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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.


Claire Robbs

Claire Robbs Claire has devoted her entire career to supporting vulnerable people, beginning as a disability support worker, and ultimately leading one of the largest not-for-profit organisations in the country, making an extraordinary difference to people’s lives along the way.

She began her work at Life Without Barriers in 2004 as a manager overseeing 45 staff. In 2011 Claire became the first female Chief Executive of the organisation, which now has an annual income of $400m and more than 4000 staff, delivering services to more than 11,000 vulnerable people in 305 communities across Australia.

“The Executive MBA was a fantastic, rewarding experience. It challenged my traditional view of leadership, helping me understand my own impact and how to empower my team.”

Claire Robbs
Executive MBA ’11
Chief Executive, Life Without Barriers

William Zhao

William Zhao William is a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst at a boutique corporate advisory and management consulting firm.

Sharing his time between Sydney and Beijing, his passion for Australia-China relations has been fostered through his current work and past and present experiences. They include involvement with the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, Australia China Business Council NSW Chapter, the China Australia Millennial Project, the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, the Australia-China Youth Association and the Council of International Students Australia, where he was the national vice-president and first Chinese student elected to the council since its inception.

“It’s truly an honour to be part of the University of Sydney alumni community. As a student and alumnus, I have been exposed to countless opportunities.”

William Zhao
Master of Commerce (Banking) ’15
Analyst – Mergers and Acquisitions, Yatsen Associates

In the News

Crowdfunding venture backs individual quest for something better

Journey Crowdfunding

The urgent need for a new and innovative way to champion the most vulnerable in our society became glaringly apparent to commerce student Charles Zhang during a perchance conversation with a magazine vendor in the street near Sydney’s Redfern railway station.

Lisa was a mother of two children, both with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She and her partner sold copies of the Big Issue in order to make ends meet. Lisa told Charles that she wanted to take on some vocational training that might lead to a job but she did not have the means to do so.

This year Charles Zhang, Michelle Aneli and Business School graduates Angus Gibbs and Sajith Howpage launched Journey Crowdfunding with the aim of supporting people like Lisa.

“It’s our mission to empower individuals in need and support them in their quest for a better life,” say Charles. “It’s also about encouraging people to connect with the marginalised, while giving a voice and identity to those working with us.”

Our undergraduates named Australia’s most employable

University of Sydney undergraduate students were recognised as the most employable of any Australian university during the GradConnection awards held in February.

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