WHO ARE WE?
WELCOME TO ALATA
ALATA is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy based in Melbourne (Australia) and Quito (Ecuador), dedicated to the design and implementation of high quality consulting interventions and training programs.
We seek to assist organisations and institutions in their journey towards embracing and harnessing diversity thru evidence based inclusive practices.
We are a trans-disciplinary and multicultural team of passionate and experienced professionals with a shared vocation around building a more inclusive world.
We believe that inclusion is a needed everywhere, therefor we work with clients in a diverse range of countries, always seeking to fully understand the context of each organisation in order to design meaningful interventions and long lasting transformations.
Build a world in which we can all belong, develop and thrive
Professor Lorraine Graham has a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Master of Arts (Education) along with teaching and special education degrees. She is Professor of Learning Intervention at the University of Melbourne. From 2001 onwards, she has been involved in the development and scaling up of the QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy programs. Her work with Professor John Pegg on QuickSmart alone has impacted over 30,000 Australian students drawn from more than 1,200 schools across the country.
During the last twenty-one years, Lorraine Graham has collaborated to attract over $9.8 millions of research funding. She has contributed over 90 published academic works, including five books, and extensive educational resource materials. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Research into Learning Disabilities and recipient of UNE’s Team Award for Excellence in Research. Lorraine was nominated in both the Academic Achievement and Professional Achievement categories of the 2013 Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Awards, and was commended as an outstanding researcher during the 2015 University of Southern Queensland’s Alumnus of the Year Awards.
Dr. Jeanette Berman is a member of the inclusive education team at UNE and a registered psychologist with professional experience working in schools. Her professional and research interests are broad, involving child and adolescent development, sustainable learning, psychoeducational assessment, responsive classroom teaching, learning intervention for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, professional practice in school and educational psychology, and Indigenous educational psychology.
Dr Anne Bellert is a teacher and researcher who is committed to achieving sustainable learning – Learning for all, teaching that matters, learning that lasts. Whilst working as a researcher at UNE’s SiMERR centre Anne was involved in the design and development of the now widely-implemented QuickSmart intervention programs. She now pursues research and publication interests focusing on learning difficulties in reading and mathematics, effective teaching for literacy and numeracy, the potential role of cognitive neuroscience in 21st-century education, and more recently the reconceptualization of inclusion as ‘Sustainable Learning’.
Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Intervention at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne where she is program coordinator of the Master of Learning Intervention. Prior to this, Lisa was a leading teacher at Travancore School, a mental health focussed special education setting. Lisa has over 25 years’ experience working in education, including primary, secondary and special education settings, and specialist alcohol and other drug services. She is currently involved in research projects focusing on help seeking by adolescents for alcohol use and mental health, wraparound interventions for re-engaging severe school refusers, and including the voice of students with mental health diagnoses in their education.
Claudia is a speech pathologist with more than 15 years of experience developing and leading training for students with learning and language disabilities. She also has worked as an academic consultant and directing the program for the deaf population from 1995 to 2009. Her also worked as a trainer in an academic program for primary students with learning disabilities, attentional deficit among others.
She has had the responsibility to conduct workshops and designing strategies for teachers, caregivers and teachers regarding learning and language disabilities its impact in education, social behaviour and skills development.
Claudia has a Masters’ degree in education from La Trobe University, expanding her professional experience working with comprehensive language disorders.
Camila is an Occupational Therapist with a Master in Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She has a broad experience in inclusive programs for children with disabilities in mainstream schools, as well as in Latin American studies. Her research work has been about the interrelation between health and social sciences to promote the well-being of children and women, using qualitative and quantitative methods. She has worked in Chile, Haiti, Spain and Australia, developing Intercultural Communication and teamwork, as well as knowledge translation to improve program implementation.
Carolina is a Philosophy teacher and Master of education from University of Melbourne, with a specialisation in assessment and pedagogy. She also holds two graduate diplomas in leadership and education in vulnerable contexts.
She has more than ten years of experience as a teacher and also working with schools as an academic consultant doing training for principals and teachers, and formulating intervention programs for schools. In 2012, she co-founded NGO Innovacien, Chilean organisation working in the development and implementation of 21st century skills, technology and innovation, through her work with Innovacien she impacted the learning of more than 10.000 students.
Nisha is a Computer Engineer, born in India, has settled in Melbourne. She has more than 8 years of enriching experience as a Software Engineer at NIIT Limited & Gravy Partners, while in India. She had the opportunity to work on the E-Learning platform for several clients such as Texas University, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Shell Company and Turkish Airlines.
Nisha currently lead the ALATA IT team to envisage the future and establish, develop, deliver and manage the infrastructure of Learning Management System to the entire ALATA Team. She also has previous experience in multiple start-ups and multinational companies where she has obtained and developed practical experience in E-learning, e-commerce and banking domain.