Senior Staff

Corporate Board Members

Xiang Luo

Owner of Watarah Institute Higher Education and a director

He has extensive experience in the education sector over the last 20 years. He is currently the owner and CEO of the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence, which includes RTO 40835, arrangements with Victorian secondary schools for the delivery of English language preparation courses at several schools in China, and arrangements with NSW TAFE for vocational qualifications delivered offshore.

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Stephen Andrews

CEO and a director of Watarah Institute Higher Education

For the past 13 years he has held senior management positions within private higher education institutions, including Torrens University and Think Colleges.  He has held several positions on governance committees, including Academic Board and Teaching and Learning.

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Elizabeth Deane

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Higher Education and Chair of its Academic

She has had over thirty years’ experience in the Higher Education sector, in senior leadership positions including Director, Learning and Teaching at WSU, Dean, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at MQU and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students at ANU. She is currently an independent higher education consultant, working with several registered and applicant providers.

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John Cameron

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Chair of the Corporate Board

He has 46 years’ experience in public and private higher education, including senior management positions at UNSW, UTS and ACU, and governance roles in private colleges and not for profit institutions.

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Academic Board Members

Elizabeth Deane

Independent director of Watarah Institute, Higher Education and Chair of its Academic          

She has had over thirty years’ experience in the Higher Education sector, in senior leadership positions including Director, Learning and Teaching at WSU, Dean, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at MQU and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students at ANU. She is currently an independent higher education consultant, working with several registered and applicant providers.

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William Caelli

Emeritus Prof William Caelli, AO is an independent member of the Watarah Institute Higher Education Academic Board.

He has held several academic positions including Professor and Head of School at the Queensland University of Technology, and most recently Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. He is a world-renowned expert in cybersecurity and has many publications on that topic.

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Ravi Seethamraju

Associate Professor in the University of Sydney Business School, IT innovation adoption and accounting systems

Has 25 years of teaching and research experience in four major Australian Universities. His research explores the evolving relationships between IT innovations and performance in organizations and supply chains, and the role of IT innovations in student learning. Before moving into academe, he had 10 years of corporate consulting and training experience and consulted in the fields of operations and information management, supply chain management and organizational restructuring. He has extensive experience in leading program design and curriculum development, lead the adoption of various teaching innovations and held leadership roles in academia and professional organizations.

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Executive Team

Mr Stephen Andrews (MEd, BEd)

Chief Executive Officer

I have worked within education for the past 37 years, initially in the secondary sector working in areas such as accreditation and registration, compliance and quality, and school review and development. This was followed by a brief period within the vocational sector as a manager, and more recently in higher education taking on the role of Deputy Head of Billy Blue College of Design, Quality and Risk Manager at Think Colleges, and Director of Academic Services at Torrens University Australia.

Throughout my career I have been passionate about the quality of the student experience and student outcomes, seeking and seizing opportunities for professional and organisation development, and building an amazing team to support these endeavours. I believe that as a leader, ‘service’ is the key to success. I recall the wise words of a previous manager, If service is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.

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Mr Jim Lau (CPA)

Head of Finance

I have worked within education industry for the past 5 years, initially in the VET sector working as management accountant and more recently as the Head of Finance with AIBI HE.
The most interesting part of my job is finding a way to transform raw financial data into valuable information to support decision making and strategic directions, and in so doing set AIBI HE up for continued success.

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Mrs Fernanda Soto (MComm)

Head of Marketing and Recruitment

I possess over sixteen years in the international education industry, mainly in the areas of Business Development, Sales and Partnerships, with extensive experience in providing strategic business advice ensuring optimum commercial outcomes.

My extensive experience in the industry encompasses in the areas of student recruitment, agent management, compliance, student admissions, student conversion and retention, institutional partnerships and engagement, sales & marketing, data analysis and forecasting.

I have proven track record of successful projects across Corporate, Institutions, Industry and Government in Australia and overseas.

I am a native speaker of Portuguese and Spanish. 

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