Melissa Banks

Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University; President of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA)

Melissa Banks is the Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University. Melissa provides leadership and oversight of JCU’s international engagement encompassing strategy development and implementation in the areas of inbound international student recruitment, international student support, outbound mobility and international partnerships and alliances. Melissa is also Chair of the Board of JCU College Pty Ltd, a wholly owned entity of James Cook University responsible for teaching English Language and academic pathways. Melissa was recently elected to the position of President of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA).

With over twenty-five years of experience in various roles and working across multiple education sectors and service providers with a focus on international education, Melissa is an experienced leader in the international education sector and has contributed to national and international forums and publications throughout her professional career.

Melissa is a recipient of the prestigious award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education (IEAA).



ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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