Carl Wonder







Title: Lecturer
Qualification: GCBus , MBA, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Professor Carl Wonder is an accomplished professional with over 22 years of industrial experience. He recently joined Virtu Design Institute as the Business Program Leader and Lecturer. He has 5 years of Academic experience and holds an MBA from the University of Derby UK, TAE40110 Certificate IV Training and Assessment, NVQ D32 Assessor & Verifier Award (UK) amongst his qualifications.

Professor Carl Wonder left Zimbabwe in 1993 to begin his studies in the UK where he lived and worked for 15years. He worked for various leading companies in the UK where most of his achievements were in setting up and developing businesses for a range of companies.

Professor Wonder relocated to Mongolia in 2008 to begin his academic career with Raffles College of Design & Commerce where he ended up as a Senior Business Lecturer. In 2011, he joined Royal International Institute (Mongolia) as an Academic Director and Senior Business Lecturer. Whilst in Mongolia, Professor Wonder trained several corporations in marketing and management strategies.

The then Carl Wonder was conferred with Professor Honoris Causa title by Ikh Zasag International University in recognition for his valuable contribution to the setting up and development of Royal International Institute. He was commented for his outstanding initiatives to strengthen and develop Mongolian education community to become globally competitive and locally engaged.

Professor Wonder also worked as a newspaper editor and Business Columnist for UB Post a Mongolian National newspaper and Royal Television Station (Mongolia) at the International News Desk.

Professor Wonder was involved in various international projects including South Africa Revenue Services (SARS) where he was one of the invited International Business Experts between 2010 and 2011. The project’s primary objective was to reform the business registration system in South Africa by integrating the existing business registration systems concerned with primary business registration. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2013 where he has been involved in various projects of setting up and marketing businesses as well as reading news on the national television (ZTV).

Tanya Dove







Title: Lecturer / Course Coordinator,
Fashion Design
HND FDTech, BA Hons Fashion,
Central St Martins, London

Profile: Tanya Dove is well versed in all aspects of fashion design education and is equally as comfortable delivering a lecture as guiding learners in technical workshop classes. Ms Dove delivers her classes with a passion for the Industry, willing to share over and above knowledge to students within the subjects, using a multitude of delivery materials: – from presentations, demonstrations and 1-1 guidance.

Tanta Dove’s skills set range from advanced technical knowledge in the total construction of garments, to CAD and presentation skills. Her links with industry, as a creative director building a new lingerie brand based in China has enhanced her abilities to guide learners in industry requirements for when they leave education. Ms Dove motivates classes by adapting to the learners level of interest, always having an alternative method of delivery to keep their attention span high to achieve the best results from the class.

With over 6 years experience in education, from being Fashion Design Program Manager and Academic Director of various important schools she is active in evaluating, improving and moderating student works.

Tanya Dove’s interests lie in curriculum development, looking into different accredited degree programs for how their course structure is delivered, to analyze and evaluate how to improve and achieve the idealistic fashion design qualification.

Ms Dove is also active in researching and analyzing how the market place is changing for new designers and how these changes can be implemented within fashion design classes to enhance the learners experience while in education, and to prepare them with a wider diversity of skill set for entering the fashion industry.

Active in the marketing aspect of fashion education, Ms Dove has hosted seminars, delivered papers, judged ompetitions and set up numerous collaborations with Industry professionals ands recently authored two fashion books: A Technical Foundation, showing the processes of women’s wear pattern making, and Concept to Creation – The Design Process.

Anna Krispel








Title: Lecturer
Qualifications: Foundation studies Art and Design,
BA Hons Fashion and Textile Design, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Anna began her studies at The London College of Fashion with foundation studies in Art and Design, where her passion for fabric design and fashion began. Following completion of her Art Foundation course she went on to complete a Bachelors degree with honors in Fashion and Textile Design with Business Studies at Brighton University in the UK.

Majoring in knitwear design Anna’s professional career began in New York where she went to work for TSE and American Eagle Outfitters.

Following this time working in New York Anna went on to work for Zegna Baruffa in Italy, Ted Baker in London and more recently Banjo and Matilda in Sydney.

Always passionate about education and about fostering creativity, Anna began teaching at Billy Blue and at the Australian Institute of Creative Design in 2014, and more recently joined the training staff at Virtu Institute of Design.

Anna currently teaches part time and is working on launching her own children’s label “Letters from Leo”.

Cal Swann






NatDip, MA

Profile: Cal Swann was Professor in the School of Design at Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Prior to that, he was Professor and Head of the School of Design at the University of South Australia and before that he was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University) in England. He was Head of Graphic Design at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 1980s, among many other teaching and design roles around the UK.

His special interest is in typography and the communication of language in its spoken and printed forms. An MA in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University in 1986 saw the two disciplines merged in Language and Typography (1991, Lund Humphries),

following the earlier how-to-do-it manual Techniques of Typography (1969, 1981) also for Lund Humphries (Watson Guptill in the US). He has written many articles for journals and presented papers in international conferences (just Google ‘Professor Cal Swann’). A former Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (UK), Cal has been a designer and educator in England and Australia throughout the last five decades.

Retired from the full-time grind, he continues to design graphics, write articles, teach typography workshops, play enthusiastic (but amateur!) jazz, and enjoy family life under a cloudless, Australian blue sky.

Ramona Solomon







Title: Course Coordinator, Interior Design/Lecturer
Qualification: BBus (UTS), Dip Com Arts, Adv Dip Int Des (Virtu), Cert IV TAE

Profile: Originally a Sydney-Sider, Ramona graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. Following a six-year career in the marketing industry employed in various roles, she moved to Melbourne in 2009.

Ramona’s professional design career began in Melbourne where she received her Diploma in Commercial Arts (Interior Decoration & Design) from the Commercial Arts Training College (CATC) being awarded The Square Peg Award, which recognises tenacity and drive – the constant search for the right solution. This award is given to students who tirelessly look for the big idea, the most creative outcome.

Ramona is a qualified and practicing Interior Designer, currently working as the Lead Interior Designer at 8 Spaces Architects as well as owning her own Interior’s business, working with several residential clients. Her many skills include space planning, developing working drawings & documentation, 3D CAD visualisation and conceptual design.

For over a year, Ramona has lectured several subjects in Interior Design, with a focus on Residential Design, and is passionate about educating students in the fundamentals of the design process, with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design.

Robyn McDonald







Title: Lecturer, Interior Design
Qualification: B Ed, Art & Design (Melb), Dip ID (RMIT), Cert IV TAE

Profile: As an Interior Designer, (Dip ID, RMIT, 2005), I have been involved in both residential and retail projects in urban and regional Victoria and Tasmania.
Prior to obtaining industry qualifications, I received a heritage design award for the development of a Californian Bungalow in 1995, resulting from architectural and construction knowledge derived from first-hand building and project management experience.

Establishment of a retail design and decoration business for 5 years (1999-2003), kept me in touch with changing trends and emerging design companies.

It also broadened my experience of providing customer service in an alternative context.

As an educator, (B Ed, Art & Design, Melbourne University, 1983), I have most recently been lecturing in Interiors at CATC Design School, Melbourne and on-line.
Torn between my passions for teaching and interiors, I continue to work in both fields delivering current industry skills and awareness, to students in stimulating, challenging environments.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)






Professor Ron Newman
Qualifications: ASTC Ind Des, GDipHEd (UNSW),

Profile: As a professional designer who joined the ranks of academia full time in 1994, Professor Newman brings a mix of design and business experiences, higher education and an acute business acumen to the management of projects and academic units.

Professor Newman completed his studies in Industrial Design at the National Art School (NAS) in the early 1970s and has held various design and design management positions in Australia and Europe. Senior design positions with Philips, Email and for six years as Research and Development Manager for Sebel Furniture paralleled his editorial stewardship of the national magazine Design in Australia and various executive roles within the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

For five years in the late 1980s Professor Newman was the Chief Executive Officer of the public company, Exhibit Resources, which he established, a company involved in design and fabrication of museums and exhibitions. Professor Newman has held many board directorships and consultancy positions to major companies.

Professor Newman was Head of School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 for 4 years he was Director & Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. In January 2005 Auckland University through its business incubator, IceHouse, appointed Professor Newman into a parallel role as Entrepreneur in Residence, a residency designed to initiate new collaborations within Auckland University and encouraging outreach to the commercial community of New Zealand.

In September 2006 Professor Newman left the University of Sydney, to join Raffles Education Corp (REC) to become Vice President and later (2008) President of Raffles University System, at REC’s headquarters in Singapore. Professor Newman left REC in 2011 and is currently CEO of Virtu Institute.

Along with his other qualifications and experience Professor Newman holds a TAE40110 Certificate IV Training & Assessment.

Chair Academic Board








Dr. Lee E. J. Styger
Qualifications: MSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CEnv, FIED, FIMMM, FICME, FCILT, REngDes, SMSME, MIEAust

Profile: Dr Lee Styger is the Executive MBA Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School. Before joining the Sydney Business School, Lee worked with many blue chip organisations in the business development, product development and people development spaces.

Lee is a thought leader and creative thinker. He is a rare individual who has forged a career in both industry and academia. Working in advanced technology and platform development, Lee’s career foundation has been in the new product development, rapid prototyping, niche production and 3D printing disciplines. Lee has worked on programs in industries as diverse as medical devices, automotive, avionics, environmental and education.

Lee has been a member of, and chaired, many prestigious design and industry committees and boards, delivering programs though out the European Union, Asia and the USA. He is regularly called upon to deliver keynote talks and lead innovation groups for businesses.

His experience has resulted in a passionate belief of the imperative that winning organisations must deliver meaningful customer delight through differentiation and value creation, at the heart of which lies good design.

Gan Chin Huat






Title:Provost and Vice President
Qualifications: B.A.(NUS), B.Soc.Sci(Hons)(NUS), M.Ed (Harvard)

Profile: Mr Gan Chin Huat, PK, PPA(P), PBM, has more than two decades of experience in the management of the public school system in Singapore. He served in Temasek Junior College after graduating from the National University of Singapore with an Honours Degree in Economics, and a Diploma-in-Education from the Institute of Education. He went on to obtain the Master of Education from Harvard University, USA under the Singapore Ministry of Education Scholarship and subsequently served as Vice-Principal of Monk’s Hill Secondary School and Principal of Dunman Secondary School. He was promoted to School Cluster Superintendent in December 2000 and Deputy Director, Schools Division in April 2004 where he was responsible for providing guidance to more than 90 schools ranging from primary to pre-university levels apart from his extensive involvement in policy review work at the Ministry of Education.

Mr Gan attended the Global Public Policy Executive Program in Peking University in 2007 under the Singapore-China Foundation Scholarship and had led Principals to Roundtable Forums with their counterparts in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Chengdu and Zhengzhou.

A life member of the Singapore Academy of Principals, Mr Gan also represented the Ministry on the Boards of Governors of the Singapore Sports School and Temasek Polytechnic. He is the Founding President of the Association for Cultural & Educational Exchanges. For his contributions to education and community service, Mr Gan was conferred the Commendation Medal in 1996 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) and Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2003.

Mr Gan joined Raffles Education Corporation Limited in April 2010 as Director, Special Projects and was responsible for the setting up of the new Raffles University Iskandar and Raffles American K-12 International School in Iskandar, Malaysia. He concurrently served as Vice President cum Registrar of Raffles University Iskandar.

Mr Gan joined on-line web-based higher education provider, VIRTU Design Services Private Limited in Oct 2012 as Vice-President and Provost, looking after academic management and compliance matters. He concurrently serves as Senior Education Consultant to Golden International Holdings Private Limited, responsible for its Preschool Education Development. He is also an Associate Trainer with the Singapore Civil Service College.

Design Registrar








Ms Monique Eggeling

Profile: Monique Eggleing is a mum of two and lives in the Sydney Northern Beaches. Monique has been involved in RTO administration for several years and joined Virtu in early 2015. Monique also works for the Manly Chamber of Commerce with a strong background in: membership, management, marketing and events management. Through her various roles in rugby league and sports administration Ms Eggeling has understood the importance of developing a community around and activity; in Virtu’s case, education.
Monique’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the suburb of Manly is infectious as she strives to help local businesses grow, network and become more sustainable into the future.

Ms Eggelings role in Virtu makes her the best first point of contact for all student enrolment, complaint or appeal matters.