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Melbourne Business School About Us The Future of Learning Advisory Group

The Future of Learning Advisory Group

Enabling Melbourne Business School to gain new insights, test ideas and stimulate robust conversations about the future of learning.

Why We're Here

The Future of Learning Advisory Group is an 11-member committee that enables the school to gain new insights, address business problems and explore new offerings and services that can help tackle those business challenges. The Group makes recommendations, provides critique and imparts current knowledge to increase the confidence of the school’s decision makers.

What We Do

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Promote best practices

Put forward ideas and best practices on leadership development, key industry changes and organisational learning to the School.
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Explore new opportunities

Explore new opportunities based on market trends and insights.
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Connect with stakeholders

Act as a direct connection to the leadership challenges of the new economy and improve collective impact on business and society.
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Be a sounding board

Function as a formal feedback channel to help shape the direction and innovation of pedagogy and content.
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Test ideas

Test ideas, modality and pilot courses with organisations that are committed to helping the School.

Meet the Members

To consider a diversity of perspectives and minimise single-person bias, the group comprises senior leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds and sectors.

These include a range of large private and government organisations, medium enterprises that deliver learning and development, disruptive sectors such as global technology companies, and business consulting.

Of the eleven members, ten are current industry decision-makers in talent and leadership development while one is from Melbourne Business School. Members are weighted for gender, race and sectors and screened for potential conflicts between other members.

Simon Hann

Simon Hann is the Chair of the Future of Learning Advisory Group and the Group Executive, Education and Learning, at Chartered Accountants ANZ. Previously the CEO of DeakinCo, Deakin University’s corporate education arm, and Salmat Learning, Simon has a track record of successfully using technology to transform business. He is on the Board of the Australian Council of Professions and a member of the International Panel on Accountancy Education.

Mary Lemonis

Mary Lemonis is the Chief People Officer of REA Group. Prior to REA, Mary held various HR roles in Australia and China at Campbell Arnott and Lion. Mary is an advisory member of Camp Quality’s People & Culture Committee, a Board Director for The Arnott’s Foundation from 2014 to 2017, and a founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.

Liming Zhu

Liming Zhu is the Research Director of the Software and Computational Systems program at CSIRO's Data61. He is a conjoint full professor at the University of New South Wales and has published more than 200 academic papers on software architecture, secure systems and data/ML infrastructure, blockchain, governance and responsible AI.

Serge Scofani

Serge Scrofani is the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at biotech firm CSL. He is also a Board member of the Burnet Institute, AusBiotech and FinCap. Serge has a PhD in Structural Biology from La Trobe University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Melbourne Business School.

Tiffany Wright

Tiffany Wright is the Director of Microsoft’s Education Industry business for Australia. With over 22 years of experience in sales, business management and executive roles, she is also involved in industry advisory boards, such as the Institute of Applied Technology Digital in New South Wales.

Tanya Deery

Tanya is the Group General Manager for Workforce Capability and Performance at ANZ bank. Prior to joining ANZ, Tanya was Chief Operating Officer at management consulting firm Hay Group Pacific. With more than 25 years of experience in sales, consulting and HR, Tanya is passionate about helping executive teams build the capabilities that drive performance.

Peter Stiles

Peter Stiles is the Director of Talent Strategy at the Australian Public Service Commission. A HR specialist with 10 years’ experience, Peter has held roles across Australia’s public sector including at the Department of Communications and the Arts, Austrade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Kirstin Schneider

Kirstin is the founder of a pre-seed tech business, Hyfen8, as well as a Non-Executive Director on the Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) Board. She has extensive experience in People and Culture leadership roles in large organisations such as AGL, Coles, Australia Post and Orica, prior to which she managed small businesses in retail and financial services.

Narelle Beurle

Narelle Buerle is the Head of Organisation Development at CitiPower and Powercor. With 25 years of HR experience, she has held several vice president roles for global business units across Singapore and Asia-Pacific, including leading the HR function for Hewlett-Packard in Australia and New Zealand.