APAC2018


Speakers

Fraser AlexanderFraser Alexander
Development Manager
The University of Auckland

Fraser Alexander leads Planned giving at the University of Auckland. Inspired by researching and writing "choice determinants of donor decision-making to selected charities" in 2006, Fraser has spent 12 years of his 20-year fundraising career in legacy giving. A regular speaker on designing, facilitating and implementing a legacy giving programme, on legator behaviour and on the why and how of legacy communications, Fraser's address focusses on Analysing emotions, behaviours and donor insight to formulate strategy, on socialising legacy giving and on enabling legacy conversations. Hear how Fraser is inspiring legators to be part of the "for all of our Futures" campaign - the largest fundraising campaign in New Zealand history.


Noelehua ArchambaultNoelehua Archambault
Senior Director of Development
Punahou School

Noe is the Senior Director of Development, enjoying her twelfth year at her alma mater, Punahou School. Previously, she was at Harvard University as Associate Director of International Initiatives, and at the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa as Director of Development. Noe received a BA cum laude from Cornell University in Comparative Literature and a Masters in International Education from Harvard University. She is on the Board of the YWCA of O'ahu and previously served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Aloha Chapter Board. She loves spending time with her husband Chris and sons Kaiea and Makana, enjoying all that Hawai'i has to offer.


Sue BirchSue Birch
Director, Advancement Services
The University of Queensland

As Director, Advancement Services at The University of Queensland, Sue oversees systems and information management, reporting and data analytics, prospect research and management, and gift services, delivering a suite of services to support university-wide objectives in donor and alumni engagement, strategic relationship management and philanthropic fundraising.

Cognisant of the role data plays in the success of Advancement programs, Sue is an experienced Advancement Services professional, well-regarded within the industry in Australia for her expertise and knowledge.

Sue holds a Master of Technology (Information Technology) from RMIT University and a Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) from Queensland University of Technology.


Allison Blahna

Allison Blahna
Development Manager
The University of Melbourne

Allison Blahna is an Advancement professional with over 10 years' experience in higher education across Australia and the United States. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2016 and established the first Leadership Annual Giving program at the University. Allison is currently a Development Manager in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, with a focus on securing major gifts for health and medical research and student support.


Liza Boffen-YordanovLiza Boffen-Yordanov, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
‎Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Liza is the first Chief Development Officer at IIT Bombay and also serves as the CEO of the IITB Foundation, based in Mumbai, focusing her efforts on building relationships with IITB alumni and friends worldwide. She was Vice President of Advancement at Franklin University Switzerland, and previously Senior Director of International Alumni Programs and Development at George Washington University.

Liza has two decades of advancement experience with a range of organizations, including SingHealth, the National University of Singapore, Purdue University, Trinity (Washington) University and Historic Prophetstown.

She was the first in Singapore to have attained the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.


Julianne BrandonJulianne Brandon
Director of Community Engagement
Carey Baptist Grammar School

Julianne commenced her career as a teacher in both primary and secondary education and went on to complete a Masters of Education by research. Her professional experience also includes management roles in education, educational publishing and healthcare. For the past 12 years, she has worked in the area of school advancement, specialising in marketing, communication and enrolments. Julianne holds postgraduate qualifications in Communications and Education. She is an experienced manager and leader with a passion for education. Julianne currently holds the position of Director of Community Engagement at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne.


Jay BudnerJay Budner
Executive Director of Strategic Talent Development
University Development and Alumni Relations
University of California, San Francisco

Jay Budner is the executive director for strategic talent development for University Development and Alumni Relations for the University of California, San Francisco. He and his team lead all aspects of talent management including talent infrastructure, learning and capability development, career management, succession management, leadership development, talent acquisition, capability and competency management, and workforce planning. He is also the founder and president of CORE Leadership Consulting, a full-service leadership development and consulting practice.


Deborah CarrDeborah Carr
Executive Director, Advancement
Western Sydney University

Deborah leads the activity and strategy for philanthropy and alumni relations at Western Sydney University. The strategy aims to ensure a strong culture of giving (and asking) advances the University's teaching and research agendas.

Deborah is a dynamic and accomplished philanthropy and marketing-communications executive, with over 20 years' experience and a versatile skill set. Deborah brings strategic insight from industries including higher education, finance, building, retail and not-for-profits.

Deborah enjoys articulating complex issues and managing multiple stakeholders, taking each on a journey and providing mutual benefit. She feels that stimulating collective thought, identifying new opportunities and developing a culture are paramount to building strong relationships and ultimately, strong revenue streams.


Tommy ChoTommy Cho
Director of Information Services
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tommy Cho is the Director of Information Services of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), responsible for the contents of its institutional publications and on its website. He has benchmarked against the prevailing styles and best practices of international high journalism and been making incessant explorations on the digital fronts. He believes that a school magazine must not look, feel or read like a school magazine to be attractive to the widest spectrum of stakeholders. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Education Advancement & Marketing published by Henry Stewart Publications in the UK. He is the author of eight books.


Janet ChowJanet Chow
Director of Institutional Advancement
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Janet Chow obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her first career was a Management Trainee at Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., and later specialized in Human Resources Management. In 2001, she moved on her career in higher education administration. She assumed directorship at Clinical Sciences Administration at Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a wide spectrum of administrative experience. Since 2010, she has appointed the Director of Institutional Advancement, working closely with the Vice-Chancellor in soliciting major gifts for the strategic development of the University.


Jon CroteauJon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.
Vice President for Client Relations
Lois L. Lindauer Searches

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D., is an internationally recognized leader with more than 20 years of senior-level Advancement, leadership, and executive recruitment experience. His unique background as a chief advancement officer, leadership consultant, author, teacher, and speaker makes him a thoughtful and thought-provoking consultant to an array of institutions across the globe.

Jon has authored many books and dozens of articles on leadership and talent management, and speaks regularly on the topics. He also has served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and at the University of Rochester's Warner Graduate School of Education.


Sue CunninghamCrystal AppleSue Cunningham
President & CEO
      Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham became the 10th president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in March 2015. CASE supports more than 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in advancing their institutions through developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. Under her leadership, CASE has reimagined its membership model and begun an ambitious strategic plan to better serve its members. A recognized expert in the advancement profession, Ms. Cunningham has 20 years of experience at leading institutions, including the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, Christ Church, Oxford and St. Andrews University. Ms. Cunningham earned a bachelor's degree from Middlesex University and was awarded a master's degree from Oxford University. She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A long-time CASE volunteer, Ms. Cunningham received a CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award and CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Russell DavidsonRussell Davidson
Director of School Development & Alumni Relations
Haileybury

Russell began at Haileybury, Australia's largest independent School with over 4500 students in 2008. Russell is responsible for implementing a diverse range of services, communication techniques and opportunities for an assorted group of over 16000 members of the Old Haileyburians Association (OHA). Russell has led the implementation of three strategic plans for the alumni network, each time building on the successes of the previous terms work. The OHA is now recognised as one of the leading alumni organisations in Australia. Russell has assisted with the implementation of the Haileybury Foundation, with the challenge of creating a culture of philanthropy that had not been in existence in the 125 year history.


Charles DavisCharles Davis III
Director of Strategic Development
International School of Kuala Lumpur

Charles "Chuck" Davis serves as Director of Strategic Development at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ISKL). He has responsibility for both the fundraising program as well as Marketing and Communications. As ISKL prepares to move into its new purpose built campus, he is leading a campaign to support its development and has led the institution through a rebranding which has resulted in a renewed marketing campaign to increase enrolment. He came to ISKL from his role CEO of the Robert Gordon University Foundation, Aberdeen Scotland. Previously a US university fundraiser, he served as Assistant VP of University Advancement and Campaign Director at Elon University in North Carolina.


Emma DongEmma Dong
Programme Manager
Admissions and Academic Liaison Section, The Registry
The University of Hong Kong

For years, Emma Dong has been executing perhaps the most successful overseas university marketing strategy targeting Mainland China. She received her Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong in 2012, and has served the University since. Growing up in Shanghai, Emma has extensive first-hand experience with these social media platforms.


Moyra DoyleCrystal Apple Moyra Doyle
 Founder
       Richmond Associates

Moyra Doyle has worked over the last two decades with some of the world's leading cultural and education institutions. Before founding Richmond Associates, a boutique executive search firm, Moyra played a senior role in organizational and strategic change initiatives at London's Southbank Centre, as Development Director. For 5 years before that she managed a global team in London, Toronto and Sydney for BBC Worldwide.

In addition to her Bachelor's degree, she has an MA in the Management of Human Resources.


Aleks DuricAleks Duric
Director (Advancement)
Saint Ignatius' College Riverview

Aleks is an experienced fundraising and development professional, working across both the not-for-profit and education sectors for over 17 years. As Director (Advancement) at Saint Ignatius' College Riverview in Sydney, Aleks leads the Office of Advancement and Riverview College Foundation, which serves to advance the goals of the College by building and strengthening relationships with diverse constituencies, encouraging community, collaboration and investment in its programs and initiatives. Prior to Riverview, Aleks was Director - Major Gifts at the University of Sydney. During his tenure, the development program raised over $80M per year in support of the INSPIRED Campaign, which realized its goal two years ahead of schedule.


Amy FongAmy Fong
Chief Executive Officer
Save the Children Hong Kong

Amy Fong is Chief Executive of Save the Children Hong Kong. Amy joined us in 2015 after having spent nearly two decades in financial services with institutions including JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, working in the US and Asia. Amy brings strong senior executive skills combined with a passion for Save the Children's mission to serve the most vulnerable members of society. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has an MBA from Columbia University. Amy is a Hong Kong native and has a 16 year old daughter and an 11 year old son.


Margaret GardnerProfessor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor
Monash University

Professor Margaret Gardner is President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University. She has previously held leadership positions at RMIT, the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Professor Gardner is Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, the Australia and NZ School of Government (ANZSOG), and a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Professor Gardner's previous roles include chair of the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching, Museum Victoria, Australian-American Fulbright Commission and ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board.

Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.


Simone GarskeSimone Garske, CFRE
Director - Alumni and Development
Queensland University of Technology

Simone Garske has more than 20 years' experience in higher education advancement. As Director of the Alumni and Development at QUT, Simone is responsible for the strategic leadership of the university's alumni and philanthropy programs. Under Simone's leadership QUT's advancement portfolio has rapidly expanded, including the growth of the Learning Potential Fund into the largest equity scholarship program of its kind in Australia. She is currently a member of the CASE Asia-Pacific Board and a mentor to the CASE graduate trainee program.

Simone has a Bachelor of Business (Communication) and an MBA from QUT.


Felicity GouldthorpFelicity Gouldthorp
Deputy Director (Operations)
The Australian National University

Felicity Gouldthorp is the Deputy Director (Operations) of the Division of Alumni Relations & Philanthropy at the Australian National University.

Felicity has worked in the higher education sector for 21 years in a variety of roles ranging from student and scholarship administration, business management, curriculum design, executive management, governance, and more recently, philanthropy and engagement.

Felicity has attended courses at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue and is greatly inspired by the Advancement sector.

She enjoys solving complex problems with innovative and streamlined solutions, within the context of a giving and donor-centric culture. Felicity also loves to share her ‘attitude of gratitude' with the community.


Liz HawkinsLiz Hawkins
Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales
Adelaide Festival Centre

Liz Hawkins is a professional arts administrator with over 25 years' experience in project management, programming and fundraising within the education and creative industries. She has worked with large and small-scale arts organisations, major universities and community organisations in the UK, North America and Australia. Liz started her career in the Development Office at Cornell University, spent 10 years as a professional actor and is currently the Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales at the Adelaide Festival Centre.


Kirsty HooperKirsty Hooper
Alumni Relations Manager
The University of Melbourne

Kirsty Hooper first joined the University of Melbourne in 2011 to lead activities for the Melbourne Medical School 150th Anniversary program. Since then she has led the alumni relations program in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has extensive experience in strategic programming, volunteer management and stakeholder engagement.


Marnie Hughes-WarringtonProfessor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The Australian National University

Professor Hughes-Warrington is the strategic leader across education activities and academic performance at the ANU. Her responsibilities range from education innovation to philanthropy and student fees, accommodation and realising the potential of students and staff alike.

She is an active researcher, with six books and $18 million in grants to her name. She was a key driver with the head of Philanthropy in developing the $106 million Tuckwell program and in reshaping ANU admissions in ways that have had national impact.

She is also the fifth and first woman to be secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships Australia in 114 years.


Jason KetterJason Ketter, PhD
Director, Office of Advancement and Engagement
The University of New England

Jason has 29 years advancement experience having led the programs at The University of Queensland BEL Faculty, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg. Jason authored The Australia Alumni Association of Cambodia 2016 -2021 Strategic Plan for the Association and The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Jason holds a PhD in Public Administration from Penn State completing his dissertation on the Predictors of Alumni Donor Behaviour in Graduates of the Traditional MBA and iMBA Programs. Jason has presented for CASE Asia-Pacific and CASE District Two in the US, and has been recognized with a CASE faculty golden star for conference presentation.


Tricia KingCrystal Apple Tricia King
  Vice President of Global Engagement
        Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Tricia is Vice President Global Engagement at CASE, working to advance education to transform lives and society across the globe. She is based at the CASE office in London and operates between the UK and CASE offices in Washington, Singapore and Mexico City. She works to support higher education leadership teams and the CASE communities of professional practice across 5 continents.

Tricia has worked for 4 very different UK universities over 2 decades, most recently on the leadership team in the University of London where she was Pro-Vice-Master for Strategic Engagement at Birkbeck. Her job focused on connecting an extended, diverse, passionate and committed Birkbeck community into the support of the institution and its remarkable students and staff.


Angelo KourtisAngelo Kourtis
Vice-President (People and Advancement)
Western Sydney University

Angelo Kourtis is transforming the narrative of universities. His insights not only draw on 25 years of leadership in university. As the first in his family to attend university, Angelo contests the commonly held notion that university merely furthers a student's economic ambitions and career.

Angelo argues Universities must create Citizen Scholars who can challenge established attitudes and paradigms, and that we will never overcome our great global, economic, social and political challenges if we don't deliver graduates who can look beyond the confines of their chosen academic discipline.

Angelo's contrarian thinking underpins his professional journey and the evolution of Western Sydney University in its recent acclaimed ‘retro branding'.


Christina LeeChristina Lee
Head of Individual Philanthropy Services, Asia
BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch

Christina has been a veteran professional in Philanthropy Services for over 13 years. Having set up and run the Philanthropy team at another major bank since 2005, she had worked hand-in-hand with some of the most notable and high profile philanthropists/ foundations in the region. Her strong working knowledge on the NGOs sector also makes her indispensable for many foundations which need trusted partners to explore granting choices.

Christina obtained her Master of Business Administration from the Imperial College, London Business School, UK. She is a Certified Public Accountants and a qualified member of STEP.


Matthew LeeProfessor Matthew Lee
Vice-President (Development and External Relations)
City University of Hong Kong

Professor Matthew K. O. LEE is Vice-President (Development and External Relations) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Secretary-General of the CityU Foundation. Reporting to the President, he oversees university branding, fundraising, alumni relations, communications and PR. During his tenure, the University has successfully launched a re-branding campaign, adopted a new logo, and received the largest (9-figure) single donation in the University's history.
 
He is concurrently a tenured Chair Professor and Director of 2 listed companies.  He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and is a Barrister-at-Law and Chartered Engineer.


Melanie LeeDr Melanie Lee
Director, Alumni Affairs Office
Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Lee received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Hong Kong and her Doctoral degree from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

Melanie has worked in marketing/branding for 30 years. She spent 10 years in P.R./advertising, and has worked for advertising agencies such as Ogilvy HK. She was Head of Marketing from 2001 - 2010 for HK's major telecommunication companies such as PCCW before she joined HKBU in 2011. Over the years, Melanie received numerous awards including Distinguished Marketer in HKMA Marketing Excellence Award and EFFIE Awards, NY. Melanie worked in New York and Rome in the 1990s.


Kirsti LehmustoKirsti Lehmusto
Director of Communication and Community Relations
University of Helsinki

Kirsti Lehmusto has a strong background as marketing director in Finnish retail, bookstore and publishing business. She is a member of the board in notable Finnish foundations, such as the Kone Foundation Artist in Residence program. She has studied at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and International Executive Program course at INSEAD.

She has been working in her current position at the University of Helsinki from February 2011. With her lead the university has opened up several new innovative science communication spaces and formats: Think Corner co- learning space, Think Company student entrepreneur platform, Vox science communication format and Helsinki Challenge, university 375 year anniversary science competition.


Yvonne LiYvonne Li
Head, Alumni Development, School of Business & Management
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Yvonne Li is an experienced professional in stakeholder relations and communications. She currently oversees alumni relations and promotes corporate partnerships at the HKUST Business School. Her key responsibilities include setting objectives and strategies for alumni programs, and leading efforts to engage alumni and corporate partners to support the School. Previously she led external relations and marketing communications at the medical faculty of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) covering stakeholder engagement, endowment professorships, knowledge transfer and community projects. She also served as a part-time teaching consultant for public administration at HKU. Yvonne holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences and a master's degree in international relations.


Ovidia Lim-RajaramOvidia Lim-Rajaram
Chief Communications Officer
National University of Singapore

As Chief Communications Officer at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Ovidia oversees NUS branding and communications, including reputation management, strategic communications, digital communications, special events and protocol, issues management as well as crisis communications for a diverse community comprising 17 schools and 30 university-level research institutes across three campuses. She is also the press secretary to the university president, and university spokesperson. In her earlier life, Ovidia was a newspaper reporter, broadcast journalist, and a media studies lecturer. She graduated from NUS in political science and history, and holds an MA in International Communication from Macquarie University.


Shirley LoShirley Lo
Associate Director (Development)
The University of Hong Kong

Shirley is Associate Director of the central fundraising team at the University of Hong Kong. She has over 15 years' experience in donor cultivation, solicitation and engagement. She oversees Leadership Gift and Major Gift programmes, which include the Endowed Professorships Scheme and the capital campaign for the university's Centennial Campus. Prior to joining the University, she worked in the Corporate and Financial communications Team of Burson-Marsteller.


Siôn LutleySiôn Lutley
Partner
More Partnership

Siôn is a Partner at international fundraising consultancy More Partnership having previously spent 25 years in fundraising in the UK and Australia, most recently as Executive Director Advancement at the University of Melbourne.

His experience spans both the charitable and higher education sectors having led or been closely involved in five $/£100 million+ campaigns, including Believe - the Campaign for the University of Melbourne which was the first A$1 billion campaign in Australia and is currently the largest in the Asia-Pacific region.

Outside of fundraising, Siôn interests include triathlons and skiing, he plays the saxophone (badly) and has also been a professionally qualified pyrotechnician.


Julia MartinezJulia Martinez, CFRE
Director of Advancement
American School of Dubai, UAE

Julia A. Martinez is the Director of Advancement for the American School of Dubai (ASD), United Arab Emirates. Launching the first-ever advancement efforts, she has developed programs in strategic communications, fundraising/development, community relations, marketing and alumni relations. Founded in 1966, ASD serves the educational needs of more than 1,800 students, K1 through grade 12, and 55 nationalities.

Previously, Julia worked in Advancement for the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). A Certified Fundraising Executive, she holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, an MBA, a teaching credential and a bachelor degree in marketing. She has served on volunteer nonprofit boards, is an educator, university lecturer, financial advisor and trust and estate specialist.ministration (MBA) majoring in Strategic Communications and a Bachelor of Education (BEd).


Dr Laura MitchellLaura Mitchell, PhD
Director of Institutional Advancement
Hong Kong Academy

Laura Mitchell is Director of Institutional Advancement at Hong Kong Academy. She joined the HKA staff in August 2013 after several years as a consultant working with the school to establish an advancement program and coordinating the capital campaign for HKA's new campus. Before working with HKA, Dr. Mitchell served in several capacities in non-profit management and fundraising. Her experience encompasses both educational and cultural organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Dr. Mitchell earned her Bachelor's Degree at Pomona College and her PhD at Yale University. She is passionate about building capacity in educational advancement.


Sarah MorrisSarah Morris
Chief Advancement Officer
Singapore American School

Sarah Morris joined Singapore American School as chief advancement officer in July 2015, bringing deep university fundraising experience to the 4,000 student private school. Previously, Mrs. Morris served as director of major gifts at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she provided strategic direction for university's six and seven-figure fundraising efforts in the Chicago region during the university's current $3.75 billion comprehensive campaign. Prior to that, she served as director of corporate and foundation relations at Rush University Medical Center, a major academic medical center in Chicago, and played a leadership role in Rush's $350 million campaign (completed in 2011). She began her fundraising career in 2001 at the University of Michigan, her alma mater.


Stephen NasonProfessor Stephen Nason
Professor of Business Practice, Department of Management
Director, World Bachelor of Business Program 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professor Nason has taught at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1995.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Management and the Director of WBB, the World Bachelor in Business Program (HKUST). Professor Nason has taught in a wide range UG and post graduate programs at HKUST, including the full time, part time, executive, and company specific MBA programs.  He has received official "letters of commendation for excellent teaching" from the dean for each semester that he has taught at HKUST and his teaching evaluations are consistently in the top 10% of the University.  Professor Nason has worked with a variety of organizations, including Samsung Electronics, Cisco, Motorola, and the Health Care Forum.


Kathryn NelsonKathryn Nelson
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Punahou School

Kathy is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Punahou School. She joined the School's Administrative Leadership team in October 2010, overseeing fundraising, alumni relations and communications departments, which collectively marshal resources and support, advancing the mission of Punahou School. A graduate of University of La Verne, she had more than 20 years of leadership experience in advancement prior to joining Punahou, including 15 years at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. She was also vice president and managing director at Grenzebach Glier and Associates, a philanthropic management consulting firm. She served MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) on both the Hawai‘i and the national board, completing her term in December 2013.


Simon NoakesSimon Noakes
Founder & CEO
Interactive Schools

Global Speaker on the #FutureSchool, Social Media, Schools Marketing & Founder of Interactive Schools. Simon's global experience and passion for strategic marketing, thought leadership, brand values, new technology and innovative thinking is transforming schools
around the world.

Change is the only constant, and schools should stop just talking about 'being outstanding', and focus on being STAND-OUT.

Simon does not follow benchmarks. Success can only be delivered through creating new benchmarks and #InspiringSchools. Simon believes that every school is unique, and wants to help tell their #SchoolStories.

Simon challenges the traditional methods of communication, and embraces new ways of thinking that align to changes in user behaviour and technological advances.


Erik Olson-KikuchiErik Olson-Kikuchi
Director of Admissions & Development
Nagoya International School

Erik Olson-Kikuchi is the Director of Admissions & Development of Nagoya International School (NIS) - a diverse, inclusive school in Nagoya, Japan offering the IB PYP, MYP and DP programs. Originally a graphic designer from Minneapolis in the U.S., Erik enjoys heading a small-shop with a great team at a growing international school with everything from parking duty tasks and capital campaigns to admissions management on their plate. Erik feels that helping parents understand our schools and make the best decisions for each of their children is at the heart of what we do, and keeping that all mission-focused and financially stable is our challenge as school leaders.


Cheryl PalamarekCheryl Palamarek
Director of Admissions and Enrolment
Hong Kong Academy

Cheryl is originally from Canada and graduated from University of Alberta with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She has held multiple roles in international education over the last two decades including Assistant Director of Learner Support, Director of Admissions, Primary School Assistant Principal and Early Childhood Educator. Cheryl has lived and worked in many countries including New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Cheryl joined Hong Kong Academy in August of 2014 where she is currently the Director of Admissions and Enrolment.


Simpson PoonProfessor Simpson Poon
Director of Institutional Advancement Office
Vocational Training Council

Simpson Poon is currently the Director of Institutional Advancement Office at the Vocational Training Council (VTC) in Hong Kong. The Office oversees both Foundation Services and Alumni Relations for the VTC. The Office has worked with major charitable organisations in Hong Kong such as the Hong Kong Jockey Club and HSBC.

Concurrently, Simpson is a principal of an Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a college with close to 4 000 students, under the VTC. Simpson had assumed different roles within the VTC including central administration, Mainland development, applied research, among others. Prior to joining the VTC, he was a Professor (Level E) in Australia. He earned his PhD from Monash University.


Matt RuffleMatthew Ruffle
Director of Institutional Advancement
American School of Bombay

Matthew Ruffle is currently serving as the Director of Institutional Advancement at the American School of Bombay. Before coming to ASB, Matt created and developed the advancement program at the American International School of Dhaka as the Director of Advancement. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in the classroom teaching English literature to Middle and High School students in schools around the world. Matt is a firm believer in creating and nurturing strong relationships with all the diverse members that form an international school community. As a fundraiser, his main focus is on leveraging those relationships to build a strong financial foundation for schools allowing teachers and students to achieve success.


Zeba SalmanZeba Salman
Head of Alumni Programs
The University of Newcastle

As Head of Alumni Programs at the University of Newcastle, NSW Australia, Zeba overviews the University's global portfolio of over 130,000 alumni. Her recent relocation to Australia follows extensive experience with the University of London, most recently at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and previously at Imperial College London. Zeba is an alumna of King's College London, member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and former vice chair of HEERA (Higher Education External Relations Association).


Rachel SandisonRachel Sandison
Executive Director, External Relations
University of Glasgow

Rachel Sandison is the Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Glasgow, UK, where she has responsibility for leading an integrated service covering Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions, International Affairs and Development & Alumni Relations. Rachel is also the University's Universitas 21 network Senior Leader.

Rachel is a Chartered Marketer and Chair of the Glasgow Economic Leadership HE/FE Marketing group and a member of CASE's US Commission in addition to sitting on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also a member of Faculty at the CASE Europe Strategic Marketing Institute and a current School Governor.

Previously, Rachel was the Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Alumni Relations at the University of Aberdeen, UK.


Emma SilvaEmma Silva
Director of Advancement
United Nations International School of Hanoi

Emma joined UNIS Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2011 to launch the school's advancement program which combines strategic communications, institutional reputation management, community and alumni relations and fundraising. She came to Asia after 10 years at the American School of Paris, where she played a central role in embedding development for the school. Prior to ASP, Emma was head of UK fundraising for The Outward Bound Trust, a direction change after a 10-year career in the British media. She is a CASE Commissioner, was on the CASE Strategic Planning Steering Committee, has been a regular speaker at CASE conferences and a judge for the CASE Europe and Asia Pacific Excellence Awards.


Kristel Solomon-SaleemKristel Solomon-Saleem
Director of Learner Support
Hong Kong Academy

Kristel Solomon-Saleem is the Director of Learner Support at Hong Kong Academy. She is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Kristel's passion for teaching and learning have lead her to working closely with the Next Frontier Inclusion as a workshop leader and Design Team Support member and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator. She has had the opportunity to lead workshops for: Special Education Needs In Asia Conference (SENIA), Eastern Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and contribute to the IB Guidelines for Inclusive Education.


Mark SudburyMark Sudbury
Head of Global Network Development
The World 100 Reputation Network

Mark joined World 100 Reputation Network as Head of Global Network Development and The Knowledge Partnership as Communications Consultant in 2017. He led communications and marketing activity at University College London (UCL) for nearly 10 years, helping to establish it as a global brand. Mark was one of the founders of the World 100 Reputation Network in 2007, and became its first Chair. He has presented at conferences around the world on university reputation, communications and marketing. Previously, Mark worked for the UK government, where he managed communications around legislation which led to a ban on smoking in public places, and was Head of Public Affairs at the Football Association.


Tara TurnerTara Turner, CFRE
Senior Advancement Manager
The University of Queensland

Tara Nicole Turner, CFRE, is a specialist in foundation and corporate fundraising and communications. With 15 years of experience, she has expertise in campaign development, major and principal giving, donor communications and stewardship. As Senior Advancement Manager for Institutional Giving at The University of Queensland, she manages an international portfolio of foundations, trusts and corporations at the major and principal gift level. Previously, she was a senior member of the Leadership Philanthropy team at the Canadian Cancer Society and helped to raise $200 million at BC Children's Hospital Foundation in Vancouver, Canada. Tara is an international presenter on philanthropy and past editor/contributor for Healthcare Philanthropy Journal and other philanthropic publications.


Marcus WardMarcus Ward
Senior Director, Development
Monash University

Marcus Ward joined Monash University in 2013 as Senior Director of Development, reporting to the Vice-President, Advancement. He leads a team of 25 development professionals with a remit to build a culture of engagement and philanthropy in support of Monash's mission and vision, through both securing transformational gifts and unprecedented levels of alumni donor participation.

Before joining Monash, Marcus was Head of Major Gifts at Queen's University Belfast, where he worked on two comprehensive fundraising campaigns which culminated in the team being recognised as the Times Higher Education Fundraising Team of the Year 2012.

Marcus is a graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, City University London and Queen's University Belfast.


Kirsten WelbesKirsten Welbes
Director of Advancement
American International School Chennai

Kirsten Welbes is an educator, first and foremost, with a background as a 6-12 social studies teacher & MYP Coordinator. She found herself taking on more advancement roles, such as Director of Communication, Director of Admissions, and Director of Community Relations, which had her overseeing the school's 100 year-old alumni program, at Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. In July of 2015, she joined the American International School Chennai to start their Department of Advancement and beginning their alumni program. Her desire to meet new people, make connections among the community and create opportunities for past, current and future students helped move her along this career path.


Joanne WheelerJoanne Wheeler
Director of Communication and Engagement
Christ Church Grammar School

Joanne has been the Director of Communication and Engagement at Christ Church Grammar School since 2015. She leads a team which includes Reception, Admissions, Graphic design, Communications, Alumni, Archives and Parent Support Group Co-ordinator.

Prior to joining Christ Church Grammar School, she worked for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer where she was responsible for strategic communications and all internal communications. Previously, she was Head of Communications at Western Power and held senior communication positions in the mining and engineering sector.

Joanne holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Strategic Communications and a Bachelor of Education (BEd).


Sarah WilliamsSarah Williams
Senior Consultant & Principal
Leader, Analytical Solutions
Marts & Lundy

Sarah joined Marts & Lundy in 2002 and leads the firm's Analytical Solutions Group. She has extensive experience in data mining, research and analysis as well as nonprofit program development and management. From 2009-2012, Sarah served on Marts & Lundy's Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of the Giving USA Foundation. Additionally, Sarah is a Fundraising Operations Task Force Member and Adjunct Instructor at Rice University's Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Sarah received her B.A. from Trinity University and her M.P.Aff from University of Texas at Austin.


Jeremy WoodallJeremy Woodall
Director of Development, Asia
University of Oxford China Office

Jeremy Woodall has been working in educational advancement in Asia for the past 18 years. As Director of Development, Asia at the University of Oxford China Office in Hong Kong, Jeremy coordinates Oxford's relationships with major gift donors, volunteers and alumni in China and key markets within Asia in support of the £3 billion Oxford Thinking campaign. He is the Administrator of the Rhodes Scholarship for Hong Kong and previously headed the University of Toronto Asia-Pacific Advancement Office.


Antonia YeungAntonia Yeung
Director, Alumni Relations Office
City University of Hong Kong

Antonia joined City University of Hong Kong in 2017 to drive alumni giving and development. An engagement professional certified in Behavioral Analysis, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and Mediation, Antonia is also a DISC® certified practitioner and Certified Zentangle Teacher. Her diverse strengths in conflict resolution and talent development led to leadership appointments in various areas of institutional advancement, including director of alumni affairs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, director of recruitment and admission at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD Hong Kong), and head of the scholarship secretariat of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Antonia chaired the inaugural CASE Asia-Pacific Alumni Relations Institute and has served on the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations.


Yip Yan-YanYip Yan-Yan
Chief Executive Officer
WYNG Foundation

Yan-yan YIP is CEO of WYNG Foundation, a private foundation focussing on philanthropic work in Hong Kong. Prior to joining WYNG Foundation, she was CEO of Civic Exchange. She has extensive experience in public policy research, stakeholders engagement and facilitation.

Yip is a member of the Department of Public Policy Departmental Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong. She is also a board member of Little Life Warrior Society and a Council Member of Clean Air Network. Yip has a Masters degree in International Relations from LSE (UK) and a diploma in multimedia graphic design. She is a certified Master NLP Practitioner and an accredited mediator in Hong Kong.