Our People

Long term academic leadership of APSILC is vested in the position of the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact.

Many of the School's faculty collaborate on APSILC projects. They bring an enormous range of capabilities and experiences. The following faculty have a commitment to the vision and goals of APSILC.

Professor Ian Williamson

Professor Ian Williamson was selected from an international field of candidates to head the Asia-Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre.  Since February 2010, Professor Williamson has held the Centre's Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact. This is the first position of its kind at the University of Melbourne and one of a few only in the world.

Ian has had a longstanding personal and professional interest in the not-for-profit sector. His work in recent years with organisations such as the Koorie Business Network has given him insight into the challenges that organizations grapple with in establishing social enterprises and encouraging diversity in employment practices. Extensive work with the business community provides Ian with a strong platform to broker and develop cross-sector partnerships and collaborations and as a result of his contributions to the School's executive education leadership program, he has the expertise to work across sectors with students and faculty to promote and support leadership for social impact.

Ian joined MBS in July 2006 as associate professor, and has since been active in teaching, researching and consulting on the international stage. He was recently appointed to the role of Associate Dean, International Relations with priority focus on Asia.​
Liz Gillies

Liz Gillies has had over 20 years’ experience in a range of fields that complement working for social impact. She has held positions at multinational corporation, Hoechst Australia, the Victorian Farmers Federation, Deakin University, the Parliament of Victoria and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. In February 2012, she was selected to be the inaugural research fellow to lead a three-year research partnership between APSILC and The Trust Company.

Liz's areas of expertise include public relations, industrial relations, lobbying and advocacy, senior management, strategic planning, policy development, grant making and philanthropy.

Liz joined the Melbourne Business School in March 2009.

Dr Michelle Evans

Michelle works as a Research Fellow at APSILC, leading the research agenda in the Indigenous Business and Leadership development space. Michelle completed her PhD on Indigenous leadership in the arts under the supervision of Professor Amanda Sinclair, Dr Carol Gill and Professor Ian Williamson.

Michelle was the founding Head of the Victorian College of the Arts Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development from 2003-2010. During her time there, Michelle's key achievements included supporting the graduation of fifty Indigenous artists and arts managers; coordinating a cultural advisory body for the Centre and College; developing, teaching and course coordinating Australia's only Indigenous Arts Management postgraduate program; supporting the creative development of Australia's first Indigenous opera Pecan Summer; and piloting the Accelerate program - a creative Indigenous Leadership Program in partnership with the British Council/Australia Council/Virgin Atlantic.

Michelle graduated with a first degree honors Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne. This qualitative study investigated the long-term impacts of cultural programs on the building of communities and networks. Michelle is published in the Australian Literary Studies journal, has edited monographs through the University of Melbourne, and contributed to a range of diverse conference proceedings in disciplines of librarian studies, Indigenous education, Indigenous arts and leadership. Michelle is a Board Member of Berry Street Victoria, and Trustee of the Yvonne Cohen Award for Indigenous Creative Young People.  She is also a recipient of a 2013 Fulbright Scholarship to study Indigenous leadership in the arts in North America.

associate professor Jody Evans

Dr Jody Evans is Associate Professor in Marketing at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne. Jody completed a PhD in the area of International Marketing at Monash University in 2000. She has an Honours degree in Marketing and an Arts degree in English Literature and Psychology from Monash University.

Jody has consulting and executive development experience in the retail and arts sectors and has worked with client organisations in the UK and Australia. She leads market research, strategic reviews and management development seminars and workshops. Most recently, Jody has worked with the Public Galleries Association of Victoria on their branding strategy and is now a member of the PGAV Board.
Jody’s research interests include branding, retailing, arts marketing, museums, galleries and performing arts and international marketing. Her work has been published in a range of journals including the European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Arts Management, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of International Marketing.

Current projects examine a range of issues including an international study of drivers and inhibitors of museum branding, brand identity and image in the arts and culture sector, co-creation of the visitor experience in the cultural sector, and the subsidiary role in international marketing strategy.


Professor Ujwal Kayande is interested in how customers make decisions, and how firms can improve their marketing and business actions. Ujwal’s recent research has focused on strategic coherence and how it affects performance, whether it is the success of products, innovations, or business-to-business relationships. He has also published on research methodology, primarily in the area of survey measurement. Working with The Trust Company and APSILC, Ujwal will explore the idea of metrics for not-for-profit organisations and how they can be used in driving organizational performance.
Ujwal has won a number of research awards, including the Lehmann Award from the American Marketing Association. He sits on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Service Research, the Journal of Business Research, and Customer Needs and Solutions. He has won several awards for his teaching, including the 2010 MBA Teaching Excellence Award at Penn State University and the 2010 Top Research Supervisor Award at the ANU where he also served as the Head of the School of Management, Marketing and International Business.



Professor of Marketing Jill Klein received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. During the following seven years she was a member of faculty in the Marketing Department at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and spent periods as Visiting Professor at Bond University School of Business in Queensland, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Finland and The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. From 1997 to 2008 she was on the faculty at INSEAD.

Jill's teaching specialties are Decision-Making, Social Competence, Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Advertising/Marketing Communications and Marketing Research. Her research interests are consumer boycotts, corporate social responsibility, and international marketing, including the effects of international hostility on consumer perceptions of foreign products. She has had articles published in the Journal of Marketing, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Management Science, the Journal of International Business Studies and the British Medical Journal.

associate professor Catherine de Fontenay

Catherine de Fontenay is an academic economist who has researched and taught in institutions across Australia and has worked closely with the team at APSILC.

Prior to joining MBS, Catherine held positions at the University of New South Wales and the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at ANU. Her teaching and program directing expertise is extensive, and her subjects include economic development, managerial economics, game theory and business strategy, markets in developing countries, and industrial organisation.

Catherine's work has been published in a range of international journals. Her research interests include development economics, industrial organisation, theory of contracts and organisations, and comparative institutional analysis. Her most recent project examined spiralling crime rates in developing countries, and assessed the resultant costs to business.

Muralee Das

Muralee Das is a Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre (APSILC). Before joining APSILC in 2010, he was Assistant General Secretary and Director of Human Resources & Services for the Asian Football Confederation, based in Kuala Lumpur. He has served as Advisory Board member of the Asian division of FIFPro, the international federation of professional soccer players. His sixteen year career has encompassed leadership roles in for-profit and non-profit firms, which has led to his research interests in Top Management Team (TMT) Leadership and Blended Value Returns.

Muralee's role includes APSILC's research and evaluation of The Crunch, which involves an in-depth study of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. He will utilise aspects of this work for his current PhD research at Melbourne Business School, titled Leadership Behavior and Blended Value Returns (Financial & Social)

Muralee completed tertiary studies in the United States with a BBA (University of Iowa) and MBA (University of Nevada-Las Vegas). He was born and raised in Malaysia.

dr Jennifer Whelan

Jennifer is a Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre. Her work focuses on developing innovative basic and applied research programs to address prejudice, stereotyping, bias and social equality. Her current work examines the myths around meritocracy, the paradoxical discriminatory effects of merit-based organisational practices, and over-coming obstacles to employment for marginalised populations, in particular, people with disability.

Jennifer completed her PhD in social psychology at the University of Melbourne after extensive experience working in human resource management. She has since worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate in the Department of Psychology, and at Melbourne Business School. Her areas of research include the social psychological process implicated in group identity, political judgement and decision-making, stereotyping and prejudice, attitude change, automatic social cognition, and unconscious bias. She has published research on emotion regulation, attitudes towards migrants and national identity, psychological essentialism, gender diversity and leadership.