Our People

Leadership of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre is shared by two co-directors – Professor Ian Williamson and Associate Professor Brad Potter. We draw upon the expertise of industry experts and the wider faculty body at the University of Melbourne and other institutions in research and training programs.
 

PROFESSOR IAN WILLIAMSON

HELEN MACPHERSON SMITH CHAIR OF LEADERSHIP FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

PHD, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (CHAPEL HILL)
BSC (BUS MNGT), RICHARD T. FARMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Ian Williamson joined Melbourne Business School in 2006 and is the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact at the Melbourne Business School. He is also Associate Dean of International Relations and Co-director of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre.

After completing his PhD in Organisational Behaviour at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Ian was Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Maryland. He is also a Director of S&S Futures and has consulted for a number of reputable brands, including ANZ, Nestlé, Petronas, PwC, the Royal Women’s Hospital and more.

Ian’s research into how the development of effective talent pipelines can enhance organisational and community outcomes has been published in leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Ian teaches Managing People and Managing Human Capital on the MBA, Executive MBA and Senior Executive MBA programs and has extensive media experience within Australia and internationally, including with the Australian Financial Review, ABC, Business Week, The Washington Post and HR Magazine. 
 

BRAD POTTER
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

PHD, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
BCOM (HONS), DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
BCOM, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

Brad Potter is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and co-director of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre.

Brad’s research and consulting experience encompasses financial accounting and disclosure for both private sector and public sector entities. Examples of his current projects are accounting and reporting choices made by small and medium size entities, and the application of accounting and reporting approaches in understanding corporate social investment and sustainability. 

A key focus of his efforts has been to build research capacity across different disciplines and involving industry partners. In this area, Brad has successfully managed and coordinated different research projects involving a range of industry partners, including the Australian Accounting Standards Board, National Water Commission, CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Institute of Public Accountants.  These projects have attracted more than $800,000 in funding from the Australia Research Council and from the National Water Commission and have resulted in the development of major research reports and a range of publications in research journals and the journals of the professional accounting bodies.
 

IAN ALLSOP 
SENIOR FELLOW

PHD, MONASH UNIVERSITY 
MBA, RMIT UNIVERSITY
BD, MCD UNIVERSITY OF DIVINITY
BA, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Dr Allsop is an organisational consultant specialising in the area of strategic leadership. He is a former managing director of Bioss International (Australia) and the consulting arm of the Brunel Institute of Organisational and Social Studies.

He has consulted widely for client organisations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has served on the Board of the National Ageing Research Institute and was a former president of the Australian Council of Churches and is a Senior Fellow of Faculty at MBS.
 

PHILIP CORMIE
HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOW

MBA, MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL, MONASH BUSINESS SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
BAE, BENG, RMIT UNIVERSITY

Philip is founder of the Mosaic Advisory and Capital Group, which has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.

Initially educated at Melbourne’s RMIT University in Aeronautical Engineering then Manufacturing Technology, Philip has since undertaken postgraduate work in the US at Stanford University and in Australia at Monash University and University of Queensland in strategic management, finance, marketing, corporate governance and change.

Philip has experience in the aircraft, steel and paper industries and as Group Managing Director of a diversified group of public and private companies in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and other sectors. He has overseen funding, acquisition, divestment, merger planning, management and operational performance improvement and consults to global companies. 

Philip’s research areas include corporate governance and leadership and application of business fractals to enterprise engineering. He is in the process of publishing a new series of papers, ‘Too Big to Fail – Too Big to Fix”. Together with Brad Potter and Ian Allsop, Philip drives the Centre’s activities in impact investment.

DR KRZYSZTOF DEMBEK
RESEARCH FELLOW

PHD (BUS MNGT), Monash University

Krzysztof Dembek is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne with multidisciplinary work and research experience in strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, intercultural communication competence and the performance of politicians.

Prior to becoming a researcher, Krzysztof held several leadership positions in European companies. Employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, he specialises in the use of strategy and business models for creation of social, economic and environmental value for multiple stakeholders and maximising positive socio-environmental impact of organisations. Krzysztof conducts an important part of his research in developing countries, and his current work extends to the fields of shared value and bottom of the pyramid.

Krzysztof is passionate about solving complex problems and bridging the research/practice gap. He co-designed a design-thinking-based methodology for maximising the practical impact of research. Krzysztof also serves as Director of Industry Engagement at the Academy of Management Practice Theme Committee.

MICHELLE EVANS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MURRA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

PHD (MNGT), UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
MA, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
BCOM, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY

Michelle is the Program Director of the MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program and collaborates with Professor Ian Williamson in the Indigenous business and leadership development space. She is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Charles Sturt University and completed her PhD on Indigenous leadership at the University of Melbourne

Michelle was the founding Head of the Victorian College of the Arts Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development from 2003 to 2010. During her time there, Michelle's key achievements included supporting the graduation of 50 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, and piloting the Accelerate program – a creative Indigenous leadership program in partnership with the British Council, Australia Council and Virgin Atlantic.

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.
 

PRAKASH SINGH
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT

PHD, University of Melbourne
BBUS, BE, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Prakash Singh is a Professor and currently Head of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. Prakash’s expertise is in operations and supply chain management. His studies have been based in transport and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, as well as the not-for-profit and voluntary industry sectors. His research has been published in many leading journals. He has obtained Australian Research Council Discovery, Linkage and Industrial Transformation Training Centre grants to support his research.

Prakash has actively engaged with a number of organisations to provide advice and expertise, including the ASEAN Secretariat, AusAID, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australian Survey Research Company, Bloomberg, BlueScope Steel, Boral Industries, Cadbury, Cardno Acil, CSL, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Hospira, KPMG, Kraft Foods, Mondelez, PETRONAS, PwC, Queensland Rail, Toll Holdings and the Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
 

JODI YORK
RESEARCH FELLOW

PHD, MA, University of California - Berkeley
BA, University of San Francisco

Jodi York is a sociologist with a diverse interdisciplinary research history focused on how broadly construed narrative is used by civil society, government and business to create and constrain progressive social and environmental change. She has published qualitative and quantitative research in sociology, economics, accounting and management. Her current focus is on social investment by corporations.