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Upcoming Events

Leadership and Innovation - a view from the top

3rd Jun 2016

Join fellow China-based graduates and guests for a special networking event in June - offered in both Shanghai and Beijing.

Co-hosted by Professor Gregory Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, and Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, these events will include a keynote speech, interactive audience Q&A and professional networking.

The discussion will cover innovation in leadership, the organisational and personal challenges of our speakers and advice on how to rise up the ranks of your company.

We look forward to welcoming you at these events!

Shanghai Event

Keynote: Mr Min YI - CEO China, MTR
Date: Friday 3 June
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location:Andaz Xintiandi
Garden Pavilion Level 5
88 Songshan Road
Shanghai 200021

Min Yi


Shanghai - further details and registration

Beijing Event

Keynote: Mr Gang WU - Chairman, Goldwind Global
Date: Sunday 5 June
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Location: Rosewood Beijing
Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020

Gang Wu


Beijing - further details and registration

Online registration is essential by Friday 27 May 2016

Further information

Kristy White (Engineering & IT)
T: +61 478 407 606

Monica Vanderkley (Business School)
T: +61 437 780 254

The Business of Start-ups

23rd Jun 2016

The University of Sydney Business School cordially invites you to join the second affinity series event for 2016 – The Business of Start-ups.

Event details

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Stone and Chalk, Level 2, 50 Bridge St, Sydney

Cost: $25 (Includes drinks and canapés)

Dress: Business attire

Registration is opening soon.

Changing consumer shopping tastes and expectations are transforming the retail industry. Consumers increasingly crave instant gratification and one-of-a-kind merchandise, and this heightened competitiveness forces businesses to push the innovative boundaries in order to survive.

You've heard about Silicon Valley, but did you know that Sydney now has a thriving start-up ecosystem? Gain insights from industry insiders on how to tap into that ecosystem - as a founder, employee, mentor or investor.

Join alumnus Dr Toby Heap, (BAppSc(Ex&SportSc) ’99) PhD ’05 MCom ’11) Founder of H2 Ventures, as we unravel the unique stories of some successful Australian start-ups. Discover how our panellists got their businesses started, the challenges and also the rewards.

You’ll hear about the start-up scene from both ends of the spectrum – from both the founders and the investors.


Dr Michelle Deaker, (BSc ’88 MSc ’91), Founder, One Ventures
Pascale Moray, (BA ’97 MCom ’02), Founder of Style Rocks
Oliver Pennington, (BA ’08), Founder, Service Seeking

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with fellow alumni whilst hearing about the intricacies and excitement surrounding the Sydney start-up scene!

We look forward to seeing you at this special event.

Space is limited so please RSVP early to avoid missing out.

University of Sydney Business School Annual Alumni Dinner

6th Jul 2016

Please join Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, and the Dean of the Business School, Professor Gregory Whitwell, to celebrate the opening of the Business School’s Abercrombie Building, followed by our Annual Alumni Dinner.


Abercrombie Building Opening
5.30pm – 6.30pm (Tours available from 5pm)
Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney Business School

The Abercrombie Building will be formally opened by The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP, Treasurer of NSW and Minister for Industrial Relations, and Deputy Liberal Leader.

Annual Alumni Dinner

6.30pm arrival for 7.00pm – 10.30pm
The Great Hall
The University of Sydney
Dress: Cocktail

Our keynote speaker for our 2016 Dinner is David Rohrsheim, General Manager, Uber ANZ. David will discuss innovation and disruption in the market, Uber’s success, future trends and predictions.


$130 per person (University of Sydney alumni and staff)
$150 per person (guests)
$120 per person (University of Sydney students)
$1,300 per table of ten

Limited tickets available. Prices above include GST and a three-course meal with beverages.


RSVP for the Abercrombie Building Opening and to purchase tickets online for the Annual Alumni Dinner.


The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP
Treasurer, and Minister for Industrial
Relations Member for Willoughby

Gladys was elected to the NSW Parliament on March 22, 2003 as the Member for Willoughby. Following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011, Gladys was appointed Minister for Transport. Following the election of the Baird Government in March 2015, Gladys was appointed Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations. Since April 2014, Gladys has served as Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party.

Gladys has completed studies in Government and Public Administration from University of Sydney and is a Master of Commerce graduate from UNSW.

David Rohrsheim
General Manager, Uber ANZ

David was living in San Francisco in 2012 when he met the Uber founders and agreed that Australian cities needed a better way to get around. After initially launching Sydney as Uber's third international city, David has since helped Uber expand to nine cities across Australia & New Zealand, creating thousands of new jobs for responsible car owners along the way.

David previously worked at DFJ, a top tier venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, famous for investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SpaceX and Box. He holds a B.Eng from his hometown Adelaide University, and an MBA from Stanford University.


Abercrombie Building Opening
Lara Peters, Executive Officer to the Dean
The University of Sydney Business School
T +61 2 9351 7871

Annual Alumni Dinner
Monica Vanderkley, Manager, Alumni Engagement (Business)
T +61 2 8627 0891

Past Alumni Events

The Business of Retail

14 April 2016

Our first affinity series event for 2016, The Business of Retail, featured Adam Jacobs, Founder of THE ICONIC, Nick Molnar, CEO of AfterPay and Rob Hango-Zada, Director of Shippit. The panel session was moderated by alumnus Corey Payne, who has just been appointed as the new CEO of Penrith Panthers.

The night included a lively discussion on the current and future trends of retail as well as professional networking.

The speakers were very engaging, insightful and generous to share their learnings and knowledge on the night. Thank you!

The format/style of the panel presentation was very relaxed, making it easy to relate with.

Great personal insights from people who know their stuff.

Stay tuned for our next affinity series event – The Business of Start-ups, on 23rd June.

Alumni Mentoring Program Graduation 2015

26 November 2015

This year, we were proud to run our pilot Business Alumni Mentoring Program. The program matched business professionals with current students in a setting where our alumni provided relevant business input into career planning and decision making.

The graduation event on 26 November showcased the success of the program, from both the mentor and mentee’s perspective. We look forward to growing the program in 2016.

Annual Alumni Dinner 2015

6 November 2015


Business of Sport

8 October 2015

I loved the calibre of panel speakers and being able to reconnect with universitry colleagues at a such cozy yet faboulous venue that is cruising yacht club. - Swei Tang

I enjoyed the venue, fellowship, hospitality and subject matter. - Philip Edmonds

Getting insights regarding the business of sport from top administrators as well as athletes who are both professional and amateur was interesting. - John Hutchinson

Business Alumni Network AGM and Cocktail Reception

30 Sept 2015

The cocktail reception was preceded by the Business Alumni Network Annual General Meeting for 2014. All University of Sydney alumni were welcome to attend both the AGM and the cocktail reception and nominate for the 2014/15 Executive Committee by prior RSVP and nomination only.

The top job in NSW – The Hon. Mike Baird MP

12 Aug 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm
Details of the BOSS Emerging Leaders event with the Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales.

Connect and Learn - Sustainability

11 Aug 2015

Professor Chris Wright provided an incite full overview of the dramatic situation our planet stands with regards to climate change - the key though is to get these insights into the harts and minds of Politicians, Business and the Population.- Paul

Fantastic event, great to hear the scary news from an expert in the field.- Dain Penman

A big picture event challenging personal and corporate inertia to stimulate deep thinking about how to go beyond corporate greenwashing to genuinely improve our (corporate) environmental footprint.Richard Horton

The frustrating feelings of what the science says on the need to act to protect the environment and the government practices- Emilia Saez

Business of Wine

1 July 2015

Great venue, lovely people and fantastic plonk! - Guy Gunasekera

Thank you! It was very well organised and informative. I liked the mix of an opportunity to network with fellow alumna and learn about the wine and the unique business perspective on the Australian wine market.- Mack wan

It is a great opportunity for me to meet with other alumni in such nice place. We can not only exchange the ideas in developing business, but also enjoy fantastic wines and food. Really appreciate University of Sydney Business School, Ms. Swati Mishra and Mr. Ben Malouf! - Qing Han

I was impressed by this classy Alumni function - easily the best one of 2015. Everything was professionally arranged from the invitation, attendance confirmation through to the guest speaker, host, wine tasting and food catering. I look forward to many more. - Adrian Mak

Amazing event - the secret life of wine from a Sydney Uni alumni! - Grace Ng

Well run event, very informative and a great location. - Stephen Krivacic

It was a friendly convivial even whilst learning about tasting wine and meeting other alumni. - Janet Wotton

A terrific evening of great wine and food, and more importantly good company and an interesting guest speaker. Well done Business School! - Paul Thomas

Well run event, very informative and a great location. - Stephen Krivacic

The Business of Wine event was a great way to connect with other alumni in a relaxed manner. It was run very well and I had a great time. - Carla Villanueva