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Robin Stonecash

Robin Stonecash

Associate Professor;
Director, Executive Education;
Program Director of the Global Executive MBA

Rm 4227
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 7870
Fax +61 2 9036 7190


Robin is the Director of Executive Education in Management Education at the University of Sydney Business School. She is also Program Director for Rabobank's Executive Development Program and Farm Managers Program.

Robin has spent the last 15 years working with individuals from a variety of organisations to improve their leadership capabilities. Her expertise is in diagnosing the challenges that organisations face and designing development programs that build the capabilities individuals need to meet those challenges. She has designed executive development programs for organisations across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, financial services, telecommunications, IT, manufacturing, policing and government. The programs she designs are often transformational and always fun.

Robin worked for President Carter's Council on Wage and Price Stability in Washington DC and at the US Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Trade Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. She has taught economics at a number of Universities in the United States, Australia and Asia. She worked for the Centre for International Economics, a Canberra-based economic consulting firm, working on government policy and regulatory issues. For the last 18 years, she has been an academic and consultant, working at the University of Sydney Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the School of Business at UTS.

Her current teaching interests include design thinking, strategy development and strategic planning, as well as strategic negotiation. The common thread is how to think more strategically about business interactions, whether across the negotiating table or in the marketplace. She held two ARC grants to research the costs and benefits of outsourcing and contract design. She has consulted for several NSW State Government Departments, including Treasury, Ageing and Disability, Transport, Community Services, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and ADFA. She has been director of several executive leadership programs, for Rio Tinto, Westpac, AMP Capital Investors, Telstra Enterprise and Government, Tyco Flow Control, Luxottica, Fuji-Xerox, RAAF and others. She has presented on executive development programs for Optus, the Australian Federal Police and the FBI, IBM Australia New Zealand, and consulted for Xstrata, Rio Tinto, Sirona, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Rabobank, as well as others. For 15 years, she has presented on Negotiation Strategies for the Executive Development Program for primary producers, a program run by Rabobank. She is also the author of the Australian adaptation of the best-selling American macroeconomics text, Principles of Macroeconomics (6th edition just released) by Greg Mankiw, which has won the prize for best economics textbook packages.

Robin won the AGSM Alumni Teaching Award in 2005. She has been Head of Cluster of Economics at the AGSM and Director of the Masters of Commerce at the Australian School of Business. In 2008, at the height of the Global Financial Crisis, she headed a study tour of leading businesses, visiting Goldman Sachs, Credit Agricole, Microsoft and Cisco, among others, for AMP Capital Investors.

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Conference Proceeding/s

Piggott L, Katz M and Stonecash R 2015 'Towards an Australia-GCC FTA: Strategies and frameworks to facilitate long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships between GCC importers and regional Australia’s agriculture exporters', 2015 Australian Regional Development Conference, Albury, Australia, 28th August 2015 [Link]

Recent Units Taught

  • EMBA6001 EMBA Report

    2017: S2,
    2016: S2,

  • EMBA6002 Leadership

    2016: Int Feb,

  • EMBA6002 Reframing Leadership

    2017: Int Feb,

  • EMBA6003 Integrated Management

    2016: Int May,

  • EMBA6003 Managing Connected Enterprises

    2017: Int May,

  • EMBA6006 Challenging Business Models

    2017: Int Jun,

  • EMBA6006 Disrupting Mature Businesses

    2016: Int Jun,


Ranked Number 1 by the Financial Review BOSS biennial MBA Rankings in 2013 and 2015, we have designed our Global Executive MBA to give you a range of unique experiences around the world – in different countries and organisations – so you can achieve the future you’ve imagined.

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Robin Stonecash talks about our Executive Education programs, which are run for businesses in a wide range of industries, and which have been designed to help you meet your real business challenges.

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