2020 Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum

Welcome to the 2020 Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum. Now in its 14th year, the Forum is the premier event that brings together leaders in education and industry from across Australia and New Zealand to connect and to exchange learnings and ideas.
Speakers this year will highlight key industry trends brought about by the recent global events of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement causing us to rethink and reimagine our world and our responsibilities as citizens of a global community.

Subjects include, economic impacts and recovery predictions, resilience as an essential for all leaders, the role of education when developing diverse and inclusive cultures, employability and career leadership programs, industry engagement, research, generational and experiential learning.


The 2020 Forum program is now available.
We welcome, keynote speakers:

Keynote Presenters

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