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Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Business

Paul Wappett is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Business, a private, for-profit higher education provider and Australia’s largest provider of MBAs.

A longstanding advocate of accessible education, Paul is a firm believer in the obligation of education providers to ensure high standards of quality but also to provide an engaging and positive student experience.

A lawyer by profession, Paul's previous positions have included legal roles at Clayton Utz and Mobil Oil Australia, and commercial roles with Mobil, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, and CPA Australia. Before joining Australian Institute of Business, Paul was the Chief Executive Officer for Australia's premier digital marketpace for online education courses, Open Universities Australia.

Paul is married with two children, lives in Melbourne, has degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an MBA from Melbourne Business School and still harbours dreams of one day opening the batting for the Australian cricket team.


  • 2018–present
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Business
  • 2012–2018
    Chief Executive Officer, Open Universities Australia
  • 2004–2011
    Executive General Manager, Strategy, CPA Australia
  • 2002–2004
    Chief Commercial Officer, Western Bulldogs Football Club


  • 2002 
    Melbourne Business School, MBA
  • 1989 
    University of New South Wales, B.Comm, LL.B

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors