Chief Executive Officer and PEO
Migrating from the Netherlands as a young teacher, Helmer pioneered Migrant Education in the Queensland Department of Education and also became the 2nd in charge of the Child Migrant Education Program in Queensland. Helmer also pioneered English in the Workplace and ESL Teacher Training Programs. After joining QIBA in 1995, Helmer built a strong reputation through international projects (in Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia and China) and by developing innovating courses such as English for Aviation and MBA-Foundation. He also lectured at Griffith University in Applied Linguistics as a sessional lecturer for 17 years. Helmer also made significant contribution in developing the original curriculum for Accounting PY (formerly SMIPA) and set up a successful off-shore QIBA University preparation program at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, now in its 15th Year. Outside of work, Helmer likes reading Dutch, French and German literature and watching foreign movies. He practices Tai Chi and meditation and has a passion for sailing, cooking exotic food and travelling.
Favorite Quote: "Success is doing what you love and loving what you do"