Our facilitators

Our workshop facilitators are experts in finance, economics, and commerce and have a broad range of expertise and experience across both industry and academia.

Dr Ihtisham Malik

Lead Academic

Ihtisham Malik is a Lecturer in Finance at The University of Queensland (UQ) with a decade long teaching experience, in Australia and internationally.  His teaching and research expertise ranges from asset pricing and climate-change induced risks to managerial finance and investments.

Ihtisham earned his Phd from The University of Queensland in 2020 and was a recipient of a highly competitive International Post-graduate Research Scholarship and UQ Centennial Scholarship. He also secured several internal and external travel grants, from within UQ, and other prestigious organisations, to present his research findings internationally. Recently, one of his research papers won Best PhD paper award at the Financial Research Network (FIRN) Doctoral symposium. His research interests include, but are not limited to, financial markets, climate-change induced risks and energy economics.

Ihtisham has published scholarly work in a number of highly ranked academic journals e.g. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Accounting and Finance etc.

Alfred Schmidley

Alfred Schmidley is a lecturer and project management consultant with more than 25 years experience in private, public, and non-profit sectors.

He currently lectures in areas of Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at UQ. Alfred has extensive experience with international projects. He previously served as Chief Representative-China for Briggs & Stratton Corporation before being appointed Director Business Development-Asia. After leaving the private sector, Mr Schmidley has served extensively in NGO and public research sectors in international development across Asia and the Pacific region.

Special interests include development of improved technologies for smallholder farmers and rural enterprises in agriculture and food processing value chains, innovative research-to-commercialisation delivery, and SME and micro-enterprise start-ups.

Alfred graduated from UQ Business School, MBA (Executive), in 2002, holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Literature (UW-Madison), and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies (Bradley University), and enjoys training in competency-based and participatory learning approaches.

Annissa Hansen

Annissa Hansen is a Casual Academic with UQ Business School and Director of People and Organisation at PwC. With over 19 years of professional experience, Annissa helps organisations transform their business by realising their people’s full potential and managing change successfully. She has deep technical expertise in strategy execution, cultural alignment, employee engagement, leadership and capability development, organisational design and systems and process improvement.

At the Business School Annissa teaches into the Master of Business program’s Career Transition course.

Liam Stitt

Liam is a Value Chain and process improvement practitioner. His principal strengths are in developing strategic concepts, and translating these visions into reality. Liam’s ability to competently mix strategic understanding with operational drivers has been built around his formal trade and professional training. His underlying expertise is in Change Management and Business Improvement, and has been predominantly delivered within project, construction and asset value chains working across numerous industry sectors.

Lisa Barham

Lisa is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience as a finance professional. Throughout her career Lisa has worked with ASX100 blue-chip companies, listed multinationals as well as consulting to private and social enterprises.

When facilitating workshops, Lisa combines her professional experience with her collaborative style to simplify complex information and improve the financial literacy of participants. Lisa works with UQ Business School executive education to deliver workshops provided under the joint public sector finance program with the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

While completing her Chartered Accountants Program Lisa won three national merit awards and was accepted to the Dean’s Honour role on completion of the UQ MBA.

Patrick Vialle

Patrick Vialle is senior business leader delivering expertise in End to End Supply Chain, Project Management and Change Management in highly complex domestic and international environments. He brings knowledge in Procurement and Supply Chain Optimisation, allowing organisations to improve their bottom line and increase internal and external stakeholder satisfaction.

Patrick provides insights and improvements across the business value chain having driven a broad spectrum of initiatives including Procurement Spend Analysis, System Deployment, Warehousing and Distribution Network, Demand & Supply Planning Process Design and Implementation, Budgeting and Leadership.

Stacey Beaumont

Dr Stacey Beaumont

Stacey is a lecturer in finance at The University of Queensland Business School. Her main area of research is focused on executive remuneration, achieving accountability through disclosure.

Stacey is an experienced accounting professional who has a vast experience as a financial accountant working with medium to large corporations. She is a Chartered Accountant, and an Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Vince Aisthorpe

Vince Aisthorpe is a highly successful and results driven supply chain practitioner and leader, with an extensive strategic and operational leadership background in the defence, energy, resource, logistics and local government sectors, for over 40 years.

He is recognised as an innovative and decisive leader with comprehensive skills and a reputation for driving significant procurement transformation, supply chain process improvement and stakeholder engagement programs.  He possesses extensive human resource, quality, stakeholder engagement and change management experience, complemented by strong analytical and problem-solving skills.