Academic Board

Professor Kamran Ahmed

Independent Chair

PhD in Accounting (Australian National University), Master of Business Administration (Catholic University of Leuven), Master of Commerce (University of Dhaka), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (University of Dhaka)

Fellow of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia

Kamran is Professor of Accounting at La Trobe Business School. He was Head of School of Accounting from 2006-2010. He began his academic career in Australia in 1988 at the Australian National University, and later had academic appointments at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of New England prior to joining La Trobe University in 1999. He had visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia, Exeter University, the University of Houston and Monash University. Kamran’s research interests are corporate disclosure, corporate accounting policy choice, earnings management, international accounting harmonization, accounting and reporting practices in South Asia, and micro finance reporting. He has published in numerous scholarly journals.

Professor Elizabeth Spencer

Independent Member

 PhD (Bond University), Juris Doctor (University of Arizona College of Law), Master of Community & Regional Planning (The University of Texas), Bachelor of Science (Trinity College)

At Bond University, Elizabeth has been a Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Business Associations, Business Law, Constitutional Law, the Law of Commercial Entities, Introduction to the Law of Cross-Border Transactions, Franchising and Small Business, Executive MBA Business Law, and Contemporary Issues in Law and Society. She has extensive experience in tertiary education in the US and Australia and has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Australian tertiary education system. She is the former Managing Editor of The International Court of Justice and Kluwer Law International, The Hague.

She has authored two books and numerous publications in the fields of commercial law, dispute resolution, IP management and development cooperation.

Dr Warren Midgley

Independent Member

PhD (University of Southern Queensland), Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages (University of Southern Queensland), Masters of Arts (Pacific University), Bachelor of Arts (Griffith University)

Warren was Head of School (Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education) at the University of Southern Queensland. His research expertise is in Global Education, Sociolinguistics, Educational Research and Digital Futures in Education. He is the lead editor of four books and co-author of two books on research in Education, and has published widely in various scholarly books and journals.

He is a trained and experienced executive coach and has extensive leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector and has undertaken training for Directors through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Julie Fisher

Independent Member

PhD in Information Technology (Monash University), Master of Business in Information System (RMIT University), Graduate Diploma of Computers in Education (Melbourne College of Education), Graduate Diploma of Education (La Trobe University), Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)
Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS), Senior Member Australian Computer Society (ACS), Researcher at Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Julie has a strong background in information systems and technology. She has taught and researched in the field for the last 25 years and has an international reputation in the area of gender and IT, usability and website design and technology. She has served as a non-executive director in not for profit advocacy organisations and as Associate Dean (Research) at Monash University. She has also served on numerous Monash University Research Boards that oversee research direction and strategies for the organisation.

Ms Kristy Nikas

Independent Member

Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Education Studies (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Business (Computing) (RMIT University), Bachelor of Business in Accounting (RMIT University)

Kristy has an established record as an Academic with over 22 years of experience in Higher Education in Australia. After a career in industry, she joined Deakin University teaching accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been an active contributor to course development and the computer assisted learning programmes developed by Deakin University. Additionally, she has been involved in the administration of courses, supervision and development of assessment programmes.

She has also held lecturing positions at Swinburne University and La Trobe Melbourne. She is currently employed as a Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in the Diploma of Accounting as well as the Masters Qualifying Program at Deakin College in association with Deakin University. She is responsible for managing, directing and mentoring the accounting teaching staff, course planning and design, unit coordination and administration, and ensuring that contemporary approaches to pedagogy are adopted in teaching, delivery and assessment. In 2011, She was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award for her commitment to excellence and the provision of innovative and effective teaching practices.

She is a long standing member of CPA Australia and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Ms Wesa Chau

Independet Member

PhD (in progress from Swinburne University of Technology), Masters of Business Management (Swinburne University of Technology), Graduate Diploma of Law (Monash University), Graduate Certificate of Business (Quality Management) (Swinburne University of Technology), Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce (University of Melbourne), Certificate IV in Business (Governance) (BSI learning), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (CBAA)

Wesa is a Director for Cultural Intelligence and has a long career in cultural diversity and international students spanning from working with multicultural teams and working cross-culturally in countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, India and Malaysia.

She founded the Australian Federation of International Students in 2002 and grew the organisation to service 8000 students during her tenure. Her role was also instrumental in helping establish the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne Student Centre (previously called the International Student Care Service). Her career ranges from working directly with migrants, international students and refugees, managing a multicultural team in a disability organisation, advocacy for multiculturalism, media and communications for diverse audiences, and research on diversity and leadership in complex environments.

Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow

Member (Dean)

PhD in Education (Monash University), Doctor of Education (EdD Monash University), Master of Education (MEd The University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Education (Deakin University)

Athena  has a PhD in Education Systems and Change. She has worked as an academic and manager for over 15 years in Australian Universities.  Her academic research has resulted in over 60 refereed publications, attained over $300 K research grants and has been invited as keynote speaker in national and international conferences. Most recently in 2017 as a keynote speaker at the Yogyakarta International Conference on Educational Management and Pedagogy, in Indonesia at Yogyakarta University, Indonesia   She has worked as an academic in Australia and internationally in the USA, UAE, China.  In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at State University of New York and has held consultancies with UNESCO and with government agencies.  She has extensive experience as a university manager, leading programs and discipline groups in Education, Management and Research disciplines.  Her interests are in Leadership and Management and she is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review on topics of leadership, work and gender.  Her expertise also extends to quality assurance and teaching and learning quality assurance.

Dr Julian Lippi

Member (Head Academic Programs HE)

PhD in Coaching and Mentoring (RMIT University), Master of Management (RMIT University), Graduate Diploma of Management (RMIT University), Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)

Julian’s career has spanned tertiary education, broadcasting and corporate relations, human resource management, internal change consultancy, management consultancy and research. Establishing a consulting practice in 1991 he worked with leaders and leadership teams in organisations, large and small, in the private and public sectors, both in Australia and in Asia to implement change, develop their people and focus their business. He has extensive experience in coaching executive teams and individuals and in the development and delivery of programs for executives and managers in the petrochemical, telecommunications, agriculture, health, public and local government sectors. At Swinburne University of Technology he lectured in Leadership and Innovation and was the Director of the MBA program.

Dr Peter Ngigi

Member (Course Coordinator BAcc)

PhD in Accounting and Finance (Australian Catholic University), Master of Business Administration (University of Nairobi), Graduate Certificate in Education: Tertiary Teaching (Federation University Australia), Bachelor of Arts (Honours): Business Studies and Economics (Kenyatta University)

Peter is an accomplished academic and accountant with a strong theoretical and practical base in accounting and financial management. He is a dedicated, experienced and student focused teaching professional, committed to providing a well-balanced, supportive, and engaging learning environment for all students. He has highly developed conceptual and analytical skills with knowledge and proven ability to conduct quality research and analyse data. He completed his PhD in the field of Accounting and Finance in 2014 at Peter Faber Business School-Australian Catholic University (ACU).