Staff profiles

Monash Innovation

Dr Alastair Hick

Alastair has over 20 years of combined experience in the research and technology commercialisation sectors. In the UK, Alastair was Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprises and also worked with the independent technology transfer company, Plant Bioscience Ltd. In Australia, Alastair facilitated the establishment of the $30M Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund, expanded the Monash University Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Group and is the Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.

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 David Lyster

David manages major collaborations at the Monash Innovation Office, as well as working closely with Engineering and Information Technology. David has been with Monash University’s commercialisation team for many years, following six years as an NHMRC principal researcher. David oversees the identification, protection and commercialisation of early stage university research opportunities, contract research and consultancy agreements, Monash interests in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) as well as strategic planning. David has run a technology consultancy business and sits on the board of a number of start-ups and CRCs.

Dr Kathy Nielsen

Kathy manages commercialisation activities for Medicine, Nursing and Health Science as well as Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr Angeline Bartholomeusz

Angeline is responsible for commercialisation of technology from Physical Sciences at Monash and is the primary contact for Monash Science. Angeline previously was the Business Development Manager at Monash Science. She has worked in the area of 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. She 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.

Dr Jordan Thurgood

Jordan works with discoveries and inventions from Engineering and Information Technology. Jordan has firsthand experience in translating technology into a start-up company. As an inventor on numerous patent applications and as a patent manager for a spin-out company, Jordan 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.

Julian Vultaggio

Julian focuses on the commercialisation of discoveries and inventions from Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences as well as Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Julian previously supported IP commercialisation and industry collaboration in the Faculty of Science. Julian has worked as Business Development Assistant at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) where he concentrated on technical due diligence, market research and technology promotion. As a Life Sciences Technology Transfer Officer for the University of Liege (Belgium), Julian assisted researchers in the areas of IP and technology commercialisation, industry partnerships and collaborative projects in Health Science. He has also been involved with a start-up in the health space and has more recently participated in entrepreneur’s programs such as ONPrime and Medtech’s got Talent. Julian is a fluent French speaker.

Dr Michael White

Michael's areas of focus are biomedical discoveries and inventions from Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences as well as Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Having worked in a commercially-focused therapeutics development program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Michael has insight into the processes and challenges in identifying, protecting and translating early stage technologies. Prior to this, Michael undertook graduate and postdoctoral research in the fields of Hematology and Immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. In addition, Michael has experience and qualifications in intellectual property law and business.

Dr Gillian Kaggwa

Gillian is a registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney. Having practised in a national intellectual property (IP) firm, she has considerable experience in managing IP portfolios, drafting and prosecuting patent applications and providing general IP-related advice. Prior to this, Gillian was awarded an Embark Initiative Fellowship to study localised forces on chemically modified substrates at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland. She has a PhD in Minerals and Materials Science from the Ian Wark Research Institute, South Australia and her technical expertise lies in the areas of physical chemistry, materials science and mineral processing.

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

Lynette Hogan

Lynette provides a range of services to assist with queries around commercial agreements and royalty payments. She also tracks and reports on university commercialisation activities. Lynette has a background in science and has worked across research, industry and government sectors in marketing and business development. She previously established a chemicals micro-business that was subsequently sold.

Monash Industry Partnerships

Dr Matt Nussio

As a Manager for Industry Partnerships, Matt works closely with industry, government and community partners to identify partnership and development opportunities with the University. Matt has a well-developed understanding of strategic markets, fostered through 10 years of experience working at national and international organisations such as KPMG, GE, and the Federal Government. His focus is to deliver value to business stakeholders as well as establishing strategic partnerships of commercial importance. He has worked in academia, industry and government, also completing a PhD in Nanotechnology at Flinders University.

Emma Lucia

Engaging with industry partners Emma works closely with both internal and external stakeholders to identify and drive partnership opportunities as an Industry Partnerships Manager for Monash University. Her focus is to deliver value to business stakeholders as well as establishing strategic partnerships of commercial importance. A Monash alumni Emma has a multidisciplinary background with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering/Arts and a Masters in Environment and Sustainability. Emma has a background in energy, property and start up enterprises delivering positive social and environmental outcomes.

Sharon Aburn

Sharon coordinates major cross faculty industry partnerships. She has extensive experience in managing grant funding applications and medium to large scale projects for a broad range of clients both within Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Monash University and is a certified Prince2 Practitioner in project management.

Faculty Business Development Managers

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Position is vacant.

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

Dr George Rivers

George has overall responsibility for industry engagement in the faculty. He actively promotes interdisciplinary research and works to build key relationships with external organisations. George has worked in a range of industry-related research projects and has a strong record of building key relationships with both private organisations and government departments. He has an active commitment to the promotion of interdisciplinary research and has been involved in collaborative research activities with a number of areas across the University. His research interests relate to the theory of the firm including mergers and acquisitions, downsizing and transaction costs.

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.

Katya Dunham

Katya leads a large, creative group that includes specialist teams for external engagement (industry, alumni, academic visitors and major events), international partnerships, student recruitment, and communications. The goal of the team is to build the international reputation of the Monash Business School through outstanding stakeholder engagement. This includes extensive communications and thought leadership relevant to a changing world, reflecting the knowledge, quality and rigour of the School’s teaching and research across key business disciplines.

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 and Information Technology

Madeleine McManus OAM

Madeleine coordinates industry engagement for the faculty of Engineering and the faculty of Information Technology. Madeleine assists organisations wishing to engage with Monash University, including engagement with the Monash Industry Partnership Program and the Monash Industry Team Initiative. She has spent a number of years in the commercial and project engineering environment working in industries such as chemical, industrial and oil and gas both in Australia and overseas. Madeleine is passionate about working with engineers of the future, raising the profile of engineers in the wider community and ensuring the long term success of the profession.

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.

Associate Professor Tim Dwyer

In addition to his research in the areas of information visualisation and visual analytics, Tim fosters engagement between industry and Monash Information Technology, an area of particular interest to him given his experience working in industry. Tim received his PhD at the University of Sydney, was a post-doctoral fellow at Monash and a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research in the USA. He then worked as a senior software engineer at Microsoft, a highlight of which was shipping the Code Map software dependency visualisation tool with Visual Studio 2012. He has now returned to Monash University and co-directs the Immersive Analytics Initiative and is a founding member of the Monash Adaptive Visualisation Lab.

Lynne Payne

Lynne works with industry partners to collaborate and engage with Monash IT. If you have a complex business challenge or a blue sky idea and would like to discuss the future of your innovation initiatives, Lynne would be delighted to introduce you to the wonderful talent at the faculty.

Faculty of Law

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.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Annabelle Brown

Annabelle commenced in the position of Senior Business Development Manager (SBDM) at Monash in November 2016 after four years at the University of Melbourne as SBDM. She has considerable experience in the design and submission of successful written and F2F proposals, tenders, contract negotiations for research, innovation and teaching and learning commercialisation. Annabelle works with key stakeholders (academics and industry) to get the job done. Annabelle is a Chartered Marketer with qualifications and experience in business, teaching and commercial training and development. She has over 30 years experience in T & D, working and negotiating with government and industry in Australia and overseas with online, F2F and blended delivery opportunities. Annabelle has received industry awards and recognition for her design, delivery and industry engagement programs.

Dr Darcelle Thompson

Darcelle provides business development support at the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Darcelle supports commercialising of intellectual property developed by the faculty and developing relationships with the corporate sector and government for grants, tenders and industry engagement. She has over 15 years experience in early stage research in the biotechnology sector, in asset development, intellectual property management, technology transfer and business development. Darcelle has worked as a registered Patent Attorney and in translating technology into an ASX listed start-up company.

Dr Chacko Joseph

Chacko facilitates industry collaboration and IP commercialisation within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Chacko can assist in protecting early stage inventions, analysing commercial viability and identifying industry partners. He is experienced in identifying and building early stage technologies as a part of a Melbourne based private biotechnology innovation portfolio. He has managed life science related translational research projects in USA, Europe and India. Chacko holds a PhD in Medicine and Bachelor in Engineering.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science

Joy Hewitt

Joy supports business development at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), working with researchers and industry to reach mutually beneficial outcomes. An industry experienced business development professional, Joy has provided business development and project management services to a range of organisations operating in the biotechnology sector, including both established and start-up biotechnology companies, contract service providers, research institutes and universities. Most recently she was employed as Director, Business Development at Biota, following prior experience as Chief Commercialisation Officer at EQiTX Limited, General Manager of VacTX Pty Ltd and Business Development Manager at CSL Limited.

Faculty of Science

Greg Redden

Greg is responsible for strategic partnerships with industry, government and not for profits and the effective transfer of commercially relevant research outcomes. Greg has broad experience in the development and delivery of strategic programs across a wide range of disciplines, industries and geographies. He has a core of expertise in team development, organisational change and the commercial interfaces between government, research organisations and industry.

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.

The Generator

Helena Fern

Helena has worked in the higher education sector across Australia and the UK for ten years and is experienced in designing and running student enterprise and business start-up programs. She is passionate about unlocking the potential within staff and students through experiential learning opportunities. Helena has won a number of national (UK) and international awards for her role in entrepreneurship and social enterprise education. As Program Manager (interim) she has overall responsibility of the Generator programs at Monash, including the development of new offerings to increase entrepreneurial skills in Monash students and staff.

Fiona Lewis

Fiona Lewis is the youngest yet oldest member of the GENERATOR, having been part of the team since it began in 2015. Fiona has studied a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and a Master of Business (Science & Technology), both at Monash University. She has put these degrees to use working with the Monash Technology Research Platforms, bringing the INCUBATE program to Monash and now with the GENERATOR. As Program Coordinator, Fiona is responsible for delivery of the Generator's core Validator and Accelerator program.