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 is Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash Business School. He entered academia on the back of nearly 30 years in international business that saw him in Silicon Valley as a young fibre optics engineer with Sun Microsystems at the start of the tech boom, playing professional rugby in Japan, then 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, the last two of which were sold to international investors.

David is a keen surfer and a great believer in the power of knowledge that can be translated into action that makes a difference. Education opened many doors for him over his career so following his first (failed) attempt at retirement he completed a 1st class Honours degree followed by a PhD in Innovation.

David has a different approach to educating the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future, one that is driven by a firm belief in the potential and capability of students underpinned by a strong bias to doing and not talking about doing. He co-founded the Fastrack Innovation Program in 2007 along with Peter Williams, CEO Deloitte Digital - a program that was ahead of its time in combining students from multi-disciplines with outstanding industry innovators to create and execute on innovative solutions that deliver meaningful impact on people’s lives.


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.


Anna Rysenbry

Assistant Lecturer

Anna recently joined Monash Business School's entrepreneurship portfolio and manages our start-up and innovation community and stakeholder engagement, alongside extra-curricular functions within the portfolio. She holds a degree in Legal and Dispute Studies, and prior to joining Monash was the Research and Program Coordinator at Raise Foundation, a youth mentoring charity. Anna is passionate about the intersection between entrepreneurialism and social impact in creating positive differences for disadvantaged and minority communities.


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.


Campbell 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.


Claire Johnston

Industry Teaching Fellow

Claire is a Teaching Associate and part of the BEX5411 team. She is a Strategic Designer at Isobar and a facilitator, researcher and designer of learning experiences. Her career spans Fashion Design, Design Education and Service/Strategic Design. She's passionate about building an appetite of individual and collective growth in people and organisations to enable them to be more emboldened versions of themselves. She holds a Masters of Educational Leadership with Distinction, Graduate Certificate of Education and a Bachelor of Design (Fashion).


Honey Muir

Industry Teaching Fellow

Honey is one of the three members of the teaching team for BEX5411. Honey has dedicated her career to exploring solutions to complex social issues and has worked on these within the private and social sector, and for the state government. Having studied as an anthropologist, Honey is an empathetic systems thinker. Her passion is to understand diverse perspectives to create a measurable impact.

Honey has worked on large-scale transformation initiatives, redesigning experiences for customers and employees, as well as the systems, processes and policies to support them. Honey is currently a Senior Service Designer with IAG, one of Australia’s largest insurers.


Julia Birks

Industry Teaching Fellow

With 16 years’ industry experience spanning industrial, print, digital and service design, Julia is passionate about anchoring an organisation's strategy around great customer experiences and outcomes-driven work.

Julia has delivered UX and service design projects, ranging from expert reviews, website redesigns, digital strategies, current state service mapping and future state service design. She has worked with a variety of industries, including state and federal government, finance, telecoms, education and health.

She is passionate about mentoring young designers through their careers, and promoting more human and inclusive workplaces. She sits on the committee for the SDNow Conference in Australia, and on the Board for the Spectrum app which is seeking to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth.


Ronen Heine

Industry Teaching Fellow

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

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 400+ startups who have gone through LUNA but has also co-founded Mamilla – a mentor driven accelerator that pairs entrepreneurs with mentors and connects them with technology and startups in Israel.

Ronen is also regularly involved in speaking engagements and conferences, such as PAUSE, LaunchPad, Next Step, Nexus Australia Youth Summit, Foundation for Young Australians - Young Social Pioneers Program, and was selected to attend the prestigious ROI Innovation Summit in June 2015. Additionally, he sits on the National Windscreens advisory board where he is the Head of Innovation and Digital Strategy.

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.


The Student Representative Committee (SRC) is an appointed group of multi-disciplinary students from across the University, who represent the entrepreneurship portfolio alongside our Course Advisory Team.

Their primary purpose is two-fold:

  1. Advocacy - on behalf of all students in the portfolio;
  2. Advisory - our student brains trust, who inform our curricular and non-curricular endeavours in the entrepreneurship portfolio.

Student representatives are appointed to the SRC for a 12 month term.

Anh L. P. Nyugen

PHD in Chemistry

Maria Bosaru

Honours in Biomedical Science

Dan Murphy

Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Commerce

Edward Holland

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Finance

Stephanos Maris

Bachelor of Laws

Patrick Ngodinhson

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Abhishek Gupta

Master of Global Business

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