Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Faculty of Business, Design and Arts

Research degree students

Doctor of Philosophy


Ms Aysha Karamat Baig
BBA (GCUF,Pakistan), MBA (Marketing) (Riphah International University, Pakistan)
Email: akbaig@swinburne.edu.my

Aysha is currently a full-time  PhD Student (Marketing) at the Faculty of Business and Design. Her research  is focusing  on how religiosity can effect the adoption of a product. Before joining SUTS as a postgraduate student, Aysha worked as a Lecturer at Riphah International University.

She obtained her MS in Marketing from Riphah International University Islamabad, prior to that she completed her BBA from GC University Faisalabad, Pakistan. During her Masters she has published scholarly papers in different international journals.


Ms Agnes Pranugrahaning Rismardiyanti
S. Ant (Bachelor of Anthropology), M.A (Anthropology) (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
Email: ARismardiyanti@swinburne.edu.my

Agnes is currently a full-time PhD Student (Business) at the faculty of Business and Design. Her research seeks to investigate sustainability practices of large private sectors organisations operating in Malaysia.

Prior to committing on PhD study, she had involved in various research project, both for social and commercial purpose. Her previous social research work has covered some focus areas such as tourism, urban development, conservation, climate change, cultural preservation, and rural economic. Most of her works are ethnography and some are translated into video documentary.

In terms of research for business purpose, she has experienced working as full-time Senior Research Executive for national and multinational marketing research and consumer insight agencies. This experience has equipped her to be familiar with project management, research design, insight analysis and reporting, as well as leading fieldwork team.


Mr Stanley Nwobodo
BCom (International Business), MBus (Swinburne)
Email: snwobodo@swinburne.edu.my

Stanley is currently a full-time PhD student at the faculty of Business and Design. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business & Human Resource Management) degree, as well as Masters of Business (Research) from the same University (SUTS). His Masters by Research investigated factors that influence destination selection for business events in Malaysia.

Stanley’s PhD research seeks to investigate destination branding and its influence on the behaviour of medical tourists in Malaysia. This study focusses on inbound medical tourist visiting Malaysia for medical services. Although Malaysia is a growing destination for medical tourism, they still fall behind neighbouring countries. To remain competitive and sustainable in the industry, his study aims to develop and destination branding model for medical tourism in Malaysia market.


Ms Heidi Collins – Graduated in 2016
BA (Psychology), MCom (Business Administration) (Canterbury,NZ)
Email: hcollins@swinburne.edu.my 

Heidi is currently a full-time PhD student in the School of Business and Design. Heidi is working in the area of International Human Resource Management, focussing her doctoral research on issues related to cross-cultural adaptation of expatriate spouses living in Sarawak.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree, as well as a Master of Commerce (Business Administration) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her work experience has included employment in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and has encompassed international relocations, retail and travel industries.

She has taught diploma and degree-level business subjects previously, as well as co-ordinated the academic programs of a private tertiary education provider in Malaysia. While pursuing her doctoral studies at Swinburne, Heidi is also gaining experience in curriculum design and delivery in the Human Resource Management field.


Mr Ong Liap Teck – Graduated in 2015
MBA (Project Management)
Email: long@swinburne.edu.my

Liap Teck is currently the lecturer in Faculty of Business and Design. Mr Ong Liap Teck joined the Faculty of Business & Design. Leveraging on his extensive work experience across industrial sectors and geographical boundaries, he coordinates industry consulting projects that connects undergraduate students with the business.

At the faculty, he teaches International Business study units encompassing global logistics, regional comparative business studies and industry consulting projects. In addition, he sits in the committee of the Collaborative Centre of Excellence for the Business of Construction.

Prior to joining academia, he held leadership positions in automobile retailing, construction, consulting, and turnkey contracting for major infrastructure works, including the recently completed RM140 Million New Limbang Airport Project, Sarawak, Malaysia. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from the University of Southern Queensland Australia. He is currently a PhD Candidate researching the career performance of second-career academics in business schools.  His research interest is in the field of practitioners in academia, business education, and business schools at tertiary level.


Mr Rodney Lim Thiam Hock – Graduated in 2016
Master of eBusiness and Communications (Swinburne University Lilydale, Australia

Rodney is currently the lecturer in Faculty of Business and Design. he has taught extensively in the areas of digital commerce and other Marketing-related subjects in the Faculty of Business and Design, SUTS.

He has over 17 years of teaching experience at the tertiary level. He is currently a doing his doctoral studies in the area of online entrepreneurship with Swinburne. His research interest are digital technologies for commerce, communication and education.

Master of Business


Mr Md. Abdul Alim
BBA (RU), MBA (Marketing), University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Email: malim@swinburne.edu.my

Alim is currently a full-time Master of Business (Research) student at the Faculty of Business and Design. His research is focusing on residents’ attitudes towards tourism development. Before joining at SUTS as a post-graduate student, Alim served as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

He obtained his MBA in Marketing from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, prior to that he completed his BBA from the same university. His broader field of research interest is tourism and he has published scholarly papers in different journals. In addition, he was an elected syndicate member of the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh since April 2012 to April 2014.

Mr Md. Kamrul Hasan Shovon
BBA, MBA (Accounting), University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Email: mshovon@swinburne.edu.my

Shovon is currently a full-time postgraduate student (Accounting) at the Faculty of Business and Design. His research is focusing on the Economic consequence of IFRS adoption in developing countries. Before joining SUTS as a postgraduate student, Shovon worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He also worked as a senior officer of a nationalized commercial bank in Bangladesh.

He obtained his MBA in Accounting from University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, prior to that he completed his BBA from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.

Master of Commerce


Mr Kizito Emmanuel Nyeko – Graduated in 2016
BBA (Finance) (GU), MMgt (Swinburne)
Email: nyekoe@gmail.com

Emmanuel is a Master of Commerce (Research) candidate at the Faculty of Business and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. Prior to joining Swinburne, he was employed as a Finance and Audit officer in the Public Service of the Republic of Uganda and as an Accounts Assistant in a private Insurance Firm. These work engagements exposed him to various practices in Human Resource Management, Accounting, Strategic Management in Industry and Public Service. While pursuing his undergraduate studies, Emmanuel gained valuable experience as a researcher which enabled him to pursue research studies.

His research topic is “University-Sponsored Entrepreneurial Initiatives in Selected African Countries and Malaysia: Comparison of Antecedents and Outcomes”. This study focuses on Universities as Institutions venturing into entrepreneurial activities with specific emphasis on issues/ situational factors that foster university-sponsored entrepreneurship. Although entrepreneurship is widely taught in Universities and there has been increasing calls for Universities to commercialize knowledge as a means towards becoming more self-sufficient, the extent universities have been successful remains unclear. This study aims to explore the nature of university-sponsored entrepreneurial initiatives in selected African Universities and compare these to Malaysian Universities which may have a more established supporting environment.

Mr Victor Gan
BBus (Swinburne), BSc (London), CPA (Aust.), C.A.
Email: vgan@swinburne.edu.my

Victor is a Master of Commerce (Research) candidate at the Faculty of Business and Design, Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus). His research focus is on the area of corporate governance and principal-principal conflict in Malaysian listed firms. Victor is a member of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant (Malaysia). He  holds a degree in Accounting from Swinburne University of Technology and a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of London.

Master of Science


Ms Aurelia Liu Mei Ying
BDes (Multimedia Design) (Swinburne)
Email: aliu@swinburne.edu.my

Aurelia Aurelia is a Master of Science candidate in the Faculty of Business and Design. She is an interaction designer and researcher with technical background and professional experience in the digital advertising industry. She is interested in the design and application of technologies in digital humanities. More specifically, her research explores user-centered design for the visualization of heritage projects.