The team

Teaching Team

  • Peter Cebon - Program Leader

    Peter, originally a Civil Engineering graduate from The University of Melbourne, has almost 30 years’ experience as a researcher, educator, facilitator, and consultant in the broad areas of innovation management, innovative strategy delivery, organisational design and organisational behaviour.  He has also started a few entrepreneurial ventures.

    In addition to leading and teaching in the CIE program, Peter works with project sponsors to define projects that create value for them and the CIE students.

    One program of research seeks to improve CIE.  A second program of research and consulting examines corporate governance for innovation and other high-risk strategies.  Peter also helps large organisations put in place or improve their management systems that help them to deliver risky (i.e. high innovation) strategies.  He is also currently developing a software app to address a need he identified with a CIE partner.

    In the past, he has completed many consulting assignments at the intersection of innovation, management, and organisational design. These have included innovation curriculum design (for the University of Melbourne), reviews of projects and programs, investigations for Commonwealth agencies and reviews, and conventional assignments helping organisations with their management and innovation.

    Peter taught at the Melbourne Business School for sixteen years. Prior to that he worked at Harvard University and an institute of the ETH in Zurich.  He holds a Master’s and PhD from MIT in addition to his degree from Melbourne.  Early in his career, Peter worked for the Victorian government and as an engineering consultant.

  • Rowan Doyle - CIE Instructor

    Rowan is a University of Melbourne mechanical engineer with postgraduate qualifications in Thermodynamics and management.   He worked for BHP for almost 20 years in a variety of project, operations and management roles in steel, gas processing, chemicals and health, safety and the environment, before jumping out and into renewable energy, starting a commercial solar company with a couple of friends.  He has since started up an energy efficiency company, and now mentor a number of clean energy startups and scale up companies. I am also working part time with Capricorn Power, an exciting innovative clean energy startup with a unique, efficient, heat to electricity engine.

  • Jasmine Pereira - LIT Instructor

    An executive and organizational coach, Jasmine brings a wealth of Asian and International business experience to her role as a coach and facilitator. Prior to embarking on her private coaching practice, Jasmine held the role of Director Asian Business with the Melbourne Business School, where she pioneered and led the School’s growth strategy into Asia.

  • Mark Danaro - LIT Instructor

    Mark is a technology professional focused on linking entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and non-profit leaders with the technologies, experts, methodologies, and other resources required to execute ideas successfully. Mark spent 2011 setting up and running a boarding school in Thailand anchored in an innovative curriculum connecting industry and education. Based on this work, the University of Melbourne Alumni community recognised Mark as an Educational Change Maker.

    Mark is the founder of E2 Group, the co-founder of The Centre for Intrapreneurship, and a Sales Executive with Cevo - an IT professional services business in Melbourne. Mark has a Masters in Teaching (High Distinction), Diploma of Education (Secondary), and a Bachelor of Science.

  • Dr Richard Harmer - LFI Instructor

    Richard Harmer

    Richard is the Founder and CEO of several start-ups, including The Holos Group where he works with CEOs and senior leaders to change the game of individual, business and industry performance.

    A Developmental Psychologist, executive coach and facilitator, Richard is dynamic and visionary, and is able to connect-the-dots of large-scale transformative change initiatives in ways that inspire individual commitment and action. With extensive experience in strategic foresight, organisational strategy design, applied innovation and leadership development, Richard is a strategic advisor to Executive Teams and Boards in organisational design and the development of greater organisational agility.

    Richard also has deep academic and research expertise. He has Masters level qualifications in psychology, sociology and statistical analysis from Swinburne University of Technology, and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Australian Catholic University.  Richard’s PhD research examined individual identity formation and leader capacity development with a particular focus on how individuals and groups build the capacity to successfully navigate accelerating complexity in life and work.

Program Team

  • Natalie Mather - Operations Manager
    Over the last ten years Natalie has provided administrative, customer, and service delivery support for a wide variety of creative and community organisations across Australia.
    Natalie studied Fine Arts and English Literature at the Australian National University before becoming a Teaching Assistant at the ANU School of Art. In addition to working for CIE, she is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts.
    Natalie’s background is as an artist and creative practitioner, and as such, she is passionate about creative innovation and the power of collaborative, lateral problem-solving. With extensive experience coordinating Learning and Development programs for both not-for-profit community and arts organisations, she brings her diverse set of skills to CIE.
  • Dr Jillian Kenny - Business Development

    Jillian Kenny

    Dr Jillian Kenny is a creator at heart and constantly on the lookout for opportunities to create value in the world, both for and through business. As a result of her work she was named as one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017 and as one of Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2014.

    Her tendency to challenge traditional ways of thinking coupled with a commitment to providing opportunities for non-traditional entrants into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions has led her to establish two organisations serving this space.

    As Founding Director of Machinam, Jillian led the company to develop innovative digital high school mathematics resources that are engaging and relevant to real life, answering that age-old question, "Why do I have to learn this?" In 2012, she co-founded the non-profit organisation Power of Engineering, which runs nationwide events for female and regional Year 9 and 10 students to inspire them about the engineering profession; showcasing its diversity, creativity, and most importantly that it is an avenue to making a real difference in the world.

    Since completing a PhD exploring innovation in the Australian water sector, Jillian has applied the insight and experience gained through this process to a range of sectors including education, health and water.

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