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Leaders Forum 2006


The following people delivered presentations at the 2006 meeting:


Timo Lankinen

Government Counsellor, Director for Vocational Education and Training Ministry of Education, FINLAND

Timo Lankinen holds a Masters Degree in Law (Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings). He joined the Ministry of Education in 1984. He has worked the as Government Counsellor with major development projects in the field of education and science policies in Finland (e.g. the total Reform of the Educational Legislation) and in relation to the EU education and training policies and structural funds. Since 1997 he has been Director for Vocational Education and Training. He is a member of the Directors-Generals for Vocational Training in EU (DGVT) and Advisory Committee for Vocational Training in EU (ACVT) and the Governing Board of European Training Foundation (ETF). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Skills Finland, Official Delegate to WorldSkills and he led the Executive Committee of the WorldSkills 2005 in Helsinki.


Lt Gen (Retd) S S MEHTA ,PVSM, AVSM and Bar, VSM

Principal Adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry, INDIA

The General Officer is a Master of Science in Defence Studies and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington.  He has attended the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Course at Tamishenko Academy in Moscow and is also a graduate of the United States Army War College (1990-91).

During his 41 years of Army Service he has held numerous command and staff assignments.  He was the Deputy Chief of Army Staff  (Planning and Systems) and General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command. Before retiring from the Army in January 2004 he held the prestigious appointment of General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command.

The General Officer was the Services Member of the National Task Force on Information Technology.  He was also the Army member of the Group of Minister’s Task Force on Review of Defense Management.

In his capacity as Principal Adviser CII, he heads the Skills Development and Information Risk Management Initiatives and provides oversight in IT, ITES, Telecom, Broadband and Business Process Association sectors.  He is also Co-chair of the Indo US High Tech Cooperation Group, and Indo-US Cyber Security Forum. He is a Member of the UGC standing committee on Public Policy Group, and a member of the National Commission Task Force on Skill Formation in the Unorganised Sector.

He is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB).


Dr Law Song Seng

Director & Chief Executive Officer Institute of Technical Education SINGAPORE

Dr Law is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), a national post-secondary institution responsible for vocational technical education in Singapore. His leadership has led to the creation of a unique ITE College Education and ITE winning the Singapore Quality Award (SQA) in 2005 in recognition of its transformation as a world-class education institution.  Prior to his present appointment in 1992, Dr Law had also served as Director & Chief Executive Officer of the former Vocational & Industrial Training Board (1981-1992), Associate Professor and Head of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore (1973-1983), Visiting Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (1980), Manufacturing Development Engineer with the Ford Motor Company in the United States (1972-1973) and Lecturer in the Singapore Polytechnic (1968-1973).

Dr Law received a BE (1st class Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland (1968) under a Colombo Plan Scholarship, a MS and PhD in Production Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, USA (1971 & 72) under a Ford Foundation Scholarship and attended the MIT Management programme for Senior Executives (Fall 1989). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Singapore. Dr Law is author to more than sixty papers in journals, conferences and major reports on engineering and vocational technical education.

He is currently Chairman of ITE Education Services Pte Ltd, Joint ITE-MOE Committee on Promotion of Technical Training and WorldSkills Singapore Council and a member of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council. He has received many awards, including the National Day Public Administration Medal (Gold) (1984), Education Award 1994 by the Japanese Chamber of Commence & Industry Singapore Foundation, Center on Education and Training’s 1997 Distinguished Service Award, Ohio State University and Medal of Commendation (2001) by National Trades Union Congress, in recognition of his national and international contributions to vocational technical education and training.


Bruce Mackenzie PSM 

Chief Executive Officer, Holmsglen Institute of TAFE, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

With over 25 years in the field of vocational education, Bruce Mackenzie has played a leading role in the successful development and implementation of the TAFE system in Victoria.  His contribution to the vocational education and training (VET) sector was formally recognised in his selection for the 1994 National Austafe Award for Educational Leadership.  In the 2005 Australia Day Honours List, Bruce Mackenzie was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding services to vocational education.

He has been the Director (Chief Executive Officer) of Holmesglen Institute of TAFE since its inception in 1982 and is also the Deputy Chair of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA).  Holmesglen was Australia’s first quality assured educational institution, having implemented management systems to ISO 9001 level during 1994.  Holmesglen is open 7 days a week and has been since 1990.  Holmesglen has in excess of 50,000 students and delivers more than 10 million student contact hours.
Holmesglen trades across Australia and internationally. 

In addition, Bruce has represented the Victorian and Australian vocational education and training sector as a visiting expert to the Colombo Plan Staff College in Singapore, and as a member of various delegations to Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Namibia and the United States.

His current projects include the establishment of a secondary school for Years 11 and 12 within Holmesglen (“The Vocational College”), the implementation of degree programs, and the development of commercial businesses associated with the educational profile of Holmesglen.

In 2005, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE will deliver quality training to an anticipated 15,000 volunteers for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation.  Holmesglen’s involvement in the Games provides not only an interesting challenge that enhances the Institute’s capacity, but is also an excellent opportunity to market Victorian TAFE training to participating countries.

Bruce has spoken at a range of conferences, written a variety of articles on TAFE in Australia and has been on a variety of government committees, and was also the lead negotiator for the State Government in the latest enterprise bargaining agreement in the TAFE sector.