Syed Ahsan

SYED AHSAN - BCom (2013), MEng (2015)

Candidate Summary
1 year as an Alumni Relations Ambassador.
2 years as an Access Connections and Faculty of Business and Economics mentor.
3 years of connecting people through executive roles in not-for-profit organisations.

Connection. Community. Growth.

My 5-year university journey was about taking opportunities that connected the university community together for their own self-growth.

From being Open Day Host and BCOM Orientation Host multiple times in helping new students connect with the university, to serving as the Vice-President of the Melbourne University Civil & Structural Engineering Society to connect students and alumni together.

Serving as an Alumni Relations Ambassador, I connected with hundreds of alumni from diverse backgrounds. We shared our university memories, discussed what was important to them, and communicated the university’s commitment to always help them. I achieved more than $20,000 of donations being made to causes that mattered most to them as part of the BELIEVE campaign.

Committed to bringing communities together, I founded and lead my local suburb’s soccer club soon after graduation. My role involved gaining sponsorship, managing council and member relations, marketing and organising matches with other soccer clubs. Wyndham Vale Soccer Club now has 120 members with 3 junior teams.

In my profession as a management consultant, I help not-for-profits communicate their mission, manage stakeholders and gain funding in building communities that support disadvantaged people. I also serve as a board member on the bursary fund of Kids Like Us, a not-for-profit organisation that provides schooling and a safe space for ‘twice exceptional’ students to learn from each other.

I have also been serving as a mentor in the Access Connections and Faculty of Business and Economics for 2-years running. My job is to guide students in realising their potential and grow. Similarly, I want to help alumni realise what they are capable of and grow.

My vision as an Alumni Council member is to have more opportunities for alumni to connect with each other and build a community in achieving their own self-growth.

I plan to develop an Alumni Consulting Team program that allows alumni with diverse expertise to come together in solving Australia’s major social issues. I have been collaborating with Stanford Business School and the Alumni Relations team to bring this program to life and being part of the Alumni Council will bring us one step closer to making this happen.

Syed Ahsan is a graduate of commerce and engineering who has had experience working in both sectors.

Starting 2017, he has been working as a management consultant at Pitcher Partners where his primary function is in financial modelling and digital strategy across various industries including construction, government, education and automotive. In 2016, he worked as a project engineer where he project-managed road construction projects around rural Melbourne.

Syed also currently serves as a Board Member for the Kids Like Us – Bursary Fund who are focused on funding ‘twice exceptional’ students through their schooling years. With a diverse background, Syed hopes to contribute back to the University of Melbourne alumni community by bringing his wide range of experiences in different areas, both professionally and personally.