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, a world-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 in international 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.


Nikki Tucman

Assistant Lecturer

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.


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.


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.


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 financial technology, corporate governance, and employee equity. Campbell offers his clients a unique, entrepreneurial approach to accounting and business advice and is passionate about giving others the financial skills needed to grow a sustainable business.

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


Fara Khalid

Research Fellow

Dr Fara Khalid is a Research Fellow at Monash Business School. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and later obtained her MBA from Charles Sturt University. She then attained her PhD in Management from RMIT University in 2012 with her thesis entitled "An empirical analysis into the underlying components impacting upon business incubation performance of Malaysian ICT incubators". Upon her PhD completion, she served as a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) at the Faculty of Technology Management and Technopreneurship. Dr. Fara has supervised undergraduates and postgraduates in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship and been involved in coaching student entrepreneurs in starting up and managing their businesses. She has published in reputed international journals and presented her work at international conferences.

Jeanette Cheah

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer

The Hacker Exchange

Jeanette Cheah is the co-founder and CEO of The Hacker Exchange. Through immersive programs to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond, The Hacker Exchange helps students develop global citizenship, entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and to embrace lifelong learning.

A regular keynote speaker and startup mentor, Jeanette has represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina and SXSW in Austin, Texas. She also champions startup community building and diversity in business, having been listed as a woman of influence in Smart Company's 2018 International Women's Day Showcase and named a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards, 2019 'Public Sector & Academia'.

Prior to co-founding The Hacker Exchange, Jeanette’s corporate career involved building digital products, innovation and marketing strategies at organisations like ANZ, AXA and Origin Energy. Jeanette holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and French) from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from Queensland University of Technology, and User Experience Design qualifications from General Assembly.


Ronen Heine

Founder & CEO

Luna

Ronen is an angel investor, lawyer and startup strategist. After working as a suit and tie corporate lawyer at one of Melbourne's most prestigious law firms for over 4 years, fed up with how professional services were being delivered to entrepreneurs, in 2015 Ronen founded LUNA - a startup studio helping startups and for-purpose businesses launch and grow businesses, by offering a one-stop shop of startup strategy, legal, accounting and investment.

Ronen lives and breathes startups and is extremely passionate about developing and supporting an ecosystem in Australia, in which young people can thrive in non- traditional careers. He does this not only through the 400+ startups who have gone through LUNA but has also co-founded a number of startup programs including Mamilla and the Good Incubator - an incubator focused on supporting and upskilling social enterprise founders.

Ronen holds Bachelors of Biomedical Science (Honours in Immunology) and Laws (Honours) from Monash.


Mike Ebinum

Director & CTO

Sheda

Mike is the founder and CTO of Sheda a human centred design, strategy, innovation and product development company. Mike has a background in Technology consulting, software engineering and Digital product development. Having founded several companies and worked with a wide range of star-tup founders, he’s passionate about leveraging design and technology as a way to create a positive prosperous sustainable future through business ventures.

Mike holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Melbourne, a Grad. Diploma in Business Systems and Bachelor of Computer Science from Monash.


Richard Celm

Program Director

Startupbootcamp

Richard spent ten years delivering startup programs in London as head of Accelerator London in Tech City working with corporates, government and universities. He’s helped over 100 startups raise money in London working with organisations like Angels Den and Crowdcube as well as being the Fund Manager of the Emerald Investment Fund.

He has been involved with Startupbootcamp since 2013 as a mentor and investment advisor on the Copenhagen mobility program and subsequently in London and Barcelona prior to co-founding the Australian operations with Trevor Townsend.

Richard has worked in or with a number of successful startups in Australia and the UK as a mentor or investor and has a portfolio of about 20 active startups.


Campbell King

Partner

Mi Fi Accounting

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 financial technology, corporate governance, and employee equity. Campbell offers his clients a unique, entrepreneurial approach to accounting and business advice and is passionate about giving others the financial skills needed to grow a sustainable business.

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


Adam Ryan

Professor of Practice

Adam Ryan 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 from inception to conversion to Public companies and understands the importance of continually transforming teams throughout the evolution of a company’s life cycle. Adam has 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

Director Strategic Design

Isobar

A woman of many hats, Caroline 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 Strategic Design Lead 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.


Buzz Palmer

Professor of Practice

Buzz Palmer 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 Entrepreneurship 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.


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