Meet the team

Meet RMIT’s globally recognised, cross-disciplinary Digital3 (D3) team implementing today's powerful digital tools across the entire economic landscape.

Frank Kennedy, Director RMIT Digital3

Frank Kennedy has been involved in Digital3’s strategy, mission and vision since its conception in 2020. His experience in delivering exemplary business education includes roles as Regional Head of Learning at HSBC Bank; Executive Director, Executive Education at the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of NSW Business School); and Professor of Practice Organisational Development and Director of Engagement at the University of Queensland Business School.

“Our differentiation as a College is the applied and integrated value of all our leading edge research centres,” says Frank. “We are at the intersection of business technology and law with social impact, and they are aggregated into Digital3. We aim to be the go-to research and education group for digital economies impacting business, government, and community.”

Jason Potts, Co-director Blockchain Innovation Hub

Jason Potts, co-director of Blockchain Innovation Hub, is also a chief investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

“We’re transitioning from an industrial society to a digital society, with new types of money, new economic infrastructure, new types of contracting, property, and organisations, and a whole bunch of new digital tools,” says Jason. At Digital3, Jason will help to lead research and engage with industry and other stakeholders to develop these “frontiers of new knowledge”

Among his many achievements, Jason has pioneered new fields of analysis, including network-theory-based approaches to evolutionary economics (winning the 2000 Joseph A Schumpeter Prize) and the theory of ‘innovation commons’.

Jason has published over 100 articles and his books include Innovation Commons: The Origin of Economic Growth (2019).

Chris Berg, Co-director Blockchain Innovation Hub 

Chris Berg is an internationally recognised expert in blockchain, regulation, and civil liberties. His D3 role is to help lead the research, engage directly with industry to solve problems, work with government on public policy matters; and to build D3’s expanding suite of courses.

“We’re collaborating with industry, public policy, the economy and our students at the frontiers,” says Chris. “We are laying the foundations for future jobs and for economic change across the global economy.”

His many articles have been published internationally, and he is the author/co-author of eleven books, including Understanding the Blockchain Economy: An Introduction to Institutional Cryptoeconomics (2019) and The Classical Liberal Case for Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Technological Change (2018).

Matt Warren, Director, RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI)

Matt Warren, Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT and CCSRI Director, leads the cyber security aspects of Digital3. He will work with the Australian safety commission to consider the impact of cyber safety and is leading the development of Digital3’s cyber-security-related courses.

“Digital3 is looking at its key pillars of blockchain, analytics, human rights and cyber security from a technology and business perspective. The rollout of new technologies has unknown impacts for business and society. Digital3 is creating a foundation for applied research with its industry partners.”

Matt’s numerous grants and awards include the Australian Research Council (ARC); the UK’s Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); the European Union; and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

Kok-Leong Ong, Director, Enterprise AI and Data Analytics Hub

Professor Kok-Leong (KL) Ong’s expertise focuses on translating and enabling AI and data analytics into business practices, and developing new techniques to meet individual business needs. He helped to start Australia's first Business Analytics degree and has led development of other business analytics courses, as well as winning several teaching and service awards.

KL leads D3’s AI and analytics research and training, which he says is the key to giving Australians a competitive advantage.

“Basic AI fluency and data literacy is important,” says KL. “Other countries in our region are investing a lot in AI. We need to upscale our workforce in a very timely manner in areas like AI, blockchain and cyber security, to be competitive in the international market.”

Michael Fairbairn, Associate Director Partnerships RMIT Digital3

Michael Fairbairn is responsible for identifying and delivering research impact, industry outcomes, and commercial opportunities for industry, academic and research partners, and learners.

“The digital economy will touch every aspect of the economy,” says Michael. “That cuts right across individuals, researchers and start-ups to small and medium businesses and corporations.”

Michael has led industry programs and provided strategic policy advice across the public and private sectors around the world, and has delivered and launched innovative commercial products to industry and used data insights to drive success.

Along with developing an effective, long-term partnership strategy for D3, Michael plays a critical role in engaging learners in the exciting suite of D3 courses and developing opportunities for research and problem-solving collaboration with industry.

Shelley Marshall, Director, RMIT University Business and Human Rights Centre (BHRIGHT)

BHRIGHT Director, Associate Professor Shelley Marshall, draws on her 25 years of expertise in corporate accountability and business and human rights to examine how digital tools and technologies can advance the social impact of business, social enterprises, and humanitarian organisations, and to develop related courses and initiatives.

“Our aim is to give people and businesses concrete tools to achieve social impact with a range of digital technologies,” says Shelley.

Her experience is in Business and Human Rights, Corporate Accountability, Labour Regulation in Developing Countries, Labour Conditions in Supply Chains, and Transnational Human Rights Mechanisms. Her latest book is Living Wage Regulatory Solutions to Informal and Precarious Work in Global Supply Chains (Oxford University Press).

Stuart Thomas, Director – Learning, RMIT Digital3

Digital3’s Director – Learning, Associate Professor Stuart Thomas, leads the development of innovative, focused education offerings for the emerging digital economy. He is a senior educator, researcher, and regular adviser on industry projects. His academic career has focused on learning and teaching leadership, and program development.

His D3 education program for the digital economy offers a full stack of learning options, from short courses for the technology curious through to formal degrees.

“I’m excited to be translating world-leading research and industry projects from our global thought leaders into education for the digital economy, for all the learners that RMIT reaches,” says Stuart.

Terence Chu, Senior Manager, Planning and Operations RMIT Digital3

Terence Chu joins Digital3 from his role as Operations Manager for the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), where he managed operations from recruitment to change management and strategy implementation.

Terence gained his deep understanding of the higher education sector through roles at Monash University, Macquarie University, and the University of Sydney. His achievements include the redesign of MSDI’s operation processes and repository, and building/implementing the global program strategy for Macquarie’s The Incubator.

Terence’s expertise in operational management, strategic planning, project leadership, change management and performance and growth management are significant assets to Digital3.

Dr Lauren Gurrieri, Co-Director, Centre for People, Organisation and Work

CPOW Co-Director, Dr Lauren Gurrieri, draws on her expertise examining social inequalities across consumer and digital cultures to explore how digital technologies can be harnessed to drive social change and enhance social inclusion. Lauren’s research has been published in numerous leading academic journals and she has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, case studies and commissioned reports for government and external organisations. She prioritises engagement and impact as part of her scholarly practice. 

“Understanding how organisations and relevant stakeholders can use digital technologies to address inequalities towards better and fairer futures is imperative,” says Lauren. “CPOW researchers will provide these important insights through the varied collaborations driven through D3.”

Dr Lena Wang, Co-Director, Centre for People, Organisation and Work

Dr Lena Wang’s disciplinary expertise lies in organisational psychology. She uses a psychological perspective towards developing positive individuals, teams and organisations, and her research includes using big data to uncover behavioural insights that have policy and practice implications.        

Lena also has two decades of experience working closely with government and industry partners in their organisational capability development programs and initiatives, enabling them to perform and thrive in a transforming business world. 

“It is important to understand the human impact when driving for digital innovations and implementations,” says Lena.” This is where CPOW researchers are uniquely placed to contribute to the D3 initiative, so that this human focus remains core to organisations’ digital agendas.”

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.