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Academic Board Members

Chair of the Board


Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas

MA (Iowa), PhD (honoris causa) (Superior University), Fellow Academy of Social Sciences Australia

(Refer to the Council Member Biography) 


Members (External) 


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean

PhD (Monash), Graduate Diploma of Business - Management (Monash), Diploma in Education (Sydney), Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Sydney), Master of Business (Southern Cross)

Alison Dean PhD is Emeritus Professor of Service Marketing and Managment, University of Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle in 2005, Alison was employed at Monash University, having entered the tertiary sector from the electricity industry. She has held many leadership and management roles, including Deputy Hed of Faculty, Faculty of Business & Law, Dean and Head, Newcastle Business School; and Assistant Dean roles in Teaching and Learning, and Research Training. Alison's research agenda focuses on services marketing and management, and her studies have been published in a wide variety of high-quality journals. This includes 'Wong, Amy & Dean, Alison M (2009) “Enhancing Value for Chinese Shoppers: Store and Customer Characteristics”, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 123-134'. 



Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

BA (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), M.A.P.S

Formerly Professor of Management, College of Business, University of Western Sydney, Research Director, Sydney Graduate School of Management, Professor of Management and Director of International Programs, Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has been on the boards of Macquarie Graduate School of Management Pty. Ltd. and an Israeli start-up company, Rooster Notification Technology Ltd. He is currently on the international advisory board of UK based Emerald Group Publishing and is an active consultant to business and government.



Professor Xiongwen Lu 

PhD (Fudan)

Professor Lu is the Dean of School of Management at Fudan University, one of the leading business schools in China and internationally. Under his leadership, the School has been accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, and established several international joint programs with MIT, University of Hong Kong and other worldwide leading universities.



Associate Professor Yiming Tang

MA (Nankai), MBA (York), PhD (York)

Associate Professor Tang is an Associate Professor in Management (Marketing) at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. His teaching and research areas include marketing and strategic management.



Emeritus Professor Ted Wright

LLB (Dalhousie), Bsci (Toronto), MA (Cambridge)

Emeritus Professor Wright was the Dean of Law (Head, School of Law) at the University of Newcastle since January 2002, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and The Acting Dean (Nov - Dec 2001), Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business & Law between 1 Dec 2005 and 15 Mar 2006. He was also appointed Law Reform Commissioner of Victoria in 1991 and 1992, as a member of the Commonwealth Access to Justice Advisory Committee in 1993 and 1994. He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).


Members (Internal) 


Dr Minshen Zhu

BA (Fudan), PhD (ANU), CLHE (Harvard)

Principal ex-officio Member

(Refer to the Council Member Biography) 



Professor Peter Eddey

BCom (Hons) (UNSW), MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA

Deputy Principal (Academic)

Dean of Sydney City School of Business

Professor Eddey is an Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University with over 40 years’ experience in university education. After graduating from UNSW with honors degrees, he joined the faculty of UNSW before moving to Macquarie University where he became Professor in Accounting and published research papers in leading national and international journals (including Abacus and the Journal of Accounting Research) and was the sole author of a widely adopted textbook in company accounting. Professor Eddey was the Director of Graduate Studies in the Business and Economics Faculty at Macquarie University and developed several highly successful programs including the Master of International Business and the Master of Accounting (CPA Extension). Subsequently, he spent two years at Charles Sturt University as Professor of Accounting before he joined TOP Education as Head of Business School. Professor Eddey is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants. 



Professor Philip Griffith

BJuris, LLb, LLM 

Dean of Sydney City School of Law

Philip Griffith has been an academic in law schools since 1972. Philip has specialised in the field of Intellectual Property and researched, taught, published and engaged in policy debate and reform in the field since 1972. Philip was the Foundation Dean of the Sydney City School of Law before resigning the position for personal reasons. He is currently a professor of the school and has taught the general introductory first semester unit Law and Society, and the units of Legal Theory and Intellectual Property. From the end of March 2017 Philip will serve as Acting Dean.
Prior to his work at TOP Education Institute Philip served in senior academic and academic management roles in other Australian and international universities. He has served at various times as Dean, Associate Dean, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Associate Dean Research and Director of International Programs. 
Professor Griffith has also been involved in contributing to the development of intellectual property education in Asia with particular interests in Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and, most recently, in the People's Republic of China. Philip has done work for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), APEC, AusAID, Economic and Social Cooperation in Asia Pacific (ESCAP) and other international organizations; a number of national governments; for IP Australia; and other intellectual property offices.
Philip’s current academic interests are concerned with aspects of comparative law with special interest in the development of the legal system in the People’s Republic of China and the intellectual property regime in the Republic of Indonesia.


 Greg Elliott

Professor Greg Elliott

BCom(Hons) (UNSW), PhD(UNSW)

Greg Elliott was Professor of Business (Marketing) and Head of Department and Associate Dean (International) at Macquarie University, a position he held from 2005. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Management in the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Greg has extensive experience in teaching marketing in Australia and overseas, and in course program management in South-East Asia and as an academic advisor to a number of higher education providers. Before joining Macquarie University, he held academic appointments at the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne; and visiting appointments at Trinity College and University College, both in Dublin, Ireland.
Greg has published extensively in the academic marketing literature and his current research interests are in the fields of services marketing, financial services and international marketing. Prior to his academic career, Greg spent over a decade in the marketing research and marketing planning area of the banking industry. At the end of 2015, Greg formally “retired” after 25 years at Macquarie University and is now Honorary Professor but since then, he continues to teach, supervise and conduct academic and commercial research, consult and advise.




Professor Jim Psaros

B.Comm, M.Comm, PhD (UNSW), FCPA

Professor Psaros is former Deputy Head, Faculty of Business & Law at the University of Newcastle. He has had a distinguished career in academia that has extended for over three decades, the majority of which was at the University of Newcastle. Professor Psaros achieved excellent outcomes in research, teaching and senior university management roles. Psaros was the Director of the University of Newcastle (Sydney), Deputy Head - Faculty of Business and Law, Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning and Director of Executive and Corporate Programs. He was formally Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Newcastle. Prior to entering academia, Professor Psaros was employed for several years in Chartered Accounting and has experience in Australia and overseas working for Big 4 Accounting Firms. For the last 20 years he has taught and researched at Australian and British Universities. He has sat on the Board of Directors of companies and the audit committee of government authorities. He has both extensive professional accounting and research experience. Professor Psaros has a PhD in Accounting from the University of New South Wales. Throughout his research career, Professor Psaros has focused on issues of practical importance. He has conducted research in a range of areas including auditing and fraud, the inadequacies of Australian accounting standards, and more recently, corporate governance. Professor Psaros has published a book and twenty-eight journal articles. He has made many presentations at professional and academic forums. He is respected as an expert by both the academic and business communities. Underpinning his expertise is the development of a model for assessing the adequacy of organisations corporate governance. This model has been used as the basis for an annual assessment of the corporate governance of Australia’s largest 250 companies, since 2002. Professor Psaros is also a highly motivated and inspirational teacher with ability to enthuse and challenge students to think critically and deeply about contemporary issues in accounting.



Ms Cathy XU


Vice President (Regulatory & Compliance), Senior Academic Manager

Representative of Academic Staff on the Board

Ms Cathy Xu is the Associate Dean of the Sydney City School of Business and Senior Academic Manager of the Institute responsible for academic operation, management and development. Prior to her work at TOP, Ms. Xu was a financial accountant in a commercial firm. Ms. Xu is also a Member of TOP’s Academic Executive Committee.


Andrada-Vladu Ms Elena-Andrada VLADU

Current Student of TOP's Bachelor of Laws

Student Representative





Course Advisory Committee


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean


Professor Peter Eddey

Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

Associate Professor Yiming Tang

Emeritus Professor Ted Wright

Professor Philip Griffith

For their short CVs, please refer to the above Academic Board members.