Graduate Scholar Recipients

Diana Damean Venicia McGhie
Washington Takawira Dudu Lutasha Ndesi
Lesley Emanuel Wan Sofiah Meor Osman
Genevieve Hundermark Wan Safuraa Binti Wan Osman
Namrata K Nishta Rosunee
Kyriaki Kourouni Anitha Thalluri

Graduate Scholar Winners

Diana Damean
Diana Damean holds a PhD in Sociology and is currently working as a researcher at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She is the coordinator of the Centre for Evaluating the Socio-Educational Profiles, that provides online instruments for assessing school performance and consultancy for implementing evidence based intervention programs in order to improve children’s school success. She is also a consultant for the educational projects of The Romanian Foundation for Children, Community and Family, a Romanian NGO that provides services to socially vulnerable children. Her main areas of interest are education reform, school improvement, school effectiveness, pupils’ school performance, evaluation and quality assurance in education.

Washington Takawira Dudu
Washington Takawira Dudu is a PhD research fellow at Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Witwatersrang, Johannesburg, South Africa. Washington Dudu joined Marang Centre as a fellow in January 2010. He has been the Editor of Marang News a biannual publication for Marang Centre. Washington is working on a PhD topic entitled “South African Grade 11 teachers’ and learners’ conceptions of the nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) in relation to instructional practices”. His other research interests are in the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry. Washington Dudu holds a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Education degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science Education degree all from the University of Zimbabwe. Previously, Washington was a lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University in the Curriculum Studies Department.

Lesley Emanuel
Lesley Emanuel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was involved in an innovative programme to develop the employability skills of postgraduate Humanities students at the Graduate Centre at Wits University from 2002 to 2008. Lesley has worked extensively as a training consultant in various South African and Mauritian organisations. She now lives and works in Mauritius.

Genevieve Hundermark
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I trained as a secondary/ high school teacher and after three years of school teaching moved into the arena of adult learning and education and have been involved in this field for the last 15 years.

I have worked as an adult educator/trainer and change consultant in various organisations in South Africa.

I am currently a PhD student at the School of Education, University of Witwatersrand. The focus of my study is how the concept of a learning organisation is taken up in a small company and how this concept contributes to the company’s sustainability.

My areas of interest/research are: learning styles, adult learning theories, organisational learning and development, change management

Family information: married to Mike and have three wonderful children: Jared (12), Kerryn (10) and Jessalee (6)

Namrata K
I am a PhD scholar at the Department of Educational Administration, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. My research topic is on Discipline and punishment in Indian schools. I have done my MPhil from the same university on teachers’ attitude, expectations and classroom behaviour towards marginalized children. I have done Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Allahabad. My key research interests are in School Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Policy and Planning.

Kyriaki Kourouni
Kyriaki Kourouni is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies, School of English, Aristotle University, Greece. She teaches courses related to scientific and technical translation as well as translation technology. Her research interests include translator training, translation technology.

She is currently working on her PhD thesis on translator training at the Universita Rovira i Virgili, Spain. She is a member of the Panhellenic Association of Translators ( and a member of the Intercultural Studies Group (

Venicia McGhie
I am an Academic Development Practitioner and lecture in the Academic Development Department in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. My discipline is Linguistics and my fields of specialization are Critical Linguistics, Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition. I am also in the process of completing my Ph D at the University of Stellenbosch, also in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lutasha Ndesi
Lutasha NdesiI am a lecturer and student at the University of the Western Cape. I currently teach Academic Literacy to mainly first year students. I am also a lay preacher and teacher within my local parish. I also serve as the co-ordinator of the Diocesan Gender Desk ministry with the Anglican Church. I am married to Onele and we have a great son (13 months old), Kwame. In my spare time I like to read and interact with people from all walks of life.

Wan Sofiah Meor Osman
Wan Sofiah is a lecturer in Human Resource Development, at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia. She holds a B.A (Hons) in Public Administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia and a Masters in Labour Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University, Ohio. She was awarded full scholarships to study in Ohio (1999-2001) and Western Australia (2007-2011). In 2001, she received the MLHR Alumni Association Award for academically outstanding graduate. She is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Scholastic Honorary Society, elected in 2001. Her work has been presented at conferences and published in journals. Her research interests include human capital development, human resources and employment.

Currently, Sofiah is pursuing her doctoral degree at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She is working with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Antonia Girardi and Dr. Megan Paull to evaluate soft skills module from educators’ perspective. The purpose of this project is to conduct a detailed evaluation of the module that is being run by the public higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia. In particular the project seeks to identify whether the module is meeting its aims successfully, and whether there is anything that can be identified which will be of value to other people involved with the development of similar modules.

Beyond academics, she is an active member of Malaysian Postgraduate Students’ Association, Western Australia and served as a committee member.

Wan Safuraa Binti Wan Osman
My name is Wan Safuraa Binti Wan Osman and I have completed ‘Bachelor of Education with Honours (Teaching of English as a Second Language) [Distinction]‘ from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2010) and currently pursuing M. Ed. at National University of Malaysia.

Nishta Rosunee
I was born in Mauritius and now I live in Melbourne. I am currently in my third year PhD at the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia. My research focuses on reconciling my different roles as artist /researcher/ teacher (within a/r/t identities), to investigate on notions of how identit(ies) and culture(s) are enacted through artistic expression. I use a/r/tography as a framework that merges use of narratives, art as a generative process and representation, and a reflexive analysis. My self-reflexive perspectives unfold narratives from Postcolonial and Diasporic cultural history, inheritances and its influences, nostalgia and memories of lived life experiences of my home country, transitions through migration and the challenges of relocation in Australia and my professional and gender roles within new grounds. Such experiences and perspectives, I translate them through my own visual representations. My reflections are entwined with my artistic representations as a ‘medium’ that portrays hybrid structures of identit(ies) and culture(s) as underlined through transitions in the ‘self’, my art and teaching.
Research interests: Postcolonial Diaspora theory, globalisation, migration and relocation, hybridity within identit(ies) and culture(s) and art as expression, art as a generative process, recognition of identit(ies) and culture(s) through Visual Art Education, cultural diversity and art as representation.

I am registered with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and a member of Art Education Australia (AEA), Art Education Victoria (AEV) and of A/r/tographic inquiry:

Anitha Thalluri
My name is Anitha Thalluri and I am a third year medical student at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. I currently hold a casual position at the University of South Australia as an administrative officer. Im a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators.