Some Associates

The Reinvention Network assembles a team to manage or support a project, drawing on highly networked associates. Some long-term associates are listed below.

Ron Beckett is an industry practitioner with more than 30 years experience in the implementation of creative change and innovation management. He has managed R&D, manufacturing operations and whole business units employing up to 800 people. He has been on a number of Advisory Boards in industry and academia, and an Expert Panel Member informing some Australian Government initiatives. Ron frequently works at the academia – industry interface and is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 conference papers, journal articles or book chapters related to the pursuit of best practice in extracting value from innovative ideas in both large and small enterprises.

Paul Hyland has more than 15 years consulting experience working with businesses new product development and the management of technology. He has provided individual mentoring / coaching services and has consulted and advised a wide range or organizations, including government departments, regional development bodies, manufacturing and service delivery businesses. His special interests include managing change, business growth strategies, innovation management. He is currently a Professor in Management at the Queensland University of Technology (see

Andrew O'Loughlin is an internationally experienced and visionary business leader, having spent more than 20 years working as a consultant and lecturer across all aspects of business management and entrepreneurship. His expertise is in the delivery of business improvements from the operational activities through to management attitudes and strategic planning. His involvement within higher education has allowed him to influence industries through engagement with future leaders, and taking this as an opportunity to challenge the perspectives and attitudes of organisations and management structures. Research and consultancy activities have included working with multi nationals such as GKN, Honeywell, British Airways, Westland Helicopters, Normalair-Garrett and CHEP. Andrew's research areas including technology, business strategy, organisational behaviour, high performing teams, communication and problem solving assisting techniques.

Paul Couchmanhas engaged with both the public and private sectors, encompassing policy analysis and applied social research. Paul's current research focuses on the management of innovation, especially on how firms and public sector organisations collaborate to perform R&D and develop new products. Paul has held Professor of Management and Marketing positions at a number of universities. As an academic, he has had considerable experience with industry engagement and has provided consultancy services to many industry clients on a wide range of management and marketing issues

Gerard Berendsen is the owner of and consultant at Twente Quality Centre ( where he provides training and consulting in auditing, total quality management and continuous improvement. He also has more than ten years experience in teaching and research as a professor at HAN university with a focus on total quality management in organisational networks. He is the Board Chair of two Foundations and a Board Member of two organisations promoting innovation

Ross Chapman has held a number of executive level positions in academia following 8 years in private industry in technical, QC/QA and R&D management positions, working for several companies including ICI and North Broken Hill Holdings. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of two not-for-profit organisations. He has more than 20 years experience teaching and researching predominantly in the areas of Quality Management; Continuous Improvement; Innovation and Technology Management; and Operations Management. He is currently Professor of Management and Director, Postgraduate Studies at the Sydney campus of Central Queensland University.

Nohemi Quispe-Chavez has more than 20 years international experience in chemical and process engineering. Nohemi’s research and work interests are in dairy and food process engineering with the specific objective of helping companies with new product development to maximize long-term income and ultimately profits to the companies. By getting the latest information on new process technologies and capabilities for product development and process optimisation in the food processing industry to deliver good returns on investments made. Her Doctoral thesis created systematic design methodologies for dairy processes. She has more than 10 year experience working as a Senior Process Engineer with Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd. Nohemi had also played key roles in helping to establish a number of start-up firms. She has been responsible for mentoring student engineers, managing student intern projects and co-supervising MSc and PhD engineering students as one aspect of her Adjunct Research Professor role with the Victoria University (Australia) Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.

Rajyalakshmi Gaddipati has more than 17 years of overseas and international higher education teaching experience. Rajyalakshmi did M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Biochemistry in India and worked as a lecturer in Biochemistry. Also worked as an IT corporate trainer in C, C++, C# and SQL server with Microsoft .NET Certification. She did Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology from Swinburne University and completed PhD in Bioinformatics from Victoria University. As a part of PhD she conducted research in Melbourne University and Monash University on various pharmaceutical drugs which are used in the treatment of Cancer, Diabetes and Atherosclerosis. She developed a web-based simulation tool to study the lipid-protein interactions which plays a role in Cancer, Diabetes and Atherosclerosis drugs. She won 3-minute thesis people’s choice award for her PhD thesis from Victoria University. Her research interests are in applied sciences like the use of Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Block Chain Technology in health care systems.

Tavi Daberkow has more than 15 years experience in the U.S finance sector in areas of project management, customer service, business analysis and strategic planning. She has an ongoing research interest in the relative merits of internal staff development and regular recruiting to enhance organisational capability.

Victoria Heathcote is a seasoned innovation and business management professional, with experience in tertiary education, corporate communications, brand strategy, and multinational advertising account management in Australia and the UK. In addition to project managing several internal strategic reviews of university operating divisions, Victoria has authored institutional submissions to several Federal and Victorian State government inquiries and reviews, and project managed structural adjustments arising from government funding changes. As project director with a global brand management consultancy Victoria managed brand strategy, corporate identity and brand valuation projects, and led development of the Sensis and Reach (Telstra/PCCW joint venture) corporate identities for Telstra.

Divakar Prasad has more than 20 years IT industry experience and is a passionate supporter of the agile project management methodology. He has experience in analysis and testing associated with superannuation and finance industry applications, and draws on a strong mathematical and programming background in this work. Divakar has tertiary degrees from IIT Roorkee and IIT Delhi. He furthered his education in Computer Science in Toronto University, Canada. For the past 10 years he has provided consulting services to some of Australia’s largest companies using agile methodologies.