2018 Top100 Future Leaders

The Australian university graduates who made the 2018 Top100

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  • Divya Kaliyaperumal's avatar

    Divya Kaliyaperumal

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am a potential leader in the commercial law because I have grit. I have learned to overcome adversity in my life and seize opportunities to gain as many different skills as possible in preparation for the future. I not only set goals but ensure that I have processes in place in my everyday life to help me achieve these goals. This year my goal was to gain some industry experience in both the legal field and the commercial field; I succeeded in achieving both these goals by successfully gaining internship placements at the Settlement Council of Australia and PricewaterhouseCoopers ... read more

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    Anjali Iyer

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Arts (Languages)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am passionate and motivated law student currently studying the Juris Doctor at Monash University. I am committed to becoming a top class legal professional and will strive to affect meaningful change within the field of law. I would like to combine my undergraduate degree in languages and international relations and my current studies in law to work in the field of international law and foreign policy reform. Dynamic developments within the current global political situation, for example the refugee crisis, make this field of law an interesting, challenging and ever changing area to work in, and I would relish ... read more

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    Harrison Chen

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

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I have always believed the quality of a leader is reflected in the impact they have on other people. To me, a strong leader is one who inspires a sense of confidence in the people around them, and who allows others to develop into leaders. Through the multitude of leadership positions I have worked in, whether as a volunteer at university, or during my experiences in the professional workplace, I can definitively say that this is the type of leader I have developed into. My proudest moments have not come from the achievement of attaining a particular title, but rather ... read more

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    Laura Phillips

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Arts Communications

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    My determination and aptitude for creative, strategic thinking positions me as future leader in law. I have consistently pursued challenge as a means to develop my academic, professional and personal capabilities. Evaluating legal issues from a broader industry perspective is critical to servicing the practical interests and expectations of clients in a rapidly shifting legal industry. I bring a multifaceted perspective to my legal studies by leading a public policy advocacy platform in my full time role, as well as being a vocal advocate for women’s representation in senior management and leading a program of design awareness to support ... read more

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    Jessica White

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Arts Psychology

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I strongly believe I have the potential to be a future leader in Australia's legal industry through my personal achievements, life experience, and drive to adapt to a changing industry. My undergraduate degree of Psychology enabled me to understand people and their motivations at a deeper level, and assisted me greatly in achieving management roles where I was able to not only lead, but motivate my team. I am passionate about altruistically caring for the disadvantaged in our communities and was honored with the opportunity to volunteer my time as a Mission Australia Court Support Person over the past ... read more

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    Tara Malishev

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I would have no hesitation in stating that I consider I have the necessary personal attributes that a leader should possess. I am passionate, hard-working and reliable. I am motivated to achieve my fullest potential. I am extremely organised and committed to achieving my goals. I enjoy working within a team setting, but am also capable of assuming a leadership role. An example of my ability to adapt to leadership positions include my recent promotion as Ambassador of One Girl, a not-for-profit aimed at raising awareness for girls education in Africa. More generally, my peers at university are comfortable in ... read more

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    Joycelyn Tang

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    As a people person and someone who loves the law, I am able to relate with my fellow peers and wear this passion on my sleeve to inspire people to engage in the profession. I am able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a team, encouraging people to build on their strengths and challenge themselves to step outside a comfort zone. I approach everything with a positive but realistic attitude, enabling me to formulate with clarity a clear vision and achievable goals. Having travelled and volunteered extensively, I am able to interact and empathise with people of all different ... read more

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    Josh Gacutan

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Arts (Marketing) with the degree of Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    Taking the time to understand, listen and learn from your clients is key to becoming a trusted leader in a fast-paced legal industry. My diverse experience working for one of the world’s most iconic Brand, Australia’s national legal centre for the arts, and a NGO facilitating sustainable development within disadvantaged communities in Peru, has instilled in me an important leadership trait shared by all leaders within those respective organisations – an unwavering commitment to the development of their team and the goals of their organisations. In addition to the academic pursuit of Law, I continue to hone my passion ... read more

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    Tiana Podinic

    University of Western Sydney
    Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)/Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    Throughout my unique experience I believe I have prepared myself well to be a future leader in law. Along volunteering for various student associations and my leadership roles, here is a bit about myself! I have studied abroad twice, in the Netherlands and Argentina and attended leadership conferences in Hong Kong, while also representing my university in South Korea. These three continents have shaped my positive and optimistic outlook, in adapting to any situation while also being able to empathise with those involved. I have learnt that no matter what profession you are in, there is always an opportunity to ... read more

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    Chris Yuan

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

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    Alex Ferdi

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor Degree

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    Inquisitive - This attribute affirms my understanding of my nature. I am uneasy with sitting still and watching the world go by, I am constantly in search of something more exciting and invigorating to fill my time. Be it through my studies, work or hobbies I always endeavour to find a different approach to achieving success.

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    Elad Gafin

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    My Aurecon attribute is Co-Creative, which I believe typifies my outlook on life. I value immensely the power of working as a part of a strong team to together innovate and implement change. I also feel it is very important to be inclusive and compassionate in such an environment and to value all team members by recognising and utilising their personal strengths.

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    Lachlan Mitchell

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    My vision of future cities is that they're inclusive, thought provoking, positive and unconventional. They foster thinking outside the square and embrace people's uniqueness - everyone is comfortable and accepted for who they are. The resources are form a closed loop so that all the natural resources that are extracted are recycled and there is no toxic waste, deforestation, global warming etc. My ideal future world doesnt consist of a single multinational culture but celebrates the different cultures of the world and each citizen realizes they're a citizen of the world and acts to embrace their neighbors and ... read more

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    Georgia Holt

    University of Newcastle
    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    My strongest attribute is my co-creativity, the ability to collaborate with peers and contribute to the creation of new values. I consider myself to be a stoic individual who accepts ventures that challenge my comfort zone. I have embraced many opportunities including a six-month internship placement at Brambles Limited, an international ASX Top 20 company. I seized every window to test my resilience, in particular, I am proud that I was courageous enough to personally introduce myself to the CFO of the company during my starting days. I actively seek opportunities to interact with the community. Recently, I was selected ... read more

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    Tim Wang

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    My strongest Aurecon Attribute is ‘Resourceful’. To be resourceful is to look at adversity in the face, seeing it as an opportunity to innovate, instead of just a problem. It means taking an unconventional approach to find a creative and clever solution. It’s the willingness to grasp an opportunity with both hands with the understanding that there’s more to be made than what you have a hand. It’s the willingness to be decisive, making your own path when others think there are no other options. I feel this attribute resonates most strongly with me because I relish ... read more

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    Claudia Valle

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    Commercial - I chose to study engineering because I enjoy the process of analyzing and weighing different options, and finding new solutions in order to solve large scale problems. In both my degree and extracurricular activities, I have often taken on the leadership role as I look at the bigger picture and enjoy constructing a plan while playing to people's strengths in order to most efficiently affect change. I believe that I am well suited to a commercial role because I am able to draw on my technical problem solving ability while simultaneously understanding the commercial implications of these actions.

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    Vanessa Gunner

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    Engaging is my strongest attribute and this resonates strongly with me because as both a team member and leader I want to bring out the best from the members of my team. I strive to achieve this through engaging them with any team work that we do by asking for their opinions and stimulating the expansion of their ideas through thought provoking questions. In addition to this, I strive to communicate my own vision to the team and to engage the team on their opinions and criticisms regarding my vision so that it may be improved and aligned with the ... read more

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    Colin Dong

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    Co-creative. This resonates as I am passionate about innovation and social development. I believe that sharing ideas and utilising the benefit of multiple perspectives can greatly enhance ones ability to develop and gain understanding. The city of the future is one of environmental sustainability and cultural inclusivity. The city works to bring equal opportunity to everyone and aims to effect positive change to every inhabitant and it's community - globally. Although greater minds have grappled with our reason for existence, I think it inescapable that humankind seems to have a desire to perpetuate itself. So I believe everyone should want ... read more

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    Jonathon Hingley

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Engineering Science

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    According to the Aurecon Attributes quiz, my strongest attribute is being an unconventional thinker. This resonates with me because I am always looking to achieve my goals even when others perceive it as impossible. For example, many young people my age consider buying a house in the inner city of Sydney to be out of reach, and consequently do not take any serious steps to achieve it. However, I have used my Bachelor of Business to help me reason my decision to enter the share market, even in my first year of university by investing a large portion of my ... read more

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    Sarah Chalwell

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Aurecon Future Ready Award

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    According to the Aurecon Attributes quiz, my strongest attribute is being an unconventional thinker. This resonates with me because I am always looking to achieve my goals even when others perceive it as impossible. For example, many young people my age consider buying a house in the inner city of Sydney to be out of reach, and consequently do not take any serious steps to achieve it. However, I have used my Bachelor of Business to help me reason my decision to enter the share market, even in my first year of university by investing a large portion of my ... read more

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    Shreya Srinivas

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Masters in Information Technology (Extension)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    I am passionate about technology and change in this world. I have witnessed firsthand the impact that startups can have in our community and as a Future Leader I wish to imbibe an entrepreneurial mindset in everyone, no matter where they work. I have played an active role in the technology and startup ecosystem in Sydney. My team and I were recognized by NSW Transport and Health Direct for our Govhack 2017 Hackathon submission and am currently working on building this product for the market. There are few women in technology, and even fewer who are working in startups and ... read more

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    Zachary Sweeney

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuroscience)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    I am constantly driven by the potential for integration of technology within the health care system, especially regarding technologies focused on the implementation of software solutions. My experiences within the health care industry thus far have been focused on the implementation of innovative, unique technologies, namely an orthopaedics robot, into the healthcare market for the benefit of both patients and the wider healthcare system. The knowledge and skills gained through these roles, inclusive of Clinical Research, Regulatory, Marketing and Financial Solutions provide me with inspiration for my own development of future technologies, especially those focused on robotics and the insertion ... read more

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    Troy Burgess

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    Optimism, self-assurance and a growth mindset. I seek opportunities to engage with my peers, students and members of the wider community so that I can influence as many people as I can and lead positive social change. I regularly set myself demanding and complex personal goals while trying to perfect my professional skill set, my academic achievements are a reflection of this and of my deep in interest in the field of technology. I regularly put my range of skills into practice through my experiences where I can also share my passion for driving technology and innovation with others. I ... read more

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    Lars Mellick

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering (Software)(Honours)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” (Steve Jobs). As a motivated software engineering student, I am “crazy” enough to believe that I can become a leader in developing the future of technology. As a child, my passion for problem-solving arose from constantly asking “why?”, expanding the limits of my knowledge. Today, this problem-solving mentality has evolved through tertiary study, allowing myself to envisage a future in which I solve problems every day. I want to help design the future; to be a part of the rapidly expanding technology ... read more

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    Benjamen Lee

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    I have leadership experience across different extracurricular activities in both high school and university with a record of dedicated service to the community. I have prior experience in a large company working in software development for a nontrivial period of time so I have knowledge of how software development in an enterprise environment works. I have also demonstrated academic excellence, maintaining a distinction weighted average mark as well as achieving multiple high distinctions in computing courses and even coming first in my Security Engineering course. I have completed a semester of my university overseas in an exchange program to enrich ... read more

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    Clara Chu

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    I believe that what sets me aside and excels me as a potential ""Future Leader"" is that my passion to expose and endorse technology in regards to software engineering, as it is a relatively new field of engineering that is in a sense undermined by other fields of both engineering and computer science. However, as I closely work with both fields as well as the software engineering society at university, I truly believe that I am contributing to its advancement and exposure as I am passionate about technology. Furthermore, I believe that I possess the necessary skills as a “Future ... read more

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    Hung-Yi Liu

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    I am a young woman driven by the vision of a world where technology allows all of humanity to be healthy, connected and educated. My ideal life would involve making hardware and software as secure as possible so that people can use the technological aids with a peace of mind, combined with equipping school-aged children with the digital literacy required for the 21st Century. Simply because I believe that the future generation should be provided with a safe environment and the appropriate tools to further enrich the world. I am already living much of the dream. Recently, I was recognised ... read more

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    Christopher Le

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    Being a future leader in the field of software engineering is something to aim for. Being a role-model is crucial to become a future leader. As an academic tutor at the University of Sydney, teaching first year software engineering subjects (basic programming, testing, software project management), I'm helping build the future of smart STEM students. By teaching young students the soft and hard skills in relation to computer science and showing them how it's done, I'm providing the foundations of their career and giving them someone to look up to.

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    Jason Vo

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    Having participated in Accenture’s Future Leaders of Technology program and Accenture’s Technology Boot camp program. These programs allow me to become exposed to innovative technology where I am constantly put my place in a position to learn and to innovate. I am currently working as a FrontEnd Developer for groundbreaking startup Trade Ledger, I am exposed to the latest technology where I assist in developing custom client platform solutions. Working in a fast moving environment I always have to be ready to think creatively and focus on the task at hand. I feel that I thrive in this ... read more

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    Nicholas Ooi

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Computer Science

    Finalists In: Deloitte Software Engineering Award

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    Being able to make a change to create a better future in our environment is what I have been dreaming of. It is important for us, young pioneers to have a dream and to know and love on what we do in our life. To me, I have always wanted to help the society as much as possible since younger age, because at this age, we are energetic and visionary, we could try whatever we want to, as we could learn from failure. That is why I am not afraid to constantly try and explore new things and experience to ... read more

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    Jonathan Dufty

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Computer Science

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    Im enthusiastic and passionate about any work I undertake, and I make sure I complete any job to a high standard. I undertook engineering as I wanted to be able to look at a plane, or car, or even a piece of software and know that I was part of the reason that it exists. I have a strong passion to be involved in something new and revolutionary, which I think is a valuable quality of any leader in this industry. I also believe that my work experience in both hospitality and as a university demonstrator has given me the ... read more

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    Madison Dias

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical and Mechatronic) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    I believe that the future of engineering starts with high school students and teaching them the importance of engineering and how they are able to make an impact on the world. I enjoy being involved with school outreach programs, both Women in Engineering and IT and Engineers Without Borders. This is because it gives me the chance to inspire and educate students about STEM. For the Hilti Engineering Award, I believe that my mindset matches very closely to Hilti’s which is, “[being] driven and hard-working, and excelling at giving their best”. In order to empower and inspire the future ... read more

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    Nabi Genc

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    As an individual studying electrical engineering, the current trend of the electrification of transportation networks and notably the introduction of the electric vehicle into the transportation system is having a significant impact politically, economically and most importantly environmentally. As the team lead for the energy systems in the UNSW Solar Racing Team, I believe that the pursuit for knowledge in the area of the use of electricity in transportation as well as the value of renewable technologies being used in the supply of electricity and storage of energy is a fundamental movement for the future of the planet. This experience ... read more

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    Ramey Othman

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Economics

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    Throughout both my school and university life I have found myself in official and unofficial leadership positions for which I have been given the responsibility of representing my friends, peers and colleagues. My ability to motivate and mediate, combined with my logical problems solving skills, emotional maturity and sense of humour has often helped my team to succeed and work effectively together. As an ambitious and determined person I have goal to make a meaningful impact in environmental sustainability through my future profession as a Mechanical Engineer. I hope to continue learning about and improving my leadership skills in pursuit ... read more

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    Rhys Kilian

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce (Business Analytics)

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    I believe that mechanical engineering leaders need to be prepared to take risks and innovate to do what is best for the team. At times, this means creating extra work for yourself, however, rewards for those around you are worth the investment. As a future mechanical engineering graduate, I hold myself accountable to this philosophy. An example of this was rethinking the Quality Assurance documentation system in my role as a site engineer at Laing O’Rourke. I transitioned the team from an Excel solution to a database solution which saves time spent on data entry and creates a unified ... read more

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    Samuel Gibson

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    I am studying a Mechatronics Engineering degree. I enjoy my studies because it joins together the mechanical and electrical industries to bring new designs and systems to make our world a better place. I have the potential to become a Future Leader in the 'Hilti Engineering - Mechanical and Electrical award' because I have learnt from both sides, and can use my knowledge to bring it all together. I enjoy managing projects, and I believe my experience in leadership and technical studies will help me to help others with their engineering problems and potential solutions.

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    Faisal Zia

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/ Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    My passion, drive and ambition. I have refined my leadership skills through several extracurricular programs/activities and have been able to apply these skills to various positions I have held in my time at University. I am intelligent, thoughtful and good at coordinating people and resources to achieve efficient, optimal outcomes. I understand the importance of punctuality and of meeting targets and expectations on a budget. I have planned and executed large scale events such as a university ball. I am able to work well in a team, delegating and inspiring others to achieve a common purpose.

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    Nichole Kelly

    Central Queensland University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    My skill set that connects human centred design expertise with a rapidly growing technical foundation is supported by years of professional experience in behaviour-based analysis and solution design. This unique combination sets me apart in both fields and allows me to be effective in cross-functional teams and provides an excellent launchpad for leadership into the future. My passion for connecting with people and collaborative growth and development places me in a professional space where I’m inspired and enthusiastic and always looking forward to the next challenge.

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    Ren Yan Kour

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    I believe my potential as a 'Future Leader' in engineering is deeply entrenched in my understanding of the overarching purpose behind my profession, captivation for influential and innovative ideas, and an unceasing desire to achieve perfection in products. My inspiration behind a career in engineer comprises the invaluable opportunity to advance the future of society for the better, by tackling Australia's most pressing issues - such as access to sustainable energy, modernising transportation to alleviate over-congestion and pollution, improving healthcare and bionics for an ageing population, and advancing automation in the manufacturing industry. Being a visionary for the future of ... read more

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    Scott Watts

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)/Masters of Engineering (Electrical)

    Finalists In: Hilti Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical Award

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    You can never know what the future holds or what opportunities may arise. What makes me a future leader is that I seize any opportunities that come my way to make the most out of them. I have a strong drive and dedication to achieve that has been developed by a strong ambition to make a difference to the world. My interests primarily lie in shaping a better future for as many as possible, whether that be through my studies and work in emerging fields in electrical engineering, particularly in renewable energy and energy management, or my high level of ... read more

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    Madeleine Harmer

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    As a committed accounting student and professional, I am passionate about making a positive change to the lives of others. Throughout my time at Wollongong City Council, I have experienced the trials that come with the accounting industry, and the obstacles that are encountered in a workplace. Through my strong moral compass, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, I have been able to overcome the social challenges of an ageing work force, to excel in creating change to processes and social structures. Further, my voluntarily experience as a team leader of the UOW CPA team, allowed me to gain skills in ... read more

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    Le Thanh Dat Do

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I am a "Future Leader" in Accounting because I constantly stretch myself beyond the norm, defying stereotypes and pushing boundaries. Despite the common perception that accounting students can only go on to become traditional accountants, my background in accounting was instrumental as I gained direct exposure to Equities Research, Audit, Investment Banking, Business Development and Funds Management through my years at University. I am a progressive thinker who uses my vast array of commercial experiences to inspire confidence and empower change in my community, my colleagues and my clients. This can be seen through involving myself on a local government ... read more

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    Rebecca Nucifora

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Business Management/Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I learnt the fundamentals of business accounting early on in life by growing up on a sugarcane and watermelon farm and watching my family’s agricultural business expand and develop. Not only do I understand the importance of accounting from a business owner’s perspective, I also recognise and appreciate the role of an accountant. This has developed through my studies, previous accounting internship and executive position as Treasurer. I believe my academic performance, problem-solving skills, team work ability, and strong work ethic are characteristics required in a successful leader. I recently had the opportunity to study in South Korea ... read more

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    Matthew D'Cruz

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting Co-operative Scholarship

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    By being deeply involved on campus at UTS, I have been able to engage and interact as a leader with a variety of individuals from the industry, university and wider community. This is further evident in my election to 5 different Executive positions within student societies at UTS which range from Social Justice Director at UTS Business Society to Secretary/Reporter at UTS Beta Alpha Psi. Additionally, I have completed a 6-month internship as a Financial Analyst at American Express as well as being currently employed as a Financial Assistant at Junkee Media. Furthermore, my Gap Year as a Teaching ... read more

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    Thomas Hill

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting (Co-op Scholarship)

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I believe that my passion for business and accounting, along with my broad range of experiences make me a very strong candidate for the KPMG Accounting Award. As a second-year student, I have already gained industry experience with Brookfield in Corporate Finance. Within this role, I was given a wide range of accountabilities which shaped both my technical competencies and interpersonal skills, promoting my capabilities as a future leader. Furthermore, I have travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia for a one-week intensive business program where I engaged in networking events, and cross-cultural business workshops. This experience further developed my skills at an ... read more

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    Raja-Ishwari Ramesh

    Monash University
    Bachelor of commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I am a confident dynamic person and a natural leader who strives for excellence, thoroughness and passionate to expand knowledge in Accounting. A great leader is one who dreams beyond the current limitations and pushes their team to grow in achieving the common goal. I believe that I will be a Future Leader as I enjoy working as a team and believe in learning and sharing the work load to get a collective successful outcome. Last year, I was elected as the form captain and encouraged students to participate in various group challenges and be there for them and hear ... read more

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    Aidan Cheung

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I am a future leader in accounting because of my will to challenge the existing accounting environment. In a field facing technological disruption, there is unprecedented opportunity to make a lasting impact on the industry as a whole. As a leader, I consider not only the interests of the group, but also the greater good of the community. I believe that a strong leader should have a strong ethical code and the ability to encourage positive team morale. My passion for accounting has led to roles as Sponsorship Officer at our accounting student society and Tax Help Volunteer with the ... read more

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    Maryanne Hill

    Edith Cowan University
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    Throughout my accounting career, I have worked with a variety of people from different cultures and appreciate the benefits that diversity brings to a workplace. Being able to learn from people with different backgrounds has enabled me to grow as a person. My leadership skills have been demonstrated in a variety of different workplace situations. As an experienced team member, I have the ability to delegate tasks to ensure that goals are met and my fellow team members remain motivated throughout the project. I take pride in my ability to bring out the best in my fellow team members. My ... read more

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    Adam Engku

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    It's a common misconception that all there is to accounting is a typical, boring, 9-5 weekday desk job that within the near future would potentially cease to exist due to technology and fast-evolving systems. Not to me. In my eyes, the leaders of companies and businesses are the living embodiment of the accounting profession as such individuals are one with the knowledge of accounting, to allow for better decisions towards better outcomes. I believe I have what it takes too, to identify as such an individual- whether or not my job title is intern or C.E.O.

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    Jessie Chen

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    More and more frequently accounting pops up as a topic of conversation as a dying profession that will be engulfed by technology – the manual accountancy practice is to be rendered obsolete. As a commerce student, majoring in accounting and finance, I find this a very confronting prospect. However, there remains a part of me which is ignited with the possibility of a new era of accounting. Whilst the widespread fear of technology taking our jobs is not to be disregarded, it is an imminent outcome and I believe we need to recast our focus. I am excited to be a ... read more

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    Adriana Assey

    University of Western Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering Advanced Honours

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    Due to the nature of my degree, I have two final year projects which I will be pursuing. The first final year project which has begun this semester and will continue onto next year is based on road infrastructure. It is a team based project entitled 'The development of a cold mix open grade asphalt for open motorway infrastructure'. The project was suggested by a high profile academic at my university who has a multitude of industry connections. Being a budding engineer, I am eager to get as much industry experience as possible which correlated to the nature of the ... read more

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    Amy de Groot

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Enginering- Civil and Construction

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    As I am currently in my second year my undergraduate degree, I will be completing my final year project in 2019. The topic of my project has not been decided however I am interested in investigating sustainability improvements in the construction industry, specifically the performance of recycled materials in road transport infrastructure. The ever increasing demands on the worlds limited supply of raw materials, the energy sources required to process them and the associated environmental effects is a challenge facing the civil engineering industry which must be met with innovative, sustainable design. The use of recycled materials such as crushed ... read more

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    Jeffrey Lai

    Curtin University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    As I am currently a penultimate year student, I have not yet undertaken a final year project. An idea that comes to mind however would be something pertaining to multistory building stability/dynamics. I have always been fascinated about high-rise construction and how multi-story buildings are able to remain upright and stable. The concept of using construction and demolition waste as recycled aggregate in concrete is another topic that I may pursue. This is because it directly coincides with my personal interests in sustainable construction and efficient use of construction material.

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    Josh Loyd

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    My Aboriginal and European heritage often causes personal and community conflict, understanding how the two cultures draw from their knowledge and perceptions has helped me to achieve balance in my life. I chose to pursue a degree in engineering to improve the standard of living and future prospects of my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander relatives, what became evident throughout my education at QUT was that neither community, European Australian or the First Nations People, operate in isolation; understanding the similarities in Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives to the eurocentric counterpart has become my focus and my final year project has ... read more

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    Sepehr Zarrin

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    Optimisation of human resources in multidisciplinary engineering consulting firms is my engineering honours thesis. In the face of growing multidisciplinary engineering consulting firms with $13.4 billion of wages in Australia, it is vital to minimise uncertainty and risks associated with human resource planning. My thesis identifies resourcing risks, pain points and constraints through reviewing relevant literature and conducting interviews with engineering leaders. In an effort to minimise uncertainty and maximise utilisation, methodologies are proposed for resourcing decisions at leadership level. Aiming to provide a realistic and projected outlook based on changes in the business environment for organisations with multiple ... read more

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    Jessica Scata

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    I have not commenced my final year project yet as I am on placement, but when I commence it next year I want to base my project research on water and environmental engineering. The industry experiences I have been involved in at both Melbourne Water and Engineers Without Borders have inspired me to further research about the environment around us. I am interested in this particular field as I have had amazing experiences at both these organisations where I have seen a positive change and impact to surrounding environments. These organisations have given me the tools to research and provide ... read more

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    Aaron Wilson

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    As I am currently in my penultimate year of studies, I’m not yet undertaking my final year thesis project, however am in the process of organising my topic and supervisor for next year (2018). There are two topics that I have narrowed down my selection to choose from. The first topic is titled “Low Carbon Concrete” with a central focus on examining ways to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete mixes, specifically through the incorporation of recycled glass in aerated precast concrete panels. The second topic, “Utilising high-performance materials for protection of office buildings against extreme loads (blast and ... read more

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    Martin Luna Juncal

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering/Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    With a rapidly growing population, there is a necessity to develop sustainable and more efficient engineering structures. These structures are required to be durable, environmentally efficient, and cost effective, while also conforming to the needs of consumer demands. As a result, engineering consultancy firms, such as Jacobs, would have immense potential for growth as the population increases. This is because more collaborative efforts would be required from engineering consultancy firms in order to identify ways that a growing population may impact the infrastructure of a city, and hence, more innovative designs would be needed to solve these issues. One of ... read more

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    Adnan Abdullah

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    My final year project is about innovation and development of deep pile foundations of tall structures. I strongly enjoy learning about foundation engineering and structural ideas tailored to real life circumstances. Due to the world’s exponential population growth, each plot of land with proximity close to a city must be efficiently utilised. An influx in residential and commercial skyscrapers would become essential for every modern city and therefore becoming proficient in designing and potentially innovating unprecedented foundations, for these high-rise buildings, would be an invaluable skill to have.

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    Daniel Hutchison

    University of Queensland
    Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce

    Finalists In: Jacobs Engineering - Civil & Structural Award

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    For my final year project, I've decided to focus on the transportation sector as my professional interests are centered around travel and transportation systems such as airports, rail stations and highways. This interest partly stems from my experiences in Asia, where I've had exposure to the enormity of the infrastructure industry in the Asia-Pacific Region. At the beginning of the year, I was fortunate enough to work as an intern at a Singaporean civil engineering contracting firm. The firm, specializing in the maintenance of rail facilities and public infrastructure facilities, centered on transportation contracting projects and hence allowed ... read more

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    Natasha Vlahos

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Marketing has historically been a dynamic industry, a characteristic intensified by digital innovations, with a plethora of opportunities to reach consumers. Digital innovation has decreased the distance between marketer and target. Consumers have more information, choice and power than ever before, and marketers are presented with greater opportunity. Importantly, they have allowed an interactive approach to be utilised, such as the use of social media to communicate on a personal level. 

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    Hui Min Yau

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Digital innovations change the way we consume information, and none have come close to being as disruptive as Augmented Reality. AR is changing the way we work, shop and play. Consider Nestlé’s cereal brands- what if instead of collecting toys, kids collect limited edition items for their smartphone virtual pets? In this virtual pets app kids all over the world can show off their pet's latest looks and even sell their items in a global marketplace. Additionally, Nestlé could increase the sale for a specific products by putting rarer virtual collectibles in them. Besides that, smartphone AR can ... read more

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    Megan Nolan

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    It provides opportunity to create unique, tailored experiences. These innovations are increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the industry through providing depth and individualised experience to brands.

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    Yolanda Nguyen

    University of South Australia
    Master of Business by Research (Marketing)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Currently, virtual and augmented reality present exciting opportunities for Nestlé. Their employment enables even more unique interactions and customised experiences. This ranges from bots instantly answering questions, seeing behind the scenes and even using augmented reality to virtually see a new product in their home (even before it is released!).

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    Emma Litster

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Business (Marketing)/ Bachelor of Media & Communication

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    I believe that digital innovations greatly influence the nature of marketing for businesses, particularly in relation to customer experiences, buyer decisions, and the consumer purchase journey. As such, Nestle has the opportunity to adopt new marketing technologies and trends to shape and influence customer behaviour.

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    Winnie Jiang

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    As the platforms consumers interact with change with digital innovation, so must the platforms utilised by marketers. With digital innovation comes an increased access to more data than ever before. This data is invaluable to understanding what the consumer wants, which is key to marketing. I believe Nestle can capitalise upon this wealth of data with the employment of data scientists and analysts, creating products and campaigns able to accurately capture their audience. Furthermore, social media heralded a new era of marketing. Marketers must stay on trend to stay relevant and drive sales. This can be accomplished by Nestle with ... read more

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    Annaliese Hagan

    Queensland University of Technology
    Bachelor of Business (Deans Honours)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Constant digital innovations are extremely influential in the field of marketing. Everything from product development, distribution channels and management, cost efficiency and pricing strategies, and promotional methods and channels are constantly evolving. As the world's largest food and beverage company, Nestle must ensure they have the best experts and innovators on their team to stay ahead and remain market leaders. As a global business, Nestle has the opportunity to utilise technology to reduce the carbon footprints of the 447 factories they operate world wide, whilst improving their image and reputation through Corporate Social Responsibility. As virtual reality evolves, Nestle ... read more

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    Hayley Yip

    University of Melbourne
    Master of Management (Marketing)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Digital innovations are constantly changing the nature of relationships between firms and individuals. Creating lasting, meaningful relationships are fundamental for the success of any business. Nestle's corporate shared values can be more effectively communicated to people.

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    Oliver Pang

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Marketing has been and will continue to be greatly impacted by digital innovations. As marketing moves away from merely selling products to creating an experience for its consumers that will form the basis of a company's relationship with consumers, Nestle must embrace digital innovations that will create a sense of this experience, namely Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to allow the consumer to experience Nestle's wide range of products and services. In a world where digital innovations have given consumers more choice and transformed the information search into a speedy process, more than ever Nestle must stand out ... read more

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    Julia McNamara

    University of Technology, Sydney

    Finalists In: Nestlé Marketing Award

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    Since the 1960s digital innovation has drastically altered society globally: fundamentally changing how we communication. Future innovations within digital technology will only exacerbate this new norm; marketing is no exception. Comparing how marketing has changed over time demonstrate this. With one-way communication replaced by a two-way symmetrical communicative model. Creating meaningful dialogue between consumers and creators has become pivotal. Increased accessibility through innovation has only heightened this. Nestlé is committed to the wellbeing of both their consumers and global society, encapsulated by “Good Food, Good Life”, and company ambitions for 2030. However, compared to their brand profiles, this commitment is ... read more

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    Laurentiu Unguroiu

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Information Systems Co-op (Honours)

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    Lean and Agile are the future ways of working, not only in IT, but across all organisations. Lean is about reducing waste and non-value adding activities to increase customer value. Agile is a lean process by which there is iteration across a system/product with constant releases to, and feedback, from customers/end users. However, Lean in an IT environment is also about empowerment. Adopting a lean approach is about empowering each member of a team to make a significant impact on the project and to be selective about the activities conducted to ensure value in continually added. Agile is ... read more

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    Vishal Repaka

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    Lean is an innovative framework made by the Japanese Toyota Manufacturing company designed to prevent extraneous work from being done. Lean in IT aims to do the same, by taking these ideals. From the ideals of Lean Manufacturing, the idea of the Lean Startup has been created by Eric Ries, and has taken the world by storm. IT on its own has always been a rapidly changing sector of the world, best exemplified by the abstraction of Moore’s Law where up to now we have seen technological capability double every two years. As such, there is a necessary need ... read more

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    Fahad Ahmed

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    Lean is a philosophy centred around the reduction of waste in order to increase customer value. The principles of lean were derived primarily from Japanese auto manufacturers in the 1980’s such as Toyota, as they sought to increase the quality of their products, whilst minimising time and cost. This philosophy is now used extensively in the IT industry, as organisations seek to reduce the time and costs associated with the provision of IT services, whilst maximising customer value. As a tutor for INFS3604 (Business Process Management), I have taught lean extensively in conjunction with the principles of Six Sigma ... read more

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    Joseph Mendezona

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    Lean and Agile methodologies refer to development processes which focus on rapid prototyping and less of a focus on planning and documentation. This allows for tangible deliverables to be produced quickly and increase the ability of an organisation to pivot with business decisions. This contrasts with a more rigid waterfall model, which focuses on staged planning and documentation and decreases an institution's ability to pivot with business decisions. One example of a lean and agile methodology is SCRUM. In SCRUM a team is divided into several important roles including Product Owner, SCRUM master, and development team. The team uses ... read more

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    Alicia Hastie

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Eng (Hons) ICT Eng (Software) Diploma in Professional Eng Practice

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    Lean can be considered synonymous with agile development within the modern IT environment. Current trends require rapid development and reduced wastage across labor, material, cost and other expenditures to optimize the market segment. Adopting a lean and agile hybrid methodology constructs the ability for developers to redesign traditional approaches by modulating and isolating sections of their design to efficiently improve the solution as greater focus can be emphasised on modules requiring further development, rather than a holistic approach. Whilst lean and agile methodologies are viewed as more rapid and less wasteful development approaches it does not require stringent adherence to ... read more

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    Michael Wong

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    The methodology focuses on reducing unnecessary task and forcing a team to work collaboratively tackling the biggest tasks first.

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    Michael Pivato

    University of South Australia
    Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    As far as having s strong knowledge in coding, I am currently proficient in C#, Java, Python and T-SQL, and am currently expanding my knowledge into Swift, R and MATLAB. In regards to being a future leader, I am extremely motivated in the field of Information Technology, and often help others

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    Alan Nguyen

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Computer Science / Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    During my time working at eBay I've come to realise that you cannot truly 'become lean or agile', especially in a context where the technology and people change so frequently. Anyone can read the agile manifesto and religiously follow those principles, however, I believe that agile is the process of understanding and adapting to who you are working with, their work style and the way they approach solving problems (because every thinks differently).

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    Devon Arganaraz

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    In a world of constantly change, it is important to have a company structure that can adapt and cater to the needs of the industry most effectively. Lean and Agile are philosophies that address the way companies react to this, and is crucial in IT, as new technology and approaches appear every day. Agile is about creating and producing in small steps, being extremely flexible and changing direction according to new information and trends. Lean follows a learn - measure - build cycle to ensure that products can be produced quickly and cater to the clients' needs as best possible. A combination ... read more

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    Allen Jiang

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: Suncorp Information Technology Award

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    I believe that 'Lean and Agile' methodologies in an IT environment enable organisations and individuals to embark on projects that would focus on value-adding activities and bring value to the customer. In essence, it heavily involves customer collaboration to elicit requirements from the customer and using feedback from previous agile cycles to improve the product in future cycles. Lean and agile ultimately allows both customers and IT professionals to work together to achieve projects that meet the customer's objectives and also save time for teams by focusing on activities/product features that are relevant to the project and customer.

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    Paarth Arora

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Law

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    I am well-placed to be a potential Future Leader in the field of management consulting through my unique experiences with startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. I enjoy solving challenging problems with an entrepreneurial spirit, seeking ingenuity and collaboratively challenging long-held assumptions. At Jelix, my role largely involves evaluating emerging technology trends and business models as investment opportunities. My role also spans strategic planning, market-sizing and designing our competitive advantages. At BusinessOne, we are at the forefront of educational innovation, with our consultants having advised over ten startup clients in areas such strategy and marketing. I have played a lead role ... read more

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    Sam Bi

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Throughout my academic and professional career, I have found myself leading individuals of diverse backgrounds both voluntarily and naturally. In particular, my leadership experiences range from leading teams into International Case Competitions, to leading Fraternity Brothers in the US, to empowering volunteers in New Zealand to restore islands and the local habitat. Overall, through these key experiences, I have not only cultivated my ability to lead diverse individuals but more importantly the ability to understand these individuals at the fundamental level. Looking forward, I believe that I will continue to unlock my career potential within the field of consulting, as ... read more

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    Hayden Fabe

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Business Management

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    “I never lose. I either win or learn.” From Nelson Mandela’s own words, I have grown to appreciate that it is not the outcome, but a dedication to continual growth which defines great leaders. Throughout my studies, I have pursued every opportunity to grow professionally and personally; whether through work, case competitions or other extra-curricular endeavours. Analogous to the world of consulting, the concept of ‘winning’ in these learning environments is difficult to quantify, yet the fear of failure is ever present. Nevertheless, with a positive attitude, humility and self-reflection; it is moments of failure which provide the greatest ... read more

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    Daniel Brockwell

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

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Consulting is such a powerful field because of the ability to produce positive outcomes for customers at such a diverse scale and scope. As a director of pro-bono startup consulting organisation BusinessOne, I have recruited and worked with a number of startups in engaging students in impactful advisory projects on marketing, strategy, operations and user experience, mentoring and managing student consultants in the process. Compounding this, I feel my diverse experiences from working at a startup level (Tilt and Tayble) as well as a corporate level (IBM and Deloitte) at an early stage in my career will provide me with ... read more

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    Stanford Lee

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce (International)

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    A future leader prioritises the continuous growth of both themselves and those around them. Everyday, I have challenged myself to expand my horizons to inspire others to act. As a future academic leader, teaching corporate finance to first-year students at UNSW has allowed me to cultivate my own academic interests while guiding others to pursue theirs. As a corporate strategy analyst at a not-for-profit, I independently advised the executive team on the company's expansion into the United States, developing my borderless commercial acumen as a future global leader. Through 180 Degrees Consulting, I helped not-for-profit organisations broaden their social ... read more

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    Kepin Du

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce/Information Systems

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    John Quincy Adams once said: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Therefore, in my dedication to inspiring those around me to challenge their boundaries, I believe I am a “Future Leader” in Business and Consulting. Since returning to Sydney 3 years ago, I have been involved in numerous opportunities in a pursuit to challenge myself, inspire others, and change the world. Amongst my experiences, I served as the Vice President of AIESEC YouthSpeak at the end of my first year in order to open a platform for ... read more

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    Minh Tri Nguyen

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    I possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, which have allowed me to work effectively with different stakeholders across the organisation. I have also demonstrated leadership, initiative and accountability throughout my roles as both a peer mentor and student ambassador at university. Furthermore, my background in martial arts and studies of business information systems has taught me to develop a resilient and open-minded attitude, as well as a strong belief in operational excellence and continuous improvement. This is complemented by my experience as a sales consultant, which has enabled me to improve my stakeholder management and critical thinking ability, allowing me ... read more

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    Jonathan Khonasti

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    A future leader to me is someone who empowers those around them and engender a positive change as they drive an effective and focused team to reach its goals. The numerous director and executive roles held have required me to live out these values: leading by example and empowering those around me through mentoring and a hands-on, inclusive leadership style. This can be seen in my achievements in the professional space, where I have been able to lead staff towards achieving our deliverables whilst empowering and mentoring them to ensure they are able to pass the torch to others. This ... read more

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    Robert Liu

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    To me, real leadership needs no title. To me, a successful leader can catalyse the growth and development of others while bringing success to those around them. My ethos as a leader is to always lead by example and to always persevere. These values are demonstrated through the various case competitions that I have participated in. I pride myself on being able to bring out the best in others by encouraging everyone to think outside the box, challenging their thought process behind every recommendation while bringing the energy and enthusiasm to be the person who is willing to go above ... read more

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    Andrew Sunol

    University of Newcastle

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Throughout my time at university I have sought to gain a broad range of experiences that will assist me solve dynamic and challenging problems currently facing society. For example, by proactively sought experiences in the Royal Australian Navy, and the Australian Defence Force Academy, I have an understanding of the role of the military and internal mechanisms and decision making process of the Australian Defence Force and more broadly, the Australian Government. I have also completed an internship at PwC and currently work at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. This combination has allowed me to see how two crucial industries interact with ... read more

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    James Moriarty

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    Studying year Economics in year 11 and 12 ignited a passion and strong interest in all things economics and finance. Since my schooling I have sought to build on this passion through my university studies, engagement with finance based competitions and participation in internships. This personal development and growth has led to a particular interest in Financial Markets and Mergers&Acquisitions. A natural leader through my youth via sports teams and extracurricular activities; I know how much a team can thrive under strong leadership. Moving forward in my career, I want to grow and become a leader in not only my chosen company but in the industry as a whole. Resilient leadership should ... read more

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    Sai Naicker

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    My innate drive to continuously innovate, improve and challenge the status quo distinguishes me as a Future Leader. The Westpac approach of striving for excellence aligns perfectly with my values and aspirations. I have gained unique international experience working at Standard Bank in South Africa and Commonwealth Bank in Indonesia. This cultural immersion has equipped me with a wealth of experience to cope with the demands of working in a diverse global workplace. My corporate experience is complemented by my success as a state equivalent debater and cricketer. Further, I am a founding member of the UNSW Financial Planning Group ... read more

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    Andrew Cao

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Laws & Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    My proactive driven mindset and diversity of experience exemplifies qualities of a future leader. Leadership epitomises effective collaboration and communication to achieve a common goal which I have demonstrated in my executive roles with student societies. Leading teams to generate social impact through advising innovative social enterprises with 180 Degrees Consulting, I actively leveraged key attributes of my team and open communication to deliver the exceptional client outcomes. Moreover, through my wide experience in law, professional services and finance, I am aptly positioned to constantly challenge established limitations and innovate. Particularly evident within the banking industry, innovative and proactive adoption ... read more

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    Catherine Perry

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Asian Studies

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I believe that my unique blend of finance and fluency in Mandarin will enable me to make a difference in this Asian century. The financial services industry is facing challenges with disruptive technologies, increased regulatory intervention and uncertain markets. Faced with such challenges banks will experience margin compression. Innovative leadership is needed to respond to these pressures, and some of the answers will lie in new businesses. I believe that Australia's trade relationships with Asia still offer the banks new and exciting opportunities. In order to help take advantage of the potential opportunities I can bring financial skills, linguistic ... read more

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    Akshay Taneja

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I believe that a future leader is not one that commands a group or organisation but one that inspires, motivates and encourages others to achieve their potential. This requires exceptional interpersonal, communication, relationship-management skills, integrity and the ability to influence others to work towards a common target, all of which I possess. Throughout my work and academic career, I have always pursued opportunities to develop my leadership skills for example supervising at Woolworths, being group leader in group assignments or leading with an example of providing exceptional customer service at David Jones. I find leadership satisfying and thoroughly enjoy the ... read more

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    Pooja Kaushal

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    Currently, I am maintaining a distinction average with a GPA score of 3.5 demonstrating my dedication and diligence to hard work ethic in business. The finance and technological aspect of commerce play an essential role in our day-to-day lives, as without these functions needs would not be met and quality of life would be limited. In particular, I am immensely interested in how finance today relies on information technology as the world is becoming more digitalized allowing customers more control and convenience. Finance is about allowing companies to move forward, thus being strategic and results-driven is essential, which are ... read more

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    Clarissa Zhu

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce/Economics

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    A future leader is someone who is ambitious, passionate, resilient and willing to embrace change and the transient nature of the financial services and banking landscape. There are many existing and potential challenges in financial services that as a potential future leader, I want to add meaningful value to respond agilely to technology, economic and regulatory factors. I am always enthusiastic to learn, adapt and apply new skills and believe I have the capability to demonstrate leadership to remain competitive in a constantly changing global world. I have demonstrated initiative, innovation and leadership in the workplace and through my roles ... read more

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    Stephen Rajaratnam

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and Applied Finance

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I am currently studying Actuarial Studies and Applied Finance and have always been interested in Banking and Insurance. I am very hardworking, innovative, have very good communication skills and work very well in a team. As a result I have pushed myself and grabbed all opportunities that are presented to me, shown through my participation in several competitions. I achieved first place in a Deloitte Critical Thinking Competition run by the Actuarial Students society, second in the one day internship competition and completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. I am currently a consultant for 180 degrees consulting at the ... read more

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    Cerryn Trung

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Award

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    As an agile and fast learner, I believe that my passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences through technology is what makes me a Future Leader. Having previously held roles in institutional and retail banking, I have developed my ability to effectively manage relationships and place the customer at the heart of everything I do. These experiences have brought out my desire to continually improve myself and pursue a career full of ambition. I believe that my teamwork and communication skills developed through taking on various volunteer and leadership roles in student societies, coupled with my motivation to understand human behaviour ... read more

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    Matthew de Freitas

    Monash University

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    A leader is someone who demonstrates what is possible”. I believe that I have demonstrated that anything is possible through an event that had a profound effect on my life. In 2015, due to severe septicaemia arising from a ruptured intestine, I nearly lost my life and resulted in me missing my entire grade 12 school year and losing all of my progress that I had attained throughout my gym career. I was forced with the massive obstacle of catching up and self-teaching all of my work as well as undergoing intense rehabilitation in order to gain full physical health ... read more