MBA Graduate appointed to Fishburners Board
17 Feb 2017
MBA graduate Bilyana Smith (MBA ’15) has recently been appointed as a Board Member of Fishburners, Australia’s largest start-up community and charity dedicated to supporting highly scalable tech start-ups. Smith offers Fishburners a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and invaluable connections in creative industries, media, marketing and communications.
Smith was previously CEO of Emerystudio, and has had over 20 years of experience in the private sector, governments and non-for-profit organisations. She began her MBA program looking to fill her knowledge and experience gaps, but this “very quickly transformed into something much more rewarding and inspiring”.
For Smith, the MBA opened a window into the exciting and challenging world of disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship. Becoming an angel investor with Scale Investors was her first step towards the start-up space and with her involvement and commitment to Australia’s innovation and entrepreneurship movement, joining Fishburners was a natural progression.
“The MBA journey has been much more than a sum of its parts. I came out with expanded horizons and confidence to tackle any challenge, with new friendships forged along the way as one of the most important but least expected outcomes,” said Bilyana Smith. “It offered a very different perspective to the world and I feel very privileged to be given a chance to share this view.”
MBA Director, Professor Guy Ford, congratulated Smith on her achievements and described the MBA program as “innovative, leadership-focused, industry-oriented and experimental in style, allowing it to respond to the evolving demands of today’s businesses”. The University of Sydney Business School’s MBA program is designed to allow students to develop a lifelong network of high achieving like-minded professionals, fine-tune their management and professional skills, and gain practical, real world learning.
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