Kent Institute Australia | Academic Board
Kent Institute Australia is a successful Australian higher education and vocational training provider, with campuses centrally located in Sydney and Melbourne; close to all amenities with access to public transport.
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Academic Board


Working for better education


Kent’s Academic board is the principal academic advisory and academic decision-making body for all our activities, courses and programs. The board ensures that academic standards are maintained, ensure quality assurance frameworks are followed and works to manage academic policy development, implementation and reviews.


The Course Advisory Committees (CACs) are sub committees of Academic Board. Our IT and Business CACs include discipline-specific academic staff, industry employers, academic peers and recent graduates to ensure our courses are current and industry relevant.


Our members include respected professors, industry leading consultants and experienced professionals.


Dr. Clare D’Souza


External Member
PhD, MBA, MCom, BCom, BLaws


Dr. Suzanne Zyngier

External Member
PhD, MInfoMgtSys (Research), PostgradDipInfoMgt, BA


Dr. Andrew Podbury

Chief Executive Officer

Ex-officio Member
PhD, BBus (Hons)


Professor Siva Muthaly

Executive Dean

BSc (Hons), MBA, PhD


Dr. John Ayoade

Associate Dean (Sydney Campus)

Academic Staff Representative
PhD, MEng, CertAdultEd & Training



Dr. Jean-Marie Ip Soo Ching

Associate Dean (Melbourne Campus)

Academic Staff Representative
PhD, MTourism, BArts




Melissa Keenan (LLB)

Lecturer (Sydney Campus)

Academic Staff Representative
BLaw(Hons), GDLP (Dist), CertIV BusMktg (Dist), DipEntertainmentTechnology




Mr Rafal Gasior

Head of Vocational Education

Ex-officio Member




Mr Roberto Barros

Kent Student

Student Representative

BIT (Mobile Applications Development), current Kent student BBus (IS)