Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship networks provide a collaboration platform for industry leaders and business scholars to share fresh innovation and entrepreneurship ideas, develop and implement new practices, and forge valuable research opportunities.

Areas of Research Strength:

  • Innovation in Asia and the World
  • Antecedents and Consequences of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Learning and Innovation
  • Eco-system for Entrepreneurs
  • Education and Innovation
  • Influence of society, culture and environment
  • Regulatory and cultural influences on innovation
  • Individual differences in entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Cognitive neuroscience of Innovation

Network Members

The Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship networks have over 160 members from Government, CSIRO, Industry and Academia. Industry members includes CEOs and consultants. Academic members are from the whole University from internationally acclaimed Professors to PhD students. The Management Team consists of a broad mix of network members from UNSW, Industry and Consultancy.

Nizar Hoblos | Director of Strategy & Innovations, nxtLeader Pty Ltd

Nizar Hoblos is a founder and director of nxtLeader Pty. Ltd., a consulting and education firm active in the Technology and Leadership development space. Nizar’s main interest is to develop and implement a model for interactive relations between leadership and continuous innovation. He is also actively seeking to establish the causality between social and technology innovations. Business transformation and modelling for the rollout of smart everything (smartX) across all industries is another key area of work and development in both public and private sectors.

Munib Karavdic | Managing Director, WAVE Design and Conjoint Professor, UNSW

Professor Karavdic’s is both an experienced practitioner and academic whose expertise spans customer experience, management and building innovation capabilities through human-centred design as a key driver of growth and a customer-centric strategy. Leading AMP’s award-winning design and innovation team, Munib championed the innovation program which resulted in a portfolio of innovative products and services, creating a cultural shift across all businesses at AMP. With his new venture, WAVE Design, he developed a concept ‘Innovate with Confidence’ which is focused on delivering design-led, insight-driven innovations. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker on innovation and has delivered keynote addresses to many industry conferences and forums. Munib has also worked as a growth strategy consultant at several Australian and overseas companies. He holds a PhD from UNSW, Sydney.

Elif Ketencioglu | CX Strategy Principal, IAG

Elif explores the implications of behavioral economics in business and strategy decisions at various levels in an organization. Elif is a guest lecturer at mastres programs at The University of Sydney and speaks at international conferences.

Elif has worked in corporate strategy as a consultant overseas and has been working in telecommunications and financial services since 2014 in Australia. Her ability to achieve results with a high standard of performance was recognized with a Personal Excellence Award during her time at Optus, and recently with a Hero award at Vodafone. She has also worked on various strategy projects and developed training programs based on her research.

Elif holds a cross disciplinary PhD from The University of Sydney International Business and Finance departments, and an MBA from Purdue University. She studied economics and graduate level engineering. She collaborates with Foundation for Young Australians and The University of Sydney Alumni Centre as a mentor and is a member of the Behavioral Economics Network in Sydney.

David Kim | Customer Experience Business Partner, TAFE NSW

Currently, David is a Customer Experience (CX) Business Partner with the Future & Innovation Team at TAFE NSW. He is a problem solver with a passion for helping organizations unlock innovation by exploring the intersection of business strategy, disruptive technology and human centred design. He has experience in establishing new business growth strategies and implementing critical strategic initiatives for forward looking organisations. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Masters of Global Law with the University of Sydney.

Current activities include:

  • Applied human centered design strategy
  • Corporate customer experience (CX) transformation
  • Core business technology and user experience (UX) alignment
  • Enabling corporate innovation ecosystems

Vanni Krishna | Professorial Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW

V. V. Krishna is currently Professorial Fellow, FASS at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has a PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia and has more than 30 years of research, teaching and consultancy experience in science and technology policy studies, history and sociology of science and technology, innovation studies and science, technology and developing world in leading academic and research institutions in India, Australia, Singapore, China and Canada. He was Professor in Science Policy and Chair, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for more than 20 years. He held visiting faculty positions at the National University of Singapore; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Maison des Science De l Homme, Paris; United Nations University, Japan; Western Sydney University, Sydney and Tsinghua University, Beijing. Over the years, he published over 40 papers and five books which include: Science, Technology and Diffusion of Knowledge: Innovation Systems in Asia-Pacific (Edward Elgar 2007); Scientific Communities in the Developing Countries, (Sage 1997). His latest book is on Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from Asia Pacific (Routledge 2017) He is Editor-in-Chief of ranked international journal Science, Technology and Society (Sage). He was member of various expert committees and been consultant at UNESCO, OECD, ILO and other international agencies. He contributed to World Science Report 1998 and UNESCO Science Report 2005, and to the ILO in 2001 for its programme on the informal sector. He served as expert on European Research Council’s Grand Challenges and European Union, Brussels, based networks on research and innovation policies since 1990s.

Michael Larsen | CEO - Studiosity

Mike Larsen is the Chief Executive Officer of Studiosity, a world-class provider of online, on-demand academic support to universities across APAC & EMEA.

Prior to his current role, Mike spent five years with global Internet giant Monster.com based in Boston, Massachusetts where he was a Senior Director.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and completed an MBA via the AGSM at UNSW, where he won the AC Nielsen Prize for Strategic Marketing.

Chris Jackson | Professor, School of Management, UNSW

Chris Jackson is a former Head of School and Professor of Business Psychology in the School of Management in the Business School, University of New South Wales. His research concerns understanding the processes underlying innovation, learning and personality from biological and cognitive perspectives. His interests span several different areas of individual differences including the biological basis of personality, laterality, how learning is related to personality, and how all this predicts innovation and performance. He has won 3 ARC grants and achieved well over $1M of grant income. He has a large number of peer reviewed academic publications reflecting his work in these areas including publications in Psychological Bulletin, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Personality. Recently he has developed an on-line psychological research laboratory for understanding these processes and how they relate to work outcomes. Chris has supervised 14 PhD students to successful conclusion and many have gone on to successful careers.

Varina Michaels

Varina’s research interest is in how individual’s identities influence them at work, particularly during times of transition. Broadly, this covers topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, international business and human resource management and covers sub-topics such as intersectionality, expatriate management, diversity, cross-cultural management, and strands of identity such as sexuality, gender, social class and work role.

Maureen Murphy | Technology Commercialisation and Strategy Execution

Maureen has been engaged in the commercialisation of innovative new technologies for more than three decades. She has held CEO roles in global businesses including digital media, telecommunications, and satellite communications, and has managed several ventures from early stage through to successful exit.

She has delivered strategic advice and hands on tactical support to government, enterprise, and startups across a range of industry sectors including ICT, AgTech, MedTech,and Advanced Manufacturing. Currently Maureen provides commercialisation advice to the Federal Government's Entrepreneurs' Program, a $484M initiative designed to assist Australian technology companies to grow by providing access to grant funding, expert business advice and relevant networks.

Expert in strategic planning, new business development, due diligence, and all aspects of strategy execution, she is an investor in and adviser to early-stage tech ventures, with a particular interest in emerging and disruptive technologies. Her extensive network covers the technology SME, university research, government, start-up accelerators, angel investment, venture capital, corporate innovation sectors.

Maureen holds an MBA (Technology) degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Dip. Medical Radiation Therapy. She is a Founder Fellow of the inaugural Cicada Innovations Founder2Founder Program and sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UNSW Business School.

David Ng | Director of Pharmacy - Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney Local Health District

David is an established executive within the not-for-profit and government sectors, and currently the Director of Pharmacy for Western Sydney Local Health District at Westmead Hospital servicing the largest growing population in one of the largest health districts in Australia. His career and research interests relate to health policy and reform; and innovation and creativity in the delivery of healthcare services. He is a member of the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee; deputy member of the South Australian Controlled Substances Advisory Council; and a former Chair of the Board of Directors at the Southern Adelaide, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Medicare Local. David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; as well as the MBA Executive program at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at UNSW.

George Shinkle | Associate Professor, School of Management, UNSW

George Shinkle's research investigates strategic goal setting, strategic agility, strategy development, and strategy implementation - particularly in turbulent environments. George has dedicated much of his international business and academic career to understanding and analysing the strategic management of organisations. He facilitates courses in the AGSM Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. ​He integrates years of real-world experience with academic theory to provide relevant, yet evidence-based perspectives. George publishes in top tier journals, has been recognised for outstanding facilitation in AGSM programs, and has received a prestigious 3-year ARC Research Award.

Elvira Sojli | Associate Professor, School of Banking & Finance, UNSW

Elvira is an Associate Professor of Finance and Scientia Fellow in the School of Banking and Finance, the University of New South Wales. My current main work tries to understand the role of and determinants of women participation in innovation. I am particularly interested in the international aspect of differences across countries and disciplines. Additional current and past work focuses on international finance and market microstructure.

Elvira was an Associate Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University from 2008-2016. She was a Marie Curie research fellow for the period 2009-2011 and a research fellow at the Duisenberg School of Finance from 2010-2014. Her work has been published in top finance and economics journals and has been presented at the AEA, AFA, WFA, EFA among many other conferences. Elvira has visited for extended periods the National University of Singapore and Haas School of Business.

Jeffrey Tobias | AGSM Fellow, UNSW

An accomplished strategist, with years of commercial and business experience, Jeffrey works with organisations to improve customer experience and increase revenue growth by transforming the way they do business.

He is a thought leader on innovation and collaboration, and his work is being applied in some of the world's largest corporations and governments around the globe.

Jeffrey’s career has spanned the worlds of academia, big and small business, government and research. In each environment his leadership, clarity of thought, creativity and drive have generated cutting edge advances and successes far beyond expectation. His broad and deep experience and extraordinarily wide skill set are almost certainly unique within the region.

He brings this wealth of experience to his teaching, on both postgraduate and executive education programs. Jeffrey studied at UNSW, gaining First Class Honours and the University Medal and a PhD in Computer Science.

The Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network’s aim is to help bridge the gap between industry and academia. To this we:

  • Organised a day-long conference in the CBD
  • Had multiple meetings and presentations through the year
  • Created opportunities for dialog and research
  • Championed innovation in Australia
  • Achieved 180 publications between 2016 and 2017
  • Obtained multiple ARC, NHRMC and other grants between 2016 and 2017