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Advisory committee

Anthony Ferrier is the inaugural Advisory Board Chair for Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. A well-regarded executive, adviser and thought leader on corporate innovation, Anthony helps drive growth by creating strategic frameworks to develop new ideas and enhance company cultures. He previously led the Bank of New York Mellon Innovation program.

Anthony is a widely-read author, speaker and adviser to organisations including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fidelity Investments, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Volkswagen.

David Coltman is Chief Executive of TAFE SA. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Pathways and Vocational Education until April 2019. He first joined Swinburne University of Technology as the Executive Director of Pathways and Vocational Educational in 2015 and became a Director of the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2016.

David holds a Master of Adult Education, Master of Public Administration and completed the Institute of Educational Leadership Program at Harvard University and the Kellogg Foundation’s Institute of Developmental Education.

Liz Jakubowski is an advisory board member to Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. Liz believes students need to become entrepreneurial in the rapidly changing future world of work. She sees the benefits first-hand as the founder and director of, a job matching platform she has developed in Data61, CSIRO which connects talented students with technical and digital skills to meaningful jobs and internships with fast-growth startups and innovative companies.

Liz has held leadership roles in government relations and communications, including at the ABC, NSW Health and NICTA (now Data61 CSIRO).

She advises media-tech accelerator The Studio and the China Australia Millennial Project and is Education Co-Leader for Spark Festival, Australia’s largest event for startups and entrepreneurs.

Hurol Inan is an Advisory Board Member for Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. A digital transformation consultant, he’s currently the Chief Executive of leading global digital agency, Wunderman Australia, and a non-executive director on the Engineers Australia Board.

Hurol has over 25 years of professional experience spanning retail, financial services, utility and government in countries including Australia, the USA and South Korea. He started his career working for two major consultancies, Accenture and Deloitte, and then founded his own digital marketing and technology consultancy Bienalto, which was acquired by WPP’s Wunderman in 2012.

Hurol holds a Master of Integrated Systems and Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.

Megan Shellie is a Consultant with Ernst & Young in the Risk Advisory practice, having completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at ANU in 2017.

A passionate advocate for young people, Megan has previously worked with the YMCA, acting as a national spokesperson in their ‘Why Not’ campaign to promote the voices of young Australians, particularly on issues of LGBTQI equality, mental health and youth unemployment. In 2018 she co-founded ‘Think Forward’ a lobby group established by young Australians focusing on issues of intergenerational fairness. Megan is an infrequent contributor to the Fairfax op-ed pages, most recently covering the budget from an intergenerational perspective, and offering a young person’s view on the Federal Government’s ‘Prepare, Trial and Hire Scheme.

Jason Laufer is an experienced technology professional with a keen interest in human resources, leadership development and data intelligence. He is passionate about developing people and puts that into practice in his current role at LinkedIn as Senior Director Asia Pacific, Talent and Learning Solutions.

Jason has over 20 years of leadership experience, including roles at IBM, Microsoft, Gateway Computers, and Westpac within the Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand markets. Jason is also recognised as one of Australia’s 50 Outstanding LGBTI Leaders of 2018.

Phoebe Ryssenbeek is an experienced people professional who works to transform and shape successful organisations through leadership, people and culture.

Phoebe believes the design of great workplace experiences can positively impact people’s engagement and wellbeing and applies this in her current role at Arup as Australasian Head of People & Culture. She has a keen interest in the emerging futures of learning, work and workforce transformation to bring together the best of people and technology.

Phoebe has held leadership roles in HR, communications and marketing, across nearly 20 years at organisations including Westpac, Telstra and Accenture. She has worked in and covered markets in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US and loves to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Levi McKenzie-Kirkbright provides Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce advisory board with a young person’s perspective of engaging the new workforce and digital economy. Levi is proudly Aboriginal (Gadigal, Yuin, Wiradjuri) and currently completing his Master of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

His passion lies in technology entrepreneurship and youth, and in Indigenous engagement with the emerging digital economy.

In 2017, Levi was a Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation for Young Australians, and elected to the Chair of the graduate students at Ormond College. In the future, Levi hopes to combine his experience in biomedicine and computer science to explore the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to healthcare and medicine.

Peter Fitzpatrick brings 30 years of international Human Resources, Management Consulting and CEO experience to our Advisory Board.

He established his HR credentials with Myer, Coles Myer, Pacific Dunlop and the London Stock Exchange, before being appointed as the Chief Global HR Officer for the international businesses of AIG, the world’s largest insurance group.

Based in New York, Peter has been the President of a global executive search and consulting firm, before founding a strategic HR consulting group which focuses on providing human capital advisory services at Board and C-level.

His clients include premier companies in Australia,North America and the UK/Europe.

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