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.

  • CIE Instructor – Professor Michael Vitale

    Michael Vitale first joined Melbourne Business School in 1996 part time before taking a full-time role as a Professor of Management.

    After completing his PhD in Mathematics at Dartmouth College, Michael was an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School for six years and then a Senior Vice President at the Prudential Insurance Company of America and a Fellow at Ernst & Young Consulting.

    Michael has written books for leading publishers, including the Harvard Business School Press and Irwin, on migrating to e-business models and contemporary information systems technology management.

    Michael teaches Entrepreneurial Mindset, Thinking Like an Entrepreneur, and BioDesign Innovation in the MBA programs and also teaches in the Melbourne School of Engineering. He is Chairman of Kesem Health Pty Ltd and  Servatus Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, and an observer on the board of SuperEd Pty Ltd.

  • LIT Instructor – Dr 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.

    Richard has worked within organisations across a range of industries and has held senior level positions in organisations both large and small as well as several start-up companies, one of which was listed in BRW’s Top 100 Fastest Starters.

    Richard has a unique ability to quickly spot new opportunities and build teams that bring unlock collective potential, capitalise on combined strengths, and inspire sustained high-performance.

  • LIT Instructor – Bia Affonso

    Bia is a futurist and an Enterprise Agile Coach with a personal interest in inclusion & wellbeing in the workplace and behaviour and mindset change in leadership teams striving to achieve organisational agility.

    After migrating to Australia in 2009 from Brazil and working for medium and large organisations in leadership positions, Bia started consulting to large organisations in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.

    Now as an Enterprise Agile Coach where she is part of the leadership team, Bia specialises in agile coaching, speaking and agile facilitation. The Agile Eleven’s clients span the Financial Services, Government and Education sectors in Australia, NZ and North America.

    Bia’s approach to facilitation, coaching and consulting includes a futures & systems thinking approach combined with positive psychology interventions and agile/lean tools.

    Bia has a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University, a course from Melbourne Business School in Futures Thinking & Strategy Development and a Bachelor in Communications (Journalism) from UFRJ, the highest ranking university in Brazil. Bia also holds a number of additional certifications in Health & Wellness, due to her passion for wellbeing.

Admin Team

  • Natalie Mather: Project 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. She arrived in Melbourne in 2014 to pursue a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne.
    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.

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