The Monash MBA

The Monash MBA is distinguished by the calibre of our academic staff. Many are internationally recognised for their expertise. They have strong industry backgrounds and expertise and therefore fully understand the importance of grounding management theories in practical situations.

Our world-renowned academic staff from the university also contribute to programs through master classes, workshops, and other activities.

Core team includes

Professor Robert Brooks

Roberts Brooks is a professor in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics and the Deputy Dean, Education. He obtained his honours and PhD degrees from Monash University and has previously worked at RMIT University. His primary research interest is in financial econometrics.

Given his education management role, Robert also works in areas of educational research relating to pedagogy of teaching business statistics, in particular applications of problem-based learning in that setting.

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Professor Edward Buckingham

Edward graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University.

After graduating from Monash, Edward continued with post graduate China studies at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD. His PhD, from SOAS, the University of London, focused on organisational boundaries and business strategy in Indonesia.

Prior to joining Monash Business School on July 10th 2015, as Director, Engagement, Edward spent two years Nottingham University's Business School in Ningbo, China. His professional background includes both corporate and academic roles. Edward has been Director of INSEAD's Executive MBA programs (France, Singapore the UAE and Beijing); Manager, Schlumberger Business Consulting Group (UK, France, Gabon, Pakistan and Russia); and Associate Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (China). After his MBA he was Directeur Général of Airsec SAS (now part of Clariant) a French company that pioneered desiccant packaging for the pharmaceutical industry.

Edward's areas of expertise are strategy, entrepreneurship, international business and change management. He has extensive experience in executive education, and has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English. His specialist areas in executive education include strategy and leadership. His industry interests include agribusiness, manufacturing, education and natural resources.

Professor Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler joined Monash Business School as Professor of Marketing and Director, MBA Programs in July 2015.

He has been Associate Dean, Executive MBA Programs at Melbourne Business School and a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. He was a Visiting Professor at Senshu University, Tokyo, and has taught and presented in Europe and USA. He has worked on marketing development projects with EU and UN organisations in Russia and Africa.

Patrick’s research on marketing strategy, politics and management in the public sector has been published in international books and journals including Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing and Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. He is co-author of Modernising Irish Government: The Politics of Administrative Reform  (Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2007).

An experienced executive education teacher, Patrick has consulting, advisory and development experience in multiple sectors including government, banking, pharmaceuticals, technology and consumer goods in several countries. In Australia, he has worked with ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank, Siemens, PwC, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol Myers Squibb. Among the projects he leads are business planning, brand panels, market research, new product development and management development workshops.

Associate Professor Paul Collier

Paul Collier is Deputy Director of the MBA Program. His background includes roles as CFO and General Manager of a listed manufacturing company and Head of Training for a police force.

He joined Monash in 2006 after having spent 7 years at Aston Business School in the UK. At Monash Paul has been a Professor of Accounting, Deputy Head of the (then) Department of Accounting & Finance, and Associate Dean for research training.

Paul has researched and published in governance, risk management, strategy, management control and performance measurement in both the private and public sectors and has been on the board of several not-for-profit organisations. Paul was appointed Deputy Director of Monash Business School’s MBA program in 2017.

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Dr Paul Kalfadellis

Paul is an enthusiastic and energetic educator who engages and encourages students to learn in an open, inclusive and interactive environment. In 2007 he was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. A Monash MBA Alumnus himself, Paul has had extensive experience in both industry and academia. His research interests lie in the areas of foreign direct investment into Australia and cross-cultural communication.

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Professor Anne Lytle

Anne has a BSc in Neurobiology and Psychology from Cornell University. She gained her MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, where she also completed her PhD in the area of culture and negotiation. Prior to joining Monash Business School on 27 July 2015, Anne was Director of Lytle and Associates Pty Ltd, which provides consulting and training programs to public, private and non-profit organisations. Her areas of specialisation include leadership, managing people for high performance, negotiation, conflict management, and emotional intelligence.

Associate Professor Jonathan Matheny

Jonathan’s areas of interest include organisational change, sustainability, and international business.  Jonathan’s earliest business experience includes 10 years of leadership in the fields of student development practice and human resource consultancy, all when living in the northeast United States.  Since receiving his PhD, he has amassed 20 years of international business experience through leadership and academic roles across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.  Jonathan came to Monash in 2015 from England where he had served as the Director of MBA Programs at Lancaster University and before that leading the MBA Programs at Massey University in New Zealand.

Professor Michaela Rankin

Michaela is the Deputy Dean, International. She is a passionate and highly regarded educator, receiving a number of awards for teaching excellence, including from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australiain 1998, and a Dean's award for Teaching Excellence for her contribution to the student experience in 2008. Prior to embarking on an academic career Michaela worked as an accountant in public practice. Michaela's research interests are in corporate governance, financial reporting, executive compensation and sustainability reporting. She is a member of CPA Australia's Environment, Society and Governance Centre of Excellence.

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Associate Professor He-Ling Shi

He-Ling is a highly experienced economic researcher and consultant. His research interests focus on the theory of the firm, institution and organisation, and international trade and development strategy. His academic career has recently been extended to consultancy. He- Ling has been a senior consultant for multilateral agencies including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He-Ling was recently seconded to take up the Australian Team Leader role in Beijing for the China Australia Governance Program, funded by AusAID to facilitate the exchange of ideas between the Australian and Chinese governments at both central and local levels on good governance.

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Dr Paul Thambar

Dr Paul Thambar is a lecturer with the Department of Accounting of the Monash Business School.

Paul is an Accounting academic with both industry and academic experience. Prior to joining Monash in Feb 2016, Paul was at UTS Business School from 2010 to 2015. At UTS Business School, Paul was involved in teaching management accounting and strategy subjects in postgraduate programs including MBA and Executive MBA programs. Paul was also intimately involved in the design and launch of a new MBA program in entrepreneurship and innovation (MBAe).

Prior to academic appointments, Paul worked in the financial services and healthcare industries in a range of senior financial and strategy roles. Paul has worked as a Financial Controller in Banking and in Healthcare and in Operations and Strategy roles in General Insurance and with IBM's Global Business Services division.

Paul completed a PhD in Accounting in 2015 at UTS. Paul's thesis topic was examining the role of management control systems in enabling strategy formation at the inter-firm level.

Paul is a Fellow member (FCMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds the CGMA designation.

Paul teaches management accounting and strategy subjects and is currently assigned to teach Applied Contemporary Accounting (ACF 5350) in the MA program and MBA 5704 in the Monash MBA program.

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Dr John Vaz

John Vaz is a senior executive from industry who joined Monash as an Academic in 2008. He is currently the course director for the Master of Applied Finance and leads the Corporate Finance Unit in the MBA programs. He regularly draws on his many years of experience in chief executive and senior management roles, from start-ups to large enterprises in the technology sector. John has held functional leadership roles in Corporate Finance, Strategy, Financial and Management Accounting, IT and customer services in the Telecoms and IT sectors. He has done business and worked in many countries including Australia, Southeast Asia and the UK.

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Industry leaders

Alongside experts from within the university, experienced industry practitioners complete the mix. Recognised for their various capabilities, business leaders present their unique insights into cutting-edge leadership practices throughout the core program.

Experts in their respective fields deliver key aspects of the Leadership and Personal Development Program, as well as guest lectures. Through interaction in the classroom – and later through the MBA Guest Speaker Series – you are provided with exclusive insights, as well as the opportunity to network with these captains of industry.