Our Extraordinary Team

We are dedicated to empowering both students and teachers by providing an environment that moves beyond content delivery to focus on community, connectedness, and student engagement.

ADAM BRIMO

Chief Executive Officer

Adam holds Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor Arts (Politics) degrees from UNSW (University of New South Wales), is the 2011 Choice Magazine Consumer Activist of the Year and is a recipient of the 2011 UNSW Alumni Graduand Award. Adam completed his honours thesis at UNSW in partnership with National ICT Australia (NICTA).

Adam previously worked at Macquarie Bank as a Software Engineer in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group and at Westpac Institutional Bank as a Senior Software Engineer. In 2010-2011, Adam led the successful Vodafail consumer activist campaign, which resulted in nationwide media coverage, an ACMA inquiry and a $1bn network upgrade for Vodafone’s Australian business.

In 2012, Adam joined world renowned UNSW Prof Richard Buckland and David Collien to found OpenLearning.com, a social learning platform. Over one million students have joined courses, including the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Australia and Malaysia, where it is the national MOOC platform for public universities and polytechnics.

OpenLearning now employs 65 people and is headquartered in Sydney with its Southeast Asia head office in Kuala Lumpur. In recognition of the impact OpenLearning has had on the education sector in Asia, Adam was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia in the Consumer Technology category in early 2017.

DAVID COLLIEN

Chief Technology Officer

David was previously an education PhD researcher at the University of New South Wales, and is a talented software engineer with first class honours in a Bachelor of Science (Computing) degree. David’s current research focuses on the analysis of the pedagogical and motivational aspects of community in online learning environments.

David spent 6 years at UNSW as a tutor, high school outreach coordinator, guest lecturer, and course design assistant. David is also experienced in artificial intelligence having done research with NICTA, and been a member of UNSW’s RoboCup team rUNSWift. He has also previously worked in the e-learning field as a researcher, pedagogical liaison, and developer with the UNSW Adaptive eLearning Research Group and Smart Sparrow, and gives talks on software engineering in startups at Muru-D. David also expresses his creativity as an artist, with an installation in the 2015 Sydney Vivid Light Walk.

Adam holds Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor Arts (Politics) degrees from UNSW (University of New South Wales), is the 2011 Choice Magazine Consumer Activist of the Year and is a recipient of the 2011 UNSW Alumni Graduand Award. Adam completed his honours thesis at UNSW in partnership with National ICT Australia (NICTA).

Adam previously worked at Macquarie Bank as a Software Engineer in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group and at Westpac Institutional Bank as a Senior Software Engineer. In 2010-2011, Adam led the successful Vodafail consumer activist campaign, which resulted in nationwide media coverage, an ACMA inquiry and a $1bn network upgrade for Vodafone’s Australian business.

In 2012, Adam joined world renowned UNSW Prof Richard Buckland and David Collien to found OpenLearning.com, a social learning platform. Over one million students have joined courses, including the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Australia and Malaysia, where it is the national MOOC platform for public universities and polytechnics.

OpenLearning now employs 65 people and is headquartered in Sydney with its Southeast Asia head office in Kuala Lumpur. In recognition of the impact OpenLearning has had on the education sector in Asia, Adam was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia in the Consumer Technology category in early 2017.

David was previously an education PhD researcher at the University of New South Wales, and is a talented software engineer with first class honours in a Bachelor of Science (Computing) degree. David’s current research focuses on the analysis of the pedagogical and motivational aspects of community in online learning environments.

David spent 6 years at UNSW as a tutor, high school outreach coordinator, guest lecturer, and course design assistant. David is also experienced in artificial intelligence having done research with NICTA, and been a member of UNSW’s RoboCup team rUNSWift. He has also previously worked in the e-learning field as a researcher, pedagogical liaison, and developer with the UNSW Adaptive eLearning Research Group and Smart Sparrow, and gives talks on software engineering in startups at Muru-D. David also expresses his creativity as an artist, with an installation in the 2015 Sydney Vivid Light Walk.

HUAT KOH

Head of Finance

Huat holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales. He previously worked in senior finance roles in various corporates with presence in Asia and Australasia, including as finance head at Parkson Retail Asia Limited (listed in Singapore) and Mulpha International Bhd (listed in Malaysia). When he isn’t at OpenLearning’s finance desk, Huat is likely spending time traveling with his family.

CHERIE DIAZ

Managing Director Australia

Cherie is a lifelong learner who holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the Australian Catholic University, a Master of Arts in Modern History from Macquarie University, a Master of Education from the University of Technology Sydney; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Her 15 years of experience in education spans a range of levels and modes. Prior to joining OpenLearning, Cherie was the Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she led faculty engagement, education delivery, Director CPD, and lifelong learning.

Between 2012 – 2017, Cherie oversaw student delivery of some of Australia’s largest private colleges. As Director, Customer Success at Scentia, Cherie led the operational teams for the four colleges that included B2B, B2C, and B2G delivery for non-accredited courses, vocational and higher education qualifications. As Head of College and registered CEO of the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, a Study Group college; Cherie enabled a regeneration of the brand, and managed their transition to online learning.

Cherie is dedicated to building experiences that put the learner at the centre of the design and delivery process. Having led education innovation programs for Ivy College and the Australian Institute of Management, Cherie’s efforts in driving the evolution of education quality resulted in individual and business awards for service excellence by the Customer Service Institute of Australia.

Joining the team in 2018, Cherie is enjoying the opportunity to leverage her experience as an educator, organisational development advocate, and operational executive to partner with users of OpenLearning.

SARVEEN KANDIAH

Managing Director Malaysia

Sarveen holds a B. Science (Finance) from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and has previously held positions as Manager at CIMB Group and VP Investments at Malayan Traders Capital.

Sarveen was appointed as MD Malaysia in May 2019. He joined OpenLearning in 2017 as Head of Partnerships and established the sales and partnerships teams in Malaysia. With a background in investment banking, Sarveen has worked closely with government, academic and TVET institutions, as well as corporations at all levels. Having been front and center in OpenLearning Malaysia’s growth over the last two years, Sarveen will set the strategy for the next level of growth and will be leading its implementation, as well as guiding our Malaysian team forward. 

Huat holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales. He previously worked in senior finance roles in various corporates with presence in Asia and Australasia, including as finance head at Parkson Retail Asia Limited (listed in Singapore) and Mulpha International Bhd (listed in Malaysia). When he isn’t at OpenLearning’s finance desk, Huat is likely spending time traveling with his family.

Cherie is a lifelong learner who holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the Australian Catholic University, a Master of Arts in Modern History from Macquarie University, a Master of Education from the University of Technology Sydney; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Her 15 years of experience in education spans a range of levels and modes. Prior to joining OpenLearning, Cherie was the Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she led faculty engagement, education delivery, Director CPD, and lifelong learning.

Between 2012 – 2017, Cherie oversaw student delivery of some of Australia’s largest private colleges. As Director, Customer Success at Scentia, Cherie led the operational teams for the four colleges that included B2B, B2C, and B2G delivery for non-accredited courses, vocational and higher education qualifications. As Head of College and registered CEO of the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, a Study Group college; Cherie enabled a regeneration of the brand, and managed their transition to online learning.

Cherie is dedicated to building experiences that put the learner at the centre of the design and delivery process. Having led education innovation programs for Ivy College and the Australian Institute of Management, Cherie’s efforts in driving the evolution of education quality resulted in individual and business awards for service excellence by the Customer Service Institute of Australia.

Joining the team in 2018, Cherie is enjoying the opportunity to leverage her experience as an educator, organisational development advocate, and operational executive to partner with users of OpenLearning.

Sarveen holds a B. Science (Finance) from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and has previously held positions as Manager at CIMB Group and VP Investments at Malayan Traders Capital.

Sarveen was appointed as MD Malaysia in May 2019. He joined OpenLearning in 2017 as Head of Partnerships and established the sales and partnerships teams in Malaysia. With a background in investment banking, Sarveen has worked closely with government, academic and TVET institutions, as well as corporations at all levels. Having been front and center in OpenLearning Malaysia’s growth over the last two years, Sarveen will set the strategy for the next level of growth and will be leading its implementation, as well as guiding our Malaysian team forward. 

The Team

Adrian Georgakopoulos

Customer Experience Advocate

Alenka Prezelj

Customer Service

Andrew Napier

Senior Learning Designer

Atikah Hajar Alawi

Onboarding Specialist

Balasandar Balakrishnan

Lead Trainer

Bening Wardani

Growth Product Analyst

Brooke Hahn

Content Marketing

Daniel Playfair Cal

Software Engineer

Danny Chen

Software Engineer

Eikris Biala

Learning Designer

Erica Cheong Wen Li

Communications Specialist

Fernando Nazrid

Head of Sales

Jan Marlowe Dauz

Customer Experience Advocate

Jane Bradley

Software Engineer

Jun Tu

Software Engineer

Kaolin McEvoy

Product Manager

Katarina Chmolova

Senior Learning Designer

Kate Le Trinh

User Experience Designer / Product Manager

Kelvin Tse

Software Engineer

Lena Shifrina

Partnerships Manager

Lim Sim Yee

Senior Digital Marketer

Manuel Mota

Learning Designer/Media Specialist

Marilyn Chong

Senior Sales Executive

Marsyitah Ismail

Head of Training and Support

Masitoh Mat Zuki

Sales Executive

Melody Wang

User Experience designer / Product Manager

Mohamad Aliff Haziq

Sales Executive

Mohd Shaiful Shazwan Nasruddin

Accounts Executive (Finance)

Nadia Mydin

Business Development Manager

Nicola Choon

Content Strategist

Nasihah Sakinah Mazalan

Marketer Manager

Omnaya Omar

Customer Experience Advocate

Paul Jukic

Software Engineer

Shaun Thompson

Senior Learning Designer

Sophea Seng

Senior Operations Manager

Suriavarman Gannason

Customer Experience Advocate

Teow Boon Bin

Graphic Designer

Yudhistira Andersen Bunjamin

Learning Designer

Thi Dieu Linh (Julyn) Nguyen

Accounts Associate

Veronica Luke

Software Engineer

Adrian Georgakopoulos

Customer Experience Advocate

Andrew Napier

Senior Learning Designer

Bening Wardani

Growth Product Analyst

Brooke Hahn

Content Marketing

Daniel Playfair Cal

Software Engineer

Danny Chen

Software Engineer

Eikris Biala

Learning Designer

Jane Bradley

Software Engineer

Jun Tu

Software Engineer

Kaolin McEvoy

Product Manager

Katarina Chmolova

Senior Learning Designer

Kate Le Trinh

User Experience Designer / Product Manager

Kelvin Tse

Software Engineer

Lena Shifrina

Partnerships Manager

Manuel Mota

Learning Designer/Media Specialist

Melody Wang

User Experience designer / Product Manager

Paul Jukic

Software Engineer

Shaun Thompson

Senior Learning Designer

Yudhistira Andersen Bunjamin

Learning Designer

Thi Dieu Linh (Julyn) Nguyen

Accounts Associate

Veronica Luke

Software Engineer

Atikah Hajar Alawi

Onboarding Specialist

Balasandar Balakrishnan

Lead Trainer

Erica Cheong Wen Li

Communications Specialist

Fernando Nazrid

Head of Sales

Lim Sim Yee

Senior Digital Marketer

Marilyn Chong

Senior Sales Executive

Marsyitah Ismail

Head of Training and Support

Masitoh Mat Zuki

Sales Executive

Mohamad Aliff Haziq

Sales Executive

Mohd Shaiful Shazwan Nasruddin

Accounts Executive (Finance)

Nadia Mydin

Business Development Manager

Nicola Choon

Content Strategist

Nasihah Sakinah Mazalan

Marketer Manager

Sophea Seng

Senior Operations Manager

Suriavarman Gannason

Customer Experience Advocate

Teow Boon Bin

Graphic Designer