Meet the Dean

RN, RM, BEd, MEd Admin, M Hth S Mgt, GAICD, FCNA, DBA.

Sharon Brownie has been appointed as dean of the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa in late  2015.

Based in Nairobi, she will be responsible for all of AKU’s nursing and midwifery programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Well-known as a clinician, educator, researcher and policy​ advisor, Professor Brownie began her career as a registered nurse and midwife and over the past 30 years has continued to be active in professional practice.

She has a proven track record of over 25 years of executive experience in health and education including New Zealand-based roles such as Associate Head of Nursing and Health Studies at Manawatu Polytechnic, General Manager of Templeton Hospital, Nursing and Professional Services Advisor for Health Link South followed by roles in Australia including Deputy CEO of the Australian Health Workforce Institute, Executive Director of Clinical Education and Training for Queensland Health, and Professor Health Workforce Development at Griffith University. 

Her executive capacity is strengthened by additional experience in social welfare and economic development sectors in which she served for three years as the Regional Commissioner of Employment for North New Zealand followed by a two-year national posting as General Manager of Regional Coordination and Development for New Zealand. These experiences form the basis of her special interest in local and regional capacity building roles and in health workforce development initiatives such as establishing and enhancing nursing education programmes and scopes of practice.

In June 2003, Sharon was appointed as CEO of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists - a role which she fulfilled for seven years. During this period, she completed a doctorate, conducting research into New Zealand and implemented​ partnership-based local development and capacity building initiatives. 

Professor Brownie holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Educational Administration, a Master of Health Services Management, and in 2000 was awarded a Management Development Centre Fellowship for Excellence in the New Zealand Public Service. She is currently serving as the Griffith University representative and Head of Nursing at Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, UAE and has received a Griffith University Award of Excellence for her role in developing a comprehensive review programme to support nursing graduates to prepare for the national nurse licensure exam.

Her research interests and publications focus on nursing and health workforce capacity building, including the expansion of nursing roles and scope of practice for the prevention and management of chronic disease.

Sharon is a member of the PRAXIS Forum and is a Research Associate of Green Templeton College at Oxford University, UK.​