Office Bearers

  • Romana-Rea Begicevic
    Romana-Rea Begicevic National President

    Hi I’m Romana, I am a PhD student at Curtin University, researching pancreatic cancer and am proud to lead CAPA in 2020, as National President. I look forward to ensuring CAPA is the authoritative voice of postgraduate issues on a national level.

    Prior to becoming National President, I served CAPA as Western Branch President and Women’s Officer in 2018/2019.

    I’ve held positions at Curtin University Postgraduate Student Committee including presidency in 2018/2019 and was elected by the students to fulfil the role of postgraduate student member of university Council in 2018/2020.

    My priorities include mental health, SA/SH, funding research and students, academic and research excellence and future career success.

    My research, at Curtin University School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, focuses on finding vulnerable metabolic targets in pancreatic cancer stem cells.


  • Bojana (Bo) Klepac Pogrmilovic
    Bojana (Bo) Klepac Pogrmilovic Vice President

    Hello, I’m Bo and I’m very excited to be working towards CAPAs goals as Vice President for 2020 and advocate for Australian postgrads. Through my role as Media Officer at Victoria University Postgraduate Association, I became passionate about improving overall studying experience and wellbeing. I am an international PhD student at Victoria University with research interests in the following areas: health (in)equity, public health, discrimination, diversity and social inclusion.


  • Anushka Kapoor
    Anushka Kapoor Media Officer

    My name is Anushka Kapoor and I’m the new media and communications officer for 2020. I am looking forward to coming up with exciting new strategies for the media releases and social media. I have completed my bachelors in commerce with computer programming, a masters in fashion luxury brand management and am currently completing a double masters in marketing. As a creative and results-oriented individual with a solid academic background in marketing, PR and software, I possess a breadth of knowledge and skills that will allow me to contribute efficiently and effectively to this role. I am looking forward to this year with an amazing team at CAPA.


  • Errol Phuah
    Errol Phuah Policy and Research Advisor

    Hi Everyone, I’m Errol! I’m a Bioengineering PhD student from Swinburne University of Technology and the Policy and Research Advisor at CAPA for 2020. I was the HDR representative in SSU in 2019, and the current president of the Swinburne Postgraduate Research Association – a club focused on supporting research students at Swinburne. I’m really excited to take the next step in student representation this year; and it’s an honour and a privilege to continue the proud tradition of representing postgraduate students nationally.


  • Allan Fenwick
    Allan Fenwick NATSIPA Liaison Officer
  • Ashik Mathulla
    Ashik Mathulla Disabilities Officer
  • Devendra Singh
    Devendra Singh International Officer
  • Shae Brown
    Shae Brown Queer Officer

    In my role as President of the Southern Cross Postgraduate Association and National Queer Officer with the Council of Australian Postgraduate Association (CAPA), I resolve to contribute to the equity and safety for all students on our campuses in Australia. My professional role as Senior Student Advocate has refined the skills I bring to my role with CAPA. As a grandmother and passionate educator, I feel that contributing to the knowledges and skills required for adaptive and regenerative futures is imperative. To this end I am currently completing my doctoral project focused a practical pattern-based approach to the vital C21 literacy of complexity thinking and understanding for students.


  • Aishwarya Singh
    Aishwarya Singh Women's Officer

    Hello, I am Aishwarya pursuing Accounting at Griffith University. I represent students by
    holding positions as Equity Officer with Griffith University Post Graduate Association,
    Student mentor, represents Griffith International, International Resident Representative at
    Griffith University Residential Committee and current National Women’s Officer at the
    Council of Australian Post Graduate Association (CAPA).
    In addition, I am a Solicitor with approximately 6 years’ experience of working with
    leading Law Firms, Multi-National Corporations, Not for Profit Organisations and
    providing legal support in tertiary education environments to a range of committees,
    governments and projects. I am passionate about women rights, safety and
    empowerment. I am excited to be on CAPA National Representative Committee and
    look forward to working for CAPA.


  • Lara McKenzie
    Lara McKenzie Research Officer (staff)
  • Saira Khan
    Saira Khan Board Chair

    Hi everyone, my name is Saira Khan and I am studying a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University. I am a third-term Board member with the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA), where I hold the role of Coursework Officer. I am excited to serve as the Board Chair for CAPA in 2020, and look forward to working with the Board to strengthen CAPA’s governance framework.

  • Adam Red Scorgie
    Adam Red Scorgie Board Secretary
  • Peter Watson
    Peter Watson Board member

    Hi I’m Peter and I am currently a 4th year PhD student studying Chemistry with a deep passion for the empowering nature of education and firm belief in its equitable access. I have extensive experience working within university structures as a student advocate in my past roles as the 2018 President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association of UWA and as a Western Branch President of CAPA. I have led multiple clubs and societies having held positions in both the UWA Science Union, UWA CHeMnBiO Club and through my involvement in PROSH. I join the Board with training from the AICD and as a current member of the St Thomas More College Council and with a desire to build the foundations on which CAPA can continue to grow long into the future.

  • Maimuna (May) Majimbi
    Maimuna (May) Majimbi Board member

    Hello… My name is May Majimbi and I’m excited to be a member of the CAPA 2020 Board. Having served on the Board in 2019, I’m particularly eager to build upon the governance work that we presented to affiliates. CAPA works tirelessly to improve the quality and experience of post-grads Australia-wide and it’s an honour to be on the team.

  • Sharlene Leroy-Dyer
    Sharlene Leroy-Dyer Board member

    Hi everyone, my name is Sharlene. I am a proud Gadigal, Guringai, Darug, Wiradjuri woman. I have a PhD in Management from the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from University of Newcastle and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership from University of Melbourne. I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Tertiary Education Management with the LH Institute at Melbourne University.

    I am the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA) appointee to the CAPA Board. I have extensive experience as a student advocate and leader, having previously been president of NATSIPA, was NATSIPA Liaison Officer to CAPA for 6 years, Former president of NUPSA (University of Newcastle) and Welfare officer at NUSA (University of Newcastle). In addition, I have served as an elected officer of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for over 10 years, holding various roles.

    I have extensive experience in corporate governance, workplace relations, strategic management, human resource management and finance, having used these skills in student organisations and Aboriginal associations. I am happy to be able to bring this knowledge to my work on the CAPA board.

  • Nithin Ponnaluru
    Nithin Ponnaluru Board member
  • Aiden Cornelius-Bell
    Aiden Cornelius-Bell Board member