Staff profiles

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President (Enterprise and Governance)

Mr Damien Farrell
Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President

Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton is Monash University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and Governance), a position held alongside Deputy Dean, External Relations, within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS). An accomplished strategist, Sarah has coordinated and led enterprise strategies at both Faculty and University-wide levels. In these joint roles Sarah is responsible for the coordination of large scale projects on behalf of MNHS with government, industry and philanthropic partners, designing and establishing a number of externally-facing research institutes in this role. She has worked with clinical partners to develop world-class infrastructure integrated with research and education activity, and is currently acting as the University project director for the Victorian Heart Hospital initiative. Internationally, Sarah has managed a large portfolio of curriculum licensing activity in the Middle East and initiated an onshore student recruitment strategy generating significant growth in student numbers over the past four years.

Professor Xinhua Wu

Xinhua Wu is Monash University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Precinct Partnerships) and Director of the Monash International Advanced Manufacturing Hub. Xinhua is an internationally renowned scientist in aerospace materials and 3D printing metals for aerospace applications. She has worked extensively with industrial partners globally over three decades. Xinhua brings her deep insights to establish the Monash Technology Precinct with an ecosystem to empower start-ups, SMEs and global companies to transfer research into commercial and social applications that contribute to Monash’s impact on society and the economy.

Chris Roberts

Chris drives engagement with industry and government to develop executive education programs and to enhance student experience through strategic partnerships. Chris is responsible for business development and industry engagement activity for both the legal sector and wider business sectors, aiming to provide outstanding legal professional development and executive education programs. Chris also manages and leads local and international partnerships, international programs and the careers/student experience portfolio. Chris has worked in digital marketing, business development and executive education in the media, education and not-for-profit sectors for more than fifteen years.

Emma Lucia

Emma Lucia

Emma works with leading academics to develop multi-disciplinary strategic partnerships across Monash University.  Emma’s focus lies in sustainability-centred major projects across energy, food security, sustainable communities, and Bionic Vision. Emma also works with senior Monash executives to deliver strategic oversight on new and emerging major projects through project management of the Major Opportunities Group. Prior to joining Monash, Emma has worked in the energy, property, and social enterprise sectors, focussing on partnership development and strategy. Emma is also a Monash alumnus, having completed a double degree in Arts and Mechanical Engineering, before returning to complete the Master of Sustainability.

Zara Hamon

Zara Hamon

Zara holds an MBA and is a graduate from the Institute of Company Directors. She has over 20 years of combined experience within the public, private and university sectors in Australia and England.  In her role as Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Zara is responsible for managing and developing opportunities within the Defence and National Security sector across the whole of Monash.  She actively promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and strong stakeholder engagement with a focus on achieving strategic outcomes.  Zara has broad experience in the development and delivery of strategy and strategic programs and collaborative engagements across a wide range of disciplines and geographies and has held senior positions within the public and university sectors focused on commercialisation, fund management and  university industry collaboration.

Dina Farjou

Dina Farjou

Dina focuses on managing strategic initiatives such as the Major Opportunities Group which provides a systematic, university-wide approach to major projects. Dina also manages project developments and the delivery of Monash Technology Transformation Institute (MTTI). Dina was previously with the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) at The Alfred where she was involved with Middle East operations. She is a native Arabic speaker and has an educational background in public health and business.

Monash Innovation

Dr Alastair Hick

Alastair has over 20 years’ experience in the research and technology commercialisation sectors. In the UK, Alastair was head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise. Since joining Monash in 2006, he has developed a successful licensing and spinout program, including proof of concept funds and strategic partnerships with multiple investors. He oversees The Generator, which runs a wide range of entrepreneurship programs across the university and is the Chair of the Research Committee for the $100M Monash Technology Transformation Institute in Shenzhen, China.

Alastair is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was a Director of Monash spinout Amaero Engineering prior to its IPO in late 2019 and was a founding Director of the $30M Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund and a member of its investment committee. He previously served on the Board of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia and was the Chair for four years. He has been a member of the IP Australia Stakeholders Forum as well as developing and running multiple training programs for technology transfer professionals.

Maria Harrison-Smith

Maria is a registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney. She has considerable experience in intellectual property management, with previous roles at medical research institutes (Burnet Institute and Austin Research Institute) and numerous small biotech companies. Prior to this, Maria was a research scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute as well as in London and Colorado. Maria has also taught biotechnology at RMIT and Swinburne Universities.

Dr Munisha Sharma

Dr Munisha Sharma, Intellectual Property Manager

Dr Munisha holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry. She previously was IP Manager at CSIRO and prior to that was Senior IP Manager at Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Laboratories India. She has a remarkable track record in managing and coordinating complex pharmaceutical research and development projects in multiple countries like USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, India.

Mariea Georgiou

Mariea Georgiou

Mariea provides administrative, secretarial and office management support to the IP Manager and IP and Contract Associate to enable the office to perform its functions efficiently and effectively.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the patent field.

Dr Kathy Nielsen

Kathy is Director, Commercialisation (Life Sciences) having responsibility for a dynamic team commercializing an extensive portfolio of assets(therapeutic, diagnostic, biomaterials).  She has 25+ years in biomedical/pharma sector and has a strong track record in deal-making, finance and IP, bolstered by a solid background in drug development across a range of therapeutic areas. Previously, as a senior executive at the Queensland Investment Corporation, Kathy managed numerous investments across four venture capital funds (two in the USA) leading to healthy investment returns. Kathy has a PhD and Masters in pharmaceutical research, a Masters in IP Law and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has held 17 board positions, past and present.

Michael Vovos

Michael Vovos is the Commercialisation Manager – Life Sciences at Monash University. Michael offers many years of experience in intellectual property management and commercialisation, with universities, research institutes, joint ventures and biotech companies. He has been involved in the creation of technology spin-out companies, CRCs, numerous licensing opportunities and technology transfer transactions as well as creation of the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.

Michael has a Masters in Intellectual Property and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Molecular Biology and Immunology from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Biochemistry from Monash University.

Dr Bo Yun

Bo is part of the Monash Innovation Life Sciences team and focuses on commercialisation of IP from biomedical, medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Prior to her time at Monash Innovation, Bo worked as a Business Development Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she focused on IP identification, protection and commercialisation of early-stage technologies from the Research and Clinical Divisions. She completed her PhD studies in Pharmaceutics at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and BSc(Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland. Bo also speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Dr Aaron Gao

Dr Aaron Gao

Aaron is focused on commercialising early inventions in the Medical and Pharmaceutical sectors. With a solid background in Immunology, Cancer and Infectious Disease, he is passionate about developing next generation biologics as novel therapeutics. Prior to joining Monash University, Aaron facilitated research commercialisation at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Aaron obtained his PhD in Cancer Immunology from The University of Queensland. He is also a medical graduate and holds an Mphil degree in Viral Immunology. Aaron is a native Mandarin speaker.

Dr Angeline Bartholomeusz

Angeline is responsible for commercialisation of technology from Physical Sciences at Monash and is the primary contact for Monash Science, where she was previously the Business Development Manager. Prior to this, she worked in commercialisation at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), where she was responsible for business development and IP management, as well as the Royal Children's Hospital and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory. Angeline is an expert researcher on Hepatitis B virus and is listed as an inventor on a large portfolio of patents (36 granted patents, 21 of which are US patents). Her research work was developed into a start-up company that licensed the IP to all the major diagnostic companies worldwide and was subsequently sold. Her professional interests include research and development, technology commercialisation, project management and strategic planning research.

Shane Kilcullen

Shane focuses on the commercialisation of inventions and discoveries from Engineering and Science disciplines. He has a background in mechanical engineering, R&D and product development of Medical Devices. His engineering experience includes working in both start-ups and multinational corporations on the development of new products and helping them reach the market. Prior to joining Monash Innovation Shane worked for IP Australia where he developed a wide range of skills in relation to the intellectual property protection.

Dr Zoh Eftekhari

Dr Zoh Eftekhari

Prior to joining Monash Innovation, Zoh spent 13 years with nanotechnology research centres both in Canada and Australia, focusing on semiconductor materials, nanostructure design and fabrication and utilising their application in various industrial sectors. Her broad expertise includes technology start-ups, process development, manufacturing operations, quality control and employee management and training. Zoh holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Canada.

Dr Jordan Thurgood

Jordan heads up New Ventures activities for Monash Innovation. As an inventor on numerous patent applications and a patent manager for a spin-out company, Jordan has firsthand experience in translating technology into a start-up company. He has insights into the opportunities and challenges researchers and industry face in seeking to commercialise inventions. Jordan won the 2016 CSIRO-sponsored Knowledge Commercialisation Australasian Scholarship to attend the AUTM Annual Conference in San Diego.

Dr Callum Benson

Dr Callum Benson

Callum works in New Ventures and as part of the Technology Transfer team. He is particularly passionate about solving the complex problems that arise when commercialising through spinout companies. Prior to joining Monash he was at Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, and held a commercial role in a software startup. He has a PhD in chemistry and a broad interest in the physical sciences and software

Lynette Hogan

Lynette provides end to end support for the technology transfer activities of Monash Innovation. This includes marketing and promotion of Monash intellectual property through to post-deal management, finance coordination and royalty payments. She also tracks and reports on university commercialisation activities (patent filings, licensing agreements and spinouts / start-ups). Lynette serves as the company secretary of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia. She has a background in science and has worked across research, industry and government sectors in marketing and business development. She previously established a micro-business producing functional chemical products that was subsequently sold.

Faculty Business Development Managers

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Dr Clare McCausland

Clare McCausland

Clare works with her team across disciplinary boundaries to enable traditional and practice-based, industry-relevant research through competitive grant schemes, contracts and external partnerships for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. The Faculty comprises an open, creative and connected community of artists, curators, historians, designers, architects and urban planners. Clare and her team facilitate strategic research and business development to enable researchers to work effectively with industry, government and the wider community. Clare has a PhD in philosophy and has over 10 years’ experience working across higher education and graduate research management, research strategy, policy and governance.

Faculty of Arts

Beverley Baugh

Bev works across disciplinary boundaries with her team to facilitate research grants and contracts with suitable external partners. Bev works within Arts and across the University to engage staff in the development of competitive research grants and contracts, including ARC linkage grants. Bev leads the Research and Business Development Team, to enable researchers to work effectively with business, government and the wider community. Bev has over 20 years management and business development experience in higher education in the UK. She has extensive social research expertise, and considerable success in bidding for national and international projects and partnerships.

Vanja Radojevic

Vanja leads business development of specific areas of research at Monash Arts. Vanja has project and proposal management experience in the university and international development sectors. In the Faculty of Education Vanja project managed commercially and grant funded research and professional development programs. Prior to this Vanja worked with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as in different UN agencies. Vanja is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Faculty of Business and Economics

Professor Gavin Jack

Professor Gavin Jack is the inaugural Associate Dean Research Impact at Monash Business School and a Professor of Management. He is responsible for leading and developing a strategic approach to research impact. He supports and seeks to inspire scholars to make a difference through research, to the world as we know it, and to worlds in-the-making. Gavin is a leading international researcher and thought leader in issues of workplace diversity, gender and culture. Prior to joining Monash University in 2015, he worked at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and before that in the UK at the Universities of Leicester, Keele and Stirling.

Professor Edward Buckingham

Edward's areas of expertise are strategy, entrepreneurship, international business and change management. He has extensive experience in executive education, and has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English. His specialist areas in executive education include strategy and leadership. His industry interests include agribusiness, manufacturing, education and natural resources.

Faculty of Education

Louise Goold

Louise oversees strategic engagement, business development, commercially-focused activities and international relations for Monash Education. The team engages with Australian and international partners in consultancies, professional development programs and contract research as well as international relations initiatives. Our core mission is to develop and maintain strategic alliances that support and enhance the Faculty’s research and teaching. Louise has over 25 years of business development and global engagement experience in the higher education sector in Australia and the UK. She has held senior roles in three Australian universities and with the British Council and now leads the Engagement team in the Faculty of Education.

Faculty of Engineering

Marc Pizzi

Marc collaborates with industry for projects at Monash Engineering, drawing on the wide-ranging and significant talent of researchers in the faculty. Marc works in partnership with the leadership team of Monash Engineering and aligned institutes and centres to deliver mutually beneficial research projects with our industry partners. He supports interdisciplinary research and develops meaningful relationships with external organisations including industry, government and community partners. Marc has over 25 years of experience in Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Services in Australia and internationally as an Electrical Engineer, Project Manager and Business Development Executive. He has worked in management and delivery of power sector development projects, maintenance of large infrastructure assets and project management within the commercial construction sector. Within the Services Sector Marc has held senior HR positions and more recently Stakeholder management and Business Development roles.

Yoni Sharon

Yoni's professional experience is in AgTech, FoodTech and the Water sectors. Yoni's previous roles were with aquaculture, hydroponics and algae ventures in operations, product development and business development. Yoni has managed and worked closely with operational teams, engineers, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, consumers, suppliers, product developers, investors, lawyers and government officials across three continents. Yoni holds a bachelor degree from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a MSc and PhD from Tel Aviv University. Yoni considers himself as a student of life and is thrilled to join the Faculty of Engineering to work with Monash researchers and industry to create impact.

Faculty of Law

Nathan Kayser

Nathan works with all areas of industry and government organisations to drive engagement with Monash Law and to enhance the student experience through strategic partnerships. Nathan is responsible for business development and industry engagement activity for both the legal sector and wider business sectors, procuring partnerships that provide tangible outcomes for organisations and the community. Nathan also manages and leads international partnerships, international programs and the careers/student experience portfolio. Nathan is an experienced marketer with over 20 years experience having worked in business development, event and account management in a range of industries including legal, financial, retail, manufacturing and mining industries.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr Andrew Bray

Andrew’s primary role is to proactively support business development at the Alfred Precinct of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences including: identifying internal and external business opportunities; strategic and IP advice; developing proposals; negotiating licenses and other collaborative agreements; introductions to external parties such as biotech and pharmaceutical companies; and alliance management. An experienced Life Science Executive, having worked in the biotech/pharma industry for over thirty years, with experience in Australia, USA, Japan and Switzerland. Inventor on 8 patent families and author on 75 publications. PhD organic and medicinal chemistry, Grad Cert Management.

Dr Alison Greenway

Alison has both a biomedical research and legal background having completed her PhD in Biochemistry at Monash University, worked in the field of HIV for over 12 years and is a qualified Australian Lawyer. Alison works closely with researchers to create opportunities for Industry partner engagement and collaboration, research contract and consultancy opportunities. She helps identify industry based/commercial funding programs such as NHMRC Development Grants, NFMRI and Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) and provide advice for developing research  proposals for those opportunities. Alison also provides support for research collaborations working with Monash Contracts and Legal services to negotiate appropriate agreements including CDA’s, MTA’s, Research Collaboration agreements, Contract Services and Consultancy agreements and work with Monash Innovation to identify new BDI Intellectual Property and Commercialisation opportunities.

Dr Celine Latouche

Celine supports business development at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Working closely with researchers, her role includes industry engagement and contract negotiations, identification of funding opportunities, development of proposals and marketing materials as well as assisting Monash Innovation with identification and protection of intellectual property. She also provides support with commercially-focused funding schemes such as NHMRC Development Grants, NFMRI, Biocurate, and Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) - for therapeutics, medical technologies and digital health. Celine holds a PhD in physiology from Pierre and Marie Curie University, an MBA from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shama Kazmi

Shama Kazmi is a Senior Business Development Associate at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. Shama works with researchers across the Turner Institute and colleagues from across the university, supporting major strategic bids, grants and other engagement. She has been actively involved in supporting a range of medical device development projects, across all stages of the innovation process - from ideation to product development and facilitating translation, adoption and impact. If you are looking for a stellar research partner or collaborator in the brain and mental health space or to trial, test, develop, deploy and scale new solutions in workplace mental wellbeing, please reach out.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science

Dr Cameron McDonald

Dr Cameron McDonald

Cameron supports business development at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), working with researchers and industry to reach mutually beneficial outcomes. He has a background in cardiac tissue regeneration and has authored 20 papers across diverse fields. He previously was  Research and Development Lead for the QIMR Berghofer translational incubator, SEEDbox where he directed novel first-in-class therapeutics programs through early stage development and subsequent commercialisation. A significant focus of these programs was in cancer therapeutics including both biological and small molecule programs.

Faculty of Science

Fiona Brussard

 fiona brussard

Fiona has a background in physical sciences R&D, having worked in technical roles the chemical manufacturing industry. Coupled with 15+ years of commercial experience in the STEM innovation space with roles at CSIRO, a MedTech Start Up, CRCs and Australia's great Universities, Fiona brings a deep understanding of the Australian and Global research landscape to the Faculty of Science at Monash. She has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Chemistry from Monash University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Adam Wisniewski

Adam has been involved in IP commercialisation and industry collaboration at CSIRO as well as in a start-up in the med-tech sector. He primarily focused on areas such as technical due diligence, Industry collaboration, IP analysis, market research and technology promotion and development, Adam has a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) from Swinburne University of Technology and Master of Business (Science & Technology) from Monash University.

Precincts and Government

Ben Vivekanandan

Ben has experience in a number of government and policy fields at both federal and state levels, including higher education, training, transport, health, immigration, property, taxation, international relations, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Mariella Smids

Mariella joined the Enterprise team in July 2017, after moving from Glasgow, and brought extensive experience in building partnerships between public and private stakeholders, to support regional economic development and influence policy change at national and international levels. She has held senior positions that involved leading complex European partnerships in the areas of energy, spatial planning, transport and advanced manufacturing, and has been responsible for developing international talent attraction opportunities for Scottish high growth companies. She also had a brief stint in politics as a candidate for the European elections in 2009.

Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI)

Joanne Matthews

Joanne is the Engagement Manager for the MITI Program. She works with industry partners, students, academics and internal stakeholders, specializing in internships, placements and work integrated learning collaboration relationships.

Monash Food Innovation Centre

Dr Chris Su

As the Business Development Manager at Monash Food Innovation, Chris has been always passionate about solving challenges through innovative science and technology. His approach is to be agile and adaptable, and to support achievement of impact outcomes. His previous roles have included academic research in BioTech and MedTech and as a business professional in AgTech and FoodTech as well as offshore operations, all of which fitly resonates with the Big Health initiative and Science Agenda. Before joining Monash he worked in various sectors across continents for the CSIRO. Chris has a PhD in Bioengineering from Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Materials and Engineering from Zhejiang University.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office @ Monash

Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong

Sally identities Victoria-based translational research/technology opportunities to be considered for collaboration with and investment from Johnson & Johnson. She is responsible for implementing the JJIPO@Monash ecosystem activation, engagement, networking and training strategy to support innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and investors across Victoria’s life science community.

Sally helps build and promote diverse and inclusive life sciences talent pipelines in Victoria. She actively supports initiatives to mentor and support the development of life science professionals and to foster local, national and global learning and engagement opportunities for JJIPO@Monash stakeholders. She has extensive experience in industry engagement and relationship management for leading Australian and global brands across a wide range of industries across Australia, Asia, South Africa and North America.