Dave Faulkner
Master of Ceremonies

Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, a grassroots educator with a proven track record, and in recent years has emerged as a global leader in education leadership and innovation. An in demand chair and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra and has a powerful grasp and influence on the changes taking place in schools across the globe.

Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA). Following this he undertook a succession of strong periods of school and regional improvement as a Principal and Regional Superintendent, matching grassroots understanding with system level insights and a relentless focus on helping to ensure that all students could access a great education.

Dave is a global leader in accelerating education startups, works with thousands of educators each year and as a consultant, advises senior government, education leaders and company executives around the world. Dave has also co-authored two practical books for educators with his co-founder Aaron Tait, Edupreneur and Dream Team, that are now being used by more than 60,000 in thousands of schools worldwide. Dave is a lead designer and facilitator for our Change Leader and Changemaker Programs working alongside grassroots educators in year-long program to help individuals and teams lead change in the places it matters most.

Dr Jordan Nguyen
Monday Keynote

Dr Jordan Nguyen, is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, who is committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible, and to help become a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future.

An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change, and shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

Dr Catherine Ball
Monday Keynote

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, executive director, and ethics advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses.

A sought-after voice across the start-up and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of global projects from creating world leading conferences and events, to using drones to kill weeds on rocky cliff faces. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with technology and likes to demystify emerging tech.

Catherine has been called a social architect and likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world.

Benjamin Law
Tuesday Keynote

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. Most recently, Ben edited the collection of stories through Black Inc Books, Growing Up Queer in Australia. He is the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards—and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017). The Family Law is now also an award-winning TV series for SBS, which Benjamin created and co-writes.  Benjamin has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including The Monthly, Frankie, Good Weekend, the Guardian, The Australian, Monocle and the Australian Financial Review—and has a PhD in creative writing from QUT.

He co-wrote the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle, and the sex/relationships advice book Law School (2017) with his mum Jenny. He was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ Deep Water: The Real Story (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s Sisters (Ten). He’s now working on a play for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Recently he starred in the ABC’s two-part documentary series Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Lawwhere he travels from China to Arnhem Land to explore the history, unpack the present, and look to the future of Australia’s relationship with China. Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show That Startup Show, and you can catch him on TV shows like Q&A (ABC), The Drum (ABC), The Project (Ten) and Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS).

Dr Cathryn Lloyd
Tuesday Keynote

Cathryn Lloyd is a facilitator, creative development coach, and educator. She is the Founder/Director of Maverick Minds, a creative professional development consultancy that designs innovative learning experiences to shift thinking, gain new perspectives and create positive change. Cathryn has extensive experience across the creative industries, arts, business, management, and education sectors.

Cathryn’s clients include corporate, public, not for profit/social enterprises, and individuals. She has worked across various sectors including engineering, corrections, education, accounting, human resources, public agencies and small entrepreneurial starts ups delivering professional development and bespoke workshops designed to help clients reach their optimum potential. Cathryn has presented and delivered nationally and internationally at conferences including the Art of Management and Organization, Australian Facilitators Network, Applied Improvisation Network, Action Learning and Action Research and The Story Conference

Cathryn holds a Doctorate in Creative Industries, is an accredited master facilitator with the Institute for Learning Professionals, accredited Action Learning Facilitator and accredited facilitator in Team Management Profiles with Team Management Systems. She is Australia’s first certified Creativity Coaching with the Creativity Coaching Association.  Cathryn is a board member of the international Applied Improvisation Network and is co-author of The Story Cookbook: practical recipes for change published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

About the Department of Education International (DEi)

Department of Education International (DEi), trading as Education Queensland International (EQI), is the international branch of the Queensland Department of Education (DoE). Its primary role is to lead, facilitate and coordinate the department’s international activities. It develops and promotes programs for international students who want to study at a Queensland state school and provides opportunities for Queensland students, teachers and school leaders to undertake educational and cultural immersion experiences and professional development internationally.

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