Our Faculty Team
Academies Australasia Polytechnic selectively recruits faculty members who are not only academically qualified but also possess valuable industry experience and are passionate about providing quality education. All our lecturers and trainers meet the requirements of the respective regulatory standards.
Dr. Mohan Dass – Academic Dean
PhD (Deakin University), MBA (Hong Kong), BA (Hons) US Malaysia, Grad Cert Ed (Tertiary) Australia.

Has worked for the State Economic Development Authority, Penang, Malaysia in several key departments on a managerial capacity, and as a HR Manager for a MNC before moving to Academia. Held a senior position as Deputy Vice President, Academic (Deakin Program), in Malaysia before completing his PhD (Change Management) under a scholarship from Deakin University. Subsequently, joined Swinburne University as a Lecturer, and later Program Director, Masters of Management. He brings to AAPOLY, a broad range of public and private sector management expertise, academic promotion and management experience, together with research skills in various international and specific disciplines.

Areas of Interest: International Business; Change Management; Marketing; International HR; Talent Management; Contemporary Teaching and Learning; International Partnership Development; Academic Program Evaluation and Consultation.
Dr Deidre Giblin – Faculty Head (Higher Education)
PhD; Grad Cert Ed (Tertiary); M.Bus; BA (Fine Art)

Regional economic development, business innovation and creative industries are the focus of Dr Giblin’s research, publications and teaching. Her role in senior management specifically centres on understanding the current and international trends and development in the service sector including tertiary education, tourism and place-based response strategies.
Specialties: Tertiary Education; Regional Development; Knowledge Economy; Services Marketing and Management; Policy and Place-based response strategies; Tourism Development and Sustainability.
Dr Michael Burgess – Project Lead, new undergraduate programs development
PhD; MBA; Grad Cert Ed (Tertiary)

Michael has extensive educational program, course development and lecturing experience. Michael has worked in the education, corporate, not for profit and government sectors. He brings to AAPoly a sound skills base of business engagement, leadership, and project management development. He is also a visiting lecturer at universities in Vietnam and China.

Specialities: tertiary education, program design and development, organisational competencies and behaviour, education and business relational development, transitional economies; change management.
Sally-Anne Leigh – Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Learning and Academic Coordinator for Federation University Australia’s programs
M. Public Administration; B. Asian Studies; Grad. Cert. Ed. (Tertiary Teaching), MAICD

Sally-Anne oversees the development and implementation of AAPoly’s Teaching and Learning Framework and Plan. She is also the academic coordinator of Federation University Australia’s programs at AAPoly. Sally-Anne has been a lecturer in strategy and management for Federation University Australia since 2008. Between 2004-2008, Sally-Anne was the Director, Information and Education Services in the University of Melbourne.
Janine Rainbow, Academic Manager (ELICOS)
M.Ed., Griffith University

Over ten years of experience in the ESL industry and Academic Manager of ELICOS since 2008. Previous teaching appointments at various education institutions in Australia, China and Spain.
Reece Thomas – Faculty Head, VET programs
GrdDipMgt (Learning) and extensive Vocational qualifications

Extensive knowledge of the Australian Vocational Education framework including 23+ years’ experience, senior leadership and training roles in high profile business enterprises notably within the Defence (Australian), Education, and Tourism and Hospitality industry sectors.
Dr. Ghassan Al Soboh, Senior Lecturer / Chair of Student Discipline Committee / Chief Examination Officer
Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering Technology (Machine Design-CAD); M.Sc. Operations Research (Quantitative Methods – Linear Programming), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

  • Has spent more than 30 years in academic and research positions at Universities in the USA, Middle East, North Africa, and Australia.
  • Has excellent teaching and research experience in Quantitative analysis, Operations Research Linear Programming “Optimisation”, Machine design & Computer Aided Design (CAD), Fruit and Vegetable Harvesting and Handling, Farm Machinery Management, Business Information Systems, Project Planning and Management.
  • Has excellent ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Developed and implemented innovative teaching and learning techniques to improve student performance and understanding of quantitative analysis.
  • Enthusiastically promoted critical thinking, creativity and collaborative learning of problem solving by engaging students in class discussion.
  • Published both academic and commercial research, two theses and a textbook.
  • Presented research at national and international conferences.