Our Team

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE BOARD

Mr Renrong (Jack) Shen

Deputy Chair & Founder (BA, MA, JP)

Mr. Renrong (Jack) Shen has had more than twenty years’ experience in international education and holds the Managing Director and CEO positions at Australian Ideal College. He has diverse experience and involvement in multiple areas of private education, including ELICOS, vocational, senior high school and higher education. He oversaw the initial founding of both institutions and continues to oversee processes day to day management. The sustained growth of AIC and SIHE bears testimony to his managerial skills and his key focus areas: business development, administration, and financial control.

Mr Glenn Ahern

Chair (BBus (Mgmt), HR)

Mr Glenn Ahern has an extensive career as a human resources executive within a number of commercial, membership and training associations in Australia. Within the education sector, he is the human resources executive for a private multi-campus co-education school with more than 2,200 enrolled students. Additionally, Glenn is a member of the Council of a community based school serving more than 700 primary students.

Dr. Nigel Finch

President (MCom, LLM, MBA, PhD, CA, CTA, FCPA, FTIA, FAICD)

Dr Nigel Finch has 20 years of practical market and academic success. Having advised clients operating in South East Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, Nigel is well accustomed to international business.  He has deep experience across many markets having advised clients in Australia and overseas in the manufacturing, mining, entertainment, technology, financial services, agriculture, not-for-profit, higher education and emerging market sectors.  Nigel is also a former Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Accounting at The University of Sydney and Honorary Consul-General of Mongolia in Sydney. His unique perspective on business finance and practical expertise in executing razor sharp strategy sets him apart.

Dr Steve Bouzalakos

External Member (PhD, MBA, MSc, DIC, GradCert, BEng, JP, MIEAust)

Dr Steve Bouzalakos has over 15 years' experience across several sectors including higher education, community services, financial services and mining at universities, corporate and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Australia. He is currently leading the quality and service improvement function of a large not-for-profit provider and has experience in policy governance, quality assurance and continuous improvement. Within academia, Steve has authored 24 international peer-reviewed original research and conference articles and book chapters. Steve has experience as researcher at Cranfield University, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham and UNSW Sydney and as lecturer at University College London predominantly focusing on environmental aspects of mining and carbon sequestration.

Prof Andrew Terry

Deputy Chair, Honorary Dean (LLB (Hons.), LLM (Hons.), Barrister and Solicitor)

Prof Andrew Terry has wide experience in teaching, and researching, business law in faculties of business, law and management and has published extensively with over 400 articles and papers in academic and professional journals including 10 books.  His research interest is franchising law, practice and development and he has been active in this field in both Australia and internationally. He is currently a Professor of Business Regulation in the University of Sydney Business School and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales. Andrew is a member of The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee and has been inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame. 

Mr Caxton Pang

External Member (BCom, MCom, CA, FCPA, JP)

Mr Caxton Pang took a leap of faith in 2007 when he quit his high paid salary job at a top second tier accounting firm to start up his own boutique accounting and business advisory practice from only minimum capital and a tiny home office. His focus was on the Business Advisory and ongoing clients’ relationship with the SME sectors and HNWI rather than setting up another traditional accounting practice. Caxton is seen by his clients as a ‘Trusted Advisor’. He is passionate about the importance of building strong client relationships to be one of the keys to a successful business. Caxton always believed his reputation is his best asset, as he treats everyone with respect and care, and have a genuine interest in their business and personal life.

ACADEMIC BOARD

Prof Richard Petty

Chair (PhD, MCom (Hons.), BBus (Hons.1), FCPA ,FCA, FAICD)

Professor Richard Petty has been a professor or visiting academic and delivered lectures and keynote addresses at a number of universities around the world. Richard has authored and/or co-authored many academic and professional works especially in the areas of accounting and intellectual capital. He has a professional career spanning both business and academia. Richard is an active investor and has served on numerous public and private company boards.

Dr. Nigel Finch

President (MCom, LLM, MBA, PhD, CA, CTA, FCPA, FTIA, FAICD)

Dr Nigel Finch has 20 years of practical market and academic success. Having advised clients operating in South East Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, Nigel is well accustomed to international business.  He has deep experience across many markets having advised clients in Australia and overseas in the manufacturing, mining, entertainment, technology, financial services, agriculture, not-for-profit, higher education and emerging market sectors.  Nigel is also a former Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Accounting at The University of Sydney and Honorary Consul-General of Mongolia in Sydney. His unique perspective on business finance and practical expertise in executing razor sharp strategy sets him apart.

Pearl Rozenberg

Provost (BSc, LLB (Mon), LLM )

Pearl Rozenberg has an extensive track record in quality improvement, regulatory compliance, and student success.  She has been managing governance, key compliance requirements and innovation in student operations and administration at major universities across Australia for over 15 years.  Pearl has expertise in teaching using technology. She has won a University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award for the use of technology with teaching and other teaching awards for her skills in both traditional and teaching with technology (blended) learning. She has also led innovation and major change projects in policy development and higher education administration improving efficiency and enhancing the student experience. Pearl is also a recognised expert in academic integrity and has been nominated for Global Innovation Award and University Awards for her educational and development work increasing academic integrity.

Prof Andrew Terry

Deputy Chair, Honorary Dean (LLB (Hons.), LLM (Hons.), Barrister and Solicitor)

Prof Andrew Terry has wide experience in teaching, and researching, business law in faculties of business, law and management and has published extensively with over 400 articles and papers in academic and professional journals including 10 books.  His research interest is franchising law, practice and development and he has been active in this field in both Australia and internationally. He is currently a Professor of Business Regulation in the University of Sydney Business School and an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales. Andrew is a member of The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee and has been inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame. 

Dr Ruth Ferraro

External Member (PhD, MoB, MAdEd, BA)

Dr Ruth Ferraro has 25 years of executive experience in ‘the business of education’, most recently as Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and General Manager of Education and Professional Standards at The Tax Institute. She is currently a TEQSA Expert Panellist and has a portfolio career including non-executive director roles on three higher education provider boards as well as consulting to professional bodies. Having successfully led cross-disciplinary faculties based on her career ethos of ‘education as service’, Ruth has played an integral role in the design and development of education programs in multiple disciplines. Ruth’s career has combined the design and development of professional education - both technical and humanity programs.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Mehregan (Michael) Mahdavi

Dean

Prof Mehregan (Michael) Mahdavi has over 20 years of experience in higher education leadership, teaching, and research. His roles in the past include Academic Dean, Academic Manager, Director of Data Science, Director of Learning and Teaching, Research Fellow and Head of Department. He has published several book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers, and has been an editorial board member in different journals and a program committee member in various conferences. His research area includes recommender systems, big data, distributed systems, service oriented architecture, and e-learning. He is a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), ACM, and a senior IEEE member. Mehregan’s understanding of higher education sector together with his leadership, teaching, and research experience has given him the ability to work effectively in senior academic and management roles in higher education.

Dr. Nigel Finch

President (MCom, LLM, MBA, PhD, CA, CTA, FCPA, FTIA, FAICD)

Dr Nigel Finch has 20 years of practical market and academic success. Having advised clients operating in South East Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, Nigel is well accustomed to international business.  He has deep experience across many markets having advised clients in Australia and overseas in the manufacturing, mining, entertainment, technology, financial services, agriculture, not-for-profit, higher education and emerging market sectors.  Nigel is also a former Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Accounting at The University of Sydney and Honorary Consul-General of Mongolia in Sydney. His unique perspective on business finance and practical expertise in executing razor sharp strategy sets him apart.

Pearl Rozenberg

Provost (BSc, LLB (Mon), LLM )

Pearl Rozenberg has an extensive track record in quality improvement, regulatory compliance, and student success.  She has been managing governance, key compliance requirements and innovation in student operations and administration at major universities across Australia for over 15 years.  Pearl has expertise in teaching using technology. She has won a University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award for the use of technology with teaching and other teaching awards for her skills in both traditional and teaching with technology (blended) learning. She has also led innovation and major change projects in policy development and higher education administration improving efficiency and enhancing the student experience. Pearl is also a recognised expert in academic integrity and has been nominated for Global Innovation Award and University Awards for her educational and development work increasing academic integrity.

Stella Pan

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Stella promotes Sydney Institute's higher education degrees to international and domestic students and agents as well as overseeing brand awareness and student recruitment programs.

Kelly Yang

International Student Support Advisor

Kelly acts as the first point of contact providing the highest quality of information and referral services to students, prospective students, visitors and online or telephone customers, and provides expert administrative support to our academic and administrative teams to ensure the achievement of our international objectives.