About the Alumni Council
The Business and Economics Alumni Council, as a sub-committee of the Business and Economics Board, supports the mission of the Faculty of Business and Economics by fostering a lifelong connection with its global alumni community for the benefit of students, alumni and the wider university community. This is achieved through uniting graduates from around the world, connecting a global network of knowledge leaders and through the generosity of the members of the Faculty of Business and Economics alumni community.
The Faculty's first Alumni Council was established in 2010. The role of the Alumni Council is to foster networks between alumni and to support the work of the Dean, the Business and Economics Board, and the Advancement Unit. Specifically, the Council assists the Faculty to:
- represent the views of the alumni community both in Australia and throughout the region;
- engage in a more strategic way with alumni, the business community, government and the broader community;
- foster alumni interest and goodwill in the Faculty's affairs by encouraging intellectual and emotional ties between alumni and the Faculty;
- raise the profile of the Faculty both in Australia and throughout the region;
- raise resources to support the Faculty.
The Council comprises of thirteen members, with three positions elected by the Business and Economics alumni community. The Faculty's Young Alumni Committee operates as a sub-committee of the Alumni Council.
Your Alumni Council Members
Larisa Moran, Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Woods Bagot (BCom 1994)
Larisa commenced her career as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 with Grant Thornton and became a partner in 2003. In 2007 she joined KPMG and continued her focus on providing specialist accounting, taxation, and advisory services to private businesses, family businesses, subsidiaries of foreign companies and high net worth families. Larisa's areas of expertise include commercial/ business strategy, business restructuring, international expansion, succession planning, development and implementation of outsourcing models, and leading human resources functions. In January 2015 Larisa became the Global Chief Operating Officer of Woods Bagot, an international architectural and interior design firm. As the COO, she has responsibility for the operations of the business on a global level, which includes offices in 17 cities across 6 regions - Australia/New Zealand, China, South East Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. The responsibilities include assisting with the development and implementation of strategy, and responsibility for Information Technology, Design Technology, Human Resources, Legal, Risk, Practice Management, Knowledge and Research, Communications, Business Planning, and Development. Larisa was previously on the Professional Advisors Committee for Australian Communities Foundation and the Business Development Committee for Zoos Victoria, and is currently Chair of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Alumni Council, and member of the board. Larisa has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Joyce Au-Yeung, Vice Chair
Group Vice-President, FWD Group Management Holdings Limited (BCom/LLB 2003), MBA (Exec) 2013)
Joyce is a senior executive with a passion for business transformation, particularly leading companies through a growth strategy. As a qualified lawyer and a former consulting actuary, Joyce brings a diverse range of commercial leadership experience, incisive decision-making and effective communication skills. She is known for her creative thinking and open leadership style. In early 2016, Joyce relocated to Asia to join FWD Group, a fast growing insurer offering life & health insurance, employee benefits, and general insurance. As Group Vice-President Distribution Strategy, Joyce is focused on the development and execution of a regional omni-channel distribution model spanning across FWD’s seven markets including Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, that delivers its vision of changing the way people feel about insurance. Prior to FWD, Joyce was the Chief Officer - Health Business at Sovereign Insurance, the insurance arm of Commonwealth Bank of Australia in New Zealand and the country’s largest life insurer. A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Joyce was accountable for the end-to-end management and performance of the Health Insurance Business. In recognition of her leadership in successfully establishing a new business unit and executing a strategy which resulted in substantial sales and profit uplift, Joyce was a finalist in both the Australian Financial Review’s Young Executive of the Year 2015 and the CEO Magazine’s Australian Financial Services Executive of the Year 2015.
Simon Bolles, Vice Chair
Full time Board member and Consultant (BCom 1982)
Simon's 30 year career in investment banking/stockbroking spanned equities research, equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, relationship management/business development, corporate broking/access, investor relations & communications and private banking. Simon is an expert in the financial services sector and has direct, research and advisory experience of numerous other industries, particularly agribusiness, superannuation/investments and infrastructure. Currently Simon is Interim CEO of a horticulture peak body. He has consulted to a start-up and with career consultants Audrey Page and Associates. Previously, Simon held senior positions at ABN AMRO over 15 years, Toll road ConnectEast and Credit Suisse where he headed the Corporate Access program in Australia and New Zealand. Simon has a BCom, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, is FCPA, and Graduate of the AICD Company Directors & Risk courses. He has ten years' experience on boards and sub-committees. Currently, Simon is Interim CEO, Board and Audit Committee member of Public company Ausveg, Prequalified Audit and Risk Committee Independent Member NSW Government, Independent Member Audit Risk and Compliance Board Committee Australian Dairy Farmers, Board member and past Treasurer Road Trauma Support Services, Advisory Board member Tasmanian Government Department of Treasury and Finance Registered Director member Victorian Command Salvation Army, and of others.
Aditya Chibber, Vice Chair
Executive, Grant Samuel Corporate Finance (BCom (Hons) 2008)
Aditya Chibber is an Executive at Grant Samuel Corporate Finance. Aditya has previously worked at PwC and Goldman Sachs. He also serves on the Young Alumni Sub-committee for the Faculty of Business and Economics 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.
Alison Conn, Member
Strategy Principal, Seek (BCom/BArts 2000)
Alison Conn has been a Strategy Principal at Seek since June 2016. She is a former Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. Alison originally joined BCG's Melbourne office but spent 5 years in their New York City office, returning in 2011. During her time at BCG, she has helped clients across industries (e.g., consumer, financial services) as well as functions (e.g., strategy, change management). She has also worked in the strategy teams of Visy Industries and Diageo North America. Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from the University of Melbourne. In addition, she holds a Master of Business Administration (Honours) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Multinational Management. During her time at The Wharton School, Alison worked as a Finance tutor, was president of the consulting club and a member of several professional and personal clubs.
Dr Amina Josetta Kayani, Member
Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia (BCom 1995)
Dr Amina is currently a senior lecturer at the Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia. She teaches Managerial Accounting, Strategic Management and Human Resource Management in the MBA program. Her key contributions to the faculty include her applied research supervision and her consulting projects, events, coordination of industry-academic strategic collaborations, customised programs and international partnerships. With a career spanning over 21 years, she has experience in both industry and academia. Amina joined Arab Malaysian Corporation, KL in Internal Audit after which she spent a year in an SME in Finance. In 1998, her MBA degree from Ohio University USA led Amina into her career in academia with Asia Pacific Institute of Technology KL. During that period, Amina also acquired a license in Unit Trust Consulting. In 2002, Amina joined Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia as an academic and she has been a part of this largest public Malaysian university till today. Amina holds a Bachelor Commerce degree majoring in Accounting & Finance from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Ohio University and a PhD in Business (Human Resource Management) from Curtin University. Amina is active with the University of Melbourne Alumni Association Malaysia.
Catherine Matthews, Member
Senior Associate at Macquarie Bank, Sydney (BA (2011), MMgt(HR) (2014))
Catherine is part of the Gender Equality Committee and volunteer with the Macquarie Group Foundation. Catherine is also a Director of the GWS Giants, and sits on their Women’s Advisory Committee. During her time with the Faculty of Business and Economics, she was a Graduate Ambassador and President of the Melbourne Business School Sports Club.
Cassandra Petkovski, Member
Graduate Analyst, Deloitte (BCom (2014), MMgtAcct (2016))
Cassandra is a Graduate Analyst at Deloitte and is eager to maintain her connection to the Faculty as she progresses into the next chapter of her professional life. During her time at university, Cassandra embraced the various opportunities on offer, including representing the Faculty at the Global Business Case Competition in Seattle, holding the positions of consulting director in the 180 Degrees Consulting Association, and assisting at Faculty events including as a facilitator at the Future Leaders Forum. This, along with her past experience as an accounting tutor in the Faculty, has equipped Cassandra with the knowledge and experience in demonstrating leadership, working cohesively as part of a team, and developing strategies and activities to engage various stakeholders.
Chris Smith, Member
Principal, Terni Consulting (BCom 1981)
Chris has 30 years' experience in roles in chartered accounting, investment, corporate and institutional banking and private wealth management. His experience spans Australia, New Zealand and 11 countries in Asia. Commencing his career with Deloitte, Chris gained a professional foundation in audit, accounting, tax and business advisory. He pursued his interest in corporate finance and advisory at Maracorp, until its acquisition by Bank of Melbourne. Chris spent 5 years in commercial property development and investment finance. He then returned to investment banking at Hambros where he developed his skills and passion for the Food, Beverage & Agribusiness ("FBA") sector. This led in 1996 to Chris joining ANZ to commence the FBA industry specialisation model in Melbourne. The success of the model led to national, Trans Tasman and Asian roles. In 2010 Chris brought together his rich career experiences in a Private Wealth Director role focused on UHNW and Family Office Clients in the ANZ Private business. This role encompassed all aspects of wealth management, asset allocation, estate planning, risk management, capital structure and philanthropy. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma in Financial Planning and is a Chartered Accountant.
Matt Schofield, Member
Partner, ShineWing Australia (BCom 1995)
Matthew Schofield is a Chartered Accountant and since December 2009 has been a Partner of ShineWing Australia, the Australian branch of China's largest Indigenous Accounting Firm, ShineWing. Matt is an ASIC Registered Company Auditor and has previously been the Auditor of the Australian Red Cross Society and ANZ Trustees Common Funds and Charitable Foundations. With the experience of 19 years in the Professional Services sector, Matt has previously been an Audit Partner at BDO and Deloitte. In his role as a registered company auditor, Matt has extensive experience in the audit of small and mid cap ASX listed Companies, and large Chinese enterprises and their Australian based subsidiaries. In his spare time Matthew engages in Chinese Studies at the Confucious Institute, and is a keen follower of the Melbourne University Cricket Club having been a past player, and Director of Cricket at Melbourne University.
Dr Jessie Wong, Member
Partner, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, KPMG (BCom Hons 2000)
Dr Jessie Wong is Director of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs in KPMG's China Quality Control and Risk Management Area. After graduating from her commerce degree at Melbourne, Jessie entered the auditing profession through a position with the AAASB. From there she was Policy Adviser, Auditing and Assurance at CPA Australia, followed by a relocation to New York to take up a position with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)'s International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). She then moved to KPMG in China, during which time she completed her PhD. Her current role with KPMG China functions as part of the firm's quality control and risk management infrastructure. Principally, she is involved in facilitating the firm's liaison and interaction with regulators and standard-setters in China and internationally. Jessie was the winner of the 2012 Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award, and as of 2014 is the head of the University of Melbourne's Beijing Alumni Association.
Kate Stewart-Dixon, Member
Co-Founder and Director, En Pointe Events (BCom 2005)
Kate Stewart is currently running her end-to-end event business, En Pointe Events, focusing on delivering premium event experiences to large corporates. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Kate turned down the opportunity to join a large accounting firm and instead harnessed her entrepreneurial spirit and created the highly regarded catering business Bright Young Things. Kate has a passion for learning, and sharing the knowledge she has gained from running her own businesses with like-minded people. Skilled in brand strategy, team building, creative projects and business innovation, Kate also serves on the Five Chefs Committee for the Starlight Foundation, as well as consulting to Ozharvest.
The Faculty is in the process of filling one vacant position; the incumbent will be announced in due course.
If you have any questions about joining the Business and Economics Council, please contact:
Alumni Relations Manager
+61 3 8344 5381