The Stellaris Story

Stellaris PTE was established in 2005 in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Since the beginning the Directors have been very clear that the vision is to offer the best education to enable Stellaris graduates to succeed anywhere in the world.

Stellaris is different from other education providers because we insist on teaching practical, real world related skills backed up with relevant business theories and models.

The Directors have strong backgrounds in business as well as academic success and expertise as educators.

Between them they have served on boards of several major commercial and Not for Profit organisations. They have consulted to over 6000 entrepreneurs and businesses including some of New Zealand’s largest companies.

At Stellaris you will learn facts and theories. But more than that you will learn to think ahead, be strategic, how to network and how to be a successful business owner or valuable employee.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Vision for the International Business School is to provide the best education and knowledge which enables graduates to succeed anywhere in the world.

Our mission is to enable our students to:
Get the skills, Gain the knowledge, Take control

People grow through education.
Acting with integrity is always the right thing to do.

Our Team
  • Ron Scott, JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD
    Ron Scott, JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD
  • Frances Denz, MNZM
    Executive Director
    Frances Denz, MNZM
  • Altaf Shaikh, B.E, MBA
    CEO & Executive Director
    Altaf Shaikh, B.E, MBA
    Ron Scott, JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD

    Ron Scott, JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD


    Ron is the Chair of Stellaris PTE Ltd and is Executive Director responsible for Administration and Academic Operations at Stellaris.

    His experience includes a career spanning three decades in teaching and tertiary education alongside experience outside the education sector in sectors such as merchant banking and industrial recycling.

    Ron is the Deputy Chair of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Chair of SILC Charitable Trust and a director of TECT Holdings Ltd and a trustee of TECT. He is a former member of the Council of the University of Waikato.

    In addition to being a Justice of the Peace (JP), Ron is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Professional Member of the New Zealand Association of Training and Development.

    Ron is the author of “The New Directorwhich is a book aimed at helping aspiring professional directors achieve and build successful governance careers. He is a sought after speaker internationally and teaches on subjects relevant to governance and management. Ron is available to act as an independent director for suitable businesses and provides professional coaching for Directors and Senior Executives.

    Frances Denz, MNZM

    Frances Denz, MNZM

    Executive Director

    Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), Senior New Zealander of the Year, Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award

    Frances has received considerable recognition in New Zealand.

    Frances received the MNZM for Service to Business and the Community.

    Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award –  for forty years of innovative teaching that has helped numerous individuals create successful futures in business, further education and the workforce.

    Senior New Zealander of the Year – Frances’s impact on New Zealand is undeniable, having dedicated her life to improving the lives of others in the world of business, education, women’s rights or fighting for social justice.

    Frances is author of a number of books including: Women at the TopHope and Rehabilitation and Able to Do Business.

    She has produced innovative solutions to difficult problems. These include establishing loan funds for disabled people to start a business, and another for disadvantaged women who were unable to receive assistance from the traditional banking system.

    Frances has been a director on several larger organisations, as well as small community organisations and has an excellent practical understanding of the issues of governance in New Zealand.  She is currently on the Board of Stellaris PTE Ltd and Stellaris Ltd.

    Altaf Shaikh, B.E, MBA

    Altaf Shaikh, B.E, MBA

    CEO & Executive Director

    Altaf is the Chief Executive Officer of Stellaris PTE Limited and Executive Director responsible for Marketing, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.

    He has a Bachelor of Engineering Industrial Electronics and a MBA in International Business. Altaf has over 15 years of experience in the education sector in New Zealand, including establishing new education institutes, designing, implementing and driving marketing strategies and campaigns.

    His other key skills are  programme development and education management.  He has extensive experience in the ICT sector in both New Zealand and overseas.

    Altaf is passionate about education and strongly believes it to be an enabler for individuals to achieve their life goals and aspirations while make effective contributions to the community and the economy.

Our Partners

Poutiri Trust

Tauranga Business


Project Tauranga

Institute of Directors

The Quality Commission

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