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

A proud lover of data, Sue is the Director, Advancement Services at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. With more than 10 years' experience overseeing and providing services to support fundraising programs in both the charity and higher-education sectors, Sue is an experienced Advancement Services professional. Well-regarded within the industry in Australia for her expertise and knowledge, Sue is familiar with all aspects of alumni engagement and fundraising programs, and is cognisant of the role data plays in the success of these programs.

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 BlahnaAllison 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.


Stephen NasonProfessor Stephen Nason
Professor of Business Practice, Department of Management
Director, World Bachelor of Business Program 
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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.