Senior Staff

Mr Rukesh Sadhai

Chief Executive Officer

Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia, formerly Chartered Secretaries Australia), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law), Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Bond University)

Rukesh’s career and key achievements have centred on providing timely and effective outcomes and successful delivery of major projects. This is coupled with drive for creating and fostering high performance teams. He has achieved these in various industries including Legal, Financial Services, Waste Management, Stockbroking, Construction, Funds Management, and Trustee Services. He has also worked in the Public Sector including State and Local Government.

Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow

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.

Mr Gary Bajaj

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 Ramandeep Singh Arora

IT Manager 

Master of Information Systems (Deakin University), Bachelor of Computer Science & Technology (Punjab Technical University, India), ITIL V3 , ITIL SS, ITIL SD, ITIL ST, ITIL SO, Six Sigma Certified.

Ramandeep have over 6 years of experience in IT field ranging from Customer Service Desk to Process Engagement using ITIL standards. He have worked with IT giants like Wipro, HCL and GS1 Australia and helped them in scaling their IT services to next level. He has a proven record in working with many ITSM tools and is expert in using Excel and BI tools. He also has experience  to conduct technical audits with third parties, working on business cases and have taken business improvement initiatives in scaling their processes and functions.

Dr Julian Lippi

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

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).

Dr Sethu Ramasamy

VET Manager

PhD in Applied Sciences (RMIT University), Master of Agricultural Sciences (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University), Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (Annamalai University)

Sethu is an academic and researcher with significant experience in VET and Higher Education in Australia. He commenced his research career at Department of Primary Industries Victoria (DPI) as a Research Officer and later had research appointments at RMIT University as a Post-doctoral researcher and Scientific Officer at NSW Government Department of Primary Industries. He has tutored for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at RMIT University for over 10 years. Dr Ramasamy has professional associations with number of industry and scientific societies including The Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ (Australian Institute of Management), Agribusiness Australia, Australian HR Institute, The Australian Association of Plant Scientists and The Australasian Plant Pathology Society.