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)

Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow 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 (Academic Manager)

PhD in Coaching and Mentoring (RMIT University), Master of Management (RMIT University), Graduate Diploma of Management (RMIT University), Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)

Dr. 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 Mohamed Omran

Member (Course Coordinator)

PhD in Accounting (La Trobe University), Master of Accounting (South Valley University), Bachelor of Commerce (South Valley University)

Dr. Omran possesses a high level of competence and experience in teaching accounting over the last 27 years at the university level’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses. He reached this level through his working with many universities including South Valley University (Egypt), University of Ballarat, La Trobe University, Central Queensland University, and Gulf University of Science and Technology (Kuwait). He gained his Ph.D. from La Trobe University (2008). He published many accounting papers in prestige peer-reviewed conferences and journals (e.g., The British Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Asian Review of Accounting, BAA Annual Conference, and Oxford Business & Economics Conference). His area of research interest includes corporate financial reports and disclosure, accounting and reporting practices in developing countries, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. He is an advisory board member and a blind reviewer for many international accounting journals and he has supervised many research students. He is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).

Dr Sethu Ramasamy

Independent Member

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

Dr. 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. He has professional associations with number of scientific societies including The Australian Association of Plant Scientists and The Australasian Plant Pathology Society.

Mr Rukesh Sadhai

Secretary (Chief Operating 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.