Meet the Program Governance Group: Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance

Meet the Program Governance Group: Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance

The Program Governance Group is the committee responsible for overseeing the development, progress, and outcome of the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance.

To promote the efficacy of Victorian EdTech products for export growth, the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance supports partnerships between Victorian EdTech companies, education institutions, and international organisations. Overseeing the success of this program is the Program Governance Group. 

The role of this group is to provide strategic direction and leadership over the duration of the program. It is important for this group to be balanced, with broad complementary skills that represent all EdTech ecosystem stakeholders. 

Their strategic direction will guide and support the program implementation, ensure financial probity, appoint a Victorian research institute(s), recommend Innovation Sprints grant recipients to Global Victoria and provide expert advice.

The Governance Group includes 6 key members, each with their own expertise and background.


Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Founder of EduBrief
Caroline Hartnett, Deputy Director of International Education at Global Victoria
David Linke, Managing Director of EduGrowth

Evan Clark, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of ClickView
Margaret Bearman, Research Professor within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University
Michael Henderson, Professor of Digital Futures in the Faculty of Education at Monash University

Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver is a higher education consultant, speaker and researcher focussed on digital education, micro-credentials, curriculum transformation, quality assurance and graduate employability. Beverley is a past Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at Deakin University, where she was awarded the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering Deakin University’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education.

Caroline Hartnett is the Deputy Director, International Education at Global Victoria. Global Victoria supports international education businesses and providers to diversify global markets and products and maintain Victoria’s position as a destination of choice for students, including through innovative student initiatives, the Study Melbourne Brand, and its Global Education Network. Caroline has worked in policy, advisory and analytic roles in relation to the education sector for over a decade.

David Linke is the Managing Director of EduGrowth. Over 20 years, David has built a successful career in the education sector across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He led the Asia-Pacific operations of Renaissance, a global education technology vendor. More recently David has established, scaled and exited numerous education technology and innovation businesses. The combination of David’s strong education sector experience and professional services background has seen him operate as a strategic consultant to EdTech startups, educational innovation consulting practices and venture capital partners.

Evan Clark is Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director at ClickView. While studying a Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Evan invented a way to deliver on-demand HD video to schools over IP networks using MPEG-4 compression standard. The underlying invention was “predictive file transfer” and led to his co-founding of ClickView in 2003. Evan won the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Emerging category, Eastern Region). He continues to enhance education by leveraging immersive rich-media technology in AR and AI-driven non-linear video playback.

EduGrowth Margaret Bearman Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance

Margaret Bearman is a Research Professor within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. She holds a first class honours degree in computer science and a PhD in medical education. Over the course of her career researching higher and clinical education, Margaret has written over 100 publications and regularly publishes in the highest ranked journals in her fields.  Recognition for her work includes Program Innovation awards from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and Simulation Australasia. Margaret’s interests include: assessment/feedback, digital education, and sociomateriality.

EduGrowth Michael Henderson Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance

Michael Henderson is Professor of Digital Futures in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is a world expert in the field of digital education, in particular the effective use of technology in internet enabled teaching and learning. In 2020 Michael was identified by The Australian as the national Field Leader in Education research. Unique to his profile is that his research spans early childhood, schools, universities and professional learning contexts. Attracting over $3 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council and other philanthropic organisations and industry, his current research projects are generally aligned with three broad fields: assessment and feedback, risk (wellbeing and creativity), and effective teaching and learning with online technologies.

The Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance program is funded by the Victorian Government as part of the $3.6 million International Research Partnerships program under the International Education Short-Term Sector Recovery Plan.

For more information about the initiative visit Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance.