Bhavani Sridharan

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching, and Accreditation (ADLTA)
Australian Catholic University

Region: Asia-Pacific

Country of residence: Australia

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I am honoured to introduce myself as an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching and Accreditation within the Faculty of Law and Business at Australian Catholic University. My journey towards making a meaningful impact in the world of women in STEM began with my venture into the uncharted territory of information technology, where I pursued a Master's and a PhD. Subsequently, I assumed a leadership role at ACU.

My diverse cultural and linguistic background has equipped me with a unique perspective, and I have harnessed my agency and voice to empower and effect positive change in both the current and future generations of women professionals, responsible leaders, and marginalized communities. To achieve these goals, I have taken the lead in spearheading various outreach initiatives.

One noteworthy initiative involves advocating for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) agenda, using innovative emerging technologies to enhance inclusive educational pedagogies. Additionally, I have facilitated hackathon competitions to connect students with prospective employers and partnered with industry stakeholders to provide immersive experiences and opportunities for graduates to develop essential digital skills. These efforts are aimed at helping individuals overcome life and livelihood challenges while fostering talent development.

I have been a dedicated advocate for women's empowerment, using my voice and lived experiences to make a difference both within and beyond the Australian Catholic University community. For instance, I served as a panel member for ACU's International Women's Day discussion, focusing on the theme of 'Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender-equal future,' a priority theme for the United Nations 67th Commission on the Status of Women.

Furthermore, I co-presented a session on partnering with Microsoft to enhance students' digital skills, preparing them for the ever-evolving world of work, at AACSB's innovative curriculum conference. Similarly, in my Australia New Zealand Quality Assurance Network meeting (ANZQAN) session I emphasized how technology-enhanced learning can be utilized to cultivate diversity and inclusion skills, using teamwork within collaborative group contexts as an illustrative example.

Beyond these initiatives, I have actively supported women within my community and the ACU community through mentoring and various forms of assistance. I extend an open invitation to anyone seeking support in areas where I have expertise, such as technology-enhanced learning, the development of responsible and future women leaders, and support for first nations and underprivileged groups, among other domains.

I am enthusiastic about connecting with like-minded individuals who share a commitment to making a positive impact on the world of women. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to collaborate or if you believe I can be of assistance in any way. Together, we can work towards a brighter and more equitable future for all women.