Board of Directors
B.Soc.Sci (Hons) University of Singapore, FFin, FAICD, FCIS
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Academies Australasia Group Limited, a company that has been operating for more than
100 years and which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, since 1996. Previous positions include senior appointments in central, commercial
and investment banking in Australia and overseas more than 20 years. Member of ACPET International Education Committee, ACPET (NSW) Committee
and Council on Australia Latin America Relations Education Action Group.
B.Comp.Sci.Technological University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre; B.Sci.Sys.Eng. University Institute Santiago Marino, Venezuela, MAICD
Gabriela is Executive Director of Academies Australasia Pty Limited and is on the board of each of the 9 colleges in the Academies Australasia
group. She has more than 10 years operational experience in various aspects of international education in Australia and overseas, including
compliance, curriculum development, marketing and lecturing.
Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University of Technology; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management
Mark has more than 30 years of experience in academia and industry. He was Vice President for DMR Asia Pacific, responsible for Practice & Resources before joining Unisys Australia as their Principal for the Southern Region. He was subsequently the Managing Principal for Unisys Pacific’s Asian operation based in Singapore overseeing 600 professionals across 10 countries. He also served as Vice President, Unisys Corporation, responsible for the company’s World Wide Work Flow and Imaging program. Based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Mark’s team supported the US$150m program across 38 countries in the Central & South Americas, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Prior to this, Mark was working for IBM Australia and Arthur Young & Co. and had spent many years in consulting, with a specialisation in management and IT strategic planning. Mark first started lecturing in Swinburne’s undergraduate programs in 1976. His passion for education led him to continue as an adjunct teaching fellow for Swinburne’s Master of Information Systems Program for three years.
M.Ed., University of Melbourne; M. Arts (Organisational Psychology), University of Melbourne; B. Ed. (Educational Psychology), Monash University; Grad. Dip. (Criminology), University of Melbourne; B. Comm., University of Melbourne; MAICD
Louise is the director and principal consultant of Global Leadership Centre, a consulting firm engaged in the provision of leadership development programs globally. She is an Adjunct senior lecturer and program coordinator for Federation University Australia and teaches leadership and management subjects such as organization behaviour, change management and strategic management for the University in different locations in Asia. During 2008-2012, Louise was the Mayor of Bayside City Council.
John G. Adnams (independent)
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne; AAIB, Associate of the Australian Institute of Bankers
John has about 4 decades of experience in the banking industry including senior positions in Commercial Bank of Australia Limited and Westpac
Banking Corporation and as a company director and consultant.
John Adrian Mccomb (independent)
Adrian McComb, until January 2017, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Private Higher Education, a peak body he established with leading private sector institutions in the late 1990’s to effectively represent Australian private higher education institutions. Adrian has sought to promote good policy in the higher education sector and led in advocacy, which saw the introduction of FEE-HELP in the HESA in 2003, as well as engaging in the many issues arising since.
Adrian has a business background. He is an entrepreneur, who after selling his digital mapping company to Telstra in 1995, which was rebranded as Whereis, helped establish an innovative private institution linked with Macquarie University in Sydney. Prior to that for nearly two decades he worked in academic, technical, medical and scholarly publishing, in a market spanning all Australian universities and colleges.
Senior Management Team
Esther Teo, Chief Executive Officer
MBA, Swinburne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne
Held senior management positions in Coles Myer Ltd. Teaching appointments in RMIT, Swinburne, Monash.
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.
Rachel Chua CPA, Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), Monash University
Has 5 years of experience in various Accounting and Finance roles.
Archer Lu, IT and Facilities Manager
Master of Technology (Internet and Web Computing), RMIT; Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Application, Zhengzhou University, China
Joined AAPoly since 2008 as Network Administrator and later appointed as IT and Facilities Manager 8 years’ experience as Systems Engineer/Network Administrator in China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (China’s largest marine engineering company).