Research Team

Project RUSSEL is a unique research project bringing together industry, academia and the veteran community to understand the needs of those who have served our country and then design programs to promote veteran entrepreneurship


Don’t Get Wrapped Up in the superficial stuff or the trivial stuff. Don’t worry about a name or a title or even  entities.. the first thing you have to do if you want to start a business is sell …if you can sell something you can start a business.


– Tom Morkes, Founder Insurgent Publishing

PhD Candidate

Human Resources Management

QUT Research Fellow

Chris Rhyss Edwards spent the 1990’s in the Australian Defence Force as a combat engineer and peacekeeper before migrating to civilian life where he has spent the last 20 years in the digital sector building innovative products and teams for the likes of NewsCorp, Telstra and Clemenger BBDO.


He studied Entrepreneurship & Innovation through the University of Adelaide and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. In recent years, Chris founded a world-first health-tech start-up that aimed to reduce the incidence of stress related mental injury to veterans, a business that went on to win two global innovation awards and resulted in him being named a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year awards. 

Dr. Retha Wiesner is Professor of Management & Organisational Behaviour in the School of Management & Enterprise and Research Program Leader: SME Performance and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Southern Queensland.  

She has more than 20 years of experience working with small entrepreneurial firms as well as large corporations. This has included supporting organisations with implementing high performance management practices and programs to achieve positive organisational outcomes. Her current research, teaching and consulting activities are focused on accelerating entrepreneurs; and improving organisations through entrepreneurial behaviour and high performance organisational behaviour.

Chad is a Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at QUT. He is tasked as Project Manager implementing the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for Australia that will see a significant boost in sample size and greater precision in regional estimation of entrepreneurial activity.

Chad is also a professional facilitator, speaker, coach, and researcher, with a focus on mapping and measuring the impact of entrepreneurs across Australia.  Chad has over 20 years’ experience in leadership positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Functional areas have included quality, human resources, business development, environmental sustainability, and operations within manufacturing.