Professional Development Skills for Career Success – Friday 8th of July, 2:30 – 3:55pm

Session 1: Developing Communication and Leadership Skills 

In the current world, especially after covid era, we now realize better than ever that we can operate from any part of the world only through effective communication.

Effective communication in leadership is perhaps the most important skills one can have. The more masterfully we can connect with others and maintain those relationships, the greater the benefits to us. Increasingly, companies are making leadership communication skills a priority; in fact the average percentage of budgets for managerial communication training has doubled in the last four years.

This talk discusses the way in which we can collaborate more effectively and communicate with purpose and maintain the relationships and most importantly network with anyone and everyone. As world is too small and we never know who can support us at any point in life

Presented by: Ajanta Moitra

Session 2: Developing and Nurturing Collaborations toward Multi, Inter and Trans Disciplinary Projects: A Review of Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration Frameworks

With the present emphasis in academia on addressing societal challenges, there is an increasing need for academics to look beyond their disciplinary knowledge to develop collaborative arrangements, both within an academic setting and externally, to better plan for and manage academic experiences and respective career trajectories. This is particularly true of those in STEM disciplines, who are required to consider the broader, social implications of their work, from diverse disciplinary perspectives. This talk discusses the way in which sustained collaborations oriented toward multi-, inter-, and trans- disciplinarity may support career development. Aspects around acquiring and nurturing such collaborations are presented from a research perspective, and the links with teaching and governance/service are provided. The presentation also discusses relevant (academic) collaboration frameworks, and the value of integrating diverse stakeholders, from academia, industry, government, and professional societies.

Presented by: Roba Abbas is a Senior Lecturer (Operations and Systems) and Academic Program Director with the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong, Australia and Katina Michael is a professor at Arizona State University.

Ajanta Moitra
RPS Group
Dr Roba Abbas
University of Wollongong
Prof Katina Michael
Arizona State University


Ajanta Moitra Is a highly motivated and passionate solution-oriented project leader with 10+ years of professional experience in all facets of Project Management, Agile Project Delivery management, Business Development, Financial Management, Customer Relationship Management and Process Improvement in the ICT industry. Key career highlights include developing business and leading teams to execute high demand projects working with complex systems and tools delivering within a framework of targets and strategic plans to achieve timely, high-quality client outcomes. Ajanta has strong communication, collaboration, negotiation, and problem-solving skills through the successful completion of planning, design, construction, and business management of programs and projects.

Roba Abbas is a Senior Lecturer (Operations and Systems) and Academic Program Director with the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and a visiting Professor with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, USA. She is also a Co-Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society and former Associate Editor of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. Roba has a PhD in location-based services regulation, and industry experience in web design and development. She primarily researches methodological approaches to complex socio-technical systems design, emphasising transdisciplinarity, co-design and the intersection of society, technology, ethics, and regulation.

Katina Michael is a professor at Arizona State University, a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Global Futures Laboratory and has a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence. She is the director of the Society Policy Engineering Collective (SPEC) and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. Katina is a senior member of the IEEE and the founding chair of the inaugural Masters of Science in Public Interest Technology. She has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Australian Research Council (ARC). Prior to academia, Katina was employed by Nortel Networks, Anderson Consulting and OTIS Elevator Company.