MBA Director and staff


Dr Geraldine Kennett

Director, MBA Program

Dr Geraldine Kennett is the Director of the MBA Program and Associate Professor of Business Management at La Trobe University. She is responsible for the strategic direction, curriculum and learning quality and industry engagement for the MBA Program.

Geraldine held senior executive positions in professional and industry associations in Melbourne. Including:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Division
  • Membership Strategy Manager, Australian Industry Group
  • Professional Development and Membership Manager.Australian Human Resource Institute

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.

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

Dr Jennifer Spoor 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 she has 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 are in applied social psychology and statistics. Jennifer has a PhD and MS in social psychology from Purdue University.

Jennifer'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 include:

  • workplace diversity and inclusion, especially with respect to gender and disability
  • moods and emotions in work groups
  • 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. She collaborates 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 Business School, Partnership and Professor of Corporate Governance

Professor Paul Mather
Professor of Accounting and Governance

Dr Rachel Fuller
Lecturer, Department of Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics and Finance

Dr Leila Afshari
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing

Dr Shalinka Jayatilleke
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing

Dr Jasvir Nachatar Singh
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing

Dr Nicole  EI-Haber
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School