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CISaustralia Advisory Board

Professor Duncan Bentley

Professor Duncan Bentley is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Programs) at Swinburne University of Technology, which has a global focus on using high impact innovation, science and technology across all its teaching and research. Previously Professor Bentley was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Curtin Business School and Dean of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at Bond University. 

In all his roles, Professor Bentley has been heavily engaged in developing and enhancing the benefits of student mobility and exchange. He has led a national Office of Learning and Teaching Project on internationalising the law curriculum, in which student mobility across borders and cultural understanding proved critical components. He has worked with admitting authorities across four jurisdictions, to identify the knowledge, skills and competencies required by lawyers for global legal practice. 

Professor Bentley is an expert in international strategy and higher education leadership and management. He also researches in international tax law and administration. Professor Bentley speaks regularly at national and international conferences, is widely published and has consulted on five continents.

Brett Blacker

Brett Blacker completed a Bachelor's degree in Management and Marketing as well as a Master's in Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle before commencing a marketing role with Newcastle’s International Development Office. He was appointed the Director of Murdoch International, Murdoch University in 2004 and was responsible for overseeing international marketing and recruitment, admission and student support for the university. Over the following years his portfolio expanded to include Director of Residential Services as well as the Alumni, Careers and Employment Office.

Brett gained experience in the commercial sector initially as National Business Development Manager and subsequently General Manager: Health, OSHC Worldcare, Mondial Assistance (Allianz Insurance) from 2008-­2011. He is currently Director of the International Office at the University of Newcastle, supporting the University’s internationalisation agenda and international student experience. Brett is a long standing Board Member and current Vice President of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA).

Professor Raoul Mortley AO FAHA

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality)

Professor Raoul Mortley AO FAHA was re-appointed in October 2002 as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences after appointments as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle (1993-1996) and at Bond University (1996-1997). In December 2013 he was appointed Foundation Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Society and Design at Bond, a merged faculty.

He was formerly Chairman of In-Motion Technologies Pty Ltd, and of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys (Commonwealth Government, Department of Industry, Science and Resources).

He has been Chair of the NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, Chair of the Australian Education office in Washington, and Chair of the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee’s Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee. He was educated at the University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Strasbourg, and has spent substantial periods as Researcher and Director of Research in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Professor Mortley’s research interest has been in the areas of philosophy and the history of ideas: his publications lie in the area of Platonism, Neoplatonism and the development of Christianity. His most recent book is “Plotinus: Self and the World”, Cambridge University Press, 2013. His website is at www.raoulmortley.com.

His present consultancy activity involves the Chinese government on English language teaching and learning in China, with the goal of setting up a consortium of English speaking universities to work with the Chinese government in a company using MOOC style technology to reach the broadest possible audience in China with English language products.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University in 1987. After further study in teaching English as a second language, he taught for 10 years in Japan and then at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for English Language Teaching. In 1999 he moved into a role in the administration of internationalisation in the University’s International Centre. After completing an MBA at The University of Western Australia in 2000, he worked for a time in the private sector with Study Group, a leading global private provider of education services, before returning to The University of Western Australia initially as Associate Director and then as Director of the  International Centre. In November 2015 he took up his current position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at La Trobe University. External roles have included Chair of the Australian Universities International Directors Forum and Deputy Chair of Study Perth. He has presented at various international education conferences in Australia, the USA, Asia and South America.

Heather Tinsley

Heather Tinsley has worked in higher education for some thirty years. Half of these were spent in the public sector at Griffith University, University of Newcastle and finally at QUT, as Director, Student Business Services. She was then appointed by Navitas as College Director and Principal of QIBT (now Griffith College), a position she held for nearly ten years. Her subsequent Navitas appointment was to College Director and Principal at SIBT in Sydney, a position she still holds while also recently being appointed to a concurrent position of Campus Director and Principal of Western Sydney University – Sydney City Campus.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University.