Leadership Team Profiles
Ms. Marisa Mastroianni
Managing Director & Group Chief Executive Officer
Since her appointment Marisa has focused on driving organisational change that has delivered outstanding academic quality and record operational results. Ms Mastroianni leads a global team of highly skilled professionals with operations in Australia (UOW College) and offshore in Dubai (University of Wollongong in Dubai) and Hong Kong (CCCU).
Ms Mastroianni is an experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director with expertise in strategic and operational planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial and risk management, corporate governance and change management. Previously Marisa has held senior financial and executive roles the in the maritime, health, retirement and aged care sectors.
Ms Mastroianni holds a Bachelor and Master of Commerce, is a Harvard Alumnus, a Fellow of CPA Australia, Assoc. Fellow of AIM and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Key Board, Committee and Membership roles include:
Non-Executive Director NRMA Ltd
Chair Audit and Risk Committee NRMA Ltd
Executive Director UOWC Ltd
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council
Member of the UOWD & UOWC Academic Board
Non-Executive Director of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board
Member ISLHD Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of UOWE Diversity and Equity Committee
Chief Financial Officer / Executive Director Corporate Services
Geoff Drummond is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Corporate Services for UOW Enterprises with responsibility for Finance, Marketing, Performance Management and Risk.
Geoff is an experienced Finance executive, with nearly 30 years practice in management and finance roles in both the private and public sector. This encompasses leadership positions in transport, utilities, outsourcing and consumer goods.
Prior to his current role he was CFO of NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and Sydney Ferries.
Geoff is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds business qualifications from Macquarie, UTS and Heriot-Watt Universities.
Executive Director Legal and Governance
Vanessa Bourne is UOW Enterprises’ principal lawyer, company secretary and member of the senior executive leadership team. Vanessa is responsible for providing advice to UOWE’s Board, Group CEO and senior management on legal, regulatory and governance issues across our global operating environments. As part of the UOWE senior executive team, Vanessa’s role includes responsibility for strategic projects designated within the group strategic and operating plans.
Prior to joining UOW Enterprises, Vanessa held senior legal and governance roles with organisations in the education, research and insurance industries. Vanessa has also worked as a solicitor in private practice with a focus on commercial and property law, and has tutored in corporations law at the University of Wollongong.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Bachelor of Arts from UOW, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Vanessa also holds an Executive MBA for which she graduated as Dux.
Vanessa was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a Legal Practitioner in 2001 and was accreditated as a Chartered Company Secretary in 2011. She is a member of the Law Society of NSW, an Associate of Chartered Secretaries Australia, a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vanessa was the recipient of the award for Exceptional Leadership by a Female Staff Member at our 2012 staff awards.
Executive Director People and Culture
Julie Stuart is the Executive Director People and Culture for UOW Enterprises.
Julie brings more than 18 years’ senior-level human resources experience in high-growth international business environments, across a number of sectors including financial services, media and technology. Julie is a specialist in talent management and has extensive experience in organisational change management, leadership development, culture, and driving HR projects in major commercial businesses. Prior joining UOWE, Julie held roles as Executive General Manager at Pillar Administration, Chief People Officer at Salmat Limited and Asia Pacific HR Director at Avanade.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Western Sydney University, and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She commenced in her position at UOW Enterprises in May 2017.
Executive Director Business Transformation
Jenni Neumann is the Executive Director, Business Transformation for UOW Enterprises with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of major changes, including business transition and integration, within the organisation that have a positive impact on organisational performance and contributing to the future strategic direction of the Group.
Jenni is an experienced change and transition management professional, having held executive positions both in Australia and the United States, with nearly 20 years experience in developing and executing business strategies; including managing acquisitions, global execution of multifaceted integration programs and establishing new capabilities within the business environment.
Previously Jenni has held positions in a variety of industries including financial services and retail energy, holds business qualifications from Charles Sturt University and is currently undertaking la Juris Doctor at the University of New England. a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Management Committee of the Illawarra Branch of Dress for Success, Sydney.
Professor Mohamed-Vall Mohamed-Salem
President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai
Professor Mohamed-Vall Mohamed-Salem was appointed President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in January 2015, a role that sees him focused on driving initiatives to strengthen the position of UOWD as a leading academic institution in the UAE and the wider region. Professor Salem initially joined UOWD in 2004 and has since worked alongside the 320 employee-strong staff body in a number of leadership roles, including as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a ten-month period as Acting President of the University.
Prior to his appointment at UOWD, Professor Salem worked as a software engineer for several years in both public and private sectors in Mauritania and Canada and undertook a wide range of combined research projects with industry in both the UAE and Canada.
His areas of interests and expertise are in both technical and non-technical aspects of computing, including, but not limited to, software engineering, performance analysis, scalability, innovation and ethics in information technologies.
Professor Mohamed Salem received his PhD from the University of Montreal (Canada) in 2002 and is a recipient of IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies PhD fellowship and the “Bourse d’excellence de la Francophonie” from the Canadian International Development Agency.
Key Roles and memberships include:
University of Wollongong Pro Vice-Chancellor Middle East and North Africa [PVC(MENA)]
Acting President, UOWD: January – March 2013 and April-December 2014
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (UOWD)
Associate Professor and Chair, College of Computer Science and Informatics (UOWD)
Founding member of the Council of Deans of Engineering in the UAE
Ex-Member, Steering Committee Arab & North African Region of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
Ex-Chair, UOWD Ethics Advisory Committee
Chair of UOWD Education Committee
Chair of UOWD Research Committee
Ex-Faculty Fellow, IBM Toronto Laboratory Centre for Advanced Studies
Ex-IT Manager, National Bureau of Statistics, Mauritania
UOW College General Manager
Julie Renwick was appointed to the role of UOW College General Manager in 2013 and has had more than 40 years’ experience in education. She holds overall responsibility for organisation leadership ensuring it is focused on the integrity and quality of education and student outcomes.
Julie also ensures the standards required for the compliance and audit regimes are met, and there is commitment to continuous quality improvement across the organisation.
Julie’s achievements in education have been recognised on a number of occasions most recently being awarded the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016.
Key Board, Committee and Membership roles include:
Member of the UOWC Ltd Board
Board member and Deputy Chair of the UOWC Academic Board
Chair of the UOWC Education Committee
Ex Officio Member of the UOW Academic Senate
Ex Officio Member of the UOW University Education Committee
Ex Officio Member of the UOW Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee
Member of the UOW Strategic Course Development Committee
Director of WEA
Executive member of the Council of Private Higher Education Board (COPHE)
Member NSW State Committee the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
Jennifer Ng Glok-hong
Principal of the Community College of City University (CCCU)
Ms Jennifer Ng is the first Principal of the Community College of City University (CCCU) since January 2005 and has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the strategic planning of business models and development for self-financing higher education units.
Ms Ng’s leadership was instrumental in the successful transformation of CCCU from a publicly-funded institution to a self-financing entity in the early years of its establishment, handling complex staffing issues along the way with a large scale migration of staff. In the lead-up to CCCU’s stewardship under the University of Wollongong, Ms Ng played an important role to enable the transition to come into being.
Since her appointment, Ms Ng has upheld the quality of education at the College, while ensuring its financial viability and maintaining its status as one of the leading colleges in Hong Kong. CCCU now offers 32 popularly subscribed Associate Degree (AD) programmes, a Diploma programme and various other short educational programmes for lifelong learning. The College has about 180 full-time staff, and a student population of over 6,000. In addition, three top-up degree programmes tailored for the articulation of AD graduates in Hong Kong will be offered with the University of Wollongong starting in September 2016.
Before joining CCCU, Ms Ng was an Associate Director at the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE). She was the Acting Principal of the HKU SPACE Community College between 2000 and 2002 when it was first founded.
Ms Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Master of Social Science in Economics from the University of Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and that of the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing, and is a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She holds accounting qualifications as a Certified Management Accountant (Australia), and a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants.
Key Board, Committee and Membership roles for Ms Ng include:
Member, CCCU Board of Management
Member, Transition Committee (UOW, CityU & CCCU)
Chair, CCCU Academic Board
Chair, CCCU Executive Committee
Chair, CCCU Examination Board
Appointed Subject Specialist by the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA)
Served as a member of the Education Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers for 17 years
Dr. Alison Freeman
Director Academic Performance & Governance
Dr Alison Freeman is the Director Academic Performance and Governance at UOW Enterprises. She oversees the effective functioning of academic governance frameworks, the development and monitoring of academic standards, management of academic risk, and oversight of academic performance across the UOWE Group. Alison works closely with staff at all levels across UOW Enterprises, UOW College, UOW in Dubai, Community College of City University Hong Kong, and the University of Wollongong to provide high quality academic governance and planning leadership.
She has worked in higher education for over 15 years. Her experience in both academic and business arenas has seen Alison lead a number of strategic initiatives to achieve organisational goals and streamline operations, while enhancing the educational offerings of UOW Enterprises.
Alison was previously an Academic at the University of Wollongong. Her teaching and researching was focused primarily in fields of business information systems, educational technologies, and social informatics. Alison holds a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (Business Information Systems) (Honours I), a Graduate Diploma of Education and Doctorate of Philosophy.