Key Staff

Simon Hann

Chief Executive Officer

Simon is the CEO of both DeakinDigital and DeakinPrime. His extensive experience in the online education sector has been primarily focused on the innovation and commercialisation of new approaches to learning, Professional Practice Credentialing and associated technology. His comprehensive knowledge of how learning and development relates to the corporate world are combined in this role, creating an invaluable skillset in the evolutionary digital age.

In 2000, Simon raised seed capital to establish Aframe, a start-up eLearning business, disrupting the traditional classroom-learning environment. He built the organisation over a seven year period before selling it in 2007 to Salmat, an ASX listed company. He was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Salmat eLearning prior to joining DeakinPrime in 2012.

During his time at DeakinPrime, Simon has transformed the business to offer people capability development solutions that enhance the performance of individuals and the organisations they work in.

DeakinPrime is recognised as a thought leader in using a design thinking approach to develop highly-effective blended learning programs that embrace the 70:20:10 framework.

Simon was appointed as CEO of DeakinDigital in 2016. He was bought on board to execute a dynamic growth model, and bring the organisation to new levels, with a strong operational focus. DeakinDigital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deakin University.

He is currently President of the eLearning Industry Association of Victoria and on the Board of Learning Seat, the leading provider of online compliance training in Australia. Simon holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (Securities Institute ofAustralia), Bachelor of Laws (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne).

Jane Fahey

Head of Operations

Jane is the Head of Operations and is experienced in implementing new systems and processes to fulfil organisational strategic objectives. She has led teams of high-performing analysts and managed numerous strategic system projects.

Jane’s career began in Information Technology, working for a Japanese financial institution in London. She has been involved in the Higher Education sector for the past 17 years in both the UK and Australia.

In her roles, Jane has worked as a Manager of Business Systems for Open Universities Australia, and as the Business Analyst Manager and Deputy Associate Director of Student Systems and Business Support for the University of Melbourne.

Jane is now managing business operations at DeakinDigital, a new subsidiary of Deakin University that is focused on Professional Practice Credentialing as an alternative to traditional higher education approaches.

Jane holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economic Development and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from the University of Leicester.

Michael Tan

Chief Technology Officer

Michael is the CTO and is experienced in IT strategy, architecture and delivery with significant depth in web, digital and cloud technologies. He has been responsible for developing online organisations in Australia and Malaysia and establishing commercial partnerships in Germany.

Michael has 25 years of experience in IT with industry experience across IT Consulting, FMCG, eLearning and Higher Education. In his roles, Michael has worked as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Director at Nine Lanterns and as the Program Manager and Technology Lead of the Web Transformation Program and Deputy to the Web Principal Officer at the University of Melbourne.

Michael is now leading Digital Services at DeakinDigital, a new subsidiary of Deakin University that is focused on Professional Practice Credentialing as an alternative to traditional higher education approaches.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Computing from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from RMIT University.

Jon Kerr

Head of business development and strategic partnerships

Jon's experience lies in new business development, key account management and team management. His success is built on creating and building networks that enable business development both in terms of new business and referral generation.

Jon has 17 years of experience in sales with industry experience across education, professional development, training, eLearning and eLearning technologies. In his roles, Jon has worked as the National Account Sales Executive at MEGT Australia, General Manager – Business Development at Bellajack Consulting and Sales Manager – Australia and International at Editure (now New Era).

Jon is now managing Business Development at DeakinDigital, a new subsidiary of Deakin University that is focused on Professional Practice Credentialing as an alternative to higher education approaches.

Jon holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from Swinburne University, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & History) from La Trobe University.

Advisory Board

Sir John Daniel

Independent Consultant and previous roles as the President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Assistant Director General of Education UNESCO and Chancellor of the Open University UK.

Sir John Daniel’s professional career has included appointments at the École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal (professeur assistant/agrégé, 1969-73); Télé-université, Université du Québec (Directeur des Études, 1973-77); Athabasca University (Vice-President for Learning Services, 1978-80); Concordia University (Vice-Rector, Academic, 1980-84); Laurentian University (President/Recteur, 1984-90); The Open University (Vice-Chancellor, 1990-2001); UNESCO (Assistant Director-General for Education, 2001-04); and the Commonwealth of Learning (President, 2004-12).

Professor George Siemens

Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas.

George Siemens researches technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organisations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.

DOctor Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić

Independent Consultant and previous roles as the Chief of the Higher Education Section at UNESCO and Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia

Former Chief of the Higher Education Section of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), Dr. Uvalić-Trumbić is an international expert in higher education reform, innovation, quality assurance and accreditation with more than 25 years of experience, residing in Paris, France. Dr. Uvalić-Trumbić’s first senior role in higher education was as Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia. In the early 1990s, she joined UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest with the goal of enhancing the quality of higher education throughout a more integrated Europe.

Professor david boud

Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University

Professor David Boud is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Professor Boud is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. David has published extensively on teaching, learning and assessment in higher and professional education in the international literature and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University, Sweden for his contributions to this area. He is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Senior Fellow.