Associate Professor Htwe Htwe Thein
Dr Htwe Htwe Thein is an Associate Professor in International Business at the School of Management, Curtin University, Australia, where she has been teaching during the last 16 years specialising in subjects on management in Asia, international business, and cross-cultural interactions. She has also been involved in a range of service and leadership roles at the faculty and school levels since 2012.
Her research is interdisciplinary and examines the role of responsible business in building sustainable businesses and communities, especially in developing countries. Dr Thein has country specific expertise and close to twenty years of experience as a scholar on business and economic development in Myanmar. She is currently engaged in research projects on – responsible business, governance in Global Production Network, corporate social responsibility, foreign direct investment and conflicts, organisational legitimacy, co-evolution of state-owned enterprises, and human resource development – in the institutional context of Myanmar’s democratic political transition and increasing global economic integration. Dr Thein has recently been co-awarded an ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery grant to examine employment relations, business practices and corporate social responsibility in the global production network of garment manufacturing in Myanmar.
Dr Thein’s international reputation is evidenced in invitations and collaborations for scholarly work, industry connectedness, and media commentary. She has published in leading journals including Journal of World Business, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Contemporary Asia, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and Feminist Economics (and international publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Routledge and Sage). She has also co-authored numerous research reports for a business, government and NGOs.
Dr Tomayess Issa
Dr. Tomayess Issa Is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Law – Curtin University/Australia. Tomayess completed her doctoral research in Web development and Human Factors. As an academic, she is also interested in establishing teaching methods and styles to enhance the students’ learning experiences and resolve problems that students face.
Tomayess is a Conference and Program Co-Chair of the IADIS International Conference on Internet Technologies and Society and IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education. Furthermore, she initiated the IADIS conference for Sustainability, Green IT and Education. Currently, she conducts research locally and globally in Human-Computer Interaction, Usability, Social Networking, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Green IT, Cloud Computing and Teaching and Learning.
Tomayess published her work in several peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, papers and research reports and participated in local and global conferences. Tomayess Issa was a coordinator in the International research network (IRNet-EU (Jan2014 – Dec 2017)) to study and develop new tools and methods for advanced pedagogical science in the field of ICT instruments, e-learning and intercultural competences. Tomayess Issa is a senior research member of ISRLAb (Information Society Research Lab) from International Association for Development of the Information Society.
Finally, Tomayess supervised PhD, Master of Phil and Master Dissertations; and she received Curtin Guild Awards for her teaching and supervision. In 2017, she received the overall winner Student Guild Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Excellence 2017 Award for university-wide. Tomayess received 2021 Green Gown Awards Australasia -Next Generation Learning and Skills – Highly Commended to the Green Information Technology and Sustainability unit.
Dr Harj Singh
My academic ethos of being industry-relevant and industry facing has been informed by my 10 years in private practice both in Australia and overseas before I commenced an academic career in 2001. My extensive industry experience has, from the very onset, informed the way I practically engage in learning and teaching, develop demand-driven research projects and demonstrate my impact (both internal and external) to the profession and academic community. As a Chartered Accountant, I am well versed with auditing and governance best practices and incorporate these practices into my teaching pedagogy and research. I have established myself as a researcher with substantial and sustained quality publications in A* and A ranked Accounting journals and I have led high-performance auditing and governance research teams, as well as Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs attracting domestic and international students. I actively mentor junior colleagues in the form of (1) career sponsorship (2) research guidance and (3) their inclusion in my international and cross-disciplinary research projects.
In terms of industry connectedness, I have deep levels of research engagement with industry across multiple forums including presenting at industry events and organising the Accounting discipline’s annual Corporate Governance Symposium. I also write for the media and submit expert opinions and provide testimony for legislative reviews which demonstrates the impact my research generates and its relevance to the broader community. I am also an emerging leader in engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander community as a result of several leadership roles I occupy. I am also constantly strengthening my knowledge and skills to engage more with the community, including completing a nationally renowned course in undertaking HDR supervision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Consistent with the “One-Curtin” approach, I engage with Curtin Mauritius and the Aberdeen Business School.
I am a values-based, multi-award winning academic who has sustained achievements in both research and learning and teaching. I uphold the highest levels of integrity, encouraging others to maintain the principles of continual excellence and equality of opportunity.
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Sonia Dickinson
Professor Sonia Dickinson-Delaporte (BA BCom (Hons) PhD) is the Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Business and Law.
She has received national recognition for her leadership in teaching and learning, and is the recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Sonia has also been recognised for her teaching excellence through University and Faculty teaching awards, and as a Curtin Academy Fellow. Sonia is the recipient of internal and external teaching and learning grants, presents and publishes her SoLT work at international and national education conferences and has established a global reputation for innovation owing to her leadership in creating the world class teaching space, The Agency, and her highly successful edX MOOC; Digital Branding and Engagement MOOC (110,000+ global learners).
Sonia’s discipline research is focused on Communication and Engagement, and she has been published in various Tier 1 ranked journals including the European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and the Journal of Marketing Management. Sonia is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Marketing Communication, is the recipient of a highly competitive Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, and is engaged in active supervision of Doctoral and Masters Research candidates. Her areas of research interests include communication and society, participatory communication and technology facilitated student engagement.
Professor Vanessa Chang (Chair)
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law
Vanessa chairs the Faculty Sustainability in Business Council and the Faculty Gender and Diversity Working Group, and is a member of the University Athena Swan Steering Committee. She has conducted research in responsible governance practices of ICT in corporations and non-profit organisations, in an AusAid project focusing on the sustainable economic development in the public sector in Mongolia, and collaborated in partnership research with the Australia-Africa Universities Network on projects focused on capacity building in education leadership. Vanessa has also served on a number of non-profit boards.
Helen Verhoeff (Deputy Chair)
Accreditation and Quality Assurance Manager
Helen is the deputy chair of the Faculty Sustainability in Business Council and provides management and leadership support in the accreditation area within the Faculty of Business and Law. She also provides guidance on best practice quality assurance and is responsible for ensuring sound governance of and compliance with relevant academic policies, processes and guidelines for all FBL programs across all locations.
Dr Sherry Bawa
BSc(Hons) MSC(Hons) MBA PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, Finance & Property
Sherry is an EQUIS Champion, a member of PRME council at Curtin and is committed to include business ethics in her teaching deliveries through various case studies and discussions. She cares about Indigenous issues and invites experienced researchers as guest speakers in her classes where students learn about indigenous issues, policies in past and present to close the gap between indigenous and nonindigenous population and understand the possible actions or policies required in our community to address those issues.
Dr Hugh Finn
BA LLB PhD
Lecturer, Director of Learning & Teaching, Curtin Law School
Hugh Finn is the current chairperson of the management committee for the Environmental Defender’s Office WA. His research focuses on environmental law and policy, with a recent focus on legal frameworks for wild animal welfare.
Dr Scott Fitzgerald
Senior Lecturer, School of Management and Marketing
Dr Scott Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Lead (People, Culture and Organisations) in the School of Management at Curtin Business School. His teaching and research connects with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; and Responsible Consumption and Production.
Professor Mark Griffin
Director, Future of Work Institute
Mark Griffin is Director of the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University. His research examines the link between individual and organisational capability in areas such as safety, leadership, well-being, and productivity. He has conducted large-scale collaborative projects with a range of industries including transport, health, education, energy, mining, and finance.
Teaching Support Co-ordinator
Renée is responsible for managing the operational and renewal requirements of teaching and course delivery, and the coordination of projects and associated staff within the faculty. She also ensures the smooth delivery of all courses and units across multiple locations; both locally, remotely and internationally, modes of delivery and study periods.
Dr Megan Le Clus
Manager External Engagement
Megan is the Manager External Engagement in the Faculty of Business and Law. In this role, she focuses on the PRME Principles of Partnership and Dialogue, to ensure sustainable goals are communicated with key partners and stakeholders. Ranging from corporations to non-profit organisations, Megan ensures her practice is based on mutual benefit, reciprocity and sustainability.
Business Manager, Faculty of Business and Law
Kaye is the Business Manager for the Faculty of Business and Law. Kaye promotes ethical, responsibility and sustainability practices across the Faculty, ensuring that resources are strategically aligned and prioritised to support achievement of initiatives across all 6 PRME principles.
Dr Robyn Ouschan
BCom MMgt PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Marketing
Robyn Ouschan has extensive teaching and research experience in the sustainability area, is the sustainability champion for the School of Marketing and has developed and taught the postgraduate Marketing and Sustainability unit for several semesters. She conducts research, publishes and supervises HDR and Honours students in a broad range of sustainability areas.
Dr Silvia Salazar
BA MA PhD
Research Fellow, Bankwest-Curtin Economics Centre
Silvia Salazar is a micro-econometric researcher specialised in development economics and time use. Her research focuses on gender and indigenous inequalities in the labour market as well as on the implications of unpaid work in the economic theory. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences and workshops. Currently, Silvia is a member of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) of WA as well as the Economic Society of Australia (ESA).
Associate Professor Nigar Sultana
BA(Hons) MA MAcc PhD CA
Associate Professor, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Nigar Sultana is an educator and an industry-focused researcher with more than ten years of experience in tertiary education and research. Her research interests are in the areas of gender diversity, corporate and social accountability, corporate governance including auditing and financial reporting. The teaching-research nexus is integral to Nigar’s teaching ethos and, as such, Nigar’s primary teaching area includes corporate accountability, governance, social responsibility and business ethics.
Director, Student Engagement
Hannah is passionate about improving the student experience, with a particular interest in supporting Curtin’s equity students. Hannah is a Board Member for Curtin University Women in Business, Faculty Advisor for Curtin Enactus (a social entrepreneurship student club) and Member of the Enactus Business Advisory Board.
Centre Manager, Future of Work Institute
Abbe has worked as a Chartered Accountant in both professional firms and industry, including the mining, telecommunications and wine industries. Following the completion of a post graduate diploma in organisational psychology and a Master of Commerce in Human Resource Management, she joined the University of Western Australia as a Workforce Planning Consultant before she become a Faculty Manager (Business Services) in the Faculty of Science. With a strong belief in the importance of people being able to thrive at work, Abbe joined Curtin’s Future of Work Institute with a commitment to help the Institute achieve its mission.