About Curio

We advise. We teach. We do.

We believe that a good set of values keeps our people aligned with our vision to do interesting, creative work that solves for real-world needs.

Curio is an education consulting, learning design and platform development business established in 2016 by Dr David Bowser, a neuroscientist and business advisor with the aim of bringing together the creative and curious for human improvement driven through the power of education.

A finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Fast Starters 2018 & 2017 list, Curio works in education and its related sectors. We advise education providers and government departments on their strategy and policy. We develop platforms that make education more efficient and we design and deliver learning experiences through an understanding of how the brain learns and develops.

Curio are scientists, advisors, researchers, designers, developers, educators and technologists. We celebrate our differences and value diversity. We are tenacious and demanding, curious and creative, because seeing our work come to life is as important as doing the work itself.

Curio team

David Bowser

David Bowser

CEO, Founder

Anthony Rae

Anthony Rae

Delivery Lead

Amy Longworth

Amy Longworth

Digital Designer

Chinh Nguyen

Chinh Nguyen

Consultant

Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

Learning Designer Lead

Matt Carter

Matt Carter

Principal

Matt Riddle

Matt Riddle

Principal

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

Learning Designer

Gin Atkins

Gin Atkins

Product Director

Liz Greener

Liz Greener

Associate Principal

Siri

Siri Sawatdeenarunat

Learning Designer

Rachelle

Rachelle Bowen

Digital Producer

Michael

Michael Tracey

Senior Consultant

Dilasha Shah

Dilasha Shah

Junior Web Developer

Abhishek Bhattarai

Abhishek Bhattarai

Junior Web Developer

Aaron Vo

Aaron Vo

Marketing Intern

Alex Li

Siying Li

Multimedia Developer

Michael Norris

Michael Norris

Senior Consultant

Sarah Low

Sarah Low

Learning designer

Amar Flora

Amar Flora

Non-executive director

Nick Mulcahy

Nick Mulcahy

Non-executive director

Kerry Wellington

Kerry Wellington

Educator & Associate

Sukant Arora

Sukant Arora

Educator & Associate

David Luong

David Luong

Educator & Associate

Gizelle le Roux

Gizelle le Roux

Educator & Associate

Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford

Educator & Associate

David Bowser

CEO, Founder

Higher education

Health

Consulting

Strategy

David has over 20 years experience in education R&D and financial services both as an academic (Melbourne and Cambridge Universities for 14 years) and as a leading strategy consultant where he was retained by CEOs, government departments and their executive teams to advise on their most complex strategic issues (Nous Group, Principal and Education sector leader for six years). In 2016 he created Curio, a collective of advisors, educators and product developers focused on working directly with organisations to make a difference. The same year, Curio established Academy to provide online education development delivery services to Universities. David is known for his strong analytical capacity, innate curiosity and enthusiasm to develop insights for clients that can be embraced by an organisation and readily implemented by staff.

Anthony Rae

Delivery Lead

Higher education

Technology

Development

Platforms

Anthony has a logical, innovative and well-reasoned approach to problems faced as the technical expert at Curio. With over 10 years of web application experience, Anthony manages the development of all Curio platforms and systems including the online marketplace for sessional educators, Sessions. Anthony has a wide range of experiences in web development and is known for his human centred and user focused mindset. Prior to working with Curio, Anthony held development roles at several Melbourne startups and large organisations (IBM, NAB) working across a range of platforms and technologies.

Amy Longworth

Digital Designer

Design thinking

User experience

Interface design

Visual arts

Amy is a digital designer specialising in user experience and interface design. With a love for critical thinking and problem solving, Amy is driven to deliver meaningful experiences that engage audiences, reinforce brand perception and meet business needs, no matter the scale. A tertiary education spanning Visual Arts, Graphic Design and User Experience Design underpin Amy’s thinking. Her experience working with education and tech-focused companies has provided her the tools to tackle varied design challenges. Whether it’s synthesising big data through digital products or transforming analogue systems through digital technology, Amy is motivated by the holistic considerations of human-centred design, and its impact beyond the screen.

Chinh Nguyen

Consultant

Consulting

Higher Education

Online Learning

Learning Design

Chinh’s passion and interest are in the online learning and teaching transformation and consultancy across all levels of education and clients. He has strong experience in delivering seamless online education experience to student globally, ensuring the highest quality and engaging learning for students. He is known for bringing speed, quality, transparency, expertise in online program deliveries. He also has hands-on teaching experience in business and management at the Faculty of Business & Economics, the University of Melbourne.
Prior to working with Curio, Chinh coordinated academic programs at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, at the University of Melbourne for global cohorts of online students from 45 countries for more than a decade. Chinh holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and serves on the TEQSA Panel of Experts on business, management and digital education.

Thomas Molloy

Learning Design Lead

Learning Design

Higher Education

Online Learning

Innovation

Thomas is a creative, innovative and experienced educationalist with postgraduate qualifications in Education, multimedia and eLearning. His genuine passion for using technology in education to achieve learning outcomes results in successful implementation of learning solutions in high schools, tertiary institutions and the corporate world, in both face to face education and online educational environments.
As the Learning Design Lead at Curio he provides leadership and strategic input to our learning projects and staff. He is known for his passion in finding out what makes people learn and constructing environments where this learning takes place.
Prior to joining Curio, Thomas worked at the University of NSW as an educational designer where he won multiple awards for excellence in teaching and instructional design.

Matt Carter

Principal

Higher Education

Consulting

Online Learning

Learning Analaytics

Matt has over two decades of experience in Higher Education. He has taught cognitive science and philosophy at the Universities of Queensland, Melbourne, and St Andrews. He has been a Grimwade Scholar and Fellow of Philosophy at Melbourne, a Visiting Fellow at St Andrews, and a Summer Research Scholar and Summer Logic Fellow at the ANU. Matt is known as a systems thinker with a strongly analytical and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. His “Minds and Computers” book has been commended as ‘a model of interdisciplinarity’. Matt is passionate about inclusive education and specialises in learning design, learning analytics and educational technologies.

Matt Riddle

Principal

Higher Education

Consulting

Online Learning

Learning Spaces

Blockchain

Matt Riddle is an expert in educational innovation with a career spanning over 25 years. Matt’s focus is improving learners’ lives using emerging educational technologies and learning space design (physical and virtual). Previous roles include acting Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Educational Innovation at La Trobe University, and Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge. Matt is CEO and Founder of RocketShoes, a blockchain edtech startup, and serves on the TEQSA panel of experts on online degrees.

Matthew Hall

Learning Designer

Higher Education

Critical Theory

Online Learning

Literature

Matthew Hall is a learning designer and award-winning university lecturer. He has designed and delivered courses in Canada, Australia and Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and maintains scholarly projects in literature, critical theory and pedagogy. He is the author of multiple books, including the 2015 monograph, Violence in the work of J.H. Prynne, and the co-editor of the forthcoming New Directions in Contemporary Australian Poetry: Materiality, Alterity and Ethics, from Palgrave (2020). He is the scholarly editor and sits on the board at Cordite Inc. He has previously taught or held research positions at RMIT (Melbourne), the University of Saskatchewan, Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and continues to lecture at Deakin University.

Gin Atkins

Product Director

Product Management

User Experience Design

Education

Gin has spent the last 15 years learning about, designing for, and leading people in both product and service environments. Drawing from experiences that span youth work, management consulting, enterprise innovation labs and tech startups, she combines incisive analysis and strategic thinking with a deep care for, and sensitivity to how people think and feel. Having worked both on the design and product management side of digital teams, Gin collaborates across disciplines to lead early stage product development through to viable products in-market.

Liz Greener

Associate Principal

Online Learning

Education

Learning Design

Elizabeth (Liz) Greener is an experienced manager of learning design and production having previously worked in management roles at QUT for over a decade. She is a specialist in online learning and in advising universities on strategic decisions to be made in shaping their online learning ecosystem. Her experience working in the Office of Teaching and Learning and serving on the Ascilite Executive gives her a broad regional perspective and understanding.

Siri Sawatdeenarunat

Learning Designer

Higher Education

Consulting

Learning Design

Language and Literacy

Siri is an experienced educator with a passion for curriculum design and innovative learning experiences. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching and designing courses. Her teaching philosophy is to help learners “learn how to learn”. She believes that effective learning designs can help learners succeed in their future studies and in life. Prior to joining Curio, Siri worked as a lecturer in Science Communication at the National University of Singapore and taught ESL/EFL courses at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Rachelle Bowen

Digital Producer

Higher Education

Consulting

Learning Design

Language and Literacy

Rachelle's career spans 16yrs working in digital media production in a range of contexts (Government, commercial and higher education). Prior to joining Curio, Rachelle was a key member of Queensland University of Technology's Online Learning Solutions team, establishing online learning initiatives, guidance, and best practice. Rachelle has a wealth of experience scoping and delivering complex projects in an agile development environment. Rachelle works to identify growth opportunities with our clients that align to their business goals and digital strategy. Rachelle has a keen focus on driving internal process improvement to continually provide a high quality experience for our clients.

Michael Tracey

Senior Consultant

Higher education

Strategy

Transformation

Service design

Dilasha Shah

Junior Web Developer

Web Development

Higher Education

Online Learning

Learning Management System

Dilasha enjoys the process of problem solving and picking up new skills. As a Junior Developer with 2.5 years of experience building web applications and LMS courses, she values efficiency, scalable code and has a soft spot for clean UI/UX design. Previously, she has worked in health care domain applications and is committed to creating positive impact in people’s lives through her work. Dilasha is currently studying Master of Information Technology at La Trobe University.

Abhishek Bhattarai

Junior Web Developer

Web Development

Higher Education

Online Learning

Learning Management System

Abhishek is a web developer specialising in developing web interface and applications. Starting his career as a web designer he wants to dive deep and has passion in new skills and enjoys problem solving. With his knowledge and commitments, he wants to improve online learning’s efficiency and impact. Abhishek enjoys working in a team and meeting organisational goals. With a love of critical thinking he is driven to deliver a robust system.

Aaron Vo

Marketing Intern

Digital Marketing

Social Media

Copy Writing

Marketing Strategy

Aaron is curious by nature and systematic in design, marrying creativity and user data to produce effective communication solutions. He is committed to designing genuine experiences that intuitively draw in audiences towards a brand. Coming from a tertiary education spanning commerce and communication design, Aaron is inspired to look beyond the brief and create human-centered experiences that meet organizational goals. His history working with education providers and startups has given him the skills and flexibility to take on the challenges of omnichannel communication. He is known for his strong analytical capabilities and highly valued for his commitment to designing for purpose. Aaron is inspired by the applications of human-centred design - connecting physical and digital experiences into one holistic solution.

Siying Li

Multimedia Developer

Multimedia Development

Higher Education

Online Learning

Learning Management System

Siying is a multimedia developer specialising in implementing interactive learning activities, delivering multimedia materials and building the LMS courses. With the multiple skills in various areas and prior experience at UNSW, she is versed in interpreting people’s ideas and producing corresponding quality materials to enhance the learning experience. She is enthusiastic about solving problems and learning the latest technology and media trends. Siying is motivated by her creativity and critical thinking, which keep her exploring the different applications of media and technology in online learning. At the same time, she highly values working efficiently in a team, fulfilling her commitments and challenging herself.

Michael Norris

Senior Consultant

Higher education

Strategy

Transformation

Service design

Michael has experience in education strategy and transformation as a well-respected management consultant. A former Senior Consultant at Nous Group, he has worked closely with Group of Eight universities, leading private education providers and State and Federal Education Departments. Michal has led and worked across an array of projects for leading Australian universities to design, develop and implement strategic processes to improve productivity, efficiency and student retention. This includes the development and implementation of a new academic workload model, a flipped classroom teaching pilot, the redesign of undergraduate courses, and strategic planning processes for various not-for-profit institutions, arts organisations and university business units. Clients value Michael’s mental agility, ability to apply multi-disciplinary thinking to projects, and his engaging communication style. He has diverse professional interests, including strategy in low-growth economic climates, international education, the future of work, as well as process and service design.

Sarah Low

Learning Designer

Higher education

Health

Research

Learning design

Sarah is a passionate learning designer with 22 years experience working across the health and higher education sectors as a consultant, academic and researcher. Sarah has consulted with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and established and managed services for large healthcare corporations across the private, public and government sectors in Australia and overseas. Sarah currently provides consultation, designs learning programs and teaches in the areas of leadership, governance, systems and information management. Her research focus is in the area of leadership, business information management, and best practice teaching and learning techniques and technology. As an academic, Sarah established the first health information management program in Qatar, received 100% satisfaction ratings from students for all units coordinated and lectured at the University of Tasmania and has also lectured at Griffith University. She has been invited as a keynote speaker to international conferences to present on leadership and health information management and continues to publish in professional journals related to health service and information management and education. She has a strong client focus and an exceptionally collaborative style of working, helping clients to integrate policy, practice and culture on the foundations of leadership and team development.

Amar Flora

Non-executive director

Higher education

Technology

Operations

Financial services

Amar Flora is the founder and CEO of iCommunis Incorporated (USA & Australia, 2017), an app to improve community engagement across infrastructure projects. Additionally Amar serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat for the John Grill Centre, University of Sydney; and as a non-executive director with Curio, a higher education technology consulting company recognised as AFR Fast Starter 100 in 2017 and 2018. Previously, Amar also held the role of General Manager, Financial Services at the University of Sydney. Amar has leadership and management experience working across to a variety of industries throughout Australia, US, India, and Singapore. His experience spans start-ups; international collaboration and business development; investor relations and funding; executive education in trasnformational projects; general management; strategy, budgets, and product development; marketing and communications; organisational change and talent development.

Nick Mulcahy

Non-executive director

Management consulting

Digital services

Telecommunications

Consumer goods

Nick is based in Hong Kong and works in consumer private equity investing. Originally trained as a lawyer, he practised at Gilbert & Tobin, Freehills and various corporates in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. His experience also includes management consulting and executive roles in digital services, IT, telecommunications, utilities and consumer goods. Nick was a senior executive and investor in Aesop, the leading personal care brand, and was responsible for its business in Asia Pacific.

Kerry Wellington

Educator & Associate

Higher education

Online educator

Digital marketing

Education design & development

Sukant Arora

Educator & Associate

Higher education

Online educator

Interior design consultant

David Luong

Educator & Associate

Higher education

Online educator

Technology strategy advisor

Gizelle le Roux

Educator & Associate

Higher education

Online educator

Freelance business consultant

TOC consultant

Andrew Crawford

Educator & Associate

Higher education

Online educator

Senior consultant

Non-executive director

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