Michele Levine

Written on October 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm, by Carlos

Michele Levine

CEO, Roy Morgan Research

Moderating Deep Conversation 1
‘Education: Learning to Embrace the Future‘ (Nov 27, 12:15-2:15pm)

Moderating Panel Discussion
‘Ethical Leadership: complex dilemmas, practical solutions’ (Nov 28, 2.45pm)

With a fundamental belief in the empowering value of information, Michele was instrumental in the development and refinement of Roy Morgan Single Source, the world’s leading consumer study (based on over 50,000 interviews a year) and, in 2010, the introduction of the Roy Morgan Business Survey.

Michele was ahead of her time in foreseeing the exponential growth of big data and, consequently the need for software (like ASTEROID) which can manage and order massive volumes of data – as well as the need for highly trained analysts who can help make sense of it.

Still a proud ‘researcher’, she is a hands-on CEO, personally involved with the Company’s core products and the results of the Company’s surveys on a daily basis.

Many of the Company’s innovative products – including Technology Adoption Segments, Web Audience Measurement (WAM) and the world-leading Reactor suite of tools for measuring audience reactions in real time – would not exist had it not been for Michele’s foresight and determination to lead rather than follow.

A popular speaker at seminars and conferences and sought after by the media as a knowledgeable and thought-provoking social commentator, Michele has ambitious plans for Roy Morgan Research as a world leader in providing information that matters and answers that help our Clients discover their competitive edge.

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Meagan Fallone (India)

Written on June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am, by Carlos

Meagan Fallone

Global Strategy and Development Manager, Barefoot College

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to embrace the future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

Meagan Fallone manages Global Strategy and Development for the Barefoot College. Responsible for overseeing the Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineering program, she has been both a donor and a field presence in more than 20 countries since joining Barefoot College in 2011.

Working directly alongside Founder, Bunker Roy, to manage an aggressive scale-up of the Barefoot Approach, Internationally. Specifically to implement the “barefoot  model” of community owned and managed, sustainable, grass roots development;  in all the 43 Least developed countries (LDCs) by 2015.

Barefoot College is the only fully solar electrified college built by the rural poor and managed by the rural poor. For 40 years the College has demonstrated the power and impact of demystifying and introducing modern technologies into rural settings focusing on meeting basic minimum needs; The provision of drinking water (rainwater harvesting), basic lighting (solar electrification), livelihood development (handicrafts, health communications) and Education (Rural Solar Night Schools).

A strong commitment to developing women as agents of sustainable change and helping communities to develop their own capacity to meet the challenges within the developing world, is at the heart of every Barefoot Solution.

A strong belief in transforming beliefs into action, she is an entrepreneur who has created or restructured a series of companies since 2005 in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Championing women in the developing world, she speaks regularly on the power of women as agents of sustainable change and poverty reduction. Her company MFC Art Consulting Ltd in 2006 launched her deep commitment to the social sector by mentoring women artisans to gain unprecedented livelihood access in the luxury hotel sector. Born in New Zealand, educated in the US and the United Kingdom, Meagan is a mother of 3 and a passionate mountaineer; she lives between Switzerland, Africa and India.

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Rufus Black

Written on June 11, 2013 at 9:16 am, by Carlos

Rufus Black

Ethicist, Theologian, Master Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to Embrace the Future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

Panel Discussion:
Ethical Leadership: complex dilemmas, practical solutions (November 28, 2.45pm)

Master of Ormond College and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne; Ethicist, strategic advisor and theologian; Expert on ethical, public policy and education issues.

Rufus Black is the Master of Ormond College and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He is an ethicist, strategic advisor and theologian and writes and works on ethical, public policy and education issues.

His work on ethics includes teaching for the Centre for Ethical Leadership and chairing the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

His recent public policy work has included leading the Accountability and Governance Review of Department of Defense (The Black Review) in 2010 and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community in 2011.

He is currently the strategic advisor to the Secretary for Education in Victoria. He is a director of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

His education works includes chairing the Board of Teach for Australia and sitting on the Board of the New York based Teach for All.

He is a Director of the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Before becoming Master of Ormond, Rufus worked at McKinsey & Company for 9 years where he was a partner. He holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and degrees in moral theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Dr Alan Finkel AM

Written on June 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm, by Carlos

Alan Finkel

Chancellor Monash University, President Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Co-founder Cosmos Magazine

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to embrace the future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

The Electric Planet: Seeing the possibilities of an electron economy over an oil economy (November 29, 9.00am)

Chancellor of Monash University; President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; Co-founder and Chairman of Cosmos Magazine; Chairman Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics; CEO of STELR Education.

For three years until 2012 Alan was involved in the provision of low-emissions electricity to operate electric vehicles. Previously, for nearly twenty-five years, Alan was the CEO of Axon Instruments, a California-based company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines.

Alan is passionate about educating the next generation. He established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to provide advanced training to early-career scientists and he leads a secondary school science program named STELR that is currently running in nearly 350 secondary schools around Australia.

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Richard Bolt

Written on June 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm, by Carlos

Richard Bolt

Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to embrace the future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

Why many shades of grey matters: thinking and learning for tomorrow’s challenges (November 28, 9.30am)

Richard has had a diverse career in the Victorian public service, a statutory utility regulator, the Australian Senate, public advocacy organisations, and the former State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

Richard has had extensive experience in responding to complex public policy challenges in a range of fields through the integrated application of various disciplines, tools and processes.  These include:

Richard has also led or helped lead responses to many emergencies, including energy shortages, animal and plant diseases, agricultural pest incursions, the impact of bushfire and flood on regional communities, and open-cut mine collapses.

Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Australia, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Directorship.

Richard has served on the High Level Consultative Committee on the Energy White Paper, and the Boards of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership, and Schools Connect Australia.  He is also Chair of the Victorian Government’s Regional Management Forum for the Grampians region.

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Professor Stephen Heppell (UK)

Written on June 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm, by Carlos

Professor Stephen Heppell

Digital Education Leader, learning futurist

Master Class:
‘Student led learning design’ (November 27, 9.15-11.15am)

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to embrace the future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

Racing to the Future: Total Learning (November 28, 9.35am)

Professor at Bournemouth University, Chair in New Media Environments; One of the most influential academics in the field of technology and education globally.

Stephen is a Professor at Bournemouth University, and at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid. He draws on a unique €250m portfolio of large scale, effective research projects, over 30 years. His eclectic research focus ranges from the design of schools and school fitments, through the implementation of ICT in learning, to addressing the new pedagogic needs of everyone from elite Olympic coaches to pre-school children.

He is described as “the most influential academic of recent years in the field of technology and education” by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) UK and “Europe’s leading online education expert” by Microsoft.

After secondary school teaching, Stephen founded and ran Ultralab for a quarter of a century, building it into one of the most respected research centres in e-learning in the world.

An early pioneer of educational multimedia, Stephen went on to pilot, and be the guiding

“father” of, early social networking in Learning too, with seminal projects including:

In recognition of all this work, along with just 51 others including Damien Hirst, Jarvis Cocker, Harrison Ford, Lauren Bacall, Muhammad Ali, Stephen became an Apple Master in the 1990s and was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Judges’ Award for lifetime contribution to educational broadcasting. Stephen is a member of BAFTA’s Board of Trustees and Council having formerly chaired its Technical Innovation Jury.

Twitter: @stephenheppell

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