Your global alumni network

A warm welcome to the Business, Economics and Law Faculty community

Jo NitzIt is an incredible privilege to be working within the BEL Faculty. Our alumni are important advocates for our university and our partnerships can have many transformative impacts, such as setting aspirational goals for our current and future students.

I  am impressed by the work of the Alumni Ambassador Council, who are outstanding in progressing our engagement agenda across the globe. I appreciate the commitment of members of our community who have chosen to partner with us to provide diverse opportunities for our current and future students through philanthropic endeavours. 

We are deeply grateful to our community who continue to support the faculty, and thankful for those that are considering such a journey with us in the future.  It is a poignant reminder there are many examples of those who simply cannot access a higher education.  What an incredible honour it is for us to create these opportunities through scholarships and bursaries.  Not to mention the opportunity to attract staff, improve facilities, prizes and other such initiatives, which all go a long way to enhance the student experience.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding our Advancement programs within the Faculty.

Jo Nitz
Director, Advancement
BEL Faculty

An alumni network that opens doors

Our alumni network is a vibrant and supportive community of more than 80,000 UQ Business, Economics and Law graduates spread across the globe.

Whether you graduated in 1978 or 2008, being active in your alumni community has a range of benefits to you both personally and professionally. You can stay connected to UQ, reconnect with fellow alumni, make new professional connections and support current students during their program.

Help our students and recent graduates as they prepare for and enter the global workplace.
The Dean’s Society recognises our annual and lifetime donors who provide the philanthropic leadership and vision to our students, academics and programs.

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Alumni profiles

See how alumni are creating change across the globe.


Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly, HSBC Private Bank, London
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)/Bachelor of Business Management, 2008

Paul is leading the design and implementation of the Global Next Generation Client Proposition for HSBC's millennial clients. Paul has a background in management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) working with senior management and finance teams to deliver multi-million dollar strategic initiatives across a diverse range of industries.

Paul advises new graduates to choose a career path that they will find fulfilling and to network widely.

His fondest UQ memories include walks by the UQ Lakes and in the Great Court, his macroeconomics lectures and hot chocolates at the BEL Faculty Rooftop Café.


Karen Chester

Karen Chester, Deputy Chair, ASIC, Melbourne
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1986, Doctor of Economics honoris causa 2017, UQ

Before joining ASIC in 2019, Karen was a Commissioner and Deputy Chair at the Productivity Commission since 2013 and Deputy Chair since May 2016. Previously, Karen held partner positions and directorships in the private sector and senior policy roles in the Australian Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Karen has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Queensland and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics by the University in 2017. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Chad Hardy, Executive Director, Snowater Group, Brisbane
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2013

Chad’s career highlight has been growing Uber Queensland into a reliable way to get around and an opportunity for those under and un-employed. His areas of specialty include law, technology, commerce and start ups. As a student, Chad was heavily involved in student societies, becoming President of the UQ Law Society for 2013.

Chad advises new graduates to try many things to see what they really enjoy and where they excel. They should use those passions to make their mark.

His favourite memory from UQ is working on the UQ Law Revue – long days of planning, rehearsals and building, weeks of labour, and a brilliant final product. Best of all, he worked with a group of brilliant and dedicated people.




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Alumni news and features

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Alumni events

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The Global Connection

Organised by UQ alumni, for UQ alumni, The Global Connection is a series of regular, informal meet-ups held in nearly 20 cities worldwide.

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BEL Alumni Events

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) is pleased to offer a range of alumni and community engagement events as part of our commitment to professional development and life-long learning with UQ.

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Annual Rodney Wylie Lecture Series

This series brings a globally-respected visitor to the University to provide intellectual leadership and engage with alumni and community through its annual public lecture series.

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Alumni ambassadors

To help graduates connect with fellow alumni in their local community, we have established ambassador councils who we work with to provide a range of events, networking opportunities and ways to connect with UQ alumni.

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