About the Committee
The Faculty of Business and Economics Young Alumni Committee represent alumni aged 35 and under who have graduated from the Faculty. As alumni early in their careers, committee members understand the challenges and needs of recent graduates and the importance of keeping alumni connections strong for professional development and personal fulfillment. Committee activities include:
- Providing the Faculty with strategic advice on the direction of the Business and Economics Young Alumni Program
- Spreading the alumni message to current students by speaking at events and activities
- Coordinating key events within the Business and Economics Young Alumni Program
The Committee reports to the Faculty of Business and Economics Alumni Council via the Young Alumni Committee Chair.
The Committee run a number of social and professional development events within the Business and Economics Young Alumni Program.
Business and Economics Young Alumni Ball
The Committee's flagship event brings alumni and their friends together for an evening of glamor. Check out the photos from 2016 and keep an eye on your inbox for 2017 details.
Business and Economics Casual Drinks
Connect with fellow alumni over a well deserved after work drink. With over 100 alumni attending each event, you never know who you might meet!
Join the Committee
There are currently no positions vacant however you can express your interest in joining the Young Alumni Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective committee members should:
- Have graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics
- Be aged 35 or under
- Have have a genuine desire to connect young alumni
- Have the ability to attend a monthly committee meeting in Carlton (after hours between April and November)
Chair - Aditya Chibber
Manager Grant Samuel Corporate Finance (BCom (Hons) 2008)
Aditya is a Manager at Grant Samuel Corporate Finance and has previously worked at PwC and Goldman Sachs. He also serves on the Alumni Council for the Faculty of Business and Economics as Vice-Chair and is a Faculty Mentor for final year students. Aditya graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in 2008, specialising in Accounting and Finance. During his time at the University of Melbourne, Aditya actively involved himself with both the University and the Faculty. Aditya worked at the University of Melbourne as a tutor and part-time lecturer and was the Organising Committee President for AIESEC in 2005. In 2008, he was selected to attend the Future Leaders Forum and was the recipient of an Honours scholarship.
President - Melanie Alforque
Assistant Brand Manager - VEGEMITE, Mondelez International (BA 2011; MMgt 2013)
Melanie is passionate about marketing and is the Assistant Brand Manager of VEGEMITE at Mondelez International. Prior to her current role, Melanie was a Marketing Graduate at Mondelez. She completed rotations as Marketing Coordinator (Foods), Assistant Brand Manager - VEGEMITE and Consumer Insights & Innovation Graduate. Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Politics and International Studies in 2011. She also completed a Master of Management degree in Marketing and Human Resources at Melbourne Business School, graduating in 2013. Melanie's relationship with the Faculty began during her involvement as the 2011 President of the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative. As a postgraduate student, she joined Melbourne Business School's Graduate Ambassador Team. She has also worked as a tutor for the Department of Management and Marketing, as well as a Marketing Assistant for the Faculty. A highlight of her master's degree was working on a consulting project with NAB Shanghai in China as part of the Global Business Practicum. Melanie was the winner of the 2013 Bank of Melbourne Strategy Presentation Challenge and was selected to represent the University at the 2013 National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra. She was also awarded the inaugural University of Melbourne's 2012 Graduate Student of the Year.
Vice-President - Coral Lou
Associate, Citigroup (BCom 2010; MFin 2012)
Coral is an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group, Corporate Banking team at Citigroup. Prior to this, she worked in the Corporate Finance Advisory team at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for four years. Coral graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and completed a Master of Finance at the Melbourne Business School in 2012. During her studies, she also undertook an exchange program at the University of Hong Kong and was the recipient of two travelling scholarships. Coral is also a representative on FINSIA's Young Financial Professionals (YFP) Committee which hosts targeted events focussed on career support and mentorship for specific demographic groups within the finance industry. In addition, she is a member of the Palladian Association’s Business and Commerce circle for The MacRobertson Girls’ High School, which aims to provide business and commerce-related career resources and networking opportunities for current and alumni students. Coral was actively involved in student life at The University of Melbourne. As one of the Graduate Ambassadors at the Melbourne Business School, she was part of a professional marketing and communications unit connecting with prospective graduate students through recruitment activities and social media platforms. She was also involved in the Faculty's Career Mentoring and Leadership Award programs
Treasurer - Sunny Chow
Project Lead/Retention Analyst, Telstra (BCom 2010) (MBA Candidate 2016 – present)
Sunny graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2010, majoring in Actuarial Studies. Upon graduation, Sunny began his career at Telstra in an analyst role, engaging with stakeholders at all levels by providing invaluable analytical work, market research and modelling exercises. Sunny has also co-founded an import and export business with his business partner and has since secured deals with a number of retail shops in Melbourne.
At university, Sunny took part in a number of case studies competitions hosted by FMAA/FBE and was part of the committee of AIESEC between 2009 and 2010. He was also involved in the Faculty's Career Mentoring and Leadership Award programs as well as volunteered at Lord Mayor's Student Welcome, an award-winning event that recognises and celebrates students' contributions to the cultural life and diversity of the City of Melbourne.
Sunny has been a member of the Alumni Committee since 2013 and is currently a mentor in the Faculty’s Career Mentoring Program.
Marketing and Communications Director - Maria Teresa Sagaria
Management Consultant, Accenture Digital (BA 2012 MMgt(Mktg) 2014)
Maria Teresa is a Management Consultant at Accenture Digital. A proud University of Melbourne Alumna, she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Australian Indigenous Studies) and a Master of Management (Marketing). During her time as a student, she was a Graduate Ambassador at the Melbourne Business School and was selected to complete an intensive consulting project at Toll Global Forwarding in Hong Kong as a part of the Global Business Practicum. In her final semester of her Masters, Maria Teresa thoroughly enjoyed working casually as a Communications Officer for the Student Experience Team at the Faculty of Business and Economics delivering a digital strategy to improve current student experience. In her role at Accenture, Maria Teresa is passionate about all things digital marketing and provides analytics driven digital marketing strategy consulting to her client. As the Marketing and Communications Director for the YAC, Maria Teresa looks forward to being able to use this passion to create valuable experiences for the Faculty's young alumni. Outside of work, she is a 'foodie' and shares her culinary adventures through her foodblog @Emptyplateblog.
Events Director - Kartik Iyer
Events Director - Richard Cole
Marketing and Communications Director - Laura Fernandez
Student Member - Fiona Cheung
Fiona is currently a third year BCom student at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Finance and Economics. She is actively involved in the University’s clubs and society’s scene, and is currently Vice-President of Operations at The Financial Management Association of Australia (FMAA), following her prior role of Events Director. Fiona was also previously the Alumni and Communications Officer for Enactus University of Melbourne, a non for profit student organisation that works to drive social change through the power of business.