Executive Management

Leaders Institute Executive Management Team to assist and support the Institute’s affairs and concerns. Executive Management Team supports and executes decisions of Governing Board. Current Members are:

Professor Grant Pitman


Professor Grant Pitman is the president of the Leaders Institute. He has held senior leadership roles in government and private higher education institutions. He has a Ph.D. and Master of Administration from Griffith University. He is a well-versed researcher and has published numerous articles and journals.

Mr Vivian Lobo

Secretary & Exofficio Member

Mr. Vivian Lobo is a Director of Administration, Marketing and Recruitment and serves as the Secretary for the Governing Board. He is also the current Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for the Catholic Parish of Lutwyche. He holds a Master of Business specialising in Human Resources from Queensland University of Technology. He has wide experience in management holding junior and senior managerial roles.

Professor Denise A. Austin

Vice President Academic

Professor Denise A. Austin is Vice President Academic at Leaders Institute, Australia. She formerly served as Deputy Vice President Research and Standards at Alphacrucis College (2009-2021) and was project manager for its successful Self-Accrediting Authority (2016) and University College applications (2022). She was also Director of the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre for almost a decade. Denise has published widely in the areas of Chinese business history, Chinese philanthropy, and Pentecostalism in the Asia Pacific region. Her books include ‘Kingdom-Minded’ People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians (Leiden: Brill, 2011) and an edited volume on Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Professor Harvinder Singh

Program Director (Postgraduate Studies)

Professor Harvinder Singh has been an academic for nearly two decades with strong teaching and research expertise in informatics, traditional and molecular plant breeding approaches for the improvement and management of cereal crops, and medicinal plants. He has published over 50 research articles in peer reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings. He also presented his research at national and international conferences. He has successfully secured and completed many research grants. Additionally, in his current role as Program Director, he has demonstrated strong academic management and higher education compliance knowledge and capability. Prof Singh also has a strong Research and Higher Degree supervision experience.

Leader Institute Organisation Structure