Introducing ISTA’s Board of Trustees new Chair and Vice Chair

4 January 2021

We want to get the new year started off with an introduction to ISTA’s Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees – Agustin David, Chair and Liane Campbell, Vice Chair. In this video they share what motivates them as Board members and what their vision is for the future of ISTA.


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Read a little bit more about Agustin and Liane; as well as Christina Decu who joined the board in June 2020 and who is now chair of our finance committee: welcome one and all.


Agustin P. David – Chair

Building on a lifelong passion for education and high-impact experience in multiple sectors, I thrive on leading great teams with vision, leadership and creativity to craft breakthrough strategies and solutions. I am a dynamic senior executive who has driven significant transformation and lasting results in higher education.

For the last six years, I was the CEO/Chancellor and Board Chair of Universidad Kennedy in Argentina, an accredited private university with a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programmes delivered using residential and virtual formats. I earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and an Executive MBA from Torcuato di Tella University in Argentina.

My involvement with ISTA dates back to my time as a high school student at the Vienna International School, Austria, where I developed a passion for theatre. Through my participation, I learned the importance of teamwork, communication, diversity and hard work. Today ISTA’s values are at the centre of my character, and I hope to share with students, parents and teachers the magic we call ISTA.

Liane Campbell – Vice-Chair

Originally from Perth, Australia, I graduated with a BEd in Theatre then later completed a Grad. Dip. of Business. I have had a fortunate life, travelling the world juggling my careers of drama education and business development and marketing. I taught IB MYP and DP Theatre in Australasia for 18 years before taking a new turn as a freelance director and owner of a boutique lodge in New Zealand.

As a teacher, I strive to take my students on a journey of discovery, broadening their understanding of theatre, cultures, traditions, disciplines, rituals and stories to develop empathy and appreciate diversity in a global context. In my executive capacity, my current role of Executive Director of Raetihi Holdings Ltd and previously, Director of Theatre Arts at PLC Perth, were both particularly rewarding. My leadership skills of building synergistic teams was fostered and rewarded with significant growth and success in both industries.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve worn many leadership ‘hats’ in the ISTA world as an ISTA Rep, creative director, artist, host, workshop leader and business consultant. ISTA makes up an important part of who I am, including my shared values with its mission to develop internationally minded, collaborative and culturally literate young people and educators. I am deeply honoured to be joining the board of trustees as vice-chair, and plan to utilise my combination of business and theatre knowledge and skills to collaboratively contribute to ISTA’s future strategic growth and development.    

Christina Decu

I always had a strong passion for the performing arts and music but decided not to pursue a career as an opera singer but went into the travel industry instead. Following my heart to China I worked many years in the finance industry. Once my children were born, I looked more in depth at the different education systems and possibilities and naturally shifted my career into the field of international education.

I started to work extensively with ISTA with the opening of their first Academy in Shanghai and have not only seen my own son being inspired through the workshops but also saw the sparkle it created within hundreds of students from many different backgrounds.

I am very honoured to join the board of trustees and look forward to bringing my diverse background to this group of passionate and professional leaders of their respective fields in order to support this wonderful organisation.

Emily Ross and Alan Hayes… Thank you

At the end of November 2020 we said farewell to Emily and Alan, both of whom had served eight years on the board of trustees.
Emily served as Vice-Chair for 6 years of those years, as well as stepping up into the acting chair role for much of 2020. Alan represented the teacher voice for 8 years – always putting the needs of our young people at the heart of any board discussion and decision. To actively volunteer for such an extensive period of time deserves both acknowledgment and celebration, and we thank Emily and Alan, so sincerely, for all their work and the positive impact this has had on our community.