Learn about UNSW’s senior leaders and initiatives.
UNSW's senior leaders guide our University towards ambitious goals, building on distinction and innovative education in service to the community, nation and world.
Professor Attila Brungs is the 10th and current Vice-Chancellor and President of UNSW Sydney. His commitment to education, research and engagement will ensure that UNSW continues to nurture its passion for excellence to improve lives in Australia and globally.
One of Australia's most prominent business leaders and philanthropists, David Gonski has been a formidable advocate for education, the University, and its mission. Mr Gonski has a long association with UNSW. He is the first UNSW alumnus (BCom, LLB) to hold the position of Chancellor, elected in 2005. He is also Chairman of the UNSW Foundation and his role has been critical in building the University’s philanthropic culture and support.
Professor Vlado Perkovic is the Provost at UNSW Sydney, and previously the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health and Scientia Professor at UNSW, a Professorial Fellow at The George Institute, Australia, and was a Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Deena Amorelli is the Chief HR Officer at the University of NSW. As a results-driven executive, Deena has over 20 years’ experience in HR across the retail, hospitality, and higher education sectors.
Dean – UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
Professor Claire Annesley’s research and teaching expertise includes comparative politics, executives, gender equality, political representation and public policy. She has received numerous accolades for her research on gender politics and policy.
Interim Dean – UNSW Business School
Professor Frederik Anseel is the Interim Dean at UNSW Business School. He is a Professor of Management and has been Senior Deputy Dean in UNSW Business School for four years.
Chief Information Officer
Dr Chrissy Burns joined as UNSW Sydney’s Chief Information Officer in 2022 to drive its technology strategy so it enables the innovative ambitions of the students and staff of the university.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic Quality
Professor Merlin Crossley is a molecular biologist, specialising in human genetic diseases. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and science communicator who contributes frequent articles on science, education and policy.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research & Enterprise
Professor Nick Fisk provides strategic leadership and support to the Vice-Chancellor and President in the generation of external research income and improving UNSW’s overall research performance, and in attracting and retaining outstanding academic staff.
Dean – UNSW Engineering
Professor Julien Epps was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from 2007, Associate Professor from 2014, and Professor and Head of School from 2019. In 2023 he was appointed Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering.
Vice-President - Societal Impact, Equity and Engagement
The Hon. Verity Firth AM is the inaugural Vice-President Societal Impact, Equity and Engagement. Verity has over twenty years’ experience at the very highest levels of government and education sectors in Australia.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Global
Professor Colin Grant is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global as the University of New South Wales. Previously he was Vice Principal International at Queen Mary University of London. He was Chair of the British Council Education Advisory Group and Trustee of the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA) 2018-2022.
Legal Operations & Project Officer
In addition to her role as General Counsel, Clair is responsible for the University’s compliance framework. Clair has over 25 years’ experience as a senior legal and compliance executive, responsible for providing strategic and commercially focused advice to boards and senior management.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Indigenous
Professor Leanne Holt is a Worimi/Biripi woman from the mid-coast of New South Wales. She is the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW. Contributing to Indigenous higher education for over 25 years she was previously the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy at Macquarie University.
Dean – UNSW Law & Justice
Professor Andrew Lynch is the Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice. He has previously served as Head of School and Deputy Dean. He teaches and researches in the field of Australian constitutional law. His research concentrates on the topics of federalism, judicial dissent, judicial appointments reform, and legal
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education & Student Experience
Professor Sarah Maddison is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education & Student Experience) at the University of New South Wales. The Division includes Future Student, Registrar & Student Services, and Education & Student Experience.
Dean – UNSW Science
Professor Sven Rogge is the Dean of UNSW Science. His research is in condensed matter physics, in particular quantum electronics at the School of Physics. Before joining UNSW in 2011 Sven worked at the Kavli Institute for Quantum Nano Science at Delft University and Stanford University.
Dean & Rector – UNSW Canberra
Professor Emma Sparks has a BSc (Hons) in sports science and osteopathy, an MSc and PhD in systems engineering for defence. She is the first female to be appointed to the role of Dean and Rector at UNSW Canberra.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer at UNSW Sydney, Elizabeth (Libby) Stratford is responsible for the University’s financial direction and management, financial and business performance monitoring and analysis, and providing independent advice on the financial performance of university-controlled and associated entities.
Interim Dean – UNSW Medicine and Health
Professor Adrienne Torda is the Interim Dean of UNSW Faculty of Medicine & Health. She is an academic leader, medical educator and scholar, as well as a medical clinician with specialist qualifications in Infectious Diseases.
Vice-President – Operations
Andrew Walters is the Vice-President, Operations, at UNSW Sydney, having commenced in August 2015. The Division of Operations includes the portfolios of Finance, UNSW IT, Estate Management, and HR.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Planning & Assurance
Scientia Professor George Williams was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for, “distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor – Society
Professor Megan Davis is a Professor of Law and the Balnaves Chair of Constitutional Law. She is a Cobble Cobble woman and a renowned constitutional lawyer and public law expert, focusing on advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
President – UNSW Academic Board
Professor Scott Kable is the Chemistry Head of School in the Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney.
Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research
Professor Dane McCamey is a Professor of experimental condensed matter physics. He is a Chief Investigator and Research Platform Leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Exciton Science.
Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research Infrastructure
Professor Grainne Moran provides strategic leadership and oversight of UNSW's research infrastructure, including the centrally managed shared research facilities.
Pro Vice-Chancellor – RT & E
Professor Jonathan Morris is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research Training & Entrepreneurship at UNSW Sydney. From 2015-2018 he was Deputy Dean Graduate Research at UNSW. He was appointed Dean of Graduate Research at UNSW in 2019. In 2021, he became the Pro Vice Chancellor Research Training & Entrepreneurship.
Director Nura Gili, Centre for Indigenous Programs
Professor Scott Parlett is the Director Nura Gili, Centre for Indigenous Programs. He is a proud Malyangapa and Barkindji descendent but born and raised in rural QLD (Winton).
Pro Vice-Chancellor – Industry and Innovation
Professor Stephen Rodda is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Industry and Innovation. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership across all facets of UNSW’s industry engagement, knowledge transfer, business development and commercialisation, and oversight of the Entrepreneurial Campus.
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor – Education & Student Experience
Professor Alex Steel is the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience, and a Professor of the Law Faculty. Alex is an internationally recognised legal academic with interests in both criminal law and legal education.
Pro Vice-Chancellor – Inclusion
Associate Professor Bruce Watson has a diverse research and teaching background in sustainable futures, design studio learning and teaching, and most recently higher education management and policy. He has also practiced as as an artist, architect and interior architect.
Pro Vice-Chancellor International
Associate Professor Lisa Zamberlan is the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Associate Dean International for the Faculty of ADA. Lisa’s mission is to work with our industry and community partners across the globe, to drive creative contributions to the complex possibilities and challenges of our time.
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