Meet the current trainers for the Mind the Gap program.

Dina Pozzo

With more than 20 years' experience in learning and organisational development both locally and internationally, Dina is a highly skilled facilitator and coach. Her natural enthusiasm and ability to quickly build relationships creates a shared learning journey of curiosity and discovery, challenge and encouragement.

Whether through workshops or coaching, Dina’s ultimate aim is to broaden minds and build skills, capability and confidence – empowering the individual to implement successful plans of action for sustainability and to have positive impact on organisational goals.

Holding a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne) and as a practitioner of appreciative inquiry, Dina has a passion for positive, generative approaches resulting in transformational shifts in performance and wellbeing for individuals, teams and organisations.

Her areas of passion and expertise include:

  • Leadership development, including Authentic Leadership and Leading with Courage
  • Wellbeing, positive psychology, appreciative inquiry and signature strengths development
  • Teams development and interpersonal skills

Fiona Koetsier

Fiona is a communications specialist with expertise in international business communications, intercultural competencies and language education. Fiona helps and empowers others to achieve their communication goals through needs-focused learning leading to satisfying, successful outcomes. She excels in finding creative solutions to unique problems. Fiona is passionate about helping people communicate and connect, with over 20 years’ experience coaching, facilitating and teaching across a range of educational and business contexts – from students and academics to industry and political leaders.

Fiona holds a Master of Education (TESOL), Graduate Diploma in Education (French, English) and Bachelor of Arts (Language & Linguistics). Fiona is a qualified University of Cambridge language examiner.

Fiona believes intrinsic motivation, relevance and fun are key to successful learning, that collaboration and diversity are key in fostering innovation and developing social intelligence, and, that positive communication and life-longlearning lead to open, inclusive minds and successful social and professional relationships.

James Freemantle

James is the founder of REDgum Communications in 2008. He’s built a formidable reputation working with individuals and teams as disparate as the AIS AFL Academy, Foodbank Victoria and ‘big four’ banks; across 4 continents. He leads a team of diversely talented thinkers, doers and communicators in business, media, education, the arts and organisational psychology. Together they create fascinating, enjoyable and scientifically rigorous development for people in all sectors. James grew up in Hamilton: the heart of Redgum country in Victoria’s Western District. In this compelling landscape, he learnt the power of perception in creating reality: the strength in deliberate visual, vocal and verbal communication to form and build positive relationships, self-awareness and presence.

James is a presenter and coach in personal brand, behavioural change, team building and leadership, and is passionate about the values and philosophy of REDgum. James tailors coaching, workshops, and/or presentations that focus on goal achievement through systematic delivery on personal brand ‘promises’ in professional and personal lives. He’s a proud mental health advocate for SANE Australia.

Inger Mewburn

Inger is a researcher, specialising in research education since 2006. She is currently the Director of Research Training at The Australian National University, responsible for coordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and producing research on student experience to inform practice.

Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, she write scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences. She is a regular guest speaker at other universities and does occasional media interviews.

Prof Peter Gahan

Peter Gahan is the founding Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne.

Peter began his career with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) at the University of New South Wales and, since then, has held academic positions at USC, LA; Monash; Deakin; UNSW and The European University Institute.

Peter has added extensive hands-on experience in business management training to his CV along the way, including four years as Director of Workplace Innovation in the Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development (DIIRD).

Peter’s expertise covers high performance work practices, managing conflict and negotiations, management and leadership, industry trends and labour markets, employment relations.

CDC (DIP), PhD, BCom (Hons)

Dr Jessie E. Olsen

Born and raised in the US, Jesse E. Olsen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership. He has worked in Japan, where he was on the faculty at Kwansei Gakuin University for three years. Prior to that, he also filled an academic role in South Korea after earning his PhD in organisational behaviour from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.

Jesse’s research focuses on diversity management, cross-cultural management, just plain management, and virtual work and has appeared in academic and professional outlets. Before starting his career as a researcher and academic, Jesse filled roles as the international exchange coordinator at Kwansei Gakuin University and as a business project manager in the Merger Integration Office and Corporate
Strategies Group at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.

Jesse insists that much can be learned about teamwork, leadership, and other management concepts from comic book superheroes, but he is probably just trying to justify a childhood of immersion in comic books and a continuing obsession with superhero films.

PhD in Organisational Behavior, BBA in International Business

Dr Mladen Adamovic

Mladen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership. In 2015, he was a researcher, lecturer, and consultant in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in France, where he also completed his PhD in Management Sciences. He also gained work experience in the tourism and shipbuilding sector. He completed a Master in Business Administration at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel in Germany with semesters abroad in Lisbon and Belgrade. He has further received a scholarship for a French-German double degree program and obtained another Master in International Management from the University of Rennes 1 in France.

His research is based on questions that leaders and managers of most international companies face in relation to cultural diversity, improving workplace experience and fairness. Dr. Mladen Adamovic closely works together with public and private organisations in order to conduct research projects that are based on large scale survey studies and interviews. Based on his rich international experience and excellent language skills (English, German, French, and Serbian), he also works with cross-cultural management departments of international companies.