Melbourne connections

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.

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Melbourne Alumni Ambassadors


Kristina Vouros

Kristina Vouros

Chair, Melbourne Alumni Ambassador Council
Chief of Staff, Deloitte Digital

UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Business Management 2003

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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 stronghold 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 for the 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!

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John Holding

John HoldingDeputy Chair, Melbourne Alumni Ambassador Council
Group Executive – People and Performance, Nufarm

UQ qualifications: MBA 2012

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John Holding has over 25 years’ experience managing business strategy and organisational change and has held Senior Executive positions in people development, HR, talent strategy and related corporate management roles across various industries. He has successfully delivered results and managed the nuances of emerging and developed markets with organisations going through both exponential growth and contraction.

John has a passion for co-developing and implementing business strategy as well as spotting and deploying great talent, he subscribes to the idea that a constructive, customer-centric culture is the most sustainable path to success.

He is currently Group Executive (People and Performance) at Nufarm, an ASX listed company specialising in agricultural chemicals and crop protection based in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he was Global Human Resources & Safety Director (Minerals Division) at The Weir Group PLC, a worldwide engineering solutions provider employing over 7,500 staff located in 40+ countries.

From 2009 to 2011 John was based in Hong Kong as Vice President Human Resources (Global Operations & Supply Chain) at Avery Dennison. Prior to this, he was Vice President Human Resources (Asia) at Nortel Networks from 1999 to 2008. In addition to Hong Kong, John has lived in South Korea and Singapore.

John is married to Marie with two adult daughters and a very active toddler-aged grandson. He resides on a hobby farm west of Melbourne Australia, where he and Marie tend their horse, sheep, bees and native flora plantation.

A career highlight for John is spending his working hours with some of the smartest people he has met, an opportunity he is most appreciative of.

His areas of speciality are talent, international business, executive development, Inclusion and Diversity, executive compensation and incentives, mergers and acquisitions, and transformation.

John’s advice for new graduates is, “Your career is a marathon, not a sprint and be sure you are enjoying yourself along the way. Feedback is a gift, seek it out and learn from it.”

In his spare time, John enjoys wildlife photography, swimming, small scale farming.

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KY Wong

Profile photo of KY WongAmbassador Emeritus, BEL Alumni Ambassador Council in Singapore (2015 - 2021)
Joint Managing Director, Tristar Capital Partners Pty Ltd

UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1988

Professional memberships
Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

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In 2021, KY joined Tristar Capital Partners Pty Ltd as Joint Managing Director after relocating to Melbourne from Singapore. Tristar, a boutique investment bank, specialises in ECM, M&A, corporate advisory and funds management.

Prior to this, KY was Assistant Vice President at Treasury of Genting Singapore Limited, an SGX-listed owner and operator of integrated resorts including the iconic Resorts World Sentosa.

He has a broad experience in a diverse range of corporate advisory and financial management roles, including corporate finance, M&A, strategic planning, corporate development and insolvency. He has been involved in international M&A activities in the Asia-Pacific region, which has led to various work stints in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and New Delhi as well as in Australia. His area of specialty is International M&A, strategic planning and group treasury.

KY was Chair of the BEL Alumni Ambassador Council in Singapore from 2018 – 2021, and a longstanding member of the Council since 2015.

KY's advice to new graduates is “Find your calling so that you are excited to wake up every morning to face the challenges which may come and maintain your drive throughout your career.”

He is thankful to many UQ professors and lecturers who mentored him along the way, particularly Dr George Docwra, who “not only made microeconomics come alive but also encouraged me to pursue my Honours year.”

Leisure time for KY involves plenty of reading, surfing, skiing and scuba diving.

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Eugene Foo

Senior Legal Counsel, Latitude Financial Services
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Laws 1993

Professional memberships
Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

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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 fintech solutions, big data, privacy, regulatory matters and law reform.

Prior to joining Latitude, he had spent over 15 years practising in the private and public sectors in Australia 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 fundraisings, 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.

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Jane Hill

Jane HillMarketing and Strategy, ANZ
UQ qualifications: MBA 2015

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Jane has 20 years’ experience working in marketing and business strategy across various industries including financial services, media, publishing and the arts within Australia and across EMEA.

Jane has worked in Brisbane, London, Sydney and now Melbourne. Early on in her career she spent four years in London. During this time she worked at TIME magazine, marketing for the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region. In 2014 she went back to university to study her MBA at UQ. She highly recommends going back to do postgraduate study and cites the Wharton Global Consulting Program and the Immersion trip to India as highlights of her MBA experience. After graduating she has worked in financial services in marketing and strategy roles.

Currently Jane is working at ANZ within the Home Loans Portfolio in a marketing and strategy role.

Her advice to graduates would be firstly, to give everything a go - you never know where it will end up and an opportunity may arise where you least expect it. Secondly, do not underestimate networks; building networks with varying breadths and depths of skills and experiences across industries can only make your knowledge and understanding richer. Thirdly, as part of her MBA, the Leading People and Teams course lecturer, Professor Neil Paulsen, asked the class to ponder the question, ‘who are you, and what are you about?’ Being clear of our purpose in terms of what we are trying to achieve, what we are passionate about and how we can give back are some guiding thoughts that she still uses regularly to this day.

Jane lives in Melbourne with her husband and two young daughters.

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Yvonne Huang

Global Client Account Manager, Deloitte
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ‘16

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Yvonne started her career as a graduate at Grant Thornton in their Brisbane consulting practice. During this time, she worked on process improvement and business risk engagements for government and private sector clients. Yvonne later relocated to the Melbourne office and continued her consulting work there which included being sent on secondment as a project manager in the Coles marketing team. This secondment sparked Yvonne’s interest in marketing and project management and allowed her to find an opportunity at Deloitte within the account management team.

In her current role at Deloitte, Yvonne is the Global Client Account Manager for the BHP account and works with the team to set and drive strategic direction and ambitions to help BHP solve complex problems.

Being the global client account manager for BHP at Deloitte has been a key career highlight for Yvonne, due to the global connectedness and climate and sustainability agenda being driven together with the client.

Yvonne’s areas of specialty are Account Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing.

Her advice for new graduates is, “The way we work is changing, look for something that sparks joy and that you can be passionate about!”

During her time at UQ, Yvonne enjoyed being part of the UQ Economics Society and the long-lasting friendships she made by being involved in all the society’s activities. She also really enjoyed the exchange experience she had in Hong Kong for a semester. The electives she took during that semester abroad helped her to realise what she wanted to do after graduation.

Outside of the office, Yvonne enjoys cooking, playing social netball and hiking.

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