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Emerita Professor Andrea Chester is a higher education expert with 30 years’ experience in tertiary education. She is a passionate teacher and an accomplished academic leader with a commitment to excellence in evidence-informed learning. She has driven national teaching innovation projects and implemented frameworks to support scholarly practice. Her work has focused on the use of partnerships to improve learning. Andrea is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Fion is currently an Associate Professor in General Management and Deputy Associate Dean (International Education) at UTS Business School. Her recent role as the Director of UTS Learning Centre (SILC) has seen her managing more than 1000 students studying in Shanghai. She has a background in business and international education and has over a decade of experience in various forms of international education. Fion’s research interests explore various aspects of international education, particularly third-party arrangements, academic governance, quality assurance and management, and teaching and learning in the international education space. Fion is an award winner for her PhD thesis and a recipient of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Best Practice Award in the category of The Award for Excellence in Governance and Policy.



Professor Shah has completed his PhD with a research focus on quality assurance in Australian higher education. Over the last 18 years, he has led learning and teaching at faculty and school level at three Australian universities. He has extensive experience in all aspects of learning and teaching leadership including strategy and governance, quality assurance and enhancements, and maintenance of standards. Professor Shah is also on the TEQSA Expert Register and has also been part of review panels with various international quality assurance agencies.


Professor Roger Hadgraft 

Roger Hadgraft is a civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in transforming engineering education through project-based learning (PBL) and educational technology. He was instrumental in introducing a project-based curriculum in civil engineering at Monash University and in several disciplines at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Roger was an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar and co-author of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Engineering and Information Technology and he has been a member of several national learning and teaching projects. 

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Professor Mehregan Mahdavi

Professor Mehregan Mahdavi is a highly experienced educator with over two decades of experience in higher education teaching, research, and management. Throughout his career, Mehregan has worked at various universities and institutes within Australia and abroad. Mehregan has successfully led several quality assurance and curriculum development projects within higher education, demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting excellence in learning and teaching. With academic expertise in both Information Technology and learning and teaching in higher education, Mehregan brings extensive knowledge and expertise to the field. He is currently a senior IEEE member.

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