Speaker bio

Anjali Rao

Anjali Rao

Journalist

Plenary
Debate: Has international education fuelled nationalist populism by simply serving the interests of global elites?

Thursday 12 October, 8.30 am

Anjali Rao has spent more than 20 years in the top tiers of television journalism. In Australia, she presented SBS’s ‘Dateline’ and is a frequent host on Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’ and ‘Studio 10’. Anjali spent six years anchoring on CNN, interviewing the likes of the Dalai Lama, President Bill Clinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Roger Federer and Karl Lagerfeld. She has also covered numerous breaking news events, including the 7/7 bombings in London, the Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the terror siege of Mumbai, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In June, Anjali was travelling the world for IMB interviewing Saroo Brierley, whose life the multi-award-winning film ‘LION’ is based on. Anjali’s latest assignment was interviewing former US Vice-President Al Gore on his latest documentary feature film premiere in Australia.

Anjali will lead and moderate the debate scheduled for Thursday's morning plenary session: 'Has international education fuelled nationalist populism by simply serving the interests of global elites?

The rise of nationalist populism in some parts of the world challenges assumptions about the virtues of globalisation, internationalism and multicultural and cosmopolitan societies, and is sometimes driven by growing inequality and feeling of powerlessness among ordinary people.  In this political and economic context, could international education be contributing in a fundamental way to perpetuating this inequality by simply serving a small part of the population who is already relatively well off? Anjali  will pose this question to a group of panelists, who will debate whether international education is part of the cause of nationalist populism or part of the solution.

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Key dates

16 January - Call for proposals opens

1 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

10 October 2017 - Conference starts