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A Q&A with Leeor Groen

Alumni

A Q&A with Leeor Groen

Leeor Groen is a Principal at BV Ventures, a Swiss venture capital firm investing into and supporting blockchain-enabled businesses, and a Founding Board Member of the World Innovations Forum Foundation, an independent NGO dedicated to enabling prosperity for all nations through innovation and entrepreneurship. A BCom graduate, he actively contributes to the public discussion on technology, society, finance and the environment and is a member of the World Economic Forums Global Shapers community. Now based between Zurich and Singapore, Leeor has lived and worked professionally in the UK, Norway, Switzerland and Singapore since graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2013.

Published 23 Sep 2019

Inside the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative

Student Enrichment

Inside the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative

The University of Melbourne’s student clubs are one of the community’s most fundamental building blocks. They offer students a breadth of opportunities to add to their university experience, to make friends, develop skills, and begin building a professional network that will stay with them into their careers. The Melbourne Microfinance Initiative (MMI) offers its members a unique experience: the chance to have a real-world, social impact, both locally and internationally. We spoke with MMI President Jeanette Chan and GMCC Director Nina Lo to find out more.

Published 23 Sep 2019

Rising Star Fernando Tamayo

Awards

Rising Star Fernando Tamayo

“Entrepreneurship is not about success on a daily basis. It’s actually the opposite. It’s about waiting and persevering, and suddenly all that hard work gives you a little bit of luck. That’s when you really start working. In that regard, it’s like raising a kid, you plan for them, when they’re born you don’t sleep, and even when they’re 18 you might have some problems. But you love them, and they’re always there.” – Fernando Tamayo, YAQUA Founder.

Published 19 Sep 2019

The Sum of our Parts

Alumni

The Sum of our Parts

As children, most of us wanted to be movie stars and secret agents, firefighters and astronauts. As time goes by, we change. We consider careers as journalists and marketers, bankers and management consultants. But when is the moment we make that choice, and what does it take to make an informed decision? For Bachelor of Commerce student Tina Tian, it was the industry experience she gained from internships and the Management consulting subject that set her course.

Published 19 Jun 2019

The Magic of Muesli

Accounting

The Magic of Muesli

When you think about the role of accountants, you’re much more likely to think calculators and spreadsheets than muesli. However, the applications of accounting extend to tables beyond Excel, like breakfast, and the boardroom. The ERPSim Asia Pacific Japan Cup simulates a real-world working experience for accounting students. This year, teams from the University of Melbourne took out the top two spots in the regional challenge, before going on to become international champions!

Published 07 May 2019

The Scenic Route

Student Enrichment

The Scenic Route

It’s a well-used metaphor, but there’s no doubt that higher education is a journey. For some it’s a fast track, high school, university and on to a career. For others, there’s something to be gained by taking the scenic route. For Nick Johnson, the scenic route offered an alternate entry pathway into the University of Melbourne, and on to international experience in New Colombo Plan funded International Business Experience study tour of India.

Published 08 Apr 2019

The Number Narrative

Finance

The Number Narrative

When we think of Finance and Economics, there’s often a very formulaic response – we imagine data and spreadsheets – but to be successful you have to think outside the Excel box. It’s not just about the numbers. For BCom Student Barry Zhang the narrative is just as important. His experience in the Management Consulting subject, working with HASSELL Architecture and Design firm gave him the chance to build a new narrative, and understand the full scope of management consulting.

Published 02 Apr 2019

The Meeting Point

International Opportunities

The Meeting Point

There is an interesting intersection between the worlds of business and government. Often, it’s the innovation of private industry that impacts public policy and offers solutions to problems in the public sphere. Bachelor of Commerce student James Chan spent a week exploring this meeting point when he travelled to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Bali, as the University of Melbourne’s newest Global Voices scholar.

Published 24 Oct 2018

Choose Melbourne: Jenna Oh

Student

Choose Melbourne: Jenna Oh

For many international students, choosing where to study can be a challenge. It means comparing rankings, finding out about the culture and educational system of a country, speaking to their family and friends, and in some cases visiting. The choice is often split between the United States, the United Kingdom, and studying here, in Australia. Jenna Oh did her undergraduate studies in the United States, now, she’s come to Melbourne, where she’s currently studying the Master of Management (Accounting).

Published 13 Sep 2018

Next Stop Sydney

Student Enrichment

Next Stop Sydney

For the last ten years, the Melbourne Business Practicum has given Melbourne Business School (MBS) students the opportunity to go beyond the university walls and experience the professional world of their city. Now, for the first time, the program has expanded to Sydney, with a fresh collection of companies and partner organisations opening their doors to a practicum cohort. We caught up with Jessica Darmanin, one of the first students to take up this new, interstate opportunity.

Published 11 Sep 2018

First son of the Dawn Wade Scholarship

Alumni

First son of the Dawn Wade Scholarship

The Dawn Wade Scholarship offers financial support and the opportunity to live at residential college International House (IH) to high-achieving, rural students transitioning into study at the University of Melbourne. It’s an initiation into a global community that stays with you long after graduation. We caught up with Brett Stone, Bachelor of Commerce alumnus, former Student Club President of International House, and now Australian Labor Party candidate, to find out how the scholarship impacted him.

Published 03 Aug 2018

Jack Dalrymple - on taking his voice to the OECD

Student

Jack Dalrymple - on taking his voice to the OECD

For most of us, institutions like the United Nations and the OECD exist in a sphere far removed from our day-to-day lives. In some ways, they seem impenetrable, and surreal, and for students chasing a future with one of these organisations, the path to their doors is far from clear. The Global Voices Scholarship gives students, like Jack Dalrymple, a chance to visit and connect with these organisations, fostering practical, hands-on experience for our future leaders.

Published 31 Jul 2018

Entrepreneurial influences with Simone James

Student Enrichment

Entrepreneurial influences with Simone James

When entering university, many students are advised over and over to network. It doesn’t come easy to some, and this was definitely the case for Bachelor of Commerce student Simone James. Now, on the brink of her graduation, Simone has a wealth of experiences under her belt, both in Australia and abroad, most recently at Stanford University. We sat down to talk start-ups and how networking and a growth mindset has opened up a myriad of opportunities and experiences.

Published 25 Jul 2018

Where are they now: Jason Lai

Student Enrichment

Where are they now: Jason Lai

Jason Lai completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and was recognised on the Dean’s Honours List for outstanding results. He continued his studies in the Master of Management (Finance) at Melbourne Business School. As part of his degree, he completed the Melbourne Business Practicum (MBP) in 2016, working at the global firm Genpact. Since graduating last year, Jason was awarded a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship to study Chinese in China, which he undertook at Suzhou University.

Published 28 Jun 2018

Fresh Faces All Around: Meet the New MBSSA Exec

Student Enrichment

Fresh Faces All Around: Meet the New MBSSA Exec

For many students at Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Business School Student Association (MBSSA) is a hub of activity, with their events a highlight of the year. The connections they make through the association are relationships that will stay with them long after graduation. At the heart of it all is the MBSSA Executive team, and with a new semester comes a new council. We took a few minutes to meet them and find out about their plans for the rest of the year.

Published 18 Jun 2018

Levelling the playing field, from Kilimanjaro to the Dead Sea

Entrepreneurship; International Opportunities

Levelling the playing field, from Kilimanjaro to the Dead Sea

We often speak of sport as being one of the world’s great equalisers. It’s used to cross cultural and language barriers, build communities, and of course, celebrate the underdog. Where sport around the world fails is in its handling of gender inequality. It’s a desire to rectify this and create an equal playing field that has taken an MBS alumna around the world.

Published 15 May 2018

Inside the Melbourne Business Practicum: working with the National Heart Foundation

Student Enrichment

Inside the Melbourne Business Practicum: working with the National Heart Foundation

For the past three years, the National Heart Foundation has partnered with the Faculty of Business and Economics to host the Melbourne Business Practicum. It’s been an opportunity for the students and the foundation alike; for students to get hands-on experience managing unique projects, and for the foundation to tap into a rich and energetic resource. We caught up with Sarah McPherson and Lyn Davies from the National Heart Foundation; and Master of Management (Marketing) student Kim Chetty, to find out more about the program.

Published 01 May 2018

Alumni Profile: Derek Lam

Student Enrichment

Alumni Profile: Derek Lam

Derek Lam completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing, Management and Finance) in 2013 and a Master of Commerce (Marketing) in 2014. He describes the Melbourne Business Practicum and Global Business Practicum as the most valuable experiences of his time at Melbourne Business School. Derek also actively participated in global opportunities in his undergraduate degree and completed a semester of study in the UK at the University of Manchester.

Published 19 Feb 2018

Disruption: An opportunity for growth

Student Enrichment; Entrepreneurship

Disruption: An opportunity for growth

In a world that is constantly changing, megatrends such as technology, globalisation, demographics and psychological changes, are having a significant influence on the business models of many industries. As a Strategy and Innovation Consultant with EY, Master of Entrepreneurship alumna, Rosie Downie, helps her clients navigate disruption and understand how they can position their business to benefit from the evolving environment.

Published 01 Feb 2018

Research for Social Change at the centre of the Faculty

Student Enrichment

Research for Social Change at the centre of the Faculty

At the inaugural Business and Economics Dean’s Event Melbourne, more than 100 alumni gathered back on campus to hear from three of the Faculty’s leading academics about the impact of their work on society.
Deputy Dean Paul Jensen, Associate Professor in Accounting, Brad Potter, and Professor of Experimental Finance and Decision Neuroscience, Peter Bossaerts, all explained the social impact of their research in just six minutes and 40 seconds in the snappy style of Pecha Kucha – a Japanese style of presenting gaining popularity around the World.

Published 13 Oct 2017

Sixty-five years on: How the BCom changed one woman’s life

Awards

Sixty-five years on: How the BCom changed one woman’s life

Dale Beeton is a Third Year BCom student majoring in Accounting and Finance. Here is a segment of the speech he gave at the FBE 40+ Reunion Lunch in September 2017. The annual lunch gives alumni who graduated from the BCom 40 or more years ago the chance to reconnect with the University and share memories with old friends. Dale interviewed Val (BCom 1954), one of the few women who studied Commerce in the 1950s, to find out what life was like for her then.

Published 26 Sep 2017

My time in Hong Kong and Singapore: a conversation with Ewe Jin Tan

Student Enrichment

My time in Hong Kong and Singapore: a conversation with Ewe Jin Tan

The future of business and economics lies in our students, who demonstrate the value of the Faculty’s teaching, industry engagement and scholarship programs when they successfully navigate into careers of their choice. Commerce Opportunity Bursary recipient Ewe Jin Tan shares his recent internship story with us, and tells us about his experiences in Hong Kong and Singapore with Deutsche Bank.

Published 10 Mar 2016

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