2017 Top100 Future Leaders

The Australian university graduates who made the 2017 Top100

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  • Jasmin Jade Hamade's avatar
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    Jasmin Jade Hamade

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce and Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Winner of: Ashurst Law Award

    To truly become a Future Leader in Australia’s dynamic legal industry, you must be progressively and strategically minded. While the legal system is rooted in tradition, changing social values and norms makes the industry susceptible to change, thus requiring leaders to recognise and adapt to change to ensure progression. My collaborative work as the only student member on USYD’s Business School Equity Board and work with Compass, a widening outreach organisation proves my progressive nature in pushing for greater tertiary education opportunity for financially disadvantaged and disengaged secondary students. I believe I exemplify the traits of a Future Leader as I had overcome adversity in my first year and consequently disappointing academic results. My significantly improved academic performance in-conjunction with my ability to juggle three paid jobs, volunteer in low socioeconomic and regional areas and my love for long distance running and touch football is a testament to my determined yet flexible nature. I thrive on working under pressure. I am so passionate and dedicated to work as President of the Work and Organisational Studies Society, USYD’s Student Advisory Committee Representative and as a Mentor for two secondary school students. These investments demonstrate my love to interact with people and a Future Leader must thrive on building healthy relationships to truly embody being a true leader.

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    Sarah Last

    University of Melbourne
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    Winner of: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I am a passionate young entrepreneur looking to make a difference in the world of agriculture. With a strong background in the natural science and a masters degree in Entrepreneurship, I am well on my way to stating an agritech company which is set to begin commercial trials in 2017. My diverse study background means I fully understand how different industries and sectors need to come together to foster innovation within Australia. This is why I am excited about the Commonwealth Bank innovation award, I believe traditional business has a lot to offer in terms of skills and graduate development. Out side starting at company and studying veterinary medicine I spend spare time in sport or community service activities. Recently I have been part of the Red Frogs team, helping schoolies stay safe and enjoy end of year celebrations and this summer will be volunteering at the Royal Melbourne Show and local Christmas festivals.

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    Chelsea Edmonds

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    Winner of: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    I am a leader in our community who seeks out change. Diversity is a challenge within software engineering and I have actively led change initiatives. I was one of the first UQ Women in Engineering Student Leaders and currently hold the position of Asia Pacific Regional Executive Officer for Robogals. This gives me the opportunity to lead a team of people supporting chapters and volunteers across the region. I am also part of the global leadership team which works on projects that not only achieve our vision, but also positively impact women globally. As I enter the workplace I aim to continue to seek opportunities to lead diversity initiatives, while also becoming a leader in my field. As a future software engineer who achieves high academic results, I believe I have the passion and determination to work alongside and lead others to solve the software engineering problems of the future.

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    Eric Grandinger

    University of Western Australia
    Master of Professional Engineering - Civil

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Winner of: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    To be a good leader, technical nous and business acumen do not suffice. In my time in industry I have observed, how especially in todays fast-paced, digital and high stakes corporate environment, reassuring dialogue, words of encouragement and an emphasis on interpersonal relationships regularly come a distant second to profit margins, client satisfaction and external stakeholder interests. My leadership mindset is that ones own employees and team always come first. The word happy is so elegant in its simplicity and powerful at the same time. Happy employees = happy clients = high reward. In my time leading a university student society and contributing in leading functions to several engineering industry committees in Perth, I have seen this equation hold true time and time again. A project team is at its most productive when it is given direction and feels valued. This fluid amalgamation of soft and hard skills needs to be embodied by tomorrows leaders. And I hope to be up to the challenge

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    Jozo Frankovic

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce (Dean's Scholar)

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    Winner of: KPMG Accounting Award

    As a 4th year Bachelor of Commerce (Dean's Scholar) student and Management Cadet at the University of Wollongong (UOW), I proactively take the initiative to approach problems and projects differently. Throughout my time at UOW, I have worn many different hats, each time being provided with a Licence to Innovate and asking the important question of why. One of my proudest achievements was in my recent Business Improvement placement, where I led an institutional review of student recruitment and admissions processes and principles, consulting thoroughly with senior university officers and presenting the report outcomes and recommendations for implementation to the University Senior Executive. I am passionate about giving back to the community as a volunteer for Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families and a mentor with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). Being a role model and leader for the next generation is what makes me tick.

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    Sierra Hudson

    Edith Cowan University
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    Winner of: Nestlé Marketing Award

    Throughout my life I have always been what others would call a natural leader, and I am never afraid to step up to a challenge, whether it be in a sporting environment, in the classroom or in the workplace. As I enter my professional life in marketing I can envision myself supporting and encouraging a team in the corporate world in order to achieve success for the team and for the company. The definition of lead is to show initiative and set an example for others to follow, and I believe it also requires the ability to speak up and take a stand when needed, which I am capable of and have applied in many circumstances. As the marketing industry faces rapid change and technology it calls for determined, innovative leaders to achieve success, and I am confident and ready to face what the world has to offer.

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    Leah Ravnjak

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Nestlé Supply Chain Award

    Winner of: Nestlé Supply Chain Award

    My ability to think critically, openness to communication and being innovative is what makes me believe I can be a potential Future Leader for my category. Supply Chain Management is such a broad and complex field that I think I would be able to manage it quite effectively as a Future Leader. I am someone who is committed and diligent with anything that I do and when I find something I am passionate about I pursue it, this is how I feel about my field of study in Supply Chain specifically transport and distribution centers. Being someone with such vision and drive I have the ability to be a potential Future Leader.

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    Michael Song

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    Winner of: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    I am an individual who strives towards excellence in all aspects of my life. Within my studies I have demonstrated excellence through receipt of the Society of Petroleum Engineers WA Scholarship in 2015 and selection to represent the Science & Engineering department at Curtin University on a short exchange program in Germany earlier this year. This experience allowed me to develop an appreciation for diversity, an insight into the European lifestyle and professional practises and the ability to overcome language and cultural barriers to communicate effectively. Outside of my studies I have held numerous executive positions in the Society of Petroleum Engineers chapter at Curtin over the past three years and I am currently the President. Through my involvement within the chapter I have proven my leadership capabilities and believe I will continue to do so when I enter the mining, oil and gas industry in the future.

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    Jojo Yu

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Economics

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    Winner of: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    Jason Elsom once said a sentence that has shifted my entire perspective on leadership: Leadership is not a position or a title, it is an action and an example. As a Director in two university societies I am seen as a leader to my subcommittee, many of whom are younger than me. My personal brand of leadership is to take your value as a leader by how much you have helped grow those around you. As a Director who has a dedicated subcommittee, it is my responsibility to ensure that each subcommittee member has had an enriching and worthwhile experience. I take this philosophy with me in every aspect of my life - in every case competition I have competed in I have identified the strengths and weaknesses that we have as a group so that we can work on it and grow together. I have consistently practised inclusive leadership, which is why I believe that I will be the Protiviti Future Leader for Business and Consulting.

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    Colleen O'Connor

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications)

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    Winner of: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    I love data. I have worked 2.5 years in a Luxury Brand Agency, and I have used sales data to quadruple our clients businesses over the course of my time there. Although it is strange, as I study electrical engineering, I thoroughly enjoy working in sales and with clients to optimise their business. I use the analytical skills that I learn in my degree to look at the clients data and identify their customer profile to improve their product choices for their market. I relate this idea to the user experience concept that I learn in my degree, where a solution in based on the user or customer or client and what their needs are. It is the way of future business, and I believe with my passion and understanding of data I can become a "Future Leader" in this area.

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    Jeddi Tirtowidjojo

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce and Business Information Systems

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    Winner of: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    To be a Future Leader, would mean being able to manage, motivate and bring out the best in people, in the process of meeting the goals of the business and its employees. With technology continuously evolving, leaders are constantly needed to accommodate and drive innovation within the Information Technology industry. Hence the selection of the Suncorp I.T award. I believe I am able to combine my passion for innovation, creativity and teamwork, with my knowledge accumulated from my degree and experience, to take on a potential role of a leader in the future of I.T.

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    Stephen Templar

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    Winner of: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    The question I most often find myself asking is "what is my greatest strength?" This should be the easiest question in the world to answer, but it is not. I strongly believe my greatest strength is the ability to surprise myself and others around me. I have had the opportunity to work for global corporations, lived and worked in multiple countries, and had the chance to network with some fantastic leaders and people managers. I have faced many obstacles, but through sheer belief in my ability to sell myself, I have been given opportunities to show my passion for business and really surprise and benefit my employers, colleagues, and business partners. Experiences such as these have really enforced my decision to progress within the corporate world and gives me the motivation to broaden my knowledge. My ultimate goal is to lead businesses to success by implementing effective business strategies. I believe all ideas have potential and I would like to craft the skills necessary to transform companies into pre-eminent leaders in their market

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    Xueting Wang

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Economics

    Finalists In: Performance Education Group International Student Award, Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    Winner of: Performance Education Group International Student Award

    In my opinion, a "Future leader" refers to a person who is professional and passionate to their fields, who is committed to finding innovative solutions, who is highly self-disciplined and who regards bettering people around them as their mission. I believe my values and experiences make me a potential "Future Leader". I have strong academic performance in both finance and economics field and I am currently pursuing my second Master degree in order to be qualified with upgrading into PhD next year. My academic goal and previous banking internship experiences are good evidence of my professionalism and enthusiasm in financial industry. Apart from my study, I participate in various extracurricular activities. I obtain high respect and reputation from all my supervisors and colleagues because of excellent communication, problem-solving and time management skills, as well as inspiring personality. In a word, I regard myself as a strong candidate of Future leader.

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    Danielle El-Hajj

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    My determination, resilience and drive to succeed in a challenging and complex legal environment make me a potential Future Leader in law. The varying practical experience I have sought to supplement my formal legal education is testament to my desire to acquire a foundation of legal principles, technical skills, advanced problem-solving skills, and a global outlook, upon which I can build. In a profession that requires a person to be adaptable to the constantly changing legal environment, I will be able to utilise my past experiences to consider the implications of the law within a broader commercial context, whilst also contemplating how the law is affected by the economic, social and political pressures that it must confront in the society in which it operates

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    Vertika Batra

    Bond University
    Bachelor of Laws/ Commerce

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    My ambition is to be a future leader in the field of commercial law and global transactions. I regard myself as a natural leader, and have demonstrated this through my leadership capacity in the community, and the responsibilities I have taken on and been accorded. I am very passionate about improving access to justice. Currently, I volunteer my time as a Research Assistant at the Bond University Human Rights Law Clinic. As part of this role, I am involved in researching and drafting Appeals applications for wrongfully convicted people who are otherwise unable to afford legal help. I have also been involved in pro bono work at the Robina Community Legal Centre in 2014 and 2015. I hope to use the technical and people skills I have learnt from my volunteer experiences and internships to help future clients and members of my community.

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    May Yan

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Since starting my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2011, I have focused on developing skills in four key areas in my personal and professional life to become more centred and a potential Future Leader. Firstly, developing inner resources: stress tolerance, optimism, flexibility and emotional self-awareness and expression through my involvement with Mental Health initiatives and team sport/yoga. Secondly, connecting with others: listening, expressiveness, humility and empathy through my six years in retail, eight years tutoring students, five years providing make-up services to clients, various internships and student society involvement.Thirdly, setting the tone by showing appreciation for the efforts and results of others, seeking to understand and incorporate diverse perspectives and taking proactive ownership and responsibility, through my work and extracurricular activities. And finally, leading a team by creating a vision, fostering alignment and resolving conflicts developed as a team leader in previous roles.

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    Chathurika Ravindra

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering/Bachelor of Law

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    It is my specialised skills and experiences that define me as a Future Leader. I have shown my flare for innovation through my honours thesis on the Impact of Contracts on Construction Productivity, drawing on my ability to synthesise technical information as a successful Civil Engineering/Law Student. I have thrived collaborating with diverse individuals as Inaugural President of the Sydney University Engineering and Law Society and as President of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra. Displayed through my selection for the University of Sydney Union Clubs and Society Committee, I am able astutely understand different perspectives and make judicial decisions through thoughtful discussion. I have also demonstrated my commercial aptitude and broad skill set as an Undergraduate Project Engineer at Transurban, where I have managed and delivered my own project involving a major Sydney toll road and provided contract administration support for multimillion dollar projects involving a variety of stakeholders.

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    Amy Wang

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    I consider a true leader to be one that is able to inspire innovation, vision and a sense of community and cooperation for those around them. I am a great believer that this is best achieved through leading by example, and this is something that I consistently and consciously incorporate into my academic, work and extracurricular endeavours. In striving to perform my own duties with enthusiasm and dedication, I inspire teamwork environments that encourage each person I work alongside to constantly challenge and better themselves so as to not let each other down. Inspiring and innovative leaders are particularly necessary now as competitors in the legal industry grapple for greater shares in a declining market. However, this also presents an amazing opportunity for the industry to reinvent itself, and I believe that engaging and motivating leaders like myself are the key to ensuring this potential is realised in the future.

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    David Murikumthara

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    I have experience and interest in a number of disciplines, from marketing, to education, to law. As a result, I was chosen to represent Monash on a program to New York, where I met influential alumni and leaders. It was there that I understood the importance of interdisciplinary skills, and also the need to adapt. I believe my diverse interests and experience will help me become a "Future Leader".

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    Dana Harding

    Deakin University
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    As the legal profession and clients diversify, innovation is key to the success and continual growth. I strive to innovate in all I do, and analyse the information in front of me. While Vice President (Education) of the Deakin Law Students Society, I identified a need within the student body for a peer tutorial service, then designed and implemented it. Not only was the program well-received by students, it also challenged the expectations of the law school, and highlighted a new way to support their students. Also key to this growth and success are people. As an aspiring young professional, I will bring to the workforce my passion for people, their ideas and a creative mindset to engage them in their endeavours. My strong communication skills and consultative attitude will enable me to work with a diverse range of people, and employ a client-centric approach to my work.

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    Khayshie Tilak Ramesh

    La Trobe University
    Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    I think that I am a potential future leader in the Ashurst Law category as I have a nuanced viewpoint on the direction of lawyers in the future. My initial interest in law was particularly in the realms of marketing law and business, however, now in conducting my research project, I have found myself fascinated in the concept of lawyer as healer and leader. I strongly believe that reform to the way a lawyer conducts themselves in legal transactions is the key to a successful and amicable outcome. I hope to become a leading lawyer in the business field through applying the leadership dynamics I have been privileged to witness throughout my experiences. Being recognised as a future leader in this category will allow me to take the first step in furthering my research and overall goal of reforming the reputation of the hired gun lawyer.

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    Alison Jones

    The University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of International Development

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

    Passionate and enthusiastic, I strive for excellence across academic pursuits, extra-curricular involvements and leadership positions. Throughout my time on the Law Students Society I have learned the importance of collaboration and have realised that teamwork is entirely synonymous with success. Being involved in the Performing Arts, I apply the same level of enthusiasm and dedication to my leadership roles and commitments as I would a performance. By ensuring not to be hindered by setbacks, I have developed resilience and succeeded in my strengths. In particular, excelling in International Law as a Semi-Finalist in the International Humanitarian Law Moot and being subsequently selected to represent the Adelaide Law School in the prestigious Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition in 2017. Continually seeking opportunities to challenge both my legal knowledge and interpersonal skills, I welcome experiences that lead to collaboration with likeminded individuals and generate rewarding outcomes for all.

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    Mark Jeyaraj

    University of Sydney
    B. Com (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I aspire to be a future leader for people-focused social entrepreneurship. When I was 15, I was fortunate enough to co-found a charity that alleviated the suffering of Indian-Malay orphans in Malaysia. With an innovative spirit that lies well beyond an average student, I seek to make the most of every opportunity in a creative and resourceful way. As the co-founder of BusinessOne, a student career development organisation, I have been successful in exposing a generation of students to what it means to be career ready. When I saw the lack of start-up consulting at my university, I took the risk to establish a company. My team and I have experienced great success, developing 20 student, helping 3 clients and partnering with international accounting and consulting firms, all within our first semester. With our success, we plan to launch across NSW, Victoria, SA and WA, ensuring we take all opportunities.

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    Jonathan Israel

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    An innovating Future Leader must be globally-oriented, multi-disciplinary, with a proven set of leadership experiences.Through studying and working in Denmark, the UK, Israel, and China, I have developed networks with young professionals, problem-solving capabilities, verbal communication, negotiation, and organizational skills that I apply to my educational and entrepreneurial pursuits. Innovators must be well-rounded across science, technology, economics, policy, and finance - areas I engage in through my educational background and work experience, allowing me to follow academic and corporate developments, and construct long-term strategy using a range of interpersonal and cross-collaborative skills. Finally, I have long been involved in my university, and local communities, through the UWA Science Union, UN Youth, and as President of the Fogarty Scholars Association, advocating for educational issues, analyzing problems, and developing policy recommendations. I have co-founded a science-education company, trilobite, my first attempt at initiating an innovative, socially impactful product.

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    Laura Brennan

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    Technology is improving at an astounding rate, and every development has the potential to change lives on a wide scale. My passion for engineering and using technology to create positive change has lead me to engage with many facets of the wider engineering community, and I have relished the opportunities to learn and develop my skills with every new person I met and new project I get the chance to be involved with. I have experience leading teams of people with diverse backgrounds, and working in these teams to develop unique solutions to problems. Within these teams and in my work experience I have been responsible for introducing software solutions to increase efficiency. My leadership skills in conjunction with my strong passion for technology, gives me the potential to be a Future Leader in innovation.

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    Megan Rooney

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I am a potential future leader in the innovation category as I am constantly seeking ways to improve the world around me and realise new possibilities. Rather than waiting for a problem to solve, I never take the status quo for granted and instead consider how all the processes, products and technologies in my life can be improved, or imagine what isnt being done but could be. I constantly offer ideas for newer, better ways of doing things in all areas of my life that are either more efficient or deliver higher value and new functionality. I am always questioning what is being done, why, and how it can be done better. As evidence of this I have had many suggestions implemented at my casual job, ranging from re-evaluating the ways simple tasks are complete through to broader strategic goals.

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    Mikki (Michelle) Dunne

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I believe I am a future leader because I dare to innovate. I inspire and motivate my team to achieve, leading by example and with ever ready encouragement and enthusiasm. I possess a unique combination of leading expertise in technology, creative thinking and drive to make an impact, which will produce exciting and game-changing results. I am inspired by the medical and technological breakthroughs that are happening today at an ever increasing rate to extend and improve our quality of life. I am also spurred onwards by reports of potential catastrophes ahead, such as antibiotic resistant bacteria. I believe that our world has need of brilliant, creative thinking and most importantly trained minds to lead research that can save mankind. This was a key driving force in my decision to walk away from a highly successful career in the Information Technology industry and follow my passion for innovation in the field of research science. Also, I have faced and triumphed over incredible health challenges in my life, in late 2014 I could hardly walk, which gives me a rare appreciation for preserving excellent health, revolutionising pain management and extending the human lifespan to build a better tomorrow.

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    Deborah Chew

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I am a Future Leader because I love pursuing new opportunities and am wired to try my best in every situation. When faced high level concepts outside my area of study, I am fast to apply previous knowledge and can synthesise information from various sources into key points. I am also wired to seek opportunities. Whether it is in joining the debate team in school, representing Victoria in the United Nations Youth Conference, working for my university, leading student clubs or pursuing academic prizes, I endeavour to excel in every area of my life. Moreover, having migrated from Malaysia to Australia as a teenager, I believe I can innovate myself and easily adapt to different cultures and environments. Though I do not have much experience in the financial services sector (Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award), I believe I have the baseline drive and personality to be a potential Future Leader.

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    Phillippa Radford

    The University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil & Structural) with Bachelor of Finance

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    As an engineering student, I have nurtured my systems thinking ability and problem solving skills, and my career goal is to apply these skills to financial risk management. I want to innovate how we manage risk; the availability heuristic means that we are less likely to mitigate risk, which usually results in greater rehabilitation. I am able to communicate my own and others ideas effectively, a skill built on through my work with student societies and employment as a tutor. My ability to act upon constructive criticism, and to embrace others points of view and ideas makes me an effective leader, but what sets me apart is my integrity, my commitment to my pursuits, and my enthusiasm. I will become a future leader because I am able to see clear paths through challenging situations, make decisions while accounting for uncertainty, and motivate and drive a team through these situations.

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    Marc Paradeza

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I believe I have developed the necessary quantitative ability required to be a potential Future Leader in the Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award Category. As an engineering intern at Thales Australia I was exposed to a variety of projects within the firm ranging from the electrical load analysis of distribution boards to improving the efficiency of technical documentation methods where I presented my solution in front of senior managers and colleagues. This challenging experience has provided me with the necessary forward thinking and analytical skills necessary to be a Future Leader. Whilst studying, I have balanced working as an optical dispenser at Specsavers. The highly interpersonal and detail-orientated nature of my position has developed my communication and teamwork ability. This has also improved my ability to explain complex concepts and to work collaboratively with clients to reach an optimal solution which is a necessary skill as a Future Leader.

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    Nico Kunz

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    Just finished studying mechanical engineering and about to begin studying law to pursue my interests at the intersection of technology, law and public policy. The world around us is changing rapidly and combining the scientific lens of engineering with rhetorical flair has provided me with a unique opportunity to shape the debate on societal issues in the communities around me. Both as a student and Citizens juror I pushed the boundaries in the areas of growth management, technological responsibility and leadership quality. I have previously seized opportunity by: * teaching myself to code and creating websites that solved issues for myself and others on the internet (the defunct redditlog.com had more than 1 million visitors in 2014) * Continuing to further my cultural understanding and global awareness beyond growing up in 5 countries by seeking internships in countries with cultures radically different from my own for example Serbia.

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    Fleur Combridge

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    By being heavily involved on campus, I am able to communicate with a variety of people which is a crucial aspect in leadership. Voluntarily participating in a design thinking semester-long program in my first semester at University, I go out of my way to promote innovation within my daily life and a business context. Having been involved with the Entrepreneurial society at University, I have a great understanding of start-ups and how to lead with an innovative mindset. Not only do I know how to communicate to a variety of audiences, but being relatable and taking a variety of approaches to achieve the best result is a crucial skill I hold. Additionally, I believe I am a caring person, able to listen to those around me and take feedback to ensure that the environment helps achieve the best results for each individual.

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    Faris Abdel-Hamid

    Flinders University
    Bachelor of Business (Advanced Leadership)

    Finalists In: Commonwealth Bank Innovation Award

    I am an individual who is highly engaged by the impact of innovation in our modern business world. In a world seeing exponential technological growth it is crucial to be at the forefront when assessing the impact of this change. As Australias leading financial services provider, Commbank has strategically positioned itself to be highly responsive to this changing business landscape. This type of environment is something which makes me prosper. I have built my foundation around continual learning through experiences and theory, as a future leader I will always strive for continuous mentoring and development of both myself and my followers. I have the ability to empower others through my creative and visionary ideas aiming to improve effectiveness and efficiency in multiple facets of business. To be the best possible leader I need the best possible environment to lead in. For this reason I can go no further than Commbank.

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    Jacob Wood

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    From a young age, I have been highly captivated by technology and the ins and outs of the world of business. I first started my own business doing computer repairs in my local area at the age of 12 and expanded it throughout my time in high school, all whilst gathering a large local client base.During my time at university and through my employment experience I have progressed my skills substantially, allowing me to offer a vast range of services that fill a gap in my local market. I am now about to open my first retail store in the coming days. From this, I have been a ?leader in my area from a young age and believe I can only further myself with the help and experience from working and learning from some of the top companies in this industry.

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    Robert Banks

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Philosophy

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    Having been heavily involved in the startup space in Perth through Bloom, I believe I am placed well to contribute to the growing technology industry in Perth and Australia. I also take my studies very seriously, having achieved very high marks in my computer science courses and having developed a deep knowledge of and interest in computer science and technology as a whole. By combining my technical knowledge with my knowledge of the startup business space, I believe I will be able to drive future technological innovation in Perth and Australia.

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    David Provest

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Software Engineering

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    The best leaders are not people who demand respect, delegate tasks and have all the knowledge. I see myself as an emergent leader that is able to bring a team together to focus on a unified goal and understand and utilise all the team members unique skills and passions to create something truly inspiring and innovative. My experience leading a start-up discovery team of Millennials through the often arduous process of brain storming, market research, user validation and agile sprints to create a solid business case, prototype and value proposition pitch is an exemplar of the modern software development leader. Together with my passion for learning and sharing my knowledge of Design Thinking and agile methodologies along with the online Internet of Things tutorials I have written show my commitment to being a thought leader in my field of software development.

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    Harvey Delaney

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    What makes me a Future Leader within the Deloitte Software Engineering category is the combination of my high standard of technical and leadership ability. My academic prowess has helped me develop a wide array of technological skills demonstrated by my high standard of grades. Outside my studies, I am always looking to improve my technical skills further. This has had me conduct my own extracurricular programming projects. Through the combination of my studies and individual projects I have become an extremely effective, well-rounded software developer. I have additionally challenged myself to take on a number of extra-curricular leadership roles within university. I have been the 3rd Year Computer Science Representative, IT Assistant and Senior Resident at Bruce Hall and also a New Colombo scholar. Undertaking these leadership roles has had me become an effective, experienced leader to which the successful candidate for the Future Leader award needs.

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    Glenn McGuire

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Computer Engineering

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    My time spent training to be an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force has taught me that ambition and diligence are the two pillars on which a leader must rely. A leader influences a group of people to achieve a common goal, as opposed to a manager. Influencing people to work together out of their own free will is how I want to lead. I have lead, and been lead; as such I understand what it takes and what is expected from a leader. It is only very early in my career pursuit; but I wish to achieve great things at every opportunity. My goal is to make an impact on the world, by any means and by any extent of my capacity. I want to make a change that matters; one that changes lives. Through means of technology, I believe I can leave my mark on the world.

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    Troy Burgess

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

    I regularly set myself demanding and complex personal goals while trying to perfect my professional skill set. I regularly put my range of skills into practice through my experiences and opportunities through which I have been a part of. I am currently working as a senior lab supervisor at Curtin University, tutoring for engineering programming. Taking my experience from this role, I volunteer on weekends as a mentor for the global community-based programming club CoderDojo. This allows me to give back to the wider community by building digital literacy skills amongst young people. I have a drive for success and as a result I am currently placed within the top 1% of undergraduate students at my university. Through my passion for the field and my constant self-pressure to achieve, I am determined to be a future leader in software engineering.

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    Devpaal Singh

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I am determined, passionate and love solving problems. With a strong academic background, at university I pursued a degree in Civil Engineering and Law, as I saw future potential in having both skill sets. Accordingly, I worked on a thesis to improve construction productivity through better risk practices in contracts. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. From being appointed as an advisory board member of a government agency, to leading nationwide non-profit teams and corporate teams, I have a track record of leadership. In each instance we began with a vision, which we translated into reality through a diligent work ethic and application of creative thought. My leadership skills are distinguished by my desire to make a difference, my ability to focus and my willingness to learn.

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    Thomas Da Jose

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours*), Diploma in Engineering Practice (Civil)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    My passion for engineering stems from my value for partnerships, sustainability and humanitarian engineering, where neither should be an afterthought. I firmly advocate the far-reaching potential of engineering to improve the lives of others. And I have cultivated every experience made available to me to further my own potential to make a difference. My present immersion in Asia has provided me an invaluable platform to deepen my understanding of the Indo-Pacific region, and the leadership qualities needed to promote greater cooperation to ensure drinking water, sanitation and shelters are accessible by everyone. I am learning these technologies and building networks so I can do this. Shared engineering thinking can solve these issues as well as strengthen the bridges between all people. This is what makes me a future leader in engineering because I am in sync with what it means to lead and create positive change for others.

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    Jessica Kiekebosch-Fitt

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Ambitious, inspired, and adventurous, I am energised by the prospect of challenge and ongoing learning. I am motivated by opportunities to engage in our world, leveraging our creative differences to lead positive change and ultimately support social, environmental and economical global development. I strive to lead with integrity and authenticity and my drive and determination is powered by the desire to make a difference and achieve meaningful results. I thrive in dynamic environments that stretch me, keeping me on my toes and encouraging me to push myself to realise new potential. I value questioning the status-quo and seek to navigate ambiguity with curiosity and intent, searching for new ways to tackle old problems and traditional methods of thinking. I feel thrill in the potential for growth and enthusiasm in creating change, and this fuels a thirst for pushing boundaries in creative and innovative modes. I believe that the complex challenges we face offer extraordinary opportunities that can be embraced to re-craft, regenerate and revitalise human potential in years to come.

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    Anuradha Seneviratne

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering, Diploma of Engineering Practice

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    A leader needs to be passionate, dedicated and inspiring. My passion lies in improving quality of life for the next generation. My recent visits to developing countries have ignited my passion to find a way to improve one of the basic human needs; sanitation. I believe by improving the access to and education around sanitation will negate much of the stigma. My personal drive has often lead me to step outside my comfort zone and explore new places and ideas. For example, my visit to Cambodia, grounded my view around appropriateness of technology when I worked with a community to find new solutions to improve their ecotourism business. I believe everyone has the potential to be a leader and I want to use this opportunity to learn, grow and use these skills to challenge myself so I can serve to improve society.

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    Daniel Zanatta

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    Three attributes I possess that I believe will enable me to be a future leader in the civil engineering industry are my ability to think innovatively, my engaging personality and my commitment to acting with integrity. As a companion to these attributes, my genuine passion for the civil engineering industry is what drives me to continuously learn and develop my technical skills. I also have the ability to adapt to a variety of situations and to make sense of complex, diverse problems. I am an individual who leads by example with the aim being to motivate my peers and encourage meaningful collaboration. I believe this approach to leadership, which I demonstrate in my daily life at university, work and sport, will ensure I become a leader in the civil engineering industry.

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    Kevin Dias

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    A leader in the civil engineering industry needs to not only be a great engineer but also someone who can inspire the people around them to achieve a goal. I have maintained academic excellence at university, receiving a Monash Travel Scholarship and will graduate with honours. I have worked as an Aquatics Coordinator for the past 5 years where I am in charge of multiple shift staff, co-ordinating training programs and mentoring new employees. I have been involved as an engineering student mentor at university and was a leader of the Peer Mentor Program in high school, both of which involved mentoring younger students and helping the community. I have studied management units and lived in Netherlands giving me experience working with a range of people from different countries and cultures. I believe my combination of technical expertise and leadership experience is what makes me a future leader.

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    Josh loyd

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I come from a single parent family with four siblings, in Western Australia, where I have been financially independent from the age of 16. Although, I was not able to develop an appreciation for higher education until I was 23 years old (2013), after I met an uncle who is an engineer. Since that day I have striven to achieve greatness through continuous personal improvement, and channel that drive into my community. Along the way I have learnt to listen and communicate effectively to achieve goals; I have built a network of supportive colleagues and friends, stimulating emotional and intellectual growth; and most importantly I am working hard to inspire those who might think they might not have what it takes to achieve their dreams.

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    Gillian Angliss

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award

    I have developed a passion for structural engineering over the course of the last 3 years undertaking a bachelor or engineering. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to gain experience in real world applications of civil engineering and this has broadened my views of where civil engineering, and particularly structural engineering, can take me. This summer I hope to take that experience further by undertaking 3 months of vacation work, and I hope to use this experience to further develop my skills in this field. I believe that my passion for structural engineering, in combination with my willingness to continuously learn throughout my career, will enable a lifetime of not only enriching my own knowledge but also being able to communicate this with my peers and future structural engineers.

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    Rosalinda Raiti

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    I have the potential to be a future leader because I have high determination and drive. I am competitive and believe that team-work and communication skills are essential characteristics required to lead a group of people. I have acquired such skills from participation in team sports and being elected as an executive member of our accounting society. Furthermore, I believe that one needs to have a global mindset to be a successful leader due to the dynamic nature of the business world. With advancing technology, the world is becoming a closer knit community. The internship experience I have from Washington D.C. was an incredible chance to create invaluable networking connections with co-workers that transcend continents. This experience has taught me how to network and keep in contact from individuals around the world. This is essential in moving forward in any career if one aspires to be a future leader.

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    Lauren Grasso

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    I am a leader that formulates a positive morale within a group by being motivating, trustful and organised. I am adaptable to circumstances ensuring that my decisions are made with clarity and will give maximum benefit. I am an individual that leads with confidence and ethical consideration. My dedication, inquisitive mind and encouraging nature are a testament to the authentic and passionate individual that I am. I am constantly engaged with industry, academics and the wider community which has consequently led to numerous leadership positions that have reaffirmed my love for leadership as well as sharpened my dispute resolution and leadership competency. I align with the KPMG values to inspire confidence and empower change because I possess extraordinary determination to improve the processes around me. In such an expansive industry, the Accounting profession needs leaders like myself who can drive innovation and respond to the changing circumstances of individual clients.

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    Angelique Wan

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    I am an avid learner and I enjoy challenging myself as it enables me to develop my problem-solving skills. I took the initiative to undertake studies at Oxford University in 2013 where I took subjects that werent offered to me at school. I am proactive, and am currently Sponsorship Director of the UTS society Women in Business. As a start-up, my team has built the society from the ground up. This role has given me the ability to harness my soft skills, and I have learnt how to effectively build and maintain relationships with sponsor companies. My investment in this industry is apparent by my work at American Express as a financial analyst and as a Chartered Accountant Student Representative. My experience has confirmed that this is where my interests lie, therefore I believe I have the potential to be a "Future Leader" in this industry.

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    David Castelanelli

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    KPMG are interested in more than academic qualifications, they are looking for talented team players and progressive thinkers. I share a similar vision to KPMG and constantly put myself outside of my comfort zone each and every day. As the founder and managing director of Alpha Motivation, I am leading an organisation that inspires and develops the next generation of young people through motivational speaking workshops. I lead a team of speakers each and every day. Recently, I returned from a leadership acceleration conference in Los Angeles (LEAP). Furthermore, I will be representing Australia as a Youth Ambassador in February 2017. Selected by the Youth Affairs Council of WA, I will be acting as a leader for Australian Youth and networking with delegates in Hong Kong. I continue to lead through both my business and overseas leadership opportunities. Through Alpha Motivation, I am leading the next generation to success.

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    Kyle Bennetto

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    Accounting is a vast field that is often underrated for its diversity. I truly believe accounting is one of the driving changes in the modern century and its constant evolution gives rise to new and undiscovered opportunities in the professional services area. As such, I pride myself on seeking for transformation of current business processes that can lead to increases in efficiency related to the accountancy area. I have demonstrated commitment to the field, through past involvement within university and outside, and earn a sense of fulfilment that leaves me wanting more. Despite perhaps a caffeine addiction, I experience a constant motivation and dedication towards exhibiting my skill set towards those in the area to assist.

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    Edmond Fung

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce and Science

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    What makes me a 'Future Leader' is the fact that I have always questioned convention and I continually ask myself what if I did things differently. For instance, I have chosen to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Science and to major in Accounting and Psychology, which many would consider being an unusual combination. However, I believe that a background in Psychology equips me with an understanding of people and group dynamics, areas critical to being an effective leader. Because I am not afraid of being unconventional, it has enabled me to achieve excellent academic results throughout my degree which includes receiving the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence and the Staff Prize for First Year Psychology for ranking first in the cohort. As such, I intend to pave the way in breaking the so-called 'bamboo ceiling' that has been imposed on Asian-Australians.

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    Sophie Jiang

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    I have: - the ability to think critically and identify how the world can be improved (be it through exploring ways to better serve clients, or studying previously-unconsidered ideas) - the drive and determination to action change - a willingness to constantly learn from everyone around me, regardless of position, as I believe everyone, in their varying experiences, has a unique and insightful perspective to offer . There are varying examples I can provide to illustrate this - for instance, I have volunteered hundreds of hours for causes I am passionate about, and I have pursued a cadet position at EY so I can live and breathe accounting (which I love) - but I believe that what makes a leader cannot be encapsulated in highlights. Rather, I think day-to-day actions are what make a leader, for highlights are built on persistent innovation, determination and learning. I believe I unwaveringly demonstrate these day-to-day qualities.

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    Daniel Dal Bello

    Flinders University
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) & Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

    Throughout my degree I have been heavily involved in leadership experience relevant to the accounting industry, namely through volunteering with CPA, the Future Accountants Network, and the Flinders Business School Students Association. I have also been a peer mentor for first year students and the captain of my tennis team for many years. All of these experiences combined have enabled me to develop my team-building, collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. I am a focused, driven, self-starter with strong motivation to succeed and be a leader in my chosen field of accounting.

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    Joshua Kerr

    Victoria University
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I am a mature aged student who went out in the world to find my calling. I started my own business, made mistakes, recovered and turned back to education in the hope of completing my degree and pursuing the career I love. Since returning to University, I have achieved a HD average while supporting two young children, currently 4 & 6 years old and my wife, currently pregnant, and travelling 1.5 hours to university every day. While I do not have a lot of time to participate in societies, I aim to assist students where I can, recently being nominated for a student leadership award with excellent references from my lecturer. I am also actively involved in leadership seminars, training and activities within my university. I constantly apply knowledge, through my student-as-staff placement within the University, and share these experiences with fellow peers to help all who are around me succeed.

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    Michael Shanahan

    University of South Australia
    Bachelor of Management (Marketing)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I grew up on my familys fifth generation farm along the Barossa Valley and developed a strong passion for marketing as a young boy. Seeing our produce go from farm to market sparked a fascination within me to understand the relationship between products and consumers, paving the way for my future endeavours in marketing. As a budding marketer at university, I have taken every opportunity to grow and learn from the industry both here in Australia and abroad. My experience has seen me develop an array of marketing skillsets and a prowess for the digital sector with a particular fascination for online advertising in its ever-changing landscape. I have thrived within dynamic team settings and gained a notable capacity to work as a leader and communicator within intercultural situations.

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    Rebecca Karpin

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    There is a direct link between a pleased consumer and a successful business. I experienced first-hand the power of loyalty for product awareness and huge sales numbers consumers will pay Apple prices for features they can get across the road at half the price. And why is that? Apple commended me, for my ability to use consumer speak to sell the intangible products. Selling exceptionally high levels of Apples one-to-one program and pre-orders of the Apple Watch. I was also very involved in the visuals team, placement and alignment of the products working till 2am to change the stores layout was a monthly experience. I loved the brand, my demeanour and appearance was all an aspect of Apples marketing strategy. Passion, drive, vision and enthusiasm are all characteristics of a future leader and I will bring what I have learnt from Apple to all my future roles.

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    Courtney Garfoot

    University of South Australia
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Management (Marketing)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I am a future leader in the marketing industry due to my curious nature and ability to challenge the status quo. My drive has been demonstrated in my professional experiences where I have quickly progressed in the marketing industry, advertising specifically where I will continue to grow. My passions for psychology and marketing will fuse in the future to take me into a unique place where the advertising status quo will be challenged. I envision myself as a leader within advertising strategy. I have the tenacity and audacity to achieve this and I look forward to the challenges I will overcome in the future.

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    Danika Wellington

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I am never afraid to take on a new challenge and seek excellence in any task I perform. However, I do not do this in isolation. I always consider the impact my actions can have on those around me, particularly how I can help boost the experience of others. I continually seek to develop my skills and gain as much experience and knowledge in the marketing field as possible through not only personal learning but also working with my peers, mentors and industry professionals. I have developed strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills through my volunteering and international exchange experiences, which enables me to communicate in a variety of environments. My confidence and communication skills, coupled with my passion and dedication, provides me with the opportunity to be a future leader, which I endeavour to continually develop as I grow and learn in the future.

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    Eric Cao

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of commerce and science

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I am ambitious. I am hard working. I deliver excellent results. This is illustrated through my high academic grades (84.25/100 WAM) and my other achievements. For example, I am a co-founder of a self-development program which has a 98 percent satisfaction rate. I have also been an imperative part of starting and growing 2 social enterprises. Moreover, I have proven leadership capabilities. I have lead 2 university project teams where both were selected to present to the client. Moreover, at UKAUS I lead a sales team of 4 which outperformed the sales quota on 93% of the days. I am also highly competent in marketing. I have consulted and created multiple successful campaigns for enterprise clients such as Canon. For instance, I created a campaign which had a 9.59 percent conversion rate (Industry benchmark ? 4%). I have also received UNSWs annual Lee Whitmont Marketing scholarship for leadership and marketing excellence.

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    Janette Hui

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    I believe that being a "Future Leader" requires passion for what you are doing and ears and heart for the people around you. Amongst friends, family and colleagues; I am renowned for not shying away from responsibilities and commitments, whilst being considerate of others and their opinions. I take initiative and always consult with the people involved before making decisions as I am a strong believer in earning respect from those around me. In Marketing, we are always required to work autonomously as well as in a team, with not only our own department. I have the communication skills required to be a leader and thrive upon sharing my experiences, knowledge and expertise with others around me. Imagining myself as a potential "Future Leader" excites and motivates me to want to grasp on every opportunity to learn and reach my potential in order to earn respect and henceforth, become a leader of the future.

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    Robyn Lu

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    As a strong believer of the health comes first philosophy, the FMCG marketing industry allows me to do my part in making a positive difference to the wider communities through day-to-day interactions with millions of consumers. Having been crucially involved in a variety of students clubs & societies, whilst balancing work and academic studies, I am an ambitious individual who is unafraid to push personal boundaries and enjoys being challenged. It is without doubt that our global interconnectedness is growing at an exponential rate whilst consumer demands continue to rapidly change, and I aspire to not only keep up with this increasing pace, but also drive it further. The fact that I have fostered my creative and entrepreneurial thinking with my performance background will lend itself to this high level of innovation. Meanwhile, it is these particular experiences that make me unique and distinctive in what I can offer.

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    Alexander Edward Murphy

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

    A forward thinking innovator with a proven track record of directing large teams to achieve significant KPIs in onerous environments. Always finding creative solutions to mainstream matters with a future view point of how any deliverable will impact all stakeholders at hand. An entrepreneur whom inspires individuals to create sustainable provisions that impact the highest aggregate of individuals and groups whilst accomplishing tasks to the highest standard. Always considers contemporary and future technologies, concepts and ideals in any task undertaken - to ensure a team is led to the highest capacity, at the highest quality. A selfless leader that ensures the wellbeing of other parties is met before ones self. Clear and succinct vision and direction is evident at all times when cooperating with all factions. Groups are inspired to both achieve above the set standard whilst motivated by making a difference through the completion of superior grade project deliverables.

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    Sam White

    University of South Australia
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Nestlé Supply Chain Award

    After a degree change from Accounting to Logistics and Supply Chain Management, I have found myself with a keen interest in this field. I see Logistics and Supply Chain as a continuously growing and developing industry with large amounts of potential for organisations to reap benefits from. Challenges are something I face with confidence, and I pursuit the best outcome for both personal and purpose orientated satisfaction. I have leadership experience throughout a variety of roles, including Head Prefect 2012, Volleyball Club Coach and Treasurer 2016. In the future I want to continue to combat challenges and be in a stimulative environment for success and progress.

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    Chontelle Kelly

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Nestlé Supply Chain Award

    I currently work full-time as a Supply Chain and Procurement Cadet at a large Australian multi-national company whilst studying my Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain Management. What makes me a potential future leader in supply chain management is my drive and willingness to learn through both education and hands-on experience so that I can help shift and shape the future of supply chain management practices. I have a passion for supply chain management and recognise the need to challenge the status quo and the we have always done it that way mentality with the renewed Australian focus on innovation. I recognise the need to invest in and embrace disruptive technologies such as driverless vehicles, 3D printing, digital currencies and cloud platforms to optimise supply chain performance. I am enthusiastic and excited for the future of business and supply chain activities and am eager to be part of it.

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    James jenkins

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of business (logistics and supply chain management)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Supply Chain Award

    Having had experience in various field, and having already started a family and able to balance work, study and life I believe my time management, patience, maturity and experiences both in work and life will assist in being a future leader

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    Rohit Balachandran

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Technology

    Finalists In: Nestlé Supply Chain Award, Performance Education Group International Student Award

    I believe that strong confidence in my abilities, the ability to work well in a team and handle fast paced changing environments make me a suitable candidate to become a potential "Future Leader".

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    Elyse Hudson

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    Throughout my university experience, I have been involved with the mining industry inevitable if you are studying in Newcastle. However, I refused to be limited to the local perspective. My vast international experiences throughout my degree, including visiting Pittsburgh and the Nippon Steel Factory in Japan have broadened my perspectives on the importance of intercultural relationships in industry and the enormous breadth of the mining industry. I will be able to convert these experiences into leadership utilising my public speaking skills to effectively communicate the benefits of the mining industry and the industrys future goals. I have already begun this work through my involvement with the Newcastle AH&I where, as their 2015 Showgirl, I often spoke about the importance of finding balance between agriculture and mining. As an international public speaking champion this is certainly a strong suite of mine that will make me an asset to the mining industry.

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    Bodhi Hardinge

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    I believe I have proven my commitment to the future of engineering and science with my involvement in a leadership capacity in various facets. This includes but is not limited to, being the president of the Association of Chemical Engineering Students (ACES) Curtin, as well as being the Engineers Australia Lead Campus Coordinator. I am a strong communicator of complex ideas, as seen in my work as a volunteer at Scitech and ETSS. The future is what we make of it, and I believe I am the position to make a positive difference as a Future Leader in engineering. The economic, technical and social challenges ahead require strong leadership and I want to fill this role. My commitment to engineering and the sciences can be seen in the fact that I have published a scientific journal article on Biomass conversion.

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    Eka Setiyawan

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    Having moved and lived in seven cities across three continents in the past twenty years, it has taught me the importance of diversity, and continues to teach me to have a global and inclusive mindset. I am passionate about using this culture of diversity and collaboration to drive innovation and problem solving to build connections and achieve success. I am fortunate to have a team leading role with 180 Degrees Consulting where I lead four consultants in the direction of the project from start to finish. It is an alchemy of putting peoples ideas together and positively challenging those ideas to build on mutually agreed solutions, is what I believe creates innovative solutions to form a lasting impact for our clients. This is what makes me a potential Future Leader within the Mining and Resources industry where I can exercise my passion in innovating the chemical processes with my colleagues.

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    Shreya Gupta

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    A leader is someone who has the passion to learn, help build others and make a change within their environment. I have always taken every opportunity to learn whether it has been gaining multiple experiences in the mining and resource sector or simply promoting engineering and education to the younger generation through my involvement in university clubs. In the various team environments, I have motivated my team members to excel beyond what they are capable of as I have always aimed high and will continue to do so. I have always been driven to excel in my studies, not only to maximise my understanding on engineering concepts but to use this knowledge to contribute to the success of the business, maximise productivity and enhance process safety. This is evidently displayed by the achievements I have attained. I want to inspire the younger generation to become hardworking, disciplined and innovative because its a growing industry and diversity will lead to great change.

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    Michael Bettison

    The University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    Throughout my undergraduate studies I have made a concerted effort to display initiative and take every opportunity available. This has enabled me to achieve outstanding academic results while also developing a strong extracurricular contribution. I founded the Adelaide University Mechanical Engineering Student Society in 2015 in order to assist my peers from the School of Mechanical Engineering connect with industry and better understand the opportunities available. This year we have continued to host Engineers Experiences with industry guest speakers, as well as social events to assist networking between students. My Honours project this year has been an opportunity to develop and refine my resourcefulness and creativity. The goal of the project is to alleviate the shortage of fresh drinking water in the South Pacific Islands, towards which we have designed and built a solar desalination system. This encapsulates the possibilities of innovation and engineering to solve the worlds problems.

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    Gordon Akauma

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    Beyond my scholarships and this competition I wish to live a life of purpose, a life of passion and a life that improves the quality of life for others. I have the strong desire to integrate my passions of mining, leadership and entrepreneurism into my life and my career. I am determined to be an industry leader in the mining and minerals sector and to ensure that interests of companies/shareholders, employees and the wider community are all effectively addressed, communicated and adhered to as best as possible. I believe that my strong work ethic, exposure to the minerals industry, diverse range of global experiences, and passion for mining and leadership, all exemplify that I am a "Future Leader" in mining, oil and gas industry. Living in the Upper Hunter Valley Muswellbrook, my industry exposure has been developed from a young age. The Glencore Corporate Scholarship has further enabled me to complete 6 months of vacation work experience in both a surface and underground context and develop my practical understanding of coal mining operations. Furthermore the AusIMM EEF Scholarship fieldtrip has provided me insight to Hard rock mining operations throughout the Central West, NSW. In addition I have organised a 4 day field trip to the Hunter Valley for 18 UOW students, an underground site visit to Tahmoor Mine and actively organise and promote AusIMM, MineSoc and Groundswell events. Despite my industry experience and extra circular involvement. I have maintained an above Distinction average whilst overloading 5 subjects for 4 consecutive sessions and have been awarded the highest marks in 1st and 2nd year mining engineering subjects. I believe that my diverse range of experiences has helped to fine-tune and develop my perspective and how I interact with others. In 2013 I was a working GAP assistant in a prestigious Grammar School in the UK, I have visited over 24 countries - the last was Malta in which I was selected to attend a Leadership Conference with another 100 young leaders throughout the Commonwealth to discuss migration. The stated examples in addition to a multitude of other extra-circular involvement has developed my ability to work effectively both independently and as part of team, and my ability to convey messages and motivate a diverse range of people in many dynamic situations

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    Maryanha Lee

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    I dont believe that I initially set out to be a leader, but through my passion for finding innovative solutions, continuous drive and ambition, I believe that I have unknowingly become one: particularly to females and financially disadvantaged individuals. My life as a high school student consisted of trying to make ends meet, whilst still pursuing the dream of becoming the first person in my family to attend university. I became the engineer of my own change, continually applying the work ethic and persistence necessary to better myself and lifestyle; hoping one day this would inspire others to do the same. To this day “ I am a soon-to-be mechanical engineering graduate with a broad range of experience within FIFO, residential and corporate settings, within the Mining, Automotive, Power Generation, Aerospace and Retail industries. My most recent engineering opportunity was located in the beautiful Pilbara - the furthest I have ever been from home and far beyond my imagination. Ultimately, I believe that my demonstrated courage, persistence and ambition has overcome the struggle against overwhelming odds and is great evidence that both females and financially disadvantaged individuals are more than capable to do the same.

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    Hardik Trivedi

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    I am an ambitious new generation professional, soon to be equipped with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, competently augmented with Bachelors in Commerce. I aspire, in my own humble way, to play a leading role in building a better future for the world, and for myself. Last year I was selected to be part of PwCs first STEM Academy program. This gave me insights into developing my ideas towards innovatively solving problems with leadership initiatives in a team environment. It is my burning desire to influence others on strength of my vision, knowledge and perseverance that makes me a potent future leader.

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    Andrew Pham

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

    Finalists In: Orica Mining Oil & Gas Award

    I believe that the key indicator of a students leadership potential is the demonstrated ability to foster success across diverse and complex experiences. I have gained diverse professional experience not only in engineering but also in government, finance and education. I have also studied and worked in a number of diverse locations including a China language tour. While interning at Commonwealth Bank with no prior finance knowledge, I successfully taught myself finance concepts as well as led a team of interns to contribute to raising $22000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. My success in complex experiences was demonstrated during my honours project for the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. The complexity of the project arose through the numerous stakeholders that I had to manage, ranging from UWA to the Art Gallery. Though many conflicts arose, I was always able to negotiate a compromise to satisfy all stakeholders.

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    Sarthak Sinha

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    A "Future Leader" needs to have an inquisitive mind and a people-oriented personality. Someone who is willing to go the extra step for their clients, team and people around them. He or she must possess the management and communication skills to co-ordinate a team, but works in the background and allows the team to take credit for success. For me, in particular, a "Future Leader" is someone who has the intuition and acumen to identify the core issues and address them in creative and exciting ways. Finally, a Future Leader has the drive to learn the skills and trends that will shape our future society. I believe I possess these skills, in one way or another. I love meeting and interacting with people, and have honed my communication skills. Most importantly, I possess the work ethic and curiosity to ensure I constantly improve.

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    Andrew Greig

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    Studying a Masters in Commerce with a specialisation in Corporate Governance, and having a broad depth of experience within science, biotechnology, finance and personal services, gives me an advantage when it comes to identifying and analysing risk, compliance and opportunities for improving operational excellence. I know there is a vast amount I can still learn from experts like those at Protiviti, and I have got the work ethic, drive and flexibility to achieve great things in areas like agile risk management, having studied COSO and ISO31000. I have worked in a listed financial services company in their accounting department, and a startup biotechnology company in their regulatory and compliance section - and I am excited to grow and learn even more.

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    Ashleigh Werner

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    I find myself in situations every single day that require me to work collaboratively with others on the footy field, in class, or at events. Through my experiences as a full time student whilst working 3 jobs, training as an elite athlete and being involved in both the local and global volunteer community, there are times when I dont want to keep moving, but there are times when I have to push the people are me, even when I dont feel up to it. To me, thats what leadership is. Whether its on the footy field, in the classroom or with a group of volunteers who have worked long hours, all of these experiences I have been involved in have given me characteristics such as self-motivation, dedication, compassion and the ability to stand up for what I believe is right all qualities that define a leader to me.

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    Cerryn Trung

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    Being raised by refugee parents, I was always taught to make the best of what was available to me and seek out the resources that were not freely accessible. Being born into this environment that consistently faced challenges, I have found feelings of accomplishment through overcoming hardships during my youth. I also discovered my passion for connecting with others through technology at a young age, which came naturally, being the youngest child in my family by 13 years. My personal brand and work ethic is largely reflective of these two factors. I believe that the initiative I take to lead teams and unify communities is what makes me a Future Leader. Aside from making ambitious career decisions, I have taken every opportunity to actively volunteer my time with AMES, Women and Shares and Q-dance to seek out challenges and find better ways to achieve more through making a lasting difference.

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    Ana Musson

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    I believe leadership is not only the ability, but also the inherent passion, for managing people and producing outcomes. Throughout school and University, I demonstrated an aptitude for leadership being nominated as Student Representative Council Secretary, Drama Captain and serving as the Captain and President of many academic and sporting teams. I was Treasurer of a residential college at the University of Sydney, where I asserted a financial and managerial reform, responding to the needs of each individual division. In 2012, I received a gold medallion from the Order of Australia for my commitments and improvements to local, national and international communities: many initiatives that I developed and led. I believe that effective leadership combines an understanding of issues with the management and collaboration of teams. Communication and interpersonal skills are paramount to building and maintaining trust, and responding to the needs of projects and the people you work with.

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    Rebecca Le Quesne

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    As a person possessing the ability to work dynamically within teams, to take accountability for projects, the knowledge from studying the inter-relating aspects of management and accounting in conjunction with the drive to succeed within all tasks that I am charged with, are elements of a leader. This I believe, consequently aligns me with skills and characteristics concerning adaptability, communication skills and the ability to establish an efficient and effective relationship with my colleagues, which is reflective of a future leader.

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    Shane Allison

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    I believe I am a Future Leader in business consulting, as I have repeatedly demonstrated my ability to deliver results which help my clients solve their most pressing business issues, while balancing the demands of full-time employment and full-time study. I bring creativity and innovation to every client brief which I tackle, looking outside the realm of the normal to unlock exciting opportunities and deliver creative solutions. This is demonstrated in the strong relationships I have built with clients and the business results which I am able to deliver. My career is about more than just what I do in the office between 9-5. While studying in high school, I co-founded the Tech Hui conference to help other students discover the possibilities of a career in IT. Currently, I sit on the board of the AICCs Young Business Forum, to help other emerging business leaders network and unlock opportunities.

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    Larry Cavallo

    The University of Adelaide
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business and Consulting Award

    Protiviti is a global company who believe in making a difference, and I believe I fit that description very well. I have travelled extensively to over 20 different countries, studied abroad in a foreign country and volunteer with people from a wide range of backgrounds and all of these experiences have helped and allowed me to grow and become an empathetic and understanding individual. I have a great eagerness to continue growing and learning from any opportunities that may present themselves. I hope to one day be able to use the knowledge I have obtained to truly make a difference.

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    Arslan Nizami

    Griffith University
    Bachelors of Engineering

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

    For me leadership is about guiding and managing people to reach the ultimate aim. However, the definition of goal has to be well defined and split into smaller and achievable targets. Post my undergraduate in 2011, I have worked in multiple business where I started my career as a trainee to ultimately moving up the ranks to finally manage a team of more than twenty people. The formula behind this growth was to understand what is required from me and and my team and then develop a process which can be implemented on micro level. This refers to Work Breakdown Structure where each and every step is written on a paper and then shared with the team so all the members are aware of what is required, when is required and how to deliver. My leadership style is to break the task into smallest chunk and then work ground up.

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    Melissa Han

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    A future leader should be someone who can inspire, encourage and pass on knowledge to those around. At the same time, they learn and grow with their environment, work hard to excel in their work, and become respected by their colleagues. I enjoy a challenge and believe in taking on the initiative to create my own opportunities. Despite having no previous high school experience with technology, I was able to successfully gain a position in the Bachelor of Information Technology Cooperative scholarship program at UTS, which has challenged me indefinitely. I am extremely willing to learn and grow with the rapid change in technology and subsequent approaches to software engineering and development. I complete tasks at hand to the best of my abilities and have successfully led my school, as SRC President and prefect, my representative Oz Tag team as captain, and have been involved in various activities around uni.

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    Oliver Moor

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    My passion for Information Technology flourished while I was in primary school. My interest in the industry was captured after I realized the endless possibilities that exist within this field. It is this undying passion for all forms of information technology which makes me a Future Leader. The motivation and drive I have were recognized when I received an industry-sponsored co-operative scholarship in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney. The scholarship provides me with two six-month industry placements. I am currently undertaking my first industry placement at KPMG. Balancing this placement with university and my many extra-curricular activities such as St John Ambulance, Clarinet and Archery has given me vital skills many future leaders will need. I have been able to manage my time efficiently and am familiar with the fine art of prioritizing activities and commitments to yield the best results.

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    Gabriel Tuntomo

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    Great future leaders inspire others to learn more, do more, and become more than they are. Within UQ, I am developing my potential as a future leader by immersing myself in various student societies and student relations networks and influencing the people around me. Being in the ITEE Student Consultative Committee, I help facilitate communication between students and the School to push for proposals to make the university experience better. As a Student Relations Network student leader, I help first year students transition from high school to university life. I aspire to drive for positive change in peoples lives, and so it helps them become better versions of themselves. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my peers and co-workers to understand their motivations. As a future leader, I deeply believe that through the collaboration, by unifying people from diverse backgrounds, the team can achieve greater visions.

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    Jeremiah Mannings

    Deakin University
    Bachelor Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    My focus is on innovation; ideas, structures and user experiences. I believe cognitive computing will transform how organization ecosystems process, collect and manipulate data. My work with IBM Watson on Suncorp, Deakin and Woodside projects displays this passion for cognitive analytical systems; I enjoy working with inspiring, talented and like-minded people to develop products, systems and ideas. I was a Watson Expert on a Suncorp innovations lab project, where I used my cognitive skills to build and integrate a Watson API into an experimental Suncorp system. I was the technical Watson lead for the project and it was labeled a great success by both Suncorp and IBM. This was done as an agile project in a 3 week limited scope arrangement.

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    Nisha Pradhan

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce in Finanace

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    I believe I am a future leader in this category because I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is extremely passionate about information technology. I am deeply interested in looking at customer insights, data analysis, and forward-analytics to find innovative solutions for how financial services can be delivered to meet more customers needs. I am also an innovative thinker who brings fresh ideas and perspectives to situations and can see potential in things that others may not. I constantly challenge myself to learn, improve and grow, and approach all tasks with optimism and positivity. I also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and am a great negotiator. I love challenging myself with new and dynamic situations and am hardworking, adaptable and resourceful. I have outstanding leadership skills and understand the importance of diversity, sustainability and collaboration for achieving excellence, making me a potential future leader in this category.

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    Nathan Sanchez-Goodwin

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    In my spare time I like to work on cool software projects that people can actually use, I made rostering software in February that has since seen organic growth to 850 users per month and is profitable via an ad revenue model. I have run workshops for Studio39, regularly attend Startup Weekends and Hackathons as well as worked with businesses to implement software solutions in their business. My creativity and desire to innovate as well as my entrepreneurial nature are just a few of my characteristics that are important in a strong leader. While I continue working on side projects, do client work and help run workshops for Studio39, I believe I will be a leader in Information Technology in the future when working in industry.

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    Nameer Al Khafaf

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

    The volunteering activities I participated in during my Masters Program in RMIT has develop my leadership potential exponentially. The activities ranged from volunteering in student societies and becoming a student staff consultative committee(SSCC) representative to attending SSCC summit and leadership that matters workshop. All these activities have prepared to a future leader in prospect organisations

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    Hans Zhang

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    The determination to utilise every moment to strive towards my greatest potential, harnessing sustained improvement in both personal and professional attributes, in my opinion, makes me a potential Future Leader. Furthermore, the desire to view challenges and obstacles in life not as setbacks or misfortunes, but as opportunities and learning experiences, instils a resilient yet ambitious approach throughout all endeavours I undertake and reinforces principles of commitment and passion prevalent in leaders. Additionally, having developed my communication skills through a plethora of avenues, ranging from presenting to CEOs, Board of Directors, to being a representative for the university on occasions such as information evenings, strong verbal and written communication are aspects which I believe make me a potential Future Leader.

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    Daniel Murray

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    I believe I would be considered a potential Future Leader as I have demonstrated the key qualities of a successful Finance student: 1. Strong Academic Results Achieved a Distinction Average in my Finance Major and Awarded $1,500 UQ Business School Research Grant to work under Dr. Rand Low during my time as a university student. 2. Extensive Work Experience Have completed 11 Internships across multiple disciplines in finance demonstrating my eagerness to pursue a career in this field and also my willingness to educate future students about potential career pathways. 3.Volunteer and Society Involvement Worked across four societies including FMAA, UQ Student Leader, UQ Probono Economics and UQ AIESEC.

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    Vignesh Jaganathan

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies, Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    I have a strong belief in hard work, dedication and taking the initiative to set myself ahead of others. I have been able to achieve this by proving my worth in both academic and extra-curricular fields. Having been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards such as the UNSW Co-op Intern Scholarship, High Achievers Scholarship and Dean's List Awards, I am also actively engaged in activities outside of my studies. Some of these include undertaking a student exchange placement abroad, travelling and playing ultimate frisbee. As a university student, I have actively sought to develop my theoretical knowledge with real world experience and application by undertaking various internship placements with PwC and Allianz. I know my values align well with Westpacs as they are a firm supporter of developing talent and future leaders.

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    Angus Scanlan

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Management

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    Technological developments have drastically changed some facet of almost every industry. Banking has started to see significant changes including an increase in regulation, and disruption due to block chaina technologies. This poses significant opportunity to decentralize traditional processes and exploit faster, cheaper and more transparent practices. This is just one example of the exciting shift in the banking sector that will be aided by technology. I believe that it is of utmost importance to strive for continued innovation, and Westpacs $1.3billion commitment to cloud architecture reform is an example of this. As "Future Leaders" of the banking industry, we must continue to adapt and learn from our ever-changing economic environment. This has flow on effects to social interaction as well, which will need to be understood in order to best service a banks customers. My ability to adapt, be pro-active and innovative will assist me in becoming a "Future Leader".

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    Henry Lwin

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    My involvement with the Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative program has presented me with a wide range of experiences, such as networking events with sponsors, that has allowed me to communicate and network with different individuals of varying roles across many firms and industries. Over the past year, I have also gained professional work experience through a 6 month internship with Perpetual Limited, in which has given me an invaluable insight towards the operations of a financial services company within the banking industry. Particularly, working within the banking industry has motivated my interest for a career with some of Australias most trusted and recognised brands, such as those companies involved with the awards, and the ability in understanding financial figures and communicating these to clients are assets I believe are well suited for my personality.

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    Richard Lee

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    My desire to continually self-improve, challenge myself and embrace new opportunities is what I believe distinguishes me as a future leader. While studying Commerce at the University of Melbourne, I have had the privilege to immerse myself in all aspects of the community, from interning as a management consultant at Strategy&, to leading the Economics Student Society of Australia as Vice President. These extensive experiences have equipped me with invaluable business insights, training and development, and have honed my ability to communicate clearly and listen actively to achieve the best outcomes. Most importantly, I have learned the true value of resilience; resilience to push through troubling and tiresome situations, and to motivate others and form a unified front in achieving results. Driven by an unshaking passion for banking and finance, I believe that it is these skills and attributes that will make me a future leader in this category.

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    Natalie Nucifora

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major) / Bachelor of Economics (Quantitative Methods major)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

    My prior leadership experience has made me realise the importance of teamwork and high corporate culture, and as a result has developed my skills in working closely with my colleagues. Working in this environment has taught me how important it is to collaborate with both clients and my team, as well as possessing the skills required to do so effectively. I have come to appreciate strong communication between team members and how this is a skill that can always be developed and improved. Building on this, I have recently completed a study abroad program at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. This opportunity immersed me in a culture which was rich and unique, and taught me a lot about the challenges, opportunities and risks associated with the country. Most importantly I learnt the significance and practical approaches of cross-culture communication.