Meet the Team

Authentic Education Team (Benjamin Harvey Cham Tang)

Difference-Maker Mentor

Benjamin J Harvey

Ben is the Difference-Maker Mentor and co-founder of Authentic Education. Ben ensures our vision is big and bright.

Past Experience: Ben has delivered 8,000+ one-on-one coaching sessions and also speaks for organisations such as the Queensland Government and Youth Challenge Australia. He has consulted with some of the largest organisations in Australia including Optus, IBM and Commonwealth Bank.

Passions: Helping people create authentic changes in their life, meditating and evolving human potential.

Personal likes: Stand up comedy, illusionists, watching movies and saving $2 coins in jars.


Chief Efficiency Officer

Cham Tang

Cham is the Chief Efficiency Officer and co-founder of Authentic Education. Cham makes sure things don't explode.

Past Experience: Cham studied IT at University of Technology Sydney and realized he loved personal development more than PCs. Cham has since worked for Anthony Robbins, Empowernet and Universal Events. He completed the NLP Practitioner Certification with Tad James, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and numerous others due to being a self-confessed seminar junkie.

Passions: Getting things done, helping people succeed and the word "efficiency".

Personal likes: Playing guitar, avoiding extreme sports and emailing cute pictures of kittens.


Chief Connections Officer

Kim Townsend

Kim is the Chief Connections Officer. She is the welcoming voice at the end of the phone, receiver of emails, and finds the best solution to client queries & requests. Kim keeps the academy looking awesome & supports the rest of the team to get their things done.

Past Experience: Kim has a unique ability to mix practicality with creativity by drawing from experience in education, health, hospitality, sales, administration and being a mother of 3. She is a published author and has certification in Small Business Management, Fine Arts and is a NLP Master Practitioner.

Passions: Supporting individuals to embrace change, to live a life of health, fun, transformation and achievement. Creating strong family and community connections and anti-aging from the inside.

Personal likes: Creativity and new adventures – some extreme! Transformational entertainment, painting, sculpture and chocolate coated strawberries.


Web Wizard

Neerav Dobaria

Neerav is the Technical Expert at Authentic Education and makes sure its website is both functional and sexy 24/7.

Past Experience: Way back in 2002 Neerav got his first computer. He used to only play games on it but became so fascinated he decided to build a career in the computer industry. He completed his Computer Engineering degree in 2009 and worked as a web developer. After working for 2 years, he was headhunted and is now the resident Web Wizard at Authentic Education.

Passions: Creating cool web applications.

Personal likes: Reading, Swimming, Cricket, Football, Music.


Event's Manager & Crew Director

Toni Neill

Toni is the Events Manager and Crew Director for Authentic Education. Toni makes sure all the events run smoothly, crew are happy and our clients have a supportive, loving and safe environment to learn and grown in.

Past Experience: Toni has run hundreds of events across Australia and New Zealand. She has worked with Universal Events, Walt Disney Travel and Carnival Corp whilst ensuring client care and excellence are paramount. She is a master NLP practitioner and trainer, studied Pranic Healing and various forms of Energy healing.

Passions: Making things happen, seeing people grow and evolve into the true version of themselves and transformation of all kinds.

Personal Likes: Loves Travelling, experiencing new adventures, being on airplanes and ships, taking photos of beautiful scenery, personal growth and evolution and seeing the absolute beauty in every moment.


Customer Service & Finance

Eugenie Rurawhe

Eugenie is the Customer Service & Finance at Authentic Education. She makes sure everything is in order and people know how awesome our events are.

Past experience: Eugenie has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years in customer service and events both in New Zealand and Australia. Being a Mother of 7 beautiful children, she has been able to use these experiences to teach, work and grow both personally and professionally. She has worked for Universal Events as an Event Assistant and for Worldmark South Pacific Club as a consultant. She is a certified Coach and Master NLP Practitioner.

Passions: Serving others and helping people to grow in life, love and spirituality.

Personal Likes: Watching and participating in Sports like Rugby Union and Softball. Movies and being in nature, surrounded by its natural beauty.


Digital Marketing Executive

Raymond Toplak

Raymond is the Digital Marketing Executive at Authentic Education. He ensures our website has fresh content for the community and manages a variety of marketing from emails to social media.

Past experience: Raymond helped run the IKEA Australia website for several years and managed communities within the travel industry for The Travel Corporation.

Passions: Creating engaging content that people connect with, getting the most out of every day and making people laugh.

Personal Likes: Experiencing different cultures (through travel, sampling or cooking local dishes or his camera lens), playing with his band, live gigs and exploring the great outdoors.


Website Ninja

Jess Galindo

Jess is the Website Ninja at Authentic Education. He supports the customers and the team in everything from creating customer websites, video editing and administration.

Past Experience: Jess completed his Bachelor's degree in Information Technology at the University of Southeastern Philippines, with a background in website development from his freelance time during college years, he's able to exercise and experience firsthand the free flow of ideas in relation to the technology industry.

Passions: Helping people to the very best of his abilities, continuous learning and keeping the optimism alive by simply reminding people to smile even for the simplest things in life.

Personal Likes: Watching fiction shows, technology updates and eating cheese flavored popcorn with a spoon.


Customer Service Ninja

Jas Halasan

Jasmin is the Customer Service Ninja at Authentic Education. She supports the customers and the team in everything from enrolment enquiries, billing and administration.

Past Experience: Jas completed a degree of Information Technology at the University of Mindanao. With a passion in helping people achieve satisfaction in life, she has held customer service and accounts roles at various companies. She has also worked in broadcasting as a program host.

Passions: Encouraging people and helping people through their different struggles and dreams (especially younger people).

Personal Likes: Traveling, playing badminton, talking about meaningful experiences and difficult challenges with friends, listening to songs with a positive message.


Administration Ninja

Joan Cabaling

Joan is the Administration Ninja at Authentic Education. She supports our customers by ensuring all our back end systems are working smoothly and all customer accounts are up to date.

Past Experience: Joan was a school Youth Leader and has worked as a research analyst, market researcher and as a virtual assistant.

Passions: Meeting new people with a difference-maker mindset and making things happen together as a team.

Personal Likes: Reading, writing, listening to people's stories.


Course Advisor

Nathan Pacanowski

Nathan is a Course Advisor at Authentic Education. He helps clients gain clarity in their life or business and ensures our clients are taking the next best step towards their personal development or business success.

Past Experience: Nathan started his self development journey in 2001 while studying a Diploma of Counselling. Nathan is a Master NLP Practitioner, Personal trainer and Coach with over 7 years experience as a course advisor in both the tertiary education and self-development industries.

Passions: Contributing to people's positive progression through health, education and spirituality whilst aspiring to be the best role model as possible to his family including his 3 divine sons.

Personal Likes: Quality time with family, travelling as often as possible and relishing every Sydney Swans victory.


Course Advisor

John Khamhom

John is a Course Advisor at Authentic Education. He helps clients gain clarity in their life or business and ensures our clients are taking the next best step towards their personal development or business success.

Past Experience: John has been an account manager and business development manager in both New Zealand and Australia over the last 15 years. He has been successfully helping people achieve their dreams across a wide variety of industries from finding their dream home to achieving financial security.

Passions: Travelling the world, personal development and helping people achieve their dreams.

Personal Likes: Movies, boxing and singing.


Administration and Events Assistant

Emma South

Emma is our Administration and Events Assistant. She assists the team to ensure that communication is effective and efficient and that our events are set up with everything we need.

Past Experience: Emma completed her Diploma in Events Management and worked as a Functions and Administration Coordinator. During this role she furthered her skills through online training and support from her peers to successfully gain a Diploma in Frontline Management.

Passions: Community and establishing a positive connection to each person through encouraging them to share insight on their life journey and future ambitions allowing her to help support and motivate them on their pathway to success.

Personal Likes: Emma enjoys snorkeling, fishing and camping and loves meeting new people. She also enjoys trying out new recipes from other cultures. When she’s feeling brave enough she’ll throw in the odd horror movie marathon too!!