Vincent Wilson - CEO Deakin Residential Services

As the CEO of Deakin Residential Services he is responsible for the overall operational and strategic leadership of Deakin Residential Services, with the primary purpose of sustainably developing and managing outstanding and market leading student accommodation premises, services, and support for Deakin students.

Taking an entrepreneurial approach, he has been the driving force behind a reimagining of student residences at Deakin, and a number of major property developments on campus valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Chris Thompson - Director, Research Operations & Finance

Chris is the Director of Operations and Finance of the Deakin Research Office. He is a full member of CPA Australia with 7 years experience within the University sector in senior finance and management roles.

Prior to joining Deakin, Chris worked predominantly in the Private Hospital Sector working for Ramsay HealthCare, Affinity Health and Mayne in Hospital CEO, and Hospital business manager and finance manager roles.


Pawan Lalwani - Founder and CEO Language Your Way

Pawan is a serial entrepreneur and fellow Deakin alumnus who holds dual Masters degree in Accounting & Commerce (eBusiness). He specialises in bootstrapping, marketing, strategic thinking, capital raising and gamification in education.

Pawan built his startup using lean methodology before raising capital from Melbourne based angel investors. Since then Pawan’s startup has won a number of awards and recognitions including being the first Education Technology company to join the Shanghai Landing Pad, an initiative supported by the Australian government. Pawan is also a Director at Paperclip Learning, a platform that teaches Microsoft Excel. Pawan recently founded Jeufy, a consultancy firm that specialises in gamification in education.

Dr Murray Height - CEO HeiQ Australia

Murray studied chemical engineering and mathematics at the University of Newcastle. In 1999 Murray travelled to the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Completing his PhD in 2003, he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). In early 2005 Murray co‐founded HeiQ Materials, a spin‐off company from ETH Zurich that today has grown to become a leading technology provider to International textile and apparel brands.


Timothy Stroh - Innovation Consultant at Medda Pty Ltd

Tim has founded and worked with multiple start up ventures in the U.S., Australia and Europe. He has successfully grown several to more than five employees and one to more than fifty. He has raised millions in investment capital, lead the acquisition of companies, and secured a trade sale exit to an ASX acquirer.

Tim has a successful track record in all areas of building successful start ups; from co-ordinating cash flow to staff management, strategy development and commercial contract negotiation. Tim is particularly skilled in creating successful Software as a Service (SaaS) products, marketing and selling to the small business market, and strategic product management. Tim’s international business experience gives him a range of skills and understanding of global negotiation and financial constraints involved in culturally sensitive situations.

Kevin Murphy - Executive Director at Deakin University

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Commerce (Property Investment). 

Kevin’s interest continues to be in investing in start- ups’ being a major shareholder of two companies as well as his ongoing successful investments in real estate. Kevin is a director in two tech companies. The first provides education and training via a web based portal to clinicians with the content being provided by trained specialists within the company. Income is generated through annual memberships both individually and through departmental memberships. The second company is focused on the development of clinical care patient data base, for use in hospital ICU’s’ initially franchised and more recently with a new version developed has been brought in-house. Kevin provides the leadership advice and strategic development for each of the companies through many years’ experience in the world of business and finance.


Claudio Bozzi - Executive Director of Deakin Venture Law Clinic

Claudio is a legal academic and an experienced commercial barrister. He is the author of books on contract law, commercial and consumer law, and civil procedure. Claudio has had extensive experience working with, mentoring and advising startups, entrepreneurs and early stage ventures. He is an advocate for innovation, and the new economy.


Hasan Acar - Senior Commercial Manage ICT, Deakin Research Commercial

Hasan has been working at the intersection of design and technology over 20 years in diverse sectors including ICT, Higher Education, Robotics, Aerospace, Defence, Training & Simulation in Australia and overseas. Hasan joined Deakin Research Commercial in late 2016, almost after a decade working at AOS Group – Autonomous Decision Making Software R&D company, where he was Product Design & Projects Manager.

At AOS Group, Hasan led the R&D of the company products and its applications that add cognitive behaviour modelling capability to unmanned robotic systems, such as drones, robotic moving targets and unmanned ground vehicles so that these robotic systems can act more like a human as an individual or part of a team to achieve their design objectives. The company products and applications are currently used by Defence departments worldwide, leading oil & gas companies, aviation, training & simulation companies and universities in Australia and overseas. Prior to this role, he has held various technical and management positions ranging from systems management to web-based application design and development.


Taylor Tran - Author and International Speaker

Taylor Tran is an author and strategist with 20 years global experience in technology and services. He is also a tech entrepreneur and speaker within the coworking industry. In addition, Taylor is a sessional teacher at RMIT University and Mentors with the Founder Institute of Silicon Valley and several start-ups, including blockchain, robots, environmental, big data and services start-ups.

Taylor is passionate about building entrepreneurship ecosystems and designing pathways for connecting students to start-ups, coworking spaces and accelerators. Following his recent book, INNOVATION MELBOURNE: A guide to Melbourne’s entrepreneurs ecosystem, Taylor has played a major role in advising government on building smart city and start-up strategies and is currently involved in a number of key ecosystem initiatives. This includes his own travels abroad to research best practices and develop new insights and design new approaches to the future of work.


Campbell Walshe - Co-founder & COO, CNSDose

Campbell Walshe has spent a decade in startup technology in Australia and the US. He is a Cofounder of CNSDose, a decision support tool using DNA to predict which antidepressants are likely to be effective for depression which is currently operating in the US. 

In addition, Campbell is an entrepreneur-in-residence an the Melbourne Accelerator Program and mentor at the Melbourne Health Accelerator Program. Previously, he was Director of Bruce Creative, a boutique creative agency and Head of Commercial Partnerships at PlayUp, a mobile-based live streaming platform for sport.

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Di Baxter - Director, Quality and Management, Office of DVC, Deakin University

Dianne is involved with the Senior Management team at Deakin to facilitate the following activities: Human resources, that involved major workplace change, performance review and management, industrial relations, recruitment, induction, organizational development, professional development and talent management.

Finance management – includes coordination and management of the finance team for forecast, budget and portfolio budget reports. Business System Support – involved monitoring of an area that coordinated and managed all IT, business systems and support for specific areas including web design and development and other systems.

Quality and Compliance – involves management and coordination of: Business Process Mapping, development of work flows and structures, coordination of risk and compliance and OHS. Project management – coordination/management of diverse teaching and learning strategic projects.

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Heather Round - Lecturer in Management at Deakin University

Heather has over 25 years of experience working within the corporate sector in UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa where she led project teams and drove organisational change programs. 

More recently, Heather transitioned into academia and obtained a PhD from Melbourne University, looking at creativity and employee identity work within the workplace. Heather lectures at the Deakin Business School in the area of Business Ethics, Innovation and Management. She is a member of the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) and holds the position of Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Faculty of Business within Deakin University. Her research interests encompass creativity, identity, innovation and sustainable business practices. 

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PK Rasam - Future Commerce at MIT EXperimental Learning

Head of Melbourne Startup Advisory and Corporate Innovation, PK Rasam has lived in 20+ countries, served the top 100 global brands, climbed 5+ mountains, cycled 850+ km in 5 days and looking for his next adventure. 

He is curious, passionate and experienced in helping founders navigate from an idea on a napkin to Seres A funding. And well versed in assisting a corporate drive innovation both vertically and horizontally to build commercial value.

Kathy Reid  - President of Linux Australia, Tech Consultant

Kathy works at the intersection of open source, emerging technologies and technical communities. Over the last 20 years, she has held several technical leadership positions, including roles in web and apps development, video conferencing and digital signage. She is able to assist with-

  • evaluating different technology platforms and alignment with product - ie ease of scaling etc
  • identifying technology products and platforms to solve different problems 
  • identifying sources of open data and how it can help (ie with pitch prep)
  • website evaluation


Lucy Bloomfield - Co-founder Trefiel

Building brands that consumers love is Lucy’s passion. Originally coming from a background of design and development, Lucy has been playing on the web since she was 10, building websites and designing imagery. Additionally, Lucy has worked for multiple international companies and started her own business, Trefiel where she leads the forward-facing aspect of the business. Lucy is available to provide mentoring with regards to building a brand, social media marketing and design.