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Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart

Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Asia) of RMIT, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) of University of New England, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University. Professor Stoddart was appointed as Chief Technical Adviser for the World Bank funded Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project at the Department of Higher Education in Cambodia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute of University of Melbourne.



Professor John Hearn
BSc, MSc, PhD (ANU)

Professor Hearn was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the Australian National University 2000-2004 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) of the University of Sydney 2004-2013, and is currently the Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Sydney and Executive Director of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).


Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM
PhD (Syracuse)

Professor Schwartz was Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University in Perth, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London and Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney. He is currently the Chair, Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Executive Director, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and Hon Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne.

Professor Keith Houghton

Dr Houghton is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University (ANU), and is Chief Strategist at the Higher Education and Research Group (HERG) and a Principal of Research Coaching Australia (RCA). He previous appointments include as Dean of the College of Business and Economics of the ANU and a member of the University Council and the University level Finance Committee. He also served as Chair as the Academic Board of the ANU. Prior to that he was Fitzgerald Professor of the University of Melbourne, including a period as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of that University.
For more information on Professor Houghton please refer to his Academic Board Members profile. 


Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas
MA (Iowa), PhD (honoris causa) (Superior University)
Fellow Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Professor Nicholas is Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Newcastle and Yunshan Chair Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He was Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle (2006-11) and held senior academic positions at the University of Melbourne (1996-2002) and University of Sydney (2003-2006). He was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1997. He is Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Universities of Foreign Studies and High-end Foreign Expert for China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs.


Professor Yinzhang Chen

Professor Chen was Assisting President and Director of Foreign Affairs of Fudan University, ranked as one of top three in China and a leading university with the top 100 in the world. Professor Chen is currently appointed as Special Advisor to the President, Fudan University. As a senior expert of international education cooperation, Prof Chen is also the Director of Nordic Center of Fudan University and Secretary-General of Shanghai Forum.


Mr Craig Mcilveen
Comm (UNSW), Chartered Accountant

Mr Craig Mcilveen has worked as a Chartered Accountant for more than 32 years and has been a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 16 years, where he specialised in providing taxation and business consulting services to privately owned, not for profit and early stage businesses.


Dr Le Ma
B.Comm (Macq), M.Financial Analysis (UNSW), PhD (USyd), Lecturer UTS

Dr Ma is an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in financial statement analysis at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Dr MA received her Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting at Macquarie University in 2009 and Master of Financial Analysis at University of New South Wales in 2010. She completed her PhD in accounting at the Business School of University of Sydney in 2016.
Before joining UTS in 2016, Le had more than three-years teaching experience at University of Sydney. She also taught several accounting and finance courses at IMC between 2010 and 2013. Funded by MEAFA Research Group of University of Sydney, Le visited the Smeal College of Business Pennsylvania State University US for one semester in 2014.



Ms Sumeng Cao (Susan)
Chairman and CEO of TOP Education Group Ltd, and Principal of IMC
BBA (TUT), MIT (MQ), MPA (UTS), NAATI, EDBA (Université Paris-DAUPHINE candidate)

Sumeng Cao (Susan) is the Chair of the Board, Executive Director & CEO of Top Education Group Ltd. Prior to joining the Group in 2011, Ms. Cao has had extensive experience in the Domestic and International Education Industry across the areas of student recruitment and industry relationships, through to regulatory policies.

Ms.Cao has built her commercial and strategic perspective through over 10 years’ experience as the leader of the sales and marketing team and then the Chief Operating Officer of the Group’s business operations, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of strategic business plans. She has expertise in building stakeholder relationships and developing effective marketing and business development strategies within the education industry, especially with China. Susan has shown a track record in driving the growth of the Group under evolving business environments.


Ms Cathy XU
President of Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce
BFA (UNE), M.Comm (UNE), GCHE (MQ), CPA, EDBA (Université Paris-DAUPHINE candidate)

Cathy Xu is the President of IMC. She has previously held various positions in the Institute, including Senior Academic Manager, Associate Dean of Business School, and Vice-President (Regulatory and Compliance).

Ms Xu has extensive knowledge in relation to higher education regulations, and experience in the higher education management. In the last ten years, Ms Xu had assisted the Institute to achieve a number of regulatory milestones for the Institute, including achieving re-registration, over 30 course accreditations and re-accreditations for the maximum allowed period of seven years without conditions under TEQSA, and recently achieving self-accrediting authority in the Management and Commerce field of education. She has spearheaded continuous improvement in the Institute’s various departments and continues to oversee day-to-day operations as well as guide key strategic decision-making in her role as President.


Professor Peter Eddey
BCom (Hons) (UNSW), MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA

Professor Peter Eddey joined the Institute in 2013 after a career in public universities commencing in 1974. Prior appointments include Macquarie University (33 years) where he became Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Other appointments include the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, with overseas visiting appointments at the University of Washington (USA) and University of Kent (UK). Peter’s academic expertise is in the field of accounting and financial management. He has published in leading national and international research journals, including Abacus, Accounting and Finance, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Peter’s sole-authored textbook in corporate accounting enjoyed wide adoption by Australian universities for many years. While at Macquarie University Peter was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty. In this role, Peter created and implemented several successful postgraduate programs, including the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) and the Master of International Business in Sydney and Hong Kong. Over a long career in public universities, Peter has acted as a consultant to accounting firms, corporations and government bodies. Now as the Provost at IMC, Peter brings a depth of experience to his role in curriculum design, accreditation, quality assurance, academic management and in maintaining a close relationship with the accounting profession, higher education bodies, industry organisations and IMC stakeholders generally. 


Ms Lily Yu
Vice President (Internal Operations) B Medicine (SUTCM), MPA (UNSW), FCPA, J.P

Ms. Yu is Assisting Principal (Internal Operation) of IMC. Ms. Yu is a qualified accountant as a full member of CPA Australia and participates on Council as a financial expert.


Ms Qingqing Hao
BSWork (PKU), BA (PKU), MEd (MQ)

Ms Hao is the Senior Student Service Manager at IMC participating in the Council as a Staff Representative.


Ms Luying Dai
Student Representative

Current student of Bachelor of Applied Finance and Accounting

Miss Jessica Zhang
Executive Secretary to the Council and Academic Board

Miss Zhang is the Executive Secretary to the Council, Academic Board, and a number of other key committees at IMC. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has done both paid and volunteer work as an academic tutor.

As Executive Secretary, Miss Zhang ensures that coordination is achieved between the Institute’s various academic governance and strategic decision-making bodies. Her day-to-day duties involve assisting the President and Senior Academic Manager in a number of compliance and regulatory-related activities, and she has knowledge of the ESOS Act and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.