2016 Top100 Future Leaders

The Australian university graduates who made the 2016 Top100

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    Alexander Malone

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    Winner of: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    I am an ambitious and incredibly hardworking individual, always pushing myself to achieve the best results. My ambition and ability to deliver upon it is reflected by my academic results, for which I was recently recognised as one of the top engineering students at UWA, through being awarded the Orion Engineering Services Scholarship. I have developed my communication skills through working extensively as a part time tutor. This has involved valuable experience obtained in working with cultural diversity. I have done a large amount of work within diverse communities, particularly the Somali community within Mirrabooka, in the northern suburbs of Perth. This experience has not just allowed me to develop skills in communicating across cultural and language barriers, but has also given me a much deeper understanding of the importance of respect and the value of diversity. Beyond the group work that has been involved in my engineering studies, I have developed practical leadership and teamwork skills through a number of different extra-curricular activities. I have volunteered as a student mentor, working with the English as a Second Language class at Balga Senior High School, and also manage and captain a UWA Social Soccer team. I am also a committee member and team leader within AIESEC UWA, a leadership development organisation that organises and manages volunteer-abroad experiences for students. With these skills and experiences combined, I am an enthusiastic and motivated young engineer, passionate about leadership and teamwork and the role of young people as leaders in developing solutions to the most pertinent challenges of the coming century.

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    Annette Zeman

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Winner of: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I am a 2014 Top 10 Arrium Science and Engineering Future Graduate. I am an accomplished Accredited Practising Dietitian pursuing a career change to Civil Engineering. My strengths lie in my excellent communication, organisational and time management skills. This is evidenced by my ability to juggle work and study commitments and achieve high distinctions. Throughout my career, I have won awards for my ability to influence and effectively achieve outcomes. These include the Ramsay Health Care National Workforce Planning award for the best workforce innovation and a national prize for my clinical management of a patient in intensive care. I am committed to self-development and advancing my knowledge. In 2013, I completed the Certificate 4 in Front line management. I have qualifications in training small groups and performance management and have successfully completed a 6-month Women in Business course. I present weekly in front of groups and have a Statement of Attainment of public speaking. I am confident presenting in front of a group of people and have presented at the NSW Minerals Council Occupational Health and Safety Conference and at the QLD Mining Industry Occupational Health and Safety Conference (2007). At Ramsay Health care I am on the WHS safety committee and am also a student representative on the UoN Engineering WHS committee. I have a commitment to personal health as well as safety. My sporting achievements include continuous representative touch football more than 10 years and as a player in the State team since 2006. My strengths lie in communication, planning and scheduling, and my motivation and enthusiasm is reflected in my current work and study achievements. I am looking to be inspired by industry leaders so that I can be an inspiring future leader in Engineering.

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    Campbell Morris

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mining and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Economics

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    Winner of: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    Commitment, academic rigour and innovation broadly define the skill set I hold, and actively engage, that characterises me as a Future Leader in mining, oil and gas. Commitment: persistence and enthusiasm have been critical to my past successes, and will be instrumental in driving my vision as a leader going forward. This is proven by my active role in the AusIMM Illawarra Student Chapter over two years. Within the society I have been involved in initiatives such as coordinating field trips to the Hunter, exposing my fellow classmates to industry leading companies. Over the summer holidays I have undertaken vocational training completed at Blakefield South Underground and Liddell Open-Cut over two 12-week experiences, advancing my practical understanding of the mining industry. Academic Rigour: intellect and technical excellence are essential underpinnings of leadership. My exceptional academic ability is best evidenced by my 2 years on the Dean Merit list. I appreciate that a Future Leader should hold a forward looking perspective to knowledge, which I pursue in my involvement with conferences within the AusIMM. These conferences have allowed me to see the advancing industry as well as observe the foremost thesis projects from across the nation. Innovation: I believe that leadership goes beyond sticking to the mould, and that a Future Leader will dare to innovate. I am eager to generate and develop original thoughts that can benefit the industry, demonstrated when within a team we designed a sustainable water filtration system for suffering regions of Vietnam. Beyond the innovativeness of this project, I was required to present my product - bringing communication skills and charisma to the fore. I believe that the above categories of skills and attributes demonstrate that I posses the knowledge, drive and creativity necessary to be a Future Leader in the mining, oil and gas industry.

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    Cassandra Murphy

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering majoring in Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    Winner of: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    I am a future leader because I am truly passionate about finding innovative solutions that combine industry outcomes with environmentally sustainable practice. This passion drives my commitment to both my academic and extracurricular activities, motivating me to create change and inspire others. I am also committed to bettering myself and those around me. This year I am the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene event coordinator for the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Engineers without Borders (EWB) society. I ensure that students have opportunities to gain skills and learn more about humanitarian engineering, including two new initiatives - a design competition and student mentoring program. I worked as part of a team of students from three different universities to organise the inaugural Inter-University Appropriate Technology Competition, collaborating to create a better competition than we could have individually. I took initiative during this project to secure industry support and organise venues, contacting EWB industry members and the engineering faculty of UNSW. I impressed other members of the team with my commitment to the society, inspiring them to do more as well. Last summer I studied soil moisture detection technology as a CSIRO Summer Research Student. The major achievement of my research was suggesting a variation of soil moisture measuring procedures to reduce measurement time and OH&S concerns. This innovative approach was firmly backed by my research, and by understanding the needs of the scientists who would be using this technology in the future I was able to deliver a compelling presentation that lead the way for new, safer practices to be undertaken in the future. Additionally, I enjoy my studies at UNSW and have been on the 2014, 2015 Dean Honours List. I also tutor at UNSW, and connect with my students to help them to understand the material and better themselves academically.

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    Chai Shean Ng

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Management

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    Winner of: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    A good leader is one who motivate their team to achieve a common goal; a great leader is one who dreams beyond the current limitations and pushes their team to grow in achieving the common goal. I believe that I will be a Future Leader in consulting, management and retail due to my passion for growing the talented individuals around me. Currently, I am leading a team of events officers in my role as Head of Events at Global Consulting Group and it has challenged me to tailor my mentoring style to different individuals and their needs. Through the numerous case competitions I have participated in, I am very fortunate to have been able to work with the brightest minds. However, being smart does not necessarily deliver innovative solutions if one does not dare challenge the status quo. I realised that I am that person who challenges my team members to think laterally and draw in their personal experiences across different environments to innovate a solution that addresses the heart of the problem. For any situation that requires problem-solving, it is critical to set down a strong foundation by identifying the key need to be addressed. I continually challenge my team members by asking the right questions to draw their attention back to the big picture that we are striving for. This has allowed us to deliver innovative solutions that the clients themselves would not have thought of, which I believe is the value that a consultant can deliver. Despite that, I remain grounded in pragmatic solutions that is data-driven, logical and feasible. In conclusion, my passion for growing those around me, drive for innovative solutions and logical data-driven approach will make me a Future leader in consulting, management and retail.

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    Charles Bruce

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Winner of: Ashurst Law Award

    Throughout my adult life I have rigorously pursued my interest in commercial law, achieving a standard of excellence through my studies, national competitions and work experience. However, in 2013, I was asking a lot of questions. I was struggling to identify exactly which path I wanted to aim my university study and future career down, what I wanted to stand for and the changes I wanted to influence in the World. I realised I needed to be the engineer of my own change. When my studies concluded for that semester, I threw myself into the deep end, traveling for six months and completing aid work across South East Asia, India and the Middle East. The time away shaped my positive approach to life, work and the way I hope to achieve and benefit the World. I have a global outlook and appreciation for the weighing of different views in reaching solutions. Importantly, the experiences strengthened my ability to adapt to any situation and in doing so empathise broadly with those involved. Having rowed competitively, I recognise the benefits of strong teamwork. I seek an environment where intelligent and collaborative individuals unite in tackling difficult legal issues. Intellectual creativity and an appreciation for the wider context is essential to this process, a skillset I employed whilst Chair of a Model United Nations conference in Jordan. I understand that to be a trusted legal advisor and industry leader, you must provide more than an excellent synopsis of the legal landscape. So in addition to the academic pursuit of Law, I take interest in gaining practical knowledge of the corporate world, those clients I hope to one day represent.

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    Charles Zhang

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance

    Finalists In: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    Winner of: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award

    Regarding the Deloitte Accounting & Financial Management Award and the Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award I believe my diverse experience, dynamic skillset, and passion for teaming and leadership in the professional financial services space make me a competitive candidate for Future Leader. Over my 20 months of experience in the Assurance division of EY, I have been able to cultivate a sweeping portfolio of clients which include ASX listed entities, private companies, and not-for-profit organisations across various industries. Through this experience I have been able to develop pertinent analytical and business-sense hard-skills as well as softer skills in both a proven ability to partner with clients and a penchant to thrive within a team environment. Regarding the Business and Management Consulting Award I believe my voluntary management consulting endeavours built upon my genuine passion for people, ideas and creating value make me a competitive candidate for Future Leader. Working with 180 Degrees Consulting in both team member and team leader roles, I have been fortunate enough to not only gain experience providing real world recommendations to a recognised mental health organisation but also nurture my skills and passion for the consulting space. Apart from this, I have been unafraid to express a sense of initiative alongside an active interest in both microfinance and sustainability. As such, I have involved myself in volunteer internal consulting endeavours with Palmera Projects an international social microfinance organisation and the Maastricht Green Office the internal sustainability consultancy for Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Overall, I believe my proven leadership ability together with experience and a pursuant interest in community stewardship and sustainability with CSR, I believe, an important aspect of future business speaks to overarching skills and attributes which make me a strong candidate for Future Leader.

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    Cindy Tan

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing Communications and Finance

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, KPMG Diversity Award

    Winner of: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    Goods, Marketing and Retail Award: I am not afraid to step outside of my comfort zone and I enjoy pushing boundaries when exploring new ideas. Having worked with many different people across different sized organisations, I have developed the leadership skills to help navigate my way through the marketing industry. The future of Marketing rests in good data management and analysis. I have the discipline, a natural penchant for analytics and strategic problem solving skills for this very need. With good attention to detail, I am constantly exercising initiative in search of new opportunities to present to management. I have the technical skills set relevant to my industry including research and reporting, coding and multimedia editing (audio/visual). Through my experience in sales and marketing, I have developed the important ability of building rapport and communicating effectively. In one of my earliest jobs, I worked in face-to-face sales (street marketing). This meant that I was constantly pitching to and closing dozens of people each day. Although challenging, I built the resilience and communication skills necessary for success in sales & marketing. I am a confident public speaker and have participated in multiple University debating competitions. Through debating, I have nurtured the skill of problem solving, working effectively within a team and logical reasoning. Working well in a team is a very important skill as I believe that good leadership is where you work alongside your team, rather than above your team. I am a driven goal setter hungry to inspire sustainable change for my generation and beyond. This is my passion. My choice of vocation is derived from my desire to inspire change because Marketing is about creating influence and influencing thoughts the key ingredients for making a difference. I believe that my diligence in combination with my skills and commitment will make me a Future Leader in my field.

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    Conor Johnson

    James Cook University
    Bachelor of Arts with Honours majoring in Political Science and History

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award

    Winner of: Public Sector Award

    As a future leader in the public sector, my skills and attributes are values-based and results-driven. My interest in the public sector stems from an intense passion for the important work of the Australian Public Service as an instrument for stimulating change in society, particularly with regards to employment. As a delegate to the 2014 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings I had the fortune to participate in the World Bank Youth Summit, which explored entrepreneurship in relation to youth employment. Having tapped into world-class knowledge of this crucial issue, which is of particular prevalence in my home region of Cairns, I have adopted the goal of affecting change in employment from within the institutional framework of the public sector. As a future leader in Australia public sector, I recognise that paradigm shift is most achievable through a systems-oriented mindset. Moreover, my experience in youth-led employment research in the city of Cairns has imbued in me the skills to mediate with other leaders and facilitate the sharing of knowledge. To me, decisiveness is perhaps the most fundamental skill for a future leader to have in the ever changing environment of the public sector I am dedicated to producing great results in my field through meaningful discussion with key stakeholders. Should my application be successful, I intend to utilise my knowledge of employment and youth policies to engage in constructive dialogue with other young leaders and public sector officials. Overall, my style of leadership is about leading with a passion to serve, rather than a right to rule, and this is what Australia public sector needs most from its future leaders.

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    Daniel Granger

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    Winner of: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    I believe that as a leader it is really important to have agility. My broad range of experiences are invaluable in giving me the skills and abilities to be a leader in my categories chosen. One of the skills and attributes is having resilience, as a leader there will always be set backs in life and being the first in my family to start a university journey has proved challenging and rewarding. Through the set backs of studying a degree that didnt match well with me to then working through this to a resolution, proves that I am motivated to move forward. This reiterates the tough decisions that I have had to make while balancing the possibilities of it all going wrong. I also consider myself motivated and proactive which is important in future leaders. Throughout university I have been dedicated to my studies focusing on finding the solutions to problems when they arise. For example when not understanding technical skills in my accounting and finance subjects I seek to fix these when they arise rather than wait until it becomes too overwhelming at the end. This is reflected in maintaining a high distinction average. To compliment this, I have also recognised the importance of embracing diversity in being a leader by seeking opportunities to be well rounded. I have written to employees Lumina Chartered Accountants and Boyce Chartered Accountants to gain as much insight and experience into the financial services industry by asking them for the opportunity to undertaking work experience. These experiences as well as volunteering for CPA Australia have enabled me to develop deeper understandings of team work and communication. All these skills and attributes combine to define me and highlight my authenticity in my approach to being a future leader.

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    Daniel Zanatta

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting

    Finalists In: Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award

    Winner of: Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    I am a confident and effective communicator with peers the public and people from a variety of cultures. My work-ethic and time management skills are exceptional. I have demonstrated this through the successful management of a double degree (Engineering and Commerce) at university, jobs and sport. I have demonstrated my leadership skills from a young age in a variety of roles. These include being a goalkeeper on a representative soccer team, being team leader in university projects, and being a trusted member of staff at Bunnings where on occasion I would be responsible for other team members and the delegation of tasks to ensure goals were achieved. In all of these roles and in everyday life I lead by example and try to inspire others to work hard and achieve their best. I also strive to always show high levels of respect to those around me and my working environment. I approach all tasks with commitment, an open mind and I am always willing to learn and broaden my understanding as much as possible. This would make me a good future leader because I would be able to listen to my peers and take advice on board rather than only having an ability to delegate. With regards to engineering, I have demonstrated my academic skills at university; however I also have knowledge and first-hand experience in solving practical problems that Ive come across in my jobs and home renovations. The skills/attributes I have described above, when combined with my passion for engineering and business mean that I have the potential to become a future leader in my chosen categories. The opportunity to expose myself to such a competitive application process and to network with employers and like-minded students will be a vital step in my development as a leader.

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    Emma Peterson

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: PageUp Social Change Advocate, Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    Winner of: PageUp Social Change Advocate

    I am ambitious. I thrive on new opportunities. I listen. I empathise and I embrace lifelong learning. I have always had a passion for social change in the field of mental illness, so upon graduating in 2013 with an OP1 and receiving the most prestigious university scholarship on offer, the Dean's’ Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, I began my studies in the fields of psychology and business. Since then I have maintained academic excellence at university (GPA 6.94/7), have been recognised as a Griffith Honours College scholar and have received numerous university leadership roles, such as the position of PASS leader tutoring a range of students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I believe leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality, a diverse skillset enabling an individual to positively influence and inspire confidence in others, effectively harnessing the amazing strength of minds united towards a common vision. I know that I have the passion and drive to inspire others, the communication and interpersonal skills to connect with them, and the organisation skills enabling me to successfully manage a team. Currently, my efforts for social change consist of working with students through my private tutoring and public speaking businesses in the areas of positive psychology and education, assisting as an ambassador of BreakingFree a registered Australian charity focusing on students mental health. And lastly ensuring I am continually learning and building my credentials in the field, through my psychology studies in Australia and abroad –having recently returned from Maastricht University in the Netherlands undertaking a positive psychology course- and professional development consisting of my part-time work at the largest psychology and psychiatry practice on the Gold coast. My aspirations for the future are to see Australia adopt a prevention approach to mental illness with the operation of evidence based positive psychology programs for personal development in all schools. Programs fostering aspects such as hope, optimism, resilience, gratitude, perseverance, self-compassion and mindfulness which can be used as an armor for our students against life’s inevitable challenges. I know that with my determination and passion in this field, I will be a prominent future leader.

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    Florence He

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Information Systems and Technology

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    Winner of: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    As a co-op scholarship student, I have had extensive experience in working collaboratively in the Information Technology sector, both in the workplace, at university and during extra curricular activities.Throughout my university studies, I have been required to work in groups in collaborative pod environments to lead team members, assign roles and responsibilities while being an active listener and proactive team member. I have excellent conflict resolution skills, team management skills and organisation skills that allow me to stay on top of my tasks and stand out from the rest. Currently, I am running a major project at university as a Project Manager/Scrum Master where I work in a team to create a mobile application for the UTS HELPS bookings system. This task has required me to quickly develop my problem solving, analytical and organisational skills to put each team member skills and knowledge to their maximum potential.In the workplace, working in activity based working (ABW) environments allows me to engage with different staff members and understand to significance of communication and workplace cohesion. In the IT industry, it is often convenient and easy to communicate online, but the importance of face-to-face meetings should also be underlined. A combination of communication mediums should be used in the workplace to increase productivity and efficiency.I am constantly volunteering for university events as I enjoy sharing my passion for technology and interacting with high school students. I have experience in holding IT workshops for students to encourage them to pursue their passions and share the amazing opportunities provided in the IT industry.

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    Hannah White

    La Trobe University
    Bachelor Agricultural Sciences majoring in Agriculture and Bachelor of International Development

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    Winner of: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    In an unpredictable and rapidly changing world, the future is uncertain. What is certain however, is that the way in which we approach it will require the upmost degree of adaptability. That is a skill of which I actively possess and which will make me a future leader within the category of Science, Research & Development. Playing to my strengths is my ability to adapt to changing situations and react judiciously to achieve results. Although innate, I have enhanced these skills through my education, extra-curricular activities as well as employment experiences, varying from fast-food management, business administration and hospitality services. Paradoxically, having such a degree of adaptability and responsiveness has also resonated through my studies and employment and emanated in my consistence achievement of results and targets. Above this, is my resilience. Resilience to push through troubling, tedious and tiresome situations, to motivate others and form a unified front in achieving results. Driven by an unshaking passion for sustainable agricultural improvement and production, it is these skills and attributes, which I possess, which will make me a future leader in the category of science, research and development.

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    Kathryn Esler

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain Management and Logistics and Bachelor of International Studies majoring in Mandarin

    Finalists In: Nestlé Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Award

    Winner of: Nestlé Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Award

    Throughout my high school, university and professional career I have always been passionate about leadership and improvement. Most recently I have been involved in a program named ELEVATE at my University. This program is a leadership conference that uses university leaders as facilitators to encourage the students in high school leadership teams to become great leaders in their schools, and then to engage in leadership once they reach university. This program consists of three conferences for the high school aged children, yet behind the scenes the facilitating university students must attend leadership workshops that help us to become better leaders. We learn about such things as communication strategies, emotional intelligence, discrimination and encouragement. Participating in voluntary leadership rolls such as running multiple English language practice groups, volunteering for Uni Crew and running the Game On program, as well as participation as a member, then patrol captain at Towradgi beach, have given me immeasurable experience and leadership skills. In 2014 in the session before my International exchange to China I was enrolled in university, whilst working three jobs, one as a team leader at a busy restraint, and volunteering at the same time, this experience has taught myself that I am able to organise myself and my time effectively, reach my short and long term goals as well as handling myself and others (other members of the wait staff) under stressful circumstances. These skills have given me the perfect building blocks to become a passionate leader, combined with my fascination of supply chain management, attention to detail, and drive for systems improvement, I believe I have the potential to become an industry leader in supply chain management and logistic

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    Liveti Liveti

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in System Services and Informatics and Bachelor of Multimedia

    Finalists In: KPMG Diversity Award, Accenture Design and User experience Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    Winner of: KPMG Diversity Award

    To me personally, I am a reflection of my parents and the way they have brought me up; so the way I act, work, speak and behave are all a testimony to my parents. Family is the biggest aspect to our Pacific culture and to my life, so I do my best to uphold them. To be reliable, respectful, honest, friendly, ethical and cooperative - all of which are vital attributes to Design and User Experience as well as IT which place a big emphasis on teamwork. I want to be known as someone who can lead or be in a team and still maintain the attributes my parents instilled in me. Design and User Experience is a sector that I have so much interest in. User Interface Design was my favourite subject at university, not because I performed so well in it but because I was happy doing it. It combines my logical and creative skills requirement analysis, meeting with clients, colour schemes, following design principles, creating personas, report writing and my favourite usability testing. In regards to IT (and also Design), my main interests lie within web design as well as database design and administration. Keeping and recording information has been a hobby of mine since a child creating Excel spreadsheets that stored all information on my favourite wrestlers. This hobby can hopefully turn into a potential career utilising my skills with SQL, conceptual design (ERDs), upholding data integrity, user roles and Java programming. Web design is another avenue I like expressing my logical and creative side in, however I am also able to perform front-end and back-end development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax Social Media APIs PHP MySQL

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    Minnie Zhu

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Information Systems

    Finalists In: Accenture Design and User experience Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, KPMG Diversity Award

    Winner of: Accenture Design and User experience Award

    I think I would be a Future Leader in IT as I am a student that is very motivated and hungry for success and professional development. Currently in second year, I have been able to complete two 6 month internships with companies in the IT industry and an overseas exchange internship, allowing me to develop leadership and IT skills that is able to kick start me in my future career. I am very outgoing and love to network with people to develop a professional network which can help build my professional profile. I am a keen learner and am able to quickly pick up and develop skills, which is a crucial skill in the fast paced IT sector where technology is rapidly changing. I am very passionate about people and love to work and help people wherever needed. For the past 6 years, I have been working in a customer service industry and this has provided me the skill to interact with more people, allowing me to view technology from a different perspective. I am keen to shape the future of technology and how we as the current generation am able to become the new innovators using the advancing technology we have. I love to become a role model and to my peer network, I am a responsible and trustworthy person as I love to take on leadership responsibility and help lead teams and provide guidance when needed. Previously working as an ambassador at Sydney International Airport, I was able to use my leadership skills with crowd control and act as a role model during my shifts at the airport in the Departures terminal. I have also been appointed as a team leader multiple times during my involvement with my university, UTS outreach events. I have a very bubbly and happy vibe and love to keep the people around me excited and happy and I think that I would be able to make a very successful Future Leader.

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    Sara Kato

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Software Engineering and Masters Biomedical Engineering majoring in Biomedical Engineering

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Development Award, KPMG Diversity Award

    Winner of: Deloitte Software Development Award

    Through my internships (at Google and Microsoft), I have been able to experience first hand what it would be like to work in industry in (leading companies) my chosen fields. I believe that I am a future leader, as female student studying programming, I believe that I am great evidence that females (although commonly perceived to be under represented) are more than capable to take on opportunities in this field. Outside of my university studies, I am heavily involved in my student societies activities (Computer science and engineering society, Biomedical engineering students society, Robogals), and have held leadership positions in these societies (Arc Delegate for 2 years in Biomedical engineering students society, marketing manager for Robogals for 1 year).

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    Sharon Ho

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Bachelor of Laws majoring in Law

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    Winner of: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    My desire to constantly challenge myself by embracing new opportunities is an attribute that I believe will allow me to lead in the fields of banking and business. As a commerce student majoring in Finance at the University of Sydney, I have had the privilege of being involved in many experiences- ranging from interning with the Payment Strategy and Development at Commonwealth Bank, to being one of the founding members of the University of Sydney Network of Women Society. Not only have I been able to gain substantial business insights from these experiences, I have also had the opportunity to make contributions as a member of a team. I am certain that going forward, I will continue to hold this attribute of mine, will hopefully enable me to lead in banking and business. Adaptability is a skill of mine that has allowed me to work well within diverse teams. Understanding that people have differing expectations, goals and opinions in both the workplace and daily life is a skill that is fundamental to leading a successful team. Furthermore, I believe that within a dynamic business environment, adaptability is a crucial skill needed in order to embrace change, and to continuously improve oneself in obtaining the best outcome.

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    Tobias Speck

    Bond University
    Bachelor of Laws majoring in Commercial Law and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting

    Finalists In: Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award

    Winner of: Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award

    Integral to leading any team or company is first and foremost understanding your people, the problem and some of the knowledge surrounding solution. For example, I am currently president of the Bond Exchange Club which manages the student-body side of in-bound and out-bound international exchanges. With hundreds of students coming in and out every semester, it was important to inspire creativity within our nine person team, communicate effectively and delegate tasks efficiently between members. The result of our first semester of work was an online international subject matching platform which cut two weeks off out-bound student paper work down to a few hours and one form to submit to faculty. In my honest opinion there are still improvements to be made; but reflection, I feel, is a necessary step in effective leadership and team work. Returning to my initial statement, I am now the product of my own work - currently I am on exchange at Copenhagen Business School until January 2016. Having only been here a few short weeks, my commitment to understanding the problem and exploring other universities solutions has given me invaluable insights to take back to the committee and further better the student exchange experience. Whether in business or law, I believe the same basic principles of leadership are inherently applicable. In saying that, the ability to change and adapt to different circumstances is absolutely necessary to ongoing success as a leader and team-builder.

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    Sarah Ni

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology and Communications and Diploma of Information Technology majoring in Information Technology

    Finalists In: Performance Education Group International Student Award, Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award

    Winner of: Performance Education Group International Student Award

    Programmer in the Rails Girls Summer of Code 2015. My pair and I were the first sponsored team representing Australia in this global fellowship program that seeks to bring more diversity into open source. In this case, women. My project included building an advertising plugin for the open source discussion forum Discourse. It was largely in Ember (Javascript) and we developed features to support advertisements from Google Adsense, Doubleclick for Publishers and Amazon Affiliates. After this program, we are looking to give lightning talks at future Rails Girls Melbourne events, and to encourage more women to participate in the Rails Girls Summer of Code and not be daunted by the art of coding. My Concurrent Diploma in Information Technology from the University of Melbourne is one that requires 8 * 12.5 credits, similar to an Information Technology Major. I look to broaden my international outlook and be a future woman leader in the Computing realm. Notes Discourse: discourse.org Team Melbournes RGSoC Repository, also our official open source contribution to Discourse: https://github.com/team-melbourne-rgsoc2015/discourse-adplugin

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    Joshua Holmes

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Information Technology and Multimedia majoring in System Services

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    Winner of: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    From a young age I was an ambitious student who balanced their time and pursued extra curricular activities on top of studies, both inside and outside of school. Whether this be assisting with the AV/Tech equipment, winning the public speaking competition or one of my earliest and proudest achievements, attaining the highest rank of Cadet Under Officer in the Australian Army Cadets. This launched me into the world of leadership and learning where I eventually joined and quickly progressed to becoming a dedicated and competent Deputy Captain in the NSW Rural Fire Service- where I am still an active member and currently manage my local brigades social media channel. I have achieved a Certificate II in Public Safety- Firefighting Operations. Straight out of school, I locked down an IT Support role and in just over a year was offered the management position owing to my enterprising and consistent work ethic. During this time I completed a Certificate IV in IT and was awarded the TAFE Student Achievement Award. I continued my pursuit of bigger and better things by undertaking a double Bachelors degree in my field of passion. I then secured a job with Telstra as a Tech Expert in one of their stores- helping customers engage with and use their new pieces of technology. Whilst at university I have become heavily involved in numerous societies and events- GLUG, the student Linux Users Group; Studio39, where entrepreneurial students come together to share ideas and help each other; Peer Mentoring, where I assist and motivate new students with transitioning to university and as a Peer Assisted Study Leader, helping struggling students achieve better grades. All of these achievements point to my major skills and attributes and put me in an excellent position to be an influential IT leader very soon.

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    Alexandra Schemeczko

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Chemical Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    I am a chemical engineering student with an interest in the resource industry as it plays a pivotal role in Australia industry and it a base for many of our everyday commodities. The industry is exciting and is developing rapidly with new technologies and is always under scrutiny as our world aims to operate in a sustainable manner. I have developed my skills in this area by being involved as the Vice President of Engineers without Borders at my university and I have participated on one of their trips to India, which looked at development in the developing context and the importance of safety and resource management. I have also completed exchange in Sweden where the concept of sustainability was a huge focus. I have also been selected to attend the Gastech conference this October in Singapore through a competition which required participant to write a short essay on the future of LNG. I am also a champion for attempting to get young girls into the male dominated industry by volunteering through my university as an ambassador at a women in engineering day and through my involvement on the committee of the organisation, Robogals who run programming workshops for young girls. I have demonstrated leadership, drive and initiative through my multiple roles, extra curricular activities. I have also completed engineering work experience with the local water utility, SA Water, which developed my engineering skills and taught me the importance of water in industry and to society. Additionally, I have maintained a distinction average through my university studies while working a part time job, which has taught me time management skill and has developed my communication skills.

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    Amit Sudhakar

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies majoring in Actuarial Studies and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    A key aspect of being a Future Leader is the ability to lead. My leadership skills have been thoroughly developed through a variety of academic and extra-curricular experiences. In particular, acting in positions of authority, such as a teachers assistant and cricket coach, have granted insight into the importance of motivating team members through clear communication. Through these I was able to see the importance of delegating and how that can motivate team members and give them a taste of leadership. Furthermore, through my roles on subcommittees in university societies and part time work as an admin assistant I have developed strong time management and organising skills. Additionally, I have always had an ability to think strategically, a skill that has only been enhanced through leadership roles in sports and entries in consulting case competitions. These experiences had the additional benefit of developing excellent problem solving skills which I use in my academic and day to day life. Throughout all of my experiences I have worked in a variety of roles in a number of positions. In doing so, I not only gained several skills, which are key to leadership and any career, but also gained insight into the importance of the different roles in a team.

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    Andrew McLean

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Exercise Science majoring in Injury, sports and prevention

    Finalists In: Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    Since high school I have had an immense passion to combine health and exercise to create a positive change in the world. With the extensive knowledge gained from my degree in Exercise Science I am determined to become a future leader in my field. After receiving dux in high school, I have maintained academic excellence at university (GPA 6.83/7) and have also been recognised as a Griffith Honours College scholar. Even though this demonstrates my high-level work ethic, I believe it is what someone does with this knowledge that makes them a change-maker. This year I was invited to run the ECG/ Vo2 Max laboratory component of the accelerated Griffith program for high school students. It was through this placement that I discovered the lack of education around health in the youth of today. In order to combat this, I want to research the cardiovascular system more thoroughly and create an interactive seminar based on the importance of good health for high school students. The youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow and I want to inspire them to lead a healthier lifestyle. Currently, I am working on multiple projects which include opening a university op shop and creating a water safety program in the Philippines to prevent the extremely high drowning rates. Throughout the planning of these projects I have demonstrated determination, organisation and the importance of teamwork. I recognise that in order to succeed you must draw upon others for inspiration and I will be doing this with a small team that I take over to the Philippines in January 2016 to pilot the learn-to-swim program. Health and social change are two things I value highly and I know that with my passion and work ethic, I will be a prominent future leader in my field.

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    Arlyn Swain

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Economics majoring in Economics and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Strategy

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    I have developed managerial skills through my involvement in the tennis and LBGT communities, as well as through my study of economics. A truly efficient leader connects with people, puts away personal biases and searches for the most economical route to achieve their goals. As a tennis coach, I have developed confidence in a range of social settings and creative communication techniques. I was able to hone these skills as manager of the UNSW tennis team at the University Games 2015. As a part of the LGBT community, I have often been outside the looking glass, not fitting in with what people expected me to be as a male. This has taught me how detrimental a persons bias can be to achieving a goal. It has taught me the value of being open minded. Having an autistic brother, I have developed skills in communication. Sometimes, to be effective in finding out what he is feeling, or what he needs, its harder than just asking. It requires a range of techniques, tenacity, patience and creativity. My study of economics has helped me define the best (or most profitable) route in a range of situations. Most importantly, it has taught me to always think about the big picture. A combination of these experiences has given me a good skill set to be a future leader in my chosen categories.

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    Arthemon Lis

    Other University
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, Performance Education Group International Student Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, KPMG Diversity Award

    Coming from a rather financially limited family background, and striving to become the first person in my family to finish university, I have undergone and endured a lot of hardships that the average individual would not dream of facing. This being said, I have tried to make the best of things and always striven to reach the goals I set out to achieve. It is by this path in life and by my motivation to succeed, that I have attained a rather unique set of skills and attributes that contribute to my becoming a future leader. For example, having spent the past 5 years living in 4 different countries, I have been exposed to quite a diverse range of cultures and ways of doing things. This, in turn, not only has shaped me to become a more worldly and cultured individual, but has also evoked a sense of community and acceptance amongst people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Looking back on the way that I was brought up, it is by my parents ingenuity that I can stand before you today knowing 3 languages fluently (with an additional language in the process of becoming fluent), having successfully led several business ventures allowing me to provide for myself the last 8 years, and consistently attaining high marks throughout my educational career. Currently studying at one of the best engineering universities in the world, I plan to continue developing my knowledge as much as I possibly can in hope of flooding the doors of opportunity with my potential. From an athletic perspective, I have always been engaged in various different sport disciplines, which have taught me how to properly work together and collaborate, as well as communicate ideas effectively and efficiently. When leadership opportunities presented themselves, I always welcomed the challenge and have, as such, accumulated the valuable experience that goes with being an inspiring and looked-up-to figurehead. Call me sentimental, but I strongly adhere to philosophy of trying to become a "Renaissance Man", or an all-around educated and culturally sensitive individual, and as such gladly welcome any future pursuits which expand by breadth of knowledge in the world.

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    Asim Faridi

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Systems Engineering and Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    As an engineer to be, my belief becomes stronger and stronger every day that we (Engineers, Scientists, Researchers) have a responsibility to engage with the community on a wider scale and through a visible platform and ensure that not only our country but in fact the whole world is headed in the right direction. We should take ownership of the contributions that we bring to society rather than remain in the background. The values, skills and thinking style that engineers bring to the table must be showcased to all the people through engineering firms and consultancies as well as through non engineering avenues (as is traditionally seen), such as the Public Sector and right through the political ladder. There is a perception that all the big players around the world are lawyers, economists and financier etc. that in my opinion should change. I am of the opinion that through displaying our leadership and engagement with all the disciplines and the impact we have on society we can change that perception. And to do that we engineers need to take up an active role.

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    Audrey Wong

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Bachelor of Laws with Honours

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    I possess an analytical mind that leads me to consistently develop my critical thinking and problem solving abilities, exemplified in my participation in the ANU Management Consulting Case Competition and various Law School Society competitions. Through these competitions, I have presented ideas to several judges regarding how a company could mitigate its losses, and delivered counter-submissions to opposing teams while trying to achieve the best outcome for my client. As I have discovered from these experiences, I have the ability to look at a task from all different perspectives, and subsequently use these perspectives to evaluate the different components and potential consequences of the problem I am being presented with. Secondly, I believe it is my strong interpersonal skills that enable me to connect with a wide range of people, which is useful when it comes to both teamwork and client situations. For example, my interpersonal skills have proved valuable whilst playing team sports such as netball and basketball, enabling me to work in a cohesive social environment as a contributing team member, and cementing my belief in the importance of commitment, cooperation and regular communication when working towards a common goal. It is through these experiences that I have been able to develop close relationships and forge a real camaraderie with my fellow team members. Lastly, I possess an innovative nature that sees me employing a creative approach to differing tasks. This is reflected in my participation in various ANU competitions and as both a basketball and netball coach, where I thought outside the box in order to devise the best possible solutions. Furthermore, as a 180 Degrees Consultant to Legal Aid ACT, I have been part of a team where innovation is essential in overcoming the numerous obstacles associated with driving legislative reform and implementing limited scope retainers.

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    Benjamin Lawrence

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical and Mechatronic and Diploma in Engineering Practice

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    A leader cannot succeed if the team does not, the difference between leadership and management is that a leader directs the team to achieve goals whereas a manager allocates work to team members to finish projects. A leader looks at the functionality and effectiveness of the team; they ensure that the team achieves the goals set not just the targets. To me important characteristics of a leader are the ability to listen to others, have an open mind to the ideas of others and have effective communication; a leader also has to make time for the team and has to allocate time specifically for speaking to individual team members on a regular basis. As part of my Rover Scout involvement I am the team leader of our Mud Bash rally car team. This project involves around 10 members of the rover crew and is responsible for building a CAMS certified rally car and entering it in an amateur motorkhana rally in Victoria. In order to practice good leadership the early stages of the project were focussed on setting goals and team functionality including establishing team expectations so all team members could achieve what they wanted out of the project. This approach worked very well in the early stages of the project, as a team we all decided on a car and began repairing the engine however recently progress has slowed as the expectations have not been met. This was partly due to a misunderstanding on my part of the importance of dedicating time as a leader to focus on communicating with the team. Consequentially I have begun to communicate with team members individually about the expectations and progress of the team which has significantly boosted the productivity of the team to the point where we are awaiting roll cage installation.

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    Bernadette Lim Lo Suy

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Law majoring in Law and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    My idea of a good leader is someone who is a good communicator, self-motivated and a team-player. I believe that I possess those three qualities as demonstrated in my experience. I am someone who very much enjoys working in team environments, having had extensive experience volunteering in the International House Members Association as a Photographer and Secretary and as a Board Member on the International House Council (the governing body of the residential college). I am also a self-starter and intrinsically motivated, and have recently founded The University of Sydney Kiwi Students Society after discovering a need for the representation of New Zealand Students on campus. I also believe that I am a very good communicator, having developed excellent communication skills through my experiences interning in Hong Kong and Australia. I am also very passionate about the importance of cross-cultural communication - I am currently living and working in a residential college with residents from over 42 different countries. Being in this environment has really taught me the importance of cross-cultural communication and the new dimensions that diversity can bring in approaching tasks and problems. I am also currently studying a conjoint Law and Commerce (Accounting) degree at the University of Sydney. Both these degrees have allowed me to develop research and analytical skills and have taught me the technical knowledge that will help me to excel in the professional world. Through my experience volunteering in student associations, interning in different countries and studying in Australia, I have gained many different attributes that have helped to shape my management and leadership skills. I feel that it is these skills that will put me in good stead to be a Future Leader in the legal and business industry.

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    Braden Rowe

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Human Resources Management

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, KPMG Diversity Award

    I strongly believe that my diverse background has given me a strong set of unique skills and attributes that will make me a Future Leader in my chosen category(s). Growing up in a single parent, low socioeconomic family, and being the first in family to attend university has given me a large amount of pride, drive, purpose and a unique perspective on the various societal aspects that exist within the wider Australian community. Importantly, I further developed these positive characteristics in my time in the Australian Army where I served as a rifleman and later as a combat fitness leader. As part of my leadership positions I was required to interact, develop relationships, train and mentor a large variety of Defence personnel of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. These experiences enabled me to develop strong leadership and intercultural communication skills, which I have continued to enhance through my time at university. Due to my own background and passion the majority of my university activities have revolved around giving back to the wider community in an attempt to help others learn from my experiences. This has involved the mentoring of disadvantaged students through Student Equity Services, the private tutoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme, and participation in the Griffith Business School Study Buddy program, which looks at pairing high academic achievers with struggling students. Additionally, my skill set has been well represented academically at university where I have achieved a 6.95 GPA, including academic excellence awards. Most recently I have been living in China as a recipient of the Australia Government New Colombo Plan, where I have been active in the community as the president of the ACYA Beijing Branch as well as interning with the Australian Chamber of Commerce as their Industry Engagement Associate.

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    Brian Ye

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting majoring in Accounting and Marketing

    Finalists In: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award

    My ability to communicate, participate and collaborate are my key skills which will make me a future leader in Accounting and Finance. I enjoy speaking with others about almost anything. The multitude of information and knowledge which is gained from listening is invaluable. I believe that in order to communicate effectively, you must first listen as intently as you wish your own message to be received. I think that an effective communicator, makes an efficient leader. Moreover, participation and collaboration are essential qualities of a future leader. I believe that in order to gain true understanding and respect of those who you wish to lead, you must show that you are willing to work together with them.

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    Briana Henderson

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Business majoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting

    Finalists In: Nestlé Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Award

    I believe that to be a leader you must first be willing to serve those around you, since any good leader should not ask more from those under them than they would be willing to do themselves. As a result, I am heavily involved in mentoring at my university, running PASS sessions, as well as being as voluntarily running a childrens program each Sunday to free parents to attend a church service. Logistics is about being able to organisation and share information between different levels of the supply chain, I believe my current roles are developing my communication skills so that I will have experience to lean on once entering the work force.

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    Carina Soleckhan

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Environmental Design majoring in Architecture

    Finalists In: Accenture Design and User experience Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    I am a passionate, enthusiastic, dedicated and diligent student, who has a strong work ethic and has the ability to be a team leader and work within a group. I am respected by all of my peers and often asked for advice and opinions. I have the ability to listen to people and take direction. Being mother I also believe I am a caring person who is responsible and time efficient, who always puts hundred percent into all tasks.

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    Christopher Poole

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science majoring in Psychology and Bachelor of Justice majoring in Criminology and Policing

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    The attributes and skills of a leader are quite diverse and over the years my skill set has developed and allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Certain key skills that I have been able to develop are an open style of communication that has has allowed me to be able to speak in a presentation/conference setting and transition into a facilitation environment quite easily. In my role in charity organisations and the workplace I have also had to develop skills in organisation, delegation and decisiveness which have allowed me to bring people on a journey rather than doing all of the work myself. Key attributes that I have been able to hone through experience is integrity and passion. These two attributes are applied to all aspects of my life personally and professionally and it has resulted in firstly a positive and open environment in which I work and also allowed me to show others my passion in what I do. The overarching theme that combines my skill set and broad attributes and which I apply to everyday life is the premise of Service above Self. By pushing this ideal it has allowed me to act passionately in all projects I have undertaken and this passion is key to my successes and has allowed me to pass this passion on to other people which has further spread the movements I have been involved in.

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    Cindy Huang

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese Studies and Bachelor of Law

    Finalists In: Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    My optimism, passion and drive stems from my commitment todare greatly and in doing so, constantly innovate and diversify my experiences and skill sets. I have a long relationship with innovation and technology, volunteering for startup events from SLUSH Asia, #SVFT in Tokyo and robotics organisations such as FIRST Australia. Through working as the Director of Business Development in AIESEC Macquarie, an international NFP, I was able to empower tech startups like GradConnection to access global talent, and lead a sales and business development team to grow our sales by 364% in one year. It is through my volunteering and business development experiences, that I have developed strong communication and public speaking skills both in a personal and professional environment. Furthermore, as a 2014 Inaugural New Colombo Plan Scholar, I have spent 10 months in Tokyo, Japan, undertaking a semester exchange at Waseda University, concurrently with interning in the Marketing department at National Australia Bank in Tokyo. Following this I also work as an Associate for Skyland Ventures focusing on brand management and design work, and as an intern for J-Seed Ventures developing my core competencies in understanding startups and what it takes to build a company following the lean startup method. This has developed my business acumen and adaptability in fast and diverse work environments. I also have strong proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and experience with Adobe Premier and InDesign.

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    Cissy Ye

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Bachelor of Media majoring in PR & Advertising

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    With experience across public relations, communications and advertising, I bring a diverse skill set and thrive in challenging environments as both a strategic and creative thinker. My three key attributes are my communication skills reflected by my ability to manage expectations; secondly, to lead a team to deliver a project to budget and on-time and lastly, my adaptability as proven by how I excel in diverse roles. Communications and managing expectations is a critical skill that Ive developed whilst working within the Media Unit at Transport for NSW. The role requires negotiating and liaising with journalists and the Minister Office and establishing rapport with internal and external stakeholders.The organisation also takes a very customer-centric perspective as I collaborate with project managers and subject matter experts to improve the customer experience. The ability to coordinate a clear message across five huge transport clusters in a very time sensitive environment attests to my communication skills which are vital to succeed in this job. My responsibilities involve assisting with media engagement, promotion and issues management across major transport projects and road safety initiatives. Within the space of two months I was responding to media issues and enquiries in liaison with the Offices of the Minister for Transport, Minister for Roads and Ports and communication teams across the NSW Transport cluster. I also produced external communication collateral such as press releases and managed the production of the Transport Xpress page in the mX newspaper every week during the period of its circulation. My second strength is my project management abilities which reflect my results driven leadership style. In my second year of university I oversaw the Communications & Events portfolio at Left Right Think Tank, a non-profit organisation with a mission to involve young people in public policy. I was responsible for leading a team of four communication officers on two state wide events including a federal election panel discussion and a debate. This involved holding weekly meetings, sourcing venues, liaising with speakers and promoting these events within a timeframe of two months whilst working under a no-budget assumption. Despite this, we were able to secure notable speakers including the Director of the APEC Study Centre from Melbourne and the President of the Australia-China Business Council (NSW) for the debate and journalists from the Daily Telegraph and SBS for our panel discussion. Both events became the blueprint for future launch events and a positive result from the coverage we received was the mention of our organisation in an article published in The Australian newspaper and a major increase in awareness of the organisation from journalists on our panel live tweeting at the event.

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    Dan Tang

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Electrical - Power

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I have exceptional teamwork skills and consistently demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in diverse group settings, especially in my roles as a Student Mentor and Student Leader at The University of Queensland (UQ). I believe I possess an aptitude for understanding, managing and collaborating with others, which is essential for a future leader in the field of engineering where projects are team-based and require working with a diverse range of people and stakeholders. I also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills gained through frequent interaction with individuals and groups for university studies, work, extracurricular activities, and leadership and volunteering roles, particularly in my work as a private tutor and Student Ambassador at UQ. The ability to interact and communicate well is vital in being a future leader in engineering because of the team-focused environment as well as the range of stakeholders which may include people from non-engineering backgrounds. When working on something new or challenging, I am eager to learn and adapt by assessing the situation and developing a plan. After completing work, I am open to feedback and reflect upon the process and outcome to find areas of improvement. I believe that adaptability and evaluative skills are necessary in becoming a future leader in the challenging and dynamic field of engineering. As a leader, I am well-prepared, proactive and set an example when working in teams. I respect and encourage group members and value contributions that individuals make to the team. I also possess a strong work ethic and always aim to put my best effort into everything I do, regardless of the task. I commit to my goals and pursue them with self-motivation and determination, which, I have been told, inspires and motivates my peers.

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    Daniel Coppel

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Laws majoring in International Business and Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    I volunteer for a youth education organisation called Hineni Youth and Welfare Australia. It is an entirely youth-run organisation that runs camps, weekly programs and a gap year program for Jewish youth. This year I am the Federal Treasurer, and I particularly enjoy leading on the camps, where I have the ability to connect with the kids between 9 and 18 years old, and inspire them to learn and discover their heritage. I am the ANU campus executive for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). I have really enjoyed the political experience and advocacy training I have had with AUJS. At school I was voted prefect by my peers, as well as holding a number of other leadership positions. I also won the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award (twice) and the Caltex Community Leadership Award, as well as the best speaker in the senior division of the HZSA debating competition. I have just concluded my seventh season of AFL umpiring. I umpire senior football on a regular basis, after reaching the pinnacle of Junior AFL in 2013, with the U16 grand final. The finance and legal professions are both undergoing significant change as technology and regulation is brought into the industries, and as attitudes change to align with modern values. I believe this presents an opportunity to innovate and rapidly engage with technology in order to increase access to the industries and efficiency within the industries. These new ideas and developments could not only influence the industries, but the entire nation. I feel as though my hard work ethic, and my determination, integrity, loyalty and resilience provide a strong foundation for my future. I believe that my communication skills will allow me to influence the future of these industries and the people in them.

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    Daniel Lewis

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    My name is Daniel Lewis and I am a first-year Masters of Science (Physics) student at the University of Melbourne. My strong academic record coupled with leadership and public speaking skills make me an excellent candidate for the Top 100 Future Leaders competition. I have had continually strong academic results throughout my education, graduating from Melbourne High School in 2011 with an ATAR of 99.65, and achieving a BSc GPA of 88.375. I was in the Dean's Honours List of 2012 (top 3 percent of first-year students), and received the Hastie Exhibition prize awarded to the two best performing students in two philosophy subjects. In the coming year I will be undertaking research concerning molecular quantum electrodynamics, and hope to lead the way in developing tangible applications. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills are key to being a future leader in any category. I have proven to possess such skills as president of Flare Dance Ensemble, leading a committee of 15 and a club of 500. As a dance teacher, laboratory demonstrator and online tutor, I have consolidated these skills in addition to learning how to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner. This will enable me to effectively convey important scientific progress to the wider community, which I would argue is the most important role of any scientific leader. Academic ability, relatable character and leadership skills highlight me as a prospective scientific leader, and I would be ecstatic to have the opportunity to represent Melbourne University at the Top 100 Future Leaders competition. Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Daniel Lewis

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    Danielle Williams

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

    Finalists In: Nestlé Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Award

    As part of my role as an intermediate accountant I assisted the coordination of Bentleys Business Conference held in February 2015. This involved liaising between clients, fellow employees, speakers and staff at the venue, significantly improving my professional communication skills. Ive commenced training Bentleys new trainees, which has helped develop my skills at transferring and explaining unfamiliar, and at times complicated, accounting and taxation knowledge. I represented the University of Newcastle at Ièseg School of Management International Summer Program in July 2014 in Paris, igniting my passion for leadership on the international business stage. I developed further on the intercultural communication skills I gained at Ièseg by representing Newcastle University at the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong. This Symposium was a fantastic opportunity for me to apply practically the knowledge I have gained, from the International Business major of my degree, to a large scale, real world situation. It allowed me to build on my ability to create and develop lasting relationships with people from all around the world, which I recognise is becoming increasingly important in today global business environment. My experiences in France and Hong Kong allowed me to gain an understanding of the importance of cultural discretion and intercultural communication skills when interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. I believe these experiences will support me becoming a future leader in a business environment where managing a supply chain is a global endeavour. Working full time as an intermediate accountant, while studying full time has limited my ability to take up opportunities to be involved in leadership roles, such as being invited to be a PASS (Pear Assisted Study Session) leader at Newcastle University, and I recognize this is an area that I need to focus on to increase my skills and employability.

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    Desi Soetanto

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, Finance and Management

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    Perseverance and an ability to adapt are two important attributes I have acquired throughout my life. I came to New Zealand alone as a 12 years old with virtually no knowledge of the English language and I left as one of the leading students in my school with numerous leadership positions and awards including a prefect position and Peer Support Leader to honour my achievements. Throughout my Commerce degree, I have sought every opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community; becoming the President of the Student Appeal- The University of Melbourne largest student-led campaign that raises funds for students in financial need, becoming the Director of Corporate Relations of Students Association of Management and Marketing, and representing The University of Melbourne to compete in consulting Case Competitions. Through these experiences, I have developed a strong leadership, teamwork, and public speaking skills; and hope to exploit these for a consulting career. I have the ability to grow into increasingly complex roles and environment and I am able to look at the world and the environment through several different prisms at once. I have a passion to make organisations better performing and achieve optimum functioning. My family has been running an automotive parts manufacturing business for three generations; the products are currently selling and represented in over 110 countries worldwide. My father, the CEO, will be retiring in fifteen years- I would like to support clients for their business performance improvement to prepare me for this role. In today rapidly evolving global marketplace, firms must be more agile and responsive than ever before; I want to develop a broad cross-industry knowledge and skills, and sincerely believe that Consulting is the area to develop my career in.

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    Dominique Simsion

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and Psychology, Juris Doctor (graduating 2016)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    My chosen categories of law and the public sector go hand in hand, as I believe a deep understanding of the law is essential to advocating for law reform and policy. I have acquired a range of personal skills and attributes throughout my university studies, work positions and volunteer roles that I will use to pursue this path. Whilst I want to make a difference on the macro level, I believe an essential attribute of any leader is to have exposure to, and understand, the difficulties faces by people at a one-on-one level. As such, I currently volunteer with a prison program designed at helping children whose parents are in the criminal justice system. I have also recently joined a program called Street Law, teaching essential law topics to students at low SES schools. Participating at the community level has helped fuel my passion as well as develop key communication and interpersonal skills that are essential to any leader. My university studies have helped develop my critical and analytical thinking and instilled the belief that whilst there are many challenges and complexities faced in the law, it still has the potential to change lives for the better.

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    Edbert Chung

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Petroleum Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    My strength lies in the ability to adapt to new challenges, embrace lifelong learning and be disciplined in all my endeavours. I am very passionate about using every experience to learn and improve, both from the tasks I undertake and from the people I meet. Through my study I have developed an ability to approach problems both analytically and creativity. I strive to take on challenging scenarios whether they be academic or leadership activities. I have also developed a strong appreciation for discipline and hard work which guides me in every tasks I undertake. My co-curricular activities have also helped me become a strong communicator. I have fine-tuned the ability to articulate and convey my ideas and have a strong appreciation of the importance of listening actively as well in order to have meaningful conversations. Since a young age Ive enjoyed playing many team sports and I am very passionate about football (soccer) in particular. Ive often been selected by my peers as a team captain which is a role Ive always taken with pride. These roles have taught me to make decisions quickly, communicate in challenging environments and help develop the roles of other teammates. These experiences have lead me to understand leadership as being a fine balancing act; leaders must have initiative and lead by example whilst also realizing when to step-back and assume the role of an active team player in order to empower their fellow team-members to develop their own strengths. I have always enjoyed learning and building on my own understanding of leadership through interacting with new people and conversing with them about their own perspectives. Participating in this program will only help me continue to develop a widespread understanding of my own leadership potential.

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    Elliot Jones

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Environmental Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    After an extended solo volunteering experience in rural Zimbabwe and a community internship in Vietnam, I have been challenged by the importance of the environment and am dedicated to using my engineering potential to create positive environmental change. I am passionate about engineering and making a difference in the world and I am confident that I have the skills and attributes to be a Future Leader in the Engineering industry. I have participated in a number of successful sporting, academic, and project-based teams and have learn that communication is a critical skill for leadership. Last year I was awarded the Australian Government prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship (valued at $67,000) to engage in the Indo-Pacific region and, in doing so, completed a semester of engineering study at The University of Hong Kong. Living in Hong Kong allowed the art of communication to come to the forefront of my attention. Inter-cultural communication is vitally important and so is public speaking I combined the when I gave a speech in Mandarin at the Cheung Kong Endeavour Awards Reception in Hong Kong. Academically, I have excelled in a wide range of courses at university, maintaining a GPA of 6.77 out of 7. My current leadership positions within Engineers Without Borders and Enactus ([email protected]) have allowed me to practice leadership while contributing to my local community. Furthermore, I am comfortable in being able to relate to many types of people and have found that my wide range of experiences strengthens this attribute - I have bungee jumped in Zambia, ridden a train across China and snowboarded in Austria. I am confident my previous leadership experience, combined with my positive attitude and sense of curiosity, make me an excellent candidate for the Orica Engineering Award.

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    Fernando Calderon

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Power Systems Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I am a motivated and open-minded Electrical Engineering student and student leader at the University of Queensland. After having completed almost a whole Engineering degree, I am excellent at applying scientific and engineering principles in the practical sense in the fields of research, design, operation and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment, machine systems and components. In addition, I have continuously strived to be involved in sports, university societies and my local community through extra and co-curriculum activities. Through my time at UQ, I have been an Engineering ambassador, a Physics and Electrical Engineering tutor, first year mentor and a volunteer. I have also conducted weekly mentoring for international students and online mentoring for first year Engineers. In academia, I have been part of two Winter Research Programs and been awarded two Dean Commendations for High Achievement. My University achievements scored me a scholarship with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation where I was able to improve my problem solving skills and apply theory to practice alongside research leaders using cutting edge technology. The Defence Force environment also improved my time management skills and ability to deal with pressure as well as dealing with paperwork. The outcome of the program was a publication which was released internally to DSTO but I am able to provide upon request. I volunteer at a local thrift shop owned by Endeavour Foundation where I undertake general shopkeeping duties and take care of donations. I also tutor high school students, university students and mature age students. I have been said to be an excellent tutor, very patient and clear in explaining things. I find tutoring to be very rewarding and enjoy it.

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    Georgie Feronas

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Diploma of Languages in Modern Greek

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    As a passionate individual, I pride myself on my commitment to going above and beyond to exceed expectations. Being enrolled into three undergraduate degrees, a diploma and working part-time simultaneously, has required me to prioritise the demands of study and work whilst ensuring that everything is completed to the best of my ability. My transcript shows solid growth in my grades over the years and demonstrates my capability of maintaining a strong academic record whilst still being involved in the wider community. My reliability and integrity is exemplified through my work at Telstra; I have frequently performed tasks that have been outside what has been required of me. This has included engaging in leadership roles, as my peers and leaders have always recognised me as someone who embodies a high level of initiative. Over the years, I have received compliments and personalised letters and recognition for my work with customers, including letters from former CEO, David Thodey. In 2013, I was one of three-hundred employees selected for the Telstra Excelerate program for my dedication to customer advocacy and centricity. During my time at Telstra, my friendly nature and interpersonal skills have helped me to form meaningful relationships to develop a diverse client base. Many of my clients choose to deal with me specifically as they are confident in my ability to meet their needs. My recent involvement in the establishment of the start-up business Papito Pintxos, also serves to demonstrate my motivation and initiative. My principal role has involved networking and building a stakeholder base to help secure the business long-term interests. To date, Papito Pintxos has been developing successfully; receiving positive media reviews and securing work at prominent Adelaide festivals.

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    Gwilym Price

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    I am extremely passionate about science and technology and have a thirst to develop this passion further in others and myself. This drive is reflected in my high university marks, which additionally highlights my dedication and commitment to embracing education and making the most of opportunities. This, coupled with my exceptional communication skills are essential for a leader. I am a considerate and an active listener and am eager to understand and accept others views and ideas. Having an open attitude to new ideas and perspectives is essential for future leaders to inspire growth, none more so than in science and technology that celebrates innovation and diversity. I am an efficient, organised and proactive young man who always completes tasks in a timely manner to an exceptional standard. I truly believe I would excel as a future leader, in essence, because I am very positive and enthusiastic in all aspects of my life, this allows me to motivate and inspire others to achieve their best. While achieving high grades at university and being passionate about my studies I understand the need for a balanced lifestyle, where one should be involved in extracurriculars to remain both mentally and physically healthy. After all, we can learn just as much about the world around us from engaging with the community as we do in the classroom. For this reason I am an active member of my local and wider community and often volunteer my time to fundraisers and surf life saving. A good leader understands, respects and engages with their community, embracing its diverse nature. Ultimately my passion for people and keen interest in science makes me an exceptional future leader who will inspire, encourage, teach and learn from others to ensure that this field develops positively into the future.

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    Hannah Croston

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Psychology with Honours in Psychology

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    I believe a deep understanding of what makes people tick is the key to successfully addressing most business challenges. How do you attract customers? How do you engage employees? How do you attract investors? I believe my psychology studies will help me to answer these important questions. For example, understanding Herzberg theory of motivation and Skinner theories on operant conditioning will help me to become a transformative leader, able to contribute to managing and leading change in the workplace. However, I understand that knowledge of psychology needs to be blended with an understanding business. To this end, I have been working with 180 Degrees Consulting, the world largest university-based social impact management consultancy. I am currently working on a fascinating project for Epilepsy Action Australia that is aiming to dramatically increase the number of education programs it runs. This is my first project, but my performance and dedication so far has led to an invitation to join the executive team as Human Resources Director next year. I have also actively sought out internships. For example, during my last university holidays I spent four weeks working with the HR team at Brookfield Multiplex, contributing to the development of their wellbeing strategy. Pleasingly, I am now working with them one-day a week as a paid employee. Finally, I have also have had a number of personal experiences that I think will help to stand me in good stead as a future leader. I worked for a year as a Team Leader for the front-end service team at Bunnings. I was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, which provides a framework for demonstrating youth leadership. And finally, as part of my participation in Macquarie Universitys Global Leadership Program I went on exchange to Queen University in Canada last year.

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    Hayley Ovenden

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, KPMG Diversity Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    I am a motivated, passionate and adaptable individual. I thrive on challenges and I have well developed teamwork and leadership skills. When Im not studying civil engineering at the University of Newcastle I devote my time to diversifying the culture of engineering and other STEM fields. I actively engage in leadership roles which enable me to offer school students exposure to the career opportunities in these areas including inaugural President of Robogals Newcastle, Student Ambassador for my degree, and Youth Frontiers community mentor. During my time as President of Robogals Newcastle I focussed on diversifying the gender balance in engineering as this is an issue I have always aligned with. My experience at Robogals then introduced me to issues surrounding access to opportunities for school students from low socio-economic backgrounds and regional areas. When I stepped down as president I shifted my focus to educational outreach on a broader scale. I am currently mentoring a high school student with their community project and I am in the process of co-founding a project based Information Technology initiative. I am also a passionate advocate for international experience as part of Australian undergraduate degrees. At the start of this year I completed a five month exchange in Singapore as an Australian Government New Columbo Plan Scholar. This experience broadened my perspective of university education and highlighted the importance of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia future. It also increased my career prospects and I now aspire to work overseas in the future. Upon my return I have been engaging in opportunities to encourage my peers to undertake their own exchange experience so that they may benefit similarly.

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    Helen Zhang

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Over the years, I have been honing my leadership skills. In high school, from September 2011-12, I was an active member of the High Resolves Leadership Program, which consisted of a group of 40 members. Our campaign was titled Its Happening, Human Trafficking and received media attention in the Hills Shire Times and YAPA Unleash. Additionally, I was one of the leaders of a school writing club known as Writer Bloc from 2013-14, a group with the primary aim of improving the English skills of junior students. Currently, I have demonstrated leadership skills by actively organizing events for the UTSLSS Justice Action Committee (JAC). We have been able to raise much needed funding for the Women and Girls Emergency Centre as well as the Centre of Volunteering, through trivia nights. Additionally, right now I am also working as a legal research assistant for Dr Nicky McWilliam. I have recently been appointed the Team Leader of Endnote, a role that involves assigning tasks to other research assistants. Furthermore, I am a tutor in the English, essay and writing specialist team for YourTutor, a revolutionary online tutoring platform. I have demonstrated leadership skills as I have mentored high school students on how to enhance their writing skills, in an online classroom. I possess great listening skills. I have been able to further develop and refine my listening skills by volunteering weekly at Victims and Witnesses of Crime Court Support (VWCSS), an organisation dedicated to lending an ear to those in need of court support services. Additionally, I am a very diligent person; I am always willing to dedicate everything I have to the task at hand to ensure it is completed successfully.

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    Ivan Lu

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance

    Finalists In: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award

    There are 4 key skills and attributes that distinguish me as a Future leader my determination, motivation by responsibility, adaptability and inquisitive mindset. Over the past 19 years, I have become proud of who I have and will become. I am determined and driven to create change in the sense that I have befriended failure. Without a doubt I have fallen many times in the past, but each experience has equipped me with newfound knowledge for the future. I firmly resonate with the fact that responsibility drives motivation in the sense that whenever I am given a task with full responsibility of, I am motivated to work harder and complete these task to the best of quality. I always seek to ask and understand the task that I am completing, to offer real and tangible value to my stakeholders. I believe this a key asset that will propel me as a leader. I also have a high tendency to adapt to any new environment with efficiency with a background in various roles and industries such as hospitality, retail, and professional service. With each role, I have been challenged intellectually and ethically. I believe this will be a key asset in yielding me a future leaders, as I will able to lead and direct my peers in the face of change. Finally I have an inquisitive mindset in the sense that I enjoy asking questions derived from my proactive nature to develop a holistic understanding of every task I am engaged in. I strive for this to understand the overall impact of my actions to my external stakeholders.

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    Jackson Edmonds

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Financial Economics

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    A true leader in any industry inspires their peers to stand with them, through motivation, passion and integrity. Leaders have the strategic thinking, resilience and ambition for them, and those they lead, to succeed, no matter the endeavour. Ive forged successful businesses in saturated markets; managed prosperous personal investment portfolios in unstable economic climates; and reached my target university, holding an impeccable GPA, in the face of personal and economic setbacks. All these mere stepping stones to my ultimate goal, that of being a leader in the finance industry. The world of finance first resonated with me in primary school, and I have since kept abreast of the finance world with eager enthusiasm, undertaking significant self-directed study, even learning the breadth of financial markets, from options to short selling, before reaching high school. It is such a love of finance that creates the best leaders in the industry, those whose infectious enthusiasm sparks an intense drive and motivation in those they lead. These skills are, however, useless to a leader unable to convey them. Exceptional communication and the ability to think on one feet are essential to successful leadership, skills my time in debating and public speaking, participating at a state level, has taught me well. Honesty and integrity are fundamental to my beliefs and personal values, and to the success of my business endeavours. Without the ongoing trust of my clients, I would not be the entrepreneur I am, nor equipped to be the future leader to which I aspire. Most importantly, my regular crewing aboard a racing yacht, has taught me the absolute necessity of teamwork. Victory on the water, as it is in the office, can only be found where the team is one whole, everyone responsible for the success of every duty, no matter their role.

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    Jaclyn Wong

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Economics

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    I am a passionate and self-motivated individual who loves a good challenge. I have excellent communication skills as I am fluent in English, malay, Cantonese and Mandarin. I also have good leadership skills as I am currently the President of the volleyball club, Sports director of the Malaysian Association, Social manager director of the Faculty of Business and Economics in Macquarie University and many more. Furthermore, I have good problem solving skills and excellent customer service skills as I am currently employed as a medical receptionist in Ryde Medical Centre. I am passionate, goal driven and a high achiever. I also have good organisational skills as I balance out my extra co curricular activities and my studies. I am currently a member of the International Golden Key Society Association. Lastly, I have a vision in whatever I do, career focused and results orientated. This skills and experiences makes me a good and potential future leader in your company. LA

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    Jacob van Egmond

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce majoring in Finance and minor in Accounting

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    Hi Im Jacob. I am a current student at Macquarie University studying a Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce - Majoring in Finance. I am honest, reliable, organised, competitive, and have an intrinsic determination to succeed. I am enthusiastic and eager to learn, as well as what I believe to be disciplined, courteous, friendly and very approachable. I believe the two most important attributes of an effective leader are those of interpersonal communication, and a willingness to constantly learn, develop and be constructively criticised on a regular basis. In today corporate world I believe there is too much prestige associated with leadership, so much so, that many leaders get caught up in the aura of senior management and the board, that many neglect the people they are ultimately leading and representing. A truly effective leader will take time to talk to, and get to know as many of their subordinates as they can on a personal level, and find out about them, what they like and dislike about the organisation, and ultimately try to make their job better. Empowerment is key, because at the end of the day employees are your greatest asset as a leader. Secondly, todays fast paced and rapidly changing corporate environment requires leaders to be adaptable and willing to constantly self-evaluate, learn and develop in everything they do. Righteousness and stubbornness will result in you being pushed aside and ultimately left behind.

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    Jarred Grimmond

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering majoring in Biomedical Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Throughout my time at university I have always made a conscious effort to put myself out of my comfort zone and take on a challenge, and this mentality has ultimately developed me into the person I am today. Through this attitude I have exposed my self to experiences that many have not experienced and developed skills that cannot simply be taught in a classroom. My leadership, teamwork, communication and analytical abilities are some of the skills that have been developed and polished by roles I have held such as Inter-Residence Council President and College President. These skills having been developed early in my career I believe put me in good stead to be a future leader, with my strong analytical skills tying in well with the Engineering Consulting world.

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    Jason Phan

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, Business Economics and Bachelor of Laws majoring in Law

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    My key skills and attributes can be explained through my three key involvements in life. Firstly, studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Law majoring in Finance, Business Economics and Law has allowed me to develop excellent organisational and time management skills. Throughout my studies, I have immensely sharpened my ability to solve problems and think strategically. Alongside my studies, I have been working as a paralegal at a boutique firm for just over two years, and it is through this experience where I initially struggled with time management, balancing at times, a full-time work load and university studies. However, once I managed to feel comfortable with my time allocation, I sought further challenges. I joined AIESEC as a Marketing and Communications member, specifically contents co-coordinator for Semester 1 2015. During this time, I also was a part of the Organising Committee for the NSW Outgoing Preparation Seminar where I was the sponsorship manager. Through dedication and negotiating with different stakeholders, I was able to secure 5 major sponsors for the seminar. In turn, I believe this assisted us in turning around a highly organized and effective seminar, with large attendance, successful marketing and delegate servicing campaign. Through AIESEC, I was awarded with a subsidized exchange to Hanoi, Vietnam through AIESEC and was able to complete a project there with 7 other interns. The project itself required the other interns and I to deliver weekly seminars to a group of university students, teaching them about various skills such as communication and interpersonal skills. In summary, through balancing work commitments, extracurricular activities and full time university, my drive to constantly challenge myself becomes apparent. I believe that in challenging myself, I am able to inspire others to follow my footsteps and challenge themselves, no matter what area they feel requires development.

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    Jennifer Pham

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Human Resource Management majoring in Human Resources and Management Accounting and Management

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award

    As a member of the RMIT business student association and RMIT EFMSA (Economics, Finance, Marketing Student Association) I helped organised the 2015 Global Future Thought Leaders Luncheon held at Parliament House. This was an opportunity for me meet with leaders from industry, government and education to discuss ideas focusing on future workforce and future industries. In order to create new jobs and businesses for the future, we need to invest in industry support systems in which students receive leadership mentoring during their entrepreneurial journey. Furthermore, I have been involved as a student ambassador for Amnesty International, by helping to campaign against child trafficking and violence against women. I have hosted and participated in justice and democracy youth forums and am currently working as a private academic tutor on StudentVIP. I think the skills that makes me a future leader is my eagerness to learn and to work with diverse teams. You should lead as if you have no power, so that you work along your team members and that way you can build trust and respect.

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    Jeremiah Mannings

    Deakin University
    Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Honours majoring in Electrical and Electronic

    Finalists In: Accenture Design and User experience Award

    I have a drive for user driven solution development, I am currently undertaking a 6 month industry scholarship in the Watson program for IBM. I am the first Watson intern in Australia and I have had incredible exposure to cognitive computing and machine learning, both of which I am incredibly passionate about. On the project I cover a number of roles, I am involved in both the technical side and the customer interfacing, and thus I have both the skills to sell the product and understand and develop it. I have also had the opportunity to study project management (alongside my Electrical Engineering degree), and have been given the opportunity to assist the project management team on the Watson program. I have a very strong work ethic, previous to this full time scholarship, I was working 4 days a week (for over 3 and a half years) as a fully qualified Fibre Optic Technician, exposing me to many industry connections as I helped to build the company I was working for as well as studying full time. I am a driven and motivated person, able to apply the knowledge I learn in situations. I also have a strong customer service and professional interaction record, as both my scholarship and my employment as a technician requires those attributes. I have a natural tendency to get along with people, find common ground and work with synergy in teams. I believe that every issues or situation can be solved by thinking both rationally and irrationally, efficient work processes are not always in the form that would be expected. I think I would represent a strong candidate for my University as well as my workplace for this award. I look forward to the opportunity!

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    Jesse Arundell

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media, Culture and Communications

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    Over the course of the next fifteen years, I believe that I will become a leader in the business/marketing industry due to my creative problem solving-skills and my understanding of the impending, exponential boom of disruptive technologies and the underlying innovation/design thinking required to harness their power. In addition to these two core attributes, I also believe that my current level of experience within the industry has already allowed me to develop a nuanced skillset in making complex-decisions, effectively communicating with stakeholders and developing solutions to multifaceted business problems. I believe that these skills will grow over time and that my personal focus on learning and development will allow me to expand upon these skills and further enrich my abilities in the workforce. On a personal level, I also believe that my balance of humility, openness and dedication to developing sustainable, innovative solutions to business/societal problems will allow me to flourish as a leader of the future.

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    Jesse Carey

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Economics majoring in Economics and Bachelor of Law majoing in Law

    Finalists In: PageUp Social Change Advocate, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, Public Sector Award

    I have a long history of public speaking and presentation skills. Since primary school, Ive been sought out opportunities to speak. Each of these experiences have taught me how to hold an audience and articulate myself without preparation. I have refined these skills and applied them through activities in university ranging from legal Mock Trials to university debating and chairing panel events. Coupled with my public speaking abilities is my ambition to grow and learn more about areas relevant to my fields. I have never shied away from a challenge and taken the easy route. Whether it be living and studying abroad, selecting tough subjects, or gaining work experience in professional and community organisations, my urge to develop my knowledge and life experience is instrumental to my outlook. My track record of volunteering for community organisations reflects my desire to give back to my community and support underprivileged people. Business can play a key role in aiding important community institutions and finding new ways to support those in society who have less. This is an especially significant aspect of leadership in my eyes. Lastly, I have the critical thinking abilities to turn my ambitions to a reality. My time at university has consolidated my problem-solving skills and equipped me with a broader perspective on the economic, as well as legal challenges, facing Australia. These strengths are critical to effective leadership.

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    Jonathan Tatton

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain Management and Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies majoring in Advertising & Marketing

    Finalists In: Nestlé Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    Having the ability to interact with people of all walks of life, whether in university, professional, social or volunteer situations is a key attribute I pride myself on. I am a strong people person, whom values the connections and relationships that I form with people. My interpersonal skills branch from my life experiences through my work, university, social, volunteer and international experiences and exposure. Secondly i would highlight my desire to seek new opportunities and take the road less traveled as another key attribute I posses. I always seek new opportunities that not only assist myself, but those around me.

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    Jordan Van Etten

    Western Sydney University
    Bachelor of International Studies majoring in Asian Relations and Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    I am charismatic, resourceful, optimistic and compassionate. I have travelled extensively, developed cultural sensitivity, initiative and a global conscience by undertaking various international events including an internship in Mumbai and an environmental conference in Manila.

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    Josiah Hickson

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    I am a diligent and enthusiastic young professional seeking to develop my skills in an economics or finance based role. I am currently completing my third year of a combined Bachelor of Business (International Business) / Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) and work as a Senior PASS Leader. I am an ambitious, hardworking and motivated individual. These values, reflective of my family upbringing, have underpinned my academic success. I have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 91.65 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.95. I have also had the honour of receiving several awards and scholarships including the prestigious 2015 Cengage Prize in Global Strategy, 2014 Tor Torgersen Prize and the Faculty of Business & Law Undergraduate Scholarship for Continuing Students (2014 & 2015). As a Senior PASS leader (2014 current) I have mentored and encouraged a broad range of students from different cultural backgrounds to reach their academic potential in a range of first and second year finance and economics courses. This experience has enabled me to develop excellent interpersonal skills, including leadership and communication skills. I have helped to coordinate a team of PASS leaders and contributed to the development of organisational capital through conducting peer assessment and training days for new leaders. In my spare time I have involved myself with a number of extra-curricular roles including an affiliation with Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child (2002-2014). I am also currently completing iLead at University which has developed my global mindset to leadership and highlighted the importance of community involvement. I strive to give 100% in any role, and I believe my self-belief and passion differentiates me from other job seekers. In my future, I hope to have a diverse career where I am constantly challenged and which further develops my leadership skills and love for critical thinking.

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    Julia Booth

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Information Technology Advanced with Honours majoring in System Services and Networking

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Development Award, KPMG Diversity Award

    While I may not know everything there is to know yet about the field I want to work in I am dedicated and passionate about learning and expanding my views on it. I believe that realising theres so much more knowledge out there, and learning from others who will have different experiences in that regard, is just as important in being a Future Leader as having a lot of acquired knowledge and skill sets. I am adaptable, capable and flexible in my reasoning and understanding of I.T. and always seek to push myself further. During my time before attending university I had been teaching myself hard skills I thought useful in the profession: web coding (html, css, javascript, php, frameworks), software coding (java), SQL and Unix; along with brushing up on my soft skills. This proved useful as I was able to do a little bit of freelancing for clients and also taught me how to manage my own projects, to be independent, but also to appreciate the help and support that another person with different skills can provide. I believe having both leadership and team-playing qualities are what makes great Future Leaders, not just how well someone can play the top dog. I attended QIBT as a bridge before university where I received the DUX of the program for having the highest grade, and now in my 2nd semester of my 3rd year my GPA sits at 6.65. I do not believe high or low marks are an accurate reflection on a persons intelligence but I do believe it shows my dedication and enthusiasm for the subjects I have undertaken.

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    Kaitlyn Lyons

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechatronics, Programming and Robotics

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I have developed many skills that will contribute to my success as a Future Leader in the robotics and programming fields of engineering and these attributed can be split into two main categories: Leadership and Knowledge. The first, Leadership, has been achieved through my extra curricular activities such as Australian Air Force Cadets and the Leadership, Development and Innovation Program run at my university. These programs have taught me about leadership in general as well as handling a group of subordinates in an appropriate manner. I have learnt to be just but fair when dealing with difficult situations and have also developed attributes such as honesty, confidence, decisiveness and the ability to communicate. Secondly, as a leader in a technical field is important to have knowledge and understanding on your side. Through my university degree I have gained a basic knowledge of the Engineering field. This knowledge has been further enhanced by my passion for the Engineering industry which has moved me to create my own projects and learn at home for my own benefit. Through this practical application of my Engineering knowledge and skills I have started to develop an understanding of the integration between software, hardware and the people that code it. My biggest passions in the Engineering area are Computer Vision and Neural Networks. These loves are what fuels my success in the coding and robotics areas at the moment and they will always contribute to my work as an inspiring leader. The skills and attributes I have developed over my life will contribute to my success as a Future Leader in Engineering.

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    Kelly Ireland

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce majoring in Accounting and International Business

    Finalists In: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    Constant learning is the key to success, irrespective of field, and this notion is applicable to any aspect of life. No matter what endeavour I undertake I strive to be the best, work the hardest, and persevere the longest. Accounting for me is about all of this. It is about taking a field I am interested in and have passion for; and being the hardest worker in the industry. I do not have it as lucky as some, I do not have a clear career path mapped in my mind, but I believe with my enthusiasm and knowledge if I keep learning and learning, I will have the flexibility to be creative with my degree. This notion of flexibility is why I chose my degree: a Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, Majoring in Accounting and International Business. I believe a focus on leadership and international relations distinguishes me from other accounting graduates. This is why I am studying everything from Asian Economics to EU Business Law on my exchange at Copenhagen Business School. My open-mindedness means I do not give up the opportunity to develop new skills that may be needed as our society develops and changes. My sense of self awareness means I am able to admit and learn from mistakes and recognise strengths. I understand that a lack of a direct career path could be considered a weakness, but as I result I actively develop broadly applicable skills such leadership and international awareness. I may not know where I want to be in the next five years, but I know I want to keep moving forwards and upwards, and am enthused to see where my skills take me. Being a leader is not about having all the answers, but about having the skills, the passion and the confidence to find them.

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    Kristin Gleeson

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology and Wildlife Biology

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    I am a third year science student majoring in marine and wildlife biology, ecology and conservation. I am not only passionate about helping to make a change in this world, but in educating and inspiring others to do the same. Education has changed my life, and I believe that knowledge is power. I hope to encourage and inspire others to make changes in their life that help to sustain a great future for generations to come, without sacrificing the ecosystems we rely on so heavily. I plan to lead innovative research that shows these goals are possible through science. During my undergraduate degree I have gone out of my way to help other students and I have always tried to represent Griffith University to the best of my ability. I have mentored first year science students, actively participated in providing Griffith with feedback on courses, attended leadership conferences, presented to other year levels and I have represented Griffith University internationally in Borneo and Nepal on field courses. When working in a team, I actively encourage others to participate and I lead by example to achieve success. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society and Griffith Honours College. I have continually aimed to improve my grades and have spent time learning how to study in the best possible way. I will dedicate the same level of commitment to being a leader and innovator in science. I have been employed as a research assistant and tutor for first year students, and I am currently employed as a research assistant by the discipline head of marine science. I believe all of this demonstrates my passion, potential and ability as a leader in education and research in science.

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    Madelyn Green

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Forensic Science majoring in Molecular Biology and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    I strive for results. I take on new opportunities. I listen. I love to learn. One of the fascinating things I found about science is that there is always something new to learn, there is always a new challenge to take on or puzzle to solve. I have had numerous international experiences that have broadened my views and ways of thinking. I am open to new people, new cultures and new ideas and I believe that this dynamic mindset can be innovative and infectious when working in the science industry. I strive hard to achieve quality results while simultaneously managing my extra-curricular, work and social commitments. I like to take on all the opportunities available to me to further enhance my skillset, increase my experience (in both academic and worldly contexts). My work in the fast food industry has strongly developed my team skills in a fast-paced, customer focused environment. I consider myself to be an analytical thinker and an active listener. I like to consider all the facts and points of view before making a decision, however I am adaptable and solution focused, working with the situation and information available. My studies in criminology provided me with opportunities to broaden my understanding of human behaviour and reasons behind human action. I understand that there are multiple explanations for anything, as there is more than one solution to every problem. In the past I have identified personality flaws within myself and have since worked to fill in the gaps and improve areas in which I may be lacking. Volunteering locally and internationally are some of the ways that I have worked to improve on skills and manage my shortcomings. I am happy to continue learning new things and am open to working towards positive change in any and all regards.

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    Magdalena Janas

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    I believe that leadership involves sharing your vision with others, and motivating them so that they want to reach it with you. I know that I have the passion and drive to inspire others, the communication skills to connect with them and the organisational skills to manage projects successfully. Leading by example is essential to my approach, as all of the most inspiring leaders in my life have been those I would like to emulate. I am particularly passionate about equality and justice, and how these are affected by policy both nationally and internationally. I can see myself in a position that involves creating policy that enriches the community and helps the most vulnerable and marginalised. Many people in our world are silenced or treated as invisible, and the same can be said of opportunities for change. I want to be a part of that change in the world. I know I can apply many of the skills I have gained from my bachelor degree (and will gain from my honours year) including research, policy knowledge, history, social awareness and deep understanding of the international system to achieve that change. My past academic success is a testament to my dedication and hardworking nature. I never want to stop learning and improving my skills; I am open-minded, a quick-learner and creative problem-solver. My previous positions of leadership include News Editor at my university radio station, where I managed and coach a team of ten news readers, as well as organiser interviews with politicians. I found this experience particularly valuable as it taught me the value of combining encouragement with discipline. I have the capacity, reason and determination necessary to lead the way to a more equitable future.

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    Marissa Toto

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting majoring in Accounting and Economics

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    After completing my 6 month internship at DEXUS Property Group in the Funds Management division, I have been exposed to the technical and interpersonal skills that are for accounting and finance specifically, but more broadly the importance of a substantial understanding of the business and economics spheres as a whole. My experience working with professional experience, as well as the plethora of extra-curricular groups I am involved in have exposed me to experiences ranging from working with CEOs to organizing panels to discuss the future of the Australian economy and industries. As well as working in these professional environments, I have worked in retail for 5 years. This has developed my interpersonal skills and allowed me to develop the way i interact in professional, social and workplace environments. Through my involvement in the Australia Finance conference, I am responsible for liaising with the CEOs and CFOs of multinational corporations, banking and government institutions. Through my involvement in the selection process of the 300 students who attend, as well as my work on the panels and work shops I have gained an invaluable experience in refining my communication and organisation skills, as well as starting to develop my technical understanding of management consulting, economics and accounting and finance.

  • Mark Jeyaraj's avatar
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    Mark Jeyaraj

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance and Accounting

    Finalists In: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Accounting and Financial Management Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, KPMG Diversity Award

    I am a future leader in social change consulting, with a vision to combine my passion for consulting and involvement in socially excluded communities into a start up that targets students in the arts, commerce, law and science fields. As such I not only want to redefine the nature of consulting, but build a sustainable tool that connects Australian with South Asia and South America to deliver projects that they can see for themselves deliver. I understand what it takes to operate in this field because my cultural quotient has excelled as I visited those places mentioned above to understand what the needs of the community are. Furthermore, my leadership positions in AIESEC International and Enactus has allowed me to refine my leadership capacity, from time-pressure problem solving to change management to successful networking expansions. Both these organisation require a leader to organise overseas exchange and deliver successful start ups respectfully. These experiences have furthered my management skills in order understand how to organise and facilitate teams successfully. I am a future leader because I have the skill and inspiration to not only lead the people, but to also understand and guide people around me. I am able to listen an issue, critically analyse it and come up with multiple solutions based on the person need.

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    Matthew Rowe

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Embedded System Design And Application

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I pride myself on being a friendly, open minded young man who has always been complimented on my communication skills as well as exhibiting a high grade of professionalism. I am an outgoing and energetic person who brings enthusiasm to all that I do and I coalesce this with my energetic interpersonal skills allowing me to bring to the table the qualities of a mature and engaging speaker. With these abilities, and my past and present leadership roles I am confident in saying I have developed my leadership skills into one of my key strengths. In addition, I believe I complement the above with my intellect and the ability to learn and take on new concepts at a heightened pace. I possess a loyal and committed work ethic and demonstrate determination and self-motivation in my work. I am confident that this is foregrounded not just through my University achievements, but more importantly in my work in the industry - with reviews from my superiors mentioning that I am not only one who aspires to academic success but also has exemplary practical knowledge and a propensity for innovation even at my emerging professional stage. I have no hesitation in stating I am a very keen learner and am always looking to acquire new experiences and proficiencies. Entering my final year of my undergraduate university studies, I consider myself lucky to already have first-hand and in-depth experience in the industry in areas spanning from semiconductor design and fabrication, to industrial and real time instrumentation, to control systems and automation. In short, I believe I not only have abundant and exuberant skills for leadership and the adequate intellect to conquer difficult tasks, but also the know-how and foresight to become a prominent leader in the industry.

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    Matthew Lim

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Laws majoring in Political Science and International Relations and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Over the past five years, since commencing my law degree, I have enjoyed an incredibly rewarding professional hockey career that has allowed me to represent Australia and live in many different countries. I often assume leadership roles and have found immense satisfaction in getting the best out of my peers. Traveling internationally while continuing my degree has required constant adaptation and problem solving to overcome new challenges. To remain competitive as a graduate and an athlete requires eternal vigilance and enormous sacrifice. I must be perseverant, ambitious and maintain a strong work ethic. To continue to grow and succeed I must also be able to accept setbacks, learn from them and improve in the future to overcome my obstacles. I have worked in various positions at high profile professional services firms including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, ING, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. My experiences with leading international law firms have allowed me to appreciate the value of attention to detail and using efficient and concise communication techniques in client driven industries. My role in the Anti-Trust Division of the Investment Banking team at ING taught me the importance of establishing relationships and connections with people. My professional experiences have taught me that human relationships are at the heart of every business transaction. I also understand the role strong analytical skills play in completely understanding a problem and finding a solution. My curious mind and entrepreneurial flair gives me the boldness to be able to take risks. I am eager to undertake a career that will allow me to harness these qualities and impact the world to help others. I believe I have the attributes, vision and drive to be a Future Leader.

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    Matthew Gamin

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance

    Finalists In: AMP Investment Banking and Fund Management Award

    The skills and attributes required to become a future leader are similar to those essential for success. However, in saying this a great leader will be successful in their field whilst a successful individual may not necessarily be a great leader. I believe I have a handful of attributes that will make me a Future Leader in the corporate sector, these are: drive, professionalism, consistency and confidence. I am a very driven person in all aspects of my life and this is reflected in my academic achievements and GPA along with involvement in physical and charitable work. This is essential for a future leader. How can colleagues follow your directions and example when distractions and obstacles are allowed to hinder your performance? Professionalism and consistency go hand in hand together and I aim to implement these attributes into everything I do. They are essential for a future leader as they provide a foundation for completing work to excellent standards and achieving success in your field. The last attribute I have that I think is inherent in every leader is confidence. Conviction and belief in the message you portray is just as important as the message.

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    Michael Bettison

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I am currently in my third year at the University of Adelaide studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical). This program has so far included a wide range of subjects and areas of study, ranging from whole system design and manufacturing strategies, machine dynamics and control systems to heat transfer and thermodynamics. I have greatly enjoyed all subjects so far and also performed strongly across the board, maintaining a High Distinction average. As a consulting engineer I would be required to work in diverse fields from project to project, so my capability in these various fields would stand me in good stead. Additionally, communication skills are particularly important for a consulting engineer, with significant exposure to clients who may not have an engineering or technical background. I pride myself on my strong communication skills, and I am able to explain complicated concepts clearly and concisely in both written and oral form. This is a skill I have developed and improved in my tutoring of high school students, primarily in mathematics. Another attribute which will help me advance in the engineering industry is my leadership. I have had opportunities to take on a role of responsibility a number of times, from school soccer team captaincy to project leader on group assignments at university. These exploits have been successful, achieving harmonious teamwork and clear goals. Finally, I have a strong passion to succeed in engineering, and to help others achieve their potential. Along with a group of my peers I have founded the Adelaide Mechanical Engineering Student Society, with the goal of improving industry exposure to students, and paving the way from study to work through networking opportunities within our School of Mechanical Engineering.

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    Michael Bergin

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil/Construction Engineering

    Finalists In: Westpac Group Technology Innovation and Entrepreneur Award

    I believe I possess the hunger, drive and commitment to excellence that is required to make me a future leader in my chosen field. I have an entrepreneurial mindset; I am resourceful and take initiative. I started an online fitness clothing business whilst in my final year of my engineering degree, which has grown to $20k in annual revenue. I learned how to build a website, monitor business financials, import from overseas, manage inventory and use marketing techniques to grow my business. I am diligent, detail-oriented and have a strong problem-solving background. My experience as a tunnel engineer has given me an understanding of how to approach problems with a logical framework and provided me with the technical skills to solve them. Furthermore, I have a strong analytical focus. I have interned in equity research and have built a financial model for fund that is aiming to raise $100 million for the expansion of self-storage facilities around Australia. Beyond my skills in business, I have been fortunate enough to travel to over 40 different countries. These experiences have made me more cognisant of different cultures and allows me to build rapport and relate to people on a deeper personal level.

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    Mikaela DiLeva

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Science majoring in Health Sciences

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    As a university student I am organised, focused, and passionate about achieving my career goals. I thrive on challenging myself and putting to use my problem solving skills. I believe I am equipped to become a future leader in science, research and development because I have the ability to communicate and work well with others, I have determination and passion, and commit whole heartedly to the task at hand. Furthermore I am a highly motivated and self-driven learner. Other skills and attributes I can bring to the table include creativity and the ability to think outside the box for alternative solutions, I am imaginative, energetic, and a positive thinker. I am always looking to further my skill set and improve. I love to attain transferrable skills, as well as help others through collaboration and inspiration. I enjoy setting smaller goals that drive me towards a common future goal. The breakdown of tasks allows me to attain skills that will ultimately lead me towards my future aspirations. I am always looking for opportunities to give back to the community, and have already seized a number of opportunities through travel and other volunteer work to broaden my horizons and find ways to give back. I believe a career in research, particularly in the field of science provides an excellent platform to make a difference within the community and further abroad.

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    Mitchell Neill

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer and Software Systems

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    The attributes and skills which will make me a future leader in information technology, social change, and design and user experience; stem from my participation in numerous community based organisations and projects. In my first semester at university I designed and developed my own website in order to assist the engineering cohort in the transition into university (through learning resources, video tutorials and practice exams), sparking my passion for education and community involvement. This passion has since led me to numerous projects such as: Designing a virtual learning environment to assist intellectually disadvantaged adults further their capacity for social independence (In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation) My ongoing contribution to the design and development of online training resources for QUT peer programs (Help programs enabled through student contribution). My ongoing contribution to the design, development and running of the Peer Programs Student Advisory Team. My ongoing contribution to the QUT SEE Project (A project to design and implement new educationally enabling IT equipment/software and practices in a disadvantaged Malaysian primary school). In addition to the above, I have also contributed to my community by offering my technical skills for use in STIMulate (A drop in help centre of math, science and IT support) as a peer learning facilitator for the last three years. But what really gives me the potential to be a future leader in my chosen fields is the ability to find a problem affecting a community and the personal drive, technical skills and leadership skills to do something about it. This is most evident in my most recent project where I had identified a need for better understanding and assigning team compositions, which I am attempting to alleviate through the use of machine learning and learning analytics to optimise educational outcomes.

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    Nicholas Hough

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours majoring in Information Systems

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Development Award

    At 21 years of age, I am motivated, passionate and ambitious in all areas of my life, with pursuits ranging from founding a disruptive tech startup to competing in high performance sport. A Writing my first line of code at 13, I have a love for software and all stages of the development process. In my 4 year IT degree, I have gained an HD average for IT subjects each year. I am able to design and implement projects in many platforms, having published software for mobile, desktops and even Augmented Reality glasses. A Server-side systems and cloud computing are also my forte, with a good understanding of APIs, databases, security, big data analytics, scaling and artificially intelligent services. In 2014, I foundedA GradeProof, a tech startup. GradeProof is an artificially intelligent SAAS framework to analyse written text, providing instant feedback on rephrasing sentences to improve the quality of writing. Building the entire client-side and server-side infrastructure from the ground up, I was able to launch the pilot version of GradeProof in 8 months, with the cross-platform beta launch planned for October this year. I developed the core proprietary algorithms of the system, resulting in several provisional patents and significant interest from investors and the startup community. I now have valuable experience on how to plan and grow a tech company, able to tune the engine of growth and drive innovation on a bootstrapped budget. Other leadership experiences have included being School Captain of my high school, sitting on the board of a company, and leading a development project for a Silicon Valley Startup. Outside the tech world, I am also Australia fastest 110m hurdler. I have represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships, and am on track for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

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    Peter Morian

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies majoring in Actuarial Studies and Bachelor of Economis majoring in Econometrics

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    The attributes that make a great Future Leader include my motivation to succeed, maintaining absolute integrity and the consistency I put into any activity I perform, and always looking for ways to improve myself in any way possible. I am a firm believer of taking initiative and going for every opportunity that is presented to me. To succeed in the categories that I selected, being a team player and listening to others are essential characteristics for a Future Leader to have. I love working in group environments as it allows me to meet new people and to gain multiple perspectives of a situation.

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    Priya Baliga

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    As a young and enthusiastic individual I believe I am a Future Leader as I bring to any field my strong interpersonal skills, passion for learning and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.I believe these are qualities of a good leader coupled with the attributes of being approachable, able to take initiative when necessary and delegate tasks based on the understanding the needs of a team. My most recent leadership experience was during the International Accounting Study Program in USA whereby we visited General Electric and the speaker asked for a volunteer out of the forty of us to share our own personal strengths and weaknesses in front of the other students. As no-one was willing to perform this task, I volunteered which demonstrated my courage to step outside of my comfort zone and eagerness to speak in front of an audience no matter how small the topic. Moreover, my internship in the Human Resources department of Philip Morris International helped me develop the above mentioned attributes as I was required to work in a team. A few notable experiences during the internship were presenting external brand optimization strategies to senior management and writing a sample job advertisement (a task which I had never completed before) using the new employee branding framework which I was able to achieve and is now being used throughout the company on their job platforms.

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    Raja Baksi

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Mechanical Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award

    By the end of 2015 I will have a firm grasp of 24 relevant Mechanical engineering subjects. My high academic achievements will particularly highlight my strengths in technical communications, thermodynamics/heat transfer/fluid mechanics, manufacturing and quality systems, and sustainable development. I have undertaken 6 weeks of biomechanical research involving the preliminary design of a biofidelic mechanical neck, as part of research scholarship awarded to me. This experience exposed me to a high level of professionalism in scientific research and challenged my design skills in a field of work I had no previous knowledge of. I face challenges with optimism and welcome tasks that I have not previously undertaken. Moreover, my skills in computer modelling (Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks) and computer software (Matlab) have reached a proficient level. In addition, I have great confidence in my interpersonal skills. As a communications tutor at university, I am responsible for the supervision and facilitation of first year students in practical and lecture sessions, presenting engineering problem solving frameworks as well as presentation models. This work shows my dedication to peer development and enthusiasm for community service as I believe teaching is an honorouble profession. Similarly, I am secretary and a cofounder of the Adelaide (University) Mechanical Engineering Student Society, and along with an executive committee I dedicate time to organising industry related presentations and social networking night for students with the mechanical engineering discipline. All of my experiences have inspired me to be an active learner and contributor to society. This motivation drives me to aim for the best the results in my activities and to keep an open mind. I learn a lot form my peers and colleagues, and have developed many positive relationships. My ambitions place the development of Australian industry and public awareness at the forefront of my career.

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    Ranie Nguyen

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award, KPMG Diversity Award

    The skills and attributes that make me a future leader would be that I am proactive in taking initiatives to strive for excellence and improvement while being innovative in solving problems and finally my leadership skills with the ability to work effectively in a diverse team. I believe my motivation to make a greater contribution to the wider community is largely fulfilled through extracurricular and voluntary involvement, such as the Ronald McDonald House. I am very passionate about leading a team but also nurture and develop other growth. I assist others through the exchange of constructive feedback and evaluation. My position as the Vice President of Women in Engineering Society involves supporting a team of 11 executives. I would often delegate tasks by matching the abilities of the individual ensuring their interest and level of confidence is maintained. I believe I have a strong sense of identifying individual motivations and goals to be able to inspire a solid foundation of teamwork. I also consistently challenge myself to go out of my comfort zone to gain new experiences and knowledge that will develop myself personally and professionally. For instance, I sought to improve on my presentation skills and problem solving skills through my involvement with case competitions such as the CPA Case Competition and A.T. Kearney Case Challenge. Additionally I have had the experience of presenting feasibility assignments in front 30 senior executives during my internship with Mirvac. Further to this, I find challenging problems stimulating due to the process of analysing and evaluating information to reach a resolution. During my internship with Parsons Brinkerhoff, in order to assess congestion problems for the Chatswood Area Pinch Point Project, I would model the networks to behave according to the signal phase and connecting flows to reflect the scenario the data was portraying.

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    Robert Ferritto

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Five of the key skills and attributes that will make me a future leader include empathy, persistence, decisiveness, trustworthiness and respect. My empathetic attribute has grown over years of volunteering to help disadvantaged people (homeless, living with disabilities etc). While doing this I realised that they do not want anyones sympathy, they want to be treated like a normal person. Ultimately, it boils down to the idea that one should not treat people how one wants to be treated, but one should treat others how they want to be treated. Empathy is the key factor in achieving this. Persistence is a skill that I have honed over years of playing competitive sport - particularly tennis is my younger years. I have learned that it is very rare to achieve success instantly and that (up to) years of hard work and dedication may be needed to achieve an objective. This is an important trait for future leaders to have, particularly when they encounter obstacles blocking them from achieving their goals. As someone who places a heavy emphasis on empathy, it is important as a future leader to counteract this with decisiveness. Sometimes situations require a quick decision to be made and I am often willing to do that when the situation calls for it. I learned this skill as a sports captain at school where, in the heat of the moment, decisions must be made. My trustworthiness is an attribute that I am very proud of and something that any future leader needs; it gives them integrity and earns them respect. It is difficult to say where I gained this attribute (and also tough to say where I have used it without 3rd party input), but I refuse to make promises to people that I can not keep. If I had to place an origin on this attribute, it would be one of my first memories as a child where my parents sat me down and told me how bad lying was (and still is!). Finally, an attribute that I have that will make me a future leader is respect. I believe this stems from my honesty and how genuine I am. By having this respect, I am able to interact with others with a mutual respect (something I consider to be very important) that enables things to get done as easily as possible. I realise I have gone well over the word limit, but feel that these are important points to get across in my application.

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    Samantha Law

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science majoring in Science-Physical Geography

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I have many skills that will make me a future leader including good communication skills and the ability to convey information to people in a timely and respectful manner, this has been fostered through Australian army cadets. I have initiative and able to make good, supported decisions under pressure, fostered through many years lifeguarding and working for the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter. I am approachable and friendly and have a high work ethic (distinction average).

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    Sarthak Sinha

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    As an energetic student of Commerce and Law, I have gained valuable skills that will definitely help me succeed in my chosen categories. For me, the most practically applicable as a leader and team member would be my communication and interpersonal skills. I think it is vital for a Future Leader to excel in verbal and oral communication skills and being able to express ideas clearly and succinctly. I have honed these skills through my extra-curricular activities such as Law Competitions, my involvement in Model United Nations and as a teacher at Project Academy. Team leadership is an equally important skill. As team leader of a small group of individuals as part of 180 Degrees Consulting, I believe I have developed the listening skills and a leadership style that is adaptable and flexible. Such skills will definitely be beneficial in any workplace and are a requirement for any Future Leader. Finally, my studies of commerce have helped me to develop quantitative skills that are vital within the Business and Commerce world. I believe thinking sharply and on your feet is something that can only be taught through real-world experience.

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    Scott Luengen

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    A leader needs to be able to effectively communicate, mentor and manage a group of diverse individuals. As a result of working in hospitality for 9 years I have developed strong inter-personal and team working skills in a variety of situations, with people from all backgrounds. This first-hand experience has reinforced to me just how important effective communication, mutual respect and strong leadership are in delivering positive outcomes. Not only have I applied these skills at work, I have successfully used them as team leader in numerous barista competitions to great effect. As a barista trainer and university tutor, I have also developed teaching and training skills, that have allowed me to mentor and help my team mates both at work and at university in various group projects. Within the fields of science and engineering, project management skills are essential. Having worked on many different team projects during my time at university, I have been successfully able to see what does and does not work in these situations. My attention to detail, planning skills and goal-focused approach to problem solving has resulted in me becoming the group leader on many occasions, where I was effectively able to plan and delegate work for the team. One of the skills that I have learnt while doing this, is the ability to identify where people skills lie and how to effectively utilise them. In every team that I have been part of, we have had people with different skill sets and areas of expertise that when utilised properly yielded great results. Working in multi-cultural teams has brought up challenges, but at the same time also taught me how to deal with them in a constructive way. I believe that it is these experiences and skills that make me a future leader.

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    Siddharth Doshi

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Materials Science and Master of Engineering majoring in Biomedical Engineering

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    1: Applying rigour to solve complex problems In engineering and science, complex technical problems often consist of many unknowns and many levels at which things can go wrong. Through experience working in a range of scientific areas, in both industry and academic research, I have learnt how to break down these problems into hierarchies of subsystems which can be systematically addressed. As part of my current work with the BIOMOD team, I am working on single molecule imaging of biological machines. I broke down the vague problem of "the microscope not working" into a hierarchy with three subsections - issues with equipment, issues with materials and issues with reaction conditions. These were further broken down into their component systems, allowing for each variable to be systematically tested. These same principles can be applied to increasingly complex problems. 2: Approaching ambiguous problems by applying structure In many situations, there is no clear path to the solution. It often is not even clear what the question to be solved is. My work with Cochlear involved understanding the chemistry of Cochlear implants. However, it was not certain whether understanding precise chemical mechanisms was even possible. My approach involved understanding Cochlear key priority, which was characterising device reliability. This allowed me to prioritise my work to focus on developing a statistics based numerical model, as per company priorities, and running experiments to understand the science on the side. This approach allows me to generate valuable solutions in messy, real world situations. 3: Communicating appropriately Appropriate communication is essential for communicating the importance of technical work to decision makers or non-experts and also for understanding the needs of others. I believe Ive demonstrated outward communications skills through debating and science communication competitions. Ive also developed the essential skills of listening through sales roles and professional work experience.

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    Stephanie Newman

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Communication majoring in Social and Political Sciences and Bachelor of International Studies majoring in Japanese

    Finalists In: Public Sector Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    I do not just talk the talk: I walk the walk. In everything that I do in my professional, academic and personal life, I strive to act as a role model for others. In my Social Inquiry degree at university, I aim to facilitate and enable others to express their opinions during class debates. An example of this has been assisting in the UTS HELPS program that assists ESL students with their spoken and written English. Helping students through this program to gain confidence in English has been rewarding, and reflects my dedication to the empowerment of others within the university community. I have taken a keen interest in training as a facilitator through the UTS SOUL program, which will enable me to inform and assist others when it comes to be an agent of social change, as well as playing a more active role in political life. I have upskilled in areas such as public speaking, effective intercultural communication and networking in order to be proficient for this role, which are also qualities that all good leaders have. In my work with NGO 1 Million Women, I have shown leadership within the wider community though my dedication to environmentalism and changes in my own personal life: After struggling with the ideas of animal welfare, environmentalism and the consumption of meat, I have finally been able to commit to a vegetarian lifestyle that is balanced and healthy. I feel so positive about having made this change in my life and I have used my experience as motivation to create a resource guide through 1 Million Women that provides practical advice for others wishing to make the transition to a mainly plant-based diet.

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    Sumiya Sultan

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Electronics

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate, KPMG Diversity Award, Performance Education Group International Student Award

    I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering degree and hold a Macquarie University Merit Scholarship that covers my full tuition. I am a result oriented, honest and responsible person who has a passion for helping others. I believe in audacity, self-excellence and in creating opportunities to improve and grow rather than simply looking for them. I have maintained a high distinction average throughout my studies, whilst working at three jobs and participating in extracurricular activities like my Presidential role in WISE and treasurer role in Bangladeshi Student Association, all at the same time. I believe this highlights my capability to prioritise and multitask, as well as underlining my work ethic. I am able to work both independently and as part of a team. I currently lead the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) initiative on campus and am the president. I started the student group with just by myself and arranged the first group event with very little support from the University but due to my ability to manage an event and prioritise tasks in order to deliver an outcome on time, the event was such a success that the guest speaker from Microsoft wanted me to join her team. Within a few months, the group has grown to 82 members. The success of our group has allowed us to access external funding sources that would otherwise not be available. The girls said that my passion wanted to make them get involved and since then more people have joined my core team to actively participate in the group activities. Now, I lead a team of 8 executive members and make an effort to motivate them by providing them with a sense of ownership and importance, for even the smallest priorities. I believe leading by examples rather than micromanaging.

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    Tate Stuchbery

    University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Psychological Science majoring in Psychology

    Finalists In: Capgemini Business and Management Consulting Award, Fusion Graduate Consultancy First in Family Award

    Throughout my university degree and my life I have proven to be an effective and efficient leader. I have worked in supervisor and leadership roles in my work outside of university time, and through my work in the fast paced hospitality sector I have gained a great deal of time management skills and the ability to perform well under pressure. This is also evident within my university degree, I am a dedicated and ambitious university student, which is shown through my grades as well as my motivation to continue to improve. This is also shown through my travelling overseas and undertaking a summer exchange in a prestigious university in the Netherlands. I have proficient public speaking skills as during this time overseas I presented my own research report to an audience of 50 students and teachers. I do believe that with all these skills and attributes combined I am a successful leader.

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    Tessa Marshall

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Biomedicine majoring in Microbiology & Immunology

    Finalists In: AECOM Science, Research and Development Award

    Leadership is not just being the best in your field, it is the ability to bring out the best in others as well. This requires a number of different skills. Firstly, I strive to lead by example by continually learning. I have achieved all First Class Honours in my degree so far, and intend to continue in this fashion, and completing a research project over the summer at the Children Hospital Westmead equipped me with a deeper knowledge of the ins and outs of research. Expertise in your field is not the only attribute necessary for leadership. As a consultant with 180 Degrees Consulting, my problem-solving skills are constantly tested and extended. Communication is another essential skill for any aspiring leader. Presenting lectures, videos and seminars for Engage Education and the Student Welfare Outreach Team (SWOT), as well as tutoring with TutorBright, has equipped me with the ability to succinctly and clearly explain complex concepts in an entertaining way. Whenever I teach, I not only aim to communicate content, but also mentor my students by teaching them how to study, and inspire a strong belief in their capabilities. I believe we have an obligation to use our skills to improve the world, so I involve myself in as much volunteer work as possible, with organisations such as SWOT and 180 Degrees Consulting. I have been a Teddy Surgeon at the Teddy Bear Hospital, and volunteered as a clerk at Interplast Australia and New Zealand. I have also promoted science communication during my time on the executive committee of Young Scientists Australia. Without them, and without other science programs such as the National Youth Science Forum, I would not be where I am today. Encouraging an interest in science in younger students is my way of giving back to these programs.

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    Tim Bishop

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Business Information Systems

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    I have developed a strong work ethic and am very comfortable assuming leadership positions in either university studies or in the workplace. I enjoy helping and tutoring other students to succeed in the field of study I am passionate about. I believe my most relevant skill to being a future leader is my the ease at which I can pass on pass on my acquired knowledge to my fellow students. This skill had been honed through voluntary and paid tutoring which I have conducted over the past two years of university life. The success of these tutoring session has instilled a powerful sense of confidence in my abilities to guide, teach and enhance my fellow students time at university. Finally my ceaseless hunger for knowledge would make me a desirable candidate. While I thoroughly enjoy and am passionate about my university studies I also eagerly seek out any new sources of information related to the IT industry. I accomplish this through being a member of the Australian Computer Society or doing online courses in software development or general IT subjects.

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    Tony Qiu

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mining & Geotechnical Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining, Oil and Gas Award, Performance Education Group International Student Award

    1. Teamwork/ Leadership skills I have good teamwork skills. Examples are shown as follows: . 2014 7 2015 Leader in BHP Billiton AusIMM Southern Queensland Student Chapter Local Mining Games . Activity coordinator at the University of Queensland Science and Engineering Challenge . Project Leader in Core Drilling Strata Detection in ENG1200, Engineering Modeling & Problem Solving I see all these opportunities as great chances to improve my leadership skills and teamwork skills 2.Analytical skill I am a high achieving student and I believe it indicates that I can learn stuff really fast and I can get adapted to a new environment in a short time. . The Geotechnical Engineering Scholarship . AusIMM Awards for Excellence . SQ AusIMM Branch Encouragement Award 3.Interpersonal skill and communication skills I am confident about my communication skills in both oral and written form and interpersonal skills. . Engineering Student Ambassador . Brisbane City Welcome Festival Volunteer . The University of Queensland Tutor 4. Strong interest in Mining & Geotechnical Engineering I am a proactive student in the field of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering. My Enthusiasm ensure that I will put 100% of effort in to my work and complete the assigned task in high quality. . Sponsored Student at International Mining and Resources Conference 2014 . Invitation to Attend Orica Pre-International Mining and Resources Conference 2014 . Mining Field Trip (Blackwater Mine, Clermont Mine, Hail Creek Mine, New Acland Mine) . Golder Associates Geotechnical Investigation Field Trip . Australian Geomechanics Society Laboratory Testing Workshop

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    Tvisa Sood

    Western Sydney University
    Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Law

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    I am currently studying Bachelor of Criminology/ Bachelor of Law, and this degree has expanded my understanding of our social world and its issues. I aim to apply my knowledge learnt in my degree to improve the state of our crime policies and change the face of crime and our perception of it. I am a strong-willed, determined and dedicated person and I have displayed this by diligently attending university classes and achieving Distinctions in 8 out of 13 units, despite the fact it takes me 2 hours and 40 mins to travel to university one way. I am also a hard working person who enjoys keeping busy and new challenges. It is this passion for work and improving the world that drives me to educate myself in the field of criminology so I can get a holistic view of the problem and potential solutions. I also believe myself to be a natural leader due to my assistant managerial role at work and my automatic instinct to ensure fairness, cohesion and efficiency in group assignments at university. I further developed my leadership skills at LEAD Leadership Retreat 2015 conducted by my university.

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    Xin Na Zeng

    UNSW Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and International Business

    Finalists In: Woolworths Limited Consumer Goods, Marketing and Retail Award

    Ever since I completed my first marketing assignment in Year 9, I have been passionate about marketing. I love the ability to think outside the box, to not only understand the motivations and thought patterns of consumers but to also be able to influence their behaviour. This passion led me to study Marketing at University of New South Wales. I have continued to explore the multi-faceted world of marketing through completing internships, whether locally at Fossil Australia and Export Council of Australia or internationally with Jack Morton Worldwide in Shanghai. Additionally, I have demonstrated my leadership capabilities through my role of Marketing Director of UNSW Marketing Society (2014) by managing a team of subcommittee members and contributing to the organisation of multiple social and career events. Focusing on the customer needs is the key to successful marketing. After working as a Casual Sales Associate for Fossil at Myer, I was able to not only able to improve my communication skills, but also strengthen my ability to deal with conflict and solve problems. My current role as a Student Ambassador at UNSW Business School also continues to reflect my interpersonal and customer service capabilities. Being a future leader in Marketing also requires teamwork and decision making qualities, which were personally highlighted when my team and I won the Unilever Future Leaders League, a marketing case competition. I believe that my experience, combined with my passion and drive to succeed will make me a Future Leader in Marketing.

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    Yifei Pei

    Other University
    Bachelor of Arts with Honours majoring in Marketing Management

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Development Award, PageUp Social Change Advocate

    In my perspective, the most important things of being a Computer Scientist or Software Engineer are the curiosity and the initiative of problem solving. Curiosity drives me to acquire new technologies in this fast developing domain and gives me great motivation to learn new techniques. The interest and the tenacity for problem solving facilitate me to make progress for programming. These two aspects became my instinct and gave me great sense of accomplishment in completing IT projects. Except for the attributes focusing on IT profession, personally I am ethical and responsive, which always made me to stand out to take responsibilities and get things done. With this personality, I have been automatically emerged to be the group leader in my group assignments and other working IT projects for multiple times.

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    Arun Prasad

    University of Sydney
    Master of Information Technology & Master of Information Technology Management

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award, Performance Education Group International Student Award

    Grad-student with over 2 years experience of developing web applications in PHP, Java, .NET MVC, MySQL, HTML, CSS3, jQuery. Programming is my passion and I love solving challenges. I have always been on the lookout for being innovative and hard-working, bringing along people-management and team-player skills. With the help of my university degree, I intend to be able to innovate and come up with a solution for an underlying problem which has not been thought of before. To be a future leader, I think the right direction is necessary more than achievements and that is something that I have always striven for. If given the privilege to be one of the Future Leaders of Australia, I believe that the journey would have only begun and I intend to bring along change, passion and innovative-thinking to the table.