Mazda Australia was the exclusive sponsor of the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law’s Alumni Lecture Series for 2016.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities and other ways to support the BEL Faculty and its students, please contact our Advancement team.

Sponsorship opportunities and benefits

Sponsorship benefits

The Alumni Lecture Series is complimentary to our alumni and their guests, and is part of UQ’s commitment to lifelong learning and supporting our graduates and friends to be inspired, engaged and remain connected.

Sponsoring the series aligns your brand with UQ’s strong reputation and provides access to a high calibre, engaged alumni base.

Exclusive Sponsorship includes:

  • Prominent company promotion (including logo) on all marketing and promotional collateral, and communications channels including websites and e-invitations
  • Recognition at each event with acknowledgement of the sponsorship and the opportunity to give a vote of thanks to the speaker at each lecture
  • Up to six seats at each event for company representatives or guests
  • Up to four seats at each ALS VIP Session for company representatives or guests 
  • Company banner to be prominently displayed at lecture
  • Company marketing collateral to be made available to guests at lecture
  • $1,000 student scholarship made in the company name in honour of the speaker of the day, announced at each lecture
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on video recording of lecture posted on the BEL Faculty and UQ Connections websites
  • Recognition in the BEL Faculty Annual Philanthropy Report.

Co-Company Sponsorship includes all of the benefits of the exclusive sponsorship, but will include one or more non-compete companies that will receive all the same benefits.


The ALS is promoted via a combination of marketing collateral and activity; in addition it has developed a strong reputation through word-of-mouth advertising and promotion.

Consideration is given to presenting a variety of speakers and topics to ensure that a new and diverse range of attendees is attracted each time. Targeted marketing includes:

  • eInvitation and reminder sent to over 9000 e-connected BEL alumni and donors in the Brisbane area (or relevant city interstate)
  • Advertising on the BEL Faculty website
  • Promotion via social media, including LinkedIn and Facebook


The ALS aims to inspire, engage and connect UQ alumni and friends in middle to senior management positions from various backgrounds and industries, providing an opportunity for them to meet and connect with like-minded professionals.

Brisbane events are conveniently held at historic Customs House. Below is a sample of the calibre of guests that the lectures attract:

  • Executive Director, BDO
  • Senior Partner, Minter Ellison
  • CEO, Australasian Credit Union Institute
  • Executive Director, Queensland Capital Management Company
  • CFO, Custodian Funds Management
  • Founder & Managing Director, Blue Sky Funds Management
  • President, QIC
  • Executive Manager, BOQ
  • Senior Consultant, PwC
  • Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright
  • CEO, Clem Jones Group
  • CEO, South Bank Corporation

ALS VIP Session

Following the general lecture, guest speakers host an exclusive invitation-only board room session (subject to speaker availability) to which up to 20 specially selected alumni guests are invited. These intimate sessions provide an opportunity to engage in a more in-depth conversation with the speaker around topics raised in the lecture or those more suited to a smaller audience.

Invitations to these exclusive, high touch-point sessions are extended to C-suite alumni and donors to the BEL Faculty and provide an excellent platform for more personal engagement and networking opportunities.


Past speakers

Part of the ALS success lies in the ability to attract high calibre speakers from a diverse range of industries.

These include:

  • Alan JoyceMr
    CEO, Qantas
  • Ms Gail Kelly
    CEO, Westpac Group
  • Mr Robert Milliner
    B20, Sherpa for Australia
  • Mr John Aitken
    CEO, Brisbane Marketing
  • Dr Don Argus AC
    Chair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Melbourne)
  • Mr John Wylie AM
    MD & CEO, Lazard Australia
  • Chair, Australian Sports Commission
  • Prof. Matthew Brown
    Director, Diamantina Institute, UQ
  • Mr Neville Power
    CEO, Fortescue Metals Group (Perth)
  • Ms Leanne Coddington
    CEO, Queensland Events and Tourism

For more past speakers please visit the ALS event page.

Alumni Lecture Series

Loyalty and growth

Lectures at Customs House are always at capacity, with the average number of attendees at each lecture sitting at approximately 180, with well over 200 RSVPs to each event. Waiting lists are kept for oversubscribed lectures in order to reach as many alumni as possible.

Below are a few of the many comments and positive feedback we have received from our alumni following lectures at Customs House, Brisbane:

“I really enjoyed both the lectures and learnt so much in the post lecture discussion. Matt was generous with his time and had the gift of presenting a complex topic in an understandable way.”

“Thank you BEL Faculty... excellent!”

“I thought the private VIP session activity was very clever and helped bring people together to make them feel special and to learn a little more in the topic."

In 2016, two lectures will be presented in both Melbourne and Sydney due to the popularity of the series and growth in these alumni networks.


The ALS was launched by The University of Queensland's Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL). In 2009 the series began with two events, providing alumni and friends of the BEL Faculty an opportunity to network and gain valuable insights into leadership, entrepreneurship and leading management practices within the Australian and global competitive environments. The series has since grown to incorporate five annual events in Brisbane and expanded its geographic reach to include up to four interstate events, accommodating the needs and interests of alumni living and working interstate.

Today, the ALS continues to attract a diverse range of high calibre, high profile speakers and alumni from a variety of industries, including banking, IT, the public sector, financial services, law, real estate, tourism, and the energy and resources sector.

Alumni Lecture Series

Read more about the ALS and register for upcoming events online.

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