BGS Industry Advisory Board

Monash Bachelor of Global Studies is committed to working with industry, business, government, and the community sector to develop innovative solutions to global challenges. With our industry Advisory Board we recognise the importance of building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with our external partners.

We’re listening to industry

With its own Advisory Board, the Monash Bachelor of Global Studies is in a unique position to draw on the innovative advice and dynamic perspectives of accomplished industry experts. Advisory Board members provide the vital guidance, advice and feedback to inform our ongoing program development, and to make sure the Bachelor Global Studies delivers the very best academic and professional outcomes for our students.

Connections that benefit our students

Our Board Members are actively involved in providing the BGS academic team with direct links into business, government and the social sector. These links are particularly important for the third/final year ‘Capstone Unit’, where students have the opportunity to do practical field work.

Students get to develop their leadership capabilities in the field with real stakeholders, to expand their networks and develop their CV for their first professional job application post graduation … without these partnerships, the ‘Capstone Unit’ would be theoretical and on campus only.

Michael Hann, Advisory Board Chair

Our Advisory Board is also developing workshops for the executive community which highlight cutting edge thinking and current best practice, such as around the ‘Transformative Dialogue’ approach. These workshops will engage wider networks through industry whilst also connecting the BGS academic team to new networks of potential employers and future partners for the ‘Capstone Unit’.

Innovation and inspiration

Our Board members are on hand at Bachelor of Global Studies events such as the Welcome Lecture, Open Day, and other special occasions, giving students and their parents the opportunity to ask questions and be inspired by the possibilities ahead.

Our recent ‘Welcome Lecture’ (2016) featured current Advisory Board member Oliver Percovich, founder of ‘Skateistan’, a multi-award winning organisation combining skateboarding with education opportunities in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

It is  inspiring to work closely with such a really committed group of industry experts from business, government, and the community sector to develop innovative initiatives for our students.

Assoc. Prof. Susanna Scarparo, Advisory Board member and course teacher

Advisory Board Members

  • Dr Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Dr Adams has worked extensively with governments and civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, and elsewhere.
  • Adie Dawes-Birch is highly regarded across both public and private sectors as an accomplished leader with over 20 years’ experience in the international arena as a trusted advisor and member of leadership teams.
  • Dr Irene Bouzo is the Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV). She has extensive experience in partnering on research projects between the multicultural NGO sector and universities.
  • Dr Margaret Florey is a co-founder of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity and is the creator and Director of the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program.
  • Michael is an independent facilitator and mediator who specializes in transformative dialogue processes that support public conversations across deep divides. He is also Founding Chair of the Citizens Dialogue Project, Chair of the Global Studies Industry Board at Monash University and Founder of DialogueSkills.org.
  • Lee Joachim is currently Director of Research and Development with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, leading research and development, capacity building for the people and by the people.
  • Dr Sarah McDonald is the Director of Global Studies, and Associate Dean (Education) for the Arts Faculty. Her discipline area is Latin American Studies, and her other areas of interest include gender representation and identity.
  • Dr. Chrisanta Muli is the Research Team Leader at Oxfam Australia, and has worked both as an academic researcher and a community development practitioner with poor and marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Oliver Percovich founded Skateistan, a grassroots ‘Sport for Development’ project on the streets of Kabul. Skateistan is an award-winning international organisation with projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.
  • Lachlan Preston is focused on developing young people to achieve their full potential, working as a Programs Manager for the Cathy Freeman Foundation and volunteering as Assistant Chief Commissioner – Programme for Scouts Victoria. He completed a degree in Arts (Global) with First Class Honours at Monash in 2013.