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.

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. Sheikh Rahman

Member (Acting Dean)

PhD (Manchester), M.Com. (Accounting), B. Com Honours (Accounting), FCPA, FCMA

Professor Sheikh Rahman holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Manchester, UK. This qualification was preceded by a First-class Master’s degree and a First-class Bachelor of Honours degree majoring in Accounting. He was a recipient of the British government’s Commonwealth Scholarship, and Dean’s scholarship at the University of Manchester. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia and CMA Australia.
Professor Rahman has been engaged in teaching, research and academic administration in some of the prestigious Australian and overseas private and public universities and higher education providers since 1990. His previous academic appointments include full Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Central Queensland University (7 years), Abu Dhabi University (2 years), University of Dubai (2 years) and Australian School of Management (1 year). He was also a Senior lecturer and Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance at the Swinburne Graduate School of Management (8 years), Senior Lecturer of Accounting & Finance at Monash University (4 years), Lecturer of Accounting at the University of New South Wales (4 years), and at the University of Waikato in New Zealand (2 years), Professor Rahman held senior academic administrative positions as the Academic Dean of the Ozford Institute of Higher education (3 years), Director of PhD program, Director of MBA program, School Research Coordinator, member of the School Executive Committee, Risk Management Committee, School Academic Board, and Ethics Sub-Committee of the Swinburne Graduate School of Management, and Swinburne University’s Higher Degrees Committee, AACSB and EQUIS Accreditation Committee.
Professor Sheikh Rahman’s research papers have been published in reputable ‘A’ and ‘A⃰ ’ ranking international refereed journals. Sheikh Rahman is the recipient of Academic Excellence award for Best Paper from the London-based journal rating agency ANBAR in 1999 for his paper on United Nations published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ). He was also awarded the Best Author award from the American Academy of Business. He has supervised 12 PhD students and more than 20 Masters students to successful completion of their degrees. Professor Rahman is an experienced PhD examiner who has examined PhD theses from a number of Australian and overseas universities. Professor Rahman was a member of the Governing Board and Academic Board of the Ozford Institute of Higher Education (3 years), Academic Board of the Stott’s Colleges for 3 years, and member of the Academic Board, Course Advisory Committee and Learning and Teaching Committee of the Syme Business School.