Carnegie Mellon Australia welcomes new staff in 2020 as strong growth continues

Posted 7th December 2020

Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMU-A) has welcomed eight new staff in 2020 in areas ranging from student services to marketing as it continues to expand its Australian operations.

CMU-A Director of Operations Fatima Reyes-Della Verde said while 2020 had undoubtedly been a tough year, it had also been a year of growth and opportunity for the Adelaide-based university.

“Operating amid a global pandemic has produced plenty of challenges, but we’ve been able to continue to expand our footprint in Australia and the Asia Pacific region more broadly,” Ms Reyes-Della Verde said.

“Our Executive Education Program, for example, has experienced strong growth internationally and, as always, we’re continuing to look at what we can do better for our students.

“This is where our new staff come in, working in areas such as student services, communications and external relations, and we’re looking forward to their contributions, and the experience, innovative ideas, enthusiasm and energy they bring.”

Strengthening CMU-A's initiatives for the Asia Pacific region with new talent

Since March, CMU-A has welcomed:

  • Anneliese Elemendorp, Student Services Coordinator
  • Edward Barlow, Manager for External Relations
  • Rajiv Chadda, Manager for International Student Recruitment
  • Sudipta Mitra, Assistant to the Head/Strategy Advisor
  • Melanie Mooney, Administrative Officer
  • Rosanna Cappelluti, Accounts Specialist
  • Suloshini Jahanath, Manager for Executive Education
  • Callie Watson, Communications Specialist

Several staff also reached key milestones in 2020, including:

  • Angelo Beltran, CMU-A’s Digital and Social Media Administrator, who celebrated 10 years of service across the IT and marketing departments last month.
  • Kimberley Zerella, who was promoted to the role of Graduate Programs Administrator. She was previously CMU-A’s Administrative Officer.
  • Lourdes Almeda, CMU-A’s Manager of Graduate Programs, who retired in October after more than a decade working alongside faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Christine McLeod, Assistant Accountant, who retired in July, and who was one of the first employees in CMU-A.

CMU-A Head Emil Bolongaita presenting the 10-year service award

Manager for Executive Education, Suloshini Jahanath, joins CMU-A with more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors and brings extensive skills in program management and communications.

“I’m excited to show Australia what Carnegie Mellon’s Executive Education Program is able to achieve,” Ms Jahanath said.

“Our faculty are recognized as global leaders in information technology, data science and policy development and are able to work with organizations from around the globe to deliver bespoke programs which strengthen the skills of senior and mid-level managers.

“The opportunities are endless and I look forward to expanding this program in 2021 and beyond.”