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Torrens University Australia Limited was incorporated as an Australian company on 3 January 2012 and is governed by a Governing Board of eleven Members. The role of the Governing Board is to oversee the operational performance and to set the strategic direction of Torrens University Australia.

The composition of the Governing Board is as follows:

Mr Michael Mann AM, Chancellor and Chair 

Michael is Managing Director Asia Pacific, Laureate International Universities. He most recently served as founding president of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) university in Vietnam, where he established two campuses (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). He previously was the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos. Michael also has served as a member of the Australian diplomatic corps in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, France and Italy.

Professor Fred McDougall – Vice-Chancellor and President, Torrens University Australia 

Fred was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Adelaide, an appointment he held from 2005 until 2011. Previously he was the Foundation Professor of Management at the University, an appointment he has held since 1987, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions.

Mr Guy Bentley – CEO, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Since 1981, Guy has been the CEO of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), for the last eight years. BMIHMS operates campuses at Leura and Sydney, New South Wales campuses, as well as delivering it programs internationally at campuses in China, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand and Chile.

Ms Linda Brown - CEO Laureate Australia

Ms Brown was appointed CEO Laureate Australia on 1 July 2014. Ms Brown, who has served as CEO Think Education since 1 May 2013, has more than 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Think Education, Ms Brown was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximizing the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. She was part of the Senior Executive team which facilitated a highly successful joint venture between SEEK and Swinburne to create Swinburne Online.

Her background is diverse incorporating leadership experience in the areas of private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education. She is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is committed to strong student outcomes, technology led innovation and employability. Ms Brown has represented Australia for six years at APEC Women Leaders¹ Conference in Asia Pacific and was identified by Management Today as one of  25 Australian women to watch.

The Honourable Gregory Crafter AO 

Greg served as the Member for Norwood in South Australian Parliament. He also served for 11 years in Cabinet as Minister for a range of portfolios, including Recreation and Sport, Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations, Education, Community Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs. Since leaving politics, he has worked in advisory and consultancy roles.

Tim Daniels - CEO-Asia, Middle East, and Africa, Laureate International Universities 

Tim is CEO-Asia, Middle East, and Africa at Laureate International Universities. He came to Laureate from Apollo Global, where he was President. Prior to joining Apollo Global, Tim was chairman and CEO of the Wall Street Institute, managing director for all K-12 Investments at Sylvan Ventures, CEO of Experior Assessments, and vice president of operations for USF&G. Tim received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. He serves on the board of trustees for Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Dr Allan Fisher - Vice Chancellor INTI International University 

Allan was appointed interim Vice Chancellor INTI International University, Malaysia in January 2013. He is also currently Chief Academic Officer for Laureate Education Asia Ltd. He has held a number of positions with Laureate Education Inc since 2007 including Divisional VP, Divisional SVP, Corporate VP, SVP Network Products and Services.

Emeritus Professor Dennis Gibson AO 

Dennis has had a distinguished career in executive, academic and governance leadership in Australian higher education for 28 years. From 2003 to 2010 he was Chancellor RMIT University in Melbourne. Prior to taking up that position Dennis was Vice Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology from 1989 to 2003. As Director of the Queensland Institute of Technology from 1982 to 1989, Dennis was instrumental in the transition from an institute to a university.

Ms Paula R. Singer – President and CEO, Laureate Global Products and Services Group

Paula leads the Laureate’s international online, network products and services, information technology, and U.S. campus-based operations, as well as its global programs in hospitality management; culinary arts; and architecture, art and design. She has served in a number of senior leadership roles since joining Laureate Education, Inc.

Mr John Vermaaten - Chief Financial Officer Laureate Education Asia

John is the Chief Financial Officer Laureate Education Asia, a position he has held since 2010. John’s career has seen him hold senior positions in major accounting firms and positions as Chief Finance Officer for companies around the globe.

Mr Robert Zentz – Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Robert has served as general counsel of Laureate Education since joining the company (then named Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.) in 1998. He oversees all of Laureate’s legal affairs worldwide.