Risk Committee

Dr Zita Unger

Independent Chair (Independent Director)

Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Dr Unger is co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession and also recipient of the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award.

Zita was founding Director of a consultancy firm, developing an award-winning online survey management platform and delivering survey-based solutions to corporate, education and public sector clients. She is a graduate of the Company Directors Course and has extensive board experience, including as Academic Board Chair of a Higher Education Private Provider.

Professor Charles Qin OAM

Independent member (Independent Director)

Bachelor of Arts (Yunnan University, China), Graduate Certificate (Deakin University)

Adjunct Professor, Monash Honorary Fellow, NAATI Level 5 Interpreter, AIIC member

Charles Qin has more than thirty years of experience as a Mandarin interpreter and Chinese translator. Charles has worked at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, APEC, G20, United Nations, World Expo, FTA negotiations. First ever interpreter to provide simultaneous interpreting in Parliament House for the inaugural visit of President Hu Jintao.

He has worked for President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premiers Li Keqiang and Wen Jiabao, Australian Prime Ministers Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison amongst many other Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs and VIPs of different countries; Also a prolific translator, translated publications.

He is a Visiting/Adjunct Professor at a number of Chinese universities and an adjunct fellow of Monash University; a senior AUSIT practitioner and President of the Chinese Interpreters and Translators Association of Australia; He was made Honorary Fellow of Monash University in 2018.

Winner of the Excellence in Interpreting Award (AUSIT) in 2013 and 2018; Winner of Melbourne Award in 2018; In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016, Charles was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to international relations through his work as a Translator and Interpreter.

Professor Archie Johnston

Independent member (Independent Director)

Doctor of Philosophy , Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering  

Archie served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies from 2009 until 2017.
As Dean, his career followed a natural progression from active researcher to academic leader, setting the agenda for engineering and technical education and policy at one of Australia’s leading engineering faculties.
From 2004 to 2009 he was cited as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers and in 2007, was honoured as the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year and Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable.
He is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia, the Institution of Civil Engineers (London) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In addition to being Chair of the Education Forum of ATSE, he is an Advisor to the Reliance Group of India, Advisor to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Lifetime Advisory Professor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Honorary Professor to Tianjin University (China), and is past National Chair of the Centre for Leadership and Management (Engineers Australia).Professor Johnston was formerly a director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Smart Services CRC and CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, and an independent expert for the Cooperative Research Centres Selection Round (2011).
A former President of the Australian Council of Engineering, He has been Dean of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney and is an Emeritus Professor at that institution.
He has been Peer Reviewer for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia, a member of the Judging Panel of 2010, 2011 and 2012 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes and Chair of the Judging Panel for the 2009 Australian Construction Achievement Awards.

Dr. Yongqiang Li

Member (Director)

PhD(Corporate Governance), MSPPM(Public Policy), LLB, BSc(Physics)

Dr Yongqiang Li is an internationally recognised educational leader, academic researcher and Australian Lawyer. His area of expertise is in Law and Governance. He has earned a PhD in Corporate Governance, amongst eight other degrees and certificates in law, business management and finance disciplines. He has more than 7 years of experience as a member of Corporate Boards and academic boards in the higher education sector. He has more than ten years of work experience under various teaching, research and leadership capacities in the Asian Pacific Region. He has provided consulting services on international law matters to more than twenty Australian listed companies. He is an active contributor to research and scholarships. He has published three books and more than thirty journal articles and conference papers in the areas of law, governance and management. He is Editor of the Journal of Governance and Law and has supervised five PhD graduates. He has Chaired, organised and delivered keynote speeches at several international conferences. Dr Li’s teaching philosophy is that students are the centre of the learning. He devoted himself to the empowerment of students’ success through international education and life-long learning.

Dr. Sheikh Rahman

Professor of Accounting and Finance, and
Acting Head of Academic Programs

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.