Alumni Profile - Hugh Harley (BEc (Hons I) '84 LLB (Hons II) '86)


Hugh Harley

Name: Hugh Harley

Majors at the University of Sydney: Economics, Econometrics, Taxation Law, Environmental Law

Current Position, Organisation: Financial Services Leader, PwC Australia; Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney Business School

Describe yourself in 3 words: Family-centred, curious

Nationality/cultural identity: Australian

Languages spoken: English

Countries lived/worked in: Australia and England

Best book you have read in the last 12 months: Vaclav Smil "Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects" (2010)

Daily website 'favourites': Financial Times

Motto to live/work by: Every day alive is a good day

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

To contribute to an Australian university of global standing.

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

Meeting my wife.

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

Part of a tradition of intellectual rigour.

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

Growing up both academically and socially.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

Undertook an MPhil in Economics at Cambridge.

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

The opportunity to lead a team of c.18,000 Australians in over 1,100 locations.

What business person inspired you most?

Don Sanders (BEc '50), himself a Sydney BEc, one of the best bankers and intellects of the post-war era. He showed me the importance of a taking a personal interest in others.

What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?

The physical beauty of the campus, my diverse friends, happy memories, learning.

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

Follow your heart - it will be too much of a slog unless your heart is in it.

Any other comments

I am also very interested in farming and the challenges of global sustainability more generally.

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