School of Business

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Professor Gabriel Ogunmokun

Dean – School of Business

Our mission in the School of Business is to provide high quality graduate and undergraduate business education tailored to the needs of students and employers in local and international communities.

Dr Gabriel Ogunmokun

Dean of Business, Professor (Marketing)

PhD, Monash University, 1992
MBM, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1981
GradDipBA, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1980
BBA, Churchlands College of Advanced Education, 1979

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Dr Rajasundram Sathiendrakumar (Kumar)

Professor (Economics), Chair of Academic Council

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PhD (Economics), University of Newcastle, 1988
MA (Economics), University of Manchester, UK, 1978
BSc (Honours - Agriculture), University of Ceylon Peradeniya, 1971

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After graduating from the University of Ceylon, Kumar was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies (a Master of Arts in Economics) at the University of Manchester. He returned to Sri Lanka and worked as an economist before migrating to Australia. With a PhD from the University of Newcastle, Kumar embarked on a 25-year-long career lecturing at Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004, he became the foundation professor at Sheridan where he has continued to lecture in the Faculty of Business. Over the course of his life, Kumar has made significant contributions to the community, serving on local and international committees, and working as an economist and consultant for national and international organisations (such as the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank). He was a member of the Indian Ocean Research Group and the Asia Research Centre and has authored over 70 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and conference papers). His leadership on so many fronts (including Sheridan’s Academic Council) has been invaluable.

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Dr Matthew Bambach

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Senior Lecturer (Management)

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PhD (Not-for-Profit Governance), Edith Cowan University
MA (Human Resource Management), Middlesex University, 1994
GradDipEd (Secondary), Edith Cowan University, 2007
BBus (Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations), Edith Cowan University, 1991

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Matthew Bambach began as a bank officer before being called to serve in Nepal as a business manager for a mission organisation from 1986-1987. He completed a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at Edith Cowan University in 1991, and subsequently moved to Great Britain, where he served as the regional coordinator for another mission organisation, and completed a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University. Matthew returned to Australia in 1996, and has since worked in management roles in health care and education, including 6 years as CEO of the Association for Christian Education Inc., and 5 years as State Coordinator and WA Executive Officer of Christian Parent Controlled Schools (CPCS) and Christian Education National (CEN), during which time he also completed his Graduate Diploma of Education.

In 2007, Matthew was recruited by the Edith Cowan University School of Management, where he taught units in leadership, management and human resource management until 2013. After two years as Director of Corporate Services at St Stephen’s School, he joined the Sheridan College faculty in January 2015. Matthew is a registered teacher with TRBWA, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM), a Certified Professional at the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI), and the owner/director of Kimberley Safari Tours.

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Dr Anne Garnett

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Senior Lecturer (Economics)

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PhD, University of Canberra, 2007
MPhil, Murdoch University, 1996
BEcon Honours, University of Western Australia, 1988

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Dr Jonathan James

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Senior Lecturer (Leadership, Christian Studies)

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PhD (Communications), Edith Cowan University, 2008
MA (Literary and Biblical Studies), Biola University, 1980
MA (Communications and Mass Media), Columbia College, 1978
BA (English Literature and Philosophy), University of Singapore, 1975

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Dr Maya Krayneva

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Senior Lecturer (Information Systems)

Qualifications

PhD (Health Information Systems), Curtin University, 2006
Master of Biochemistry, University of Antwerp, 1999
Bachelor of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, 1997

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Maya has a multi-national, multi-lingual, and multi-disciplinary background. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ex-Yugoslavia) and completed her early education in Servo-Croatian. When the civil war broke out, she moved to Belgium and continued her studies in Flemish. The recipient of a national scholarship, she graduated with both a Bachelor of Chemistry and Master of Biochemistry from the University of Antwerp. She migrated to Australia in 1999 and began a career as a Medical Researcher at the Cancer Research Unit (University of Newcastle). In this role, Maya saw the potential of Information Technologies to advance studies of human diseases and got inspired to undertake a PhD (at Curtin University) related to this field. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Curtin, she worked on various research projects until 2012. Bethanie (a not-for-profit aged care provider) recruited her to work on a national health project which she did from 2012 to 2014, before joining the team at Sheridan. On campus, she has worked on governance, course development, an artificial photosynthesis research project, and lectures on Information Technology.

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Dr Anne Burlinson

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Lecturer (Organisational Behaviour)

Qualifications

Dr.Rer.Nat (Human Behaviour), Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, 2005
MSc (Community Nutrition), University of Indonesia, 1997
BSc (Biological Sciences), California State University, 1994

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Anne Burlinson brought her management experience from the industry to teach organisational behaviour and pursue research in leadership journey and emotional intelligence at Sheridan. Before joining the institute, Anne was an operations manager. She was responsible for the back-end alumni and donor engagement at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia (UWA) and successfully established new business units. She and her team at UWA were part of the largest capital campaign for Western Australia.

Anne also brings her biological and social sciences expertise from her studies at Ludwig Maximillian University in Germany, the University of Indonesia and California State University, Chico, USA. As a doctorate candidate, she had the privilege to work with the prestigious Max Planck Society for Human Ethology in Andechs, Germany. She is also a former lecturer at the University of Indonesia, teaching postgraduate students of the SEAMEO RECFON (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisations - Regional Centre for Community Nutrition) program.

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Organisational Behaviour, Consumer Behaviour

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Dr Augustine Donkor

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Lecturer (Accounting, Finance)

Qualifications

PhD (Accounting), Edith Cowan University, 2021
MPhil (Business Administration - Accounting), University of Ghana, 2014
BSc (Business Administration - Accounting), University of Ghana, 2011

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Dr Blakely Hurst

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Lecturer (Business Law, Human Resources, Christian Studies)

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PhD (Systematic Theology), Vose Seminary, 2018
GradDipHRM, Edith Cowan University, 2003
Juris Doctor, Stanford University, 2000
MA (Theological Studies), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1993
BA summa cum laude (Economics), University of Houston, 1989

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A lifelong learner and educator, Blake holds qualifications in law, management, philosophy and theology. He has studied and taught in three countries. After completing a first degree in economics in the USA, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study economics at National University of Singapore. His American postgraduate studies led to a Doctor of Jurisprudence law degree from Stanford University, while his PhD in philosophical theology was awarded in Australia.

In America, Blake lectured in HRM and other business subjects. Subsequently, he worked in the test preparation industry in Singapore for several years, helping students and working professionals prepare for university admission tests such as SAT, GMAT and GRE. Having relocated with his family to Perth, he has served since 2016 as a lecturer/course coordinator in philosophy and law at the University of Notre Dame Australia. For excellence in teaching as measured by student feedback, Blake received multiple letters of commendation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor at Notre Dame.

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Business Law, Human Resource Management, Christian Studies

Peter Ho

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Lecturer (Finance, Mathematics)

Qualifications

MSc (Actuarial and Financial Science), Curtin University, 2010
GradDipEd (Secondary Mathematics) Edith Cowan Univerity, 2012
BBus (Accounting), Edith Cowan University, 2003

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In 2013, after six years of working in the accounting industry in Hong Kong and Australia, Peter switched to lecturing on tertiary campuses. You will always find him patiently explaining the wonders of Mathematics to a huddle of eager students. This passion for excellence in how he teaches and supports comes from his own personal experience of struggle. At school, he spent many hours feeling frustrated because the curriculum materials were too hard and help was not forthcoming. At Sheridan, he has made it his mission to facilitate a better learning experience for his students. He enjoys demonstrating the useful and practical applications of Accounting and Finance, challenging learners to think about their future roles in business. Despite the difficulties of early schooling, Peter has successfully completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting major), a Master of Science, and a Graduate Diploma of Education. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program, researching the area of Value at Risk (VaR). This involves accurately quantifying risks, so a stakeholder can make better investment decisions.

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Mathilda Joubert

Director of Excellence and Innovation

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MBA, The Open University, 2007
MSc (Cognitive Neuropsychology) Cum Laude, Oxford Brookes University, 2000
BMus Hons Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1998
BMus Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1995
CertIV TAE, Tabor College of Higher Education, 2017
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia

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Mathilda is passionate about creativity and continuous improvement – and serves as the Director of Excellence and Innovation on campus. She is a true cross-disciplinarian with her two bachelor’s and three master’s degrees spanning the diverse fields of music, languages, education, business, and cognitive neuropsychology. She started her career in teaching (both primary and secondary) and worked on curriculum policy before landing the life-changing role as Research Fellow to the UK’s National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education. This enabled her to co-author a major government report with Sir Ken Robinson: All Our Futures: Creativity Culture and Education.

Following her passion for creativity and innovation, she worked as an international Innovation Consultant in industry, supporting Fortune 500 Companies like Unilever, Phillips, Coca-Cola and Diageo to invent new products and services, before bringing these skills back into the education sector. Mathilda has facilitated successful school improvement programs in more than 500 schools around the world and has been a long-term advisor to the Australian, Lithuanian, and British governments on creativity in education. She has written more than 65 articles, reports, and book chapters in her area of expertise and is the evaluator of the Creative Schools program in Western Australia. She is also currently President in Western Australia of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). Mathilda lectures across all faculties, at Sheridan, and is still finding time to pursue a PhD in Education through the University of Western Australia.

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Arjun Murthy

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Lecturer (Management)

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MBA, University of Western Australia, 2001
PGradDipEd (Tertiary & Adult), Murdoch University, 2011
BEng - Hons, Leicester University, UK, 1994
CertIV TAE, Scorpion Training Institute, 2014
CertIV Coaching, Institute of Coaching, Qld, 2003

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Darren Smith

Executive Principal

MBA, Murdoch University, 2010
BA (Honours - History/Political Science), University of Western Australia, 1996

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Darren Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Political Science in 1996 from the University of Western Australia. After studying theology at the Baptist Theological College in WA (now Vose Seminary) for 18 months, he left Australia for Shenyang, China, where he taught English and first-year university courses in Economics, Accounting and Company Law at the Liaoning Business Vocational College, and recruited Australian teachers to live and work in China. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Development at Shenyang International School, supporting Chinese nationals in the start-up of private educational initiatives. In 2006, Darren was appointed as Principal of Shenyang International School. In 2010, he completed an MBA at Murdoch University and returned to Australia to direct Australian Baptist Education's higher education initiative.

Darren has previously served on the boards of Shenyang International School and the International School of Qingdao, of the Shenyang-based medical charity Light, and of Xiuqiu, a Shenyang-based social enterprise textile factory. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Australian Baptist Education Inc, Baptist Education Resources Inc, Quinns Baptist College, Geelong Baptist College, Alkimos Baptist College, Austin Cove Baptist College, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and Sheridan Research Institute.

Dr Graham Blick

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Adjunct Lecturer (Management)

Qualifications

DBA, Curtin University, 2014
BEd (Secondary), Monash University, 1992
DipPM, Institute of Personnel Management, 1982

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Dr Jesse Lansdown

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Adjunct Lecturer (Mathematics)

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Dr.rer.nat./PhD (Mathematics), RWTH Aachen University / The University of Western Australia (joint), 2020
GradCertTerTeach, The University of Western Australia, 2021
BSc(Hons) (Mathematics), The University of Western Australia, 2015
DipModLang (German), The University of Western Australia, 2014

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Part of the adjunct faculty at Sheridan, Jesse is also a full-time postdoc at the University of Western Australia. His research covers various topics from combinatorics, geometry, and group theory. Jesse has taught mathematics and supervised research students in both Australia and Germany. You can find out more at his personal webpage (www.jesselansdown.com)

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Alfred Leng U Tseng

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Adjunct Lecturer (Management, Marketing)

Qualifications

Executive MBA, State University of New York, 2001
BSc (Electrical Engineering), Queen's University, 1990
PhD Candidate (Management), Curtin University

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