STAFF PROFILE

MEET SOME OF OUR STUDENT FOCUSED STAFF

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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

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DENNIS MORTIMER

PROGRAMS COORDINATOR AND HEAD LECTURER, BACHELOR OF BUSINESS

B.EC (HONS I) (SYD), CAHRI

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JANE CAMERON

HEAD LECTURER ON THE BACHELOR OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA PROGRAMME

B.A.(SYD), GRAD.DIP.DESIGN (UTS)

Dennis Mortimer is the Head Lecturer for the Bachelor of Business degree at WIN. Dennis has over thirty years experience in academic teaching, research and management including teaching in both Australia and overseas. Working with the Dean, his responsibility is the academic standards, quality, and work relevance of the Bachelor of Business program.

‘I enjoy helping students to develop their knowledge and job readiness through our focus on small class sizes and the use of real world cases and simulations. ‘
–Dennis Mortimer

Dennis Mortimer is the Head Lecturer for the Bachelor of Business degree at WIN. Dennis has over thirty years experience in academic teaching, research and management including teaching in both Australia and overseas. Working with the Dean, his responsibility is the academic standards, quality, and work relevance of the Bachelor of Business program.

‘I enjoy helping students to develop their knowledge and job readiness through our focus on small class sizes and the use of real world cases and simulations. ‘
–Dennis Mortimer

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.’
–Jane Cameron

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DR CHARLES LO

HEAD LECTURER MPA

B.BUS(HONS) (UTS), PHD (USYD)

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PAUL POWER

HEAD LECTURER

BBUS(PA), MBUS(ACC’G & FINANCE), UTS; BA(ACC’G & ECS), MQ; DIP ED; CPA

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

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

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KAREN AUDLEY

LECTURER

B.A., B.SC., MCOMM (EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS), CAHRI

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JAMES NICHOLLS

LECTURER

MASTERS OF LITERATURE, ARTS AND THE MASS MEDIA

A certified member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources, Karen has a Masters Degree in Employment Relations and undergraduate degrees in both Arts and Science. Having taught with Wentworth Institute of Higher Education since 2016 and with over 20 years experience in HR and Operations Management, Karen is a knowledgeable lecturer able to apply both academic theory and practice within the class room. A seasoned executive who has worked for a large private company employing over 190,000 team members, Karen brings a diverse range of skills and experience in the areas of Change Management (both technological change and cultural change), Program Management, Learning and Development. HR & Talent Management, Marketing and Operations.

‘I love the thrill of helping others learn and get immense satisfaction from seeing students reach their full potential’
–Karen Audley

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.’

–James Nicholls

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BRAYDEN GIFFORD

LECTURER

BA-VISUAL ARTS (UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE), MASTERS OF ANIMATION (UTS)

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ALISON LEE

LECTURER

M.BUS, MBA (UTS), AHRI MEMBER

Brayden Gifford is the Higher Ed Lecturer in Motion Graphics. He is a Senior Motion Graphics Designer at SBS for World News and Insight.
Starting his career in the Art department on films such as Star Wars and Scooby Doo, Brayden then made several Stop-Motion animation puppet films before moving into Motion Graphics.
Brayden spent 5 years freelancing between Network TEN and ABC before taking a full time position at SBS, maintaining his lecturing commitments at Wentworth throughout.

‘I believe the key to creative success is ‘inspiration’. I love helping students to find their inspiration and enthusiasm.’
–Brayden Gifford

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

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GARY MARINER

LECTURER

MPA(WIN), GRAD DIP EDU (UTS), B.BUS (ACCT & FIN) (UTS)

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DR AFZAAL SEYAL

LECTURER

BSC, PHD

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.”
–Gary Mariner

Dr Afzaal Seyal graduated in Computer Science from Roosevelt University USA and has subsequent Masters from Pakistan and PhD in Management from LaSalle University USA. Prior to his academic career, he worked both in public as we all private sector in his early career as Programmer, Systems Analyst and Data Processing Manager from 1982 to 1990. He then joined University of Technology Brunei in IS/IT and Management in 1990, and served for three decades in all aspects of teaching/learning, research and research administration, industry consulting to foster industry-academia partnership and educational administration. He served as Program Leader and Head of Department for two terms of two years each and Deputy Dean Postgraduate Studies and Research. During his tenure, he revamped the curriculum and started two new programs including BSc in Computing in Data Analytic and Masters by Coursework in Information Systems. He was the first coordinator of Masters by Research program. He taught IT Management, Project Management, Software engineering, Systems Analysis, E-businesses, Ethics, legal and professional issues in IT, Statistics for Computing and Research Methods. He is passionate researcher and published both in international conferences and international journals. He published a book Theory of Planned Behaviour: New Research, published by Nova Publishers New York USA. He is certified Prince2 Project Management, Member of Australian Institute of Project Management as Reg practitioner and Certified Senior Project Manager by International Association of PM and Certified IT audit and control COBIT framework.

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HARRY RODDEN

LECTURER

MBA(UTS), GRAD DIPLOMA IN MARKETING (UTS),FAIM, FAMI, CPM,CERT IV TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT

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JOHN TAGGART

LECTURER

M.LAW, SOLICITOR & BARRISTER OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Harry has extensive experience in senior management and in sales & marketing roles in the international student education market, FMCG, travel and industrial sectors. Harry uses the knowledge gained from his career and lecturing experience in the MBA program at UTS to assist students to achieve their academic goals.

‘Education is vital in today’s competitive career environment and it is my goal to assist students to gain success in their studies at WIN.’
–Harry Rodden

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”
–John Taggart

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CELINE ADAMS

LECTURER

CPA, B.BUS/LLB (HONS), GRAD.DIP.LEGAL.PRAC

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PETER URBANEC

LECTURER

B.SC. (COMP.SCI.) UNSW

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!”
–Celine Adams

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

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DR SONYA PEARCE

LECTURER

PHD (MGT), M.ED (ADULTS) B.ED (ADULTS), DIP. ADULT ED (ABORIGINAL), CERT IV TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT

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ANNA SPENCER

LECTURER

MASTER OF ANIMATION, UTS BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND ALLIED ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Sonya is a Gooreng Gooreng with over 35 years in Indigenous education, employment and training. Sonya works with the Wentworth Institute teaching MBA student management and part time with Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training, Australia’s oldest established Indigenous adult learning centre.

Sonya is Honorary Research Associate and formerly, where she received her PhD in Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship. Her academic work is highly awarded, including ARC grants, a UTS Teaching and Learning Award, and a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Sonya’s work on tackling violence in Aboriginal communities was recognised with a UTS Human Rights Award and she has presented to the United Nations Committee of Women.

Anna has worked in the film and television industry for 7 years. She has worked as a storyboard artist, broadcast graphic designer for Network Ten and an animator for various clients including the Royal National Theatre in London.

Anna’s passion is independent filmmaking. She has had her animations screened at various local and international festivals including Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.

Anna has worked in education for 14 years, she joined JMC in 2016. When she is not teaching, Anna works as a freelance animator, illustrator and graphic designer.

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DR. SAI KIRAN LAKKARAJU

LECTURER

B.SC., M.SC., M.SC. (HONOURS), PH.D., GRAD CERT ED

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DR. ASAL AL-ODAT

HEAD LECTURER

PHD (UTAS), MA (UTS)

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. Asal Al-Odat is a lecturer in Accounting at Wentworth Institute, he has a PhD in Accounting Information Systems, Accounting and Finance from The University of Tasmania (UTAS) and a Master in Accounting from The University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Before starting at WIN, Asal worked for eight years as an Investment and Financial Advisor for one of the biggest companies in the world that specialising in natural resources investments. In addition, he has an extensive industry experience in accounting and finance, as he worked as a Senior Business and Financial Analyst, Auditor and a Banker for several years.
Dr. Al-Odat has a wealth of experience in the Australian and International tertiary education sector, teaching and developing Accounting and Finance courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students at UTAS and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

“I aspire to become an excellent teacher for facilitating an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfil their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and psychological growth.”
–Asal Al-Odat

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DOMINIC CUDMORE

LECTURER

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)

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SARAH EDDOWES

LECTURER

MASTERS OF ANIMATION (UTS), MASTER OF FINE ART (NAS), GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF VISUAL EFFECTS(AFTRS)

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

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”.
–Sarah Eddowes

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PETR JOURA

LECTURER

BACHELORS OF INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT (GAME DESIGN MAJOR)- QANTM COLLEGE

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FRANCIS O’NEILL

LECTURER

BA (UNSW), BAHONS (UNSW)

Petr Joura comes from a game design background, and his passion for games began in early childhood. He was never given enough pocket money to play games like Magic: the Gathering or Warhammer, so his spare time was spent designing his own. Then in 1999 he picked up the Unreal Tournament level editor and the rest is history.

Since then he has collected a BA in Interactive Entertainment (majoring in Game Design) and has worked as a games designer, digital artist, writer, producer and level designer, and co-founded the indie games studio Monkeynaut Games in 2013. He has since moved into teaching and joined Wentworth in 2017, where he teaches subjects in game design, media theory and programming.

He advocates a practical, hands-on teaching approach, likes to provide his students with comprehensive, personalized feedback, and finds sharing his knowledge and skills richly rewarding.

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.

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PATRICIA CROKER VAKAFUA

LECTURER

BBUS (QUT), MCOM (USYD), CPA

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PHILIP WANG

LECTURER

BA COM (OTAGO), MC-GMCOM(MELBOURNE UNI)

Patricia has taught and practiced accounting for over 12 years in both public and private universities and higher education colleges. I have recently joined the Wentworth Institute of Higher Education this year and I am currently teaching undergraduate accounting courses.

"I enjoy teaching and receive excellent feedback from students. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and skills in the classroom and welcoming you as part of our Accounting team."
– Patricia Croker-Vakafua CPA

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

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RITA HASSAN

LECTURER

BA (UNSW), MCOM (UNSW)

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DR GEOFF BREACH

LECTURER

PHD, MBUSMGT, GRADCERTMGT

Rita Hassan joined the Wentworth Institute of Higher Education with substantial teaching experience from the University of New England, University of Central Queensland and Kings Own Institute. Rita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Commerce degree both from the University of New South Wales. Rita has teaching experience in Management Accounting and Financial Accounting both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Before joining academia Rita was employed with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

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.

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DR TILDA KHOSHABA

LECTURER

PHD(USYD)

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DR STEPHEN TRELOAR

LECTURER

MCOMLAW (MACQ), MBA(SGSM), DBA (SCU)

Tilda is a founding director, of the Chad Robinson Legacy Foundation and is a managing partner in Sports Wellbeing International: an elite athlete wellbeing consultancy. Prior to this, Tilda’s work in professional sport, both domestically and internationally focussed on areas of elite athlete wellbeing as well as athlete representation relating to matters affecting an athlete’s employment.

She is highly experienced in the field of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations and Organisational Psychology, and holds a Masters (Honours) and PhD from the University of Sydney. She has worked in both Private and Public Sector roles and has been an academic lecturing at the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the Australian Catholic University, and now at the Wentworth Institute. She has numerous international publications and has presented at both domestic and international conferences in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

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.

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SUSAN ROBSON

LECTURER

M.M.(UTS)

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DR DAN STAINES

LECTURER

BA (HONS) (UNSW); PHD, PHILOSOPHY (UNSW)

Since 2000, Susan has delivered School of Business lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs within UTS, UWS and internationally. Susan’s academic life with WIN commenced in 2017.

Susan has a wealth of industry experience across aviation, mining, oil and gas, disability and aged care sectors that she brings to enhance each student lecture.

‘I love to impart my knowledge to the WIN students and see them grow in the subject understanding. Being on their academic journey is a privilege and one that I am excited to facilitate’
– Susan Robson

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

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RAHUL SARAIYA

LECTURER

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.

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NINA SUPRUN

LIBRARY MANAGER

BA SC. (INFORMATION STUDIES) UTS, AALIA

Many years of experience in both Higher Education and the public library system, working at Macquarie, Sydney University and UTS libraries as well as Moore College, Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Willoughby Council Libraries. An Associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association, with experience in many different aspects of knowledge information, e.g. conferences, workshops and national competency standards.

“What I hope I can bring to both the staff and students of Wentworth Institute, is a love of lifelong learning, research, change and wonder of the capacity of our brains to be our personal computer systems. What our brains can store and retrieve is beyond our present usage.”
–Nina Suprun

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DEEPA THAPA

STUDENT ADVISOR OFFICER & TUTOR

B. Com. (A&F), MPA

Deepa Thapa is a Wentworth Alumni working as a Student Advisor and tutor. She is available to talk and assist with wide range of students needs including social and cultural support. She also runs support sessions for Accounting and Economics subjects helping students with assignment doubts and tutorial doubts.
'I came Australia as an international student. So being the same pathway, I hope I could contribute more to the students’ needs and services required.'
- Deepa Thapa