First STEP Academic Mentor Preference

First STEP Academic Mentor Preference

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Please review the academic profiles below and select 3 preferences from any of the 6 Departments within Macquarie Business School.

Please keep in mind that you cannot select an academic who will be either your lecturer and/or your tutor for your classes in the upcoming Session. You will probably not know who your lecturer/tutor is until after classes start. If you do select someone who you later find to be your lecturer and/or tutor, please email the First STEP team.

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Academics involved in the First STEP Mentoring Program

Accounting and Corporate Governance

Rahat Munir

What are your career highlights?

Professor in Accounting and Head of Department.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG315 - Accountants in the Profession.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

To connect with students and guide them through in their academic journey at Macquarie.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Work within the profession, accounting bodies and industry, in various capacities.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Passionate, broad-minded, committed, conscientious and dynamic.

Dominic Soh

What are your career highlights?

Working in a range of accounting practice including in management accounting and auditing and a technical research role for a professional body prior to working as a full-time academic involved in research and teaching for the last 9 years at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University - Completing my PhD on the use of assurance and consulting services on non-financial issues within organisations - Receiving teaching awards, including the Dean's Award for Curriculum Innovation in 2017 - Receiving various research grants, most recently a grant from CPA Australia in 2017 to investigate the use of data analytics in auditing practice in partnership with Rutgers University - Co-authoring an auditing textbook widely used across undergraduate and postgraduate auditing courses in Australian universities. - Serving as a Member of the Education Committee for the Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia and as the Chair of it's Academic Standards and Quality Sub-committee.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG340 Auditing and Assurance Services.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I'm a strong believer in the value of mentoring, having been fortunate to have mentors and mentees who have had (and continue to have) a profound impact on my career and life in general. My mentors have been particularly helpful in providing sage advice, and I get great satisfaction in being able to play a similar role for others.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Family time, home improvement, food and travel.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Patient, analytical, meticulous.

Rajni Mala

What are your career highlights?

Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Program Director.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG224 - Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

This kind of association with the students helps me to understand students better, that is, as an academic I get to understand beyond their academic abilities.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I like to take part in religious activities. I also take lots of interest in gardening.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Committed, caring, focused.

Catriona Lavermicocca

What are your career highlights?

Working with large multinationals on their tax structures and completing my PHD as an academic at Macquarie.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Catriona has been promoted Associate Dean, Programs and Pathways (Postgraduate). She was formerly in Accounting and Governance, she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate tax law units including BUSL320.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I enjoy engaging with student mentees and mentors and facilitating their engagement with the University.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Movies, cooking, gardening, reading and family.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Positive, happy and friendly.

Kym Butcher

What are your career highlights?

  • PhD (Accounting) 2007
  • Research publications (5) in quality journals (A & B)
  • Research awards in 2003 (Best conference paper) and 2012 (Emerald Outstanding Achievement)
  • HDR completions in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017
  • Restructure of ACCG611 in Session 1, 2017
  • Academic Mentor for both sessions in 2014 and 2015

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG611 - Principles of Accounting.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Commencing uni is difficult because of the learning structure, workload, having to make new friends and for some, getting used to living away from home for the first time. All of these issues are overwhelming and often result in feeling very alone. I found getting used to uni challenging and often felt like quitting and going home to my parents in Lithgow (in the Blue Mountains).

However, I initially lived at Dunmore Lang College and found that many residents were feeling the same way. Developing friends help me settle in to uni life and attending the consultation hours of my teachers helped me keep up to speed with my study commitments.

I therefore want to be an Academic Mentor to help others settle in to Uni life and be available to talk and support when needed.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Psychology and Counselling including 5.5 years as a volunteer Telephone Crisis Support Counsellor at both Salvo Care Line (2012-2015) and Lifeline Sydney Sutherland (2015-present)
  • Sport particularly the National Rugby League and Swimming
  • Having 'girls nights' with my best friend
  • Watching TV series including NCIS, Criminal Minds, Greys Anatomy, Special Victims Unit, Major Crimes and Bull

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Patient
  • Compassionate
  • Resilient

Meiting Lu

What are your career highlights?

Teach and coordinate intermediate financial accounting courses both at undergraduate level (100 and 200 level units) and postgraduate level (900 level unit) published influential research papers in highly-ranked accounting journals in the area of International accounting and corporate finance.

Years of experience participating in the FBE First STEP Mentoring Program.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG923 - Accounting Standards and Practice.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would love to meet students who are interested in business, especially in accounting and finance and help new students make the transition to uni life a little easier.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Watching movies, browsing the Internet and travelling.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Easy-going, reliable and conscientious.

Vicki Baard

What are your career highlights?

1. Receiving industry recognition for excellence in my field after graduating as the top student in my MBA whilst working as the Chief Financial Officer in the service industry. 2. Utilizing my achievements in (1) to support the equity of women in the workplace through executive education. 3. Being the first woman to be appointed as Chief Financial Officer in an organisation within Information Technology Services organisation. 4. Achieving my PhD in under three (3) years. 5. Being awarded a contract to write a book for Routledge in New York on Interventionist Research as a recognized leader in my field.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG828 - Management Control Systems.

ACCG825 - Management Accounting: Strategy and Control.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I believe that Mentoring is a gift that is shared. It is a relationship that enables purposeful conversation. The conversation assists the mentee to reflect on their own experience, make informed decisions and act upon the ideas that are generated. I want to be an Academic mentor in First Step to support people starting in their careers in achieving personal growth from the experience. Part of this personal growth is to empower people through enabling them to set and achieve goals, make decisions, solve problems, develop self-confidence, a sense of purpose and the ability responsibly drive their own futures. I believe that this is valuable to their
current circumstances and their own adventures in their future careers and lives.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Camping, kayaking, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Confident, persistent and resilient.

Verity Greenwood

Verity GreenwoodWhat are your career highlights?

1. Creating a BUSL250 Student at Risk program (StAR) which saw student failure rates drop by over a third and being awarded a Dean's Award for Student Experience for the program.

2. Conceiving and delivering a Financial Crime and Governance specialisation, including new units.

3. Being a First Step mentor is definitely at the top of my career highlights list.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG877 - Emerging Issues in Financial Crime.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Since its inception in 2012, I have been First Step Mentor in the FBE First Step Mentoring Program. I want to be an Academic mentor in First STEP because, from my own experience, I know the benefits and difference a mentor can bring to the university experience. I enjoy mentoring students on choice of units and programs and I maintain an ‘open door’ policy for my students, whether they are current or have moved to other programs. My mentoring encompasses providing advice to students, providing direction to appropriate campus bodies when seeking help, reviewing CV’s and writing academic/employment references to enhance employability. My mentoring role often continues, with many alma mater mentees now overseas and in careers.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Travel
  • Director, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Asia-Pacific representative, Advisor, Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Gardens and landscaping
  • My children (most important of course)
  • Previous interests included surfing and whitewater rafting.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

  • Loyal
  • Empathetic

Nuraddeen Nuhu

Nuraddeen NuhuWhat are your career highlights?

Dr Nuraddeen Abubakar Nuhu is a lecturer at the Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. He is also a member of professional and academic bodies including Certified National Accountants (CNA), ACCA (fundamental level), and American Accounting Association (AAA).

Nuraddeen is an experienced academic and active researcher with several articles published in high-ranking journals. His research interests includes Management Control Systems (MCSs), Corporate Governance, and inter-disciplinary areas. His teaching experience span across various Accounting units, and has taught a number of Management and Marketing units.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG101 - Accounting and Governance.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

As an academic, I am passionate not only about teaching and research, but also in community engagement. Hence I see First STEP as a platform to contribute towards the University community. Guiding, advising and helping students has always been my motto during my academic career. As experience shows that starting new could be challenging for both local and international students, I would thus like to be a First STEP Academic mentor to help in mentoring new students to make their transition into the University less daunting.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I enjoy reading and watching movies. I am also a member of basketball and public speaking clubs.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Patient, emphatic, and selfless.

Charlene Chen

Charlene ChenWhat are your career highlights?

Obtain a graduate position from one of the largest corporations in Australia. Work as a business analyst in the corporate world. Become an academic at Macquarie.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACCG350 Financial Statement Analysis, an undergraduate unit teaches how to invest in share markets. ACCG923 Accounting Standards and Practice, a postgraduate unit teaches how to prepare financial reports for large corporations in compliance with accounting standards.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Get to know our students better. Understand their needs and help them to prepare their career advancement.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Traveling around the world to open my eyes and meet people from other cultures. Enjoying good food, friends and family.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Funny, friendly and supportive

Economics

Prashan Karunaratne

Prashan KarunaratneWhat are your career highlights?

  • The honour of seeing a fresh batch of new first year students every year - and imparting something to them.
  • Being nominated by students for the Excellence in Teaching Award at MQ, and then winning this in 2017.
  • Being nominated by the faculty for Vice Chancellor's Award, and then winning this in 2017.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ECON111 - Microeconomic Principles.

I have also taken ECON110, ECON131, ECON203, ECON204, and ECON241 in previous years.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

  • It is always an honour to impart into first year students, and get a chance to learn something from them as well.
  • My classes tend to be very large, so it will be great to meet some students one-on-one and for us to build into each others' lives, and journey life together.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

  • Gymming (I try!).
  • Playing music (I can!).
  • Catching up with family, friends, and past students.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Empathetic.

Holistic.

Enthusiastic.

Fazeel Jaleel

What are your career highlights?

BA in Econ and Stat Post. Dip in economics MA in (Finanace) PhD (Economics) Over 10 years teaching experience Consulting

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Econ634 Econometrics and Business Statistics

Econ334 Financial Econometrics

Econ241 Introductory Econometrics.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

First, love to share my life career achievements with others, particularly with our students.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Swimming, cycling, community service etc

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Adaptable, ambitious, compassionate, diligent, generous, and practical.

Marjan Nazifi

What are your career highlights?

Unit convener, Lecturer, and Researcher.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Macroeconomic Policy, Economic Analysis and Economics for Actuaries.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

To enhance the overall student experience and to increase the level of engagement of students with academics.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Reading, Watching movies, Kayaking and Bushwalking.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Enthusiastic, Energetic, Serious as well as Friendly.

Actuarial Studies

Stefan Trueck

What are your career highlights?

  • My book on Rating Based Modeling of Credit Risk - Theory and Application of Migration Matrices that was published by Elsevier.
  • My research on the financial analysis of carbon emission and electricity markets
  • My research on optimal investment into climate adaptation
  • 2015 Macquarie University Award for Research Excellence in the area 'Prosperous Economies' (one of five key research areas at Macquarie University)
  • Having 10 HDR students graduating over the last 5 years.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

  • FOBE710 - Research Frontiers in Business and Economics.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

It has always been fun to catch up with students who just started our program, and I typically learn a lot through these conversations. I also hope that I can give some good advice on career choices and studying at Macquarie.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Sports: I love to play and watch football and tennis. I also play Beach Volleyball and Squash.

Movies: My wife and I love to go to the movies, in particularly Film Festivals such as the Italian, Spanish, German, French Film Festival.

Music: I used to play guitar and sing in a band for over 10 years (unfortunately we did not become as famous as we wanted to), I don't play that much anymore, but still love ping to concerts.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Optimistic - dynamic - chaotic.

Farida Akhtar

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What are your career highlights?

I have been fortunate to work as a lecturer and now a senior lecturer within three years of completion of my PhD studies. I have taught in different courses (i.e. postgraduate and undergraduate) in a number of Universities in Australia and was awarded excellent in teaching demonstration at the Australian National University. Also, I have received a number of research grants at competitive level. Prior to joining academic, I worked in the Commonwealth Treasury, Department of Defence and Private Equity firm in Canberra, ACT.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

ACST603- Principles of Finance

ACST101- Finance 1A

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I enjoy interactive engagement with wide range of students from different background, race and ethnicity. It is exciting to learn and share ideas/experiences and able to guide students on both academic and professional career choices through mentoring program.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I am active in social and network events that is organised by industry professionals. I am passionate about painting, arts, fashion and music. Also I love to give back to the community so I volunteer in community group events that achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Upbeat, dedicated, friendly yet professional

Marketing

June Buchanan

What are your career highlights?

1. Finally getting my PhD after heaps of years while working full-time.

2. Getting journal articles accepted for publication.

3. Involvement in First Step Mentoring for the first time S2, 2017.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

MKTG101 - Marketing Fundamentals.

MKTG209 - Global Marketing.

MKTG801 - Principles of International Marketing.

MGSM815 - International Marketing.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I love to help students grow in their academic skills.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Going to church and helping with prayers, morning tea and welcoming.

Wining and dining.

Some jogging.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Caring.

Focused.

Shahin Sharifi

What are your career highlights?

I have been fortunate enough to have secured my first academic position at Macquarie University while completing my PhD studies at Monash. My primary area of research is consumer judgment and decision making. My research has been published in leading international journals in the field—ranked A* and A in the ABDC.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

MKTG208—Marketing Management

FOB730—Quantitative Research Approaches in Business and Economics

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would like to help facilitate the transition of students to their new life. I do believe that the first impressions matter. Hence, ensuring that early on students enjoy their new experience could help shape their overall experience. I would like to play a part.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I used to play music but not any longer. Now, I enjoy listening to music and enjoy good movies. Spending time with my little dog is also an enjoyable part of my life.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Open-minded, objective, optimistic

Management

Monica Ren

What are your career highlights?

Working on Internationalisation Strategies.

Becoming a business network researcher and practitioner.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

BUS303 - International Business Project.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

Nice to support the students in the transition periods of their lives.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Hiking, dancing, photography, art, writing and reading.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Open minded, energetic and high achiever.

Meena Chavan

What are your career highlights?

  • Vice Chancellor’s citation for outstanding contribution to Student learning, 24th October 2016 Citation - For sustained leadership in embedding employment focussed learning approaches to develop work-ready graduates with strong social and community values alongside business skills
  • 2015 New Colombo Grant for the new unit: "International study tour to India
  • Five PhD students graduated under my supervision in Six years:
    PhD Theses: Supervised Phd theses to completion as Principal Supervisor Choon Hwa Lim Topic – “The role of culture in the structured selection interview process" Completed & Graduated – 2013 Principal supervisor Dr Meena Chavan,

- Associate supervisor Prof Lucy Taksa- Somayeh Alizadeh Topic – “Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in Healthcare System and the effects of ICC on Patients' Satisfaction and Medical Providers' Performance”.

- Completed and Graduated date 2015 Principal supervisor - Dr Meena Chavan, Associate supervisor Prof Lucy Taksa Dominik Chahabadi Topic –“The Internationalisation Strategies of German Renewable Energy Firms into Developing and Emerging Markets”.

- Completed and graduated – 2016 Principal supervisor - Dr Meena Chavan, Associate supervisor Prof Indre Maurer Gottingen University, Germany (Cotutelle student) Rene Abel Topic – “Organizational ambidexterity in the German, Australian and Indian firms: inter and intra organizational networks”.

- Completion date 2016 Principal supervisor Dr Meena Chavan, Associate supervisor Prof Indre Maurer Gottingen University, Germany (Cotutelle student).

- 2015 – Current, MIB program Director v Recipient of the best paper award for the paper “Diversity makes good business” at the 50th International Council for Small Business conference in Washington

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

Previous taught

  • BBA340 Cross-Cultural Management
  • BUS201 Introduction to Global Business
  • BUS303 International Business Project
  • BUS804 International Business Strategy
  • BUS854 Managing Cultural Diversity

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would like to be an academic mentor as this is the only opportunity I get to know the students better and understand their concerns and work with them on their challenges. I am an Australian accredited career counsellor as such I have the skills and understanding of the mechanisms and techniques to assist students with their journey. I have researched and published specifically on first-year students, which has enabled me to understand the challenges that are peculiar to first-year students.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Volunteering, visiting art studios, music and writing kids stories.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Compassionate, adaptable and organised.

Applied Finance

Lurion DeMello

What are your career highlights?

MQ Vice Chancellors Award for research across two faculties in 2010.

Completion of PhD in 2013 at MQ.

Macquarie Business School and Macquarie University  Deans Award twice for curriculum innovation and development 2013 and 2015.

Two publications in A Journals and three in A ranked journals.

CFA University Affiliation accreditation for the Bachelor of Applied degree in 2016.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

AFIN899 - Currrent Issues in Banking and Finance (Master of Banking and Finance Capstone).

AFIN310 - Current Issues in Applied Finance (Bachelor of Applied Finance Capstone).

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I would like to share my knowledge (including tips and mistakes!) as a previous student and from my academic career so first year students can enhance their employability and interpersonal skills. To encourage students to go the extra mile beyond their studies so they standout for employers. Additionally providing guidance on dealing with the transition to university and how one can go about identifying a discipline they are passionate about.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

Taking interest in my children's sporting activities like tennis and swimming. I am keen follower of cricket (recently retired from playing the sport for 15 years!). Spending time in the kitchen cooking up a storm!..... I thoroughly enjoy it.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Sociable, intuitive and insightful.

Abhay Signh

What are your career highlights?

My primary are of research is in Financial Risk Modelling, including Econometrics and Multivariate Analysis, Investment Analysis and Asset Pricing. My research has been published in numerous international research outlets including high quality ABDC ranked A/A* journals. I have recently(Feb,2017) published my first book, "R in Finance & Economics: A Beginners Guide" which focuses on quantitative research methods in France/Econometrics using R.

I have over eight years' experiences in quantitative finance research including econometrics modelling using statistical software. I am a big believer in open source software and have been using R for statistical computing including quantitative methods for several years.

My ongoing projects include Multivariate Analysis using Vine Copulas, Financial Risk Modelling and forecasting using Econometric methods among others. I am also involved in interdisciplinary research in Social Media and Data Analytics with an ongoing project on the use of Social Media in Business to Business communication and an Industry project on the use of Text Analytics in enhancing Learning and Instructional Support System.

What units are you currently teaching at Macquarie?

AFIN310: Issues in Applied Finance

AFIN890- Financial Modelling and Forecasting

I also conduct R for Research Workshops twice a year for HDR and school academics/researchers.

Why do you want to be an academic mentor in First STEP?

I want to make our students' experience as rewarding as possible and the First STEP Mentoring Program is a great opportunity for them to learn from academics and peers. I enjoy talking to students, not just studying Finance but also other areas. I also find the mentoring personally rewarding as I get to know the talented Macquarie Business School students and learn from them as well.

What are your interests outside of Macquarie?

I like to do a little bit of gardening where I grow a few herbs which I like to use in my cooking.

What three adjectives would describe you best?

Passionate, Considerate, Pragmatic

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