Our International Business Development Unit staff endeavour to stay up-to-date with all the latest information and project opportunities to ensure that we continue to understand the context in which international aid development is focused and to be at the education forefront of design and delivery. From following the latest in the news and research, to keeping touch on social media, we ensure that our services reflect the current global environment that we operate in.
Heidi Piper is the Director International at Griffith University, a role which includes responsibility for the International Business Development Unit. She has more than 20 years' experience in tertiary administration in Australia including 14 years in the international education sector with experience in a range of areas including development projects, project management, marketing and student recruitment, transnational projects, admissions and student mobility.
Manager, International Business Development Unit
Helen manages the operational functions of IBDU to capitalise on the University's research and teaching expertise to contribute to capacity building for students, professionals and government personnel internationally and to ensure the sustainability of the Unit’s core activities. This includes management of financial and human resources, as well as financial, legal, safety and security compliance. Helen has over 20 years' experience in the education sector with experience in leadership, business growth and service delivery. Joining the TVET sector as an educator after working as a qualified software programmer in information technology, Helen taught within universities and the vocational education and training sector. As a result of moving into senior management, including executive roles in a number of large Queensland TAFE institutes, Helen has experience in business development, management of complex teams, project management, and partnering to deliver capacity building solutions.
International Project Officer
Sharm works to identify and develop opportunities in projects and consultancies through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other international donors to increase linkages for IBDU and enhance its profile. She works on proposal development and project implementation, including reporting and acquittal. Sharm has over 20 years' experience as a writer, which includes ten years as a technical writer, and has worked in Australia, the United States and a number of countries in Asia. She has project management experience for over seven years with an US consultancy company working on USAID-funded programs in Sri Lanka.
Client Administration Officer
Irene is responsible for planning and implementing group study tours and academic and professional development short programs that include an English language learning component. She has a Masters in Tourism Policy and Management is committed to organising specialised and valuable learning experiences for students and professionals that offer great value for money. Irene is fluent in Mandarin.
James has worked on a variety of international development and capacity building programs. In his current role he is responsible for the coordination and implementation of international short course programs with stakeholders including government departments and education institutions. This includes liaising with potential clients in developing programs, implementing program delivery and reviewing of program outcomes. James is a graduate from Griffith University and has qualifications in International Relations and Business. He is currently studying a Master of International Development.
Ben is a Project Management expert with in-depth expertise in coordinating and implementing projects and programs end to end, from their tendering phase to closing and final reporting. As Project Management consultant, Ben acquired exceptional working knowledge in Project Coordination and Management in assignments as Project Manager, Project Support Officer and Project Management Office Lead. Ben is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with the Project Management Institute and possesses extensive working knowledge in project methodologies such as PRINCE2 and PMBoK. He continues to develop his professional expertise as Associate Director Communications and Marketing with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Queensland Chapter.
Ben has also degrees as a B.Eng. (Mechanical) from a German University and a M.Eng. (Engineering Management) from Griffith University.
Ms Choden has acquired extensive project administration experience supporting the logistics of IBDU's donor and client funded projects. Previously, in her role as Project and Documentation Manager Ms Choden supported the logistics of Bhutan's The Tarayana Foundation, which focused on community mobilisation, promoting volunteerism both at the community as well as in the schools, enhancing access to basic needs and services and increasing opportunities for education and livelihood development. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist at Bhutan Today and as a Business Development Manager for the Druk Trowa Magazine.
Ms Choden works effectively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.