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 Stephen Spence – Acting Academic Dean; Program Director BBus (LM)
PhD Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA; MA Theology, Australian College of Theology, Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA; BSc Computer Science, Melbourne University

Provides academic leadership and direction for all academic programs within AAPoly. Oversees the development and delivery of quality teaching programs, recruitment of appropriately qualified academic leaders and teaching staff and the management of their performance. Served as Provost of Tabor in Adelaide, SA. Previous roles within Tabor (2007-2018) include Deputy Principal (Academic), Vice President of Education and Research, Dean of Theology and Social Sciences, and Head of School of Ministry, Theology, and Culture. Served as Principal of Burleigh College, SA, (2001-2006) and as lecturer in New Testament and Theology (1997-2000). On the Steering Committee of Higher Education Private Providers – Quality Network (HEPP-QN), a national board member with the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology, Tabor’s representative with the South Australia and Northern Territory Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN), on the National Council of Deans of Theology and the South Australian State Committee of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), among others. Has published in the areas of theology and education.

Areas of Research: Teaching for Adult Learning, The Learning Organisation, Pauline Studies, and Historical Jesus Research
Dr Sreekanth (Sunny) Vinnakota – Program Director, BTHM
Currently pursuing Masters Digital Learning Futures, Charles Darwin University; PhD (Internet Marketing), Teacher’s University, India; MBA (Change Mgt & Strategic Mgt), MBus (Hosp), MBus (Marketing Mgt), Victoria University; Masters Tourism Mgt, Kakatiya University, India

Responsible for managing the delivery and quality of the BTHM course, running regular faculty meetings and oversee the performance of teaching staff, developing curriculum materials and assessments, coordinating student evaluation, and assessment validation and moderation. Extensive lecturing experience in range of subjects, including Marketing Management, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, International Business, and Tourism and Hospitality Management at University Sunshine Coast, Charles Darwin University and Federation University Australia, among others. Served as Change Management Consultant and Analyst for Public Transport Victoria, and Training Manager and Assistant Human Resource Development Manager for the Westin Melbourne. Areas of Research Interests include Digital & Social Media Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, Innovative Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry, and Perspectives of Technologies in changing the face of Higher Education.
Warwick Marturia – Course Coordinator, Lecturer
B. Bus (Tourism), Southern Cross University, GradCertEd (Tertiary) Curtin University

Course Coordinator, BTHM, and Head of Travel and Tourism Studies, Sydney campus. Responsible for the management of international students and related issues, including enrolment, intervention and exam monitoring. Extensive lecturing experience in the areas of Business and Hospitality, and Hospitality and Tourism. Extensive industry experience in Hotels and Catering in executive and managerial positions.
Dr Walied Askarzai – Lecturer
PhD, University of Western Sydney; MBA, Southern Cross University; BEc University of Western Sydney; GradCert (Research Studies), University of Western Sydney

Responsible for preparing, delivering and assessing units of competency, contributing to innovation, reviewing courses and facilitating online learning activities. Extensive experience lecturing a range of subjects, including Business and Economics, Management Dynamics and Marketing Principles, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management with University of Western Sydney College, Holmes College and Melbourne Institute of Technology, among others.