Expert Member biographies

Council for International Education – Expert Member biographies

​Professor Kent Anderson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement), University of Western Australia

Kent has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement) at the University of Western Australia since 2014. F​rom 2012 to 2014, he was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)​ at the University of Adelaide. Between 2007 and 2011, Professor Anderson worked at the Australian National University where he was Dean of the Faculty of Asian Studies and Foundation Director of the School of Culture, History and Language. Kent is a board member of the National Library of Australia Council, the New Colombo Plan Advisory Board and Canberra Grammar School.
He has previously served on the board of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the Asian Studies Association of Australia, the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, the Asian Law Institute, the National Asia Languages and Studies in Schools Program and Education Adelaide.



Mr Brett Blacker
CEO, English Australia (EA)

Brett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of English Australia in August 2015. English Australia is a national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. Brett has extensive experience in international education. He was the President of the International Education Association of Australia from 2014 to 2015, and before that spent four years as the Director International at the University of Newcastle.
Brett sits on a number of education boards including the StudyNSW International Advisory Board, University of Melbourne Language Testing Research Centre Advisory Board and the ETS TOEFL Advisory Board. He previously sat on the International Education Association of Australia Board between 2006 and 2015 and the Perth Education City Board from 2006 to 2008.

The Hon Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Phil has been CEO of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) since November 2011. IEAA is a not-for-profit peak body that represents all sectors of international education in Australia.
Phil brings extensive experience in international education. This includes significant experience on education boards, including the Victorian Government International Education Advisory Committee, the StudyNSW International Education Advisory Board, the Higher Education Standards Panel and the New Colombo Plan Steering Group.
Phil was the Member for Warrandyte in the Victorian State Parliament from 1988 to 2006. During this period he served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002 to 2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996 to 1999) and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (1992 to 1996). From 2009 to 2011, Mr Honeywood was CEO of Cambridge International College.

Ms Tracey Horton
Non-Executive Chairman, Navitas and Commissioner, Tourism Western Australia

Tracey has been Non-Executive Director at Navitas from 2012 and was appointed Chairman of Navitas in November 2016. She is currently a Commissioner on the board of Tourism Western Australia.She was Dean of the University of Western Australia Business School from 2004 to 2012. Prior to this, she worked in consulting at GEM Consulting and Bain & Company, and was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Tracey has had a broad range of experience on a number of company, government and non-profit boards. She is the immediate past president and board member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WA), a Panel Member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel, Chair of Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Karyn Kent
CEO, StudyAdelaide

Karyn has been CEO of StudyAdelaide since 2014. StudyAdelaide was established in 1998 and markets Adelaide as a centre of education excellence to prospective international students.
Previously, Karyn was the Regional Manager for South/South East Asia and Gulf countries at Tourism Australia. She also served various roles at the South Australian Commission, including General Manager for Trade & International Marketing, Regional Manager for New Zealand and Marketing Coordinator for the Americas.
Karyn is currently a board member of the Riverbank Authority Board of Management. In the past she has also served as a board member at the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.


Mr Bijay Sapkota​​​
President, Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

Mr. Bijay Sapkota is the National President of Council of International Students Australia(CISA).
CISA is the peak representative body for International students studying in Australia. He is studying Bachelors of Civil Engineering (Honors) at UTS. Bijay is also the member of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Council.
By virtue of Bijay’s engagement in youth affairs (humanitarian and multicultural) in Nepal and Australia, Bijay was awarded with NSW International Student of the Year 2016 (co-winner). He was also awarded with Youth Inspiration Award 2017 by Hon. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, former President of Nepal in the Youth SAARC Regional Conference held in Kathmandu.  




Mr Gerald Lipman
Chief Executive, International College of Hotel Management

Gerald has been the Chief Executive of the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) for more than 18 years. Previously he was Vice-President Asia at the Royal Bank of Canada.
ICHM is based in Adelaide and was established in 1992 in partnership with the South Australian Government and the Swiss Hotel Association. It is one of the top hotel management schools in Australia, and a recognised leader in the private higher education sector.
Gerald is currently a board member of StudyAdelaide and the Association of Australian Hotel Schools. Previously, he was the Chair of the South Australian Youth Entrepreneur Scheme and Board Member of EUHOFA (International Association of Hotel Schools).

Mr David Riordan
Director of City Operations, City of Sydney

David joined the City of Sydney as Director of City Operations in 2016. As Director of City Operations he is responsible for all of the key services the city offers to residents, visitors, communities and industries in order to ensure that Sydney remains a Green, Connected and Global city, the International gateway to Australia and the destination of choice for international students.  Prior to this, he was Director of Sydney Institute of TAFE from 2010 to 2016, as well as a board member of TAFE Directors Australia.
Between 2006 and 2010, Mr Riordan was Chief Executive Officer of NSW Department of Education and Training International, having responsibility for all international students and international projects for both TAFE NSW and NSW Government Schools. During 2006 to 2010 he also managed the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute.
He has previously been a board member of RC-2020, NSW International Education Advisory Board, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Australian Qualifications Framework Council and the Premier’s Council on International Education. In 2009 he was also the Chair of the NSW Ministerial Taskforce on International Education.

Mr Derek Scott
CEO and Principal, Haileybury

Derek has been Principal of Haileybury since December 2007. He is a Director of Haileybury International and the Chairman of Haileybury International School in China. Haileybury is the largest independent school in Australia, with four campuses in Victoria and a campus in Wuqing, China.
Derek has a strong focus on international engagement and curriculum development. He has worked on curriculum development for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and is a published author on the issues of globalisation and international studies.
Derek is a board member of the International Education Association of Australia, the ADC Forum Education Council and the Monash University Education Advisory Board.