Board of Director

Professor Jennelle Kyd  

Chair, Board of Directors 

Jennelle Kyd has 35 years of tertiary education experience in governance, leadership, research and teaching roles. She has held Board positions, including Chairperson for the Boards of Online Education Services Pty Ltd and the National Institute of Circus Arts as well as Director positions on the Boards of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, Swinburne University in Sarawak, High Performance Computing in Queensland, Resource Management Research, and CRCs in the Rail Industry. She has been President of an Academic Board and a member of a University Council. Her executive leadership experience has included positions, such as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Swinburne University of Technology, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) at CQ University, Head of Forensic Studies and Director of the Health Research Centre at the University of Canberra. She is an internationally recognized research scientist in the area of respiratory infectious diseases. She has held editorial roles on international scientific journals, membership of the National Health & Medical Research Council Grant Panels, and has been recognized for her research and career achievement through various awards and invitations as an expert in her field. 

 

Professor On Kit Tam 

Director  

Professor On Kit Tam is a Professor of Finance at RMIT University, and the Vice President of the Australia China Business Council Victoria. He has extensive experience as a board director, industry association leadership, leader of consultant teams, and chairing committees at university, faculty and school levels. He has published highly acclaimed books and journal articles in finance and economics. His research has received significant research grants from organizations including the Australian Research Council, University of Maryland, and the Ford Foundation. Professor Tam was previously the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He has also worked in Australian Government’s Department of the Treasury, UNSW, Monash University, and Philips Hong Kong. He has held visiting/adjunct positions at ANU, University of California Berkeley, Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco, Nanjing University, and the University of Hong Kong. Professor Tam has been a consultant and adviser for major international organizations and corporations including the World Bank, ADB, ANZ Bank, Bankers Trust, Lend Lease, MLC, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served on several company boards including a fund management company set up by CBA, and was a Director of Board of Royal District Nursing Services. 

Professor Leon Sterling  

Director  

Jennelle Kyd has 35 years of tertiary education experience in governance, leadership, research and teaching roles. She has held Board positions, including Chairperson for the Boards of Online Education Services Pty Ltd and the National Institute of Circus Arts as well as Director positions on the Boards of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, Swinburne University in Sarawak, High Performance Computing in Queensland, Resource Management Research, and CRCs in the Rail Industry. She has been President of an Academic Board and a member of a University Council. Her executive leadership experience has included positions, such as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Swinburne University of Technology, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) at CQ University, Head of Forensic Studies and Director of the Health Research Centre at the University of Canberra. She is an internationally recognized research scientist in the area of respiratory infectious diseases. She has held editorial roles on international scientific journals, membership of the National Health & Medical Research Council Grant Panels, and has been recognized for her research and career achievement through various awards and invitations as an expert in her field. 

 

Ms. Eman Liu

Director and CEO  

Ms. Yiman Liu is the Deputy Director and President of Huashang Education Group, Director and Vice President of Huashang College, Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, Director of Top Talent Kindergarten Education Group, Founder of Top Talent (International) kindergarten, Director and President of Global Business College of Australia, Director of Guangzhou Zhuochuang Educational Information Science and Technology Co. Ltd. 

She is also a current Member of the Guangdong Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Vice Chairman of Guangdong Human Resources Research Institute, Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Standing Committee of Guangzhou Federation of Industry and Commerce, Standing Deputy Director of Youth Committee of Guangzhou Federation of Industry and Commerce, Deputy Director of Zengcheng Federation of Industry and Commerce in Guangzhou, Director of Guangdong Intellectual Association, Member of All-China Youth Federation, Vice President of Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community, Director of Federation of Hong Kong Guangzhou Community, Executive Member and Deputy Secretary General of Hong Kong Elite Association, and Founder and Chairman of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Youth Career Development Association. She has obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as a Master degree in Management at the University of Warwick, UK. Ms. Liu has been endeavouring to develop education for more than ten years and is responsible for the internal management and business development of Huashang Education Group. In addition, she actively participates in social welfare events devoted to the exploration of how to further enhance the quality of education and how to effectively cultivate talents with creativity, caring spirit, international scope and social responsibility. 

Ms. Natalie O’Brien AM

Director  

Natalie has recently launched her own consultancy Natalie O’Brien & CO, delivering customer experience strategy to the tourism and hospitality sector and collaborating with an incredible collection of innovative and creative minds, many of who are thought leaders in their field. Natalie was at the helm of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years where she demonstrated year on year growth and contribution to economic impact, visitation and brand profile globally for Victoria. Natalie was recognized among ‘Australia’s 50 most influential people in food’ in Gourmet Traveller and has extensive global networks within the industries she has worked in to create strong business opportunities. Her contribution to Australia’s food and wine industry has been recognized through a collection of awards, most notably Melbourne Awards – Contribution to Profile to Melbourne, Australian Gourmet Traveller Peoples’ Choice Award, and the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards (Hall of Fame) award for “Major Festivals and Events”. Most recently, she was honoured in the 2019 Australia Day honours list and inducted as a member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to wine, tourism and the community. Natalie currently sits on several boards and committees, including The Global Table Advisory, Victoria University Visitor Economy committee and Global Business College of Australia. She was the former Director of Parks Victoria and Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation, as well as the Chair and Director of the Food and Wine Tourism Council for over 10 years.

Dr Celina Yu 

Director and General Manager

Dr Yu is the founding Managing Director of two related educational organisations in Melbourne, Global Business College of Australia (GBCA) (vocational) and Edvantage Institute Australia (EIA) (higher education). Under her leadership, GBCA and EIA have become vibrant and growing private education providers. 

Dr Yu obtained her Master of Professional Accounting at Monash University and PhD in Finance at RMIT University.  Her PhD thesis was awarded the prestigious Best Doctoral Research Excellence Award in 2014. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a qualified CPA.  

Dr Yu has also been active in contributing to a range of public, academic, commercial and not-for-profit sectors in her leadership roles. These include Member of the Victorian International Education Advisory Council (IEAC), Vice President of Executive Committee, Co-Chair of Women’s Executive Forum and Deputy Chair of the Education and Training Working Group at Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria, Non-Executive Director of Australian Contemporary Opera Company (ACOCo), Member of Employment and Education Task Force of the Business 20 Forum at G20, and Co-Founder and Inaugural President of Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE).