Anvia Academic Council

“individuals seeking excellence ”

Anvia Academic Council was created with the purpose to help promote and execute our mission of making personal and business growth accessible and sustainable by delivering high quality instruction and personal guidance to individuals seeking excellence in their learning journey.

The council members include Dr Elizabeth Valentine (Chairperson,) Councillors Emeritus Professor Alan Underwood with Dr Greg Timbrell as Secretary.

Ex officio members will include James Kennett, Executive Director of Anvia Australia and Ali Kasa, President and CEO of Anvia..

Dr Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) ValentineCouncil Chair


Dr Lizzie Valentine has significant experience across corporate learning and development and tertiary education as an independent director, skills’ council chairman, CEO, consultant and advisor.

Dr Valentine is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Massey University (NZ). She is also a tutor and research fellow (Victoria University (Wellington, NZ). Her experience includes leading and applying ICT to corporate training and education (tertiary and vocational) and includes her applied research into governing and leading information & technology transformation.


Prior to that, as CEO of two Industry Skills Councils (ITOs in New Zealand), Dr Valentine developed broad and deep experience of qualifications’ and curriculum development, framework registration, competency modelling, and complex industry engagement.

Most recently, she has consulted in the area of digital transformation in education for the Ministry of Education (NZ) and for tertiary education providers. These assignments have all covered the strategy, engagement, business and change capability-building impacts of digital transformation.

Lizzie is a frequent NZ and International speaker. She holds a Doctor of Information Technology (QUT, Australia, 2016), an MBA (Henley, UK, 2002), and a Diploma of Business Studies from Massey University (Training and Development).

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Emeritus Professor Alan UnderwoodCouncillor


Professor Underwood has more than fifty-years-experience in the computing industry. In addition, he brings over forty-years leadership experience in the university sector.

For many years, he was the Head of the School of Information Systems at the Queensland University and was the Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology for extended periods.


Professor Underwood is a past National President and Vice President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). He was elected as a Fellow of the ACS in 1993 and Honorary Life Member in 1994. In his capacity as a member of the ACS Membership Board, he conducted numerous accreditations of IT courses in Australian universities.

He authored the Core Body of Knowledge document used as the basis for accreditation of these courses and for establishing the skills (qualifications and experience) criteria for people contemplating migrating to Australia under the Migration Regulations 1994.

Alan served as the Assistant Secretary General of the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) (1992 –2001) and he was also a foundation member of SEARCC’s Special Regional Interest Group in Professional Standards and the Chair of the Special Regional Interest Group in Software Engineering Education and Practice. In 1994, Professor Underwood was appointed to the Australian Privacy Advisory Committee for a three-year term by the Governor-General of Australia.

Dr Greg TimbrellCouncil Secretary


Dr Greg is an IT industry professional with over 35 years’ experience. After a career in technology consulting with Price Waterhouse and government executive positions, he completed a PhD in Information Systems at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In the last last 20 years as an academic, he has won multiple teaching awards.

He is currently a Director of Teaching and Learning at QUT and Dean of Studies of the Education Services Portfolio of Anvia Holdings Corporation. Dr Timbrell is a member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Register of Experts and consults to other universities in technology and business curriculum.

He is the author of Information Systems Consulting (Blurb Publishing) and has co-authored dozens of international research papers across a wide range of technology topics.

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