Keynote speakers

Opening Address

Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Vice-Chancellor and President QUT

Margaret Sheil AO, QUT Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Margaret Sheil AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT in February 2018, having previously been Provost at The University of Melbourne since 2012.

Professor Sheil has been an academic in chemistry and held a number of senior roles at the University of Wollongong. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and was inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSM).

Professor Sheil is a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and a member of the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).   She was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012) and has previously been a member of the Advisory Board for Coursera; she has also been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee.

In June 2017 Professor Sheil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards. Professor Sheil holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of New South Wales, and was presented with the Science and Technology Alumni Award from UNSW in 2016.

Professor Stephen Billett

Professor Stephen Billett has a long history of research and practice in work-based and work-integrated learning and is one of the leading international researchers in this area.

Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Stephen has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University.

In June 2011, he commenced a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on learning through practice, which aimed to develop a curriculum and pedagogy of practice. More recently he was awarded an OLT Development Grant examining students’ post-practicum experiences.

At the ACEN National Conference, Stephen will be speaking to his recent work, emerging from his OLT Development Grant, around innovation, learning and work-integrated education, providing challenging insights into current practice and the future opportunities of WIL.

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz is an academic and industry leader with extensive experience in research and co-innovating with industry and university partners, and delivering innovative products to the market.

Currently, as Professor and Chair in Digital Economy, at QUT, as well as Leader of the Embracing Digital Age research theme, he leads QUTs research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Australia.

Marek is recognised as a top quality manager and excellent public speaker and has an interest in working with stakeholders in developing innovative ideas, ground-breaking business applications and high-impact new technologies.

As part of the ACEN National Conference, Professor Kowalkiewicz will lead an engaging exploration of the future possibilities and innovations in the practice of WIL, and how WIL can be responsive to the changing economy and nature of work.

Assoc. Professor Marina Harvey

Associate Professor Marina Harvey is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Australian National Teaching Fellow and has also received national and university citations for outstanding contributions to student learning. She is also currently Director of Academic Development Services at the University of New South Wales.

Marina is well regarded for her research and scholarship of academic practice and enhancing learning and teaching in higher education.  Her work in enhancing quality learning and teaching is underpinned by, and focuses on, reflection for learning, often in the WIL context. Other scholarly interests include distributed leadership and mentoring for learning and teaching in higher education, all of which are examined through Participatory Action Research.

At the ACEN National Conference, Marina will be taking of the role of provocateur offering her insights, challenges and critiques across the conference, advancing creative and innovative thinking for participants, and shaping conversations around future practice in WIL.

Anne Younger

Anne is an Economist and Ai Group’s General Manager, Education and Training responsible for policy development and major projects addressing education and training issues for member companies.

At Ai Group Anne has previously managed a national team of Skills Advisers and a national team of Business Advisers charged with helping SMEs to improve productivity. Also at Ai Group she was the National Industry Career Specialist for Innovation and Business under the Federal Government’s Career Advice Australia program.

Before joining Ai Group, Anne worked for over 25 years within government agencies and TAFE institutes in the vocational education and training sector across a range of roles involving project management, policy, planning, research and continuous improvement. Anne is a Board member of Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA). She holds a Master of Education (RMIT University), a Bachelor of Economics (Monash University) and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

At the ACEN National Conference, Ann will be taking of the role of provocateur offering her insights, challenges and critiques across the conference, advancing creative and innovative thinking for participants, and shaping conversations around future practice in WIL.

Cherry Cheng

Cherry ChengCherry Cheng, SAP Learning & Development Senior Consultant, has been in charge of SAP Vocational Training Program (Dual Study) in China since 2012. As the program owner, she is driving the recruitment, training, development and incorporation of around 100 early talents each year.  She established SAP Vocational Training Program in Shanghai, China in 2012 and then successfully extended it to more locations within and outside China. She has rich experiences in learning, people development and coaching. She is also one of the certified coaches to regularly provide coaching support to SAP employees globally.

At the ACEN Conference Cherry will speak about SAP, the world-wide leading software company, which sustainably invests in early talents to help drive innovation and shape the leaders of the future. SAP Vocational Training/STAR Program, a globally supported work integrated learning program, is dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining young talents. The program adopts innovative approaches to enable and engage young talents in the era of digital transformation.