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Ian Harper
Professor Ian Harper


Dean, Melbourne Business School

Co-Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

Professor Ian Harper was appointed Dean of Melbourne Business School in March 2018. As an economist best known for his work in public policy, Professor Harper has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms.

In August 2008, Professor Harper left academic life following a 25-year career, including 16 years in various roles at Melbourne Business School. In recognition of his service to the University of Melbourne, Professor Harper was elected Emeritus Professor on his departure.

He was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia in July 2016. Professor Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and was a panelist on the Independent Review of State Finances in Victoria. He was a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics and chaired the Australian Government's Competition Policy Review.

Professor Nasser Spear
Professor Nasser Spear


Deputy Dean, Melbourne Business School

Nasser Spear is GL Wood Professor of Accounting and the Deputy Dean (Melbourne Business School). His previous positions in the Faculty include Associate Dean (Global Engagement) and the Head of the Department of Accounting.

Professor Spear’s research interests cover capital markets, security valuation, oil and gas accounting, and international financial reporting. He consults on broad accounting issues as well as quality assurance and accreditation in higher education and has led the establishment of several business schools.