HCI acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Mr Bijo KunnumpurathFounder and Acting Chief Executive Officer
With a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and technology he’s been able to shape the vision of IHNA. Equipped with a Master’s in Business Administration and qualified in Mechanical Engineering, Bijo has had extensive project management and business management experience. He’s used this experience to enable new and innovative programs to push the envelope for career-focused healthcare training. Bijo has worked worldwide and has had the opportunity to be a well-respected and prominent community figure in Australia, Malaysia, and India. As the acting CEO of IHNA, he oversees and manages the operational activities, systems, and policy implementation of the organisation. He’s also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and currently pursuing a PhD in Corporate Governance in the Educational Sector at Swinburne University.
Dr Chandana HewegeNon-Executive Director
With a dedication to teaching, research, and industry consultancy he’s published over 45 referred research and conference papers and. Dr Hewege holds a PhD in Management, a Master of Business Administration Degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honours. He’s well-regarded on a wide spectrum of research areas including corporate social responsibility, management controls of transitional economies, marketing, logistics, international business, and research methodology. Dr Hewege has also accumulated over 20 years of teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia and internationally.
Professor Anthony WelchIndependent Non-Executive Director
Led by a deep passion for nursing, Professor Chair has held a number of positions in both the private and public sectors of the healthcare industry in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. These positions include Hospital Manager, Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Senior Supervisor, Unit Manager, Principal Educator, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Post-Graduate Studies. He’s also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia and is currently working at Central Queensland University as Assistant Dean Community Engagement, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Ms Svetlana JohnsonIndependent Non-Executive Director
With over 20 years’ experience, Svetlana’s professional career has been extensive and varied in the fields of accounting, consulting, internal audit, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions. She has a substantial amount of experience in all areas of business and in particular driving process improvement and business optimisation. Some of Svetlana’s industry experience is in legal practice, professional services, retail, and hospitality. Her Board and Committee experience includes the Australian Legal Practice Management Association as Victorian Treasurer for over 5 years.
Dr Philip BrownExecutive Director
With a passion for leadership and higher education, Dr Brown has international experience as CEO, Board Director, Company Secretary, Dean, Academic Director, Principal, Advisor, and Educator. He’s exceptionally qualified in tertiary education management, commerce, and risk management, including an earned doctoral degree in educational leadership. Dr Brown’s professional affiliations include: Governance Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Institute of Internal Auditors Australia (IIAA), and Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA).
Mr Pankaj PatelChief Financial Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance, Pankaj has experience across financial reporting, taxation, and auditing, with established skills in corporate finance, financial analysis, taxation, accounting, and auditing. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and is also a Certified Public Accountant (AUS) and Chartered Accountant (India). Pankaj has been working with the HCI Group for over eight years and is responsible for managing financial aspects of the entire group.
Dr Shisir ManandharAcademic Director and Research Innovation & Technology Manager
Dedication to innovation and technology, Dr Shisir is a senior researcher and academic specialising in ICT and innovation policy with a strong track record of serving the Australian tertiary education for over five years. He heads Heathovation, an HCI subsidiary dedicated to the latest technologies and collaborative tools in the design and delivery of healthcare education. Dr Shisir leads multi-disciplinary research on the design, development, delivery, execution, and evaluation of cutting-edge ICT technologies to improve tertiary education systems and healthcare service delivery. His professional affiliations include: Australian Computer Society (ACS), Centre for ICT for Development, Nepal (ICT4D) and Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN).