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Mr Ranjit Gajendra Nadarajah

Strategic Research, Research Translation & Engagement


Ranjit Gajendra Nadarajah has more than two decades of diverse management, leadership and governance experience of higher education, bridging traditional academic,  administration and research silos with the contemporary commercial-entrepreneurial, and of not-for-profits and social enterprise, with institutions in the UK, the Arabian Gulf and Australia. Currently, he is Chairperson of Eastern Volunteers, advisor to the United Nations Learning Group for World Health Organisation Academy, senior fellow with L H Martin Institute for tertiary education management and leadership at the University of Melbourne,  Fellow of the Governance Institute, the CIMA and the CPA,  Expert member of the Research for Development Impact of the Australian Council for International Development,  and returned to Swinburne in 2019 to manage strategic research, programs and partnerships of the newly established Centre for Global Health & Equity.

He is committed to cross-disciplinary research, and the creation, exchange and utilisation of research-based knowledge. During a career that has transitioned from business and finance analyst to educator and researcher, Ranjit has led  multi-cultural, cross functional teams through strategy-making and implementation, measurement of progress and performance,  value chain improvements, and holistic stakeholder engagement  creating responses to influences of globalization. He has faciltated postgraduate, professional and executive learning of disruptive innovation, leadership, strategy making, financial management and governance at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and Kaplan Business School.

His career highlights include addressing challenges of social equity, gender equality and global citizenry  of indigenous communities with Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates; expanding global research and teaching & learning footprint of the quintessentially Scottish, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow;  executing a strategic-shift of the London-based peak body for finance professionals in business at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants;  leading entrepreneurial commercialisation of research ventures, innovation, education and training at Centre of Excellence for Applied Research; enabling holistic engagement, extending contextualised solutions for industry and public sector human capital development  with Swinburne University of Technology; assurance and compliance  of universities and higher education providers with Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality Assurance Agency and manage World Health Organisation WHO collaborating centres for health literacy and obesity prevention at Deakin University.

A consultant for Education UK and British Council’s Going Global initiative and  advisor to the Arab-American Entrepreneurship program his recent publications include on Human Capital Policy in Science and Technology, Purposeful Governance and Transnational Research Collaboration.

Ranjit's PhD study is of management, leadership and governance of creation, exchange, transfer and utilisation of knowledge in transnational research collaborations in higher education. 

Research interests

Innovation; Education; Research policy, governence; human capital; cross border, cross cultural research collaboration

Fields of Research

  • Higher Education - 390303
  • Educational Administration, Management And Leadership - 390403
  • Stakeholder Engagement - 350717
  • Corporate Governance - 350701

Teaching areas

strategy making;leadership;finance;international business;governance;disruptive innovation;research management


Also published as: Nadarajah, Ranjit; Nadarajah, R.; Nadarajah, Ranjit Gajendra; Nadarajah, R. G.; Nadarajah, Ranjit G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Bentleigh Bayside Community Health project *; Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund (LMCF)
  • 2022: Development of Digital Health Literacy Quality Improvement Tool *; Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • 2021: COVID-19 HRAR Evaluation and Program Development *; Connect Health and Community Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator