Jen is the Director for International Education for TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), a role she started in June 2016. Jen has had extensive experience in the education policy sector, having worked at Senior Director Level in the public and private sector in Australia for many years. Jen has also spent considerable time working offshore in education in Beijing, Bangkok and Shanghai.
Jen began her career in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, where she managed various national policy and program elements, including vocational education, youth transitions and trade training centres in school. In 2010 Jen was posted with the Department to the Australian Embassies in Beijing and Bangkok, where she was the Counsellor for Education, managing the broad bilateral relationship between China/Thailand and Australia.
After leaving the department, Ms Bahen moved to Shanghai, where she consulted to the Group of Eight, and was then the Director of Marketing and Admissions for Nord Anglia Education School Shanghai. During her time in Shanghai Jen was the chair of the AustCham Shanghai education working group.
Jen is passionate about enabling Australian TAFEs to have the best possible international engagement and ensuring that Australia’s policy settings support this, as well as undertaking business development to reveal opportunities for TAFEs. Jen is also keen to see as many TAFEs as possible engage in global student mobility for domestic students.
Jen completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science with Honours at the University of Melbourne.