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Robin Stonecash Dean of Business and Head of Gold Coast Campus 07 55893054
School of Business and Tourism Professor MSciEcon(Wisc), PhD(UNSW) Robin MSciEcon(Wisc), PhD(UNSW) Gold Coast
Ali Reza Alaei Lecturer 07 5589 3065
School of Business and Tourism Dr Dr Ali Reza Alaei obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, India, in 2012. For his PhD thesis, he worked on the segmentation and recognition of handwritten document images. He has since worked as a Post-Doc research fellow at the Computer Science Laboratory of Tours (LIFAT - EA 6300), Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours, France, from June 2012 to July 2015. His Postdoc research work at the University of Tours was on fast detection and recognition of symbols (logos) in administrative document images enabling fast document retrieval, classification, and on the problem of image quality assessment. He has been a research fellow at the Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and latterly at the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) on several Big Data projects. His research focuses on artificial intelligence in general and data analysis, document image analysis & recognition, pattern recognition, and biometrics. He has published more than 50 research papers in high-quality international journals and conference proceedings. He has further developed a strong collaboration with many national and international laboratories/universities in Australia, India and France. He has served as a conference organizing chair, organizing committee member, and program committee member in various international conferences and workshops, including ICDAR, ICPR, ACPR, ICFHR, DAS, ICSIP, CVIP, ASAR, and PR4MCA. He is the reviewer of more than ten 'A' ranked international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Pattern Recognition, and Pattern Recognition Letters. His research interest includes Big Data analysis, statistical data modelling, symbolic data analysis, human perception modelling, pattern recognition, image processing, document image analysis and recognition, and biometrics (Signature/Writer identification/verification).
ORCID iD icon PhD (Mys) Ali Reza PhD (Mys) Gold Coast
Youness Alizadeh Senior Lecturer 02 6620 3811
School of Business and Tourism Dr Youness has been teaching the management accounting units since he joined Southern Cross University in 1989. He has also held the position of the distance education coordinator for the MBA-Specialist Stream in Small Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurship in addition to his other face-to-face and long distance teaching duties in undergraduate courses.

Prior to his appointment at Southern Cross University, Youness held the position of auditor in a major international accounting practice in Iran, affiliated with McLintock Main Lafrentz International (NY, USA). For more than 5 years he lectured in accounting and international business at the Centre for International Studies, Schiller International University and University of Southern California in Spain. Youness was also an export consultant for major Spanish companies trading in the Middle East and South America.

Since his arrival in Australia, Youness has been involved in a small enterprise management training programs for Motor Trader's Association members, New Enterprise Incentive Scheme participants in New South Wales, as well as the integrated management development program conducted by the Faculty for Telstra. Youness is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Youness is interested in small enterprise entrepreneurship and management control systems and has been researching the impact of networking on the successful management of small enterprises, ethnic and non-ethnic entrepreneurship, family enterprises and quality management in small enterprises. Youness has published monographs, study guides, case studies and articles concerning small enterprise entrepreneurship in refereed journals and has made many presentations in local, national and international seminars and conferences. DipFinMgt(NE), BA(IAATeheran), MBA(StJohnsNY), MEc(UNE), DBA(SCU) Youness DipFinMgt(NE), BA(IAATeheran), MBA(StJohnsNY), MEc(UNE), DBA(SCU) Lismore

Yvonne Brunetto Professor (07) 5589 3066
School of Business and Tourism Professor PhD(Griffith) Yvonne PhD(Griffith) Gold Coast
Vinh Bui Lecturer 07 5589 3059
School of Business and Tourism Dr Dr Vinh Bui received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of New South Wales in 2008. His current research interest includes the application of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in the areas of Tourism, Teaching Learning, Agriculture and Health. Dr. Bui has significant research and development experience in a number of areas including network modelling, machine learning, computer-guided scenario generation, internet of things and virtual reality. He has over 10 years experience in teaching and development of IT and Computer Science courses in both online and face-to-face delivery mode . Dr Bui is currently the course coordinator of the Master of Information Technology Management Program at Southern Cross University. MSci(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) Vinh MSci(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) Gold Coast
Grant Cairncross Senior Lecturer 02-6659-3617
School of Business and Tourism Dr Grant Cairncross, BA (Victoria University of Wellington), Grad Dip Bus Admin (Massey University), M Bus (Southern Cross University) PhD (Southern Cross University). Grant, who revised the study materials, is the coordinator for this unit. He holds a PhD in Employee Relations and Service Quality in Hospitality organisations. Grant has extensive management experience as a Human Resource and Industrial Relations practitioner and has also worked as an Organisational Change consultant having worked in areas as diverse as hospitality, the public sector, general and pipeline construction, small business, and tourism. He has worked throughout Australia and New Zealand with an 18-month assignment in the oil exploration industry in Norway. Grant?s experience spans both the private and public sectors with employers and employee organisations, and he has been involved in corporate-wide change and change at the individual work group and departmental levels. Grant?s research interests include employment strategies and their effects on service quality in the tourism and hospitality industry, the value of a holiday, the effects of changing work patterns on holiday destinations and employee relations. He joined the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University in 1997. DipBA(Mas), BA(Well), MB(SCU), PhD(SCU) Grant DipBA(Mas), BA(Well), MB(SCU), PhD(SCU) Coffs Harbour
Julia Caldicott Lecturer 02 6659 3620
School of Business and Tourism Ms Lecturer / Work Integrated Learning Coordinator BBus(SCU), BNur(LATROB), GradCert(HigherEd)(SCU) Julia BBus(SCU), BNur(LATROB), GradCert(HigherEd)(SCU) Coffs Harbour
James Carlopio Deputy Dean & Academic Lead Mgt
School of Business and Tourism Dr Professor, Deputy Dean (Deputy Head of School) and Academic Lead for Management and Academic Lead for Tourism in the School of Business and Tourism BA(Psych), MA(Psych), PhD James BA(Psych), MA(Psych), PhD Gold Coast
Michael Charles Associate Professor +61 7 5589 3204
School of Business and Tourism Associate Professor Associate Professor Michael Charles is a member of the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. He is currently the School Director Higher Degree Research and the Coordinator of the Doctor of Business Administration, as well as a member of the School Executive and SCU?s Higher Degree Research Committee. He has a PhD from the University of Queensland and a Master of International Business Studies from the Queensland University of Technology. He has published over 80 refereed journal articles, together with numerous book chapters and refereed conference papers. His current research mainly focuses on infrastructure policy (particularly pertaining to transport), public values and infrastructures, research policy, collaboration and engagement between industry and academia, and history (mainly of the ancient world, with a particular interest in ancient Persia, elephants in warfare and ancient sexuality). He is also increasingly interested in research pertaining to the supervision of HDR candidates. BA(Hons)(Qld), MIBS(QUT), PhD(UQ) Michael BA(Hons)(Qld), MIBS(QUT), PhD(UQ) Gold Coast
Deborah Che Lecturer 07 5589 3063
School of Business and Tourism Dr BA, BSc(Maryland), MA, MPA(Indiana), PhD(Clark) Deborah BA, BSc(Maryland), MA, MPA(Indiana), PhD(Clark) Gold Coast