MBA Director and staff


Dr Geraldine Kennett

MBA Director

MBA Director

Geraldine is the Director MBA Program (Acting) and a Professor of Practice in Management at La Trobe University where she is responsible for MBA strategy and operations, curriculum and learning quality and industry engagement initiatives for the MBA Program.

She was formerly the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development and management of a range of professional development programs and services for members. Geraldine was also the Institute’s Program Director, Australian Industry Group’s Membership Strategy Manager and Australian Human Resource Institute’s, Professional Development and Membership Manager.

In the past Geraldine worked as a lecturer in the school of management for Central Metropolitan College of TAFE and as a business and human resource manager for Myer Stores Ltd. Geraldine is a Board member of Connecting Home (formerly Stolen Generation Victoria) and Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV).

Her qualifications include a Doctorate of Business Administration and a Masters in Training and Development. She is also an Editor for the Australian Journal of Public Administration and a Reviewer for the American Journal, Review of Personnel Public Administration.

Dr Jennifer Spoor

Deputy Director, MBA

Deputy Director, Director

Jennifer is the Deputy Director of the MBA Program in the La Trobe Business School, She has been at La Trobe University since 2010, during which time I have been the Program Coordinator for both the Master of Management and the Higher Degree by Research program. Jennifer previously taught at the University of Queensland, Butler University (USA), and Purdue University (USA). Her education and training is in applied social psychology and statistics, and I have a PhD and MS in social psychology from Purdue University.

Dr Spoor’s research is in the area of organisational behaviour and applied social psychology, focusing on group and intergroup processes. Her three main programs of research: (1) workplace diversity and inclusion, especially with respect to gender and disability; (2) moods and emotions in work groups; and (3) social identity theory. Jennifer’s current research projects focus on employment for individuals on the autism spectrum; neurodiversity employment programs; and improving organisational support for volunteers with a disability. I collaborate with organisations in the information and communications technology, government, sport, and not-for-profit sectors.

La Trobe MBA subject coordinators

Professor Suzanne Young
Associate Head of School - Partnerships
Professor of Governance and CSR

Dr Jennifer Laing
Associate Professor, Department of Management, Sport and Tourism
Graduate Research Coordinator - Management

Associate Professor Alison Parkes
Head of Department
Department of Accounting and Data Analytics

Dr Leila Afshari
Lecturer in Management
Program Director | HRM & Management
T: +61 3 9479 6272

Dr Simon Pervan
Head of Department
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing

Mr Greg Jamieson
Head of Department: Economics & Finance

MBA program team

Belinda Westerlo
Senior Programs Coordinator

Anthony Cirocco
MBA Senior Support Officer