MEET SOME OF OUR STUDENT FOCUSED STAFF
DR KERI SPOONER
DEAN OF HIGHER EDUCATION
BCOM (HONS)(NSW), MCOM (HONS)(NSW), PHD (MONASH), CAHRI
Dr. Keri Spooner is Dean of Higher Education at WIN. With many years experience in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in Australia and abroad, Keri works with higher education academics and students at WIN to ensure the delivery of a quality, industry relevant education.
‘Students are at the centre of everything we do here at WIN. I am committed to ensuring that all our students receive a quality education in a very supportive and friendly environment.’
–Dr Keri Spooner
DR CHARLES LO
HEAD LECTURER MPA
B.BUS(HONS) (UTS), PHD (USYD)
Dr Lo lectures Accounting subjects at the Wentworth Institute, and brings to the classroom wide industry experience in accounting and finance, including those from his time as a stockbroker before entering academia.
He is an academic with nearly 15 years of experience in the tertiary sector, having lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at institutions including the University of Technology, Sydney, Insearch:UTS and the Australian Institute of Music.
“I have a passion for teaching. My aim when teaching is to ensure that students are not bogged down with technical industry jargon. I try to take complicated technical issues in accounting and explain them in a way that is easier to understand.”
— Charles Lo
DR GEOFF BREACH
PHD, MBUSMGT, GRADCERTMGT
Dr. Breach is an organization theorist with PhD, Master of Business and Graduate Certificate degrees in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. His scholarly expertise in organization structure and design, power in organizations, change and culture management, strategic management, operations management and qualitative research methods is complemented by thirty years of work and IT consulting experience in Healthcare, Investment Banking, Operations Management and Network Security to organizations throughout Asia and the Pacific. Committed to education since childhood, he has delivered workplace training throughout his business career and has taught management and IT to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students for twelve years.
DR SAI KIRAN LAKKARAJU
B.SC., M.SC., M.SC. (HONOURS), PH.D., GRAD CERT ED
Courseware developer, Academic, Knowledge Management, Information Systems, and e-Commerce Consultant, Researcher, Software Engineer, and Test Analyst, are some of the hats I wore thus far.
Started as a software engineer/tester after completing M.Sc., in Computer Science in India. Driven by passion came to Australia for further education. Received M.Sc., Honours and PhD from University of Western Sydney.
Worked as an academic and developed curriculum at various universities such as University of Western Sydney, Central Queensland University and Federation University, higher education institutions such as Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Kent Institute, and Business colleges such as Parramatta college and Canterbury business college.
Although I run a small Information Systems consulting services business, I take pride in calling myself an academic where I strive to impart my experience as an international student and my knowledge to students.
My research work revolved around Artificial intelligence and Knowledge management. Slowly moving towards the areas of curriculum development and student retention due to the nature of my work.
DR STEPHEN TRELOAR
MCOMLAW (MACQ), MBA(SGSM), DBA (SCU)
Dr Treloar is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Member, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Association of Australia, now called the Resolution Institute and a past Churchill Fellow.
He has over 25 years senior executive experience, has served on numerous (commercial, NGO and Government) boards and is the former Chairman, Finance & Governance, the Western Sydney Academy of Sport.
His past research interests, conference presentations and publications covers a wide range of fields including: human resource management, social enterprise, commercial law, directors’ responsibilities, conflicts of interest, expatriate management, and ‘best practice’ management.
DR DAN STAINES
BA (HONS) (UNSW); PHD, PHILOSOPHY (UNSW)
Dan Staines is a writer, researcher, and game designer from Sydney. Before getting his PhD in 2016, Dan worked as an editor and journalist in the videogame press for almost two decades. Dan’s research is focused on using principles derived from moral psychology and philosophy to develop games for ethical engagement and development. In 2019, he completed work on Paparazzi, a visual novel game intended to provoke ethical reflection.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” — Chief, Animal Crossing
DR SAEID IRANMANESH
Saeid Iranmanesh received the Ph.D. degree in IT from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, in 2015. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor with Azad University, Tehran, for a year and 1.5 years at Melbourne institute of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Saeid also has over 7 years teaching experience in other private and public educational institutes and universities in Australia and overseas. He is currently a research member within the school of electrical, computer and telecommunication engineering at UOW, Australia and is also appointed at WIN as a lecturer. Saeid has been involved in research activities for over 6 years and has published papers in high impact journals and conferences. His research interests include optimizations in wireless networks, Vehicular Networks, intelligent transportation systems, and smart cities.
DR LEANNE BRERETON
Dr Leanne Brereton teaches marketing at WIN. She has many years of marketing experience both in teaching marketing at WIN and other institutions and in working in marketing in the telecommunications industry. Leanne has taught marketing and management at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in Australia. She is also involved in marketing research and hopes to publish her first journal article soon.
M.BUS, MBA (UTS), AHRI MEMBER
Alison Lee has a Masters of Business Administration(MBA) from UTS and has taught at the same university in the School of Management to postgraduate and undergraduate students for the past five years. Further, she has extensive senior management experience in the area of luxury goods. Alison has been teaching at WIN for the past year and is looking forward to teaching more students from diverse background in business studies. She acknowledges that sometimes it is difficult for students to adapt to their new environment as an international student but happily has seen the majority of the students flourish and achieve their goals.
‘I truly believe that effective/ethical management practices can evolve from the foundations of quality higher education studies from an institute like WIN’
— Alison Lee
CPA, B.BUS/LLB (HONS), GRAD.DIP.LEGAL.PRAC
Celine Adams is a Certified Practising Accountant of Australia (CPA) and a lawyer. She has over 14 years of experience in the Australian tertiary education sector. She brings a wealth of experience to WIN not only on the basis of her current teaching experience but also on the basis of her approach to teaching and cultivation in her students of an appreciation of the importance of learning and understanding. Before joining WIN, she taught in both laws and accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
“I really enjoy teaching and making a difference in peoples’ lives!”
DIRECTOR - LEARNING QUALITY, COMPLIANCE AND ACCREDITATION DIRECTOR
B.A., B.SC., MCOMM (EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS), CAHRI
Karen is the Director - Learning Quality, Compliance and Accreditation and has worked for WIN Higher Ed for over 5 years. Within this role, she is responsible for monitoring, managing, and improving teaching and learning quality for Higher Education, ensuring compliance with TEQSA requirements and the HESF and the accreditation of new and existing qualifications both with TEQSA and the relevant industry bodies. Karen is also actively engaged in scholarly activity regarding International Students and Academic Integrity.
‘I love the thrill of helping others learn and get immense satisfaction from seeing students reach their full potential’
HEAD LECTURER ON THE BACHELOR OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA PROGRAMME
B.A.(SYD), GRAD.DIP.DESIGN (UTS), MA with Excellence (UNSW)
Jane Cameron has taught in the field of Design, Art and Film theory at WIN for the past 4 years. After graduating from Sydney University and later the University of Technology, Jane has for the past 20 years run her own design consultancy in Sydney, and has previously taught at Enmore Design Centre. Jane is passionate about her role at WIN.
‘I thoroughly enjoy assisting each student to locate and maximise what is unique in their creative life.’
BBUS(PA), MBUS(ACC’G & FINANCE), UTS; BA(ACC’G & ECS), MQ; DIP ED; CPA
I have taught and practiced accounting and related subjects for many years in both public and private university and college settings. I have taught at the Wentworth Institute of Higher Education since 2016 and I am currently Head of the undergraduate accounting courses.
I enjoy my teaching and I receive excellent feedback from students. I look forward to seeing you in the Accounting subjects and greeting you as part of our Accounting team.
— Paul Power
MASTERS OF LITERATURE, ARTS AND THE MASS MEDIA
James Nicholls M.Ed, is the Head Lecturer on the Bachelor of Interactive Media programme. He brings strong educational principles coupled with practical business experience in the industry to bear in providing one of the most exciting degree programmes on offer. His photojournalistic work is much sought after by a variety of international magazines and he is increasingly seen in the media and lecturing at major international events.
‘The importance education and of the student experience is paramount at WIN. Hopefully, I can help contribute to that education as a lecturer and mentor for the students at this institution which is growing from strength to strength.’
M.LAW, SOLICITOR & BARRISTER OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES
W John Taggart RFD, BA LL.M is a Solicitor & Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He has been lecturing in Business Law and Taxation Law for nearly 38 years in both undergraduate degree programs and postgraduate. He also worked for the Federal Government in property and then prosecutions sections at the Deputy Crown Solicitor’s Office. He has also conducted his own private practice as a Solicitor in Sydney. He has served on the Council of General Practice for the International Bar Association and was Chair of their Migration and Nationality Committee. He also has a number of publications and textbooks in the area of Business Law and Taxation Law.
” I enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment and sharing my knowledge of Australian law with students from all over the world who are able to contribute their own unique knowledge and experiences to create a rich learning experience”
MPA(WIN), GRAD DIP EDU (UTS), B.BUS (ACCT & FIN) (UTS)
Gary Mariner is a qualified Accountant and professional educator. He has lectured and tutored for over 20 years, at Sydney Institute of TAFE and the University of Technology Sydney. Gary also has extensive business experience; building, running and advising small to medium-size enterprises.
” The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and help them grow beyond their expectations.”
B.SC. (COMP.SCI.) UNSW
Peter Urbanec has over 25 years industry experience, having worked for a multitude of organisations ranging from small startups, to large multinationals and government. A desire to learn, combined with a pragmatic approach, has allowed Peter to acquire many new sets of skills while delivering successful projects. Peter has developed software used in products such as Apple Final Cut Server, Blackmagic Design Fusion, RealAudio Player, Beyonwiz Digital Video Broadcast receivers, IceTV Interactive and many others. Peter also has a long history of contributing to Open Source Software projects and participating in online communities.
“I hope that I can help students develop skills for applying theory to real world situations, thus making their education interesting, relevant and rewarding.”
– Peter Urbanec
BACHELOR OF LAWS (USYD), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE(UTS), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS(UTS), CERTIFICAT EN THÉOLOGIE (INSTITUT D’ETUDES THÉOLOGIQUES, BRUSSELS)
Dominic Cudmore is a practising lawyer based in Sydney’s inner-east. He possesses extensive experience in many areas of law in both the government and private sectors.
From 2009 to 2011 Dominic undertook higher studies at the Institut d’études théologiques (IET) in Brussels, Belgium, the Society of Jesus’ Studium for francophone Belgium and Luxembourg.
Dominic’s areas of expertise embrace property law, equity, NFP and charities law, NFP tax, employment law, human rights and discrimination, child protection, education law, governance, community law, cy près schemes, family provisions applications, professional standards, NFP mergers and acquisitions, legal training, pro bono practice, facilitation and mediation.
Dominic is involved in the following associations:
Member of Law Society of New South Wales
Member of the French Australian Lawyers’ Society
Honorary Member – Golden Key International Honour Society
BA (UNSW), BAHONS (UNSW)
Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degrees, both from the University of NSW, with majors in International Business and International Relations. His Honours Thesis focused on the international political role of international sports. He is currently completing a Masters of Sports Management at the University of Technology Sydney.
Francis’ passion is in sport where he has coached and managed rugby for UNSW, the Queens University in Canada and the University of East Anglia in England. Currently Francis serves as a Rugby Mentor for the Play Rugby Australia foundation.
MASTERS OF ANIMATION (UTS), MASTER OF FINE ART (NAS), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF VISUAL EFFECTS(AFTRS)
Sarah Eddowes teaches animation and motion graphics courses in the Bachelor of Interactive Media. When she is not at WIN, she is a practicing visual artist and animator. Her post graduate studies include a Masters of Animation at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), a Masters of Fine Arts by Research at the National Art School (NAS) and a Graduate Certificate of Visual Effects at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Sarah is also a musician in the Australian Army Band.
“I enjoy getting students excited about finding their voice through creative content”.
MASTERS IN ANIMATION(UTS)
Rahul Saraiya is a senior surfacing and lighting artist with 10 years experience in advertising and building projection.
After graduating from the University of Technology Sydney, Rahul’s passion and artistry lead to creative design which captured the attention of creative agencies and launched his career into the world of 3D.
Rahul wants to use his 3D surfacing, lighting techniques and years of experience to guide and empower a new generation to pursue their passion so they can bring their creativity into fruition.
BA COM (OTAGO), MC-GMCOM(MELBOURNE UNI)
Philip Wang has extensive experience as Academic System Manager in academic institute. He is also currently studying his PhD under the Schoolof Business at Unviersity of Notre Dame Australia. At the Wentworth Institute, he is teaching in subject of Information System whilst provides continuous academic support to both Staff and students throughout the year. He is also a published writer and passionate in the area of Media and Communication.
“Don’t work hard, work smart.”
— Philip Wang
B.SC., GDIT, M.COMP ,GRAD CERT ED
Umesh Poudel has over two decades of experience teaching Information Technology subjects at various university partner institutions at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also works as an IT consultant and a software developer in the educational sector. He started as an international student studying Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from UTS, later he received a Master of Computing from UWS. Recently he received Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Education) from Federation University.
Dr SOHEILA GHEISARI
Dr Soheila Gheisari received a PhD degree in Information Technology from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2019. She worked as a research fellow at UTS and as a data scientist in Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Also, Soheila has over 4 years of teaching experience in Australian private and public institutions and universities. Her research interests include Machine Learning, data science, and Artificial Intelligence.
Character Animation (AnimationMentor), GradCertL&T (TUA), MEd (TUA)
Rosaline Babayan is a senior 3D Animator and Motion-Capture Specialist with over 10 years of local and international teaching experience. She has animated on TV series, video games, music videos, advertisements, 3D visualisations for museums and architectural projects.
In addition to her Animation qualifications she has completed Master of Education in Innovation and Change and Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.
Her past research interests are focused on innovation of learning and teaching experiences for students and educators. This includes incorporation of innovative digital interventions, transforming physical and virtual learning spaces and designing Professional Development frameworks for educators to assist them with identification of their own needs in order to improve the quality of learning and teaching for higher education students.
Dr Salihu Ibrahim
Dr Salihu holds a doctoral degree in accounting. He has taught accounting and accounting-related courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in private and public universities for 17 years across five countries. His practical and learner-centred approach to teaching is well recognised by his students and colleagues. This has earned a teaching excellence award in the recent past. Dr Salihu is also a researcher with papers published in high-ranked journals such as Meditari Accountancy Research, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, International Journal of Business and Society, International Journal of Islamic Finance, and Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research. His research interests include corporate governance, ESG reporting, corporate taxation, and financial reporting.
Mr Hari Krishna Menta
Hari Krishna holds dual master's degrees Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) & Master of Computer applications.
As an academic for 14+ Years worked as a Course coordinator, Moderator, Course developer, and Lecturer at higher education institutions such as the Federation University, Australian Technology and Management College (ATMC), Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) , Study Group Australia (Charles Sturt University) and Academics Australasia Polytechnic. Taught subjects such as Big Data analytics, Enterprise resource planning, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, Real-time analytics, Project Management etc.
Worked as Master data SAP consultant in the industry.
My research interests include Enterprise asset management Research and curriculum development in higher education.
Dr Arthur Hung
Dr Wai Tak (Arthur) Hung attained his PhD in Statistics from Macquarie University. He has had more than four years work experience in Market Research. He has also been teaching Statistics and Mathematics subjects at different tertiary institutions for over ten years. He is experienced in statistical modelling as well as media campaign evaluations. Moreover, he is proficient in using various software such as R, SAS, SPSS, Minitab, and Excel.
STUDENT SUPPORT STAFF
AE CERTIV, BA INTERACTIVE MEDIA, GRADCERTBUS
Christopher grew up in and around Universities. Studied Production Performance and Directing at the Undergraduate level for 6 years. A Graduate of the BIM program and student of the Master’s program. With many years experience in the delivery of programs both at VET and Higher Education Level in Australia, Christopher now works with WIN higher education Academics Organisational staff, Students, WINSA and Alumni to ensure the delivery of a quality, industry-relevant education by providing Academic, Program and Wellbeing support to both staff and students throughout the year. He also works externally to provide continuous Academic and Program Education to the Public.
“Everyone is unique and have different needs and dreams. I am dedicated to ensuring quality through your degree and beyond, because your education is worth it.
Academic Support Manager
Iris Weng is the academic support manager at the Wentworth Institute of Higher Education. She holds a Bachelor of arts degree from the USYD and a Master of business degree from the UOW. Iris has over 5 years of academic support and administration experience and has also taught translations and other courses in her academic career. Iris manages academic support services division which is designed to enhance the experience of staff and student at Wentworth Institute of Higher Education.
Staff Member - Study Support
Bella holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney with majors in International Business and Criminology. Her areas of interest are Sustainability and Renewable Energy. She is dedicated to helping students improve their research and writing skills towards a distinction level.