The Consummate Teaching Professional

Ms Leigh Sales AM

Thursday 10:00 – 10:45

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Title TBA

Professor Tyrone Carlin

Thursday 14:20 – 14:55

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Dr Alexander Nanni

Mahidol University International College

Dr Chan Narith Keuk

Royal University of Phnom Penh

Dr Emily Edwards

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Ivan Kumar

Australia Pacific College

Dr Kirsty McGeoch

4c Transformative Learning

Dr Lydia Dutcher

The University of Sydney

Dr Monica Jan

IIBIT Academy of English

Dr Patrick Pheasant

NEAS Australia


Welcome from NEAS with Information on Getting Around

Thursday, Session 1
09:25:00 - 09:30:00

Dr Ruth Ferraro

Australian Council of Professions

Emeritus Professor David Nunan

University of Hong Kong

Heidi Reid

Times Education Group

Hon. Phil Honeywood

International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Mr Alistair Maclean

Chief Executive Officer, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Mr Andrew Houey

Director International Marketing, Study Adelaide

Mr Benjamin Carkagis

University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching

Mr Brett Blacker

CEO, English Australia

Mr Darryl Blumel

TAFE Queensland

Mr David Atkins

Assistant Secretary, International Framework, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Mr David Coarsey

Guided e-Learning (GEL)

Mr David Ferguson

John Paul International College

Mr David Jepsen

RTO Accountants

Mr Iain Mathieson

UQ College, The University of Queensland

UQ College, The University of Queensland is a NEAS Quality Endorsed Centre.

Mr James McIntyre-Ure

RMIT University Vietnam

Mr Jason West

UTS College

Mr Kit Perry

Townsville College of English

Mr Michael Bos

Director, Moreton Bay Colleges

Mr Michael Fay

Executive Director, ASEAN Focus Group

Mr Nick Philippou

RMIT University Vietnam

Mr Reza Tasviri

IELTS Assessment Research Lead, IELTS

Mr Robert Parsonson

Executive Officer, International Student Education Agents Association (ISEAA)

Mr Theara Chea

University of Technology Sydney

Mr Thomson Ch’ng

ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue

Mr Toshi Kawaguchi

Director, International Education and Study NSW

Mr Troy Williams


Ms Andrea Pugh

Whites Hill College

Ms Cara Dinneen

Associate Director, Learning and Teaching, Macquarie University English Language Centre

Ms Christina Bolger

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

Ms Karla Lampe

Executive Director Trade & International, Investment NSW

Ms Kate Kuzma

USQ College

Ms Kelly Kimura

former editor-in-chief of Language Education in Asia

Ms Kylie Cooper

Director, Study Queensland, Trade and Investment Queensland

Ms Melissa Banks

Head of International Education Centre of Excellence, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Ms Rebecca Hall

Commissioner for Victoria, South East Asia, Victorian Government

Ms Sandra Pitronaci

National Academic Director ELICOS & Pathways, ILSC Education Group

Ms Sharon Leslie

Southern Cross University College

Ms Sophie O’Keefe

Professional Development Manager, English Australia

Ms Vanessa Newbery

Hills International College

Oscar Zi Shao Ong

Council for International Students

Professor Thomas Roche

Southern Cross University College

Call for Abstracts

English Language Teaching – The Profession, The Professional, Professionalism

There are a variety of speaking and participation opportunities available for the 2023 conference! The focus questions for the event are:

  1. How does quality assurance underpin our Profession?

  2. What does it mean to be an English Language Teaching Professional in Australia, ASEAN and beyond? How does this relate to the global context?

  3. What does Professionalism mean to you and how can NEAS support enhancement of English Language Teaching in Australia, ASEAN and beyond?

NEAS is now seeking abstracts for the below categories.

Plenary speaker

30 mins + 5 mins Q&A

Plenary presentations must be based upon the conference theme / questions.

Lightening Talk

3 mins

A strictly timed, short, sharp, engaging presentation which answers:

“What methodology or technique changed your view of yourself as a teacher / professional?”

A presentation intended to spark discussion among conference participants. The intent is for these talks to provide a venue in support of new ideas and newcomers to the ELT community. Lightning Talks are a great way to get early feedback on a work in progress, to demo a new tool or technique, or to find potential collaborators!

Communities of Practice – Convenor

30 mins + 5 mins Q&A

Are you looking for the opportunity to enrich your professional profile and unite communities within the sector? Well, why not moderate a COP workshop! The main role of the COP Convenor is to develop questions, lead a panel discussion, and encourage further engagement with the COP area during the conference. There will also be several other associated events throughout the year that the Convenor may wish to lead. There are six NEAS COP areas to choose from.

Communities of Practice – Panel Member

30 mins + 5 mins Q&A

Participate on a panel of experts to answer questions delivered by the COP Convenor. In this forum you will be able to share your professional experiences, tips, strategies, and insights. There are six NEAS COP areas to choose from.

Sponsored Strategy Session

30 mins + 5 mins Q&A

Sponsors of the NEAS Management Conference are invited to present a strategic session based around the conference theme, current industry trends or new technologies.


Up to 10 minutes

Do you have a special talent that you would like to showcase during the conference? E.g., a theatrical or creative presentation, dance, song, poetry reading or film screening? Whatever it is, we would love to see it!

Recommend a Speaker

Do you know of an awesome speaker that you think would be suitable for the NEAS 2023 Management Conference? This could be an up-and-coming teacher or professional with an interesting project to share, a company that could give a demonstration of their new and innovative technology relevant to the sector, or even a celebrity speaker that you think could nail the theme! Let us know who you want to hear from!

Familiarisation tour

In 2023, for the first time, NEAS will facilitate familiarisation tours in conjunction with five of our endorsed ELT Centres. Would you like your Centre featured on this exclusive program and itinerary? Let us know!

We want to put your passion on a pedestal – so submit your abstract now! Those selected to take part will receive a complimentary conference ticket and will be spotlighted not only to conference attendees, but to over 14,000 stakeholders affiliated with NEAS worldwide via the NEAS News and social media platforms!

Call for Abstracts applications close on Friday 30 September.

If you are ready to submit your abstract, please fill in the form below

Call for Abstracts Application


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