Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Melbourne. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Melbourne, 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.

Paul Gibney

Paul Gibney Chair, Melbourne Ambassador Council
Finance Director, Savcor ART

UQ qualifications
MBA 1991

Paul is a broadly experienced finance executive with strong Australian as well as international achievements. His track record includes a variety of start-up situations, in addition to big corporate experience (John Holland, Leighton, Baulderstone, Thiess). The experiences have been in a number of Asian and Pacific countries as well as in mainstream Australian operations. These have encompassed practical system design, cross-cultural ability, meaningful reporting and evaluations, management skills and business analysis.

He is a Fellow of CPA Australia as well as of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Institute of Company Directors. During his time in Thailand with Leighton, Paul also served as the Vice President of the Australian Thai Chamber of Commerce for two terms.

In addition to now providing advice to a number of businesses across diverse industries, Paul has a key role on the board of a specialist remedial engineering business operating in the near Pacific.

Paul’s favourite professor was Bob Dick. He gave Paul a broad way to look at the human side of business and has led to an ongoing interest in non accounting fields – spurred on in part by writings such as “Organizational Change by Choice”. Paul’s advice to new graduates is to seize the opportunities that a great education and a fascinating world offer.

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Kristina Vouros

Kristina Vouros Deputy Chair, Melbourne Ambassador Council
Strategic Accounts Program, Deloitte Australia

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Business Management 2003

Through her experience working in multinational organizations, global brands, and across multiple clients and stakeholders, Kristina has developed a specialty working across external and internal relationship strategies, project planning and strategic marketing.

During her time at CPA Australia as a Product Development Executive, Kristina managed a team of professionals to pull together the inaugural CPA Australia SMSF Conference. This program was the first of its kind for CPA Australia and was in response to the strong hold our competitors had in the market. With a first-class program, the conference was a success and remains a personal highlight given the short lead time and risks taken by the organization in backing the program.

Throughout her time at UQ, Dr Shane Pegg was her favourite professor. His research and passion in social-psychology of leisure engagement and the role it can play in the community was something that really resonated with Kristina and has spurred her own personal interests and activities. Kristina’s advice to new graduates is ‘It's not what comes your way; it's about what you do with it. Make the most of all the opportunities presented to you and surround yourself that you draw aspiration from. You can only learn and grow from those around you and there is a lot to be said for having strong professional and personal mentors to help you develop throughout your career and in life itself.’

Outside of work, Kristina’s passion is cycling  She is the sponsorship and marketing representative for her cycling club (Hawthorn) and she loves that she can give back to the community through her passion. She says cycling keeps her fit and social, but more importantly it gives her a wonderful work life balance – after all, it's the new golf!

Martin Benders

Martin BendersUQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1975

Martin Benders was previously the Managing Director at Mazda Australia. He specialises in marketing, management, leadership and strategy, which he used in various accounting roles including internal audit and management accounting for ACI, Provincial Traders, Golden Circle and Mazda.

At Mazda, Martin enjoyed various roles including sales and general management; ten years as Marketing Director for Mazda Australia which saw company growth from 3% to 7% market share; and six years in international roles with Mazda in Japan and Europe.

Martin has many fond memories of his time at UQ including helping to clean up some of the Faculty staff housing after the 1974 floods, playing 500 in the refectory, accounting lectures with Reg Gynther and finance lectures with Professor Ball.

Martin advises new graduates that while your degree provides a ticket of entry into the ‘real world’, do not narrow your vision to your area of study – be prepared to take a broad experience view in your career development.

Outside the office, Martin enjoys golf, walking, cycling, good food and red wine.

Karen Chester

Deputy Chair, ASIC

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1986, Doctor of Economics honoris causa 2017

Karen Chester commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair in January 2019.

Before joining ASIC, Karen was a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission since 2013 and Deputy Chair since May 2016.

Previously, Karen was a Partner at Mercer and Global Head of Infrastructure. Before joining Mercer, Karen was a Partner at Access Capital Advisers and the CEO of Access Economics. Karen has held directorships on several Australian infrastructure company boards.

Before moving to the private sector, Karen held senior economic 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.

Dr Vince FitzGerald AO

Vince Fitzgerald Director, Acil Allen Consulting

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1969, University Medal 1969, Doctor of Economics honoris causa 2015

Professional memberships
Victorian Division President and Board Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Victorian and National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration

Vince is a Director of Acil Allen Consulting, consulting in economics, public policy and regulation, and strategy. He mainly work as an economic expert in competition law matters, and in public policy. Vince has a part-time role as Senior research Fellow at CEDA and is also on the ANU Council, a Director of ETF Securities Ltd, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and three not-for-profits. Vince is also on the Industry Advisory Committee of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. Vince specializes in Competition economics, Commonwealth state finances, public policy in education and training, public policy in health, saving and superannuation.

Before joining a colleague in 1989 to found the Allen Consulting Group (later to merge with Acil), Vince was a relatively young head of two government departments: Trade (then separate) and Employment, Education and Training. In his consulting career, he became best known in the mid-1990s as the author of a major report, 'Australia's National Saving: A Report to the Treasurer', and as an expert on superannuation. Vince also authored a number of widely read reports on national training arrangements and Commonwealth-State Finances and chaired the previous Queensland Commission of Audit in 1996.

Vince’s favourite professor at UQ was Leo Howard, who lectured in advanced applied mathematics; a great teacher. Vince’s advice to new graduates is "don't be afraid to have a go", and don't be daunted if something you set out to do doesn't work out. Never failing at anything probably means you've never really set stretch goals for yourself, and failures (hopefully only very occasional!) can be great learning experiences, once you 'dust yourself off and start all over again'.

Outside of work Vince enjoys music, especially opera and chamber music, photography, amateur astronomy and reading.

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Eugene Foo

Senior Legal Counsel, Latitude Financial Services

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Laws 1993

Professional memberships
Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

Eugene joined Latitude Financial Services (formerly GE Capital) as a Deputy General Counsel in 2012 and has advised the Board and senior management on a broad range of strategic matters, including business and product development, implementation of fin-tech solutions, big data, privacy, regulatory matters and law reform.

Prior to joining Latitude, he had spent over 15 years practicing in the private and public sectors in Australian and the United Kingdom, at leading Australian financial service companies, international law firms and corporate regulators.

Eugene's career highlights include obtaining novel relief from ASIC to permit the takeover of an unlisted private fund manager, working in London on global private equity fund raisings, managing a major regulatory investigation/proceedings and helping introduce the National Credit Code.

His advice to new graduates is "be pro-active, be resilient, seek knowledge and trust your instincts."

Outside of his professional life, Eugene's hobbies include cycling and running.

Professor Ian Harper

Ian Harper Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
Dean, Melbourne Business School
Ambassador Emeritus

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1978

Professional memberships
Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
Economic Society of Australia

Ian has been a professional economist throughout his career and has worked in governmental bodies, academic institutions and the private sector. He is currently one of seven non-executive members of the main Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Ian’s career highlights include holding three different chairs of economics over a 20 year career at the University of Melbourne; being appointed a member of the Financial System (Wallis) Inquiry (1996-97), inaugural Chair of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (2005-09) and Chair of the Competition Review Panel (2014-15).

Ian’s favourite memory of UQ is kicking around ideas with his fellow economics honours students. His advice to new graduates is to never take a job just for the money - instead, ask yourself where you’re likely to do your best work and aim to get a job there.

Outside of work, Ian enjoys spending time with his family, reading and writing, running and working out at the gym, listening to music and involvement in church and related activities.

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Julian Lincoln

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Science 1999

Julian Lincoln is a Partner in the TMT Group at Herbert Smith Freehills. He has worked for clients across a range of industry sectors including financial services, healthcare, industrials, mining, pharmaceutical, retail and telecommunications.

Many of Julian’s projects involve clients or counter-parties in multiple jurisdictions and in addition to Australia he has worked in Papua New Guinea and Singapore.

His current and recent clients include leading corporations such as BHP Billiton, Orica, Telstra Corporation, Kraft Foods, Corning Cable Systems, National Australia Bank and Telikom PNG.

Julian has negotiated significant agreements against most major technology vendors such as IBM, HP/EDS, CSC, Accenture, TCS, Infosys, SAP, Microsoft and Oracle.

He has complementary expertise in related fields, including strategic sourcing, agreements for the provision of services, joint ventures, telecommunications services and facilities, as well as transitional service agreements and separation activities in an M&A context, outsourcing, cloud computing, data protection and non-litigious intellectual property matters.

Lyn Maddock AM PSM

Director, Film Victoria

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics 1973

Additional roles
Director, Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Lyn Maddock has more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the public and private sectors, with a background in research and micro economic policy.

She is currently Director at Film Victoria and Director at the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

During her extensive career, Lyn has held roles in the Prime Minister’s Department; established and ran the Australian Communications and Media Authority on an interim basis from 2004 to 2006; established and ran Screen Australia; and led the Australian Antarctic Division from 2009 to 2011 as Chief Executive, responsible for Australia's Antarctic interests.

Lyn completed a Bachelor of Economics at UQ and her favourite teacher was Professor Rod Jensen.

Her advice to new graduates is “stay curious”.

Outside of work, Lyn enjoys music, glassblowing and croquet.

Michel Mamet

Michel Andre Mamet Managing Director, Flagstaff Partners

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1998

Michel joined Flagstaff Partners in 2009 and has 15 years of experience and specialty in investment banking and energy. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners, Michel was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley, preceded by five years with UBS, initially in Melbourne as part of the natural resources group and then in the United States helping build their energy businesses.

Michel has advised across a variety of sectors including industrials, telecommunications, retail, and mining and over the last 10 years predominantly across the energy sector. He has worked on a broad range of transactions including M&A, initial public offerings, secondary offerings, structured finance, high yield and investment grade bond offerings. Michel is also the Co-founder of Melbourne Petroleum Club, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Significant career highlights have included advising Anadarko on their simultaneous acquisition of Kerr McGee and Western Gas Resources for US$24 billion and related financings and subsequent divestments, BG Group’s $5 billion acquisition of QGC as well as the attempted SP Ausnet $8 billion acquisition of Singapore Power’s Alinta assets. Whilst at Flagstaff Partners, Michel advised on Eastern Star Gas and its $924 million acquisition by Santos, the divestment of Burrup Holdings to Yara International and Apache Energy for US$582 million and Sundance Energy on its divestment of its Williston basin interests for US$172 million.

Professor Stephen Gray was one of Michel’s favourite lecturers while at UQ. Stephen was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year in the Economics, Business and Related Studies fields.

Michel’s advice to new graduates is to seek to join organisations where you admire the people, have the ability to learn significantly from those around you and are able to experience international business to gain an important global perspective. Seek mentors early and develop relationships at all levels.

Outside of work Michel enjoys travel, swimming, reading (history in particular), food and has a growing passion for AFL (Hawthorn fan).

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