Welcome to the Australian Institute of Business (AIB), a 34-year-old business school that delivers practical, high quality and innovative education to its students. As Chair of the Academic Board, I am pleased to play a part in AIB’s mission to deliver quality life-changing experiences for our students by giving them the skills required to be irreplaceable in business.
One of the primary roles of an Academic Board is to foster excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and research. It is a role that we take very seriously here at AIB, and one that determines the nature of the oversight given to the AIB programmes and academic activities.
AIB provides students with the opportunity to apply their studies directly to the workplace, resulting in fast returns on investment for both students and their employers.
AIB is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, offering the full suite of business degrees, including the prestigious PhD and the largest MBA in Australia (Australian Government Department of Education, 2021 data).
AIB is registered as a higher education provider in Australia by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), and its qualifications are accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and internationally recognised. This ensures our degrees are equivalent in standing to qualifications issued by Australian universities.
AIB is an organisation, committed to the promotion of further understanding of what business leadership is and what the sustainable development of business enterprise means, as well as pursuing the development of the skills to practice effective performance in these fields. Its individualised attention and approach to online learning offer just the right environment for busy practitioners to share their insights, ask questions and consolidate their practical work-related learning.
As an experienced quality assurance specialist and winner of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award, I am committed to maintaining the high level of quality in AIB’s programmes, so that you can be assured that you are receiving qualifications of the highest standard to lead you and your business into the future. I look forward to welcoming you to AIB, helping you reach your career goals and enabling you to be irreplaceable.
M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon), FAICD
Professor Winchester is a higher education consultant, specialising in Quality Assurance. She was the former Provost of CQ University and has chaired the Academic Boards of two Australian Universities. In 2011, she won the Australian Higher Education Quality Award and is a member of TEQSA’s Register of Experts. She was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022 for services to Higher Education Governance and Administration.
BEd, GradDipRdg&LangEd, MEd, EdD
Professor Hicks is a consultant specialising in learning and teaching in higher education. She has held former roles as PVC Student Life at Flinders University and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of South Australia.
PhD, MA, Grad Dip, Grad Cert, BA(Hons)
Santina is a long-standing academic leader, having led 65 externally funded research projects, including Australian Research Council projects, totalling more than $2 million, and authored/co-authored 132 publications. She has worked as a Research Centre director, Associate Dean (Research), Deputy Dean (Research) and Head of Department at Victoria University, Swinburne University of Technology, and more recently, Central Queensland University. As an employment relations academic, her research focusses on the intersection of immigration and employment, with particular focus on skilled migrants, their careers and employment barriers. She emphasises the value of industry and community-engaged research, and has produced research with a wide range of government, industry and community partners. In recent years, she has also focussed on postgraduate research supervision, and has supervised 11 research completions, including 7 PhDs. In 2003 Santina won the Centenary of Federation medal for contributions to industrial relations, academia and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. She has also gained other recognitions from professional associations, such as Best Reviewer for ANZAM (Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management) 2017.
Kerrie Campbell has worked in the IT industry for 35+ years working across various sectors including Banking, Utilities, Federal Government, Higher Education and Innovation. She has worked at the C-suite level for the last 15 years. Having worked as a National Manager at the Department of Human Services looking after a matrixed, complex and diverse team of 300. Kerrie was the Deputy CIO at The University of Adelaide for 3 years and acted as the CIO for a further two years, during this time she was instrumental in transforming the organisational culture and ways of working for the IT division. Kerrie was the CIO at Flinders University for 4 years leading a complex organisation through organisational transformation and boosting innovation. Kerrie was named in the Australian Top 50 CIOs for 2019 and 2020. Kerrie was the 2020 Telstra Academia & Public Service Award winner and 2020 SA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. In 2022 Kerrie was awarded the Meritorious Fellows award for CAUDIT (Council of Australasian University Directors of IT). Kerrie teaches leadership essentials for CAUDIT to the next generation of leaders focussing on authentic leadership, resilient leadership, values, and empathetic leadership. She is the co-founder of Imagination Corporation a cutting-edge AI, ML software for video and owns her own consulting company, UXC Consulting. She is formally the acting Presiding Member (Chair) of the SACE Board and is a former member of SABReNET and eRSA boards. She is currently in a senior leadership role at SA Water.
BBus(Management), BBus(Hons)(Management), PhD(Leadership)
Associate Professor Robin is the Acting Academic Dean at AIB. He is an experienced academic who has previously held academic appointments at the Centre for Workplace Leadership (The University of Melbourne), Monash University, and Alphacrucis College. He served as the Bachelor of Commerce Course Coordinator (Management Studies) and Monash College Course Coordinator at Monash University, and was Program Director for the flagship Master of Leadership Program at Alphacrucis College.
PhD(Applied Physical Chemistry), Bachelor of Applied Science(Honours): First Class, Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry(with Distinction)
Professor Morris is the Associate Dean, Research at AIB. She has an extensive background within the research and education sector, as a scientific researcher both in academia and industry, a research manager, and as an advocate for research and researchers. Gayle is currently Principal of G Morris Consulting specialising in research management and innovation. She was Director Research Services at Flinders University from 2010-2017 and prior to this she was Director of the VU Research Office at Victoria University for over 4 years. She has been an active and successful scientific researcher since 1992, at the Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia, as Senior Chemist at Rio Tinto Technical Services and more recently at Victoria and Flinders Universities, attracting significant nationally competitive and industry research funding. She is an active professional committee member, as former Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) Executive Committee Member and ARMS President.
PhD, BMS (Waikato)
Associate Professor Kalendra is the Acting Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning at AIB. She has an extensive academic and professional background. Prior to joining AIB, Diane was a senior marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic, business and marketing plans for organisations varying in size from large national and multinationals to new business ventures across multiple different industries. Diane also served on not-for-profit boards. She completed her doctoral degree (PhD) in 2007 while working full-time in industry on the topic of Developing and Implementing a Market Orientation in a Government Business Enterprise, using an action research approach. Diane has worked with AIB for over 7 years to develop and deliver real-world curricula for working adult students. Diane’s excellence in this area has been recognised with an AIB Teaching and Learning Award in 2017 and multiple Dean’s Commendations for Teaching Excellence in 2022 and 2023. Diane’s research is highly applied. She’s interested in solving practical business problems in complex real-world scenarios using case study research and innovative workplace-based approaches, such as action learning and action research, to develop the competencies and capacities of working adults.
Dr Kaufmann has worked on a wide range of consulting and projects analysing the impact of policy on business performance and development. He has done considerable research on the operation of the Australia’s FTAs including the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) and their impact on private sector performance. He led research consulting projects on the assessment of non-tariff measures affecting business trade among AANZFTA members, and has contributed to work on assessing policy in the health and education services sectors of those economies. For the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index, Uwe led a group of researchers on the collection and analysis of policy information in the services sectors in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.
PhD, MBA, MPH, BSc
Svetlana is a Marketing Lecturer and a Project Coordinator at AIB. She has over ten years’ experience in industry and academia. Svetlana earned her PhD degree at the University of Adelaide, for which she received the Dean Commendation Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Svetlana holds an MBA (summa cum laude) from the Uzbek-American Academy in collaboration with Tashkent State University of Economics, and earned Master of Public Health (cum laude) from the University of Maastricht.
BCom, MCom, PhD. (Kerala), GCHE (Monash)
Dr. Sumesh Nair is currently a marketing academic at AIB. Previously, Sumesh worked with Monash University, at the Clayton and Malaysia campuses, and with Murdoch University, in the Singapore campus for a period of 11 years. Sumesh has been teaching various marketing subjects at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels for the past 20 years in five different countries, including India, Malaysia, Australia, Finland and Singapore.
MBA, GradCertEd(HighEd), GCertSupplyChainMgt
Vicki has more than 20 years industry experience in Supply Chain Management and Purchasing in manufacturing in South Australia. Vicki later joined the University sector where she worked initially as a Lecturer at Flinders University, and more recently as Academic Director for the Flinders International Study Centre.
B.Ed (Humanities), PGCert(AppliedEcon)
Tess has more than 25 years in the Higher Education sector in Australia, and has been employed at both public and private institutions in compliance and quality assurance management roles, including as AIB’s Quality and Accreditation Manager since December 2014. Tess is a member of the Higher Education Private Providers’ Quality Network Steering Committee.
Brigitte is the Coursework Student member of the Academic Board and is currently studying her MBA with AIB.
Cole is the Research Student member of the Academic Board and is currently studying his DBA with AIB.
MBA, B.AM, A.ENG(Electrical), Electrical trade Cert.
Rick is the AIB Alumnus member of the Academic Board. Rick has more than 15 years industry experience in the electrical distribution industry in Queensland. Within the industry, Rick has proven understanding in controlling and monitoring the High Voltage network. Rick also has experience in operational management of control room environments including emergency management due to adverse weather.