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Maheshi is driven by a passion to help others succeed. As a dedicated lifelong learner, she holds a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation, and Bioscience Enterprise. Complementing her academic credentials, Maheshi is certified in Learning Experience Design, making her a well-equipped Learning Experience Lead. In her role, Maheshi crafts dynamic and transformative learning experiences, ensuring that academyEX continues to be at the forefront of postgraduate education. 

Maheshi plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration across the organisation orchestrating a myriad of events at academyEX. From engaging fireside chats and in-depth deep dives to dynamic Converge meetups and diverse workshops, she actively contributes to creating an enriching experience for our students and academic teams. The goal is to offer comprehensive support that extends beyond the confines of the enrolled courses, ensuring a positive and holistic learning experience.  

Her superpower is being ‘a bridger’ – she loves helping others get to where they want to go and is humbled by the opportunity to share in the joy of being a part of the journey. In today’s changing world, Maheshi believes the most important step people can take is to embrace life long learning - to follow your curiosity and keep an open mind to learning new things. 

Over the years and between marriage and starting a family, she’s studied and worked in both New Zealand and Australia. With a particular love for nature conservation, Maheshi admits she continues to seek ways to do good in the world and aspires to be involved in social enterprise. 

If there was anyone Maheshi could meet from history, it’d be Wangari Maathai, a social, political and environmental activist and academic from Kenya, who promoted empowerment and ecological conservation through the ‘Green Belt movement’, an NGO that turned the Kenyan ecological crisis into a mass reforestation project.

Maheshi is a true all-rounder, fitting the academyEX mould well, with a rather squiggly line career path that’s likely to continue as she’s attracted to learning from and working with diverse groups across industry fields. She has a strong background in research plus she knows her way around co-design practices, Intellectual property and research commercialisation.