Board of Governance

The Governance Board of Athena comprises various external experts, including experienced academics, legal and industry representatives. The Board monitors organizational performance in terms of corporate governance, academic independence, ethics, and integrity. It also provides strategic, academic, and developmental advice, as well as direction and assistance to the Executive and Academic Councils’ agendas, which are the two higher-level councils responsible for overall executive and academic operations of the organization. The Governance Board appoints independent auditors to carry out financial and academic audits. These independent bodies report directly to the Board, the audit reports are discussed in the Board Meetings and disseminated for advice and action to the Executive and Academic Councils.

Dr. Robert Pfumbudzayi

Board Member | Independent

Dr. Robert Pfumbudzayi Machera is currently working at Botho University in Botswana as Dean Faculty...

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Michelle Mosolgo

Board Member | Independent

Michelle is passionate about education and is a life-long learner. Previously she has held numerous leadership...

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David Gleave

Board Member | Independent

David Gleave had a distinguished career as a senior international executive for the University of Cambridge..

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Dr. Deborah Vess

Board Member | Independent

Dr. Deborah Vess is a Professor of History, Music, and Philosophy at EGSC and also teaches Art courses. She developed some of the ...

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Firoz Thairinil

Board Member | Ex-Officio

Mr Firoz Thairinil is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Westford Education Group, ensuring that a strong commitment to high standards  and a performance culture...

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Dr. Michelle Kempke Eppler

Board Member | Independent

Dr. Michelle Kempke Eppler is Dean of  Bellevue University’s College of Continuing & Professional Education...

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Arturo Lavalle

Board Member | Independent

Arturo Lavalle is a Member of the Board of Directors and Head of the Research and Development Department ...

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Prof. Abraham O. A

Board Member | Independent

A multidisciplinary international teacher, writer/journalist, author and speaker...

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Dr. Andrew Hambler

Board Member | Ex-Officio

Dr. Hambler is the consulting director for DBA offered through Athena. He is an experienced academic ...

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Dr. William Painter

Board Member | Ex-Officio

Dr. Painter is our Dean and he has held numerous positions in higher education, as a professor, a department chair...

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Col (Rtd). Anil Ahluwalia

Chair of the Board

Col (Rtd.) Anil Ahluwalia has had more than 30 years of experience as a trainer. He is a Master Trainer and acclaimed as an outstanding...

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