Meet the Planning Committee
Overall Conference Chair
Nick Blinco joined the University of Melbourne as Vice-President (Advancement) in September 2015. He leads a fantastic team that partners with academic colleagues in Advancement activity across the University.
The University's Believe campaign seeks to transform lives - with a dual target of activating and engaging 100,000 alumni and friends in the life of the University and raising $1 billion to support people, facilities and research that will change the world.
Before Melbourne, Blinco was at the University of Birmingham (2001-2016) as Director of Development & Alumni Relations and then as Director of Engagement.
With the support of fantastic donors, a highly engaged academic body, and amazing teamwork, the University’s Circles of Influence campaign exceeded the £160 million (A$320 million) target in 2015.
Blinco is currently the Chair of the Group of Eight Advancement Leaders Group. He served on the Pearce Review of Higher Education Fundraising in 2012, on the CASE International Philanthropy Commission from 2008-2010, has a CASE Crystal Apple, and presents annually at the CASE Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising Conference.
Advancement Services Track
Alison Anlezark is a highly experienced strategic data manager, with a passion for achieving business outcomes through informed decision making. With extensive experience in research in the tertiary education sector, and two years in advancement, Anlezark delivers insights that support the University of Adelaide’s Advancement team with decisive performance reporting. With strong communication and stakeholder management skills, and through leadership of a cohesive small team of analysts and administrators, she achieves actionable outcomes for the University that grow and support its philanthropic income stream.
On a personal note, Anlezark has a passion for fitness, and lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband, border collie dog and 3 chooks.
Pauli Kautoke is the Prospect Development Manager for Advancement at the University of Queensland (UQ). He joined the UQ Advancement team in 2014, was appointed as the Advancement Information Services Manager in 2016 and have been in his current role since 2018. He currently manages a range of comprehensive tools and services to support fundraisers at UQ with prospect identification, research and relationship management. He’s also the Secretary of Apra-Australia – the association of Prospect Development professionals in Australia.
Kautoke holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Information Technology Studies from UQ. Before joining UQ, Kautoke led various IT initiatives in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Alumni Relations Track
Ken Gideon is currently the Director (Alumni) at the University of Southern Queensland. In this role, he strategically leads every aspect of the USQ alumni programme and he is responsible for the database.
He is also the current co-chair of the Australian Universities Alumni Professionals Group (AUAPG), which is a professional group designed to share learnings in the university alumni space within Australia. He previously spent seven years as the Alumni Manager, where he was responsible for the Queensland University of Technology alumni programme and three-and-a-half years as the inaugural Alumni Manager for The University of Queensland, School of Medicine.
Austin Tomlinson is an accomplished advancement professional with 15 years of experience in leading and managing global alumni relations engagement strategies and teams. His areas of expertise include alumni relations, capital campaigns, digital transformation, and developing and leading high-performance teams. Throughout his career, Tomlinson has spent significant time living and working in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Tomlinson currently serves as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations at INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools. Based on INSEAD's Asia Campus in Singapore, Tomlinson leads INSEAD's global Alumni Relations, Lifelong Learning and Event teams and is responsible for the leadership of the school's alumni engagement activities for 60,000 alumni in 170 countries.
Rebecca Hazell, CFRE
Rebecca Hazell is a senior advancement leader who is passionate about philanthropy, alumni, and community engagement, with particular interest in building a philanthropic culture in higher education and connectivity with community.
Hazell has held leadership roles in both the higher education and charitable sectors. She is currently the Director of Advancement at the University of Newcastle, where she has led the establishment of an integrated approach to advancement, enabling a sustained and meaningful approach to engaging with alumni, community, and donors across the globe.
William Roth began his role as the Executive Director for Major Gifts at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where he leads a growing team of fundraisers in July 2021.
Originally from Pennsylvania, United States, Roth has been in advancement for more than two decades, primarily focussing on major and principal gifts. Initially, he served small liberal arts colleges, Haverford College, and Goucher College in the United States, and more international research universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of Oxford (as Development Fellow for University College Oxford), and University of Toronto. Before joining NTU, he was the Associate Dean at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Roth has a 16 year old daughter and he enjoys sport (watching and playing) and classic films.
Marketing and Communications Track
A senior leader and passionate storyteller specialising in strategic and structural transformation, Tracy Chalk joined the University of Newcastle in 2018 as the Chief Marketing Officer overseeing the centralisation of brand, marketing, communication and student recruitment. This followed two years at the University of the West of England where she led a complex transformation of marketing, communication, internal engagement, alumni relations and philanthropy. Chalk entered the Higher Education sector at The Australian National University where she spent seven years leading development of the University’s brand and marketing strategies.
A former Senior Correspondent, Anirudh Sharma has evolved as a strategic communications, marketing and stakeholder relations professional with many years of experience in Singapore, Middle-East and India. Besides transforming brand perceptions, driving media relations & corporate communications, managing reputations, his interests are in developing policies, mentoring the young, and creating conducive organisational culture for growth and collaboration.
Rami Abi Jomaa, CFRE
Rami Abi Jomaa is the Chief Advancement Officer at King's Academy, Jordan.
He leads the advancement office's fundraising, alumni relations, advancement services, advancement events, and advancement communications functions, and manages the implementation of a multi-year capital campaign at King's. He is the former Director of Advancement Services at American University of Beirut and has 14 years of experience in advancement. Abi Jomaa has successfully completed complex projects related to building advancement systems, structures, and processes, in addition to building capital campaigns infrastructure. He has experience in annual giving, technology management, human resources, and the development of various business processes.
Abi Jomaa holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and information systems and a master’s degree in sociology.
A results-focused, forward-thinking advancement professional with extensive experience across the independent school and higher education sectors. Petrina Gilmore’s areas of expertise include all facets of the fundraising pipeline: campaign and feasibility planning; communications, marketing and public relations; establishing Gift in Will bequest programmes; and implementing an effective data-driven approach to increase revenue.
Gilmore applies creativity to marketing and communications and in campaign planning. She forges enduring associations with board members, academic and teaching staff, donors, alumni, community members and colleagues. A highly motivated achiever, Gilmore has successfully raised principal and major gifts, built institutional profiles, facilitated engagement with alumni and research communities leveraging these networks to successfully support fundraising objectives.
Daniel Martin has close to 20 years of experience in executive philanthropy roles in Universities, Charities and Schools across New South Wales, Australia. Martin previously held senior positions at UNSW Sydney where he was Director of Development for the Faculties of Medicine and Science, and The University of Sydney where he was a Director of Development for Mental Health, Neuroscience and Nursing, contributing towards the successful $1billion INSPIRED philanthropic campaign. Martin currently serves as the Director of Foundation and Executive Officer for St Aloysius’ College Foundation based in Milsons Point, NSW and also volunteers on the Board of Women’s Community Shelters, who work to address the issues of domestic violence and women’s homelessness across NSW.