Speaker bios

Wade KellyDr Wade Kelly

Wade is the Senior Coordinator Research Impact at La Trobe University. He is passionate about knowledge-sharing with a focus on how academics exchange knowledge with the public and communities.

Wade has been working with adult learners in public and private institutions for almost two decades in a variety of roles. As part of his mission to make learning more accessible to the general public, he has hosted Nerd Nite in three cities.

He is frequently engaged by various media outlets, including having his story from the Moth Grand Final 2018 aired across Australia by the ABC.

Michelle KingMichelle King

Michelle is KPMG Australia’s National Leader for Higher Education and National Leader for Education in KPMG’s Enterprise division. Before joining KPMG, Michelle spent 20+ years in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training, across a broad range of strategic and enterprise functions.

She specialises in providing strategic analysis and insight, delivering complex change and student-centric transformation.

Professor Nick Bisley

Nick BisleyNick Bisley is the Dean and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia's international relations, great power politics and Australian foreign and defence policy.

Nick is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Secretary of the Council of Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Nick is a member of the advisory board of China Matters and a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs between 2013 and 2018, the country's oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC.

Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2017), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012), and Building Asia's Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408). He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time Magazine.

Emma BroadbentEmma Broadbent

Emma has been working within Cisco Corporate Affairs for close to 9 years.

Her current role has been managing Cisco’s leading educational program in Corporate Affairs being The Cisco Networking Academy in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. She also supports working on projects associated with the Cisco Public Benefit Investment team.

Her work centres around Implementing Community Enablement projects in the region and her cliental consists of Public & Private Sector Educational Partners and non-for-profit organisations.

She also has a strong focus on building workforce development initiatives with ICT Industry to create a pipeline of talent and skills in entry level roles.

Emma graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education from The University of Technology and has a strong passion for teaching and learning.

David WalkerDr David Walker

David Walker joined the School of Economics, La Trobe University in July 2003. Prior to this, he worked as an economist for the Victorian Government at the Department of Infrastructure and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Canberra. David’s research interests are in environmental and resource economics. His PhD focused on the potential for forest-based carbon sequestration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in New South Wales, Australia.

David is also passionate about teaching and has received a number of awards including the Executive Dean’s Teaching Award in June 2014, and Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award’s in 2015 and 2019. David is currently the Director of Learning and Teaching for the La Trobe Business School.