Academic Board

The Academic Board advises on the teaching and learning at Curtin Singapore, ensuring students receive a high-quality and relevant education.

Board members

Professor Linley Lord (Chair)

Professor Linley Lord has been Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin Singapore since 2018. She plays a critical role in strengthening Curtin Singapore’s relationships with industry and government and enhancing its reputation in teaching and research. 

Professor Lord commenced with Curtin in 2001 and has held a number of significant positions including as a member of the University Council and Council Executive and Chair of the Academic Board. She is the Co-Lead of the Curtin Athena SWAN project and was the inaugural Academic Director of the Curtin Leadership Centre. She is the Director of the Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership and was part of the AusAid Leadership for Development Program at Curtin. 

Her research interests are in gender and leadership, leadership, feminist research methods and qualitative research methods. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma Business (Human Resource Development) from Curtin and a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA.

Professor Seth Kunin

Professor Seth Kunin has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International at Curtin University since 2016. In this role, he leads the University’s international activities, including strategic policy, international marketing strategy, and international partnerships.

Prior to joining the University, he was Vice-Principal, Internationalisation at the University of Aberdeen and also held senior roles at Durham University.

A prominent anthropologist, Professor Kunin attained his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in the UK. His research focused on the application of structuralist theory and methodology to Jewish texts and culture.

Professor Jill Downie

Professor Jill Downie was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic in July 2012. In this role, she strategically leads teaching and learning and the student experience across the University. Equity and Diversity and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies are also important aspects of her portfolio.

Professor Downie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a PhD from Curtin University. From 2007 to 2012 she was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences and also Professor of Nursing at Curtin University. She is the Education representative on the Australian National Commission of UNESCO and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Beverley Hudson

Bev has been working in international education for thirty years in four countries. Prior to becoming CEO of University Partnerships, Australasia in July 2018, she was working for Navitas in North America for 12 years across a number of roles including: College Director and Principal at Navitas’ first pathway program in North America; Fraser International College; General Manager for Navitas Canada and as President and CEO of University Partnerships, North America.

Her current responsibility is to manage all University Partnerships operations in Australasia as well as being responsible for determining the strategic direction of the division, overseeing the learning and teaching direction to ensure the quality of delivery and strong student outcomes.

Bev has been involved in all aspects of international education including curriculum design, student services, faculty and administration. She has developed and implemented the strategic vision for internationalisation at several universities including internationalising the curriculum, international recruitment and marketing, student support, and international partnership development.

Bev received her Master of Education from Edith Cowan University. In 2014, she was awarded the International Education Distinguished Leadership Award from the British Columbia Council for International Education.

Associate Professor Lim Swee Hia

Associate Professor Lim Swee Hia is the President of Singapore Nurses Association’s Executive Council. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in recognition for her exceptional achievements and contributions in Singapore and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the universities’ School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Quek Wai Lan Grace

Grace serves as Head of Project Management, in Engaging Leaders Pte Ltd, a company which specialises in designing, producing and facilitating, unique remote workplace, people activation and engagement solutions.

With her last role as Senior Vice President at Sembcorp Industries Ltd (an indexed stock on the Stock Exchange of Singapore), Grace brings to the team, more than 20 years of background experience in various roles spanning Promotions & Publications, Corporate Image & Branding, Marketing, Business Development & Strategy, Corporate Planning and Organisation Development. The last 10 years of her career was dedicated to People Development, which many insightful organisations now consider, as an important part of business strategy.

Associate Professor Sven Schottmann

Dr Charles Wong Cheng-Lung