T: +61 2 9850 1932
Sonal holds a BA and MA in Management & Public Administration from the University of South Pacific and is a research scholar in Social Marketing from Macquarie University. Sonal has held numerous academic and research positions in the University of South Pacific (Fiji), Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau and Macquarie University. For her Bachelor's Degree, Sonal had received the Vice Chancellors Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Sonal was awarded a Faculty award for Best HDR Presenter in Marketing in 2010 and was the 2nd Runner up in the 2011 Macquarie University 3-Minute Thesis Competition. She has sole and joint publications in peer reviewed journals. Sonal has a passion for research and believes in community engagement for sustainable development.
T: +61 2 9850 1930
Bonnie joined the Widening Participation Unit in January 2017 in the role of LEAP School and Community Engagement Manager. With 10 years experience in the not-for profit sector working with children and young people facing disadvantage, Bonnie’s career has focused exclusively on engaging in social justice and positive action for social change. She is committed to and passionate about the values and practices of inclusion, access, equity, and diversity, particularly in the context of education. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and Masters of Social Change and Development (Organisational Leadership and Capacity Building) from the University of Newcastle.
T: +61 2 9850 1933
Melissa joined the Widening Participation team in January 2017 as the Widening Participation Administrator having previously been the administrator for the Children and Families Research Centre within Macquarie University’s Department of Educational Studies. Prior to working in office administration, Melissa worked in the hotel sector for many years in corporate sales and marketing. She has also founded and managed a successful online business. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management from RMIT University; and is a recent graduate of a Masters Degree in Teaching with Distinction from Western Sydney University. With her varied experiences in account and business management, office administration, sales and marketing, customer service and early childhood education, Melissa is excited and enthusiastic to be able to contribute to the higher education scene through her role with the Widening Participation team.
T: +61 2 9850 7390
Joy joined the Widening Participation team in April 2015, after working at the Office of Financial Services, Macquarie University as a Purchasing Officer for 7 years. She holds a Masters Degree in International Communication from Macquarie University; and a Diploma of Accounting with Distinction from Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE. Joy has brought with her tremendous experiences in finance field from both public and private sectors from her past work and studies. She is more than happy to contribute to the development, implementation and improvement of processes and procedures relating to financial administration in Widening Participation.
T: +61 2 9850 7398
Carolina joined Macquarie University in 2016 following two decades of professional experience in investment banking (financial and commodity markets), where she worked many years as an economist. Carolina holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Masters in International Relations from Macquarie University, in which she received the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence. Carolina joined the Widening Participation Unit in early 2017, bringing with her vast research and analytical experience. Carolina has several published articles and is passionate about issues relating to social and political inclusion, world food security and public diplomacy.
T: +61 2 9850 7322
After more than 10 years in the financial services industry, John decided to take a different career path by studying statistics and computers full time at Macquarie University in 2015. During the course of his studies, John became involved in volunteering for the WP LEAP Mentoring program and found a new passion for meeting the challenges of equity in education. At the beginning of 2018, John joined the Widening Participation team to bring his hard earned knowledge of statistics and computer analytics to work with his new found passion, in which he hopes would assist the WP team in delivering more and better targeted programs that make a difference to so many young people at disadvantage.
T: +61 2 9850 7394
Saya joined the Widening Participation team in July 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Politics and International Relations from Macquarie University. Saya is very passionate about helping young people from refugee backgrounds work towards overcoming the educational barriers they face, and has worked with various local and international organisations focusing on youth development. Her current role as LEAP’s Project Officer perfectly complements her belief in the transformative power of education.
T: +61 2 9850 1931
Subhash joined the Widening Participation team in January 2017 as a project officer for LEAP mentoring (refugee mentoring). Subhash completed a PhD in 2017 from the University of Tasmania in the area of second language learning and integration of refugees in Australia. Subhash has years of professional experience working in the International Organization for Migration (the UN migration agency) in facilitating refugee migration, training and resettlement and has published a number of articles on refugee integration. Subhash is highly passionate about making a positive and meaningful change to the lives of refugees and supporting them in their sustainable integration.
T: +61 2 9850 7349
Dana re-joined the Widening Participation team in March 2018 as the LEAP Project Assistant. Having graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts Psychology in 2006 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2010 she has followed her passion of understanding human behaviour and transformational coaching. She has worked at Macquarie University for 10 years in various roles including: Macquarie International Student Services, the Global Leadership Program (GLP), Widening Participation, Walanga Muru, Campus Wellbeing as well as various other roles outside of the University. As a qualified life and personal development coach she has a passion for helping people to achieve their full potential. In 2012 she started her own youth personal development business called Believe2Achieve, which specialises in study skills, personal development and career development for 12-18 year olds. She hopes to continue to pursue a career that is focused on empowerment and equality for all.