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Emeritus 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).

External Members


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. 


Emeritus 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. 


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.


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.

anthonywelchAnthony Welch

PhD (London)

Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, University of Sydney. Numerous publications address education reforms, principally within Australia and the Asia- Pacific. A consultant to state, national and international agencies, governments, institutions and foundations, particularly in higher education, his project experience focuses on Australia, East and SE Asia.  His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and he has been Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, China, and Hong Kong, China. A Fulbright (New Century) Scholar, Tübitak, INRP and DAAD Scholar, his books include Measuring Up in Higher Education (2021) International Faculty in Asia. (2021) Education, Change and Society (2018), ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China (2011), The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession (2005), and Higher Education in South East Asia (2011). He was a consultant to the ADB project Higher Education in Dynamic Asia, and directed the ARC project, The Chinese Knowledge Diaspora.

Dan-AODan AO


Dan Ao’s career spans nearly 15 years in corporate advisory and wealth management, having worked internationally for top tier firms such as Citigroup, Ernst & Young and Morgan Stanley. Her diverse background combines extensive experience in cross border M&A, Private Equity and UHNW wealth management.  

Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Sydney, a Master of Arts from University of New South Wales, a Graduate Certificate of Australian Migration Law and Practice from Australian National University as well as completed Algorithmic Trading programme from University of Oxford Said Business School. 


Internal Members


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 partial self-accrediting authority in the broad field of Management and Commerce. 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.


Emeritus Professor Peter Eddey
Provost, 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.

Mr Dominic Jia

Executive Secretary
BA/BAdv Studies (Psychology) (USYD)

Mr Jia is the Executive Secretary to the Council, Academic Board, and a number of other key committees at IMC.

As Executive Secretary, Mr Jia ensures that coordination is achieved between the Institute’s various academic governance and strategic decision-making bodies. His duties involve assisting the management team in a number of compliance and regulatory-related activities, and he has knowledge of the ESOS Act and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021.