Genia Janover was born in Germany in 1948 and is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and refugees. She served as principal of Bialik College for 20 years, and prior to that as Vice-Principal of Leibler-Yavneh College. She has enjoyed a stellar career in Jewish education over more than four decades. After retiring from Bialik College towards the end of 2008, Genia was appointed to a number of boards, at the same time serving as an educational consultant and an Ambassador of Independent Schools of Victoria. Genia has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, among them the Commonwealth award for Best National Achievement for a Principal, and the Max Fisher Prize, an internal accolade, for her contribution to Jewish education world-wide. She has been named by the Bulletin as one of Australia’s top ten educators and listed among one of the country’s most influential women.