Active PhD and Professional Doctorate Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research and eligible for RTP) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.
Please note: Students enrolled in any of the following programs are not eligible to enter the Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition:
- Masters (MPhil and coursework); and
- Professional Doctorate (coursework).
Professor Chris Rudd OBE
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore
Chris Rudd is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore for James Cook University. Chris is responsible to the JCUS board for the strategic leadership of the Singapore campus of James Cook University and is a member of the JCU Executive Board.
Prior to joining James Cook University, Chris was Provost and CEO of University of Nottingham, Ningbo China (2015-19) where he led a campus of 8,000 students and over 900 staff, delivering UK degree programmes in China's first sino-foreign University and building a series of new research institutes in China to connect with local and international industry. His previous UK roles include Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Engagement (2007-15), leading on business engagement and philanthropic fundraising and Dean of Nottingham's Engineering Faculty (2003-7). Chris was a board director of the China-Britain Business Council from 2011-17.
Chris is an active researcher and holds grants and contracts with several international organisations for his research in engineering materials and lightweight structures. His team have contributed to the introduction of new materials and processes in the automotive, aerospace and medical devices industries. He has successfully supervised more than 60 PhD projects and has published >175 journal articles with around 6500 citations and an H index of 43.
Director of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community
Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is a Director of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – NACCHO and member of James Cook University Council. She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.
Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mr Bradley Smith
Former Manager, Research Strategy & Performance, James Cook University
Mr Pat Hession
ABC North Queensland
Ms Meredith Wenta
Principal, Kirwan State High School
Meredith Wenta was appointed Executive Principal at Kirwan High School in 2015 and was Principal for 4 years and Deputy Principal for the previous 13 years. Kirwan High is a large, complex, service driven, organization with a diverse student population and a strong improvement culture.
Meredith has had an extensive teaching career in the Primary and Secondary sectors. She began her career as a Primary School teacher, working mostly in the middle phase. Meredith then spent a number of years working as an English and Drama teacher, teaching students in Year 8 through to Year 12. During this time she took on the roles of Year Coordinator and Head of Department. She also directed a number of school musicals.
As the Executive Principal, Meredith maintains a strong commitment to curriculum leadership and has been instrumental in establishing the culture of high performance which focuses on high expectations for students’ academic and wellbeing outcomes. She is passionate about ensuring that all students are provided with an education that prepares them to be successful global citizens.