Professor Gael McDonald commenced as President of RMIT Vietnam from 17 February 2014.
Previously, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University and Secretary of the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC).
Professor McDonald has a Bachelor of Business from Massey University, New Zealand, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, and her Doctorate was obtained from The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.
Professor McDonald's senior management experience has included being Vice President International, Vice President of Research, Dean of Business and Professor of Business Ethics at Unitec, New Zealand. She is also a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and has three times been a member of the National New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund Panel in Business and Economics (PBRF).
She was appointed a member of the Australian Research Quality Framework Panel for Economics, Commerce and Management and is the Life fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).
Professor McDonald has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Macau, United States and Canada in the areas of International Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. She is author of Business Ethics: A Contemporary Approach (2015 Cambridge University Press), and co-author Postgraduate Business Research: Surviving and Thriving (Cooksey and McDonald 2011 Tilde Press) and Organising an Academic Conference: Guidelines for Scholarly and Academic Success (2014 Tilde Press). She has also published widely in academic and professional journals, and consulted in the private sector.
Professor McDonald's experience as an educational leader in Australia and internationally will be valuable as RMIT Vietnam continues to consolidate its position as the leading foreign-owned university in Vietnam.