Our team

We work closely with the Business School, other faculties and industry to bridge the gap between the university and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, both locally and globally.

Professor David Gilbert

Director of Entrepreneurship

David holds a Bachelor of Business with 1st Class Honours and a PhD in Innovation. David founded and was Director of the Fastrack Innovation Program, aworld-class capability accelerator and innovation commercialisation program, that brought together exceptional young talent with highly engaged industry subject matter experts to solve complex, sector-wide problems.

Before joining academia, David enjoyed a diverse and distinguished career ininternational business holding positions at the highest levels including CEO, President and Partner in both corporate and private enterprises in various countries including Japan, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia as well as Hong Kong. He has considerable experience in start-ups, having founded or invested in over a dozen businesses.

Buzz Palmer

Professor of Practice

Buzz is one of Australia’s leading and most visible voices in entrepreneurship and MedTech innovation. Buzz is the founder and CEO of the MedTech Actuator (Australia’s National MedTech Catalyst), founding partner in Dialectica Group, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Professor of Commercialisation at Monash University.

With a background in orthopaedic regenerative medicine and microsurgery, Buzz is ideally positioned to strategically drive innovative medical technology solutions that provide a significant impact on society.

Buzz holds the positions of strategic advisor to the European Commission, sits on the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Council, Council Member of the Australian Federal Governments Global Innovation Linkage program, advisor on the Victorian Government’s Innovation Expert Panel and non-executive board director to Carrington Heath. Buzz also sits on number of startup boards, industry/academic committees and government working groups within Australia and globally.

Adam Ryan

Professor of Practice

Adam is a Professor of Practice in the Entrepreneurship Portfolio with a strong background in technology and innovation for Start-ups’. He has unique and extensive experience in a range of businesses relating to early and rapid growth stages from Sales, Research & Development, Company Structures, International Expansion, Go to Market functions, CEO/ Managing Director to Board positions. He is a true entrepreneur. Adam has been involved in companies such as SEEK and ‘think procurement’ from inception to conversion to Public companies and understands the importance of continually transforming teams throughout the evolution of a company’s life cycle.

He has additionally been involved in raising ~$100M in investment and other funding grants for early stage companies ranging from technology, advertising, fashion design, payments, travel and other industry sectors. More recently, in renewable energies and IOT security technologies both here in Australia and in the USA. Adam is dedicated, well respected by his peers and has demonstrated over an extensive career the ability to execute business strategy in the most complex of situations with tremendous results. Passionate about business and driven to be part of a great team with an incredible culture are hallmarks of what Adam is looking for in his next endeavour.

Caroline Sanz

Industry Teaching Fellow

Caroline is one half of the dynamic duo that leads the undergraduate unit ‘Entrepreneurship’ (BEX3411). A woman of many hats, she has built a career guided by curiosity, an eagerness to challenge things and ultimately make a difference. Her one rule, to change and do things with people not just for people. Her goal, to be creatively disruptive in empowering people to advance positive change that is impactful, sustainable and uncompromising.

Caroline is the Director - Strategic Design at Isobar, however her experience spans coaching and mentoring start-ups, delivering international development projects, organisational development and solving strategic challenges for some of Australia’s largest organisations.

Jeremy Crow

Industry Teaching Fellow

Jeremy is the other half of the dynamic duo that leads the undergraduate unit ‘Entrepreneurship’ (BEX3411). He is passionate about solving complex problems and leads a team of incredibly talented people working in strategy, design, innovation and transformation. Together they help big organisations be more design-led and innovative, as well as guiding new ventures to build amazing products, services and businesses. He’s an action oriented figure who loves to roll up his sleeves and get things done.

Jeremy is Isobar’s Executive Director - Strategic Design, and leads their Products and Ventures offering. He is also co-founder of an agtech start-up, IoTag.

Cambell King

Industry Teaching Fellow

Campbell is a Partner and Co-founder of mi-fi, an innovative accounting and advisory firm to fast-growing businesses and professionals. He specialises in implementing cloud-based financial systems, corporate governance, and employee share schemes for businesses.

Before founding mi-fi, Campbell worked as an analyst at KordaMentha where he was involved in a broad range of insolvency engagements across sectors including property, manufacturing and services. Campbell applies the expertise he gained at KordaMentha to assist his clients in navigating the complexities of running a successful business.

Campbell’s entrepreneurial spirit developed at a young age. While at university, he founded his first business, Kegs on Legs, a successful mobile catering, event planning and bar hire company which he later sold to pursue his career in professional services.

In being both a highly skilled finance professional and a technology expert, Campbell offers his clients a unique, entrepreneurial approach to accounting and business advice.

In 2014, Campbell was a finalist in the AFR Boss and University of Sydney Business School’s search for Australia’s next emerging leader. In 2009, he was one of Anthill Magazine’s 30 under 30 which recognises young Australian entrepreneurs. While studying in 2007, Campbell received the Innovation Award from Queens University in Canada and the Jacques Nasser Scholarship in Entrepreneurship from RMIT. He also won the RMIT Business Plan Competition in 2006.

Campbell has a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship), a Masters of Professional Accounting and a Diploma of Financial Planning from RMIT. He also has a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Ashenafi Biru

Research Fellow

Dr Ashenafi Biru completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship at RMIT University. Ashenafi’s research interests focus on institutional theory; entrepreneurship; firm strategies and innovation; and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and investigating its role in inspiring grassroots change in strengthening the economies of diverse communities. Ashenafi is especially adept in exploratory research and in-depth quantitative and qualitative studies.

Lin Xiong

Research Fellow

Dr Lin Xiong is a Research Fellow at Monash Business School. She attained her PhD in Management from RMIT University in 2012, then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Victoria University and as a Research Fellow at the School of Management, RMIT University. Her research interests span across the disciplines of Management and Psychology, with particular focus in the fields of Business Acumen, Commercialisation and Human Resource Management. She has published in top-tier international journals and presented at international conferences in the areas related to human behaviours in natural and man-made disasters and emergency management.

Nikki Tucman

Research assistant

Nikki manages the strategic and operational functions and services of the entrepreneurship portfolio. She holds a degree in Psychology and before joining Monash was the Manager of the Fastrack Innovation Program. Nikki has been involved in helping guide innovative concepts to commercial reality and in mentoring and transforming numerous students into capable professionals who are highly valued in a variety of workplace environments. She has worked with organisations such as Victoria Legal Aid, ANZ Bank, Isobar, RMIT University and Startupbootcamp.