Our Team

Expert presenters

All Executive Education programs are taught by experts in their field, with extensive real-world or academic experience. Most are regular lecturers in the Adelaide MBA, and many are actively involved in senior management consulting roles with national and international experience.

  • Alina Lebed

    Alina Lebed

    MBA, BSc, G Cert Ed, Dip Management & Intl Trade

    Alina is a leading management consultant specialising in complex problem solving for a variety of clients throughout Adelaide and interstate. Prior to this role, she led the Business Advisory Practice for an international consulting firm in Adelaide.

    Alina has also lectured in the areas of Strategy, Risk and Project Management at the University of Adelaide since 2003. Her relevant areas of expertise include strategic analysis, business and marketing planning, corporate governance, business case analysis, risk management, economic and industry development, change management, strategic procurement and, of course, contract management.

    She has designed and implemented multiple training programs on many of these topics to a range of corporate and government clients, both locally and internationally.

  • Andrew Stevens

    Andrew Stevens

    MBA (Adelaide)

    Andrew is passionate about the role that management and leadership development plays in making organisations, communities and even societies more productive, more human and more successful. He designs and delivers programs in Australia and USA on managing in complexity, mindfulness, VUCA, adaptive leadership, leadership effectiveness and change.

    He completed an MBA at the University of Adelaide in 2005 and is a fellow of the Governors Leadership Foundation Program (GLF). In 2013 he attended the Art and Practice of Leadership Development program at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. In addition Andrew is the past Chair of the USA based Conference on Management, Executive and Professional Development (CMED) advisory board.

    Andrew is currently the lead facilitator on the Transformative Leadership Program, an adaptive leadership program designed and delivered in conjunction with the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

  • David Daines

    David Daines

    Dave Daines is an Asset Management professional with significant experience in all aspects of Asset Management within the Resource Industry. He has extensive experience in the Mining Industry, fulfilling numerous roles and functions at senior levels within a major resource company. His penultimate role was Head of Asset Management, which saw him develop and implement an Asset Management Strategic plan for the organisation. He now consults in the field of Asset Management and is a Senior Facilitator and Asset Management Subject Matter Expert for IQ-AM.

  • David Murphy

    David Murphy

    David is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  He graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology in Accountancy, majoring in Company Evaluation, and undertook further studies in Education, Education Administration, and Applied Finance and Investment.

    After an initial career in teaching and teaching administration, David moved into the field of corporate governance where he held senior management and executive roles across varied industries including forestry, transport, viticulture, hospitality, and outdoor education.  Prior to joining the Adelaide Graduate School of Management in 2005 as an Adjunct Lecturer.

    Accompanying his teaching in the University of Adelaide’s MBA program, David presents Essentials of Financial Management and other customised financial management modules within Executive Education.  He endeavours to assist participants with their development by imparting his vast professional experience in a considerate and engaging manner.

  • David Pender

    David Pender

    BEc, MBA (Adelaide), CA

    David is a leading Australian consultant specialising in the development and success of knowledge-intensive organisations. He has worked widely in the public and not-for-profit sectors both in Australia and overseas concentrating on sustainable performance improvement through people and organisational development. The application of knowledge management principles and negotiation skills are a key part of his work.

    David is also an adjunct lecturer at the Business School conducting classes in negotiation, knowledge management and leadership. He is also completing his PhD in knowledge management at the School.

  • Dr Andrew MacDonald

    Andrew MacDonald

    Andrew is a global business advisor who has spent the over 30 years working with many of the top CEOs of financial and professional services companies and their client advisory teams. In his work with companies such as UBS, Standard Chartered, J P Morgan, HSBC, ANZ, Morgan Stanley, ICICI, Macquarie, PwC, Ernst & Young, Minter Ellison Lawyers and Prudential, Andrew has become known for cutting through the complexity of developing unique client experiences in today’s fast changing advisory environment to uncover the core proposition issues and devise real world solutions.

  • Dr Anton Jordaan

    Anton Jordaan

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Anton has extensive experience in both corporate strategic leadership and financial roles in public and private sector organisations. Anton has maintained an interest in education and training and has 25 years teaching experience in the delivery of education and training courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students and managers in corporations. He has delivered business improvement and capacity building courses in North America, UK, Europe, Middle-East, Russia, Africa, Asia and Australia. Courses presented include domains such as: Strategic Management, Project Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Accounting.

    Anton has been part of the MOOC team The University of Adelaide that has delivered the highly successful “Introduction to Project Management MOOC”, and the “Risk Management for Projects MOOC”. After attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, he did an Honours degree in Accounting, Master of Commerce in Business Management, a MBA, and a Master of Advanced Business Practice degree. He completed a PhD at The University of Adelaide and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation in the Adelaide Business School.

  • Dr Barry V. Bales

    Dr Barry V. Bales


    Dr. Bales is an associate with Uncharted Leadership, and previous to starting his own consultancy in 2018, he was the Assistant Dean for Professional Development at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.  Barry also held a faculty position as Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice in the School’s Executive Master in Public Leadership Program. 

    As Assistant Dean, he directed the Office of Professional Development, which is responsible for organizing and delivering seminars and educational programs for over 2,500 people each year, including management/executive development programs for leaders of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.

    He also served as the director of the Governor’s Executive Development Program, an intensive three-week leadership course for top-level managers in Texas state agencies and universities. 

    Dr. Bales is a frequent seminar/conference speaker in the areas of leadership, systems thinking, strategic planning, and executive development, and has taught, consulted with, and coached leaders and executives in 15 US states and 9 countries. He has a Ph.D. in Adult and Human Resource Development Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr Chris Graves

    Dr Chris Graves

    Co-Founder, Family Business Education & Research Group (FEBRG), The University of Adelaide

    Chris leads the Adelaide Business School's FBERG, and has substantial experience teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia and Asia. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of New England, and a PhD from The University of Adelaide, which investigated factors limiting the ability of family-owned SMEs to grow internationally, and how they could be overcome. Chris has also worked extensively as a Chartered Accountant across multiple sectors

  • Dr John Sing

    Dr John Sing

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    John is director and CEO of Ramafin Pty Ltd, his own consulting and professional development training company. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor with University of Adelaide, where he facilitates in the Applied Project Management program. John’s previous positions include Chief Finance Officer/Finance Director reporting to the Board of CERT in Abu Dhabi, in the U.A.E and Director Corporate Services within the Queensland public sector. John’s Doctorate was in the area of risk management. He also holds a Masters in Accounting; and a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). John has extensive experience in training Project Management and Risk Management related courses to international organisations such as Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company. John has also been part of the MOOC team The University of Adelaide that has delivered the highly successful Introduction to Project Management MOOC, and the Risk Management for Projects MOOC.

  • Dr Zygmunt Szpak

    Dr Zymunt Szpak works at the Australian Centre for Machine Learning based at the University of Adelaide. He works at the interface of computer vision, machine learning and challenging industry problems, developing algorithms that allow computers to perform tasks typically associated with human intelligence, by perceiving the world in three dimensions and reasoning about images’ content. The Institute is empowering Australian companies with smart technologies that allow them to innovate, compete globally and stay profitable.

  • Gill Duck

    Gill Duck

    A professional with experience that encompasses both public and private sectors, Gill is experienced in and passionate about developing strategy, building organisational capability and driving business improvement. Gill has significant experience leading strategic projects at both whole of government and agency level.  Her key strengths are leading teams through organisational change and stakeholder engagement.

    Whilst working in a State Government Minister’s office, Gill provided expert advice and assistance to the Minister, Chief of Staff, Ministerial Advisers, and agency staff. She was responsible for liaising with other Ministers and members of the public to maintain appropriate external correspondence relating to the economic development portfolio.

    Gill has completed a Master of Business Administration, is qualified in Lean Six Sigma and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors - Company Directors Course. Gill is also an experienced mentor both for university students and graduates transitioning to the workforce.

  • Jess Fazackerley

    Jess Fazackerley

    Jessica is passionate about Lean, Continuous Improvement and Change Management. She has held numerous roles within banking and SA State Government including within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Human Services (DHS), as the Director, Change Management.

    Jessica now spends her time as a consultant partnering with businesses to improve business process and culture.

  • Kay Hannaford

    Kay Hannaford

    Kay is a professional mentor and executive coach with a deep passion for supporting leaders in their personal and professional development, enabling them to optimise their potential and maximise their performance.  With a genuine interest in the growth and well-being of individuals, she relishes the positive impact leader development can have on a large number of people beyond a direct environment, courtesy of the ripple effect.

    Kay has over 30 years’ experience in education, media and communications across a broad range of corporate settings from the public sector to establishing her own businesses, as well as holding executive and board directorship positions. She brings this extensive breadth and depth of expertise to her current role of developing leaders.  Kay provides mentoring and coaching to senior executives and leadership teams in Australia and overseas through her own consulting practice and as an Associate of both the Uncharted Leadership Institute and the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership in Sydney.  Clients have included BHP Billiton, Citibank, Deloitte Private, Microsoft, SA Health, and Westpac.

    Kay is an accredited executive coach, mentor, counsellor, facilitator, art therapist, and Emotional Intelligence and DiSC Profile practitioner.  She facilitates group coaching programs within Executive Education and readily shares her knowledge and learnings with participants, considered of great benefit.  A devoted learner, Kay is committed to continuously improving the quality of programs delivered to participants, and enjoys collaborating with peers equally focused on exploring new methods of developing people.

  • Lisa Hill

    Lisa Hill has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is a hands-on practitioner in Lean. She has delivered the Business Process Improvement (BPI) Program for the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and led numerous Business Process Improvement and Lean projects within AGD. Lisa co-designed the Department’s Business Process Improvement Program framework, based on Lean methodology, and has coached over 35 teams through the program resulting in significant improvements for the Department.

    She has also designed and delivered short courses for Leadership Programs and for the University of Adelaide, as well as providing team coaching to help with implementing BPI and Continuous Improvement (outside of the formal BPI program) in Consumer and Business Services, Forensic Science SA, SafeWork SA, State Records and other organisations.

  • Lois Whittall

    Lois Whittall

    BA Hons (Liverpool), MBA (Adelaide), FCMA

    Lois has a background in Organisational Development, Finance and Human Resource Management. She has worked in a variety of public and private sector senior management and consulting roles in the UK, Australia and South East Asia.

    Lois teaches Fundamentals of Leadership, Human Resource Management, the Management of Change and Managerial Leadership in the Business School's MBA in Adelaide, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has designed and delivered Leadership Development programs for a number of global companies.

  • Lorraine Caruso

    Lorraine Caruso

    MBA (UoA), GAICD

    Lorraine Caruso is passionate about strengthening business capability and effectiveness through professional business skills coaching, mentoring, and strategic and operational advice.

    An alumni of Adelaide's MBA program, she has held regional, state, national, general management, CEO, and director roles throughout her 30 year career. Lorraine draws on her broad experience in leading professionals to deliver on business objectives with improved efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Max Zornada

    Max Zornada

    BE (Mech)(Hons), MBA

    Max is an Adjunct Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Business School, with extensive experience teaching MBA, Executive Education and Management Development Seminars, and as a hands-on practitioner consulting to major corporations on the achievement of Operational Excellence throughout Australia, the US, Middle East, UK, Western Europe and Asia.

    He has also presented the TQM and Data Analysis and Statistical Business Modelling subjects in the Executive MBA programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management and University of New South Wales.

    Max was a visiting professor in the MBA program at the Consorzio MIP at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan early in 1998, where he taught Business Process Reengineering. And he has been, and is currently, a consulting Six Sigma Master Black Belt to several global services organisations.

  • Sam Wells

    Sam Wells

    Sam graduated from The University of Adelaide in 1978 with First Class Honours in History.  As South Australia’s 1979 Rhodes Scholar, he subsequently completed his Doctorate in History at Oxford University in 1983.

    Sam spent 18 years in corporate human resource management and organisational development across varied industries including brewing, plastics, banking and agribusiness, with a focus on family business.  He established his own consulting practice in 2001 and continues to advise senior executives and leadership teams on cultivating a human environment in which employees, at all levels, are able to express all their capabilities in the service of the organisation.

    An engaging facilitator, Sam presents customised leadership programs in Executive Education in the areas of organisational culture and change.  He enjoys sharing his extensive experience with participants, bringing to the surface their existing knowledge, and inviting them to challenge the assumptions that underpin this knowledge and to explore alternatives where relevant.

  • Steve Nayda

    Steve Nayda

    Steve is an experienced management consultant, facilitator and executive coach specialising in the areas of leadership development, strategy facilitation, strategic human resource management, and economic development.  He has vast consulting experience with private and public sector clients in Australia and New Zealand across diverse industry sectors including government, professional financial services, education, energy, health, transport, and not-for-profit.

    A regular presenter and speaker at industry conferences and workplace seminars, Steve is known for inspiring leaders to think in new directions and consider new opportunities.  He assists leaders articulate their strengths, and fosters their confidence to incite real cultural change and business transformation through improved knowledge and performance.  A highly engaging facilitator, Steve is able to cut through the clutter and simplify the key issues current within a complex operating environment.

    Steve presents customised Strategy programs in Executive Education, which integrate the themes of leadership and innovative thinking techniques.  He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia and has undertaken extensive professional development in leadership, mentoring and coaching.  Steve is also an accredited DiSC Profile facilitator and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Sue Zablud

    Sue Zablud

    BCom, MBA, ICF

    Sue has operated her own highly successful consultancy in the fields of coaching, mentoring and career management since 2003. Prior to this she directed the development of an innovative and internationally recognised career management and coaching service within the MBA program at Mt Eliza Business School.

    An accomplished communicator and presenter, Sue has considerable experience and expertise in facilitating workshops in top-200 companies, the public sector and SME environments. She has developed and directed executive programs on coaching, career management and leadership and is highly skilled in providing one-on-one coaching services to executives and their teams.