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Speakers

Meet our speakers

It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our keynote speakers and motivational guest speaker for 2018.

Danny Munnerley

Danny Munnerley

Head, Learning Environments and Innovation
James Cook University

Kathy Vieira

Chief Portfolio Officer
Blackboard
Professor Kevin Bell

Professor Kevin Bell

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Digital Futures)
Western Sydney University
Kurt Fearnley OAM

Kurt Fearnley OAM

Three-time Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist

Lee Blakemore

President, Global Client Operations & Success
Blackboard

Phill Miller

Chief Learning & Innovation Officer
Blackboard

Kathy Vieira

Chief Portfolio Officer
Blackboard

As Chief Portfolio Officer, Kathy Vieira is responsible for the execution of Blackboard’s portfolio strategy. In this role, she oversees key functions including business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing. She also leads the Blackboard Student Services team, the corporate division that brings marketing and enrollment services, virtualized contact center support, One Stop and other solutions designed to support the student lifecycle at institutions nationwide.

Prior to her current role, Kathy served as Blackboard’s Vice President of Portfolio Strategy and Management. She also served on the Business Department team as Vice President of Partner Enablement and as Vice President of Partnerships in Blackboard’s consulting organization. Kathy joined Blackboard in 2006 through the acquisition of WebCT.

Kathy has an extensive background in information technology and education and has spent many years in leadership roles in the high-tech industry. Her background includes a role as Information Systems Manager for World Wide Development and Learning and as CIO for Sales and Marketing at a large computer hardware company. In addition, she served as Director of Hosting and Global Support Services at an internet security company providing certificate authority to defence and banking industries around the globe.

Kathy holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science and Biology. She is also a graduate of the Society of Information Management, Leadership Development Institute, Regional Learning Forum.

Phill Miller

Chief Learning and Innovation Officer
Blackboard

With over 14 years experience in education technology, Phill Miller serves as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. In his role, Phill leads new growth opportunities in the areas of teaching and learning as well as student success, exploring ways to re-envision the teaching and learning market.

Prior to his current role at Blackboard, Phill was Vice President of Teaching and Learning, during which he was responsible for leading the product strategy, roadmap, management and marketing for Blackboard’s suite of world-class online teaching and learning solutions. He has also served as Vice President and Business Line Manager of Moodlerooms, the open source division of Blackboard.

Phill joined the company in 2012 with the acquisition of Moodlerooms, where he was Vice President of Product Strategy. During his tenure at Moodlerooms, he helped to build an innovative Software-as-a-Service Learning Management System on a global, open source learning platform, and invented cross-platform content sharing software for delivering open educational resources.

Earlier, Phill served as Director of Business Development at Oxygen Education, LLC and as Product Manager/Senior Solutions Architect at ANGEL Learning, Inc. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Information Systems from Ball State University.

Lee Blakemore

President, Global Client Operations & Success
Blackboard

Lee Blakemore is President of Global Client Operations & Success. In this role, he leads Blackboard’s efforts to deliver a world class experience for its clients, overseeing client delivery, management of the Blackboard cloud platform and support functions across the company.

Previously, he served as President of Blackboard International, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and operations to support the company’s global growth outside the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining Blackboard in 2015, Lee served as the SVP of Global Sales and Marketing at the cloud services company Velocity Technology Solution, where he was responsible for all field operations including sales, offering management, marketing and customer relations. Prior to joining Velocity, Lee spent nine years at IBM where he held various global leadership positions including Vice President of the Smarter Infrastructure software business and Director of European Sales for the Application on Demand business where he helped launch that business’s European operations. Prior to IBM, Lee held various leadership positions in the software industry, the most recent being at Corio, a cloud-based ERP solution acquired by IBM.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Westminster College.

Professor Kevin Bell

Professor Kevin Bell

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Digital Futures)
Western Sydney University

Professor Kevin Bell comes from Newcastle in the UK, taking his B.Sc. in Analysis of Science and Technology from Manchester University before spending two significant periods of his professional career overseas. After nine years in Japan where he taught English in Kishiwada High School and at a private language school in Osaka, he moved to the United States in 1999, initially to take his Master of Arts in Teaching at Marlboro College in Vermont.

Post-graduation, Professor Bell’s dot.com work segued into academic leadership roles, most recently at Northeastern University in Boston where he headed the Online Experiential Learning group and served four years as Executive Director and Senior Fellow for the Lowell Institute Innovation Incubator (Li3). The Institute was funded with a $4M “First in the World” federal grant with his research on intrinsic motivation of under-represented minority groups in STEM programs central to the application.

Prior to Northeastern University, Professor Bell was at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where as Chief Academic Officer he was integral in the scaling of the largest not-for-profit online operation in the US. At SNHU he was the academic lead on the first federally approved Competency-based, Direct Assessment degree; College for America.

He received his doctorate University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with research into gameful design and student engagement in online courses.

His recent book: Game On! – Gamification, Gameful Design, and the Rise of the Gamer Educator arguably overuses variants on the word “Game” a lot, but is otherwise a riveting read

Danny Munnerley

Danny Munnerley

Head, Learning Environments and Innovation
James Cook University

Danny is the Head of Learning Environments and Innovation at James Cook University in Australia. He has a background in Fine Arts, Design, Education and Technology and has led many educational projects and programs within higher education and for the private sector in Australia, UAE and UK.

He is passionate about rethinking global education, creating new places to study and developing rich learning experiences that help students connect with each other online and on campus. Danny has developed approaches that blend space design and pedagogical frameworks to deliver student experiences that encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

His current work is future focussed and includes the design and development of learning environments suitable for students post 2020. Through a series of transformational projects his teams are managing a whole of university LMS migration and adoption of new media creation systems that will provide learning experiences that works seamlessly across the physical and mobile world.

Kurt Fearnley OAM

Kurt Fearnley OAM

Three-time Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist

Australian wheelchair racer, Kurt Fearnley OAM, is one of Australia’s most well known and respected athletes.

Winner of some of the world’s most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The latter two, 5 times. Kurt won the Paralympic men’s wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. In Athens he also won gold over the 5000m on the track. He was recently able to finish a 20 year representative career with a dominant Gold Medal performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, whilst also receiving the honour of carrying the Australian Flag into the Closing Ceremony.

In London in 2012 he picked up a bronze medal in the marathon and a silver on the track over 5000m. In Rio 2016 Kurt successfully made the podium for the fourth consecutive time in both the 5000m and Marathon, winning Bronze and Silver, while serving as the Captain of the Australian Paralympic Team. In total Kurt has 13 Paralympic medals spanning across 5 games. He’s also a 6 times world champion from 800m to the marathon. His marathon personal best is 1 hour 18 minutes and 51 seconds set in Boston in 2011.

Off the racing circuit Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, taking line honours in 2011 on board the yacht Loyal. However he is most well known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.

Kurt is actively involved in various charities as a board member, patron and ambassador. In 2016 Kurt was elected by his peers to be one of six Summer Paralympic Athletes to serve on the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

Full program coming soon!

Thank you to all those who submitted an entry to our CFP. We will be in touch by Friday 8th June.

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