Our team

Our team

Sonal Singh

T: +61 2 9850 1932
E: sonal.singh@mq.edu.au

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.

Bonnie Faulkner

T: +61 2 9850 1930
E: bonnie.faulkner@mq.edu.au 

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.

Melissa Wong

T: +61 2 9850 1933
E: melissa.wong@mq.edu.au

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.

Joy Hou

T: +61 2 9850 7390
E: joy.hou@mq.edu.au

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.

Mary Taiwo

T: +61 2 9850 7322
E: mary.taiwo@mq.edu.au

Mary holds a BSc (First Class Honours with Distinction), MPhil and PhD in Special and Inclusive education. Joining the WPU in 2016, Mary brought with her 7 years of significant international experience working as an administrative staff, a sign language interpreter (ASL), a teacher educator and a researcher all within the higher education systems in Africa and the United Kingdom. For her Bachelor’s Degree Mary received Awards as the best graduating student and the best graduating female student in the Faculty of Education. Mary obtained the prestigious Cambridge Commonwealth and Oversees Trust scholarships and was also awarded a Research Grant at Queens College, University of Cambridge while undertaking her MPhil. As a Doctoral student, Mary was a Commonwealth Scholar and she presented her Doctoral research representing Moray House School of Education at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Three-minute thesis college level heats. Mary has presented and participated in various national and international conferences including being a UNESCO invited and sponsored presenter at the Second Biennial International Inclusive Education Symposium in West and Central Africa in April 2015. Mary enjoys the learning that takes place in research.

Carolina Morison

T: +61 2 9850 7398
E: carolina.morison@mq.edu.au

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.

Rebecca Turnbow

T: +61 2 9850 7335
M: +61 417 668 357
E: rebecca.turnbow@mq.edu.au 

Rebecca administers the LEAP-Links Digital Literacy program for the Widening Participation Unit under the DVC (Academic) at MQU.  This program is a federally funded project aimed to provide enhanced support to teachers and students in regional and remote secondary schools in developing ICT competencies (digital literacy) in the classroom. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience running state-wide educational programs in secondary schools and has managed multiple state and federal grant-funded projects in the public education and public health realm. Her expertise lies in project management and training design and delivery. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and Master Certificate in Public Health from University of Texas.  She hails from Texas, approximately the same geographical size as NSW, and enjoys discussing the similarities of the rural-urban dichotomy of the two states.

Maimuna Musarrat

T: +61 2 9850 7347
E: muna.musarrat@mq.edu.au 

Maimuna Musarrat joined the Widening Participation Team in January 2017 as the Project Administrator for LEAP-Links (Digital Literacy) project, and is assisting the Project Coordinator with the administration of this federal government funded project. She is also a part-time off-campus PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne), researching on the adoption of educational technologies by academics. Before moving to Australia in 2011, Maimuna worked as a Consultant Author for a UK government funded project (English in Action) and as an Admissions Coordinator for Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She is passionate about educational technologies and ensuring equal access to educational technologies for all.

Joe Lander

T: +61 2 9850 7324
E: joe.lander@mq.edu.au 

Joe joined the Widening Participation Unit in January 2017 as a Project Officer for LEAP (online technologies). Joe has worked for 10 years as a high school teacher in the roles of Learning and Support and Visual Arts, and has worked extensively in developing and facilitating welfare and emotional learning programs. He has a Bachelor Creative Arts (Graphic Design and New Media) and Graduate Diploma of Education from University of Wollongong. Joe is a practicing artist with a current focus on painting, and has worked for several years as a professional graphic designer.

Saya Hussain

T: +61 2 9850 7394
E: saya.hussain@mq.edu.au 

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.

Subhash Koirala

T: +61 2 9850 1931
E: subhash.koirala@mq.edu.au 

Subhash joined the Widening Participation team in January 2017 as a project officer for LEAP mentoring (refugee mentoring). He has recently submitted his PhD thesis 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.

Fredrick Gombe

T: +61 2 9850 7349
M: +61 437 610 132
E: fredrick.gombe@mq.edu.au 

Fredrick joined the Widening Participation Unit in February 2017 as the Refugee Transition Officer from Connect Settlement Services (CSS) in Nauru, where he was working as a Case Manager providing service delivery and duty of care to refugee clients living within the Nauruan community.  Fredrick is a qualified Social Worker and previously worked with the Australian Red Cross's Migration Support Program in Sydney.  Fredrick has a wealth of experience working with children and their families in his native Kenya for a wide variety of government agencies and NGOs, including CARE, USAID, AKIN and the Department of Children. Fredrick holds a BA in Social Work from Kenya Polytechnic University and is also studying for a BA in Sociology at Macquarie as an external student.

Madi Smithies

E: madi.smithies@mq.edu.au

Madi joined the Widening Participation Team in 2013 as a Project Assistant for the LEAP Schools Engagement program and LEAP Auburn Community of Schools. Madi is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Madi assists the LEAP team with administrative and organisational tasks as well as assisting with school campus visits.

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