2020 MBA Directors Forum

2020 has certainly been a year of immense change forcing people all around the world to rethink, reflect and re-evaluate. The impact of COVID-19 and more recently the Black Lives Matter movement are world events impacting the way we work, learn and live.

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of the 2020 Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum. As the first international education event post COVID-19, the Forum will provide delegates with an opportunity to connect with each other and hear from global, Australian and New Zealand leaders in education and business presenting and discussing the events of the last few months, the latest trends and the impacts on MBA education in our region and globally.

How has our world of learning changed? How have the needs and motivations of future MBA students changed? What are short term implications and the long-term opportunities for Business Schools in Australia and New Zealand?

The 2020 Forum program has been redesigned to showcase how MBA Directors and their teams are adapting, leading innovations in learning practices, engaging with industry to create new experiences via technology that is driving change in our worlds of work, learning and life.

We welcome you to join fellow academics and leaders from industry for 14th Annual Australia New Zealand MBA Director’s Forum to learn, identify, and explore the possibilities, finding new ways forward for academia and business in a world that has now changed forever.

Keynote Presenters

Conference keynote speakers confirmed include ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) – University of New South Wales; Mr Chris Richardson – Partner Deloitte Access Economics; Ms Tricia Hobson – Immediate Past (and first female) Global Chairman and Global Leader, Insurance and Diversity & Inclusion at Norton Rose Fullbright; Dr Keith Suter, Academic and  Commentator; Associate Professor Lan Snell, Academic Program Director, Global MBA; Dr Geoff Perry, incoming Executive Vice President and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Auckland University of Technology and Ms Sara Caplan, Partner & CEO PwC Skills for Australia. 

Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson

Partner – Deloitte Access Economics

Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director – Centre for SMaRT, University of New South Wales

Michael Cavanagh

Dr Michael Cavanagh 

Deputy Director Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney

Geoff Perry

Dr Geoff Perry

Executive Vice President and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB

Dr Keith Suter

Dr Keith Suter

Academic, Futurist  and Commentator, Sydney International Campus, Boston University

 

Tricia Hobson

Tricia Hobson

Partner and Global Head of Insurance, Australia and Asia Pacific, Norton Rose Fullbright

Agnes Naera

CEO – NZ Global Women

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Vice Chancellor & President QUT

Academic Leaders

Lan Snell

Associate Professor Lan Snell 

Academic Program Director – Global MBA, Macquarie Business School

 

Professor Rod McNaughton

Academic Director  -Centre of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland School of Business

Dr Dipak Jain 

President (Europe) China Europe International Business School, CEIBS

Dr Ian Fenwick 

Dean – Sasin School of Management, University of Thailand

 

Dr Chris Vas 

Director MBA & Industry Programmes, University of Canterbury 

 

Jason Lawrence

Jason Lawrence

Market Development Director for East Asia, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

 

Chris Gallavin 

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor – College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University

 

David Pender

Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

 

Margaret Inman

Assistant Dean Institute of Management and Health University of Wales

Industry Leaders

Suzi Hewlett 

Director, PwC’s Skills for Australia 

Rosamund Christie 

Program Director Executive Education Strategic and Adaptive Leadership AGSM, University of New South Wales

 

Mat Jacobsen 

CEO & Founder, Ducere Global School of Business

Matthew Temple

Senior Director Alumni Career & Professional Development, Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University

 

Joe North 

CEO Lockeed Martin, Australia & New Zealand 

 

Arun Sebastian

Cheif Financial Officer, IBM New Zealand

 

Daljit Sing 

Director Leadership Development, Baker & McKenzie

 

Isuru Fernando 

Google Cloud, Google New Zealand

Margot Smith FIML

General Manager Strategy & Partnerships, The Institute of Managers and Leaders 

Elyssa Berney

ANZ Talent Acquisition Manager, BCG

 

Mike Lanzing 

General Manager, UniBank

Andrew Crisp 

Director, CarringtonCrisp

Jane Mahady

Bell Shakespeare Actor 

 

Jack Crumlin

Bell Shakespeare Actor

2020 Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum
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Day 1 - Tuesday 15 September

 

9:30 Conference Opens Networking Lounge
9:55

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
AACSB
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

With:

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

With:

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