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 glamour. We hope you can join us for the 2017 Ball on 8 September. Check out the photos from 2016.
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!
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
Brand Manager - ZoOSh, Bega Cheese Limited (BA 2011, MMgt 2013)
Mel is the Brand Manager of ZoOSh dressings, mayonnaise and dips at Bega Cheese Limited and loves brand marketing. Prior to her current role, Mel was the Assistant Brand Manager of VEGEMITE and completed the Marketing Graduate Program at Mondelez International. Mel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) in 2011 and a Master of Management degree in Marketing and Human Resources at Melbourne Business School, graduating in 2013. During her studies, she was the President of the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative in 2011, Melbourne Business School Graduate Ambassador, a Management tutor, as well as a Marketing Assistant for the Faculty. Mel was also awarded the inaugural University of Melbourne's 2012 Graduate Student of the Year.
Mel enjoys meeting young alumni and is excited for the YAC to continue to offer the young alumni community with meaningful ways to connect with each other and the University. Outside of work and the committee, Mel enjoys travelling, long weekends spent experiencing regional Victoria and catching up with friends over a good Melbourne coffee.
Vice-President - Coral Lou
Assistant Vice President, Citigroup (BCom 2010, MFin 2012)
Coral is an Assistant Vice President in the Financial Institutions Corporate Banking team at Citigroup. Prior to her current role, Coral worked in the Corporate Finance Advisory team at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. During her studies, Coral undertook an exchange program at the University of Hong Kong and was the recipient of two travelling scholarships.
Coral is also a representative on Asia Pacific Loan Market Association’s (APLMA) Young Leaders Committee which aims to provides a professional networking forum for young executives in the syndicated loan market. In addition, she is a member of the Palladian Association’s Business and Commerce circle for The MacRobertson Girls’ High School, which strives 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. Coral has been a member of the Young Alumni Committee for the Faculty of Business & Economics since 2013.
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
Graduate Recruitment Marketing and Communications Officer, The University of Melbourne (BTMgmt 2013, MMgmt 2015)
Laura graduated with a Master of Management (Management) from Melbourne Business School in 2015, having completed a Bachelor of Tourism Management (Event Management) at Bond University in 2013. She served as the Melbourne Business School Student Association’s first Promotions Coordinator, which was the highlight of her master’s degree. During this time, Laura obtained the Leaders in Communities Award, recognising her broad engagement with the university and wider community. Her work experience has seen her undertake roles both interstate and overseas, including an internship at Walt Disney World. In 2016, Laura commenced her career in the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Program. Her rotations have included Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, and Student Employability and Enrichment, with the final placement in the Faculty of Business and Economics. In 2017, she joined the Young Alumni Committee as the Marketing and Communications Director and Graphic Designer. Laura looks forward to using her ongoing connection with the University to strengthen ties between current students and alumni.
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.