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
Matthew Schofield, Chair
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.
Alison Conn, Vice-Chair
Head of Go To Market, Seek (BCom/BArts 2000)
Alison Conn is currently the Head of Go To Market at Seek. 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 has worked across BCG offices, including 5 years in New York City. During her time at BCG, she helped clients in a variety of industries (eg. consumer, financial services) as well as functions (eg. 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.
Dr Amina Josetta Kayani, Vice-Chair
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.
Coral Lou, Vice-Chair
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.
Richard Hong, Member
Senior Director, Paypal (BCom 1998, BSc 1998, BIS (Hons) 2002)
Richard is a Senior Director at Paypal and is based in its Shanghai office in China. He is the site leader for Shanghai site which has been recognized by “Great Place to work” institute for the last 5 years in a row. Richard has over 20 years of industry experience in technology and operation working between Australia and China. He started his career with PwC consulting in Melbourne before moving to China with IBM where he managed various cross region outsourcing projects for fortune 500 clients. For the last 8 years, Richard has been with Paypal leading their transformation projects across APAC and manages the customer service operation team to become a true customer centric organization. Richard is also one of the founding member of Melbourne Alumni Association Shanghai Chapter and served as the President of the association in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Science as well as Bachelor (Honors) of Information System from the University of Melbourne.
Amanda Liu, Member
Corporate Affairs Director, Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities (MAppCom 2001)
Amanda Liu the Head of Corporate Affairs for Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities (MSHX), the onshore platform of Morgan Stanley in China. Before Morgan Stanley Huaxin, Amanda was the Head of Brand & Communications of BNP Paribas China. Prior to BNPP, she was the Head of Corporate Communications for eBay China during the rise of e-commerce in China. She started her career in marketing & communications in 2003 with Burson-Marsteller, servicing Fortune 500 clients by supporting their local relation building efforts with government agencies and media, and local clients by paving their way to the world in terms of reputation management. After B-M, she joined Ogilvy Group in China and led a team to build a 360-degree brand in China for the Group and its parent company, WPP. As a marketing & communications veteran with 16 years experience, Amanda has helped several multinational companies across industries establish and maintain a positive brand image in China.
Scott Mesley, Member
National Head of Debt Advisory Services, KPMG (BCom 1994)
Scott has been a Partner at KPMG since 2009 and is national head of KPMG’s Debt Advisory Services. Scott joined KPMG in 2002 following previous roles in industry and professional services in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has over 20 years of corporate finance and advisory experience, including in the areas of financial due diligence, valuations, financial modelling, infrastructure project advisory, privatisations, workout / restructuring and debt advisory. Scott’s primary focus now is in the Health, Ageing, Human Services and Education sectors, advising across not-for-profit groups, the private sector and government. Given his extensive work in these sectors he is active in the emerging impact investment and social capital markets and has worked on a range of capital raisings to support the delivery of major projects and services. Scott commenced his career with Ernst & Young in 1995 and is a Charted Accountant. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance with FINSIA.
Antoinette Nido, Member
Real Estate Consultant and Director, Chambria Property Trust (BCom 1984)
Antoinette Nido runs a successful Consulting practice buying and selling prestige property on behalf of blue chip clients in the Inner South East.
After graduating from the University of Melbourne in Commerce, Antoinette has held leading positions including Graduate Economist at Treasury and Tax Director at Ernst and Young where she advised multi-national clients on their Transfer Pricing Practices. She was a member of the Australian Taxation Liaison Advisory Committee advising the Government on the introduction of Transfer Pricing Rulings in Australia. Antoinette was a Board member of RMIT and Member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Currently she is a mentor in the Women’s Board Leadership Program run by Leadership Victoria of which she is a Fellow.
Antoinette was Managing Director of Chambria Property Trust which established, redeveloped and manages a prime inner city property portfolio on behalf of a private Superannuation Fund. Antoinette’s passion to help others benefit from her own experience as a Property Investor underpins her Consulting practice. Her high level negotiation skills, depth of experience and market knowledge are an asset to her clients.
Clement Peng, Member
Senior Analyst, APRA (BCom 2007)
Clement was born and raised in China and moved to Australia during his teenage years. Whilst having a deep understanding of Chinese culture, Clement spent the most crucial years of his personal and professional life in Australia. He attended high school in Melbourne, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Actuarial Studies at the University of Melbourne. Similar to most international students, Clement worked in several non-actuarial related jobs while awaiting his permanent resident visa. He later joined the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) as part of the graduate program in 2010. Whilst working at APRA, he has been involved in the general insurance, life insurance and private health insurance sectors, and is currently working in frontline supervision looking after foreign bank branches. This role involves financial analysis, risk management framework assessment, engagement with senior banking executives relating to strategy and risk governance, and liaising with domestic and international regulators. In his spare time, Clement has always been passionate about giving back to society and University. He was elected as a Committee member of the University Alumni Association – Sydney Branch in 2015 and joined the Faculty's Mentoring program to provide assistance and career guidance to fellow students. He has also been actively involved in a number of non-profit associations promoting Australia-China connections and participated in the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in 2018.
Cassandra Petkovski, Member
Graduate Analyst, Deloitte (BCom 2014, MMgtAcct 2016)
Cassandra is currently working as an analyst at Deloitte within the private accounting and advisory team, after graduating from the University in 2016 with a Master of Management (Accounting), following completion of the Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) in 2014. During her time at University, Cassandra embraced the various opportunities on offer, including representing the Faculty at the Global Business Case Competition in Seattle and consulting for Not-For-Profit organisations in her role as Consulting Director as part of the 180 Degrees Consulting Association. This involvement and engagement with the Faculty of Business & Economics has since continued, with Cassandra serving on the Faculty’s Alumni Council for the past two years. Her youthful perspective and driven nature has seen Cassandra assist with various strategic initiatives and alumni engagement activities. These include acting as an alumni ambassador and guest speaker at various Faculty Events, working on the alumni social-media engagement initiative, and recently moderating the panel discussion for the 2018 Alumni Business Leader’s Breakfast. Cassandra has enjoyed representing her fellow alumni on the Council over the past two years, and would like to continue to support the Council in further engaging and providing professional development and networking opportunities to all alumni.
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.
Kate Stewart, Member
Founder and Consultant, ebc Advisory (BCom 2005)
EBC founder, Kate Stewart is a seasoned entrepreneur and purpose-driven business strategist with a passion for supporting fast moving companies and enterprising founders, particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
With a number of her own successful businesses under her belt—including Bright Young Things and En Pointe Events, she’s worked with a league of loyal clients including The Australian Ballet, Mirvac and The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
Kate’s name is a byword in the events and hospitality game, and for almost two decades she’s been bringing her inspirational style, hospitality nous and pragmatic approach to customer experience and business growth.
Active in the startup scene, she’s a B.Com, graduate of the AICD, director at FareShare, Australia’s largest food rescue charity kitchen and mentor with the University of Melbourne and William Angliss.
Kate is sought out for her practical savvy, futurist thinking and real-world operational experience, as well as her commitment to business as a force for good.
Matthew Wilson, Member
Group General Manager - Strategy, Orora Group (BCom (Hons) 2000, LLB 2001)
Matthew joined Orora in January 2020, bringing over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy. Immediately prior to Orora, Matthew was a Managing Director at independent corporate advisory firm, Flagstaff Partners, and previously spent 15 years at J.P. Morgan in both Melbourne and Sydney where he led the Australian investment banking division’s coverage of healthcare, telecommunications, technology, and private equity clients. Matthew began his professional career in the investment banking division of Macquarie Bank.
Over his career, Matthew has worked on numerous transactions across a variety of sectors including healthcare, telecommunications, media, business services, chemicals, consumer products, mining services, paper & packaging, transportation, building products and retail. He has worked on a broad range of transaction types including public and private treaty M&A, equity raisings (IPOs, entitlement offers, placements), and domestic and offshore debt raisings (investment and non-investment grade), as well as providing strategic advice to clients on growth strategy, capital management & allocation and shareholder activism.
In addition to his role on the Alumni Council, Matthew is a former Executive-in-Residence and current Honorary Fellow of the Department of Finance within the Faculty.
If you have any questions about joining the Business and Economics Council, please contact:
Alumni Relations Manager
+61 3 8344 5381