Our senior team

Jo Mithen, Chief Executive Officer

Jo MithenQualifications:

  • Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD
  • Executive MBA, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Economics (B.Ec.), Monash University


  • Fellow, Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

As a Monash University alumna, Jo is a proud advocate of the power of an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.

She joined Monash College in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Having worked at senior levels with universities for more than 15 years, her expertise lies in her ability to recognise market trends and affect change.

Under her leadership, the company has tripled student enrolments and strengthened the quality of graduates entering the University. She has also extended international College partners, invested to diversify College leadership succession and unified the College under a single vision.

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Cynthia Kralik, Executive Director, Pathways

Cynthia KralikQualifications:

  • Master of Education (International Education), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), La Trobe University
  • GAICD (International Company Directors Course)

Cynthia Kralik is Executive Director Pathways, which comprises the education divisions of English, Foundation Year and Diplomas

Cynthia's extensive experience in international education spans teaching, teacher training, business development and senior management. Having previously also held senior roles at RMIT University, she brings more than a decade of executive leadership experience to her work at Monash College.

Appointed as Director to our English Language programs in 2012, Cynthia expanded her portfolio to include our Foundation Year programs in 2015 and Diploma pathways in 2018.

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Amanda Semertzian, Director, Governance

Amanda SmertzianQualifications:

  • Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration, Governance Institute of Australia
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Administration, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Classics and Archaeology/History), The University of Melbourne

Amanda has worked across the legal and education sectors for more than 15 years. Joining our college in 2008, she now manages academic governance and corporate governance across our College, in addition to supporting our Board as Company Secretary.

Her role includes overseeing course and institutional accreditation, conducting program audits and ensuring regulatory compliance across all College programs and corporate areas. She also advises our college on the development and maintenance of education pathway products and academic board management.

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Alistair Mytton, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Alistair MyttonQualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Melbourne University


  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Alistair has three decades of experience in finance, and has worked as a Chief Financial Officer and Finance Executive leading diverse teams across the globe. He has proven capacity to lead business transition, negotiate commercially strong outcomes and navigate complex stakeholder relationships with a leadership style that embraces integrity, trust, people and learning.

He joined Monash College in August 2018, with a portfolio including finance, information technology, student services and business intelligence.

Alistair has held key roles with BHP Billiton for over 20 years. His experience includes finance, risk management, insurance, capital projects, joint ventures, supply chain management and international taxation. He is experienced in working in executive teams and working with boards.

Alistair currently serves as a director in the not-for-profit sector and also provides executive mentoring.

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Dr Karina Davis, Executive Director Learning Innovation, Course Director Bachelor of International Business


  • BECS (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • Ph.D. Education, University of Melbourne

Dr Karina Davis has a wealth of experience in the education sector drawn from over 25 years experience, originally as a teacher, then as a lecturer and researcher, before transitioning into educational management and executive management positions.  Karina believes deeply in the power of education to open opportunities and change a person's life trajectory.

Karina joined the College in 2020 to lead the Learning Innovation team. From August 2020, she has also taken on the leadership of the Bachelor of International Business. Karina brings to Monash College experience and expertise in strategy and its intersection with educational product and delivery and a curiosity and enthusiasm for education and strategy generally, and course and curriculum innovation specifically.

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Nazzareno La Gamba, Executive Director, Monash Professional Pathways


  • Master of Business Administration (Business Administration and Management), Australian Institute of Business
  • Bachelor of Marketing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Nazzareno brings significant transformational experience leading customer-focused change in complex, competitive and disruptive markets, driving revenue growth with the convergence of strategy, innovation and technology.

Joining Monash College in November 2018, Naz oversees the strategic direction of our Monash Professional Pathways program, which provides talent solutions for industry and students. He leverages partnerships and insights to deliver on solutions that meet industry needs, building scalable and sustainable relationships. Monash Professional Pathways offers a range of talent services, including internships, work integrated learning, graduate recruitment services and corporate training programs.

Before joining Monash College, Naz held senior leadership roles focusing on strategy, business development, digital innovation, operations and marketing. He led global collaboration with clients in the UK, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, guiding digital transformation and design thinking.

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