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Announcing speakers for the OET Test Delivery Partner Summit 2019

By 8 September 2019Test Venue

We're delighted to announce speakers for the OET Test Delivery Partner Summit 2019! Scroll down to find out more about the speakers and the OET Strategic Partnership Team.

Improving Commercial Acumen

Ensuring Operational Excellence

Enhancing Customer Experience

Enablement via Risk & Compliance Cultures

Associate Professor Mohamed Dirani
Mo Dirani is the founding Managing Director of Plano Pte Ltd; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School; and Honorary Principal Investigator at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Mo completed his PhD at the age of 26 years (2006) at CERA, University of Melbourne. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts in medical journals; delivered scientific and entrepreneurial presentations across the globe; and has been the recipient of prestigious scientific awards.

More recently (2015-2017), Mo led Australia’s first nation-wide study to assess the burden of blindness in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians; completed his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business (AIB); and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Mo currently resides in Singapore, where his company Plano was conceptualised and developed. Of Plano he says: “you develop a great sense of purpose when your research work is being applied to solve the growing global public health concerns of excessive smart device use in children
and the projected epidemic of myopia”.

Mo is an avid runner, with his 12th marathon coming up in September 2019 in South Africa.

Peter Nankivell
Peter is a Lawyer and Company Director and holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law from King’s College, University of London.

He has an extensive legal career, with over thirty years practising in the areas of commercial law, including significant domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, and banking and finance.

He currently consults to Thomson Geer Lawyers, where he maintains his law practice, and where he was formerly chairman of the Board of Partners of Herbert Geer.

Peter’s clients include private and public companies across industry sectors including entertainment, real estate, finance and family offices. He is also company director and advisory board member to various companies in funds management, finance and agri-business.

Peter has been on the board of the Hawthorn Football Club since 2014 and is currently Vice President of the Club. Peter is the past chairman of the Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited, the Eye Research Australia Foundation, the Ansell Foundation and the Xavier College Foundation.

Jeff Darlington
Jeff is passionate about empowering organisations to create loyalty and advocacy in their staff and customers. He believes that by treating others as we would want to be treated, companies can grow faster, improve quality and efficiency, and better achieve their long-term purpose.

Jeff has held positions in consulting, management, strategy, innovation, and product development. After beginning his career in start-ups, Jeff joined Bain & Company, a top-tier global consulting firm, where he led transformational change in a broad array of sectors including telecommunications, consumer products, retail, and mining. It was at Bain that Jeff first learned about NPS. Fortunate enough to study with some of the leading thinkers in the company that invented the NPS score and system, he was part of the team supporting the implementation of NPS at Telstra – still the largest NPS transformation in Australia.

After Bain, Jeff was the Head of Consumer Portfolio Development for Australia Post, where he led customer strategy and horizon 2 consumer innovation. Jeff was responsible for both the development of market-leading consumer propositions and the acceleration of Post’s increasingly customer-centric and agile culture. He led the company’s implementation of NPS in its parcel delivery fleet, today known as the ‘One Team’ program. Jeff is currently working with Bedre Consulting helping to design and implement a 5-year strategic plan for a large emergency services provider.

Fanoula Ferro and Bianca Semrau
Fanoula Ferro is the newly appointed Chief of Staff at CBLA. She is responsible for Board engagement, strategy, all legal matters and leading the Audit, Risk and Compliance team.

Fanoula has worked for over 20 years in legal and strategy roles across a diverse range of organisations and sectors, including start-ups and in financial services. She has extensive experience in building new legal, risk and compliance teams with the aim that they work as enablement functions within the businesses they service.

Bianca Semrau leads Audit, Risk and Compliance at CBLA. She has over 13 years of experience in many industries including financial services. Bianca has successfully developed, implemented and embedded risk and compliance frameworks across Australian and international environments.

Bianca strives to continually develop best practice frameworks for OET, to safeguard the integrity of the test and  the candidate experience. Success to Bianca is providing candidates a fair and equitable opportunity and to minimise risk and exposure to the integrity of OET.

OET Strategic Partnership Management Team

Kevin Watts
OET Head of Customer Experience
Kevin is the Head of Customer Experience for OET, and as part of his remit, is responsible for OET Strategic Test Venue Partnerships, day to day management of the Assessor team, and OET’s customer service teams in Melbourne, Australia, and Cairo Egypt.

Having been at OET for a little over a year, Kevin has been part of and contributed to immense growth, including the set up and stabilisation of customer service, the establishment of the Strategic Partnerships team, and the ramp up and collective management of OET’s assessor group.

A qualified pilot and master coach, Kevin majored in Philosophy at University, and has previously held large general management roles in Telco and Engineering, looking after broad remits. In his spare time he enjoys adventure-based travel, tinkering in his music studio, and above all, raising his young son.


Afsaneh Rashidi
OET Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager
Afsaneh Rashidi is the Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager at OET, responsible for developing and enhancing mutually beneficial partnerships with OET valued test delivery partners worldwide, as well as leading OET test venue recruitment globally.

For the past two years, Afsaneh has successfully increased the test delivery partner network by over 70% to 135 in 2019 across 41 countries. Her six years of experience in OET allows her to fully understand the partners’ pain points, to which she shows complete commitment to assist.

She comes from an Educational/Commercial Project Management background, where she oversaw corporate language training projects for oil, gas and petrochemical companies in Iran. Afsaneh holds a BA in French Translation, an MA in TEFL, and is currently studying for an MBA at the University of Melbourne


Shea Evans
OET Business Development Manager
Shea is the Business Development Manager for Australasia and his primary focus to get people understanding the importance OET in ensuring patient safety and better health outcomes.

In his first year with CBLA Shea has contributed to the success of the relationship management between CBLA and its primary stakeholders in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Building strong partnerships has been Shea’s bread and butter for the past 8 years in which he has held multiple roles across the travel, education and learning & development industries. Shea also spends his time outside of his official role volunteering in the NGO space and sits on a board of a philanthropic trust based in Melbourne’s inner north.

Shea’s interest in having a people focused role is also aligned with his other passions of politics and theatre, which ultimately is about the interactions and associations people have with each other.


We look forward to seeing you there!