Key dates

2 October 2020
Call for presentations open

6 October 2020
Registration opens

16 October 2020
Call for presentations close

23 November 2020
Member included registration deadline

30 November 2020
Registrations close

1 - 3 December 2020
2020 StarRez APSAA Virtual Symposium

Available On-Demand Until
28 February 2021

Enquiries

Association Professionals

Conference Managers

PO Box 7345
Beaumaris VIC 3193
E: conference@apsaa.org.au
P: +61 3 9586 6055

Presentation Speakers 

Anastasiia Kuleshova

Anastasiia Kuleshova, Engagement Manager, Atira & Urbanest in Brisbane. Ana is a passionate student affairs professional who started her journey working for Queensland University of Technology supporting on-campus Leadership Development Program. At present, Ana is looking after the community of 1,500+ residents across three Atira & Urbanest buildings in Brisbane. In her time with Atira Ana has introduced a project management program for planning events & activities with Student Ambassadors to boost collaboration within the team. Ana has navigated the transition of the casual resident staff from Resident Assistant role, which included reception work, to Student Ambassador role which focuses of student leadership and engagement with the community. Ana believes an outstanding student staff performance in PBSA is a joined effort of company’s vision and a proper training and guidance provided on the job. It is our responsibility to shape leaders in our buildings and equip them with an appropriate toolkit to build communities. 

Cameron Beswick

Cameron Bestwick is the Manager of Student Accommodation at the University of Melbourne. He leads the University’s new portfolio of 1,500 beds and acts for the University in partnerships for a further 1,200 beds. Cameron has previously worked in student accommodation for The Australian National University and The University of Sydney, and he is also the Vice-Chair of the Professional Development Committee at APSAA which organises the APSAA Learning program. Cameron is personally interested breaking down the silos of residential life and business operations and is forever searching for more ways to have the two areas fit together and support one another’s goals.

Chong Li May

Li May has over 20 years of experience working with students in tertiary education. She leads a team of 4 at the Sunway Education Group to support, connect, nurture, and develop the student community. She specializes in organizing events, development programs, student leadership trainings and supporting the well-being of the students. She believes in the importance of bringing the student community together in order to enrich students’ experiences, built their friends network and to help students discover their leadership quality & develop their leadership skills during their university life. Li May holds a Bachelor Degree in Multimedia Design and is knowledgeable in creative work as well, which gives her the upper hand in branding and promoting her student programs and to attract a good participation rate with loyal participants.

Dan Wardrop 

Dan Wardrop (Daniel if he’s in trouble) is Manager, Student Accommodation for the University of Tasmania. Commencing with the University in 2012, he oversaw the implementation and opening of over 1,248 student rooms in 5 buildings across Tasmania. Working with many areas of the university has allowed me to build and develop strong relationships, which he believes is the foundation of everything he does, both personally and professionally. Moving into his current role in 2016, Dan has worked with an amazing team of people to provide accommodation options to countless students coming to study in Tasmania, bringing a state-wide team together to provide a consistent approach, ensuring that our students were front and centre of the team’s minds. Born and raised in Tasmania, Dan has travelled extensively with his partner. Currently living a block back from the beach, which they and their 5 year old Labrador make great use of. 

Goh Wee Shian 

Wee Shian spearheads Y Suites, the premier student accommodation brand for Wee Hur’s 5609-beds portfolio in Australia. He oversees the brand’s marketing, sales, reservations, property management, and digital services. Previously the asset manager at Wee Hur Capital, Wee Shian is excited about leveraging technology and human capital to unleash business and operational capabilities. He believes that technology can help property staff to focus on what they do best – providing exceptional customer service to students. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA (Honors) and subsequently obtained a MA from Yale University, USA.

Jennifer Jasinski 

Jennifer is the College Wellness Educator at the University of Southern Queensland, a Master Instructor for Mental Health First Aid and a certified coaching professional. She has been cajoling, empowering and encouraging university students for the past nine years. She has been told she can talk the legs off a chair which balances her capacity to listen deeply. Her speciality is devising strategies for overcoming overwhelm and breaking down barriers to connect students to support. She is a genuine Canausie having moved here from Canada 11 years ago with her husband and two girls. 

Katharine Bigby 

Katharine has over eleven years of experience as a student accommodation professional and has work in the private accommodation and university sector.  She is currently the Manager, Residential Life at University of Southern Queensland Residential Colleges and has held this position for nine years.  She has also received her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and History) from UQ. Her passion is enabling leadership opportunities to assist the student’s personal and professional growth to create successful and fulfilling graduate outcomes.  Outside of her career, she loves horse-riding with her daughter Adeline and ‘risk mitigating’ her terror toddler, Windsor.

Misako Okawa 

Misako has 11 years’ experience in student accommodation management at various private tertiary education providers and a secondary school’s Boarding House in New Zealand. Currently, Misako works at Auckland University of Technology’s university hall of residence after she changed her job during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Prior to this change, Misako was overseeing 1,100 students and managed their accommodation and welfare at one of the biggest tertiary education providers in Auckland for 7 years. Misako had another key role as a Code of Practice trainer for new employees in the same organization and made a significant contribution to the organization’s three schools at External Evaluation Reviews (EER) with the New Zealand Qualification Authority. Misako is registered as a Fit and Proper person at the NZQA. Misako worked at BBC in London and gained the MBA from a French Grande et Ecole. Misako has a travel publication called Globe Trotters    

Ng Tzer Yee 

Having previously stayed in a student accommodation during her university years, Tzer Yee was inspired by the services and support available for her while living on-campus, and have joined SEG Residence to help new students adjust into their campus residential lives at Sunway. Tzer Yee’s portfolio covers a range of dimensions. She specializes in the internal communications at the Residence, ensuring all residents are well-informed of the latest residential updates. She also enjoys organising events, and spearheaded the Wellness Week which had now turned into an annual significant event at SEG Residence. Each year, Tzer Yee also conducts the Residents Living Experience Survey, in which residents provide feedback for the continuous improvement of SEG Residence. Tzer Yee believes that education plays a vital role in one’s life, and is passionate about bringing the best living experience for students while they pursue their dreams and ambitions.

Sherry Ooi Mei  

Sherry Ooi Mei Lian leads the Business Development team at The Purple House. She primarily plans, develops and oversees the overall business development strategy for the company. In addition, she also heads the consultancy division to serve global property developers by providing operator’s insight. She has recently joined the team to drive the marketing and community function for Co-Living @ Waterfront Residence, Sunway. Previously, Sherry held senior leadership roles at CFA Society Malaysia (member society of CFA Institute) and CPA Australia and started her career as a tax consultant at Deloitte Malaysia and Deloitte Singapore. 

Tee Ching Hin 

Ching Hin specializes in enhancing student experience and wellbeing as these are important to the development of students’ social, emotional and academic competence and a significant contribution to the ongoing battle to prevent mental health and substance abuse issues. He sparks joy in designing and developing student programme frameworks, alongside providing guidance and support for the team members, and to manage and lead student associations and committees.

 

Tomas Johnsson 

Tomas Johnsson joined UniLodge in September 2018 as the Chief Executive Officer. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in the tourism industry specialising in accommodation. Tomas is currently serving on the board for Asia Pacific Student Accommodation Association. Prior to joining UniLodge, Tomas was the Chief Operating Officer of the Mantra Group, and was responsible for Operations, Sales, Marketing, Revenue, Distribution and Digital functions across the Group. Tomas has also held senior management roles with General Property Trust including Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages Resorts, as well as Mirvac and Rydges Hotels. Tomas successfully completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2016 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vincent Wilson  

Vincent Wilson is a CEO, Director, and Industry Leader. As the Chief Executive Officer of Deakin Residential Services (DRS) he is responsible for the leadership of a large not-for-profit subsidiary of Deakin University, with the primary purpose of sustainably developing and managing outstanding and market leading student accommodation premises, services, and support for Deakin students. With over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within the hospitality, student accommodation, and university sectors, Vincent is a strategic thinker with expertise across all areas of business operations. Vincent is also a recent Past President of APSAA.