Course Advisory Committee

Mr Nazeh Baarini

Independent Chair

PhD in Accounting & Taxation (Candidature at Deakin University), PhD in Accounting & Taxation (Candidature at CQ University), Master of Professional Accounting (Deakin University), Bachelor of Arts (Arabic)/Bachelor of Business-Economics & Marketing (Deakin University)

Nazeh is highly experienced and up to date with the banking, taxation, superannuation and financial laws and regulations of Australia. He is also very much up to date with the ethical and corporate governance standards required of a professional accountant and financial consultant.Nazeh has been a Lecturer of Accounting at university, teaching the most difficult accounting subjects. He is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of the School of Commerce and Law. The topic of his PhD research is quite unique and is expected to have major impact on the banking, finance and insurance industry in Australia. He is examining the current taxation, banking and financial practices in Australia and overseas and exploring the prospect of expanding the practices to adopt the principles of Islamic banking and finance. His research will be first of this kind in Australia. He is quite inquisitive and novel in his approach to research.
The social and community footprint of Nazeh is quite vast. He is actively engaged in the budgetary and strategic planning exercise of many Australian and foreign companies. He also maintains close professional linkage with Australian and offshore Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He has excellent communication skill and a vast network of business and professional contacts.

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.

Mr Gary Bajaj

Member (Finance Manager)

Master of Business Administration (University of Melbourne), Master of Accounting (Victoria University)

Gary is experienced Business leader with extensive skills across investment evaluation, benefit realization and assurance within a large corporate environment, in particular large scale and cross company transformation programs. He has proven track record in conducting financial due diligence and providing assessment on commercial projects, investment proposals, business cases and business improvement initiatives to achieve positive outcomes and successfully contribute to organisation’s objectives, in terms of growth, performance and profitability.

Mr Michael Croker

Independent Member

Master of Business Administration (RMIT University), Bachelor of Commence (Deakin University), ACA Chartered Accountant, Project Director of Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Michael is an executive with extensive experience in the professional consulting services sector as well as managing sales and operational teams and functions. He has a depth of experience in process reengineering, strategic planning, and organisation transformation as well as due diligence reviews, audit and financial systems in sectors such as health, government, financial services, telecommunications, utilities, oil and gas, aviation and defence sectors. Michael also has significant experience in recruitment and training in many industry sectors.

Ms Jemma Dougall

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).

Jemma is Regional Director of M&T Resources, leading the strategy and innovation for M&T’s presence in Victoria. Jemma’s career spans over 18 years, starting her own business in New Zealand at the age of 21. She subsequently worked across human resources and recruitment in New Zealand and Edinburgh, UK, before relocating to Melbourne nine years ago. She has built up excellent foundations and a real presence in the VIC market working for some of Australia’s leading organisations. Jemma’s passion lies in the opportunity to make a difference and to work in real partnership with diverse talent and organisations.

Ms Marika Evtimovski

Independent Member

Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (RMIT University), Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne)

Marika has over 25 years of industry experience in large and complex organisations where she has held a number of senior roles across risk and strategy as well as having led and managed P&L businesses. She is passionate about digital and social innovation, driving efficiency that delivers strong business performance as well as leading organisational and cultural change. She is a natural leader, agile and motivated and who enjoys mentoring and coaching staff at all levels.

Mr Ashley Saltzman

Independent Member

Chartered Professional Accountant, Bachelor of Business in Accounting (Deakin University)

Ashley has over 25 years of industry experience and is a highly regarded and successful executive manager and high-end problem solver. He has worked at all levels of management including at the highest Company Board Level with the Family Mediation and Counselling (FMC) Victoria. He has been involved with the recruitment, training and mentoring of staff at all levels from graduates through to business and technology professionals and brings rich, practical and valuable industry experience to the Higher Education Academic Board (HEAB). He is an expert in managing complex issues related to customers, business processes, projects and internal operations facilitating delivery of a superior customer experience. He acts an effective conduit between executive management and the rest of the organisation and has managed and resolved over 500 troubled commercial and technical projects at IBM. He was an integral part of the transition of major clients, including the Big 4 accounting firms and when MYOB acquired Solution 6. He restructured service delivery at Solution 6 as part of the specialist turnaround management team assembled when the company was near bankruptcy. He led the internal IT department as well as the external IT consulting arm as IT Partner of accounting firm Lowe Lippmann.