Dr Yesseleva-Pionka held teaching and senior academic management positions in Central Asia (Kazakhstan) and Australia. Prior to joining TOP Education Group, Dr Yesseleva-Pionka held academic positions at the following universities KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) University of Sydney (Australia), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Charles Sturt University (Australia), University of New England (Australia), Victoria University (Australia) and Charles Darwin University (Australia). She won teaching awards at the University of Sydney Business School and Top Education Institute and was recognised as TOP 20 at the UTS Business School. Dr Yesseleva-Pionka specialised in general investments, personal and corporate superannuation investments while working for Westpac Banking Corporation and BT Financial Group. Dr Yesseleva-Pionka was invited to join The Housing Connection Board as a Treasurer and Board Member from November 2019. Dr Yesseleva-Pionka's research interests include entrepreneurial finance, traditional and alternative ways to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate finance, policies for the small business sector, innovation and SMEs, FinTechs and Blockchain.