Speakers

Associate Professor Steve McKenna is Director, MBA Programs at Curtin Business School. He has extensive global experience in commerce and academia, including management positions in global corporations and senior positions in start-ups in Europe, North America and Asia.

His research interests include global talent management, global leadership, career mobility, program design and delivery, and systems leadership.

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Associate Professor Jeremy Galbreath has a career spanning nearly 25 years in business and academia. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups in the US, engaging in business development and corporate and business unit strategic planning. He currently advises Australian-based start-ups, lectures on Curtin’s MBA program and leads Curtin’s Executive Education programs.

His research interests include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, strategy and sustainability.

He has nearly 3,500 Google Scholar citations and an extensive international network spanning seven countries.

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Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ is a Professor of Economics at Curtin University. She received The Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award in 2018, the first female economist to be honoured with this award.

She has published widely on using economic approaches to solve housing issues. Her work is often cited in parliamentary debates and government reports. She is a regular media commentator on national and WA housing and policy issues. In 2017, she was a member of the National Economic Panel.

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Professor Fran Ackermann is a Professor at Curtin University. She has a distinguished academic history, having previously worked at the Universities of Bath (UK), Georgia (US), Grenoble (France), Strathclyde (UK) and Western Australia. She has published five books, 29 book chapters and more than 70 journal articles.

Her research focuses on complex project management, strategic management, and multi-organisational negotiation and collaboration.
Professor Ackermann has worked extensively with industry and government across the globe in both a consulting and applied research capacity.She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy of Management.

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Dr Garry Claxton is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, special counsel to Allion Partners and a senior lecturer at Curtin Law School. He holds a law degree from Murdoch University and an MBA and PhD from Curtin University.

He has written a mock coroner’s court scenario, and training courses on occupational health and safety, workers compensation and injury management for a variety of organisations.

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Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox is a qualitative researcher and a consultant in industrial relations, people and culture, and organisational development. She now teaches in the Curtin School of Management, including MBA course units in human resource strategies, leading and facilitating teams, and legal issues in human resources.

As a business professional, she has extensive experience leading diverse and virtual teams and fulfilled leadership roles in listed companies and the non-profit sector, and worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Dr Dorothy Wardale is Deputy Director, MBA Programs at Curtin Business School. She has worked as an academic, business consultant and as chair and member to various human resources and people management boards.

She has extensive experience designing, delivering and evaluating training programs with universities, government, the mining and resources sector, healthcare, and the construction industry. She has also worked on organisational change projects involving people performance, workforce and leadership development, and innovation. Dr Wardale is a member of The Library Board of Western Australia.

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Dr Mingming Cheng is a senior lecturer in digital marketing. His research deals with Chinese young generations, data science, big data, the digital economy and sharing economy platforms such as Airbnb.

He has been a consultant for a number of organisations, including Space Furniture and Westfield, providing industry training and advice on Chinese consumers.

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Associate Professor Anna Lee Rowe is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant. She earned her doctorate at Macquarie University in Sydney. Her PhD thesis was in Corporate Environmental Management and Reporting in China.

Her research interests include environmental, social and governance, sustainability reporting and action research in education for sustainability.

Prior to joining Curtin, she consulted extensively for clients from not-for-profit, government and private sectors, including Water Corporation WA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.

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Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop works at Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute. He is researching psychometric assessment in organisations, impression management and faking behaviour in self-report personality assessments, and volunteer recruitment and retention.

His research informs practices to improve recruitment and selection outcomes.

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