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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.

Susan Buckley

Susan Buckley Chair, Brisbane Ambassador Council
Managing Director, Global Fixed Interest at QIC

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

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.

Robin Levison

Robin Levison Deputy 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

Current Role: 
Chairman – Ignition Equity Partners PL and Independent public company chairman and director

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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Louise Dudley

Louise Dudley CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce 1983

Current Role: 
CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities – Australia’s fourth largest water distributor-retailer.

Career Highlight:
It was a highlight to be part of the team that established QUU as an entity in 2010. It was a $4.3 billion transaction that merged five water and sewerage businesses into one distributor-retailer. Getting in at ground level and growing with the organisation has been a career-defining journey. Another highlight, and perhaps the greatest challenge of my career, was acting as CEO through South East Queensland’s 2011 floods. It taught me more about myself as a person, and as a leader, than I ever could’ve learnt during business-as-usual operations, so I’m thankful for the opportunity.

Areas of Specialty:
Management and Finance

Associations:
AICD,CA,CEW,FAIM,CEOI

Advice to new graduates:
Your career is a journey; a series of experiences that make you a life-long learner. As you travel along your career path, you will encounter twists and bends, successes and failures, opportunities and challenges – all of which will, cumulatively, make you a stronger person, both personally and professionally. Take calculated risks and embrace challenges. In doing so, you will get noticed, which can often lead to opportunities. Although social media sites are becoming an increasingly important tool for networking and personal brand-building, greater emphasis should be put on building relationships offline. Meet with colleagues, attend networking events, find a mentor. These personal connections will help open doors in the long run.

Favourite Professor or memory while at UQ:
Lots of holidays!. I worked hard during my university years which ultimately helped launch my graduate career at a global consulting firm.

Hobbies/Interests: 
Football, travel, good food and wine.

Anna Feros

Anna FerosPartner, DibbsBarker

UQ Qualifications:
BSc 1993; LLB 1994, LLM 2009

 

 

Chad Hardy

Chad HardyAdvisory, VroomVroomVroom

UQ Qualifications:
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (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. He was recruited by Uber to grow the Brisbane market, and is now working with Brisbane based tech company, VroomVroomVroom.

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 currently training for the Gold Coast Marathon and is always looking for the next opportunity to throw on a pair of skis. He is an avid reader and cinema goer.

Prue Mackenzie

Prue MackenzieSenior VP, Commercial & Marketing (Coal), Aurizon

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 2001, Bachelor of Arts 2000

Prue was an investment banker for Credit Suisse for ten years before moving to Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail based transport business. 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.

She works as an executive for Aurizon and specialises in commercial, leadership and strategic areas. 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 Sowerby Founder and Director, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd

UQ Qualifications: 
MBA 2003, Ag Science 1993

Current Role: 
Founder and Managing Director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd, an ASX listed fund manager.

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 Planner, John Bellas Financial Services

UQ Qualifications:
BCom (Hons); BEcon '99