ALTA Mentoring Program

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is generally considered to be a voluntary relationship that gives people the opportunity to share their skills, knowledge and experiences, both personal and professional.

Three key benefits for the mentor

  • Improve interpersonal skills in counselling, listening, modelling, and leading.
  • Access new perspectives, information, and knowledge.
  • Enhance professional relationships and networks.

Three key benefits for the mentee

  • Receive valuable feedback from an experienced and subject-matter expert.
  • Have opportunities to develop networks with experienced and positive role models.
  • Have a supportive environment in which successes and failures can be evaluated in a non-confrontational manner and new ideas can be tested.

How does it work?

To initiate a mentoring session, a mentee should proactively organise a meeting with an ALTA mentor in advance during or after the ALTA workshop.

Step 1: Choose a mentor from the ALTA mentor list.

Step 2: Contact him/her via an email or Slack channel of the workshop.

Step 3: Organise a mentoring session either virtually (e.g., Zoom, Kumospace or Slack) or in person.

Boundaries of the mentor relationship

Professional and ethical behaviour is expected at all times in a mentor relationship. A mentor and a mentee should treat the relationship with respect and maintain privacy/confidentiality of conversations. It is important that the mentee makes his/her own decisions and is responsible for his/her own actions.

ALTA Mentors

Name Affiliation Position Email Taking Mentees?*
Afshin Rahimi University of Queensland Lecturer a.rahimi@uq.edu.au Yes
Bahar Salehi Go1 Senior Data Scientist bahar.salehi@go1.com Yes
Borhan Kazimipour Australian Taxation Office Director of Data Science Borhan.Kazimipour@ato.gov.au Yes
Daniel Beck University of Melbourne Lecturer d.beck@unimelb.edu.au Yes
David Powers Flinders University Professor david.powers@flinders.edu.au Yes
Diego Molla Macquarie University Senior Lecturer diego.molla-aliod@mq.edu.au Yes
Gabriela Ferraro CSIRO Data61 Researcher gabriela.ferraro@data61.csiro.au Yes
Jennifer Biggs Defence Science and Technology Group   Defence Scientist jennifer.biggs@dst.defence.gov.au Yes
Jey Han Lau University of Melbourne Lecturer jeyhan.lau@gmail.com Yes
Maria Kim Defence Science and Technology Group   Defence Scientist maria.kim@dst.defence.gov.au Yes
Massimo Piccardi     University of Technology Sydney Professor massimo.piccardi@uts.edu.au Yes
Meladel Mistica University of Melbourne Research Data Specialist  misticam@unimelb.edu.au Yes
Paulo E. Santos Flinders University Associate Professor paulo.santos@flinders.edu.au Yes
Richard Leibbrandt Flinders University Lecturer Richard.leibbrandt@flinders.edu.au Yes
Sarvnaz Karimi CSIRO Principal Scientist sarvnaz.karimi@csiro.au Yes
Shunichi Ishihara Australian National University Associate Professor shunichi.ishihara@anu.edu.au Yes
Stephen Wan CSIRO Senior Scientist stephen.wan@data61.csiro.au Yes
Timothy Baldwin University of Melbourne Professor tb@ldwin.net Yes
Xiuzhen Zhang Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology   Professor xiuzhen.zhang@rmit.edu.au Yes

*Mentors: When you are no longer accepting mentees, send an email to exec@alta.asn.au to have your status updated.




If you have any questions regarding the ALTA mentoring program, please contact president@alta.asn.au.