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Dr Anthony Cree O.A.M.
Chairman
Bachelor of Arts - University of Oxford
Master of Arts – University of Oxford
Ph.D. – Monash University (Australia)



Anthony started teaching positions in Victoria (Education Department and Salesian Order), in U.K. (private and government schools) and two terms at Lycee in Northern France.

He then became a Lecturer in English and Language in Victoria College (Burwood Campus) from 1984 to 1988. In 1994, he was a visiting fellow and consultant on the development of the Masters program in Westminster College (now Brooks University). After that, he became a Lecturer in Education in the University of Ballarat from 1988 – 2000. During the years in University of Ballarat, he was responsible for overseas students and was accountable for the Master of Education program and BA, B. Teaching Program. He also introduced and developed Special Education and Gifted Education units in M.Ed. undergraduate course and visited Canada and India recruiting students. At present, he is the Senior Fellow in Mannix College, Monash University (Part time) and is the Senior Consultant of ReStart Program (Western Region) which is based at Deakin University.

He was appointed the Editor of the Australian National Registry of School, College and Universities Crests and Badges of The Australian Association of Independent Schools Publications from 1998. The books written by him include:

- Cree’s Dictionary of Latin Quotes Clarendon Book, Boston, USA, 1978
- The Black War Oxford University Prize for History
- An Introduction to Ethics for Australian Schools Published Ballarat University, 1997
- An Introduction to Spoken Indian English Hannon, Oxford, 1998
- Mocambique Sketchbook Hannon, Oxford, 1998
- Prague Road Anglo Anzus Press, New York 1999
- Prazo Anglo Anzus Press, 1998
- Lights Out and Be Quiet Hannon and Co. Oxford, 2001

He also wrote various articles on Education and Philosophy in Australian and overseas including:

- The role of the tutor in teaching international students in Australian schools and univeristies. South Pacific Conference of Teacher education (A.C.E.A. Conference, 2002)
- English as a language for imparting teacher education in non-English speaking countries. UNESCO Conference at Gwalior Udiea Predesh, India 2001.
- The role of the parent or guardian as teacher in isolated communities. A.T.A.S. (Aboriginal Assistance Scheme) Conference, Melbourne, 2003
- The development of computer generated curriculums for the KODE (Koori Outdoor Education) Schools for Remote Indigenous Australians. Department of Aboriginal Affairs seminars. Canberra, March 2003

His professional qualification include being the Secretary of Commonwealth Association for Teacher Exchange (Australia), elected in 1996 (Affiliated with the Commonwealth League for Teacher Exchange U.K. - U.K. course leader from 1993 to 2001). He was also the Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council for the Western Region of Victoria (Founding committee and consultant to the Koori Outdoor Education School at Mildura) and was the Western Region Co-ordinator CHIP for foundation.


Mr Peter Ma
Director
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts – University of Oxford
The Justice of Peace


Mr Peter Ma has 15 years of educational consultancy experience. He is a director of Chi Fat International, an Australian education and migration centre. Peter is also a registered migration agent and has the expertise in delivering quality professional standards in the areas of educational course and immigration consultancy.

Peter currently also serves on the board of The Victoria Day Council, and was, in 1999, one of the youngest person ever to receive the honoured title of The Justice of Peace for his work for the community.


Mr Ray Brooks
Vice Chairman
Bachelor of Economics – Monash University
Bachelor of Accounting – La Trobe University
Master of Accounting – University of Melbourne


Professor Ray Brookes was an academic for many years, with teaching and research interests in both economics and industrial relations. Following an earlier career as a banker, he started his life as an academic at Preston, then at the Philip Institute of Technology where, at the time of that institution’s amalgamation with RMIT, he was Head, Department of Applied Economics and Industrial Relations.

At the amalgamation of Philip Institute and RMIT in 1992, he joined the Faculty of Business as Associate Professor in Labour Relations. Shortly thereafter he became the Director, RMIT Centre in Finance. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Dean of the faculty in March 1996 – 2001.

From August 1998 to February 2000, He was also the acting Dean of the faculty of Business. He has had teaching experiences at a variety of levels within tertiary institutions, and has taught in both Australia and South-East Asia. These experiences consequently led to a special interest in the development and delivery of distance learning programs, and the challenges they present for both teachers and students.


Dr Charles Wong
IT Development Consultant & Independent Non-Executive Director
Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) - National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ph.D. of Electrical Engineering - University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder Colorado



Charles Wong is a pioneer in fiber optics communications with his focus on WDM technologies.

He is currently a Senior Director of Product Management and Applications Engineering at Chorum Technology, a leading technology company focused on developing advanced technologies for next generation fiber optics networks. In this executive position, he carries the responsibility of product strategy, development schedules and product applications.

Prior to his current role, he spent 4 years serving as Director of Engineering focusing in product research and development of high density fiber optic technologies. During this experience, he invent, developed and commercialized several key and enabling technologies for fiber optics communications including Interleavers, liquid crystal based Dynamic Gain Equalizer, polarization insensitive liquid crystal Fabry-Perot filter, liquid crystal variable optical attenuator.

He earned his PhD degree in electrical engineering for University of Colorado at Boulder where he worked under the guidance of Dr. Kristina Johnson on application of liquid crystals in fiber optics communications.

Dr. Charles Wong is the inventor of 12 U.S. patents, all in fiber optics technologies.


Dr. Eric K. Dugdale
Independent Non-Executive Director
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Classical – University of Oxford
PhD in Classics – University of North Carolina



Eric Dugdale completed his Bachelor of Arts in Classics with Honours from the University of Oxford in June 1994. He was the awarded PhD in Classics in December 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a dissertion entitled "Prophecy and Power in Sophocles' Electra"

His teaching experience began in 1989, where he was a full time teacher of classics, English and Religion in the Monkton Combe School in England. Over the next 10 years, he taught at schools and universities at various locations, such as the Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia, the JACT Greek Summer School in Engliand and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Eric was involved in numerous projects in the past 10 years. He was involved in KALAT archeological project in Erice, Sicily. He was a graduate researcher for two projects; InterActive Ancient Mediterranean Project, and for L'Année Philologique, and was the creator of the Pandora Project, an online database of Digital Images.

In 1999, Eric was awarded the Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching from UNC, and in 2000, he was honored through the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars in UNC. His publications include Sophocles' Electra (translation and commentary for Cambridge translations from Greek Drama), and was the editor of Eureka, a classical publication of Harrow School

Recent Publications:

- Sophocles’ Electra, translation and commentary, for Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama, series edited by J. Affleck and J. Harrison, in progress “Regal Rhetoric and Choral Response: O.T. 1076-1109”, under review, AJP
- Translator for The Suda On Line (http://www.stoa.org/sol/)
Editor of Eureka, Classical publication of Harrow School
Article published in Corpuscles (1994), a biographical history of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, edited by C.C.W. Taylor
Response in Oedipus Tyrannus 1076-1109,” CAMWS conference, Knoxville, TN
- “Hippolytus as a Narcissus type in Euripides’ Hippolytus,” CAMWS conference, Cleveland, OH
- “Mantic Tussles and Partisan Prophets in Sophocles’ Electra,” CAMWS conference, Charlottesville, VA
- “Textüberlieferung in Sofokles Ödipus auf Kolonos,” guest lecture at Sophocles seminar, University of Munich, Germany
- “Information Technology in the College Classroom,” conference hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, UNC
- “Polymetis and Polyphemus in Polychrome: the Cyclops in Greek Art,” CAMWS conference, Savannah GA
- “Imitatio et aemulatio in Augustan Art and Literature,” Graduate Colloquium, UNC
- Series of lectures on Classical genres at Universidad del Chocó, Colombia


Dr Keang-Po Ho
Independent Non-Executive Director
Bachelor of Science, Master of Science,
PhD in Electrical Engineering


Dr. Keang-Po Ho received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University back in 1991, then added the M.S. in 1993 and a Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of California, all in electrical engineering.

He conducted research in IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York on all-optical networks in 1994. Then he continued his research Scientist with Bellcore, currently Telcordia Technologies, Red Bank, New Jersey from 1995 to 1997, actively leading research activities on optical networking, high-speed lightwave systems, and broadband access.

He has been with the Department of Information Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001. He has been holding the distinguished position of Chief Technology Officer of StrataLight Communications, Campbell, California since 2000. His research strengths include optical communication systems, multimedia communication systems, combined source-channel coding, and communication theory. He has published over 100 journal and conference articles in these fields.

His qualifications extend beyond communications, when Dr. Ho was in CUHK, he was been a chief architect for the Interactive Learning of Internet to provide E-learning for the New Asia College.


Dr Janet Maree Ryan
Consultant
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Education (Post-Graduate) – Deakin Universit
Doctorate of Education (EdD) – University of Ballarat



Dr Janet Maree Ryan is at present a lecturer in Education at the University of Ballarat. Janet Ryan has extensive teaching and research experience in universities in Australia and in the United Kingdom over the past 8 years. She first started as a Research and Complaints Officer with the Victorian Government Anti Discrimination Bureau (then Victorian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity).

In 1982 – 1985 she was an Electorate Officer, State Member of Parliament. From 1985 to 1987, she held various positions in Victorian Department of Health including Manager, Administration, Willsmere project, Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Health Complaints Officer, Policy Officer and Special Projects Unit. In 1987, she became the Ministerial Adviser to Victorian Government Cabinet Minister, Departments of Transport, Community Services, Property and Services for five years.

She started teaching in 1994, beginning with various part-time teaching positions at Australian and British primary and secondary schools (including teaching Mandarin Chinese). She started working with the University of Ballarat in April 1998 as Manager, Equity and Diversity. She then become Project Officer, Scholarship and Educational Development Services in the University of Ballarat. She was also a Consultant for the Willing and Able Mentoring Project in Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. At present, she is a full time lecturer in Education University of Ballarat.

Recent Publications:

- Ryan, J. & Struhs, J. (2003). University education for all? Barriers to full inclusion of students with disabilities in Australian universities. International Journal of Inclusive Education. (in press)
- Ryan, J. & Struhs, J. (2002, July). From the margins to the mainstream: Facilitating the inclusion of students with disabilities into university nursing courses. Paper presented at the Ninth International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Beijing, 16-20 July, 2002.
- Ryan, J. Brandenburg, R. & Whitefield, R. (2001). Passions in the field: Initial student responses to a field placement initiative. Paper presented at the Inaugural Field Placement Conference, Voices in the Field, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, 26 October 2001.
- Ryan, J. (2000). A guide to teaching international students. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development and Learning, Oxford Brookes University.
- Ryan, J. (2000). Willing and Able Mentoring Program – Program manual and meetings manual. The University of Melbourne and Deakin University, Melbourne.
- Ryan, J. Struhs, J., & Sivamalai, S. (2000, September). A report on the assessment of practical issues involved in and attitudes towards students with disabilities undertaking practical placements in nursing courses at university. Paper presented at the University of Ballarat Research Conference, University of Ballarat, September, 2000.
- Ryan, J. McDonald, J., & Macdonald, C. (2000, September). Equity? Who…Me? Attrition among equity students at the University of Ballarat. Paper presented at the University of Ballarat Research Conference, University of Ballarat, September, 2000.
- Ryan, J., McLean, P., Hartley, R., Macdonald, C., McDonald, J. and McInnis, C. (2000). Staying In There: Increasing the retention and success rates of equity students. Melbourne: VicCPHESD.
- Ryan, J. (2000). A guide to supporting disabled students. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University.


Dr Marcus Quierin
Independent Non-Executive Director
Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts (Physics),
PhD in Semiconductor Physics



Marcus Quierin is a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.

Since joining Bain in 2001, Marcus has worked on developing growth strategies for software and consumer goods companies and on due diligence assignments for private equity transactions.

Prior to joining Bain, Marcus worked for three years at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in London and Frankfurt advising companies in a variety of sectors including aviation, consumer goods and transportation.

Marcus earned an M.B.A. from INSEAD in 2000. He holds a PhD in semiconductor physics from Cambridge University and a MA in physics from Oxford University.

Marcus currently lives in downtown Boston and enjoys cooking, classical music, playing tennis, and traveling to visit friends around the world.


Dr Meikei Leong
Independent Non-Executive Director
Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) – National Taiwan University
Master of Science, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering


Meikei Ieong was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1991, and then proceeded to receive a Masters of Science and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993 and 1996 respectively.

Meikei started his career with IBM in 1995, where he led in the development of the mixed-mode capability in IBM's device simulator, Fielday. He was the architect behind IBM's infamous third-generation device simulator, Fielday3. He was then appointed as the manager of the exploratory device and integration department in the Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC) and T.J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Height, New York. His outstanding leadership skills paved the way for his team to make several important contributions in advanced CMOS technology, including strained-silicon, ultra-thin channel single- and double-gate devices, 3D integrated circuits, and silicon-based optical detectors.

Meikei has more than 50 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He has more than two dozen patents (issued and pending) related to semiconductor technology. In recognition of his excellence he was awarded the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement award and an IBM Corporate award.

In 2001, Meikei was an associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering in Columbia University. He is also a senior member of the IEEE.

Barrister George Zindilis
Independent Non-Executive Director
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law
Solicitor and Barrister


In 1974, George worked as an Articled Clerk with a Melbourne Law Firm, Jones & Purcell. In 1999, he attended Victoria University and completed Immigration Law and obtained a Certificate as an Immigration Agent. He then commenced his own practice in 1974.

During his years as a solicitor and barrister, he worked in areas such as fault jurisdiction marriage law, commercial law, conveyancing (residential and commercial), some family and criminal law, and in personal injury – road accident and work injury compensation and damage recovery. In 2002, he was appointed as Lawyer and adviser to a Chinese Conveyancing Practice in Box Hill where appointments for other legal matters are attended to. His vast experience in legal matters ensures that we have the best legal counsel.


Mr Lewis Ma
Executive Director
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology


Since gaining a marketing degree from RMIT in 1992, Lewis has been a businessman and company director. During the years, Lewis has established several business ventures in China, Macau, Hong Kong as well as Australia. While running his business ventures, Lewis has developed an expertise in education and immigration consulting, electronic learning, online shopping and financial planning. Lewis has been a registered migration consultant since 1992 with eleven years of experience in education and immigration consulting, and has assisted hundreds of university and permanent residency application to Australia.

By combining wide range of experiences gained, utilizing expertise in education consulting, Lewis is the main driving force behind the establishment of an electronic learning online system, that assist students to learn, using the world wide web, in a convenient and flexible way. Lewis believes that electronic business represents the future method of doing business.



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