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Business Alumni Mentoring Program

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within our Business School alumni community. We believe engaging students during their study with this community offers a unique opportunity for our students to be inspired and learn from the experiences of our alumni. It also provides the chance for our alumni to give back to the Business School community, and to contribute to the development of aspiring business leaders.

The Business Alumni Mentoring Program was launched on 18 June, 2015, by the Dean of the Business School, Professor Gregory Whitwell. This program matches business professionals with current students in a setting where our alumni can provide relevant business input into career planning and decision making.

The program runs for six months from May to November, with monthly one-on-one meetings scheduled between mentors and mentees.

Thank you to our 2017 mentors


  • Alastair Furnival, Principal, Evaluate
  • Amit Majumder, Client Relationship Manager, Link Market Solutions
  • Amy Zhu, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Australia
  • Andrew Crawford, Governing Council Member, ACT Institute
  • Andrew D'Addona, Director, PwC
  • Andrew Kuruc, Manager, Practice Development, MLC
  • Andrew Lee, CEO, Wormald (fire safety)
  • Ashton Jones, Head of Product - Superannuation and Savings, TAL Australia
  • Brad Lean, AMEA Director Business Service Operations, PG Lion Re:Sources
  • Caterina Pellegrini, Senior Account Manager, B2B Agency (advertising)
  • Charles Lawson, Vice President, Bain Capital
  • Charlie Marriott, Business Coordinator, Atlassian
  • Christopher Murphy, Managing Director , TIAGRA Investments
  • Daniel Moore, Director, Duca Advisors Pty Ltd
  • Ding Wang Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Elicia K Fowler (MacDonald), Associate, AirTree Ventures
  • Elif Ketencioglu, Strategy Manager, Vodafone Australia
  • Emma Alcock, Sales Operations Manager, PayPal
  • Erica Zhong, Senior Consultant / BDM, Nous Group
  • James Watson, Marketing Consultant, Brand Solver
  • Jasmine Wang, Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • Jiajian Chen (CJ), Account Manager, Google
  • Joel Cappelli, Manager, Deloitte
  • Jun Zhang, Consultant, EY
  • Karen Cayalag, Director, Business Consulting at Practice Systems
  • Kate McCawe, Investment Analyst, Colonial First State
  • Kevin Jochelson, Entrepreneur, Workyard
  • Kevin Truong, Client Acquisition and Advisory, HSBC
  • Lisa Gray, Senior Finance Manager, KPMG
  • Maria Asprou, Senior Commercial Manager
  • Marina Trusa, General Manager Finance, OFX
  • Melanie Hawcroft, Executive and Personal Coach, Melanie Hawcroft Coaching & Consulting
  • Melissa Mendez, Manager, Macquarie Bank
  • Naomi Acton, Portfolio Analyst, Private Markets, Sunsuper
  • Nayef Biram, Head of Yield & Inventory Management, oOh! Media
  • Nicholas Flood, Project Executive, IBM
  • Nick Onie, Associate, Bain Capital Private Equity
  • Pascale Eberle, Consulting, The Hackett Group (property consulting)
  • Phon Hansana, Manager, Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services
  • Pranav Bhatt, Manager HR Operations, RMS
  • Sandra Schwarz, Senior Strategy & Transformation Manager, Telstra
  • Shannon Braun, Project Manager, BT Financial Group
  • Shirley Bowles, Senior Manager, Product Strategy and Development, Nikko Asset Management
  • Simon Thorp, Tax Partner, KPMG
  • Sophia Kent, Institutional Business Development, Macquarie Group
  • Stephe Wilks, Chair, Interactive
  • Victoria Shelton, Business Development Manager, Amundi Asset Management
  • Wendy Tse, General Manager, Consulting, SuperRatings
  • Wendy Zhu, Senior Economist, ATO
  • Rebecca Mason, Founder, BetterSkinBetterLife
  • What’s involved?

    Successful applicants will be matched with mentors, taking into account areas of study, interests, experience and goals.

    Applicants must be able to commit to a monthly meeting with mentors from May to November, at a venue to be decided by the mentoring pair. To get the most from your experience, you will also be required to:

    • attend a briefing before the launch of the program, to learn how to get the most out of your mentoring experience;
    • attend the launch of the program in May, to meet your mentor and negotiate your mentoring agreement;
    • submit a monthly learning journal entry as part of the evaluation of the program;
    • attend the Graduation Event in November.

    Students and mentors will be matched based on a range of factors:

    • Student’s career goals
    • Student’s needs in terms of ‘soft skill’ development
    • Mentor’s areas of expertise

    Be a Mentor

    Applications for the Business Alumni Mentoring Program have now closed.

    If you are interested in applying, please fill in the 'Mentoring Program Expression of Interest Form'

    If you have any questions please contact Monica Vanderkley, Manager of Alumni Engagement (Business) on 02 8627 0891 or monica.vanderkley@sydney.edu.au.

    Contact

    Monica Vanderkley Manager, Alumni Engagement (Business)