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Associate Professor Ashish Malik

Associate Professor Ashish Malik, Head of the Management Discipline, teaches in Human Resources Management and Employment Relations at Newcastle Business School. Ashish’s research has an international focus in knowledge-intensive service contexts. He specialises in people management practices for creating a social context that supports innovation and positive business and employee outcomes. Ashish has published several books, and his work appears in the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Human Resource Management (US), among others. Ashish facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “What it means to be a leader and global citizen in today’s world?”

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Dr Patricia Johnson

Dr Patricia Johnson is a senior lecturer in the Newcastle Business School in the Marketing and Tourism discipline. She is a committed teacher and is course coordinator and lecturer of a number of courses in the school, including tourism management, events management and international marketing. She has designed and escorted study tours to Kenya for undergraduate students studying resource management and has supervised international study experiences to China, Vietnam, Japan, Fiji, East Timor, Argentina, and United Kingdom. Patricia maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus with a keen interest on exploring the meanings of cosmopolitanism and to address questions relating to cultural literacy and global citizenship. In 2018, Patricia designed and coordinated a UN accredited Executive Development program for the Kenyan Public Service Commission. She holds a place on the Centre for African Research and Engagement and Partnerships (CARE-P) executive advisor board. Patricia provides iLEAD Plus training on: What it means to be a leader and global citizen in today’s world?

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Hellen Cohen

Ms Hellen Cohen, M. AppSci (Psych. Coaching) is an Organisational Development Specialist in the Human Resources unit at the University of Newcastle. Hellen has a successful track record in upskilling and improving individual’s employability across many sectors. Hellen holds a Master of Applied Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney. Coaching psychology is a unique field of applied psychology that specialises in enhancing human performance for the goals of boosting productivity and nurturing the quality of life of individuals, organisations, and the broader community. She is also is a qualified trainer and assessor and is passionate about empowering future generations to be global leaders in an increasingly digital world. Central to Hellen’s coaching and mentoring philosophy is using a strengths-based approach as a foundation and leveraging diverse thinking and perspectives to generate competitive and innovative solutions. Hellen facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to create meaningful leadership goals that really matter”.

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Dr Gary Ellem

Dr Gary Ellem

Dr Gary Ellem is Head of Business Development at iSee VC Pty Ltd and a conjoint academic at the University of Newcastle. He is a Sustainability Futurist and Entrepreneur with a PhD in Biophysics and IP in fields as wide as digital wireless communications, biofuels and microalgal production systems. Gary facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to leverage your message through digital platforms?”

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Leo Dynevor

Leo Dynevor is a Kullilli / Wakka Wakka Aboriginal man from Cherbourg Queensland. Leo is the Indigenous Strategy Officer with the Global Engagement and Partnerships team at the University of Newcastle.​​​​​​​ Leo has held multiple roles where he has implemented Indigenous strategy across different sectors. He is a former professional rugby league player with the Brisbane Broncos, Newcastle Knights and the Western Suburbs Magpies (West Tigers). Leo has passion for bringing people and communities together to share experiences and perceptions to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life. Leo facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Intercultural Competence; the secret ingredients to be future ready.”

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Richard Berry

Richard Berry is I2N Program Coordinator and in this role, he is responsible for the coordination of entrepreneurship programs and events which service our student, researcher and alumni communities. He supports the I2N Hub Incubator and connects resident startups with the community of founders and links them to experts, mentors and supporters. Richard facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Discover the entrepreneurial mindset within you”.

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