Monash Program Coordinator
Associate Professor (Practice) Rebecca Forgasz
Director, Monash Intercultural Lab
Rebecca is Director of the Monash Intercultural Lab. Prior to taking up her appointment at Monash in 2019, Rebecca worked in the arts/cultural sector and local Jewish community for over 20 years, holding a range of curatorial, management and leadership positions. Most recently, she served as Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia. Over her career, Rebecca has developed extensive expertise in strategic planning, project management, grant writing, philanthropic relations and stakeholder engagement.
Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet
Senior Lecturer, Monash Intercultural Lab
A passionate traveller, and an expert in intercultural training, Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet is currently the Monash Intercultural Lab Education Coordinator, and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts. She started her career as a junior business consultant for French companies in China and was later recruited as an expert in education and posted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran and Vietnam. Nadine is a certified facilitator for Cultural Intelligence and Managing Unconscious Bias program (CQ® Certification).
Dr Martijn van der Kamp
Scholarly Teaching Fellow, Monash Business School
Martijn is a lecturer of Leadership in the MBA at Monash University, and the Team Science Fellow at the Australia-Indonesia Centre. Driven by the firm belief that only through collaboration can we face our biggest challenges, Martijn drives initiatives to stimulate cultures of active teamwork, specifically across countries and organizations. His work regularly features in the media, at international conferences, and has received awards from The Academy of Management, The American Psychological Association, and the International Association for Conflict Management.
Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa
Lecturer, Monash Intercultural Lab
Gabriel García Ochoa is Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies at Monash University. His research and teaching focus on developing intercultural competence and managing unconscious biases, and how literature and language learning can be used to build stronger, more resilient communities. He is involved in a number of international projects with Cardiff University, the University of Warwick, and Cologne University.
Dr Zala Volcic
Senior Lecturer, School of Media, Film and Journalism
Zala works on issues to do with media, (digital) cultures, gender, diversity, and identities, with a focus on the European, Australian, and USA media contexts. She has researched and written on global media; European cinema, television, journalistic practices; on popular culture; on internet infrastructure and development; and gender and social media. She has taught at different universities around the world, including Franklin University (Switzerland), UQ (Australia), San Bernardino (USA), and Pomona College, (USA).
Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes
Director for the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre
Rebecca Wickes is the Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and an Associate Professor in theSchool of Social Sciences (SoSS), Monash University. Her research focuses on demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social cohesion and the concentration of social problems. She is the lead investigator of the Australian Community Capacity Study (ACCS), a multi-million, multi-site, longitudinal study of urban neighbourhoods.
Professor Rita Wilson
Co-Director Migration Diversity Inclusion GRIP
Rita Wilson is Professor in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts. Her research focuses on the complexities of cultural contact and investigates the relationship between language, place, mobility and the construction of cultural identities. She has published extensively on various aspects of identity and culture in migratory contexts, including cultural mediation, intercultural competence and transcultural creative practices.
Dr Lucas Santos
Lecturer, Monash Intercultural Lab
Lucas Santos is a lecturer and a researcher at the Monash Intercultural Lab. As an experienced language educator who taught English as an additional language for over 10 years, Dr Santos explores the intersections between language, culture and personal and professional development.
His research interests can be broadly grouped under three main topics: intercultural competence in professional learning and development; intercultural teaching and learning in higher education; and digital literacies and the co-construction of identities in social and political discourses.