Heather Hamilton is an experienced advancement professional focused on the integration of community engagement, fundraising, corporate relations, marketing and communications portfolios to achieve institutional objectives. She has over 25 years' experience helping organisations in education, corporate and not-for-profit, enhance their reputation and pursue diversified funding.
Having worked in Australia, Indonesia and Canada, Heather is currently executive director advancement at Brisbane Grammar School. Previously, she served as a director at The University of Queensland responsible for the annual fund, donor relations, marketing and communications; and director of external relations at The University of Western Australia Business School.
Heather has served as a CASE Commissioner, has been a regular speaker at CASE conferences and is a judge for the CASE Asia Pacific Circle of Excellence Awards.
Emma joined UNIS Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2011 to launch the school's advancement programme 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.
Soleiman Dias is the Director of Admissions at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea, where he has lived for more than 17 years. Soleiman presides over the Korea Council of Overseas School (KORCOS), which is the oldest association for professional international educators in Korea. He received his master's degree in international education in the U.S., and a PhD in international relations with a specialization in Korean studies from Hanyang University.
Soleiman is also the founder and President of the Songdo's Foreign Advisory Board, president of Seoul Council of Honorary Citizens, founder and president of the Brazil-Korea Association and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Ceará, Brazil.
Paul Walsh has been involved in education for over 38 years, 25 years in primary schools, and the last 13 in admissions. Paul has taught in international schools in Kuwait, Indonesia and Brunei as well as Brixton in the U.K. As Director of Admissions at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Paul is responsible for overseeing the 2,200 enrolments across three campuses. Paul was a member of the organising committee for the 2014 Melbourne Educate Plus International Conference and has presented workshops at a number of national and international conferences.
Julianne commenced her career as a teacher in both primary and secondary education and went on to complete a master's 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, overseeing the areas of enrolments, marketing and communications, and alumni and community engagement. Julianne holds postgraduate qualifications in communications and education, and is an experienced leader with a passion for education. Julianne is currently the director of community engagement at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne.
Beth manages the alumni relations programme at Singapore American School. Founded in 1956, SAS serves 4,000 students Pre-K through grade 12 representing 52 nationalities. Alumni are scattered across the globe and number over 22,000 former students and graduates.
Beth has spent over 20 years in school administration and student affairs in higher education in the US, China, and Singapore. Her experience in schools includes management roles in admissions, communications, community relations, alumni relations, and fundraising while her roles in higher education include career counseling, student advising, and directing a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities. Beth holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster and a master's degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland.
Tony is the director of Development and Community Relations at Xavier College in Melbourne. Previously he has been director of Community Relations at Geelong Grammar School (2010-2016), director of Development at Wells Cathedral School, UK (2006 - 2010), executive director of the University of Limerick Foundation, Ireland (2001 - 2006) and director of Development at Waikato University, New Zealand (1996 - 2001). Tony is a fellow of Educate Plus and a member of the New Zealand Fundraising Institute. Tony has led comprehensive campaigns in each role he has held, and has extensive experience in international fundraising, major gifts, bequests, and annual giving programme. Tony has served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.
Monica Stanciu has over a decade of experience in international, educational, and institutional fundraising in progressive roles at the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) and the National University of Singapore. Her experience spans the full advancement spectrum: campaign management, establishing major gifts programmes, working with volunteers and boards, annual fund management, advancement services, and strategic marketing and communication. In her current role with UWCSEA, Monica supports strategy development as well as oversees the execution of all development activities and initiatives. She manages a multi-cultural team of seven professionals, in a supportive, high-performance, deadline-driven work environment.
Monica's personal passion and professional ambition is to "make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future."
Monica has an MBA degree from one of Europe's leading business schools and has previously worked in marketing with a number of world-class FMCG companies.
Sinéad Collins began her career as a performing musician and teacher, before joining the Arts Council in Ireland, doing PR and logistics for music in education and live performance programme. She moved to Beijing in 2002, working in admissions and communications at an international school, before relocating to Singapore in 2011 to take up the role of director of communications and marketing at UWC South East Asia. Most recently, Sinéad led a pilot impact study for UWCSEA, in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, now a significant longitudinal study across the whole UWC movement.
Sinéad graduated from Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Education, University of London.
Rebecca made the switch to secondary education in 2013, after 10 years in marketing for global businesses such as Bacardi-Martini and Clarins. A Sydney local with roots in country NSW, Rebecca commenced working as the marketing and communications manager at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School (KRB) for almost four years. Rebecca completed an overhaul of the KRB brand and implemented strong communications practices within the College before she transitioned into development and fundraising at Waverley College. As Waverley College's development and fundraising manager, Rebecca oversaw fundraising, community and alumni relations. In March 2018, Rebecca joined the Advancement Office at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, as the development manager.
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Monique Harper-Richardson is the director of advancement at the University of Wollongong. With twenty years' experience in higher education, Monique is responsible for the strategic leadership of the university's advancement programme incorporating alumni engagement, philanthropic programmes and community engagement.
Under Monique's leadership the advancement portfolio has rapidly expanded, including strong growth in philanthropic support for flagship initiatives including the largest gift received by the University. A recent addition is the UOW USA Foundation, created to provide opportunities for engagement with US-based alumni and organisations.
Monique has a bachelor's degree in commerce (economics and marketing), a master's degree in strategic marketing, a post graduate certificate in Scottish culture and Heritage from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumna of Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders programme.
Jane is an alumni relations and stakeholder engagement executive with extensive experience in higher education. In January 2017 she was tasked with designing and implementing UNSW's first centralised, comprehensive alumni and engagement function to support the UNSW's ambitious 2025 strategic plan, and first fundraising campaign.
As the executive director of alumni and engagement, Jane leads a team working across the University to build philanthropic capacity for the long term.
Jane is passionate about articulating a dynamic value proposition for engagement, connecting people, and bringing real value to the University and to its supporters. She also likes developing talent in the sector and making the whole thing as much fun as possible.
Jennifer Karlson, CFRE
Jennifer joined the University of Queensland in 2017 to oversee the University's first comprehensive philanthropic campaign. She is the advisor to the vice-chancellor on advancement strategy, lead solicitations, and change management to embed best practice. Jen is committed to the concept of advancement services as an essential partner - not a service provider- in advancement.
Prior to UQ, she served as the assistant dean for the advancement for the College of Letters & Science and senior director of development and strategy manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Foundation. Her belief in the importance of philanthropy in both a local and global context began through experience in West Africa, the American Red Cross, and the YMCA.
Dr. Melanie Lee
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.
Keiran has more than 15 years' experience in the alumni and higher education sector, having managed the alumni programmes for The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and RMIT University.
In his current role, he is primarily responsible for establishing and nurturing the relationships between the University and its VIP alumni on a global scale.
Keiran is recognised as an industry leader and is the co-chair of the Australian Universities Alumni Professionals Group (AUAPG) as well as the DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade) Working Group leading changes and implementing strategies to better align the way Australian universities work witthe h government on global alumni issues.
After 20 fulfilling years as a military aviation professional, Bernard joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2005 as Director, Corporate Relations until 2008. He was then appointed to the Office of the President, leading strategic projects and communications (which included the revamp of the NUS Staff Portal and the development of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum). He also served as Director of the International Alliance of Research Universities Secretariat from 2009 to 2013. In July 2016, he was appointed Director of Alumni Relations.
He graduated from NUS with a Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, UK, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Lancaster University, UK.
Janice has over 24 years' experience in senior finance and management roles in the private sector and over the last 10 years with the Australian National University. For the last six years, Janice has worked in the Advancement Services function working with gift processing and associated policies and procedures including governance and gift acceptance.
As the associate director of advancement services, Janice has responsibility over data enrichment, database infrastructure, advancement analytics and reporting, training and strategic planning of the advancement services function. She specialises in effective business processes and is passionate about finding a donor-centric solution to all aspects of the support that the team provides. This approach is vital to success, and appreciating the powerful and immediate impact of advancement services work in the effective stewardship of donors.
Paul joined the Centenary Institute in November 2018 as the member of the executive team responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications. Originally from the UK, he started his career as a student caller in University College London's fledgling advancement office. He worked his way through the fundraising specialisms, ending up as the Deputy Director of the Development & Communications Office. He then spent four years as the head of Charitable Giving at the British Library before joining the fundraising consultancy More Partnership. He spent nearly a decade advising and providing interim management to universities, schools, hospitals, and arts organisations before moving to Australia to build a professional advancement operation at Macquarie University, overseeing significant growth in its fundraising and alumni relations activity.
Rebecca Hazell, EMFIA, CFRE
Rebecca Hazell is a senior advancement leader who is passionate about philanthropy, alumni and community engagement, with a particular interest in building a philanthropic culture in higher education and connectivity with the community. Rebecca has held leadership roles at Western Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology. Rebecca is currently the director of advancement at the University of Newcastle where she joined in 2013. She has led the establishment of an integrated approach to advancement, further developing the culture and programmes to enable a sustained, meaningful and next practice approach to engaging with alumni, community, and donors across the globe.
Liza Boffen-Yordanov, CRFE
Liza leads Nanyang Technological University's Development team as chief development officer and executive director, development Office in support of the University's drive for excellence in education, research, and innovation. She joined NTU in September 2018 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), where she was the CDO and CEO of the IITB Foundation in Mumbai.
Her two-decade career includes roles as the vice president of advancement at Franklin University Switzerland, senior director of international advancement at George Washington University, director of the development office at SingHealth, and dean of the undergraduate programme at the Centre for American Education, Singapore.
Liza is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an AFP Master Teacher.
Janet Chow obtained her bachelor's of science and master's of business administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her first career was as a management trainee at Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., and she later specialized in human resources management. In 2001, she moved on to a career in higher education administration. She assumed directorship at the Clinical Sciences Administration of the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a wide spectrum of administrative experience. Since 2010, she has been appointed the director of institutional advancement, working closely with the vice-chancellor in soliciting major gifts for the strategic development of the University.
Daisy P. Chan
Daisy has over 25 years of experience in brand building and communications covering a diverse portfolio including public administration, energy, public utility and higher education. She joined HKUST as Public Affairs Director in 2016 and since then has played a key role in offering strategic direction in public and marketing communication, media relations, issue management and community engagement.
Since its inception in 1991, HKUST has rapidly risen in the global academic arena and has ranked world number one in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018 and 6th in THE World University Rankings 2018.
Daisy holds a master's degree in communication, a master's degree in cultural management and a bachelor's degree in arts.
Mikaeli leads the University of Queensland's Alumni Relations and Engagement portfolio overseeing alumni marketing and communications, programming and events, as well as UQ's annual fund and donor relations. Previous to this, Mikaeli held a fundraising role at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute. Under her leadership, QBI's philanthropic base accounted for 17% of QBI's funding. In addition to her roles at UQ, Mikaeli has worked extensively in marketing, communications (internal and external), fundraising and stakeholder engagement both within the public and private sectors; nationally and internationally including WorldSkills International, Dusseldorp Forum and the UK Government.
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With an academic upbringing in cultural anthropology and professional experiences in higher education, cross-cultural communication, and programme management, Hongnan has been involved in various dimensions of the Global Cornell endeavor for over a decade. In her current role as director of international alumni relations, she oversees Cornell's international alumni engagement activities outside of the US and Canada, providing strategic insights and staff leadership toward aligning these activities with university priorities. She and her cross-cultural team of professional staff and volunteer leaders regularly engage 200+ alumni volunteers in 50+ parts of the world, building meaningfully engaged Cornell communities and supporting the university's institutional advancement goals through balanced, coordinated, and sustainable programming.
Ivan Shin is executive director of international development at UNSW Sydney where he leads the university's fundraising activity outside Australia.
Prior to UNSW, Ivan was the senior fundraising strategist for Caltech's Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering during its USD2B "Break Through" campaign and coordinated international outreach. Previously, Ivan led the development team at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy.
Ivan was a senior major gift officer during the University of Pennsylvania's USD4.3B "Making History" campaign. He began in development at Duke University where he managed the undergraduate reunion giving programme during the USD300M "Financial Aid Initiative." He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Duke University.