ISNZ Conference 2019 - the speakers

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Managing Director, The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author of 14 books, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health. His training and approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. He is a founding member of the National Centre Against Bullying and Chairs their Cybersafety Committee.

Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. He is the Commonwealth Government representative on the Board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. He is an accredited trainer for Mental Health First Aid Australia, Community Ambassador for Smiling MindBig Brother Big Sister; and a columnist for a number of publications. Michael is the resident psychologist for Channel 9's Today Extra as well as the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW

In 2015, Michael developed the Certificate of Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing with a team of experts.   Delivered as a partnership between the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.



Dr Sven Hansen, Founder, The Resilience Institute

Dr Sven Hansen, (MBChB, MBA) has pioneered preventative medicine, stress mastery, and the performance mindset.  He has worked with many global, sports and educational organizations to build Resilience.  Sven challenges people to transform by integrating physical, emotional, cognitive and moral resilience into life, leadership and business.

With a background in Special Forces and Sports Medicine, Sven has run resilience courses in business since 1988.  As Founder of the Resilience Institute, he leads teams in Australasia, Asia, Europe and the US, helping businesses craft resilience into their people and teams. He is a regular conference speaker on resilience, human factors, leadership and health.

At the ISNZ Conference, Sven will speak about Opportunity, Risk, Talent and Skill: Preparing the next generation for the high road.



Dr Stephen Holmes PhD (School Marketing/Reputation), Principal and Founder, The 5Rs Partnership

Dr Holmes is widely regarded to be the most experienced, credentialed consultant/facilitator in the world in the related concepts of reputation management, brand, and marketing strategy for the school sector. Stephen is the only full-time practising consultant in the world with a PhD in the specific field of school marketing and reputation strategy.

In the late 1990s, Stephen significantly defined the role of a responsive approach from schools via the 5Rs framework (recruitment, retention, referral, relationships and reputation) in his seminal PhD study on creating a market orientation in schools and school systems.

Now based in Vietnam, with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, Stephen has since consulted, researched, published and spoken globally with schools, colleges and universities at the highest levels with an unmatched client base spanning three decades. Research evidence has always informed his practice, something that helps to forge trust with education sector clients globally.

In 2018/19, Dr Holmes has been commissioned for major international and independent school projects in Asia, Australia, Africa, UK, Middle East, Europe, South America, the US, UK, and New Zealand. Stephen was the first member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) Consultant Network (preferred consultant status).

With a professional education background in schools spanning teaching, administration and Board membership, and in universities as an academic and executive director of strategy, Stephen brings a unique depth of global insight and culturally grounded sector expertise and perspective to drive success in schools.



Mark McCrindle BSc (Psychology), Founder and Principal, McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award-winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media.

He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, counts among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark’s highly valued research and reports, presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator. Mark brings a fresh approach to his research-based boardroom briefings, executive workshops, strategy sessions and keynotes. Armed with the latest findings and presented in a customised and innovative way, Mark is an in-demand communicator.

Mark McCrindle is the author of three books on emerging trends and social change. The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations, Word Up: A Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century and The Power of Good.



Jane Larsson, Executive Director, Council of International Schools (CIS)

Jane Larsson has led the Council of International Schools (CIS) as Executive Director since her appointment in 2010. CIS is a global non-profit membership organization focused on the development of global citizenship, providing International Accreditation, Career & Recruitment, University Admission Guidance and Research Services to schools and universities internationally.

Earlier, Jane was Direc­tor of International Partnerships with the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She began her career in international education as Director of Educational Staffing and Publications for International Schools Services (ISS). She currently serves as Chair of the International Task Force on Child Protection and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA).

At the ISNZ Conference, Jane will speak on Leading Interculturally, and provide the audience with knowledge of leadership competencies that impact strategic goal-setting and influence practice in diverse school communities.


Watch this space for more speaker profiles and the full conference programme, coming soon.