Academic Board

Dr Warren Midgley

Independent Chair

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.

Professor 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.

Professor Graeme Wines

Member (Dean)

PhD in Accounting and Business Information Systems (Australian National University), Master of Economics (University of New England), Graduate Diploma Accounting (Deakin University), Graduate Diploma Education (State College of Victoria), Bachelor of Business Accounting (Deakin University), FCPA Fellow (CPA Australia), CA Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

Graeme is a highly experienced academic leader in Accounting, Business Information System and Economics. He has a deep understanding of academic and industry standards in Accounting, including with CPA Australia and CAANZ. Graeme has worked as an academic and leader for over 30 years in Australian Universities. Graeme’s strength in teaching arises from the combination of his formal teaching qualification, work experience in chartered accounting firms, extensive teaching experience at both secondary and tertiary levels, and leadership in research. His academic research has resulted in over 60 refereed publications, attained over $800,000 in research grants and has been invited as a speaker in national and international conferences. Graeme’s major areas of research publication includes Auditor independence, Audit expectation gap and audit education, Bioeconomic evaluation of aquaculture facilities, Accounting for goodwill and identifiable intangibles (including IFRS), Government accounting methods, budget reporting and rate of return reporting, The fair value concept and principles from legal decisions, Rural and regional Australian accounting firm services, Director changes and recognition of abnormal and extraordinary items, Segment reporting, Conceptual framework for financial reporting, Current cost accounting and Accounting history.

Associate Professor Mohamed Omran

Member (Course Coordinator)

PhD in Accounting (La Trobe University), Master of Accounting (South Valley University), Bachelor of Commerce (South Valley University)

Omran possesses a high level of competence and experience in teaching accounting over the last 27 years at the university level’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses. He reached this level through his working with many universities including South Valley University (Egypt), University of Ballarat, La Trobe University, Central Queensland University, and Gulf University of Science and Technology (Kuwait). He gained his Ph.D. from La Trobe University (2008). He published many accounting papers in prestige peer-reviewed conferences and journals (e.g., The British Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Asian Review of Accounting, BAA Annual Conference, and Oxford Business & Economics Conference). His area of research interest includes corporate financial reports and disclosure, accounting and reporting practices in developing countries, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. He is an advisory board member and a blind reviewer for many international accounting journals and he has supervised many research students. He is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).

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.