Alumni Profile - Geoff Tink Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts (2001-2008)


Geoff Tink

Name: Geoff Tink

Degree(s) and Year(s) of Graduation from the University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts 2001-2008

Majors at the University of Sydney: Economics, Government, History

Current Position, Organisation: National Events Specialist, Porsche (China) Motors Ltd.

Nationality/cultural identity: Australian

Languages spoken: English and Mandarin Chinese

Countries lived/worked in: Australia, USA, Fiji, United Kingdom, China

Best book you have read in the last 12 months: I've read it a few times now and read it again last summer; "The Great Game" by Peter Hopkirk. It's an action-packed story covering a fascinating period of history in Central Asia. A part of the world that is still at the crossroads of great powers today. Recently I also read China in Ten Words by Yu Hua, which provides a first-hand insight into China's changing identity (and a handy companion on the metro to and from work each day).

Daily website 'favourites': Living overseas, I use SMH (www.smh.com.au) for my daily dose of news from home. Getting the news in China is not as easy, so I use everything from the bigger sites such as China Daily (www.chinadaily.com.cn) and Shanghai Daily (www.shanghaidaily.com), to the smaller independent sites such as China Smack (www.chinasmack.com) and Shanghaiist (shanghaiist.com).

Linkedin Profile: Geoff Tink

Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?

I spent my early years in Canberra, so had an urge to spend my university years in the big smoke. I wanted to study Politics and Economics. In the end, the University of Sydney was the only option that I considered.

What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?

A favourite memory would be sitting in the sun outside the Manning Centre, eating vegetarian food on Mondays with the Hare Krishna's and the Vegetarian Society. I'm not a vegetarian but the food was always tasty and the eclectic crowd made for some amusingly eccentric banter.

What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?

Being an alumnus of the University of Sydney Business School is about being part of a diverse global community. We have graduates spread across the world, sharing common studies, life experiences, and business networks. While our education may have taken place in Sydney, the development and application of this education will always take place in this global context and being part of this community of alumni is a constant reminder of this fact.

How did your time at the Business School change you both professionally and personally?

The Business School gave me a set of skills that have been priceless on a professional and a personal level. Whether it is time management, critical analysis or an open mind; these are life skills that are necessary twenty-four hours a day.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

I left Sydney and spent a year travelling. I spent two months in the India Office of the British Library, researching for a book I still hope to write one day. Then I flew to Islamabad in Pakistan and spent six months travelling north along the Karakorum Highway and through Central Asia, then east across China. I previously studied Chinese and a friend from Business School was in Shanghai, so I decided to pay a visit. Six years later, I'm still here

What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?

Probably managing the launch of the new Porsche 911 to over 2,000 guests, including staff, media and customers in Zhongshan, southern China in 2012. Coordinating a fifteen-day programme and a team of over 50 staff across multiple venues was certainly a challenge adding 80 Porsche sports cars made it fun. We had a seasonal typhoon and over-zealous officialdom (not uncommon in China), all in a region not known for staging large events. There were many obstacles to overcome but the event was a major success for a prestigious brand icon and an experience that I will always remember.

What business person inspired you most?

I'm inspired by Richard Branson he always seems to be having a good time while he's raking in billions. Being a billionaire should be fun.

What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?

Joining friends for days at the beach, nights on the harbour, and a few trips to some of the many great cafes, bars and restaurants all around the city. A great day in Sydney is still my favourite day anywhere in the world.

What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?

The reputation of the University of Sydney and the Business School is exceptional, both in Australia and abroad. But this is obviously of little use without the academic staff, curriculum and lifestyle that will create the entire personal development experience. There are very few universities that can provide this complete package.

Any other comments

If you get a chance, visit China. There's so much more to the country than 1.5 billion people hiding behind the Great Wall.

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