Rob Forage



Rob Forage is the CEO of UNSW Global, a position he has held for over 9 years. During this time, Rob has crafted a strong business platform for the organisation, which has allowed it to develop and flourish as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales. As CEO, Rob is responsible to the Board for the effectiveness of operations, staff and student outcomes and performance, and managing the risk and long term success of the brand. Rob believes his role is ultimately about working through people to create outstanding student outcomes.

Now running one of the country’s pre-eminent international education organisations, Rob started his career as a botanist and biochemist in Tasmania which took him to Oxford to complete a Doctor of Philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar, and from there to the Harvard Medical School on a Postdoctoral Fellowship undertaking research. Returning to Australia, Rob commenced his career in the biotech industry, commercializing innovative research and introducing new products to market.


“We provide a personal experience of great value to our students and our partners – we work with the best local partners as well as government departments globally to ensure excellence and relevance in a high quality environment”


This unique blend of academic and commercial skills, coupled with strong innovation and business development experience provided Rob with the skills and vision to lead and develop the organisation into a premier position in the industry. Supported by a strong executive team, Rob has successfully navigated a balance between the demands of large scale operations whilst providing a personal, customised and high quality environment for students.

Rob has over 60 scientific and business publications, grants and patents. He was a Director of UNSW Press (Oct 2008 – Dec 2013) and the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Universitas 21 award for Sustained Excellence in International Education.


Rob’s academic achievements:

Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD



Rob’s key areas of interest and specialisation:

  • Business Development
  • Organisational Development
  • Change Management




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