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

Michel Mamet

Michel Andre Mamet Chair, Melbourne Alumni Ambassador Council
Managing Director, Flagstaff Partners

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce (1st Class Honours), 1998

Michel joined Flagstaff Partners in 2009 and has 15 years of experience & 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/transactions 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, Corporate Finance lecturer was one of Michel’s favourites while at UQ. Stephen was fantastic as a lecturer in the complex arena of corporate finance as he was able to bring together extensive practical experience (consulting to industry), international lecturing (Duke University), an ability to articulate complex issues clearly and interestingly to his student base  and most importantly engage with the class. Stephen continues to lecture at the University of Queensland and Michel notes he 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). Alongside his family of course! Michel has three children – two sons and a daughter.

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Paul Gibney

Paul Gibney Deputy Chair, Melbourne Ambassador Council
Director, Finance and Administration Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)

UQ Qualifications: MBA 1992

Paul is currently a Director, reporting to the CEO of the new Government Authority established with the task of Level Crossing Removal, which will free Melbourne's road and rail network from 50 of the worst road/rail level crossings over the next eight years. Paul has responsibility for the finance function for the multibillion-dollar authority as well as governance, reporting, records, human resources and broad business support. Paul specialises in practical system design, cross-cultural ability, meaningful reporting, management skills, industry knowledge, accounting, and analysis of business. In addition to this Paul is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Paul’s current role encompasses the full range of interesting and challenging activities which is good. Broad experience in Asian and Pacific countries both establishing and running successful commercial arms of construction, infrastructure and services businesses. Outside of work Paul enjoys being a rugby spectator, travel, reading, and poor handyman activities.

Paul’s favourite professor was Bob Dick. He gave Paul a broad way to look at the human side of business. Paul maintains an 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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Martin Benders

Martin Benders Managing Director, Mazda Australia

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Commerce 1972, Honours 1974

Martin is the Managing Director at Mazda Australia. He specialises in marketing, management, leadership and strategy which he used in his 13 years in various accounting roles including: Internal Audit and Management accounting for variety of companies [ACI, Provincial Traders, Golden Circle and Mazda], 10 Years various Sales and general management roles in Mazda Australia, 10 Years as Marketing Director for MA seeing company grow from 3 to 7% Market Share, 6 Years in international roles with Mazda in Japan and Europe.

Martin has many fond memories at UQ. Memories include helping clean up some of the Faculty staff housing after the 1974 floods, playing 500 in the Refectory and learning from Reg Gynther for accounting and Professor Ball for Finance. 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, but be prepared to take a broad experience view in your career development.

Aside from work, Martin enjoys golf, walking, cycling and good food with great wines (preferably Red).

Dr Vince FitzGerald

Vince Fitzgerald Director, Acil Allen Consulting

UQ Qualifications
Bachelor of  Economics (1st Cl Hons Econometrics), University Medal 1969

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. Australian Institute of Company Directors (Victorian Division President and Board member) and Institute of Public Administration (Victorian and National Fellow) are two associations of which Vince is a member.

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 & Reading.

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Professor Ian Harper

Ian Harper Partner, Deloitte Touche Tomahtsu

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Economics (Honours) 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 a full-time partner in the Melbourne office of Deloitte Access Economics. Ian specialises in the economics of public policy.

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. Ian’s hobbies and interests include 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

Joanne Mercer

Joanne Mercer General Manager of Footwear and Accessories, Myer

UQ Qualifications: 
MBA 2004

Joanne is currently the General Manager of Footwear and Accessories at Myer and manage the National buying for those categories. Her areas of specialty are in retail management, and footwear product development. Joanne’s career highlight was as the Founder of Joanne Mercer Footwear business.  She developed the business plan, secured the funding and launched the concept of Joanne Mercer Footwear.  The business grew to a 30 store company trading profitably. The business moved from a National Branded concept to become a full mono-brand store which the customers loved.  Since leaving the business Joanne has enjoyed returning to corporate life where she manages the strategic planning and buying for the Myer Footwear and Accessories business.  The challenge is completely different but she has learnt a new set of skills to take her career to the next level.

Joanne’s advice to new graduates is to try and work part time or casually in a related field to give you some insight into a potential career, and to give you practical application to the academic concepts.  Don't be scared to change your plans if you are not getting satisfaction and the desired outcome from you course. While at UQ Joanne’s favourite professor was Graham Taylor who was part of the UQ program held at Mount Eliza Business School. Outside of her corporate life Joanne spends time with her family and children. She loves running, ski, trek, going to the gym, reading and socialising.  

  

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Kristina Vouros

Kristina Vouros Strategic Markets Manager, PwC

UQ Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Business Management 2003

Kristina is currently the Strategic Markets Manager at PwC. She works closely with lead strategic partners and the broader PwC Leadership Team, to support market initiatives that enable growth. This includes maintaining a high performing national team and building the internal brand of the markets function. 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.’

To say that cycling is Kristina’s hobby/interest is probably an understatement- it is by far her true passion (outside of work). 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. Cycling keeps her fit and social but more importantly gives Kristina a wonderful work life balance, after all it's the new golf!