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Jan. 17: Zak Named Executive Director for Heinz School Programs in Australia


Teresa S. Thomas

Carnegie Mellon Names Timothy J. Zak Executive
Director for Heinz School Programs in Australia

PITTSBURGH—Timothy J. Zak, an experienced entrepreneur, educator and consultant, is the new executive director for programs offered by Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in Adelaide, Australia.

Tim ZakZak was chief executive officer of the Social Innovation Accelerator, a private operating foundation that supported the development of revenue-generating businesses and new solutions to social issues by non-profit groups. He is also co-director of Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Social Innovation and an adjunct professor at both the Tepper School of Business and the Heinz School.

In his new role, Zak will set strategy for Heinz School programs in South Australia, oversee faculty activities, and be responsible for developing and marketing the school's popular master's degree programs in public policy and management and information technology. He will also establish and maintain relationships with industry and government organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

"Tim's understanding of Carnegie Mellon's culture and reputation and his track record as a business leader, educator and consultant make him a great choice to be our executive director. Students in the Asia-Pacific region are very enthusiastic about our programs, and we look forward to continued growth and success with Tim's leadership," said Mark Wessel, dean of the Heinz School.

Zak is a Carnegie Mellon graduate, earning a bachelor's degree in computer science and industrial management in 1986. He has a master's degree in manufacturing engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University with concentrations in finance, marketing and international business.

In May 2006, Carnegie Mellon was the first American university to begin operations in Australia, locating in Adelaide's historic Victoria Square. In addition to the Heinz School programs, Carnegie Mellon offers master's degree programs in entertainment technology in Australia.