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Council Members


brianstoddart1-1 Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart

Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Asia) of RMIT, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) of University of New England, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University. Professor Stoddart was appointed as Chief Technical Adviser for the World Bank funded Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project at the Department of Higher Education in Cambodia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute of University of Melbourne. 

Members (External)

JOHNHEARN-1 Professor John Hearn

BSc, MSc, PhD (ANU)

Professor Hearn was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the Australian National University 2000-2004 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) of the University of Sydney 2004-2013, and is currently the Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Sydney and Executive Director of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). 
StevenSchwartz-1 Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM

PhD (Syracuse)

Professor Schwartz was Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University in Perth, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London and Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney. He is currently the Chair, Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Executive Director, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and Hon Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne. 
StephenNicholas-1 Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas (also Chair of Academic Board)

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

Professor Nicholas is Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Newcastle and Yunshan Chair Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He was Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle (2006-11) and held senior academic positions at the University of Melbourne (1996-2002) and University of Sydney (2003-2006). He was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1997. He is Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Universities of Foreign Studies and High-end Foreign Expert for China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs. 
yinzhangchen-1 Professor Yinzhang Chen

Professor Chen was Assisting President and Director of Foreign Affairs of Fudan University, ranked as one of top three in China and a leading university with the top 100 in the world. Professor Chen is currently appointed as Special Advisor to the President, Fudan University. As a senior expert of international education cooperation, Prof Chen is also the Director of Nordic Center of Fudan University and Secretary-General of Shanghai Forum.  
Craig_Mcllveen-1 Mr Craig Mcilveen

B.Comm (UNSW), Chartered Accountant

Mr Craig Mcilveen has worked as a Chartered Accountant for more than 32 years and has been a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 16 years, where he specialised in providing taxation and business consulting services to privately owned, not for profit and early stage businesses.  
lema-1 Dr Le Ma

B.Comm (Macq), M.Financial Analysis (UNSW), PhD (USyd), Lecturer UTS

Dr Ma is an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in financial statement analysis at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Dr MA received her Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting at Macquarie University in 2009 and Master of Financial Analysis at University of New South Wales in 2010. She completed her PhD in accounting at the Business School of University of Sydney in 2016.

Before joining UTS in 2016, Le had more than three-years teaching experience at University of Sydney. She also taught several accounting and finance courses at Top Education Institute between 2010 and 2013. Funded by MEAFA Research Group of University of Sydney, Le visited the Smeal College of Business Pennsylvania State University US for one semester in 2014. 
SG-1 Mr Sean Gregory

BA (University of Exeter), Chief Operating Officer PwC Australia

Mr Sean Gregory is the Chief Operating Officer at PwC Australia, with responsibility for firm investments, finance, technology, risk and the office of general counsel. In addition, he is a director of PWC's regulated entities and its' Indigenous business.

With a career spanning two decades at PwC Australia, Mr Gregory possesses extensive experience in delivering Transactions Services advice to leading private equity and venture capital clients - both domestically and internationally. His primary background is positioned in the financial services and private equity sectors. He led the PWC Australia deals practice for 5 years before becoming COO.

A Board Member of Scale, a female-focused angel investor network, Mr Gregory also has a keen interest in children's welfare. He is also a member of the University of NSW's Business Advisory Council. He has recently joined the TOP Education Council.  

Members (Internal) 

Minshen-1  Dr Minshen Zhu

Principal and CEO

BA (Fudan), PhD (ANU), CLHE (Harvard)

Dr Minshen Zhu has been Principal and CEO at TOP since its inception in 2001 and is currently also appointed by the University of Sydney as the Board Member and Senior Advisor (China Affairs) of its Confucius Institute. Dr Zhu was appointed by the State Government of NSW as a member of NSW-Asia Business Advisory Council (2000-2010) and by the Federal Government as a member of the Ministerial Consultative Committee (2012-2013). Dr Zhu is also currently the Honorable Board Member of Fudan University Alumni, Board Member of China Overseas Exchange Association, and was invited as Representative of Overseas Chinese to attend the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2014. Dr Zhu participates in the Council as an ex officio member. 
samblay-1  Professor Sam Blay

Deputy Principal (Academic)

LLB (Ghana), M Int. Law (ANU), PhD (Tasmania)

Professor Sam Blay has over 30 years of experience in the Australian tertiary education sector and is a foundation member of staff of the Sydney City School of Law at TOP. He is a former Dean of Law, University of Tasmania and before joining TOP, he served as Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) for 18 years. He was the Director of the China Program at the UTS Faculty of Law and has served as a Visiting Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He was also a member of the Australian Refugee and Migration Review Tribunals for six years and is currently a member of the South China International Arbitration Commission (SCIA). He is a specialist development practitioner and has served as a UNDP consultant in Rule of Law and Governance in Laos, Somalia, Vietnam and Sudan. He has also worked as a consultant to the governments of Vanuatu and Nauru where he assisted in developing a framework for resolving the conflict in West Papua (Indonesia). Professor Blay has received several awards and fellowships in his areas of specialization. The awards include a United Nations Fellowship in Geneva and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship with the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg, Germany (1992-3; 2003). 
lily_new-1 Ms Lily Yu

Vice President (Internal Operations)

BMedicine (SUTCM), MPA (UNSW), CPA, J.P

Ms.Yu is Assisting Principal(Internal Operation) of Top Education Institute. Ms.Yu is a qualified accountant as a full member of CPA Australia and participates on Council as a financial expert. 
SusanCao-1  Ms Susan Cao

Vice President (External Engagements), COO of Alliance Programs with PwC


Susan Cao is the Vice President (External Engagements) at Top Education Institute and also the Chief Operating Officer of PwC Alliance Programs.

Susan has extensive experience in the International Education Industry across the areas of student recruitment, industry relationships, to the regulation policies, quality assurance and standards of Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), Higher Education Framework, ESOS Act and current student Visa regulations.

She has expertise in building stakeholder relationships and developing effective marketing strategies within the education industry, especially with China. She holds two Master degrees from Macquarie University and University of Technology, Sydney. 


Ms Cathy XU

Vice President (Regulatory & Compliance) and Senior Academic Manager of Top Education Institute


Ms Xu has extensive knowledge in relation to various higher education regulatory rules, such as, TEQSA Act, ESOS Act, Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015, Higher Education Data Reporting rules under Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and professional accreditation standards for business courses.


Ms Qingqing Hao

BSWork (PKU), BA (PKU), MEd (MQ)

Ms Hao is the Senior Student Service Manager at Top Education Institute participating in the Council as a Staff Representative. 



Ms Luying Dai

Bachelor of Applied Finance and Accounting