Our rich culture focusses on innovation, social responsibility, law and technology, and external engagement. We develop flexible, inclusive, relevant and highly engaged learning experiences to prepare students for a successful career.

Importantly, we forge robust connections with industry partners such as Siemens, Bendigo Bank, Leo Cussens Institute and Medibank as well as government and community organisations across our teaching and research.

International accreditation 

We’re accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. This recognises our demonstrated focus on excellence in all areas of our mission including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning, as well as our commitment to continuous improvement. 

It is synonymous with the highest standard of quality and we share it with just five per cent of the world’s leading business schools.

International membership 

Our mission strongly reflects the ethos of the world’s largest collective and relationship between the UN and business schools, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

PRME operates as a framework to facilitate the engagement of future business leaders around values of responsibility and ethics. As a signatory to PRME, we are committed to shaping responsible business leaders of the future and advancing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our teaching, research and engagement platforms. 

Quality of teaching and learning

We provide our students and graduates with the skills, knowledge and mindsets to make them flexible and adaptable within the changing and globalised world. Our students are part of technology-rich learning and teaching environments that meet the expectations of contemporary learners and equip them with the digital literacy and confidence to respond to opportunities in their field and to operate their own business.

See how our students and recent graduates rate their experience, collected in the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching – a suite of government endorsed surveys for higher education programs across Australia.

Carbon Literacy Training at Swinburne

Accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project

The School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship runs a Carbon Literacy Training (CLT) short certification course in collaboration with The University of Queensland, Federation University and Deakin University.

Our CLT was accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project as a bronze level carbon literate organisation in 2022. We are the second institution in Australia to receive this institutional CLT accreditation.

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Our departments, centres and groups

Swinburne Startup Year

Swinburne’s Startup Year is an intensive year-long program covering all stages of the entrepreneurial journey.  

A course designed for the next generation of change makers and problem solvers. 

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Our people

Name Position Contact Location
Tania Sabatino Executive Assistant to the Dean, Swinburne Business School +61 3 9214 8985

Our strategy for research and teaching is informed by industry. The Swinburne School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship has an Advisory Board and each degree or course has a Course Advisory Committee comprising of industry experts to inform curriculum development. 

Industry Advisory Board 


Lesley Gillespie OAM

Lesley Gillespie OAM is the co-founder of Bakers Delight, the largest national chain of bakeries in Australia with over 700 bakeries operating throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Her achievements include being a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Award for Community Partnerships – Bakers Delight and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia 2004, being named Boroondara Citizen of the Year 2002 (shared with her husband Roger) and being awarded an OAM in 2006 in recognition of her work in business and philanthropy. 

She is also a joint owner of the Victorian grocery outlet chain, Not Quite Right, and patron of the Margaret Pratt Foundation which supports research into transplanted organ rejection. In November 2018, Lesley was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne in recognition of her contribution to business and the community. 

External members

David Banger

David Banger is the Founder of CHANGE lead Practical Digital and authored DIGITAL IS EVERYONE’s BUSINESS | A Guide To Transition in 2019. He began his career at the Commonwealth Bank whilst completing his MBA at Swinburne. 

David’s former roles include CIO of John Holland Group, KPMG Director and National Head of IT, in-country CIO for Microsoft’s subsidiaries in the UK and Ireland, and management consultant at IBM London and Cap Gemini Melbourne. Also as an Adjunct Professor, David has lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Swinburne since March 2015. 

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards is the General Manager of Boeing Research and Technology – Australia and carries executive responsibility for the delivery of Boeing’s research portfolio in the region.

He oversees a highly collaborative research program focused on the growth and prosperity of the Boeing Australia business units. Prior to joining Boeing in 2011 Michael worked with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, including an overseas posting as Senior Technical Advisor to Boeing based in Seattle.

Mitzi Gillian

Mitzi Gilligan holds a BSc/LLB (Hons) from Monash University, an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an LLM (Intellectual Property) from Monash University. She has been practising as a commercial and regulatory lawyer since 1990, including in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 1997.

She was a partner of Minter Ellison from 2000 until she left in February 2014 to become one of the founding principles of Hive Legal. She served on the Melbourne High School Council from 2009 to 2013 and has been on the board of Justice Connect (formerly PILCH) since 2006 and as chair since December 2010.

David Knowles

David Knowles is a Partner/Executive Director at Pitcher Partners Melbourne. He specialises in providing auditing and advisory services to large and growing private businesses and closely held ASX-listed companies.

He has a particular focus on dynamic and growing companies and assist them to define their growth objectives. He helps them get ‘investor-ready', assists them pursue growth opportunities including mergers and acquisitions or transition through generational change.

Mark Korda

Mark Korda is one of Australia’s leading specialists in business recovery and restructuring, and together with Mark Mentha established KordaMentha. Mark has worked on many of Australia’s largest insolvencies including Ansett. Before founding KordaMentha in 2002, Mark was a partner with Arthur Andersen and a member of the Australian Executive Committee and Board of Partners.

Mark is a director of Collingwood Football Club and chairs the Finance and Governance Committee. In November 2018, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne in recognition of his contribution to business and the community.

Nicole Lamond

Nicole Lamond is the Founder of Universal Village, a fair trade tea company that has launched the Qi Tea and Eloments Vitamin Tea brands, achieving ranging in major chains across Australia and the UK. Nicole has both bootstrapped business and completed successful capital raising rounds, achieving consistent business growth.

Nicole has been a proponent of Fair Trade since 1998 and was a founding board member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ. In 2019 she was a Dynamic Business Top 10 Entrepreneur of the Year, a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Emerging Business Leader of the Year and a winner of the Swinburne University Impact Award

The mission for her business, Universal Village is to help accelerate the world's transition to a living wage for all through Fair Trade.

Rachael Powell

Rachael is responsible for Xero’s customer success, people experience, marketing and communications functions globally. She has previously held positions in strategy, marketing, talent management and channel development across online and technology businesses.

In her current capacity, she brings together her dual passions; delighting our customers and nurturing our people. Rachael believes that customer experience must resonate from the inside-out and advocates for positive engagement programs to effectively mobilise the business strategy at scale. She has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Marketing).

Tristan Sternson

Tristan Sternson is the CEO of ARQ Group, a leading Australian digital tech services and solution provider, well known for the many digital solutions and experiences they have created for many leading Australian and international companies and government departments.

Tristan is an expert in data and analytics, having spent more than the past 15 years focused purely on mastering solution to give organisations greater insights through data. Tristan has architected and lead major programs of work in Australia and the UK, on some of the largest, most complex, and leading-edge data analytics, data warehouse, data migration, data integration, business intelligence, marketing and customer analytics and end-to-end information management programs. Tristan is also a keen pioneer of new technologies and approaches managing and utilising data, information, big data and predictive analytics, and has been an expert panellist and presenter at a variety of industry events.

Genevieve Timmons

Genevieve Timmons is currently Philanthropic Executive for the Portland House Foundation, a private family foundation with a charter to assist people to move out of disadvantage. She is Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, a director of the George Hicks Foundation and council member for Philanthropy Australia. Not-for-profit board engagements include the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership.

Genevieve is a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Fellows in Philanthropy Program, and also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria. Genevieve has been active in philanthropy and grant making for over three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving programs and promoting thought leadership around generosity in Australia and New Zealand.

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