People

Meet our team

Professor Mathews Nkhoma

Head of School of Business & Management and Acting Head of Department, Business Innovation

As Head of School of Business & Management (SBM), Professor Nkhoma’s primary responsibilities are to ensure a consistently high-quality, transformative experience for all SBM students, staff members and industry partners, and to continue the School’s positive impact on Vietnam and the Southeast Asia region.

SBM Head Office

Associate Professor Robert McClelland

Deputy Dean, HDR Coordinator

Dr Robert McClelland is an experienced higher education manager. He is Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, with a PhD in Blended and Virtual Learning for Business. His research areas are in business learning and evaluation of public sector projects (particularly in health). 

Robert is a qualified coach and mentor. He is research active and has successfully supervised over thirty PhDs, examined fifty and published over one-hundred scholarly works. He was successfully submitted in the 2008 and 2014 national UK research returns.

Phuong Tran

Acting School Manager

Experienced Administration Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Customer Services Management, Academic Administration, Event Management, People and Relationship Management, and Time Management. Strong operations professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Project Management from RMIT University. 

 

Huyen Nguyen

Acting School Manager

Huyen's expertise lies in successfully developing and implementing operational strategies and initiatives, developing and implementing human resource and development system, coaching and developing employees, employee relation management and managing business development efforts to realize proven performance raise of her department.

Management Department

Dr. Nguyen Quang Trung

Head of Department, Management and Acting Program Manager, UG, International Business

Dr Trung’s passion for business grew as Vietnam’s economy opened in the 1990s. His Master of Economics and Development was a joint program of the ISS, the Netherlands, and Vietnam’s University of Economics. He holds a PhD in Management from Monash University, Australia. Research areas include international business, development economics and digital transformation management.

 

Dr. John Walsh

Program Manager, UG, International Business

John Walsh is Acting Program Manager for International Business and Lecturer, International Business at the Hanoi campus of RMIT Vietnam. He has previously lived and worked in Sudan, Greece, Korea, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Thailand and his native UK. These days, his research mainly focuses on the social and economic development of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

 

Dr. Seng Kiat Kok  

Program Manager, HRM

Before joining RMIT Vietnam, Dr. Kok worked as Program Manager for the BA Business Management program at LJMU. There he was also link tutor for collaborative partners in Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He was also based at Durham University undertaking research into the behaviours that underpin excellence in UK higher education. Dr Kok has also consulted with a number of organizations such as the Leadership Foundation, Higher Education Academy, Institute of Directors along with a number of entrepreneurial start-ups. 

 

Dr. Jackie Lei Tin Ong

Program Manager for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Dr Ong is an experienced Tourism Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Policy Analysis, Sustainability, and Urban Planning she has strong program and project management professional graduated with a doctorate in Sustainable Development Planning from University of Queensland, Master in Urban Planning from University of Melbourne and a Bachelor degree from National University of Singapore.

 

Dr. Burkhard Schrage

Senior Program Manager  - Management Discipline – MBA, EMBA and Management Programs

Dr Schrage, from Germany, holds a PhD in International Business and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, United States. He has previously taught at the Singapore Management University and University of Pennsylvania. Research areas include strategic management, emerging markets strategies, empirical aspects of privatisation and deregulation.

 

 

 

Economics & Finance Department

Dr. Nguyen Vu Hong Thai

Acting Head of Department, Economics & Finance

Dr Nguyen Vu Hong Thai is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Lead for the Finance program in the School of Business & Management. In this role, he provides academic support and leadership to program faculty, ensuring the consistent high quality of learning and teaching experiences in these courses.

 

 

Dr. Pham Thi Thu Tra

Program Manager, Economics

Dr. Pham is a development economist, who obtained her PhD in Economics from University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 2006. She is now Research Manager, overseeing research activities and PhD programs in RMIT Vietnam. Prior to joining RMIT in 2013, she taught at Vietnam National University, held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and served as a Senior Economist to a USAID-funded project advising the Government of Vietnam on international economic policy issues.

 

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh

Acting Program Management, Finance

Dr. Binh Nguyen Thanh is a Lecturer and Acting Discipline Lead, Finance, in the School of Business & Management. In this role, he provides academic support and leadership to ensure the high quality of learning and teaching experience in the finance courses. He has published in leading international journals on Cryptocurrencies and Real Estate Finance. Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam, Binh worked in Germany for over 5 years at the University of Regensburg and at the German Central Bank.

 

 

 

 

Business Innovation Department

Dr. Steve Clarke

Program Manager, Master of Global Trade

Dr Clarke, from the United States, was an executive, entrepreneur and consultant. His career focused on retail and brand management, and on connecting companies with Asian manufacturing bases. He gained an MBA from Grand Central University and a PhD in International Business from North Central University. His research areas include foreign market entry strategy, entrepreneurship and startups.

 

 

 

Dr. Alrence Halibas

Program Manager, Digital Marketing

Dr. Alrence S. Halibas was an Assistant Professor and Programme Leader in the Faculty of Computing Sciences at Gulf College, Oman and the Dean of the College of Computer Studies and an Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at La Salle University, Philippines .

Dr. Halibas is a holder of several IT certifications, an active researcher, and reviewer. She has published research papers in several refereed journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) and Informing Science Institute (ISI), USA. She was awarded a Silver Reviewer Award in 2018 by ISI for her excellent reviews. Dr. Halibas was also appointed as a technical panel member and/or session chair in several international research conferences.

 

Dr. Thuan Nguyen

Program Manager, Digital Business

Thuan has worked as Head of the Software engineering department, Faculty of Information Technology at Can Tho University of Technology, Vietnam, teaching fellow for the joint program between University of Economics, HCMC and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Thuan has a PhD in Information systems from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has published papers in Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, and several international refereed conferences, such as the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Australasian Conference on Information Systems, IEEE International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, and other conferences. 

 

 

Dr. Reza Akbari

Program Manager, Logistics & Supply Chain Management 

Dr Akbari took over his family’s commercial construction business in Iran before moving to Malaysia to study an MBA. He also holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Victoria University, Australia. Research areas include logistics and supply chain management, emerging technologies, strategic outsourcing, business processing reengineering, ‘anywhere working’ and smart cities.