The University of Newcastle, Australia

Executive Leadership Group

Associate Professor Joanne Ailwood

Associate Professor Joanne Ailwood

Associate Professor
School of Education

T: (02) 4921 6603
E: jo.ailwood@newcastle.edu.au

Mr Zachary Ekandi

Mr Zachary Ekandi

Originating from Kenya, Mr Ekandi is a recognised leader in the African/Australian community and is currently chair of the Kenyan community in Newcastle NSW, Board Director of Northern Settlement Services, Regional Advisory Council for the Multicultural NSW, and a member of the NSW Police Multicultural Advisory Committee. As an accredited international student counsellor, Mr Ekandi has extensive experience in education and training and was recently awarded the Director-General’s Award for Excellent Service to Public Education in New South Wales.

Ms Rebecca Hazell

Ms Rebecca Hazell

Director of Advancement
Office of Alumni and Philanthropy

T: (02) 4985 4546
E: rebecca.hazell@newcastle.edu.au

Mr Brendan Hall

Mr Brendan Hall

T: (02) 4921 7351
E: brendan.hall@newcastle.edu.au

Mr Hall is a higher education professional specialising in international student recruitment and institutional partnerships with current responsibility for Africa, Middle East, and Pakistan. Mr Hall also has experience working with Aboriginal medical services and clinical specialists with the aim to enable Indigenous health workers with opportunities to drive research projects and obtain funding to bolster health services in regional and rural Indigenous Australian communities.

Associate Professor Therese Kairuz

Associate Professor Therese Kairuz

Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

T: (02) 4921 5691
E: therese.kairuz@newcastle.edu.au

Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat

Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat

Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Education and Arts

T: (02) 4921 6288
E: terry.lovat@newcastle.edu.au

Tilahun Mengistu

Tilahun Mengistu

T: +61 432 886 040
E: tilahun.mengistu@uon.edu.au

Mr Mengistu originates from Ethiopia and settled in Australia as a refugee in 2009.  Mr Mengistu is a leading member of the African community holding positions as Public Officer for the African Community Council in Newcastle, Settlement Officer and Bilingual Caseworker for the Northern Humanitarian Settlement Services (NAVITAS-HSS,) and Board Director for the Hunter Ethnic Community Council. Mr Mengistu provides interpreter and translation services in Amharic and Oromo Languages.

Professor Shirley Randell

Professor Shirley Randell

Conjoint Professor
School of Education

T: (02) 4921 6603
E: shirley.randell@newcastle.edu.au

For the past 20 years, Professor Randell has provided specialist technical assistance to governments and agencies in the Asia Pacific Region and Africa as a leading expert in public sector and institutional reform, teacher education, gender mainstreaming and human rights. From 2006-2014, Professor Randell was based in Kigali, Rwanda and held several senior positions including Gender Adviser, East Central Africa Region for the Netherlands Development Agency (SNV), founder and Director of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education (now Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda). While in Kigali, Professor Randell founded the Rwanda Association of University Women. Professor Randell is an Officer of the Oder of Australia.

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts

Emeritus Professor
School of Enivronmental and Life Sciences (Environmental Science and Management)

E: tim.roberts@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Megan Rollo

Dr Megan Rollo

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics)

T: (02) 4921 5649
E: megan.rollo@newcastle.edu.au

Ndinawe Ruppert

Ndinawe Ruppert

E: ndinawe.mtonga@gmail.com

Ms Ruppert originates from Zambia and is a graduate of the University of Newcastle. In 2011, Ms Ruppert was admitted as a solicitor in NSW after completing a Bachelor of Business and Law with a Diploma of Legal Practice. Ms Ruppert completed a Master of Laws majoring in Human Rights and International Business and is currently a legal advocate at Advocacy Law Alliance Inc. Ms Ruppert is also a Board Member of the Hunter Community Legal Centre.

Dr Timothy Walker

Dr Timothy Walker

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health

T: (02) 4921 1211
E: timothy.d.walker@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Walker has significant clinical and academic leadership experience in resource poor settings, particularly in Rwanda, in addition to his current roles in Australia, where he is Clinical Dean and Senior Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology at the Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle. Dr Walker has a particular interest in tropical medicine and point-of-care ultrasound as well as the use of videoconferencing and team-based learning in medical education.

Mrs Lyne Williams

Mrs Lyne Williams

Scholarship Management
Academic and Global Relations
UON Global
Global Engagement and Partnerships Division

T: (02) 4985 4490
E: lynne.williams@newcastle.edu.au

Ms Williams is the Scholarship Management Officer for UoN Global at the University of Newcastle. Ms Williams works primarily with students sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Awards Scholarship including students from across Africa.

Mr David Wise

Mr David Wise

T: (02) 4921 2096
E: david.wise@newcastle.edu.au

Through senior advisory roles within the Australian Tertiary Education Sector and the Australian Agency for International Development, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Wise has over 30 years-experience working with governments and educational providers in West Africa and the member countries that constitute the East African Community (EAC), and the South African Development Community (SADAC).