The perfect storm of 2020: Facing the challenges. Fronting the future

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM AEST (UTC+10:00)

Location: Zoom (details to follow)

Format: Virtual café session

Cost: This event is free.

Registration will open in September.


The year 2020 presented the international education industry with multiple challenges arising from the greatest crises our industry has ever faced. Industry practitioners from all sectors have weathered external forces beyond their control. How institutions, organisations and individuals responded this year may buffer the impact, while indecision and angst may hasten the severity and prolong the pain. This session will draw on lessons and experience from surveys conducted at multiple points across 2020 by Edified.  

This willl be an interactive virtual cafe session, where attendees will have the opportunity to break into smaller discussion groups organised into themes. At the end of the session, the findings from the break out groups will be shared to the wider group.

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Dr Alek Voninski

Dr. Aleksandr Voninski

Partner, Edified Consulting

Alek has provided leadership, engaging strategy, and expert consulting to the international education sector over the last 20 years. For over a decade, he held senior positions across International, External Relations and Strategy portfolios at UNSW Sydney as well as senior marketing positions within Study Group, in addition to leadership positions in the AUIDF and Go8 International Directors forums. Alek has a depth of education sector experience offshore, with over a decade of working in China and Japan in addition to university admissions experience in the US. He holds of Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California.


Hayley Shields AIEC

Hayley Shields

Director, Edified Consulting

Hayley is a marketing, recruitment, and student experience expert and recognised leader in international education. She has held leadership roles over two decades across Australia and New Zealand. Most recently she was the first national Director International Student Experience for Education New Zealand, designing strategy, research, employability and digital innovation for international student experience nationally. She has led international recruitment, communications, sales and marketing in a number of higher education institutions.