Day 2 – Session 1 – Welcome to the NEAS Conference 2024

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Welcome and Housekeeping from NEAS MC

Presenter: Rima Ibrahim

Rima Ibrahim, Education Manager at NEAS Australia.

Welcome to Country

Welcome and Introduction of Maroun El Khoury

Presenter: David Riordan

Awarded the IEAA Outstanding Contributions to the International Education Sector award in 2018, and the NSW Government Study NSW Outstanding Contributions to the International Education Sector award in 2023, David Riordan is a distinguished NEAS Board member.

With a diverse background that includes leadership roles such as CEO of the NSW Department of Education and Training International, Director of Sydney Institute of TAFE (at the time Australia’s largest TAFE Institute), Acting Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Director of City Services at the City of Sydney and currently the CEO of the Public Education Foundation, David excels as a strategist, crisis manager, innovator, change agent, IR expert, media communicator, and negotiator.

Welcome from Study NSW, Investment NSW

Presenter: Maroun El Khoury

Maroun is an Executive Director at Investment NSW and leads a dynamic team of investment attraction and industry development specialists with a mandate to deliver on the NSW Government’s priorities to build a strong economy, attract local and international investment and reinforce NSW’s global position as an attractive place to do business and accelerate investment in priority sectors.

Before joining Investment NSW in 2022, Maroun worked in medical technology for multinationals including Stryker and then Smith+Nephew. In these Senior Executive roles Maroun led teams focused on contract management, strategic domestic and international partnerships and commercial excellence. Prior to MedTech, Maroun spent 15 years in Banking and Finance, again in senior leadership roles in business development, account management and operations across Institutional, Government, Corporate and Business Banking segments.

Maroun holds a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Maroun is an active member of his community including coaching grassroots sport and volunteering in several programs predominantly focused on raising awareness and funding for children with special needs.

Formal Conference Opening

Presenter: Prof. Tanya Buchanan

Tanya is a highly experienced Chief Executive Officer and Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in and with Non-profit Organisations and Government. She is the current Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Australia and has been a member of the NEAS Board since 2019. Prof. Buchanan will be officially opening this year’s conference.

Welcome from the Conference Premium Sponsor

Presenter: Brian Smith

Brian Smith is Global Head of Stakeholder Engagement at IDP Education based in Melbourne. Brian’s work focuses on key stakeholders such as Government policy makers, national and international peak bodies and education providers around the world.

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