From litigator to professor of law, social entrepreneur and novelist Melinda Edward’s career has been one of diversity, determination and inspiration.
Melinda consults nationally and internationally as a researcher, speaker and educator in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, negotiation and legal education. She holds post graduate degrees in Law, has undertaken negotiation training at Harvard and was the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at QUT, the largest Law School in Australia, from 2006 – 2011.
In 2013 Melinda left full-time academic work to create her social enterprise business and in the same year was engaged by the Bhutanese government to create a unique model of mediation incorporating the principles of Buddhism and Gross National Happiness.
In 2014 she published her first novel, Saving Virginia, fulfilling her dream to “someday write a book that people actually want to read”. It is the story of a control-freak lawyer and her journey from a human doing to a happier human being.
She currently teaches into the MBA and EMBA programs for the QUT Graduate School of Business, is an executive coach and consults to a broad range of government, community and commercial organisations, creating custom designed courses to meet specific organisational needs.
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Professor Edwards was originally an Associate in the Dispute Resolution division of Cooper Grace & Ward Lawyers Brisbane, before becoming a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology. From 2006 - 2011 she held the position of Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty and in October 2013 left the University to form MeWise Pty Ltd, a social enterprise business.
She has been nationally recognised for her teaching excellence and has more than 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering both conceptual and skills based courses including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Equity and Trusts, Mediation, Clinical Negligence and Negotiation Strategies in the Executive Masters in Complex Project Management. She has published extensively in these areas including a number of text books in Equity and Trusts Law.