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ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board is an independent body of senior academics and industry practitioners that is responsible for the governance of Kaplan Business School courses.

ABOUT THE ACADEMIC BOARD

The Board has the delegated authority of the Kaplan Corporate Board to make decisions on academic matters and provide guidance and advice to management on higher education issues and trends. KBS’s Academic Quality and Governance Framework outlines the terms of reference of the KBS Academic Board and its subcommittees.

Members of the Academic Board provide expertise in the areas of higher education, business management and accounting and professional practice.

ACADEMIC BOARD MEMBERS

Honorary Professor – Faculty of Health Science – University of Sydney

Academic Qualifications

  • MA (University of Sydney)
  • MEd. Hons (Sydney University),
  • PhD (UTS)

Career Overview

Professor Gonczi started his career in education as a TAFE teacher of General Studies in 1971. In 1978 he was appointed to Sydney Teachers College where he taught on professional development courses for TAFE teachers. He was appointed senior lecturer in 1984. In 1989 he joined UTS and in 1991 was appointed as Associate Professor and head of the Department of Human Resource Development.
In 1994 he became Head of School of Adult Education and in 1997 was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education a position he held until mid 2005. He was a Professor of Education from 1998 to the end of 2005.

His main academic interests have been in the area of educational policy, vocational education and training, professional education and educational leadership.

In 2006 Professor Gonczi set up a consulting company specialising in vocational and higher education. He has recently undertaken projects for the Migration Agents Registration Authority, FINSIA, Billy Blue Colleges, Insearch,Whitehouse School of Design, Kaplan Higher Education, Australian Institute of Music, Australian Institute of Actuaries and the University of Sydney, amongst other organisations.

He has been Chair of the Academic Board of Wollongong University College and NSWTAFE Access and General Education advisory Board and is currently a member of the academic boards of Macleay College, and of Collarts. He is chair of the academic board of Whitehouse and chair of the Academic Boards of Kaplan on line Higher Education and Kaplan Business School.

Current Responsibilities

Currently Professor Gonczi is working part time in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney as Director of Educational Innovation. The balance of his week is taken up with consulting projects.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Chair, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board (2011 – present)
  • Chair, Kaplan Business School Academic Board (2013 – present)
  • Member Post Graduate Academic Advisory Committee (2004 – 2007)
  • Chair of the Open Entry Academic Advisory Committee (2001 – 2003)
Vice President, Academic, Kaplan International (Australia)

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Economics

Career Overview

Dr Michael Evans responsible for the Academic oversight of all Kaplan Higher Education operations in Australia. This includes driving the academic strategic direction of all areas of Kaplan’s higher education business including Kaplan Business School, Murdoch Institute of Technology, Bradford College and Kaplan Professional’s online postgraduate finance courses.

Prior to joining Kaplan Mike was a Professor of Management and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Southern Cross University in Australia. Mike has a wide range of business experience, with skills in managing, consulting, teaching and research. His recent research has focused on regional development and the business implications of climate change. He also has interests in valuation, innovation, commercialisation, and value creation within organisations. He has undertaken a wide range of applied research and consulting assignments for clients including reviews of strategic planning and implementation, performance measurement and evaluation, valuation and financial analysis. He has also been actively involved in executive education activities, with a focus on accounting, finance and strategy. He has consulting, research and teaching experience across Australia, in Asia and in Europe. Mike has a wealth of experience in Asia, having been involved in business development for universities since 1987, focused on Singapore, Malaysia and China. He has managed academic and business activities across 10 countries. Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy. Mike also holds a prestige Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) designation.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Commerce (Canterbury)
  • PhD (Sydney)

Professional Qualifications

  • FASSA
  • FCPA

Career Overview

Murray Wells is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. He was a Professor of Accounting, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Foundation Director of the Graduate School of Business in the University of Sydney. He was a lecturer in Accountancy at the University of Canterbury from 1964 to 1967. He was President of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research from 1987 to 1992 and was made an Honorary Life Member in 2002. He is a Director of Seven Network Ltd and Kaplan Higher Education Pty Ltd. He was a Director of Telstra Corporation Ltd from 1989 to 1994.

He was Chairman of the Australian National Business School from 1992 to 2001 and of B Digital Ltd from 1999 to 2004. He was the Australian Accountant of the Year (Academia and Government) in 1993 and the American Accounting Association’s 1983 International Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and 1995 Outstanding International Accounting Educator. He was the Ernst and Young Professor of Accounting in the University of Sydney from 1983 to 1992 and the James Cusator Wards Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, the Arthur Andersen Gästprofessor at Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart) and the Curtius Visiting Professor at Universität Seminar der Wirtschaft (Schloss Gracht, Germany).

He has lectured at universities in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. He won the Hourglass Award (Academy of Accounting Historians) for the best book on accounting history in 1979 for his book “Accounting for Common Costs” and was editor of the international journal Abacus for 20 years.

Murray has served on the NSW Science and Technology Council, he was NSW State President of the Australian Society of CPAs and a member of the Society’s National Council. He received the CPA Australia’s President’s Award in 1982. He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and was made a Life member in 2000. He served on the Council of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre. Murray was Deputy Chairman of OTC and a Director of Worldschool Ltd (2000-01) and Kaz Group Ltd (2003).

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Director, Kaplan Higher Education
Adjunct Lecturer – Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University

Academic Qualifications

  • LLM: (University of Sydney)
  • MCom (UNSW)
  • BCom (UNSW)
  • LLB (UNSW)
  • Fellow of CPA Australia
  • Chartered Tax Adviser of Taxation Institute of Australia

Professional Qualifications

  • FASSA
  • FCPA

Career Overview

Patrick Gallagher has board experience in a number of entities in the university, public and private sector – including at ASX listed entity level. He is currently an adjunct staff member and lecturer-in-charge of courses at Macquarie University at Masters level. He is also an instructor within the CPA Program of CPA Australia and from 2004 to 2012 was a consultant, instructor and review examiner for CPA Australia Greater China (including a period as review examiner for exams jointly held with the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs).

He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at UNSW (which included co-founding and acting as Director of the Australian Taxation Studies Program) with various other responsibilities including – member of University Committees and also member of university entities’ Boards of Directors. He has also been an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Western Sydney which included a period as Director, re-constructing the MCom (Financial Planning) degree.

Patrick has Extensive domestic and international experience, including as Australian Director of ‘AusAid’ programs in China. His experience extends to strategy development (including as strategy consultant to the large Chinese corporation TsingHua TongFang), governance, company and taxation law and finance and risk management.

Patrick was the Founding President of the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association and is currently an adviser and governance consultant to organisations in the not-for-profit sector (including charitable and religious organisations).

Patrick is also the author of many papers and publications in Australia and overseas. This includes the former Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and various universities including UNSW and Potsdam University. He has also presented at conferences and seminars of the Australian Taxation Institute. He is currently Author for CPA Australia “CPA118 Ethics and Governance” segment which is studied by approximately 11,000 CPA candidates each year. Author/co-author of the majority of assessable written educational materials for since 2011 to the present (S1 2014).

Patrick is also the sole Director of a specialist consulting company and in this capacity he provides practical advice on many aspects of governance, tax and risk.

Current Responsibilities

  • Managing Director, Governance Tax & Risk Pty Ltd
  • Consultant to IGAP at Macquarie University

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Business Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations)

Career Overview

Dr James Adonopoulos’s PhD thesis was centred on the ways in which leaders influence employee engagement during organisational crises and significant change. Prior to his appointment as the Academic Dean at Kaplan Business School, he was employed as a sessional member of staff at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney.

His academic history is supported by practical corporate experience as a leader in a variety of industries, such as financial services and contact centres, at which his most noteworthy achievements were in relation to his employees’ engagement, performance and retention. In combination with his books and fortnightly newsletter, his insights on workplace relations are read by 100,000 people every month.

For more than a decade, he has worked with hundreds of organisations as a speaker, facilitator and consultant, helping them successfully lead change, engage staff, and improve performance. This work has taken him to almost a dozen countries, working with clients that include McDonald’s, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci, Toyota and many government departments.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Academic Dean, Kaplan Business School
  • Chair, KBS Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Member, KBS Academic Board
  • Member, KBS Grade Ratification and Assessment Committee
Academic Board Member

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) (SUT)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Mon)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Grad Dip Ed) (Melb)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (BBus Acc)(Mon)
  • Professional Qualifications – FCPA, CA,FFinsia, FPA

Career Overview

Dr Mary Dunkley is Department Chair of Accounting, Economics and Finance within the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University. She educates and researches in the areas of Corporate Finance and Financial Accounting. She was a recipient of the Faculty’s Teaching excellence award and has recently been recognised as a Swinburne Significant Woman. Previously Mary worked within the accounting profession at Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Mary is an active participant within the accounting profession CA & CPA and the Financial Planning profession (FINSIA & FPA) and has been recognised as a Fellow of CPA and FINSIA, She is a member of the CPA Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee which reports directly to the CPA Board. She is a current member of the advisory panel for several CPA modules, having been an examiner for Ethics and Corporate Governance and Contemporary Business Issues Modules. Mary was an inaugural board member the Victorian State Government Growth Areas Board.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Member, Kaplan Higher Education Academic Board
  • Member, Kaplan Business School Academic Board
  • Chair
    • Grade Result and Assessment Committee
    • Kaplan Higher Education
    • Kaplan Business School
    • Murdoch Institute of Technology
Academic Director- Business and Finance, Kaplan Business School

Academic Qualifications

    • BCom (Accounting) (Uni Adelaide)
    • MCom (Applied Finance) (Uni Adelaide)
    • TESOL Certificate IV (Uni Adelaide)

Career Overview

After working in the commercial banking and government sectors Anna has held lecturing and course coordinator positions at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University, Bradford College and Kaplan Business School. She has a background in course development and delivery, being a course coordinator at the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia in face-to-face as well as online finance and economics courses. Ann also has some background in delivering preparatory English courses for university students.

Anna’s research output involves publications and industry projects in the field of real estate finance and SAMs (Shared Appreciation Mortgages) in collaboration with the University of Adelaide Business School. She is soon to commence a PhD in education focusing on student motivation and self-efficacy, which will inform her current role within Kaplan Business School. In her current role as Academic Director in the Business and Finance area she is dedicated to promoting effective pedagogy as well as research into innovative teaching methods which focus on international student success in an Australian context. As part of this, in 2014 Anna took part in the Australian Business Dean Council’s project to develop Finance Threshold Learning Standards and integrate them into undergraduate and masters finance courses as well as developing a BBUS finance specialization course integrating these learning standards which was submitted to TEQSA. She is currently engaged in rolling out the BBUS finance specialization by overseeing and reviewing course development and liaising with industry writers to ensure this course is applied and relevant in today’s job market. Recently she has coordinated the intitial development stages of a novel and industry-leading degree in Business Analytics, designed to prepare graduates for a world where big data, artificial and business intelligence and machine learning are paving the way for a new type of business environment.

Current Responsibilities

Currently Anna is the Academic Director of Business and Finance at Kaplan Business School. She is involved in the processes of designing, accrediting and writing new Finance and Business Analytics qualifications at Kaplan Business School as well as teaching, coordinating and overseeing the Business and Finance disciplines.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Lecturer (2011 – present)
  • Academic Head- Economics and Finance (2013 – present)
  • Academic Director- Business and Finance (2016 – present)
  • Participant in Finance Learning Standards project run by the Australian Business Dean’s Council (2014 – present)
  • Kaplan Teaching and Learning Committee (2016 – present)
  • Submission of BBUS (Finance) stream to TEQSA (2014 – 2015)
  • Rolling out the BBUS (Finance) stream for T1 2018 (2017 – present)
  • Developing a Business Analytics degree for accreditation with TEQSA
External Academic Board Member

Academic Qualifications

    • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Career Overview

Dr Alexander has an extensive portfolio and record of success in teaching, domestic and international course development, academic leadership, and business management in both the private and public education sectors. He taught and conducted research at universities in Australia and the UK and was appointed Professor of Product Innovation at Western Sydney University before serving as Dean of the Faculty of Business & Technology. As Dean Dr Alexander led the development of the faculty and numerous new programs as Western Sydney University became established as a mature comprehensive research university. He established new research centres and developed research masters and PhD degrees in the Faculty and established several successful trans-national collaborative degree programs in SE Asia.

He served as the Executive Director of the University of New South Wales Foundation Studies Division for over six years. Under his leadership the Division established innovative new programs, established collaborative transnational programs in New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia and initiated partnerships leading to new collaborative programs in China and Singapore.

Dr Alexander joined the International College of Management, Sydney as Executive Dean in 2007 and in January 2012 was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Strategic Development). He led the strategic and academic development of the College for over eight years.

In 2015 Dr Alexander founded Far Sight Consulting Pty Ltd which provides consulting services to international education in Australia and internationally.

Academic Qualifications

    • Diploma of Law
    • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
    • Master of Business Administration

Career Overview

After gaining admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW, Adam practiced as a solicitor specialising in commercial law before performing in-house counsel roles for Macquarie Bank and the Financial Planning Association.

Adam has also worked in managerial roles in financial services and was responsible for the Dispute Resolution Department of listed receivables management company Credit Corp Ltd.

Throughout his legal and managerial career Adam has also lectured in law and business for higher education institutions such as the University of Central Queensland and Top Education Institute.

Kaplan Contribution

  • Academic Head, Kaplan Business School
  • Content Developer, Kaplan Professional
  • Member, KBS Academic Board
Consultant

Academic Qualifications

    • BA(Hons) (University of Essex)
    • MSc (Imperial College, University of London)
    • PhD (Stirling)

Career Overview

Professor Mark Gabbott graduated from the University of Essex with a BA(Hons) in Economics followed by an MSc in Technology Management from Imperial College, University of London. After working in government for six years in consumer policy and protection, he joined the University of Stirling as a Research Fellow and completed a Ph.D in Marketing. Mark has teaching and research interests in the areas of services marketing, customer relationship management, internet marketing, consumer behaviour and customer value. Mark joined Monash University in 1997 as Professor of Marketing and held the positions of Head of Department, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. In 2008, Mark was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, Sydney, and in 2017 he was appointed Dean of the Adelaide Business School at the University of Adelaide. Mark has extensive experience in programme and learning design, quality assurance, content development and accreditation.

Mark has published four books and over 50 book chapters and journal articles. His research has been published in a variety of international academic journals including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, European Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Management. His research has won a number of international best paper awards. Mark currently sits on the editorial boards of three international marketing journals and is a member of the European Marketing Academy, The Academy of Marketing, The American Marketing Association and Australian Marketing Institute. He is past Chair of the American Marketing Association Services Interest Group and is a past President and Fellow of the Australian New Zealand Marketing Academy.

Kaplan Contribution

    • Member, Chair, Kaplan Business School Academic Board (2017 – present)