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Asia Education Foundation (AEF) and Australia India Institute (Aii), Delhi are pleased to announce a series of virtual events exploring Equity in Education: Shared Perspectives between India and Australia. Over the coming months, join AEF, Aii, Delhi, and a series of specialists to discuss three key determinants for Equity in Education in Australia and India; Technology, Gender, and Wellbeing 


Webinar One: Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed education and the communities it serves in a multitude of ways.

In April more than 190 countries shut down their primary and secondary schools, affecting almost 1.6 billion children. Crucially, it has been the access to and innovation of technology software and hardware which has proven a pivotal difference. India and Australia have experienced the challenges and opportunities in accessing technology for driving learning with students, including addressing the digital divide. These issues will inform the discussion on equity in education.

This event will be divided into two 40-minute panel discussions; first between leading educators and second between industry leaders from India and Australia. Each panellist will share their direct experiences, insights, and key analysis of how technology has become a defining factor in modern education, including how the pandemic has brought that stark reality to the surface.


2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks


Dr Brian Adams

Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University


Dr Kathleen Turner

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute

Mr Mohamad Abdalla

Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)

Mr Aaron Seeto

Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW

Mr Keith Shangare

Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland


Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research


The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Education Panellists 

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Malini Narayanan, Chairperson, National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC), Principal, Army Public School Shankar Vihar

Ms Narayanan is an astute and dynamic educational leader who is the founder Principal of the Army Public School at Shankar Vihar. She is a Resource Person and trainer for the Faculty Development Research Center (FDRC) of the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) and a mentor for Principals of the 137 Army Public Schools across the country. She has innovatively explored differentiated learning in a technology driven school ecosystem so that no child is left behind. She has mentored her students and teachers to appreciate the tradition, rich heritage of our country while developing a global vision. Under her leadership the school has won the coveted the International School Award by the British Council and is today ranked among top five of the 137 Army Public Schools. 

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Helen Koziaris, Principal, South Oakleigh College, Victoria

Helen Koziaris is the Principal of South Oakleigh College, a co-educational, non-selective Government School catering for years 7 to 12 in the North Eastern Region of Victoria, where in recent years, student outcomes have shown significant growth and high performance. Helen began her career with the Department of Education 35 years ago and has extensive leadership experience. As an Executive Member of the Monash Manningham Secondary Principal Network, Helen provides opportunities for professional development, collegiality and systemic improvement.  She is a strong advocate of collegial structures that support school leaders, and developing a coaching culture that improves teacher performance. 

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Ranjitsinh Disale, Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Maharashtra 

Classroom teacher, Ranjitsinh Disale, transformed the life of young girls in the small village school Zilla Parishad Primary located in Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, India with his series of interative textbook which incorporated QR codes. In 2020, he was named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership, an international event delivered annual by UNESCO. 

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Meredith Clencie, Campus Principal, The Grange P-12 College, Victoria

Meredith Clencie has been a teacher and leader within the Victorian government education system at both primary and secondary settings. She is currently Campus Principal at The Grange P - 12 College, Callistemon P - 6 Campus. The Grange teaches Hindi language to around 700 students and continues to expand its program. The College has strong links within the community.

Industry Panellists 

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Dr. Vinnie Jauhari, Director of Education Advocacy, Microsoft 

Vinnie Jauhari works as Education Industry Expert at Microsoft Corporation India Ltd and has been an educationist. She leads and manages strategic engagements in Education and focuses on K-12 for digital transformation in education. The work spans around programmatically managing professional development, curriculum development, certifications, and explorations around gamification of education. Her contributions have won her recognition across several years at Microsoft such as Greg Butler Award in the worldwide team for the year 2014-15; award for compliance and business contribution for 2015-16, the greenest Subsidiary for evangelism recognition for 2016-17, Brand evangelist award from Public Sector for 2016-17, Making A Difference in FY 19 and recognition for Remote Learning initiatives in FY 20 for K12 and Growth Mindset Award by Public Sector, Microsoft in July 2020.

She has worked as a Director and Professor of Strategy at IIMT (now Vedatya Institute), Gurgaon and has been an academic for 15 years. Her work led to entrepreneurship and employability of her students at a global level. 

Vinnie was earlier Region Lead for HP Labs Open Innovation Office for  India. She led research engagements for HP Labs India fostering and managing innovation grants as well as building research communities in areas such as Human Computer interface and managing academic relationships with top universities through leadership, faculty and student engagements. She has received numerous awards such as Women Empowerment Grant, Innovator of the Year award in her worldwide team for her work at HP Labs. 

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Suzanne Cridge, Director of Education, Social Ventures Australia 

Sue joined SVA in 2013 and is responsible for designing and leading the SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection. The Connection provides innovative support to leaders to develop projects and actions that respond to the issues of education disadvantage in Australia’s most challenged communities. The work of the Connection is published and recognised internationally as cutting-edge design in systems leadership support and implementation, strengthened by capacity building.  

Sue’s career experience includes many diverse roles such as a volunteer teacher of English in a refugee camp for the United Nations. Her international experience extends to five years spent as Executive Director of Citizen Schools New Mexico USA, establishing a model of community engagement and support for underserved public schools as part of a national US education reform initiative which included both highly challenged and Native American communities. Upon returning to Australia, Sue led the Innovation Program at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Sue is also a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow with a focus in education equity and was acknowledged with an award from the Australian Council Educational Leaders for her work in education leadership. In 2018, Sue’s work was recognised with a national Impact25 nomination with Pro Bono Australia. 

Sue also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the board of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship

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Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, at The University of Melbourne

Wee Tiong SEAH is Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also Research Fellow of Zhejiang Basic Education Research Center, China. 

Before embarking on a career as an academic, Wee Tiong has had extensive professional experience in mathematics teaching and pastoral care across a range of school settings in Singapore and Australia. 

Wee Tiong’s current research focus is on the development of enabling valuing amongst students and teachers, and on the role of artificial intelligence programs in complementing mathematics teachers’ professional practice. He currently coordinates a 19-country research consortium in a series of research studies relating to the harnessing of values to promote positive mathematics learning outcomes, to develop teacher self-efficacy, and to empower students to regulate their mathematics anxiety.  

Wee Tiong is co-Director of the University of Melbourne Numeracy R-3 Professional Development program (2019 – 2021), designed for South Australia Department for Education. He was also a member of the Australian federal government’s Expert Advisory and Research Group, and conducts professional development workshops for teachers, principals and school leaders. He conducts collaborative research and consultancy activities in no less than 8 countries across Australia and Asia. 

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Kiran Bhatty, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, India

Kiran Bhatty is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, where her research focuses on institutional aspects of education provision including the functioning of the frontline bureaucracy and the public private boundary in school education. She is currently conducting research at the EHESS, Paris on the changing role of the state in school education. She was the first National Commissioner for the Right to Education Act, India and continues to be a a member of several National Committees on education policy. She has published in several academic journals and the national media. 

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