Alumni Profile - Luis Aparicio Fernandes (MCom (MIntBus) '12)
Name: Luis Aparicio Fernandes
Degree(s) and Year(s) of Graduation from the University of Sydney:MCom / MIntBus 2012
Majors at the University of Sydney:Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship
Current Position, Organisation:Consultant, 2 Matter Consulting
Nationality/cultural identity: Portuguese
Languages spoken:Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Dutch
Linkedin Profile: Luis Aparicio Fernandes
Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?
I wanted a top Business School which had a strong international component.
What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?
To be part of the RARE Programme, the focus of this program is to ensure the University's entrepreneurial activity benefits some of our more challenged communities and businesses. The project (in the Urapuntja Homelands) provided the community with on-country, practical skills training and certification in construction, horticulture, business management, hospitality, and event management.
What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?
Be part of a worldwide network of highly capable professionals that excel in many fields and to be recognised as an alumnus of one of the best business schools in the world.
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Continued working in 2 Matter Consulting and embraced a new experience as teaching assistant at Sydney University in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategy.
What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?
To have worked in the world's biggest bank takeover to date, a project that was introduced to support the establishment of a separate organization operation in the Netherlands as part of the consortium separation process - i.e. the separation of ABN Amro into RBS, Santander and Fortis.
What business person inspired you most?
Honestly I have to say my Mum from an electrical engineering degree she made it to the top as a director in EDP, one of Europe's major electricity operators, as well as being one of Portugal's largest business groups - she was one of the few women with a top position in those days.
What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?
Openness, diversity, Coogee beach and to be close to national parks where you can camp close to deserted beaches.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?
You will not regret it! Try to work in group assignments with people with different backgrounds and cultures - you will learn much more than you think. Apply for the RARE program or a similar program that exposes you to the business world while still being at the University.
Any other comments
I want to share one of my favourite quotes, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain