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Where are they now?

Graduates of the Business School join a community of more than 300,000 University of Sydney alumni worldwide. Our alumni can be found in many professions in Australia and overseas – their strong engagement with the University links us to the global stage.

Around the world and close to home, University of Sydney students and alumni demonstrate inspiring and progressive leadership as they make a positive and lasting impact in their communities.

Find out where some of their journeys have taken them, and share your stories with us.

Classnotes

Hugh Harley

Hugh Harley

Hugh leads PwC’s global Financial Services practice in Asia-Pacific. He is an adviser to Australian and Asian financial institutions, industry bodies and regulators across a diverse range of governance, strategic, risk, internal audit, and operational issues.

His other interests include teaching Australian economic history at the University, contributing to a range of non-for-profit organisations, including chairing Cancer Council Australia’s Audit Committee, and participating in innovative energy developments. His wife Anne runs a beef and hay farm in the Hunter Valley, so his weekends are often filled with activities to improve soil fertility and water efficiency.

Hugh recently stood down from the University’s Business Alumni Network. “It was a great honour to be inaugural President of the network,” he says, “but after five years on the committee, it was time to pass the baton on. The progress by the new alumni team has been fantastic and I continue to get a great deal out of attending the network’s functions.”

Hugh Harley
Financial Services Leader, Australia, PwC


Tash Menon

Tash Menon

Tash’s career has taken her on a global journey, from working in niche areas of the luxury, lifestyle and hospitality sectors in London, Asia and Australia, to launching her own business.

As head of marketing for an internationally acclaimed chef with restaurants across five countries, Tash developed and executed a brand strategy that received international recognition and led her to be shortlisted as one of eight finalists for 2016 Marketer of the Year at the Australian B&T Women in Media Awards.

After completing a Master of Marketing, Tash made the decision to launch her own business called MASH Brands, an in-source marketing and communications service.

“Combining postgraduate study with my professional experience was, without a doubt, a great platform to start my own business,” she says. “I think one of the best benefits of completing my Master of Marketing at the Business School was its holistic approach to learning. I learnt so much about different areas in business that I hadn’t personally been exposed to, and was very fortunate to have some wonderful clients.”

Tash Menon
Master of Marketing, 2016
Director, MASH Brands


Jacky Kiswanto

Jacky Kiswanto

Jacky Kiswanto is a truly global citizen. Born in Jakarta, he attended high school in Singapore, university in Sydney, and now works in Berlin. He can also speak five languages.

Jacky made the decision to move to Sydney to study a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws, before completing a Master of Management (CEMS), which he says “offered an international outlook unparalleled in Australia”.

Since graduating, he has worked in many fields and roles, including being an intern at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a lawyer for the Supreme Court of NSW, a registered practitioner at the High Court of Australia, and working with a start-up, before securing his current role of strategy and internationalisation analyst at solarisBank AG, based in Berlin, Germany.

“I wanted an international career and degree that would boost my competitive advantage,” he says. “The Master of Management (CEMS) at the University of Sydney Business School offered this. I have also been able to find my niche in strategy and internationalisation.”

Jacky Kiswanto
Bachelor of International and Global Studies, 2011
Bachelor of Laws, 2013
Master of Management (CEMS), 2015
Strategy and Internationalisation Analyst, solarisBank AG


Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell

With more than 20 years of experience in environmental management in the energy, water, waste, property and construction sectors, Anita Mitchell is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced sustainability specialists. Trained as a scientist and technical expert, Anita decided to undertake an MBA at the University of Sydney to gain the practical experience and skills she needed to work as a broader business leader.

In July 2016, Anita moved to London to take up the role of Head of Sustainability – Europe, for Lendlease. Prior to this, she was responsible for leading the environmental and social sustainability strategy for Lendlease’s $6 billion Barangaroo South development. This waterfront urban renewal project was the largest project in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics and has contractual commitments to deliver world’s best practice sustainability outcomes.

“There’s a lot of learning about yourself in the MBA program – as much as it is about the technical content,” she says. “Learning about yourself as a leader, adapting your behaviour and being able to put that in the safe learning environment of the MBA is really important as well. The MBA was very good getting people out of their comfort zone and it was the opportunity to work across different disciplines that has given me more confidence to take on broader business responsibilities.”

Anita Mitchell
Master of Business Administration, 2015
Head of Sustainability – Europe, Lendlease