Academic Board

Academic Board


Emeritus Professor Stuart Campbell (External Member)

PhD (Sydney), MA (ANU), Dip Ed (Sydney Teachers College) Dip Ling (London University), BA (Polytechnic of Central London), GAICD

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Stuart Campbell is an education strategist with more than three decades of industry experience. His university career combined excellence in executive management, in research and in teaching, culminating in his term as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Western Sydney. He played a leading role in preparing the University for two AUQA audits.

He has extensive experience as a member and/or chair of high level boards and committees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently a non-executive director at Sydney Training and Employment Ltd and a member of the TAFENSW Higher Education Academic Board. His previous experience includes non-executive directorships with university spin-off companies, membership of state and Commonwealth advisory bodies, and of peak university committees.

Stuart Campbell is a lifelong innovator and strategic thinker, with a deep commitment to the role of education as a catalyst for social equity and economic development. In his high level board and committee work, his approach to strategy, risk and financing is grounded in many years of senior operational management experience.


Deputy Chairman 


Associate Professor Mahsood Shah (External Member)

PhD (Canberra), M.MGT (SCU), PG Cert. in QA (Mel. Uni.), B.Ed. (CSU), GAICD


Mahsood Shah is an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) with School of Business and Law at CQUniversity, Australia. In this role Mahsood is responsible to enhance the academic quality and standard of programs delivered by the Business School. Mahsood is also responsible for strategy, governance, effective implementation of policies, and enhancement of academic programs across all campuses. In providing leadership for learning and teaching, Mahsood works with key academic leaders across all campuses to improve learning and teaching outcomes of courses delivered in various modes including face-to-face, distance and online, and offshore.  At CQUniversity, he provides leadership in national and international accreditation of academic programs. Mahsood is also an active researcher. His area of research strength includes: quality in higher education, measurement and enhancement of student experience, student retention and attrition, student engagement in quality assurance, international higher education, widening participation and private higher education. Prior to joining CQUniversity, Mahsood has led research at school level at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Mahsood has also led strategic planning and quality assurance in three other Australian universities.

Apart from working in universities, Mahsood have worked closely with more than 15 private for-profit higher education providers on projects related to quality assurance, compliance, accreditation and enhancement of learning and teaching. Mahsood has significant experience in external quality assurance. He is a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) expert and also an auditor with various international External Quality Agencies.

Mahsood is the founding editor of the journal International Studies in Widening Participation.




Dr. John Mack (External Member)


JohnMackJohn Mack stepped down from his full-time academic position at the University of Sydney in 1997 and has been an Honorary staff member of its School of Mathematics and Statistics since then. In addition to his academic work, he was active in policy development and academic management at departmental, faculty and university-wide levels, in particular chairing the University of Sydney’s Admissions Committee for many years and its Academic Board 1991-1997, when he was also a Fellow of Senate. He has had a professional involvement in mathematics education at state, national and international levels for over 40 years and is currently engaged with the NSW BOSTES Review of Stage 6 (Years 11-12) Mathematics as Chair of its Stage 6 Mathematics Curriculum Committee.





Dr. Paul HOWE (External Member)

PhD (Cambridge), M.Sc (Oxford). B.Com/LLB/M.Com (Sydney, Hons I)

PaulDr Paul Howe’s career intersects between industry and academia. He has held various positions including an Associate at Goldman Sachs in New York, the Asia Pacific Business Manager for Symantec Inc., a high-technology company based out of Cupertino, California and a Vice-President at D.E. Shaw & Co (a $36 Billion Hedge Fund) in London, a New York-based global investment management firm. He is the Director of Professional & Vocational Program and Elite Education Institute. He also has experience as the Head of Quantitative Research and Venture Capital at Oxbridge Capital, a registered capital fund of $125 million based in New York where he also serves on the board of Oxbridge Capital’s Portfolio Committee, Investment Committee and Senior Management Committee. He is also currently a Professor of Management at SKEMA Business and a Professor at the International School of Management based in Paris. Paul was also the Director of the International Innovation Hub in charge of a $50M venture capital fund and the Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University, China’s largest Joint-Venture University based in Suzhou, China. Paul has also held Professorships at Imperial College London , European School of Economics, Hult International Business School and SP Jain School of Global Management (where he was Assistant Dean). He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in Management (“The financing and purchasing behaviour of High-Tech New Ventures”) and a Masters from Oxford (““Management of Ambiguities in the National Health Services”) Paul was instrumental in the founding of Elite. Paul has worked in industry and academia in Asia, Europe and the United States.



Professor Leonard Webster (Internal Member)

PhD (Monash), M Ed St, BA, Dip. T, Cert A, MACE
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Compliance)

lwebsterProfessor Webster comes to us with over 25 years experience in the higher education sector. Most recently Professor Webster has held senior higher education academic, teaching and learning, quality and compliance appointments including Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Pro Vice Chancellor Quality and Compliance, Australian Universities Quality Agency Audit Director, Director of Regulation and Review and Senior Higher Education Adviser for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA )and as a Teaching and Learning Fellow. Professor Webster has a PhD from Monash, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, won several awards for his Teaching and Learning innovations and published a number of books including co-author of the book “Leadership and Management of Quality in Higher Education”.




Emeritus Professor A G (Tony) Shannon AM (Internal Member)


TonyProfessor A. G. (Tony) Shannon AM is an Adjunct Professor at several Australian universities and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Technology, Sydney, where he was Foundation Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor of Applied Mathematics.

He is co-author of numerous books and articles in medicine, mathematics and education. His research interests are in the philosophy of education, number theory, and epidemiology, particularly through the application of generalized nets and intuitionistic fuzzy logic.

He is on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame Australia and several small colleges. He is also part-time Registrar of Campion College, a liberal arts degree granting institution in Sydney. In 1987 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to education.




Dr. Ashraf U. Sarah (Internal Member)

PhD, LL.M., M.Phil., LL.B, B.A., B.Sc.

Melbourne Campus Course Coordinator


Prof. Ashraf is the Chief Examiner and Supervisor for PhD for a number of National and International Universities including Bangalore University, Pondicherry University, University of Western Sydney and Charles Darwin University. She is the Research Director of the ooiCTRLD [ooi Consortium for Teaching, Research, Learning and Development] Louisiana, USA. She has successfully supervised more than 30 research students [Australian and overseas] including PhD and Masters as Main Supervisor. She has headed 12 Law Schools as Professor and Principal in Asia, and worked as Head of Law and College Head in Monash University, Australia. She has been teaching law as a Professor, Senior Lecturer and Head of Law for more than 18 years in Australia (i.e., Charles Darwin University, Monash University and Swinburne University) and overseas (including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, UK, and India). Dr. Ashraf has presented more than 100 papers in conferences/seminars/special lectures/workshops. She has won the ‘Distinguished Service Award’ from the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Canada; Award for “Best paper presented” at the 10th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Germany. She has published 3 books and more than 50 research articles both in Australia and overseas (including United States, Germany, Canada, India and United Kingdom). These publications appear in highly reputed ERA and refereed journals. Dr. Ashraf has received a number of excellence awards in Australia and overseas including Golden Apple Teaching Excellence Awards, Monash University, six Teaching Excellence Awards, School of Business, Monash University and two awards from overseas Vice-Chancellors. She has been consistently rated as ‘Top 3%’ of the best academics/teachers in Monash University, Australia and overseas.


Dr. Chun JIANG (ex officio Member)

 Chun JiangDr. Jiang has more than 18 years’ experience in university teaching, curriculum development, and academic administration. Prior to founding Elite Education Institute, Dr. Jiang was the Academic Director of some higher education providers. He has great experience in postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum development. Since 2009, he has developed BIB (Accounting), BBus (Professional Accounting, Business Management, Communication and PR), MPA, MPAB, MIB, and MMPR. Dr. Jiang brings to Elite a wealth of experience in higher education management and his own subject matter area of Accounting and Finance. He is a passionate advocate for quality and practicality in university teaching and in the useful application of accounting as a profession for the betterment of society. Dr Jiang has been teaching accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programs in several universities since 2004. These have included UNE, ACU, Curtin (Sydney), CQU (Sydney), UB (Sydney) and other institutes. Dr Jiang is a Fellow member of CPA and a CPA professional examination developer & marker. He is an active professional accounting practitioner and holds a CPA Public Practice Certificate. Dr Jiang is also a Justice of Peace (JP) since 2008.