Our People

Our People

SERIM has a core group of experts dedicated to quality and reliable educational and management services on a commitment to client satisfaction.

Our consultants have many years of academic and industry experience in management and educational services. We have a wide range of expertise based in different countries.

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Shantha Liyanage is the Director of SERIM Australia Pty Ltd and an adjunct professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.  He has a BSc (Hons) in biological sciences and a PhD in the management of industrial innovation.  He worked as an Associate Professor of the Business School of the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2001-2007) where he worked closely with biotechnology commercialisation with leading biotechnology groups.  He was the Director of Technology Management Centre  (TMC) at The University of Queensland (1996-2001) where he developed on-line web-based masters program in technology and innovation management. Shantha was responsible for the development of web-based distant learning program in technology management at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Queensland.  He had several visiting professor appointments including the International Business School of the Nihon University. Japan.

Shantha has also worked as a consultant to many international development assistance agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and Governments in Asia and Pacific. He was also the founder member and the Program Manager of the UNESCO based Science and Technology Policy Asian Network (STEPAN).  He has contributed to the economic and social development of many nations through his contribution to the management of technological innovation. He has contributed to theories of innovation, knowledge and intellectual capital and international business strategies and leadership.  In addition to his academic credentials, Shantha has extensive industry experience in learning and development field. His recent book, published by Praeger, Greenwood Publishers, USA, features innovation management at ATLAS project in CERN, Airbus and Stem Cell research.  He is also the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Learning and Change, UK.

Shantha is an active researcher, and his areas of expertise include: innovation audit, knowledge management, intellectual property management, project evaluation, organisational innovation, and management of research and development.


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Marcus Birkenkrahe teaches at the Berlin School of Economics and works as an executive coach in leadership and team development. A physicist by training, contributed to the original development of the World-Wide Web, and worked for ten years in executive positions in strategy and knowledge management at Accenture and at Royal Dutch Shell in London. He taught at the University of Auckland Business School for one year, and joined the Berlin School of Economics in 2007 as a professor. He is also a trained in psychotherapy, and regularly uses organisational constellations in his coaching practice.

Since 2008, he is head of e-learning of the Berlin School of Economics, Germany’s largest business school. The school supports e-learning via a central ILIAS learning management system for > 5,000 students and > 500 teaching staff in three departments, across multiple locations in the city. Teachers also use wikis, blogs, and other means of blended learning technology to increase the value of physical seminars, facilitate knowledge transfer, and allow student self control. There are tele-seminars (taught fully online) as well as experiments with virtual worlds such as Second Life. The school’s e-learning team produces its own blog, too.

Here is Marcus’ own website including articles and his CV, and his blog on digital communities, leadership and information management.


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[toggle title=”Dr Nicola Leaney, CEO Phoenix Biologix Pty Ltd “]

Nicola has been involved in Life Sciences industry (Devices, Diagnostics and Pharma/Biopharma) for over 20 years developing a rich and full range of experience in scientific understanding, business development and company growth.

Phoenix was commended for their reorganization of Market Intelligence Reports on aspects of the Life Sciences industry for Invest Australia (Division of Department of Industry Tourism and Resources – now Industry, Innovation, Science and Research). These reports were targeted to attract foreign direct investment in Australian Life Science companies.

At Pfizer Australia, Nicola authored the submission to the government Pharmaceutical Partnerships Program achieving the maximum rebate of $10M AUD. Together with her local and international colleagues she leveraged the P3 to attract over $37M of foreign direct investment in Australian research. As a result she managed a global scientific investment program of over $8M annually spanning Discovery research to Phase IV clinical trials across all therapeutic areas, Special Access Scheme and Cardiovascular Lipid and Neuroscience Research Grants.

She devised a national influence strategy, establishing a balanced understanding of Pfizer’s R&D contribution in Australia and providing a new perspective on Pfizer’s contribution to the Australian Life Sciences continuum, ultimately, protecting Lipitor from the 12.5% generic reduction and retaining a significant proportion of Pfizer’s Australian revenue over the ensuing 12 months. Nicola was a core member of the global Celebrex Action Group which managed the post-Vioxx fallout for Celebrex in Australia.

Nicola’s skills were developed in Australia and Singapore through the design and implementation of business strategies and plans in a variety of industries from environment to electronics to health.


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Dr. Annick Janson is the Research Director of the Microsoft New Zealand ‘Partners in Learning’ (PiL) programme. The New Zealand PiL programme is unique for its research and evaluation component. Findings from the research will elaborate on how leadership in education can make a difference and will feed directly into Microsoft’s global initiative “School of the Future”. It collaborates with schools and businesses who see the programme as a unique opportunity to add value to their organisations. This added value comes through the access to experienced teachers with specialised knowledge and skills in an effort to bridge the gap that exists between academic learning and the realities and needs of the industry workplace. Findings will demonstrate how to harness the enabling role of ICT for in different learning situations.

Prior to this, Annick was the inaugural Research Director of Excelerator: The New Zealand Leadership Institute at The University of Auckland Business School. In this position she was responsible for setting the Research Agenda of the Institute, establishing international collaborations and starting key research projects.

Since 2003, Annick has been Principal Investigator for the Leadership research stream carried out by the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has published a number of papers (www.rsnz.org/news/leader) and is currently designing an E-learning leadership system with a data base that will reach 100 video interviews of NZ leaders who have successfully commercialised innovation.

Annick has been a researcher in residence with INSEAD, a visiting research associate at the Gallup Leadership Institute, Gallup organization and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Harvard School of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Annick is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board with a double specialisation as a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Psychologist. She has taught Psychology, Family and Systems Therapies and research methods for Psychology and the Social Sciences in over 10 Tertiaries globally. She was the recipient of the Gallup Positive Psychology Award in September 2006 in Washington D.C. for her research in Leadership Formative Experiences. Annick was a founding trustee for the 2020 Charitable Waikato Communication Trust dedicated to facilitating ICT access to the larger community and of the Waikato Charitable Trust for Applied Behaviour Analysis dedicating to promoting applied behaviour analysis for people affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other challenging behaviour in New Zealand.  Janson has a Ph.D. in Management Systems from the University of Waikato, and has also obtained a M.A. from Tel Aviv University.


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[toggle title=”Dr Stig Ole Johannessen, Bodø Graduate School of Business”]

Dr. Stig Johannessen is an experienced organizational consultant specializing in leadership development and communication. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at Bodø Graduate School of Business in Norway. He holds a MSc in physics and a PhD in Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Complexity and Management Centre (CMC) at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has for the last 10 years been involved in researching and applying organizational complexity theory.

He has consulted to both small and large companies and institutions in Norway, among them the international petroleum company StatoilHydro and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

His main areas of interest are organizational and leadership development, change processes, strategy, knowledge and learning processes. He has published a number of articles and book contributions. Currently, he is working on communication in innovation/knowledge teams, leadership and identity/role development of the leader, learning processes in small and large groups.


Dr. Stig Johannessen
Varetroa 53
7054 Ranheim – Norway

Tel: +4792035007 ; Email: stigjo@bntv.no



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