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Research Biography

A Kiwi Indian by nationality but a global citizen at heart, Professor Raj Shekhawat is an internationally recognized award-winning academic, mentor, keynote/TEDx speaker, and scientist. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology from the University of Auckland which complements his outstanding international reputation for research and findings, which employ brain stimulation, sound therapies & hearing aids for tinnitus management. A senior fellow of HEA, HERDSA, and CMALT, Professor Shekhawat has a diverse work experience spanning four continents and six countries (USA, UK, Singapore, India, New Zealand & Australia), touching a plethora of cultural communities with his impeccable knowledge along the way.


My personal and professional values are deeply rooted in principles of equity, fairness, and transparency. These principles enable me to engage and unite individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, and beliefs, fostering a shared vision and goals that lead to success and a highly motivated workforce. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of leading vibrant and productive teams comprised of individuals from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, academic and professional levels, genders, LGBTQIA+ representation, and nationalities. My experiences have taught me to champion diversity, practice authenticity, and above all, celebrate people. I firmly believe that fostering a thriving and positive work environment leads to enhanced productivity and collegiality.

Supervisor Philosophy

My approach to supervision is underpinned by the values of excellence, positive impact, and kindness. I tailor my supervision in response to evaluating the student’s research needs and learning preferences. 

Supervised Students Successes

Since 2011, I have worked in various capacities with HDR students and supervisors towards their research training, communication, and mentoring in NZ, UK, and Australia. I have worked with >100 HDR candidates across a range of disciplines through leading “3-Minute Thesis” workshops (6 students I coached won their university final). I mentored HDR students to plan and execute student-led research conferences such as HealthX and Exposure in NZ (>100 student participants annually) helping them with scientific program planning, attracting sponsorship, giving research presentations, liaising with academics to organize judging criteria and judging panels. 

Education/Academic qualification

Oxford Executive Leadership Program, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Award Date: 14 Aug 2023

Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Award Date: 7 Aug 2023

Postgraduate Certificate, Academic Practice , University of Auckland

Feb 2015Jan 2017

Award Date: 24 Apr 2017

PhD, The Use of Hearing Aids and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for Tinnitus Management, University of Auckland

1 Feb 201130 Apr 2013

Award Date: 7 May 2014

Master, Impact of hearing aid use on quality of life of people with hearing loss, Mumbai University

16 May 200430 May 2006

Award Date: 14 Jan 2007

External positions

Executive and Fellowship Mentor leading Awards, Grants and Prizes , HERDSA

2021 → …

Committee Member, Global Forum on Student Success

2020 → …

Chair of Scientific Advisory Board, Horizon 2020, European Union

2020 → …

Honorary Professor in Audiology, University College London

2020 → …

Officer/Convener and Facilitator , Talk about Teaching and Learning (TATAL)

2017 → …

Public Relations Manager, Tinnitus Research Initiative

2015 → …


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Supervisory Interests

  • Age related hearing loss
  • Educational, Learning and Assistive Technologies
  • Mentoring
  • Integration of educational technologies
  • Hearing and hearing disorders
  • Adult hearing rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial consequences of adult hearing impairment
  • Speech development, hearing and educational outcomes in Indigenous children
  • Tinnitus Management
  • Non Invasive Brain Stimulation
  • HD-tDCS
  • tDCS
  • Telerehabilitation


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