CPP Content Design Team

ISANA NZ has contracted a talented content design team to assist with the Capability Protect Programme. Meet the CPP team:

Joany Grima – Project Manager

Joany is an internationally experienced project manager, specialising in the planning, implementation and evaluation of complex, multi-stakeholder events. Over the past 20 years, Joany has worked in nine countries across six continents, undertaking a variety of roles for government and non-government organisations. For a decade, Joany worked in academic roles at WelTec, Victoria University of Wellington, and Camosun College (Canada), where she developed and delivered courses related to event and project management, marketing, and research. Joany continues to work in variety of consultancy roles, provides on-going mentoring for many of her graduates, and hosts and produces a monthly podcast.


Chris Beard – Content Director

Chris is the executive director for ISANA NZ and is based in Wellington. In this role, he liaises with government agencies, education providers and stakeholders on ISANA NZ’s behalf. For 25 years, he has worked closely with international students in a teaching or pastoral capacity. Chris assisted with the establishment of the International Education: Issues and trends in policy, theory and practice course delivered by Victoria University of Wellington’s Master of Education programme.

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Anna V. RogersWrap around tailored support for international students

Anna arrived in Aotearoa from the US as an international student in 2012. She holds a Masters in International Development Studies with a concentration in education from Victoria University of Wellington. Her professional practice focuses on participatory methods, collaborative learning, and manaakitanga. She has created tutoring programmes for international students, online resources for diverse learners, and conducted applied research and evaluation. She has a knack for engaging student and practitioner voices, as a contractor and former advisor for Massey University.

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Marcela Lapertosa – Intercultural competence in education context

Marcela is the co-founder and Director of Education for Value Learning, a consulting business committed to advancing global competence and fostering intercultural understanding. Marcela is a Child Psychologist with a Masters degree in Cross Cultural Psychology and a passion for fostering intercultural understanding. Marcela is also an intercultural facilitator and trainer who has travelled the world providing intercultural learning training and coaching to students, host families, volunteers, executives and educators. Marcela led the development of multiple intercultural learning curricula to enhance study abroad experiences for schools-based and tertiary students. This included the AFS Global Competence Certificate, which is a blended learning program for 18+ study abroad participants.

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Lesley McDonald – Critical incident management for international students

Lesley is an international education consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the sector. She has led the provision of homestay and pastoral care services in the high school and tertiary sectors as well as supported marketing and recruitment agency work. She managed and led a national tertiary team and contributed to the direction of regional international education. Lesley brings to her critical incident management portfolio solution-focused management skills, broad pastoral care experience and a working knowledge of the Code of Practice.

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Dr Friederike Tegge – Student experience in NZ for international partners 

Friederike, or Rike, came to New Zealand 11 years ago as an international PhD student, after studying in Germany and the USA. She has worked with international students as a lecturer, language teacher, and academic skills tutor, and she is actively involved with TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand). Rike’s research has focused on pop music and more generally pop culture in (language) education. She has found that sometimes the first step to connecting with students is to wear a Jurassic Park t-shirt.

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Dr Paula Durance – Innovative leadership in international education

Paula is founder and Director of International Education Knowledgebase, an online repository of resources and advisory services for international education professionals, education providers and professional groups. As an advocate for professional development and training in the sector, Paula has worked in research, resource development and international student support programs for over two decades. Paula has taught in the tertiary sector and in schools. She has advised MOE officials, consulted in organisational reviews, managed international education programs and contributed to international student support services at Australian Universities. Paula has been an active member and held a number of offices for ISANA since 1994, was National President (Australia) from 2003-2006 and was present at the formation of ISANA NZ.

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