Learning and Teaching Committee

Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow

Chair (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.

Ms Kristy Nikas

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)

Kristy has an established record as an Academic with over 22 years of experience in Higher Education in Australia. After a career in industry, She joined Deakin University teaching accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been an active contributor to course development and the computer assisted learning programmes developed by Deakin University. Additionally, she has been involved in the administration of courses, supervision and development of assessment programmes. She has also held lecturing positions at Swinburne University and La Trobe Melbourne. She is currently employed as a Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in the Diploma of Accounting as well as the Masters Qualifying Program at Deakin College in association with Deakin University. She is responsible for managing, directing and mentoring the accounting teaching staff, course planning and design, unit coordination and administration, and ensuring that contemporary approaches to pedagogy are adopted in teaching, delivery and assessment. In 2011, She was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award for her commitment to excellence and the provision of innovative and effective teaching practices. She is a long standing member of CPA Australia and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Dr Julian Lippi

Member (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).

Mr Rukesh Sadhai

Secretary (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.