Global leadership team

UOW Global Enterprises’ leadership team is comprised of highly skilled professionals with considerable international business management experience.

Corporate Leaders

Marisa Mastroianni
Geoff Drummond
Peter Janu
Julie Stuart
Kath McCollim
Professor Wilma Vialle
Vanessa Bourne
Professor Mohamed-Vall Mohamed-Salem
Felix Lanceley

Leadership Team Profiles

Since her appointment, Marisa has focused on driving organisational change that has delivered outstanding academic quality and record operational results. She leads a global team of highly skilled professionals with operations in Australia (UOW College Australia) and offshore in Dubai (University of Wollongong in Dubai), Hong Kong (UOWCHK) and Malaysia (UOWMKDU).

Marisa 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 in the maritime, health, retirement and aged care sectors.

She 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 & UOWCA Academic Board
Non-Executive Director of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board
Member ISLHD Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of UOWGE Diversity and Equity Committee

Geoff Drummond is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Corporate Services for UOW Global 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.

As Executive Director Commercial and Legal, Peter Janu has responsibility for providing advice on legal, regulatory and governance matters to the UOWGE Board, Group CEO and senior management. He is also Company Secretary of UOWGE and has responsibility for strategic and operational planning and projects and for group growth opportunities.

Peter has broad experience in commercial, legal and leadership roles for large ASX listed companies with international operations. He has worked in a range of sectors including: construction and engineering services, property development, financial services, professional services and retail.

Peter holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Stuart is the Executive Director People and Culture for UOW Global 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 to joining UOWGE, 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 Global Enterprises in May 2017.

Kath McCollim joined UOW Global Enterprises in February 2018 as the Executive Director Business Transformation. Her primary focus is leading and overseeing the implementation of major integration and changes within the organisation, while also having a broader focus on capability uplift and innovation. She is responsible for managing the business transition and integration projects including project management and change management activities across the organisation.

Kath is an experienced organisational change agent with 30 years' experience in strategic roles in both the private and public sector. This encompasses leadership positions in steel manufacturing, consulting, health insurance and higher education. Prior to joining UOW Global Enterprises, Kath was the Director, Business Improvement and Assurance for the University of Wollongong.

Kath holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Employment Relations and a Master of Commerce in Management for which she won an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award. She has industry qualifications in Mediation, Agile Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. Kath is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key Board, Committee and Membership roles include:

President of SCARF

Professor Wilma Vialle joined Global Enterprises in July 2020 as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Global. In this role, she works closely with UOW’s faculties and units to promote collaboration across the UOW group, onshore and offshore.

Wilma brings to the position more than 27 years of experience in academic leadership and international education at UOW. Her most recent roles included six years as the Chair of UOW’s Academic Senate and seven years as Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Wilma completed a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education at the University of Tasmania and a Tasmanian Teachers Certificate from the Education Department of Tasmania. Her PhD in Educational Psychology was completed at the University of South Florida. She remains an active researcher in the fields of talent development and giftedness.

Wilma serves on the academic boards of all our offshore locations.

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 interest 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)]
Founding member of the Council of Deans of Engineering in the UAE
Chair of UOWD Education Committee
Chair of UOWD Research Committee

Felix Lanceley was appointed as General Manager of UOW College Australia in August of 2019.

Prior to this, as Director of Student Services and Academic Registrar of the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Felix had oversight of the University’s core administrative and student services units, as well as the University Library and Student Residences. He also acted in the capacity of interim Director of the UOWD Language Studies Centre.

Felix’s first association with UOW College was as Manager of Student Services, a post he occupied from 2009 to 2016. During this period he had oversight of all elements of the College’s student services including academic advising services, homestay, cohort management, orientation and graduation.

From 2002 to 2009 Felix spent seven years as Assistant Director of Studies and subsequently Director of Studies at a large English language college, based in three campuses across Sydney. His role there was to oversee the academic running of each campus.

Felix commenced his career as an ESL teacher through which he gained considerable teaching experience both internationally and in Australia.

Felix has tertiary qualifications from the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key Board, Committee and Membership roles include:

Committee member and Chair of the UOW College Education Committee
Board member and Deputy Chair UOW College Academic Board
Ex Officio Member of the UOW Education Committee
Ex Officio Member of the UOW Academic Senate
Member UOW Strategic Course Development Committee

Ms Jennifer Ng is CEO Asia and is responsible for overseeing the operations of UOW Malaysia KDU. Prior to this, she was named the first Principal of UOW College Hong Kong (UOWCHK) and held the role for 15 years. Jennifer has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the strategic planning of business models and development for self-financing higher education units.

Jennifer’s leadership was instrumental in the successful transformation of UOWCHK 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 UOWCHK’s stewardship under the University of Wollongong, Jennifer played an important role to enable the transition to come into being.

Before joining UOWCHK, Jennifer 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.

Jennifer 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 Jennifer include:

Director, UOWM Sdn. Bhd. Board
Director, UOWM-PCB Joint Board for UOW Malaysia KDU
Director, UOW Malaysia KDU College Sdn. Bhd. Board
Chair, UOW Malaysia KDU Management Board
Member, UOWGE Board of Academic Governance
Member, UOWCHK College Council
Member, UOWCHK Property Advisory Committee
Served as Subject Specialist on The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)

In her role as President, Vanessa is responsible for upholding 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. She previously held the role of Executive Director Legal and Governance at UOW Global Enterprises for more than 10 years, before being transferred to Hong Kong in January 2019 to initially take up the position of Chief of Staff.

Vanessa has been a practicing lawyer for nearly 20 years working across commercial, corporate and international fields of legal practice. She is a chartered company secretary, and has taught corporations law at the University of Wollongong in an academic position.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws from UNSW with distinction, a Bachelor of Arts from UOW with distinction, 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 is a member of the Law Society of NSW, an Associate of Chartered Secretaries Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was also the recipient of the award for Exceptional Leadership by a Female Staff Member at UOWGE's 2012 staff awards.