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Our structure

Gain an understanding of the structure of our organisation and learn how different parts of our university work together towards common goals.


Prof. Pascale Quester- Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne

Before joining Swinburne, Professor Quester was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and President (Academic) at the University of Adelaide (2011–2020). She had previously held various roles at the University of Adelaide, including Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions (2006–2011), Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of the Professions (2001–2006) and inaugural Professor of Marketing in the Adelaide Business School (2001–2020).

Professor Quester is an active and respected researcher in the areas of consumer behaviour and marketing communications. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Administration from her native France, a Master of Arts (Marketing) from Ohio State University in the United States and a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand.

In 2012, Professor Quester was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of France’s highest honours, in recognition of her contribution to higher education in both France and Australia. In 2009, she was elected Distinguished Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy. In 2007, she also received France’s highest academic recognition by becoming Professeur des Universités.

Professor Quester has held several visiting professorial appointments, including at La Sorbonne, Paris II, ESSEC Business School, and the University of Nancy in France.

Dr. Nguyen Khac Thanh – Rector of FPT University

He joined the software at FPT in 1991 and participated in establishing and operating the FPT-Aptech International Programmer Training System in 1999. He is the Vice President of FPT University from 2006 to 2014. From 2014 up to now, he is appointed to be FPT Deputy General Director and Head of FPT Training Staff. On December 2, 2016, Dr. Nguyen Khac Thanh was approved to be Rector of FPT University at the request of FPT’s Board of Management and FPT University. Dr Nguyen Khac Thanh was a former student of mathematics at Hanoi University, graduated from university and received a doctorate in Mathematics in 1990 at Lomonoxop University (Russia).

Executive Team

Dr. Andrew J Smith – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Community Engagement) – Interim and Vice-President (Innovation and Enterprise) – Acting

Dr Andrew J Smith is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Community Engagement) Interim. Dr Smith oversees Marketing, Recruitment and Channel Integration; Swinburne International, International Recruitment, Industry Engagement and Business Development, Collaboration and Partnerships, Government Relations, Alumni and Operations, Development, Reconciliation Strategy and Leadership, and Moondani Toombadool Centre.

Dr Smith has undertaken a number of senior roles within Swinburne. His former roles include: Vice-President (Students and Alumni) from 2016 to 2020; Vice-President (Corporate Services) from 2014 to 2016; Director, Human Resources (2013 to 2014); Chief Operating Officer of the Swinburne Sarawak Campus in Malaysia (2012); and Director, Facilities and Services Group (2007 to 2011).

Dr Smith holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Hoang Viet Ha – Executive Director of Swinburne Vietnam

Dr Hoang Viet Ha graduated PhD in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney, Australia. He joined Baoviet Insurance Group as Chief Operations Officer (2000-2014) and then have worked for FPT Group since 2014 as Chief Operations Officer (2014-2017). Since 2017, he has joined FPT Education as Vice President (International) and fully operated as Chief Executive of Swinburne Vietnam. The research interest of Dr Hoang is on Management and Operation; he also works as an industry mentor for students and executives. Dr Hoang has significant experiences from both academia and industry.

Dr. Bill Damachis – Dean, Transnational Education & Alliances

Dr. Bill Damachis has an enviable track record in establishing and maintaining high-impact commercially significant partnerships encompassing academia, industry and government for leading Australian educational institutions. Related networks and in-country work experience includes: China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

He has experienced in transnational education; new campus establishment; strategic planning; developing research capacity and reputation for higher education institutions; international contractual negotiations and term sheet preparation; relationship management with internal and external stakeholders; financial management and detailed costing of projects; partner selection and management incorporating due diligence and risk mitigation strategies; quality assurance; project management; executive education with a focus on customised programs including interdisciplinary curriculum design; competitor analysis, benchmarking and positioning.

Ms. Li Sim Mueller-Loh – Academic Operations Manager

Ms. Li Sim Mueller-Loh is responsible for overseeing the academic operations of the University’s new strategic educational partnerships. She has ten years of experience in the field of education management. As an international education specialist, Ms. Li Sim has led and managed many aspects of education included education and training management activities, assessment management and progress tracking of training programs, academic delivery, international relations, student services, compliance, market research, scholarships.

Dr. Truong Cong Duan – Academic Director, Swinburne Vietnam

Dr Truong Cong Duan is the head of Academic  Development of Swinburne Vietnam. Prior to joining Swinburne Vietnam in 2019, Dr Duan led the Development Division for Higher Education Program of FPT University. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy of Physics at Osaka University in 2008.

Dr. Marisha McAuliffe – Director of StudentHQ, Swinburne Vietnam

Dr. Marisha McAuliffe is the Director of StudentHQ, Swinburne Vietnam. Before joining Swinburne Vietnam, she was the Academic Director of NSHM Higher EducationWest Bengal, India; Dean and Director of Strategic Planning and Communication of The Royal School of Design, India; and Dean and Vice President of the Academic and Board of Directors of the National Institute of Business and Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Ph.D. from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Nguyen Duy Truong – Academic Director, Swinburne Vietnam in HCMC campus

Mr. Nguyen Duy Truong is the Academic Director of Swinburne Vietnam on HCMC campus. Before joining Swinburne Vietnam, he has many years of experience in the field of Economics and Management. He holds two master’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration (MBA).

Academic Team

Assoc. Prof. James Roffee – Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr James Roffee is an Associate Professor of Law, and Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. James leads the Faculty’s international portfolio; this includes strategic and operational responsibility for delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate transnational education, student mobility and exchange, bespoke programs for industry partners, and sponsored students. Prior to joining Swinburne in 2018, James received the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Monash University where he held positions in the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Arts. He fosters an inclusive approach to teaching and is recognised as a leader and innovator within the field of inclusive higher education. James’s research in criminal justice and criminology concerns victimisation, hate and bias-motivated crime, and, serious violent and offences. James was appointed to the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group in 2017. He is frequently asked to provide his expert opinion and advice on matters of crime and public safety concerning the marginalised communities and his research has received the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Safer Communities.

Prof. Prasuna Reddy – Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Prasuna Reddy ensures that the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and the University are well-positioned for enduring collaboration in international relationships and educational partnerships, including embedding an explicit international dimension in our engagement commitment; supporting delivery of an international curriculum and student experience; enhancing high-impact research and graduate programs through targeted international collaboration; and building an inclusive organisational culture that supports and values diversity and international engagement.

Prasuna has an exceptionally strong history of executive leadership in both academic and health services in organisational settings. Her executive positions have included Director of the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, Professor of Mental Health Services Research and Innovation in the University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine; Director of Health Services Implementation Research in the Centre for Population Health Deakin University; Clinical Professor and Convenor of Ethics, Law and Professional Practice at Deakin Medical School; and Professor and Director of Research, Flinders University School of Medicine and Public Health. Professor Redd has an extensive background in postgraduate public health and organisational psychology teaching, research and practice, behavioural health interventions, implementation and improvement science, health services research, policy and practice, population health research, and models of integrated healthcare.

Prof. Sivanes Phillipson – Associate Dean, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Sivanes Phillipson is Associate Dean International and Professor of Education at the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University. At Swinburne, she leads the Faculty of Health Arts and Design’s internationalisation and transnational education strategies. Sivanes has a PhD in Education along with a teaching qualification, and Law and Arts Honours degrees. Her research interest and experience focus on family studies in particular parental involvement and expectations of culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged children. Sivanes’ research expertise comprises of mixed method approaches with an emphasis on quantitative methods and analysis including Rasch modelling, meta-analysis and structural equation modelling. Sivanes has supervised 20 higher degree students to completion at Monash, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Education and University of Tasmania (as adjunct Research Fellow) since 2008. In 2017-18 alone, Sivanes has had five PhD completions (three as Main Supervisor) at Monash University. At Swinburne, she supervisors PhD students in the area of family engagement in the early years, early mathematical learning and parent-school partnerships in the international school sector.