Australasian Language Technology Association

Mentoring at ALTA

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is generally considered to be a voluntary relationship that gives people the opportunity to share their skills, knowledge and experiences, both personal and professional.

Three Key Benefits for the Mentor

  • Improve interpersonal skills in counselling, listening, modelling, and leading
  • Access to new perspectives, information, and knowledge
  • Enhance professional relationships and networks

Three Key Benefits for the Mentee

  • Receive valuable feedback from an experienced subject-matter expert
  • Have opportunities to develop networks with experienced and positive role models
  • Have a supportive envirnonment in which successes and failurtes can be evaluated in a non-confrontational manner and new ideas can be tested

How does it work?

To initiate a mentoring session, a mentee should proactively organise a meeting with an ALTA mentor in advance during or after the ALTA workshop.

Step 1: Choose a mentor from the ALTA mentor list.

Step 2: Contact him/her via an email

Step 3: Organise a mentoring session either virtually (e.g., Zoom, Kumospace or Slack) or in person.

Boundaries of the mentor relationship

Professional and ethical behaviour is expected at all times in a mentor relationship. A mentor and a mentee should treat the relationship with respect and maintain privacy/confidentiality of conversations. It is important that the mentee makes his/her own decisions and is responsible for his/her own actions.

ALTA Mentors

Name Affiliation Position Email Taking Mentees?*
Afshin Rahimi University of Queensland Lecturer Yes
Bahar Salehi Go1 Senior Data Scientist Yes
Borhan Kazimipour Australian Taxation Office Director of Data Science Yes
Daniel Beck University of Melbourne Lecturer Yes
David Powers Flinders University Professor Yes
Diego Molla Macquarie University Senior Lecturer Yes
Gabriela Ferraro CSIRO Data61 Researcher Yes
Jennifer Biggs Defence Science and Technology Group Defence Scientist Yes
Jey Han Lau University of Melbourne Lecturer Yes
Maria Kim Defence Science and Technology Group Defence Scientist Yes
Massimo Piccardi University of Technology Sydney Professor Yes
Meladel Mistica University of Melbourne Research Data Specialist Yes
Paulo E. Santos Flinders University Associate Professor Yes
Richard Leibbrandt Flinders University Lecturer Yes
Sarvnaz Karimi CSIRO Principal Scientist Yes
Shunichi Ishihara Australian National University Associate Professor Yes
Stephen Wan CSIRO Senior Scientist Yes
Timothy Baldwin University of Melbourne Professor Yes
Xiuzhen Zhang Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Professor Yes

*Mentors: When you are no longer accepting mentees, send an email to to have your status updated.

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