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Meet the academics and educators

Meet the Academics and Educators


Marcus Powe
Entrepreneur in Residence

The first of its kind in Australia, the Entrepreneur in Residence program gives students the opportunity to receive advice and mentoring directly from an experienced business person.

Dr Marcus Powe, RMIT’s current Entrepreneur in Residence, hosts entrepreneurship events and workshops for on business planning and marketing for students, staff and alumni.

Marcus is an invaluable resource and an experienced business person with an extensive network of contacts in the local, national and international business community locally.

Mark Watson
A leading Design Thinker, teaching in the MBA at RMIT University.

Mark is also CEO of Design Providence, consulting in interior architecture product and service design.

An award winning designer, Mark has featured in major Australian design journals and his work is accessioned in the National Gallery of Victoria's permanent collection. Key to his practice is innovation and sustainability with substantial exposure to the education, service and manufacturing sectors through design and design thinking.

Our Educators

Meet your Lead Educator and mentor who will take you on your journey over the next four weeks.

Lead Educator

Brett Stavenuiter
MEd, BSc(Psych/Statistics), Dip VET
Business Program Manager, Senior Educator, Entrepreneur

Brett is cognisant of creating authentic, meaningful and engaging educational experiences for learners. His strength lies in involving and engaging learners in applying their knowledge to relevant real life situations reflecting the work or discipline in which they are involved. He is a sought after speaker participating in numerous business development conferences and seminars and he is an active member of many business development associations in Australia.

With over 20 years as managing director of his own company specialising in business and educational consultancy as well as a building retail businesses, Brett has assisted over 8000 aspiring entrepreneurs learn and set up successful businesses working across three continents.

Brett not only shares his own in-depth business knowledge and experiences, he also facilitates learning by encouraging other entrepreneurs to share their knowledge and experiences and he builds on these to provide the best possible outcomes for learners.


Rosie Johnston

Rosie has 25 years’ experience in developing and running her own businesses in retail the and service sectors. She has been a consultant to existing small business operators for the past 15 years throughout Victoria providing training and advice on marketing, budgeting, systems, business planning, bookkeeping and financial management.

Rosie has worked in various marketing roles over the last 15 years for organisations including Alzheimer’s Australia (Vic.), Monash University - Faculty of Education and School of Political and Social Inquiry, Melbourne University Student Union (MUSUL) and Melbourne River Cruises.

In addition, Rosie has provided business facilitation skills and accredited small business marketing and financial training for a variety of metropolitan organisations.

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Online Business: Planning for Success

RMIT University