Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Brisbane. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Brisbane, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Robin Levison

Robin Levison Chair, Brisbane Ambassador Council
Chairman, Ignition Equity Partners Pty Ltd, Eureka Group Holdings Limited (ASX:EGH) and PPK Group Limited (ASX:PPK)

UQ Qualifications
MBA 2010

Career Highlight:
Robin was previously Global Director of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions at GE Mining. Robin was MD and CEO of ASX 200 listed Industrea Limited for eight years prior to it being acquired by US based General Electric. He also held senior roles at KPMG, Barclays Bank and Merrill Lynch.  Robin was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National finalist in 2008. Robin is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and in 2010 won the University of Queensland Business School prize for Service to the Community.

Areas of Specialty:
ASX public company growth strategies including financing and acquisitions processes, followed by rigorous execution.

Associations:
FAICD, CA, CEOI & MBA (UQ)

Advice to new graduates:
Be clear on your personal message and delivery to current or future employers. Be confident but respectful; think about everything in a large and wide way, not accepting the norm. Seek advice from experts and people you both trust and respect as you are never to young or old to absorb the experience of others, or to gain value from a mentor.

Favourite Professor or memory while at UQ:
John Steen - Strategy

Hobbies/Interests:
Golf, Heli-skiing, scuba diving, surfing, wine, travel.

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Susan Buckley

Susan Buckley Ambassador Emeritus
Managing Director, Global Fixed Interest at QIC

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Economics 1985, Master of Business Administration 2010

Professional Memberships
Fellow – Australian Institute of Management, Member – Australian Business Economist Association (NSW), Member – Financial Advisory Council for Sisters of Mercy, Member – Chief Executive Women

With twenty-eight years’ experience in financial markets, Susan leads QIC’s Global Liquid Strategies (GLS) capability in the successful management of a diverse range of global listed market solutions for QIC’s clients.

Recognised as an innovative, high-performing team of 28 investment professionals based in Brisbane and London, GLS manages approximately $33 billion in funds for 60 institutional clients. Solutions the team mange include absolute return, unconstrained and benchmark aware global fixed interest, incorporating active strategies across interest rate, inflation, currency and credit markets, as well as implementation and targeted exposure management services across fixed interest, currency, equities and commodities.

Before joining QIC in November 2001, Susan held positions as the Head of Strategy for NRMA Asset Management; Senior Vice President at Bankers Trust Funds Management; and Manager, Fixed Interest, at Suncorp Investment Management. Susan also worked as an economist for National Australia Bank and was Director, Foreign Exchange Services with Syntec Economic Services.

Anna Feros

Anna FerosPartner, DibbsBarker

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Science 1993; Bachelor of Laws 1994; Master of Laws 2009

 

 

Chad Hardy

Chad HardyHead of Public Policy and Expansion, GoCatch

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2013

After completing a Bachelors of Management in Canada, Chad left the company he founded to study law at UQ. He was heavily involved in student societies, becoming President of the UQ Law Society for 2013.

Graduating from UQ Law in 2013, Chad was admitted to the legal profession while working at a law firm.

Chad is currently Head of Public Policy and Expansion at GoCatch, an Australian rideshare and taxi booking app. He works closely with Municipal, State, and Federal governments to develop technologically integrated transport networks with GoCatch.

Prior to GoCatch, Chad was the Commercial Lead for Brisbane based technology company VroomVroomVroom where he negotiated global agreements with leading car hire companies and set corporate strategy and policy.

Chad has extensive experience in the rideshare space, having spent nearly 2 years at Uber growing the Queensland rideshare market.

Chad’s career highlight was 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.

He 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.

Chad is always looking for the next opportunity to throw on a pair of skis. He is an avid reader and cinema goer.

Mac Irvine

Mac Irvine Associate Director – Corporate and Project Finance (Origination and Transactions), Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) (Hons) 2008; Master of Commerce 2010

After completing a Master of Commerce at UQ, Mac began his career in banking at NAB specialising in corporate transactions and relationship management.

In 2012, he moved to London where he managed an international portfolio of infrastructure, renewable energy, power and utilities and real estate assets across UK, Ireland and France for Barclays Investment Bank.

He later moved to KPMG London’s Corporate Finance division, specialising in the infrastructure, renewable energy and power and utilities sectors where he advised both private and public sector clients on project financing, deal structuring, procurement, strategy and execution.

Mac returned to Brisbane in 2015 and now works as Associate Director in the Origination and Transactions team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). In this role, he has exposure to a number of sectors, specialising in project finance debt and equity transactions.

Mac’s career highlight is his current role at the CEFC, which provides him with the opportunity to engage with passionate, innovative people on interesting projects every day as they strive to catalyse investment in the clean energy sector in Australia.

His advice to new graduates is: “You’re not expected to have all the answers as soon as you graduate, so don’t put that pressure on yourself. Early on in your career, take the time to get as much exposure to as many different facets and as many people as possible within your chosen profession. Only then will you be able to make an informed decision about the direction you want to take.”

The people – lecturers, tutors and classmates – and the sum of experiences with all of these people, was what made Mac’s experience at UQ so memorable.

Outside of work, Mac enjoys travel, golf, rugby and snowboarding.

Prue Mackenzie

Prue MackenzieExecutive, Nyon Consulting

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 2001, Bachelor of Arts 2000

Prue is an Executive at Nyon Consulting. She previously held the position of Vice President Infrastructure Regulation at Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail based transport business, and was an investment banker for Credit Suisse for ten years.

Prue considers her career highlights to be working on the largest equity capital market transactions in Australia and the United Kingdom during her time at Credit Suisse, as well as leading the Aurizon team that had profit and loss accountability for its coal business.

Her advice to students and new graduates is to network well in classes as your peers at UQ will be with you throughout your career and will be an invaluable resource.

Prue enjoys being in the outdoors and sport, particularly swimming, skiing and running. She fondly remembers Professors Clarkson and Gray from her Finance honours year at UQ, who both encouraged a critical and analytical approach to understanding and solving problems.

Mark Sowerby

Mark SowerbyAmbassador Emeritus
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
Founder, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Agricultural Science 1993; MBA 2003

Career Highlight: 
My first real job was as a trainee cotton trader with a US based cotton merchant. As a five generation family business based in Alabama, USA, there were many learnings that can only be gained through experience and time in the game. I worked for this company for 8 years gaining valuable experience in commodity trading, futures, derivatives, and the physical trade of products into export channels around the world. More importantly, I learned a lot about people and human behaviour through the inevitable challenges of global crises, financial market volatility and weather events.

My real drive was to start my own business and in 2006 I founded Blue Sky Private Equity Pty Ltd. I loved building businesses and figured that starting a private equity company gave me exposure to my passion, but on steroids; I would get to build my own business and other people's. As Blue Sky evolved we found that as an investment house we had more to offer than just private equity, and so we branched into private real estate, hedge funds, water and infrastructure. The financial crisis gave us a chance to shine, and since inception we have now delivered over 15% compounding returns to investors, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd, and built a team of over 40 across offices in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and New York.

Areas of Specialty:
Strategy

Advice to new graduates:
So many young people I speak to are focused on building a career. That's fine, but what does it really mean? Most think it is about building a strong CV – having the right degree, good marks, some social responsibility, sporting and leadership achievements, and working for the right "brands". But when you scratch the surface so often the CV is a pretty picture but it has no substance. Building a career is more than ticking boxes – it is really about making a difference, demonstrating conviction and commitment to the company you work for, and working there long enough to deal with the consequences (good and bad) of the decisions you make. The 10000 hour rule of working in one place applies more often than not, and we actively seek out people who have built up experiences, not brands. Your CV has no real value if you haven't built experiences to match the story you are telling about yourself

Favourite Professor or memory while at UQ:
As an undergraduate I was a resident of Emmanuel College for four years. These were the years I built friendships that would last a lifetime, mostly through the usual crazy and stupid things you do as a 20 year old. Emmanuel was a brilliant place to love and study, as are all the residential colleges at UQ. This unique and cloistered environment is the perfect place to transition from school to the real world.

Hobbies/Interests: 
My primary interest outside of work is horse racing and breeding, where we have had a modicum of success and some amazing life experiences including winning races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and running horses at the Dubai World Cup race meeting. The breeding side is different to racing and quite agricultural, a hangover from my days on the farm!

Mark Tanner

Financial Adviser, Hillross

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons); Bachelor of Economics 1999

Professional Memberships    
FPA

Upon graduating from UQ, Mark was hired by a Global Management consulting firm. Two weeks later, he was in Korea advising a consortium of international banks and the Board of one of Korea’s largest technology companies on how to restructure their business.

After a number of years in management consulting and private equity, Mark joined a small management buy-out team to purchase a business outsourcing firm from administration, which was subsequently restructured and developed over a number of years.

More recently, Mark’s passion has been to assist others to achieve their financial freedom. Currently a Financial Adviser at Hillross, Mark works with people to achieve their desired balance between work, financial goals, lifestyle and family time, and focus on living an amazing life rather than “making a living”.

Mark’s advice to graduates is: “Take time to study yourself. Understand your strengths, your weakness and most importantly your passion. People respond to authenticity, if you are pursuing your passion you will find opportunities will open up for you. You will wake every day with enthusiasm and energy to pursue your dream and you won’t look back on a life of regret. Continue to read, study widely and take time reflect on your life – regardless of your age or experience, you can continue to learn and grow.”

Mark considers his BComm Honours year with supervisor Professor Gray to be the foundation upon which he has built his career.

“I still consider myself extremely lucky for having Professor Gray as a supervisor in my honours year. Having such a world class professor encourage you to achieve your best and take your thinking to a new level was amazing. I am still lucky enough to be able to still call Professor Gray a good friend and mentor.”

Outside of the office, Mark enjoys spending time bushwalking and hiking, and spending time with his family.

Tim Wilson

Deputy Chairman, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd
Managing Director of Private Equity and Venture Capital

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1990; Bachelor of Laws 1992

After graduating from UQ, Tim Wilson began his career as a corporate lawyer with Minter Ellison in Brisbane.

He completed a Masters of Finance at London Business School and shifted to twelve years of Investment banking in London, Sydney and Brisbane.

Tim joined Blue Sky Alternative Investments in its infancy, and enjoyed helping to build it from a tiny business to a significant presence in Australian funds management.

A specialist in Private Equity, Tim is currently Deputy Chairman of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd and Managing Director of Private Equity and Venture Capital.

His advice to new graduates is to nurture the friendships along the way, and says a good network has as much value as exceptional grades.

Tim fondly remembers commerce lectures with Professor Stephen Gray and his favourite law lecturer was Professor Suri Ratnapala.

Tim enjoys family time with his four sons, travelling, and supporting rugby.