Oliver Fortescue

Oliver Fortescue AUIDF Chair 2018–Present

Oliver Fortescue has held international education positions in Japan, the UK, and since 2012, in Australia; he is currently the International Director at CQUniversity Australia. In this capacity he is responsible for international marketing, recruitment and admissions, partnerships and mobility, compliance and offshore ventures. He was elected to the Executive Board of the Australian Universities International Directors' Forum (AUIDF) in 2014 and served two years as Deputy Chair before becoming the President and Chair in 2018. His professional interests include strategic leadership and the application of disruptive technology and automation in our sector.


Sunny Yang

Sunny Yang AUIDF Chair 2016–2018

Sunny has been with Monash University for more than 9 years, leading the University's Student Recruitment and Student Admissions functions, attracting and selecting students from Australia and 100+ countries globally into Monash's pathway programs, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Her work oversees significantly level of scale, complexity and impact. She is the past Chair of Australian Universities International Directors Forum (AUIDF). Prior to joining Monash, Sunny worked for the State Government in economic development, export, skills and business investment areas for 10 years. She has significant senior level experiences and expertise in global market development, international business, industry engagement, government policy, legislation and major public program delivery.


Kelly Smith


Kelly Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University in 1987. After further study in teaching English as a second language, he taught for 10 years in Japan and then at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for English Language Teaching. In 1999 he moved into a role in the administration of internationalisation in the University’s International Centre. After completing an MBA at The University of Western Australia in 2000, he worked for a time in the private sector with Study Group, a leading global private provider of education services, before returning to The University of Western Australia initially as Associate Director and then as Director of the International Centre. In November 2015 he took up his current position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at La Trobe University. In 2018 he was additionally appointed as Director of La Trobe’s Confucius Institute. External roles have included Chair of the Australian Universities International Directors Forum (AUIDF), Deputy Chair of Study Perth and Board member of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). He has presented at various international education conferences in Australia, the USA, Asia and South America.

Jo Asquith


Jo has twenty years’ experience within Australian schools and universities, encompassing a variety of roles from, primary school teacher, University lecturer in Physical and Outdoor Education, Indigenous support teacher, including the past eighteen years in international education.

 Jo has had first-hand experience within university international education and held several senior positions in student mobility, marketing and admissions and has been a Director International and Future Students at James Cook University 2011-2016 and Marketing Director/Director International at Southern Cross University 2001-2011.

Jo is currently the Director and Principal at University of Canberra College and is in her second term on the International Education Association of Australia’s (IEAA) board.

Tracy McCabe


Tracy has been a well known figure in international education throughout Australia for nearly 20 years, working in more than 40 countries.

She was head of the International Students Office at the University of South Australia for eight years and from 2002 was Director International at the University of Newcastle.

The AUIDF also support the Tracy McCabe Fellowship. Nominations for this fellowship open in April each year.

Dr Bruce Mackintosh


Bruce Mackintosh followed Stephen Connelly as Chair of AUDF, from 2004 to 2008.

He was Director of the International Centre at UWA from 1996 to 2009, and briefly in 2003, Head of the International Office of the University of Westminster, London. In 2006-07 he was Chair of the Universities of Perth and Deputy Chair of Perth Education City, and in 2005-06 an inaugural member of the Council of IEAA.

Bruce retired from the International Centre at UWA in 2009, and is currently working part time as an independent international education consultant, involved in professional development courses, and co-editing with Dorothy Davis a book on the history and achievements of international education in Australia.

He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and Honorary Research Fellow in Animal Biology at UWA.

Stephen Connelly

Stephen Connelly AUIDF chair 2002-2004

Stephen Connelly was foundation Chair of the Australian Universities International Directors Forum from 2002 to 2004 and was Chair of the Victorian International Directors Committee from 2000 to 2002. He is currently the Director of i-graduate in Australia, managing that company’s Australian activities through his independent consulting firm, GlobalEd Services, which specialises in international education.

Prior to taking on the role at i-graduate, Stephen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) at RMIT University (2010-13). He spent five years at Swinburne University of Technology as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and later Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development and Engagement), and seven years at La Trobe University as Director of International Marketing and then Director of the International Programs Office.

Stephen was a board member of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA) for ten years, including four years as President. He has also served on the boards of Swinburne Sarawak, Swinburne Student Amenities Association, RMIT Vietnam and RMIT Training, and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. He is Chair of the Finance Committee of the ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) board of directors, based in Arlington, Virginia.

Stephen was recognised for his achievements in international education when he received the IEAA Distinguished Contribution Award at the 2016 Australian International Education Conference. He is a graduate of Monash and Melbourne Universities, and spent several years living overseas in Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 1990s.

Stephen owns five guitars, follows the Collingwood Football Club, and bats in the middle order of the Mighty 5ths at the Edinburgh Cricket Club.