Executive Leadership Group
Associate Professor Joanne Ailwood
School of Education
T: (02) 4921 6603
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.
T: (02) 4921 7351
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.
T: +61 432 886 040
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.
School of Education
T: (02) 4921 6603
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.
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.
Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
T: (02) 4921 1211
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.
Academic and Global Relations
Global Engagement and Partnerships Division
T: (02) 4985 4490
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.
T: (02) 4921 2096
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).