Mrs Carla Dias Wadewitz

Lecturer

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Carla is the Director of Flinders new MBA. She has spent the last 20 years working with numerous companies and start-ups across Europe, Australia, US and Asia, supporting their development in diverse areas such as health/nanotech, manufacturing & industry 4.0, fintech, energy, retail and tourism. She also lectured Entrepreneurship at some of Europe’s top business schools and since 2018 lectured Innovation & Enterprise topics at Flinders University. Leveraging her passion for innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, Carla also delivers national and international industry entrepreneurial programs to founders, start-ups and SMEs, which have contributed significantly to the ongoing development of the South Australian and Australian entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Some of the acceleration programs include Foment (Viti, Wine and Tourism Tech), the Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator (IMA), which helps Australian companies skill up in Industry 4.0 tools (and connects them with Flinders Professors, Researchers, Students and Industry Experts), and the Australian Awards (funded by DFAT) helping international businesses connecting with the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem.

She is passionate about using technology to improve people’s lives, hence her drive for areas such as Industry 4.0/5.0, and for connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, involving companies, academics, students and industry experts.

Carla also worked for 10 years in investment banking (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Corporate Finance & M&A) acquiring a deep knowledge of finance and entrepreneurial finance. Her global experience was further strengthened when Carla consulted with the United Nations (FAO) for international funding frameworks and with the South Australian Government with her vast knowledge of finance and strategy, advising on private equity and venture capital deals.

Carla has a MBA from the University of New South Wales (2004), a Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2006), a Python programming Diploma with MIT (2019) and a Diploma on Machine Learning for Executives with University of Adelaide (2019).

Qualifications

BBA (honours) - Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (CLSBE)

MBA - University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Company Director's Diploma - Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Honours, awards and grants

Scholarship from Siemens - Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

Scholarship from the European Union - University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Scholarship from the Sasakawa Foundation (Japan) - Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund

Key responsibilities

Director of Flinders new MBA

Coordinator of the MBA Industry Entrepreneurial Programs: Defence Entrepreneurship Program, Advanced Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Program and Wine and Tourism Entrepreneurship Program

Lecturer for Innovation & Enterprise (INNO) Topics

Industry Innovation programs: Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator (IMA) on Industry 4.0, Foment (Wine and Tourism Tech) and Australian Awards

Teaching interests

The impact of innovation in the development of the skills for the jobs of the future (multiple industries)/transformation of work

The impact of developing innovation skills on students' performance during and after their Higher Education degree

The learning outcomes and employability of students involved in university-led innovation programs delivered to industry

Industry experience as key to enhance the scholarship of teaching

The relevance of technology to developing strong skills in innovation

The importance of embedding Industry 4.0/5.0 in Higher Education curricula (e.g. Business, Wine, Spirits & Tourism)

The effectiveness of multiple teaching models (F2F, Online, Blended) in experiential learning (Innovation topics) and the “classroom of the future”

Topic coordinator
INNO2004 From intuition to insight: Validating Desirability, Feasibility and Viability
INNO1003 Collaboration, Co-Creation and the Crowd: Leveraging your Ecosystem for Innovation
INNO3001A From Innovation to Impact: Creating a Roadmap from Opportunity to Action
BUSN9149 Researching Markets
BUSN9128 Advanced Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Program
BUSN9127 Defence Entrepreneurship Program
BUSN9128B Wine and Tourism Entrepreneurship Program
Topic lecturer
INNO1003 Collaboration, Co-Creation and the Crowd: Leveraging your Ecosystem for Innovation
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities
INNO2004 From Intuition to Insight: Validating Desirability, Feasibility and Viability
INNO3001A From Innovation to Impact: Creating a Roadmap from Opportunity to Action
BUSN9149 Researching Markets
BUSN9127 Defence Entrepreneurship Program
BUSN9128 Advanced Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Program
BUSN9128B Wine and Tourism Entrepreneurship Program