Our People

The Centre for Social Impact is proud to work with the broadest network of bright minds committed to solving the systems failing in today - and tomorrow’s - society. That includes our team.

We are an organisation of systems thinkers and creative innovators. Our team includes researchers, teachers, policy and advocacy specialists, communicators and marketers, event designers, convenors and thought leaders. We are a collaborative partnership of three universities: the University of New South Wales, Australia; Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia.

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Syarif Abdul-Wahed

Research Assistant

Elizabeth-Rose Ahearn

Senior Research Officer - Outcomes Measurement

Jessica Anthony

Executive Assistant

Dr Mariana Atkins

Research Assistant Professor

Emma Barnes

Research Support Administrator

Distinguished Professor Jo Barraket

CSI Swinburne Director

Teneisha Bhalla

Course Authority and Tutor

James Blackwell

Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy)

Elloise Brady

Project Officer - Executive Education

Dr Jeremiah Brown

Research Fellow

Dr Chris Brown

Research Fellow

Associate Professor Graham Brown

Research and Evaluation Director

David Bugg

Research Coordinator

Associate Professor Renu Burr

Associate Professor

Zoe Callis

Research Officer

Dr Cobi Calyx

Postdoctoral Fellow - Science for Impact

Dr Robert Campain

Research Fellow

Dr Perri Campbell

Research Fellow

Professor Gemma Carey

CSI National Research Director / CSI UNSW Academic Director

Anna Cessario


Dan Chamberlain

Research Fellow

Nicholas Chau

Centre Manager

Kelly Clark

Research Officer / Lived Experience Lead

Kathryn Conway

National Operations Manager and Centre Manager, CSI UWA

Dr Hilary Davis

Senior Research Fellow

Tracy De Cotta

Senior Research Assistant

Dr Krzysztof Dembek


Elena Douglas

Adjunct Lecturer

Rachael Dufour

Research Assistant

Dr Graham Dwyer


Dr Amber Earles

Research Fellow

Aurora Elmes

Research Fellow

Professor Robyn Eversole

Deputy Director, CSI Swinburne / Director, RegionxLink

Professor Jane Farmer

Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute

Professor Paul Flatau

CSI UWA Director

Farida Fozdar

Associate Professor

Renée Gardiner

Research Officer

Celia Green

Research Fellow

Nicola Hannigan

CSI UNSW Operations Director & National Corporate Communications Director

Kylie Hansen

Adjunct Lecturer

Chris Hartley

Research Fellow

Dr Kiros Hiruy

Senior Research Fellow

Yasmine Hooper

Research Officer

Rebecca Willow-Anne Hutton

Senior Research Assistant

Nicolette Jackson

Casual Academic

Ramana James

Course Facilitator

Felicity Jensen


Dr Andrew Joyce

Senior Research Fellow

Lisette Kaleveld

Project Officer

Dr Peter Kamstra

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Michael Katz

Senior Lecturer

James Kelly

Research Assistant

Maria Kelly

Research and Communications Assistant

Sandeep Kirpalani

Lecturer and Course Authority

Dr Emma Lee

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow

Dr Leanne Lester

Senior Research Fellow

Louise Luscombe

Centre Manager

Lisa Lusthaus


Suzanna Mahinder

Lecturer and Course Authority

Catherine Mai

Research Assistant

Eleanor Malbon

Research Fellow

Jen Malbon

Research Assistant

Axelle Marjolin

Research Officer

Margaret (Mags) Martin

Administrative Officer

Associate Professor Chris Mason

Senior Research Fellow

Adam McCurdie

Course Authority

Dr Lyndsey McKee

National Industry Director

Dr Ariella Meltzer

Research Fellow

Ali Mollinger-Sahba

Lecturer and Researcher

Nicole Moore

Casual Researcher

Dr Michael Moran

National Education Director and Senior Lecturer, CSI Swinburne

Keira Morris-Akeroyd

Facilitator and Tutor

Professor Kristy Muir

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Jack Noone

Senior Research Fellow

Aleksandra Olekalns

Research Assistant

Kam Ozonaran

Project Coordinator

Ben Pecotich

Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Francesca Pinzone

Academic and Senior Project Officer - Executive Education

Adjunct Professor Abigail Powell

Adjunct Professor

Dr Joanne Qian-Khoo

Research Fellow

Dr Ioana Ramia

Research Fellow and Course Authority

Emma Riseley

Senior Research Assistant

Lisa Ryan

Course Authority

Tania Sabatino

Executive Assistant

Shanil Samarakoon


Vanessa Schilt

Education Administrator

Krystian Seibert

Industry Fellow

Angela Sidoti


Darcy Small


Katie Stubley


Dr Roksolana Suchowerska

Research Fellow

Associate Professor Dilan Thampapillai

Director of Education

Erin Thurgar

Senior Education Officer

Dr Julie Tucker

Research Fellow

Shannen Vallesi

Research Associate

Dr Meera Varadharajan

Research Fellow

Kurt Walkom


Libby Ward-Christie

Principal Industry Fellow

Dr Megan Weier

Senior Research Fellow

Professor Erin Wilson

Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation

Associate Professor Lisa Wood

Senior Research Fellow

Rhonda Yanitsas

National Content and Engagement Lead


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