All members of SAAA are invited to publish their short profiles (max 1000 characters) with their current position, profile picture and a link to their external info.
Please contact us to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a Member profile form.
The purpose of publishing Member profiles is to assist in delivering a key aim of SAAA, which is to facilitate members to network and collaborate on matters of interest.
The following are just some of our members.
Dr Kaja Antlej is currently President of SAAA and is one of the co-founders of the association. She is a designer and academic interested in human-centred design, 3D technologies and museum/heritage interpretation. She is Lecturer in Industrial Design at the School of Engineering, Deakin University. Kaja has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design and a Doctoral Degree in Museums and Heritage Studies. In her Master thesis (2008) she explored the use of 3D printing and 3D scanning in new product development from a creative perspective, her PhD project (2013) was about 3D technologies and their application for enhancing engagement of museum visitors. She has been in the 3D technologies industry since 2006, when she started to work for a 3D printing and 3D scanning distributor in the South-East European Region. In 2014, she participated in a four-month entrepreneurship training (ESF) program at the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region. She was a New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2015 and 2016 Museum Edition Expert Panel Member. As one of the eCult Ambassadors, she was a facilitator between the technology and museum sectors, involved in the CultValue project (EC FP7). In 2015, Kaja completed her Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra. She is a member of the D2.2 working group of the ViMM – Virtual Multimodal Museum EU-funded project (Horizon 2020). She is one of the leading researchers of The Little L Project, a mixed reality experience of a small Victorian polar dinosaur, recently held at the National Wool Museum in Geelong.
Aaron Hermann is a university professor and international expert in sports and anti-doping. He holds positions as Visiting Law Fellow and Visiting Research Fellow in the Law School and Adelaide School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, as well as Visiting Professor at the Helsinki School of Business and international researcher at the University of Ljubljana. He also has a background in human and minority rights. Aaron holds a doctoral degree in law, policy and medicine from the University of Adelaide in Australia, master’s degrees in Diplomacy, Law and Business Administration and a bachelor degree in cultural management and classical studies. The nature of Aaron’s research has provided him with numerous interviews with international media outlets and he was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in 2015.
Aaron is also the national coordinator in Slovenia for the Slovenian Australian Academic Association. He has worked in numerous countries around the world as a consultant, project manager and event organiser for international organisations, national bodies and private firms. Being raised in Australia and coming from a multicultural background, Aaron has a strong passion for minority rights and the protection of global human rights.
Sebastian is a PhD Candidate at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and a Data Archivist in the Australian Data Archive at the Australian National University (ANU). He holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Ljubljana. After starting his professional career in Slovenia, working in marketing, academic and government research, he was awarded the Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship Award and later moved to Australia. Sebastian specializes in social science statistics, research methodology and longitudinal data archiving. In his PhD research, supported by the AGRTP scholarship, he investigates survey errors, with particular focus on online panel survey research. He is also involved in a couple of higher education research projects, Eurostudent and Academic Profession in the Knowledge-based Society, as a consultant for the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS).
Karmen Lužar is a communication and environmental strategist. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in journalism) from the University of Ljubljana. During these studies she was a recipient of the National Zois Scholarship for gifted students awarded by the government of the Republic of Slovenia. She also holds a Master of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from James Cook University, during which she was a recipient of the Ad Futura scholarship. After completing her postgraduate studies, she founded and managed a consultancy focusing on science communication and planning for sustainable development with an international outreach to Europe, Australia and the Pacific. She has collaborated with Australian and international environmental institutions, including all levels of the Australian government, NGOs, research institutions and the private sector. Some of the major organisations include United Nation Environment Programme – Regional Activity Centre in Split, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Brisbane, Department of Environment and Conservation in Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH – Vanuatu Climate Change Office, James Cook University, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
This work provided her with extensive experience in project development and management, stakeholder engagement and communication, including conducting interviews and surveys, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and the production of outreach materials. Through her environmental consultancy work she has identified, and taken an interest in, the importance of effective communication. With her extensive training in linguistics, stylistics and the work experience in managing public relations, marketing and multimedia production she was able to observe patterns that hinder effective dissemination of environmental knowledge and information within and across different environmental stakeholder groups. This led her to undertaking a PhD, with strategic research that focuses on improving academia – industry relations by optimising cross-sectoral communication. Specifically, she aims to link environmental science and the tourism industry in Queensland, and investigate the feasibility of environmental science communication as an innovative destination management strategy to contribute to regional sustainable development.
Born in Slovenia, Matevz worked as Assistant Professor of international business at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington, School of International Marketing and Business in February 2018 as a Senior Lecturer. Matevz received his PhD and MSc from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2012 and 2007. He is the recipient of the 2013 University of Ljubljana President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement of Young Faculty. Matevz was a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, FAS Sociology in 2017 and a visiting doctoral student at Harvard, FAS Sociology in 2010-2011. Matevz is a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and a board member of the AIB-CEE chapter since 2016. He is also a member of the European Academy of International Business (EIBA). He has advised the Ministry of the Economy of the Republic of Slovenia regarding issues related to economic cooperation with China and is a member of the 16+1 China-CEE Think Tank Network at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and its 16+1 China-CEEC Institute in Budapest, Hungary. He was Head of the Master of International Business program at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics between 2015 and 2018. His consultancy work back in Slovenia focused on building an international mindset for local Slovenian SMEs, as well as helping Slovenian firms in the Chinese market. He is the co-author of a book: Davies, H. & Raskovic, M. (2017). Understanding a Changing China: Key Issues for Business. London/Singapore: Routledge.