Key Speakers

Professor Gu Fang

Professor Fang is the Associate Dean (International) in the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment and a Professor of Mechatronics Engineering at Western Sydney University. His research areas are robotics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. He has published many papers and had many research grants from sources such as Australian Research Council (ARC), and National Natural Science Foundation of China. He had Visiting Scholar appointments in Australia and China. He has also won many national teaching awards that included a citation award from the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching.

Dr Alana Maururshat

Dr Alana Maurushat, is a Professor of Cybersecurity and Behaviour at Western Sydney University where she holds a joint position in the School of Computers, Data and Mathematical Sciences, and in the School of Social Sciences. Alana is the Associate Dean International in the School of Computers, Data and Mathematical Sciences and is Key Researcher with the CRC Smart Satellites. She is currently researching on Payment Diversion Fraud and Ransomware, Cyber Reputation Risk Management, Tracking Money-Laundering through Bitcoin Blenders, distributed extreme edge computing for micro-clustered satellites, and Ethical Hacking.

Christopher Youness

Christopher Youness is the Executive Director, Office of People and Success at Western Sydney University. He has previously held senior roles in Human Resources, Employability and Careers, and Project Management. As an Alumni of this University and a resident of Western Sydney for his entire life, Chris is extremely aware of the impact that the people of Western Sydney can make in the world, given their diverse experiences, cultures and skillsets. His plan with the People and Success portfolio is to extend these experiences to enhance the progress of students, staff and alumni of Western Sydney University.

Dr Asha Chand

Dr Chand is the Associate Dean International in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. Asha was born in Tavarau in Ba, Fiji. She was Chief of Staff at The Fiji Times, a national daily newspaper, when she migrated to Australia in 1998. In 2018 she received the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman award at the House of Commons in London, followed by the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award in Delhi in 2019. She received an Australian national Carrick award for teaching (2006) and the Vice Chancellor’s excellence award in 2015 for developing hybrid online modules. She was journalism area convenor until 2020 and has taught in the program since 2003.

Dr Payam Rahnamayiezekavat

Dr Zekavat is the Associate Dean (International) and Director of Postgraduate Construction Management programs in the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment. Payam teaches and researches in the area of Building Compliance. He offers extensive experience in development and delivery of educational materials for a range of Programs including Construction Management, Building Surveying, Fire Safety Engineering, Project Management, and Civil Engineering. The recent 2020 students’ survey results recorded 93% satisfaction with the learning materials Payam had developed in his Interpreting Building Regulations unit.