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Value Learning Intercultural Specialists is a consulting business committed to advancing global competence and fostering intercultural understanding.


Value Learning provides consultation, facilitation, program design and development to education, non-profit, and government organisations.

 Meet Our Directors


Co-founders Fran Baxter and Marcela Lapertosa are intercultural learning practitioners who have built their expertise and reputation by delivering valued learning experiences and high quality projects to address the needs of some of the world's leading intercultural learning and education organisations. Together they manage a series of government, industry and educational projects. 


Fran Baxter

Executive Director 

An intercultural educator with a passion for learning, Fran has a deep desire to build greater intercultural skills with groups, individuals and organisations. With more than 25 years’ experience in international education, intercultural learning and student mobility, she designs and facilitates learning programs delivered in Australia and across the globe. 


Marcela Lapertosa

Director of Education

A Cross Cultural Psychologist with a passion for fostering intercultural understanding, Marcela is also a master facilitator and trainer who has travelled the world leading the development and delivery of  global competence curricula, intercultural learning and leadership training to diverse audiences.

Meet our team

Dedication. Intercultural Expertise. Global citizens

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Eloise Dolan

Associate Director,
Business Development 

Eloise is responsible for expanding our reach in 2023. She oversees the management and delivery of the Globally Engaged Learners Program and coordinates our Standing Offer of Arrangement with Queensland’s Department of Education.


Nishita Mehta

Program Manager

A skilled program manager, based in India, Nishita is passionate about enabling and empowering individuals, especially high-school students, with global competence and intercultural skills required for a sustainable future.


Sophia Fuller


A digital marketing and video production expert, Sophia combines her passion for Indonesia, youth and digital marketing to assist in promoting and building relationships across cultures.

Rosie Murphy

Digital Marketing

A skilled digital marketer with a Bachelor of Global Studies in Human Rights and Indonesian Studies, Rosie is  passionate about Australia-Indonesia relations and sharing her media skills.


Shari Towns

AIYEP Program Assistant

Shari has pursued intercultural learning since her involvement in AFS Intercultural Programs during high school. Now, Shari utilises her intercultural communication skills across AIYEP, the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, and her Bachelor of Asian Studies.

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Vicki Drozdowski


 As a teacher of German and English, Vicki has a passion for language,  intercultural communication and helping students become effective global citizens.

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Mikaylie Page

COO of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, Mikaylie empowers young people and creates connections across Australia and Southeast Asia.

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Nadia Bello


A psychologist and  PHD student with a background in business and information systems, Nadia's passion is intercultural learning and helping people become global citizens.

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Ruth Proslmeyr


A registered teacher Ruth brings experience in planning and delivery of professional learning, curriculum development and educational leadership to the team.

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Jen Gadzek


Working with  global organisations at a senior level, Jen delivers solutions that drive people capability. Jen is passionate about helping people strive toward achieving their full potential. 


Barb Durance

Consultant / Facilitator

Our website consultant, Barb also has global experience in delivering a range of intercultural programs for youth, families and adults for multinationals and NGOs. She is President of Friends of AFS in Australia. 

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Anggie Hall


Anggie is an experienced cross-cultural facilitator and trainer with over 15 years of experience working with both local and international companies. People, culture, designing and delivering  training have always been her passion.

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Reece Moir


The Engagement Lead at Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Secretary of Friends of AFS in Australia. Reece has worked as a facilitator with state and federal governments.

Our Value

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  • We help individuals, schools and organisations build their global competence and develop their intercultural understanding

  • We provide individuals with the skills and confidence needed to bridge cultural differences

  • We help institutions build more inclusive environments where individuals feel valued, supported and engaged

  • We support education professionals to maximise the learning outcomes of their international programs.

 Our Acknowledgement


Value Learning acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. Value Learning is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

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