Founding Director of the Academy

Vikram MurthyDr. Vikram Murthy is the founding Director of the Academy for Collaborative Futures, ( an institution that promotes purposeful collaborative inquiry into anticipatory leadership practices amongst academe, practice and industry in Australia & New Zealand. The Academy’s advisory board in New Zealand includes ANZ Bank, and Vodafone.

A pracademic with over thirty years of global experience in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Oman (where his companies were the first technology IPOs in the Muscat Stock Exchange). Dr. Murthy has worked with organisations to underwrite their growth and profitability, and with people to catalyse their professional renewal and personal transformation. He has a Bachelor (Honours) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Management from the Waikato Management School, New Zealand, where he was also the inaugural recipient of their “Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Award.”

His book, Please don’t stop the music: An ensemble leadership repertoire for productive sustainability, and strategic innovation in uncertain times, was released in September 2009 and is the reference text for executive leadership programmes at universities in New Zealand. His emerging classification of zeitgeist leadership, the Ensemble Leadership Repertoire features in book chapters and academic publications many of which are featured on the Academy’s web site.

He is currently Associate Professor (adj) in the College of Business, Massey University. He has also been an Associate Professor (adj) and Director of Collaborative Networks, AUT University, a Senior Fellow (adj) of Waikato University, New Zealand, and visiting professor to BITS University, India. In these various capacities he has lectured on general management, business strategy, leadership, change, innovation, entrepreneurship, and supply chain management in Executive MBA, International MBA, Corporate Education, BBA and MBM programmes. 

He is on the International Advisory Board of the World Association for Sustainable Development (, the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Development and Management, Chair of the Advisory Board of New Zealand Institute of Studies, and Trustee of the EXCEL Rotorua Education Trust. He speaks regularly at conferences and gatherings across the Asia Pacific region.


Skype: vikram.murthy

Phones: +61 448 437 781 (AUS) and +64 21 243 2513 (NZ)

Adjunct Principal Associate

Aasha MurthyAasha Murthy is the Adjunct Principal Associate at the Academy for Collaborative Futures. A New Zealander now based in Sydney, Aasha has lived and worked in many countries including the USA, Europe, England, and the Middle East. Aasha is currently CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). 

Her senior corporate roles have included amongst others; CEO of AFS Australia, Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee - Australia and New Zealand, Head of Operations for Weight Watchers Asia Pacific, Director Meal Solutions for the Woolworths Group NZ and Marketing Director for Genetco and National Training Institute, in the lower Persian Gulf.

Aasha has a proven track record in delivering growth in revenue and bottom line profitability through expansion into new markets/channels, building strong brand equity, reinvention of product portfolios and the delivery of operational excellence. She has a informed perspective of markets in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America across several industry sectors and has a keen understanding of the key drivers of success in the prevailing global context, having stewarded regional operations of large multi-national organisations.

She has been visiting faculty at the Waikato Management School, Waikato University and the Executive in Residence for the Business School in Auckland University. She lectures on Leadership, Strategic Planning, Strategic Innovation, and Reaching Global Markets. She is an active Council Member on the GLG Research Management Platform and a member of the Stanford's Who's Who list of key influencers in Australia. 

Aasha has a passion for developing talented young people by providing them with exciting learning opportunities through formal education as well as experiential learning. She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars across the Asia-Pacific on topics that include leveraging diversity, challenges of female leadership and leading multi-cultural teams.


Skype: aasha.murthy

Phone: +61 488 483 488 (AUS)

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