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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 Kotryna K. Fraser

Dr Kotryna Fraser PhD, CSci, BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (Psychology Support) is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, NSW. She is an expert in Sport and Performance Psychology focusing on feminism, social justice and diversity in sport. Her research interrogates the effect of stereotypes on sportspeople’s experiences and performance ranging from athletes to support staff. Kotryna uses her professional experiences as a swimming coach and a BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology Support) to examine the place minorities have in sport. Kotryna’s research also influences her applied practice and teaching in tertiary setting as she continues to work with the industry partners and chair BASES Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. Despite being an early career researcher and academic, Kotryna’s expertise and multicultural interdisciplinary experience have already been recognised nationally and internationally. Kotryna facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Interaction between Personality, Culture and Leadership”.

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Dr Heather Douglas

Dr Heather Douglas, PhD, B Psych (Hons) is an interdisciplinary applied psychologist with expertise in individual differences assessment and measurement. Heather has applied this expertise to organisational psychology, the impact of the diversification of higher education populations on academic outcomes, multi-tasking in healthcare professionals, and using technology to hack the learning process. More recently, she has examined the boundary conditions of imposter phenomenon, including the activities that elicit imposter feelings and the situations under which imposter feelings are more likely to emerge. Heather completed her PhD in 2014, after which she worked at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR) at Macquarie University, and for Murdoch Singapore as a Psychology Lecturer in Personality, Performance, and Organisational Behaviour. Heather joined the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle as Lecturer in Personality and Psychological Measurement in February of 2019. Heather facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Interaction between Personality, Culture and Leadership”.

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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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Matthew Barry

Matthew Barry

User experience designer Matt heads up Actified, a web design and solutions company.
He has 10 years of experience working with a range of SMEs and large corporates, culminating in the founding and exit of a Fintech start up. Based out of UON’s I2N Hub Hunter Street, he’s translating his vast learnings into practice and building product from a brand-new city. Matthew facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to leverage your message through digital platforms?”

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Dr Stefania Paolini

Associate Professor Stefania Paolini is a social psychologist with expertise in intergroup relations. She was born in Italy and trained in organisational and social psychology at the University of Padova. She obtained her PhD at Cardiff University, UK and soon after relocated to Newcastle where she is Associate Professor of Social and Intercultural Psychology within the School of Psychology.

Stefania has published her research on intergroup interactions, prejudice, stigma, and dynamics of social integration in top international journals and is highly cited for her research. Her research won her the Australian Psychological Society’s peace Research award and a runner up for the South Australia’s Muslim-non-Muslim Understanding award. She is fellow of the Society of Experiential Social Psychology and section editor for Wiley’s Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

She has chaired the Internationalisation committee of the world’s largest professional society of social scientists (SPSSI: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and that capacity established a regularly expert group meeting linking researchers at the two sides of the Atlantic. She has been recipient of collaboration and service awards for her service and outreach activities for the advancement and empowerment of equity groups and the promotion of a diverse society. Stefania facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Intercultural Competence the secret ingredients to be future ready?”

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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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Siobhan Curran

Siobhan Curran is Senior Manager, I2N and Innovation and in this role, she is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of I2N Hub Network and works with the Research & Innovation Division to shape new approaches to engaging UON staff, students, and the wider business community with the entrepreneurial and innovative direction of the University of Newcastle. Siobhan facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Discover the entrepreneurial mindset within you”.

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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. Siobhan facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Discover the entrepreneurial mindset within you”.

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