Dr Chris Zaslawski is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences within the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner and registered physiotherapist. He has been a short term consultant for the World Health Organisation for a number of acupuncture related projects in the areas of education, research and clinical practice guidelines.
Chris has post graduate qualifications in education (Masters of Health Science Education) and Science (PhD-Science). He is an active researcher in the areas of clinical trials, clinical research design and human research ethics. To this end he has managed several randomised controlled trials to completion including publication of results. He is also deputy editor of the Australian Journal of Chinese Medicine, Australia’s only peer reviewed journal on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He has delivered over 60 presentations at local and international conferences and has over 70 publications in professional and peer reviewed international journals.
Dr Mario Fernando is Professor of Management in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong. His research interests are centred on exploring how responsible executive action leads to positive individual, organisational and societal outcomes.
Currently, Mario is conducting research on responsible leadership, business ethics and human resource management areas. He has published three books and numerous academic journal articles in high-impact journals. He serves on three journal editorial boards. Mario’s learning and teaching contributions over a sustained period have been recognised at national and institutional levels.
Magali Goirand is a systemics practitioner. She has worked with small and large international high-tech organisations in Europe and the U.S as consultant, learning facilitator, and researcher. Her dual background in science and business allows her to navigate the two communities with ease. She is a talent development professional with an extensive facilitation experience fostering collaborative learning. She is a director at Systemic Development Associates, and a founder and consultant at Papillon Transformative Consulting. Prior to joining SDA, she worked for IBM, leading programs aiming at enabling sales teams around the world.
Magali has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, major in signal processing and acoustics (France), and an MBA in sustainable enterprise (USA). She is a certified WindTunneling facilitator. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute (Australia).
Tom’s sustainability focus is in empowering community led responses using the many tools that have been developed over the last several decades, particularly Deep Listening. He has a BA in sustainable development from Murdoch University in W.A.
Meg is a cross-cultural consultant, executive coach and experiential learning facilitator. She has an academic background in organizational and coaching psychology as well as practical business experience running manufacturing and consultancy companies and designing and delivering action learning programs in leadership, ethics and culture change in Asia and Australia. Her work is informed by lasting engagement with the teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism which she seeks to apply in her professional and personal life through daily meditation practice and mindful relational responsibility.
Meg recently spent a year working for the Royal Government of Bhutan on a multi-disciplinary report to the United Nations titled “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm” and was formerly Director of Consulting at the St James Ethics Centre.
She currently provides mindfulness-based coaching for personal clients, business leaders and teams at Hart&Mind Coaching, and is a guest lecturer in Nan Tien Institute’s Graduate Certificate of Humanistic Buddhism.
Stephen Hill is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Though graduating initially as a research chemist, he also was awarded Australia’s first PhD in Business Administration (University of Melbourne) and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong at age 30.
He has authored or coauthored 22 books and over 350 publications or major international speeches across eleven disciplines. From 1995 to 2006 he served as the United Nations’ Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and Ambassador of the UN Agency, UNESCO – based in Indonesia and Paris.
Stephen is a key advisor to the Communities of Practice series.
Jade Hutchinson is a graduate from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of International Studies and Sociology from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Jade is a Master of Research Candidate under the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. He has previously worked as a Research Analyst at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Jade maintains a position as an Early Career Researcher Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Member Researcher at The Urban Violence Research Network, Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University.
Elizabeth King is a leadership development adviser and an acknowledged author and scholar focusing on the role of mindfulness at work. Prior to founding her own business in 1999 she held senior roles in the healthcare industry.
Her research involves the integration of business scholarship and practice to enhance executive performance and organisational culture. Her academic background includes a Science degree in Biotechnology, an MBA, a Masters of Coaching and Human Resource Management, postgraduate training in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and a PhD. Her thesis is titled ‘Developing leaders to perform in uncertainty : The mindfulness solution’.
Bruce McKenzie is a change practitioner and academic who develops systemic thinking principles and practices to assist organisations, governments and communities to address their transformational goals to improve productivity, relevance and alignment in a changing world. He is one of the world’s most experienced Systemic practitioners.
Recognised globally for successfully building organisational capacity to initiate and manage change, through generating innovative, sustainable strategies and developing alternative ways of thinking about challenges and crisis.
He is a director of the Center for Systemic Leadership, director of Systemic Development Associates (SDA), co-founder and president of Future Insight Maps, a pioneer of WindTunneling software and Fulcrum online learning. Bruce is currently enrolled in the M.A. in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute.
Gawaine Powell Davies is Chair of the Buddhist Council of NSW. Until recently he was Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of NSW, where he worked for 20 years in research, development and evaluation of primary health care. He is also Chair of Sydney Insight Meditators, and a member of the Kookaburra sangha in Forest Lodge. In the light of recent world events his favourite word is now solidarity.
Alex Trauth-Goik is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong whose research focuses on the civil liberty implications associated with the development and application of new surveillance technologies. He has previously worked for the media intelligence company Meltwater as a government media analyst and is currently a top writer in politics on the online publishing platform ‘Medium’. In 2017 he graduated with First Class Honours in International Studies majoring in Chinese Mandarin from the University of Wollongong.
Dr Jane Qiu is Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) fellow and Academic Lead International at AGSM. She joined the faculty of School of Management, UNSW in 2011, and was visiting scholar at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and London Business School in 2014. Jane’s academic expertise includes international strategy, China business, cross-cultural communication, and workplace mindfulness practice.
Jane’s research focuses on workplace mindfulness and application of Eastern philosophy in Western business world, and she has published numerous articles in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, the Academy of Management Perspectives, Long Range Planning and Management International Review.
David Rooney is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies in the Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. He has researched, taught and published widely in the areas of the wisdom, leadership, the knowledge economy, and creative industries.
His books include Public Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy, the Handbook on the Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Policy: Challenges for the Twenty First Century, and the forthcoming Wisdom and Management in the Knowledge Economy.
Rooney has published in many leading academic journals including The Leadership Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Human Relations and Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Dr Sue Sumskis, PhD is a Credentialed Mental Health Professional teaching within the Health and Social Wellbeing programs at NTI. Sue has a postgraduate qualification in health (PhD examining resilience and mental health) and is currently undertaking a second PhD examining contemplative education. Sue’s research in mental health, resilience and contemplative education sit within the nexus of education and recovery.
Sue has published numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and has won international and national awards for translational research in mental health.
Sue’s approach to education and transformation is based on the premise that modern education encourages a fragmentation of emotion and reason. Incorporating contemplative practices in education enables the confluence of discordant thoughts, feelings, emotions, values, and beliefs. Doing so results in a more fully human and humane outcome which pays attention to the student’s need to feel harmony and equanimity between knowledge, decisions and actions.
Venerable Juefang is the director of International Relations at Nan Tien Institute and the General Manager of the Hsing Yun Education Foundation. She received her PhD in education studies from Peking University, China and her MA in Buddhist studies from Fo Guang University, Taiwan.
Venerable Dr Juewei is the Director of Nan Tien Institute’s Humanistic Buddhism Centre and Lecturer at the Institute’s Applied Buddhist Studies program. Venerable Dr Juewei holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering.
Through the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, Venerable Dr Juewei heads up a worldwide tour, ‘Buddha’s Birthday Education Project (BBEP)’ that connects past and present, east and west. The team from BBEP are behind the current Communities of Practice series.
Venerable Miaoyu is the Guiding Venerable of the Buddha’s Light International Association, Wollongong Sub chapter. She has been a leader of meditation and Dharma classes, retreats and English language translation services with Fo Guang Shan Pacific for more than 15 years.
She has assumed numerous positions, including extended residences in Melbourne and New Zealand where she specialised in leading the development of the local Humanistic Buddhism. She helped establish a grass roots community with regular activities such as reading groups, lotus origami workshops, calligraphy classes and Buddhist cultural awareness.
She currently leads and facilitates the Nan Tien Temple Special Religion Education (SRE) program which provides a harmonious, peaceful and compassionate moral guidance curriculum to primary school aged students.
Venerable Youji is the Curator of the Nan Tien Art Gallery in Nan Tien Institute and one of the editors for the 20-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts published in 2016.
Venerable Youji holds a Masters of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Fo Guang University and a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts from University of Central England. An aspiring artist, her exhibition Doodling Chan is currently on tour in countries including Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, and the USA.
Venerable Miaoyou is the Director and Company Secretary of the Nan Tien Institute. She has been a resident teacher at the Nan Tien Temple for more than 15 years, and during that time has conducted meditation retreats for hundreds of visitors.
In addition to leading meditation retreats, Venerable Miaoyou has assumed several positions, including overseeing the development and construction of the bridge connecting the Temple and the Institute. She is also a spokesperson for the media and interfaith events and conferences.
Louise has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 10 years learning forms such as Yang, Chen and Sun tai chi forms as well as many Qi Gong forms. She has travelled around China with a Tai Chi and Qi Gong master Master Tary Yip and visited Wudang Mountain, the birthplace of Tai Chi, several times and practised with Daoist monks.
She has competed and won many competitions for Tai Chi both nationally and internationally, in fact she just returned from Shanghai where she won a gold medal for the Yang 24 form at the Chin Wu International Wu Shu and Tai Ji competition in August. She is very happy and fortunate today to be able to introduce you to a well-known qigong form called the Ba Duan Jin (Eight Brocade exercises) that has demonstrated to have health benefits for both young and old.
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