thirty years as business school academic includes having held professorships in finance, executive education, and management, and senior academic administrative positions on three continents. He has served for eight years as statutory director of private companies including as general (managing) director, three years as a senior consultant and fund management advisor, and been senior partner in a small consulting business that advised organizations on maximizing their human and social capital.

Jason Lawrence

Professor George Feiger

Since June 2013 George has been the Executive Dean of Aston Business School, returning to the academic world, in which he began his professional career. From 2003 to May 2013 George was the founder and CEO of Contango Capital Advisors, a wealth management firm in San Francisco. George has also been a Director of McKinsey & Co, working in the US and the UK, the Global Head of Investment Banking for SBC Warburg, the Global Head of Onshore Private Banking for Swiss Bank Corporation and then for UBS and a member of the Group Management Boards of both Swiss Bank Corporation and UBS. George has also been involved in a variety of venture capital activities. He has been a frequent commentator on economic and financial topics in a variety of media. George was a Lecturer in Economics at Harvard and then Assistant and Associate Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the 1970s. George holds a B Econ (Hons) from Monash University and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He was also a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard.

Nicole Tee

Nicole Tee

Nicole Tee is the Director of Graduate Studies at Nanyang Business School. She is responsible for the Marketing and Admissions of postgraduate programmes at the school.

Nicole has extensive experience in MBA programs globally. Previously, she managed the EMBA team spread across INSEAD’s three campuses – France, Singapore and United Arab Emirates, and was responsible for its Global Executive EMBA programs which took place on these three campuses, as well as the joint EMBA program with China’s Tsinghua University.

Prior to that, she was based in Barcelona, Spain, where she first led the Marketing and Admissions activities for IESE Business School’s Global Executive MBA before becoming a Program Director.
Nicole is a native Singaporean, and has gained management experience across Asia and Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business (Marketing) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and an MBA from INSEAD (Europe campus; July 2003).

Before her career in education, she developed broad marketing experience in prestigious advertising agencies in Asia (such as Wunderman, the Young & Rubicam/WPP Group, and M&C Saatchi), and held a marketing position in the Asian headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank, the leading emerging markets bank.

Nicole speaks English, Mandarin, and Spanish. She is married to her classmate from INSEAD and they have 2 young daughters.

Martin Butler

Martin J Butler

Martin Butler is a Senior Lecturer at the Stellenbosch University Business School (USB) and a Research Associated at the Institute for Future Studies (IFR). He holds an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria, an MBA with specialization in project management (Cum Laude) from the USB.

Martin joined academia in 2007, after a 15-year career in the ICT industry. Martin has an active interest in the related fields of information systems management, technology futures, project management and innovation management and lectures in these disciplines at the USB, IFR as well as in Europe and Asia. He also consults to industry in these areas.

Martin is passionate about the utilisation of ICT in education and strives for the innovative use technology in his own teaching. He serves in an advisory capacity on the effective use of ICT and execution of ICT projects to many business entities. He was the project leader and programme manager for the USB’s Postgraduate Diploma (BMA) that uses a pioneering virtual classroom concept to simultaneously reach students in the classroom, on the internet and on their mobile phones, a University of Stellenbosch first. Martin currently heads up the USB’s MBA programme that extended this new technology on the USB’s flagship programme.

He frequently appears in the local media on matters technology, innovation and project management related and has presented papers in his areas of interest at numerous industry and academic conferences locally and abroad.

Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes is a Professor of Strategy at IMD, and deputy dean of the MBA program. Professor Haanaes has published articles in top publications such as Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review and has conducted reports for BCG, MIT and the World Economic Forum. He is co-author of the bestselling book “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy” published in 2015 by Harvard Business Review Press, which has been translated into seven languages. He is also a recent TED speaker (“Two reasons companies fail – and how to avoid them”). Before joining IMD, Professor Haanaes was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Professor Haanaes has been Executive Director of The Research Council of Norway and held research positions at BI Norwegian Business School and Stanford University (Visiting Scholar). He holds an MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), the IB program at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD in Strategy from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Jason Lawrence

Jessica Schubert

Jessica Schubert is the Regional Sales Director Asia, Melbourne Office, International Study Programs. She has over 20 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 16 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 Melbourne, 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 experienced facilitator for leadership development programs.

Victoria O’Connor

For the past 18 years Victoria has owned and operated her business, MBA Solutions. She undertakes entrepreneurial business development advising and consulting work to MBA Programs and business-related faculties in universities.

She instigated and operated MBA Showcases (subsequently Postgrad Expos) for 3 years before selling this part of the business, and MBA Connect and Postgrad Biz Connect, web-based central clearing house services linking prospective MBA students with Australian universities, operated until 2012. Victoria instigated and organises the annual MBA Directors Forum for Australian and New Zealand MBA Directors and Program managers. This is now in its twelfth year.

Prior to establishing her own business Victoria was the Executive Director of the MBA Program at the University of New England, Armidale for 7 years.

Victoria is also an academic and has taught at the University of Sydney, University of New England and Southern Cross University in a diverse range of subjects including Consultation and Participation, Reframing Organisational Futures, Managing Change, Planning Processes, Human Resource Development, Energizing Organisations, Organisational Change and Development and also Economics.

2018 MBA Directors Forum Program

Wednesday 9th May

10:30 Registration and Morning Tea – Bourke Room
11:00 Conference welcome and introductions
Plenary – Business Schools Now and in the Future
11:30 What’s Next for the MBA
Prof Roy Green, Former Dean UTS Business School and adviser to UTS on innovation and entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney
12:20 The Enterprising MBA: Pathways, partners and the process of growth
Prof Marie Wilson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia
13:10 Lunch
The MBA at My School – What’s Next?
14:10 What is your Program’s USP and What’s Next? 5 Directors, 5 Countries – International Panel (via video link)
Prof Michael Page, Bentley University, Massachusetts, Prof George Feiger, Executive Dean, Aston Business School, UK, Nicole Tee, Graduate Program Director, Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Martin Butler, Head, MBA Programs, Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa, Professor Knut Haanaes, Deputy Dean MBA Program, IMD (Switzerland)

Facilitator: Jessica Schubert, Regional Sales Director, International Study Programs

15:50 Afternoon tea
Plenary – MBA Programs and Student Learning
16:20 What’s New and What’s Next?
Dr Michele Schoenberger-Orgad, University of Waikato, Dr Natalia Nickolova, University of Technology Sydney, Mr Damian Scalon, University of Adelaide.
Followed by discussion with all delegates.
17:10 Free time
18:45 Dinner – Canberra Room

Dinner Speaker: Michelle Gallaher
Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017

Thursday 10th May

07:00 – 8:50 Breakfast (Restaurant)
Plenary – Our Future Leaders
09:00 What Business Needs from MBAs
Amber Anderson, Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates
09:50 Building Your Pipeline
Jason Lawrence, Director, Market Development (North Asia), Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®)
10:40 Morning Tea
11:10 I have a problem – you solve it sessions
13:00 Lunch
Plenary 3 – Business and Students Today and Tomorrow
14:00 New Horizons: What happens when education and innovation collide
Robert Lawrence, Founder, Prospect Research and Marketing
14:50 The MBA –  Past, Present and Future
Victoria O’Connor, Principal, MBA Solutions
15:40 Concluding remarks and afternoon tea
16:00 Depart