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Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath

(Managing Director)

Bijo is the founder, Managing Director of Institute of Health & Management (IHM). His demonstrated passion towards education, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped the vision of the company.

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Dr Philip Brown

(Chief Executive Officer)

Dr Philip Brown is an internationally experienced CEO, board director, company secretary, dean, academic director, principal, advisor and educator. Dr Brown is exceptionally qualified in tertiary…

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Simon Schweigert

(Chief Operations Officer)

Simon works as the Chief Operations Officer with primary focus on business growth and effective implementation of IHM’s Operational and Strategic initiatives. Simon has more than 10 years in…

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Pankaj Patel

(Chief Financial Officer)

Pankaj has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance which range from financial reporting, taxation to auditing and brings in established skills in corporate finance…

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Dr Lina Shahwan-Akl

(Director of Studies)

Dr Shahwan-Akl is the Director of Studies for Institute of Health & Management. Dr Shahwan-Akl has held a number of key positions in research and academic education in Nursing. Such positions…

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Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath

(Managing Director)


Bijo is the founder, Managing Director of Institute of Health & Management (IHM). His demonstrated passion towards education, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped the vision of the company. Bijo has a Master’s in Business Administration and has a qualification in Mechanical Engineering. Bijo has worked extensively world-wide and is well respected as a prominent community figure in Australia, Malaysia & India. Bijo’s extensive project management and business management experience is the driving force behind all programs and activities of IHM and Health Careers group and has led the organisation to successfully start a number of international businesses. As the CEO and Managing Director of Institute of Health & Management Pty. Ltd., Bijo oversees and manages the operational activities, systems and policy implementation of the organisation. He is also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Corporate Governance in Educational Sector, from Swinburne University.

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Dr Philip Brown

(Chief Executive Officer)


Dr Philip Brown is an internationally experienced CEO, board director, company secretary, dean, academic director, principal, advisor and educator. Dr Brown is exceptionally qualified in tertiary education management, commerce and risk management, including an earned doctoral degree in educational leadership.
Phil’s professional affiliations include: Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA); Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); Associate Member, Institute of Internal Auditors Australia (AMIIAA); and Certified Practising Risk Associate, Risk Management Institution of Australasia (CPRA).
Phil has been recognised and presented as a Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK) for “very extensive experience in leading, as well as developing, learning and teaching in higher education”; as a Fellow, Association of University Administrators (UK) for “substantial commitment to the continuing professional development of others, and the impact and influence this has had on higher education administration and management”; and as a Fellow, Australian College of Educators (Australia) for “innovative leadership in establishing teaching as a profession through roles as author, consultant, teacher, assistant principal, principal and president of a professional association.”

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Simon Schweigert

(Chief Operations Officer)


Simon works as the Chief Operations Officer with primary focus on business growth and effective implementation of IHM’s Operational and Strategic initiatives. Simon has more than 10 years in Vocational and Higher Education sectors developing and managing student recruitment and international growth strategies. Prior to joining Health Careers, he worked in senior management roles as a communications, strategy and business consultant in education, health care and technology sectors in Australia, China, Philippines and numerous other Asian countries.

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Pankaj Patel

(Chief Financial Officer)


Pankaj has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance which range from financial reporting, taxation to auditing and brings in established skills in corporate finance, financial analysis, taxation, accounting and auditing. Pankaj holds Bachelor of Commerce degree and he is also a member of Certified Public Accountant (AUS) along with Chartered Accountant (India). Pankaj is working with HCI Group for the past eight years’ and is responsible for managing financial aspects of the entire group.

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Dr Lina Shahwan-Akl

(Director of Studies)


Dr Shahwan-Akl is the Director of Studies for Institute of Health & Management. Dr Shahwan-Akl has held a number of key positions in research and academic education in Nursing. Such positions have included Associate Professor & Director, Post Graduate Studies and Head of Department at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), Melbourne. Dr Shahwan-Akl has also been honoured with several awards for her valuable contributions towards research and development in the fields of healthcare and nursing education nationally and internationally. This includes B-HERT Award (2009) for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research & Development, Higher Education and Training, Vocational Education and Training and Community Engagement; Inaugural Research Award (2002) by the Faculty of Human Movement, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; Australian Post Graduate Research Award (1994) from Commonwealth Government and Nurse of the Year Award (1982) from International Council of Nurses, New York, USA.

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