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Ali Abbas


Dr Ali Abbas is a senior lecturer at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. He specialises in Process Systems Engineering and has broad process experience in Modeling, Optimization, Control and Design with particular expertise in the challenging areas of distributed systems control. He is the author of numerous journal and conference publications in the area of Process Systems Engineering.

Dr Abbas has been instructing in the area of process modeling and control for a number of years and is an active researcher in teaching and methods of teaching. He has also been a consultant to companies for the last seven years.

Michael Abrahams-Sprod


BA (UNSW), Grad Dip Ed (UNSW), Cert T (NSW DSE), MA (UNSW), PhD (Sydney).
Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod is Roth Foundation Lecturer in Israel, Jewish Civilisation and Holocaust Studies in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at The University of Sydney. Michael is an historian, linguist, author and an educator with over 27 years experience in secondary, tertiary and adult education. Michael has held both educational and professional leadership positions in the Australian Jewish community and has taught the Melton program and its graduate program since 2001. Michael’s key academic research interests include: German-speaking Jewry under Nazism; German-Jewish history; The Holocaust; the history of European Jewry; the history of Zionism; the history of the state of Israel; and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The recipient of numerous local and international awards and scholarships, Michael has also published widely on German-Jewish history and has presented papers, conducted research, lectured and taught both locally and internationally.

Cintia Agosti


Cintia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Spanish and Latin-American literature at the University of Buenos Aires and completed an M. A. Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University. Cintia has taught Spanish in Sydney since 1990 both in community college and university settings. She has also facilitated many professional development sessions for language teachers and is a published author in the area of curriculum development. She is currently the vice-president of the Spanish Teachers Association of N.S.W.

Anna Ahn


Anna has extensive experience in teaching Korean language to students with different levels and needs. She believes that language learning should be fun and enjoyable which always draws the best outcome. Her teaching is focused on practical language skills that students need to communicate in a real world.

Anna has a Masters degree in Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language from the University of Sydney, a Cert IV in TAE and a Diploma of Interpreting (Korean and English in both directions). She taught Korean at the Korean Education Centre in Sydney and currently teaches at the University of Sydney.

Harold Ainsworth


Harold Ainsworth. Tutor of CCE

Chiaki Ajioka


Chiaki Ajioka has studied art history in Japan and in Australia, obtaining her MA (The University of Melbourne) and PhD (ANU). She worked as Japanese subtitler for SBS Television and as the curator of Japanese art for AGNSW. She also taught Japanese art at the University of Sydney. She has been researching and publishing on the subject of interpretation of Japanese art in western countries.

Majdi Al Zaghal


Majdi was born and grew up in Jordan, and has been working as a teacher since 2001 after he completed his first degree in English language and literature. He finished his Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2004 and more recently a Master in Applied Linguistics at the University of Technology Sydney. Majdi worked as a language and social studies teacher for 3 years in Jordan and then taught ESL in Saudi Arabia, and currently teaches at the University of Western Sydney College in Westmead.

Avril Alba


Avril is the Roth Lecturer in Holocaust and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. From 2002-2011 she was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s permanent exhibition ‘Culture and Continuity’ in 2008-09. She holds a BA (Hons)/BMus from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University. She received her doctorate in History from the University of Sydney in May 2011. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Redeeming the Holocaust: Uncovering the Sacred Narratives of the Secular Museum’ explored the largely unexamined topic of museums as sacred spaces.

Pilar Alejandro


Pilar is the Convener of the Spanish language program at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). She is an experienced teacher having been teaching for almost 30 years in different countries and different environments. During this time, she has taught Spanish and French at different universities and language schools in Peru. Since she came to Australia Pilar has been teaching Spanish and French at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, and the University of Technology Sydney.

During her time as a teacher at Macquarie University, Pilar has received a teaching award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and student learning.

Pilar holds a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Spanish as a Foreign Language (Nebrija University, Spain), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of the Sacred Heart, Peru and she is currently completing a PhD at Macquarie University.

Leila Alem


Adjunct Professor Leila Alem brings 25+ years of experience in partnering with industry to solve complex problems and deliver impact in a range of industries. Her expertise includes designing award-winning digital products and new customer experiences leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, Wearables, AR/ VR and MR and using Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Agile methodologies. She has over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, building new innovation programs and practices to drive client engagement. Her corporate entrepreneurship experience includes the government and consulting sectors. 

Leila has an extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate, Master and corporate levels both in Australia and overseas. Her subjects include innovation, entrepreneurship, lean startup, design thinking, system thinking, technology disruptors etc. She has taught in the award-winning UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, in the University of Sydney Master of Design and UTS executive MBA. She won the 2013 NSW State Innovation Award in R&D and was a finalist for The Women Infotech Outstanding Career Achievements Award in 2015.

Leila holds a PhD is in Artificial Intelligence and is a member of the National AI Think Thank. Her research draws on real industry challenges to explore novel ways of working, learning and collaborating using AI, VR, AR and IOT. She has 150+ peer-reviewed publications and is the editor of books and international journals in the next frontiers of Human-Computer Interaction.

Leila is currently an Adjunct Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at UTS. She was Principal Consultant at Thoughtworks, a global innovation consulting firm, for 2 years and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 23 years.

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