Speakers

The ICP 2013 Organising Committee are excited to announce that the following speakers are confirmed to present at ICP 2013:

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Tim Costello Tim Costello is recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.  Since February 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.  His passion for justice and for helping to alleviate the suffering of poor communities in the developing world quickly became evident when the devastating Asia tsunami struck on Boxing Day, 2004.  The leadership he showed at the time helped to inspire an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from the Australian public, with World Vision Australia raising more than $100 million for tsunami relief.  Tim has also played a prominent role in the Make Poverty History campaign.  In April 2008, he chaired the Strengthening Communities, Supporting Families and Social Inclusion Committee of the Australian Government’s 2020 Summit in Canberra.  Prior to joining World Vision Australia, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor.  Between 1999 and 2002, he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia.  After ordination as a Baptist Minister in 1984, Tim established a vibrant and socially active ministry at St Kilda Baptist Church between 1986 and 1994.  In 1993, he demonstrated his commitment to serving the community by successfully running for the position of Mayor of St Kilda.  Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.  In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victorian Australian of the Year.  He has written several books, including Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda;  Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher and Wanna Bet?  Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).
Yong
Zhao
Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker.  His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education.  He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models.  He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.  He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine.  He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.  He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman Professor of Technology and Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.  Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.  Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province.  He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986.  After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992.  He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993.  He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996.  He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.
General Peter Cosgrove General Peter Cosgrove retired from the Army in 2005.  Four years earlier, he had been Australian of the Year: “In every respect Peter Cosgrove demonstrated that he is a role model.  The man at the top displayed those characteristics we value most as Australians – strength, determination, intelligence, compassion and humour.  “The son of a soldier, he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1968.  He was sent to Malaysia as a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.  During his next posting in Vietnam he commanded an infantry platoon and was awarded the Military Cross for his performance and leadership during an assault on enemy positions.  In 1999 Peter Cosgrove became a national figure following his appointment as Commander of the International Forces East Timor (Interfet).  He was responsible for overseeing East Timor’s transition to independence during, what was to become, a tense and uncertain period.  He shone as both a soldier and diplomat. Always in his slouch hat, Peter Cosgrove was a strong and reassuring figure, appearing regularly in all forms of the media.  Following his achievements and the international respect that he had achieved, he was promoted and made Chief of the Army.  He went on to be promoted again to General and was appointed Chief of the Defence Force.  Peter Cosgrove retired from the Army in July 2005.  After retirement from the Armed Forces, General Cosgrove has accepted positions on the Qantas and Cardno Boards, a consultancy with Deloittes and has written his memoirs.  He has been appointed Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.  After Cyclone Larry devastated Far North Queensland, General Cosgrove was appointed Chairman of Operation Recovery Task Force and he led the successful recovery until completion in early 2007.  He is the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union Board, Chairman of Foster’s Grants Committee, Chairman of The Australian War Memorial Council, Chairman of Defence SA Advisory Board and Chairman of Agusta Westland Australia.
General Cosgrove is a highly sought after speaker on a wide range of subjects and has also been working with many of Australia’s leading CEO’s to assist them to further develop crisis management protocols for their respective companies.
 Ben Walden Ben is an actor and presenter who has played a number of leading roles on television and for the Donmar and Almeida theatre companies as well as at Shakespeare`s Globe.  He has run many masterclasses for the Shakespeare`s Globe Education Centre and has worked in close collaboration with Mark Rylance and Richard Olivier in the development of an  experiential theatre learning technique called Mythodrama.  As a Senior Associate Director at Olivier Mythodrama, Ben is now running sessions bringing this work into a broad range of organisations across the world.  He has also run projects at a number of leading business schools including Columbia, OSBS, the London Business School and Insead.  “Contender Charlie” is the group he has formed to take this, and other theatre techniques, into education.  Its courses are now being run at Headteacher conferences and staff and student events all over Britain and internationally.  He is a father of four children, and aside from his family, Ben’s chief passion is using theatre as a medium to bring meaning, purpose and greater personal expression to the lives of young people.
Andreas Schleicher Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General.  He also provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilisation of skills and their social and economic outcomes.  This includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).  Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA).  He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia.  He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
 Richard Aedy Richard Aedy is an ABC broadcaster.  Each week he interviews some of the key players and most newsworthy people in Australian life on ABC Radio’s Sunday Profile.  Every Friday he presents the Media Report on ABC Radio National.  Both programs showcase his ability to get to the core of an issue and cut through jargon.  On the Media Report, Richard gets to grips with the rapidly evolving media landscape, as well as exploring increasingly important issues of trust, transparency and reputation.  Up to the beginning of 2012, he spent six years presenting the popular Life Matters program, exploring key themes in education, work, family, the economy and the Australian population.  Before Life Matters, Richard spent 10 years covering environmental, health, science and technology issues both here and overseas.  All this has left him with a nuanced understanding of climate change, cities, work and education.  Richard is an adept performer, whether as MC, chairing a panel discussion or in giving a keynote address.  His ability to focus on the crucial, draw out all the participants and interact with an audience make him a sought-after speaker and panel facilitator.
 Ben Jensen In 2009, Dr Ben Jensen joined Grattan Institute from the OECD, where he spent 5 years working in the international policy arena on issues critical to Australian education policy.  Ben took a lead in the production of two significant reports.  The first was Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments.  This looked at new evidence on issues such as teacher appraisal, school evaluation, teaching practices within schools, and school leadership.  The second was Measuring improvements in learning outcomes – best practices to assess the added value of schools.  This report provided a guide to design, implement and utilise systems that measure the contribution of schools to lifting student performance.  It details how these systems enable Governments, schools, teachers and other stakeholders to develop, monitor and continually improve education policies and programs to reach stated education objectives.  He was also responsible for an international network examining issues of the learning environment and organisation of schools that focused on issues such as teacher salaries and working hours and conditions, instruction hours within schools, and class size.  Prior to joining the OECD, Ben was a Senior Analyst at the Department of Premier and Cabinet at the Victorian Government and a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research where he led the education research programme.  This expanded on his previous research which concentrated on schools in disadvantaged urban areas and the impacts upon students. He also greatly enjoyed his time as Assistant Professor of Economics at a liberal arts college in the USA.  Ben holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Melbourne.
 Melinda Tankard-Reist Melinda Tankard Reist (www.melindatankardreist.com) is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls.  She is author/editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its fourth printing, and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray).  A columnist with Australia’s largest circulation newspaper, Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun, Melinda is a regular guest on Channel 7′s Sunrise and Morning Show, and has also appeared on ABC Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs.  Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.  Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.  She has also been named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s top 5 creative thinkers.
Colleen Hayward Professor Colleen Hayward AM is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA.  She comes from a teaching family with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers.  Her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in WA.  She is Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, a position she concurrently holds with being Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University.  For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels.  Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award.  Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community,  the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education and completed her term as a foundation member of the inaugural Board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples in 2011.  Most recently, Colleen was inducted into the 2012 Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame as well as receiving an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
 Anita
Heiss
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles.  She is the bestselling author of Not Meeting Mr Right and Avoiding Mr Right, both published by Bantam Australia.  Anita has won four Deadly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, for her novels including Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming and for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature.  She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature.  Anita is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales.  Anita is Patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australia and an Adjunct Professor at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS. She is a National Ambassador for the 2012 Year of Reading, and divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, and as a workshop facilitator.  Anita’s most recently released book is Am I Black Enough for You?  She lives in Sydney but dreams of living in New York.
Donna Cross Donna Cross is the Professor of Child and Adolescent Health in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences and the Founding Director of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.  She conducts applied multi-disciplinary school and family-based research addressing children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing including mental health promotion, injury control and drug use prevention.  She has published widely on a variety of children’s health issues, particularly in the areas of bullying and cyber bullying intervention research and related methodologies.
 Michael McQueen Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.  Having dedicated the last eight years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve.  As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on numerous TV and radio programs and has written three bestselling books.  His latest book, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why good ideas and great companies become obsolete and how to avoid their fate.  Michael uses a unique combination of humour, interaction and reflection.  He provides audiences with an unsettling insight into how your customers and workforce perceive the world – rather than how you wish they would.
Louise Stoll Professor Louise Stoll’s research and development activity focuses on how schools, districts and national systems create capacity for learning and improvement, with particular emphasis on creative leadership, leadership development, learning communities and learning networks.  She has also explored some of these issues in the health and other public sectors.  Louise is committed to finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice, and particularly enjoys working with school principals and other leaders.  A former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, she is part-time Professor at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London and a freelance researcher and international consultant.  She started her career as a teacher in Inner London.  Author and editor of many publications including Professional Learning Communities with Karen Seashore Louis; It’s About Learning (and It’s About Time) with Dean Fink and Lorna Earl; Changing Our Schools: Linking School Effectiveness and School Improvement with Dean Fink; No Quick Fixes with Kate Myers, and articles on creating capacity for learning, networking between schools and creative leadership, her books have been translated into five languages.  Co-editor of a new book series, Expanding Educational Horizons, she presented a series of Hot Research on Teachers’ TV in England.  She is a popular keynote presenter and workshop facilitator, OECD expert and consultant in many countries.  Member of the governing body of a special school, Louise also sings in a jazz choir.
Sandra Harding Professor Sandra Harding is Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University.  Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Professor Harding is an economic sociologist with a keen scholarly interest in markets and how they work, and organisation survey methodology.  Professor Harding has extensive academic and leadership experience, including more than 14 years in Australian university senior executive positions.  Her current roles include: Commissioner, Queensland Independent Commission of Audit; Director of Regional Australia Institute; Board member of Skills Queensland; Council Member of the Australian Institute for Marine Sciences; Director of North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board; Australia’s representative on the University Grants Commission for the University of the South Pacific; and Deputy Chair of Universities Australia.
 Sam Bailey A story that will inspire you.  Every once in a while, along comes a speaker who stands out from the crowd.  Sam Bailey is one of those.  A farmer, pilot, husband and now best selling author, he has achieved all of those from a wheelchair….and has an incredible ability to take an audience on the journey of his life.  It’s a rollercoaster ride that promises to make people laugh, cry, appreciate what they’ve got and realise that nothing is impossible.  Sam tells his story in his own down-to-earth laconic style that captures the great Australian spirit of ‘having a go’ and he’s changing the lives of people of all ages, from all walks of life…from adults to children as young as primary school age.  One of Australia’s leading speakers and MCs, Robyn Moore said, “Standing ovations don’t happen often in Australia, however Sam Bailey’s story is so powerful it lifts people to their feet.  “Sam’s talk chronicles his life, from a childhood growing up wanting to be a farmer just like his dad, through to the day his life changed forever at the fork in a road in the Northern Territory and its aftermath.  The road accident turned the schoolboy sporting hero and outback jackaroo into a quadriplegic.  But Sam’s is not a story of sadness – rather of triumph.  You can hear how he turned tragedy into hope and how he beat the odds to fulfil his life-long dream of being a farmer.  Despite being paralysed with only limited use of his hands and arms, and an intolerance to heat and cold, he went home to the family farm – against the advice of the medical experts.  He learnt to ride a four wheel motor bike, which became his “legs” around the property, devised a hoist to lift him into the farm machinery and converted tractors, the harvester, front end loader and dozer so he could drive them.  He learnt to drive a car again, travelled overseas and even tried snow skiing.  As if he hadn’t already achieved enough – he “climbed” his very own “Mount Kosciusko” when he learnt to fly an ultralight aircraft.
But Sam’s story is much more than that.  It’s also a story of love and romance that will send your spirits soaring. Sam found his soul mate in former Tamworth-based ABC radio Rural Reporter, Jenny Black – who he proposed to “live” on regional radio.  The real-life proposal jammed the phone lines and the fax ran out of paper.  Their story appeared on ABC TV’s “Australian Story” in 2000 with an overwhelming response and then in April 2006 hit the bookshelves in their book ‘Head Over Heels – A story of tragedy, triumph and romance in the Australian Bush’.   Within weeks it was on ABC Books’ best sellers list….and has now been reprinted nine times.  It has proved popular with all ages, including many children and young people….with many saying it has changed their lives.  Today they live and work together on Sam’s family property in northern NSW, in between travelling the country telling their story and giving inspiration to others.  Now they are also working towards their next big goal – for Sam to become the first quadriplegic in the world to fly a helicopter.  They plan to write a second book about the journey as they work towards their goal of learning to fly a helicopter together, and ultimately flying into schools to speak to students and inspire them to fulfil their own dreams in life.  The Commonwealth Bank – one of Australia’s largest public companies – is so inspired by Sam’s dream of flying into schools it is helping financially.  It’s part of its on-going commitment towards community projects.  You can find out more information about Sam and Jenny at their website www.sambailey.com.au
Steve Francis Steve Francis understands the challenges and demands of being a Principal.  He has led a number of schools from a one-teacher school through to a large metropolitan school in Queensland and an international school in Hong Kong.  Steve is the author of four books including “First Semester CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU!”, “Time Management For Teachers”, “A Gr8 life Live it Now!” and his latest book, co-written with Bruce Sullivan – “Attitude is Everything”.  Since returning to Australia in 2008, Steve works with educators and leaders in schools to help them reach their potential.  His experience ensures that he can connect with all staff working in schools.  Working with a range of clients in the education and corporate arenas, Steve brings passion, energy and enthusiasm to his professional development programs.  Steve completed a Masters in School Leadership in 1995.  His research on teacher stress led him to develop the Happy School program.  Over 400 schools across Australia subscribe to receive Steve’s weekly Happy School articles and use them to boost staff morale and reduce teacher stress.  The Gr8 People range of educational resources were also developed by Steve to help schools to “keep it simple”.  Born and bred here in North Queensland, Steve is passionate about work – life satisfaction and keeping things simple.