Speaker Events

May Speaker: Mr Justin Macdonnell

Date:  Wednesday, 7 May 2014

1405 Justin Macdonnell

Justin will speak about the economics of art festivals.









Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Time: 6.15 - 8.00pm

Location: The University of Sydney Business School
                    CBD Campus, Level 17
                    133 Castlereagh Street
                    Sydney 2000


Justin Macdonnell has been employed in arts management, producing and consultancy for forty years. In that time he has been Projects Manager for The Australian Opera, General Manager of the State Opera of SA and Director of the National Opera of New Zealand. He has also been Program Director of the Festival of Sydney and Executive Director of CAPPA (Confederation of Australian Professional Performing Arts). As principal of Macdonnell Promotions (1986-2003) he was one of Australia's leading arts management consultants to both the public and private sectors and to literally scores of arts organisations here and abroad. From 1992, through the Australia-Latin America Foundation, he ran an extensive cultural exchange network between Australia and countries in that region managing over 100 tours and exhibitions and curated programs from the Asia-Pacific area at major festivals in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela as well as Latin American programs for the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals. He has also produced and/or directed Australian festivals in Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico. Macdonnell is a poet and librettist and the author of two major works on arts policy. From 2003 to 2007 he was Artistic Director of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, USA. He became Executive Director of the Anzarts Institute in January 2008.


Past Events

April Networking

Date:  Thursday, 10 April 2014

Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm

Location: Crystal Bar
                    1 Martin Place
                    Sydney 2000


December Speaker: Mr Talal Yassine OAM: The future of Islamic finance in Australia

Talal Yassine, Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance has promised to be the 'next big thing' for over two decades. But despite growing in leaps and bounds in many countries it still represents only a small segment of any market and has only just arrived in Australia.

Mr Talal Yassine OAM, Managing Director of Islamic finance company Crescent Wealth, will be speaking about investing in socially responsible assets based on Islamic investment principles. But what does Islamic finance actually mean? Can it be used as an antidote to some of the worst excesses of 'unfettered free market capitalism'? What does its application mean for politicians, policymakers and Australia in the region?

Mr Yassine discusses the opportunities, strengths and the challenges of using the Islamic finance principles to conduct business, and how to potentially build an Australia and Asia Islamic finance hub. He looks at how Australia and Asia could follow in the footsteps of the west coast of the United States by becoming the 'home grown' centre of the world's best performing Islamic fund manager or the United Kingdom by being the home to more than 30 Islamic Banks.

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm

Location: The University of Sydney Business School
                    CBD Campus, Level 17
                    133 Castlereagh Street
                    Sydney 2000


Talal Yassine is a banker and Non-Executive Director

After 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Director and strategist, Talal joined investment firm Babcock & Brown Ltd in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia and is currently the Managing Director of Crescent Wealth.

Talal currently serves on the Board of Australia Post, Sydney Ports, the Whitlam Institute, The Australian Multicultural Council and as Deputy Chairman of the Gulf Australia Business Council. Talal has also served on the Board of Macquarie University; and as the Deputy Chairman of a government regulator, and as Chairman as Platinum Sound Pty Ltd.

Talal holds a Master of Laws, a Master of Business Administration which was focused on international business strategy, as well as holding degrees in law and diplomas from the AICD and UNE in directorship.

In November 2012, Talal was appointed as a Professorial Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, at the Australian National University.On Australia Day 2010, Talal was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to business and to the community through a range of education, health and multicultural organisations

October Speaker: Mr John Osborn: Small Business and the Spirit of Australian Entrepreneurship

Date:  Thursday, 24 October 2013

John Osborn, Chief Operating Officer ACCI

There are over 2 million small businesses in Australia, employing over 7 million people. That's over 60% of our workforce. Yet, for too many years, small business has been overtaxed, over regulated and overlooked by government.

John Osborn, Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will lead a discussion on the most pressing issues for small business in Australia. He is National Campaign Director of the 'Small Business, Too Big to Ignore' election initiative, www.toobigtoignore.org.au, and responsible for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Productivity Leadership Program.


John Osborn (BA, MBA) is a Canberra and Melbourne based corporate public affairs specialist and leading Australian advocate for free enterprise.

He holds a degree in political science and international relations from The University of Melbourne, with a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

John has worked with a broad range of international and domestic clients and major business organisations covering the full spectrum of the economy, including the not-for-profit sector. His private sector advocacy fits hand-in-glove with a deep interest in public policy innovation, improving productivity and strengthening Australian trade and global competitiveness.

He has experience working as a political strategist and media advisor on both state and federal election campaigns and graduated from the Officers' Training School in the Royal Australian Air Force.

August Speaker: Mr Denis Fuelling: Contract Negotiation within Human Resources

Date:          Thursday, 29 August 2013


Denis Fuelling has spent almost three decades working on all aspects of human resources, most recently as director of human resources at Australia Council for the Arts. His specialties include negotiation, conflict resolution, remuneration and workforce planning. He is an alumni of the University of Sydney, James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology. Come listen to Denis speak about industrial relations and what it takes to be a well-rounded HR executive.

2013 Induction Ceremony

The University of Sydney Business School conducts a ceremony each year for new inductees to Beta Gamma Sigma.

We were delighted hold the induction ceremony in our new CBD Campus on Wednesday 21 August 2013 to celebrate our students' achievement. This year we inducted 155 students into the University of Sydney Business School chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.