Top100 Future Leaders Competition 2019

Finding the most promising future leaders graduating from Australian Universities

See this years finalists here

Top100 Future Leaders Awards

AECOM Engineering Consulting Award - see the finalists!

We are a team of over 90,000 specialists working in 150+ countries to deliver some of the world’s most influential and transformational infrastructure projects.

Whether we’re delivering city-shaping infrastructure or enabling clean and stable water supply to far-flung places many of us may never visit, our work makes a difference.

We are a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

With our talented team of architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists, construction and management professionals, we’re building a bright future. Graduates – with their fresh thinking and passion for reimagining what’s possible – are critical to our success.

The AECOM Engineering Consulting Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Civil or Structural Engineering.

Ashurst Law Award - see the finalists!

A truly global firm with a reputation for high performance, a wealth of industry experience and a refreshingly open and diverse culture: this is who we are. For you, this means being part of a collaborative, respectful and inclusive work environment and interacting with some of the most agile and incisive thinkers in the legal sector. Join us, and you’ll work alongside dynamic and committed professionals, tackle interesting challenges and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have worked in partnership with clients around the world to achieve their ambitions.

The Ashurst Law Award is seeking highly analytical students with an interest in corporate and commercial law. You must be studying a degree or discipline majoring in Law; ideally a LLB or Juris Doctor.

BP Sales & Marketing Award - see the finalists!

BP is involved in almost every aspect of the complex energy system that drives our world. Thanks to our reach and 75,000 incredible people, we deliver the high-quality fuels and lubricants that take customers where they want to go.

We’re more than an energy business; we are also a retailer, bringing innovative offers, rewards and leading-edge technology to our customers.

Our values guide our behaviours and drive who we are and how we operate as an organisation. They influence everything we do, making us a safer, stronger and better company to work for.

We offer an exciting two-year Graduate programme featuring two rotations within a business stream (commercial, convenience retail or manufacturing operations). We’ll give you tools, development and support; including mentoring, exposure to subject matter experts, technology and training to help you thrive and kick-start your career.

The BP Sales & Marketing Award is seeking innovative students who are goal-driven and currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Marketing.

Jacobs Young Professional Award - see the finalists!

Jacobs is one of the world’s leading providers in technical, professional and construction services. Our people are our greatest asset. We are focussed on mentoring our graduates to be known specialists in their own field and our leaders of tomorrow. Our Engineers and Scientists provide engineering design and project management expertise to major and mega projects for public and private sector clients across; Transport Infrastructure, Water Engineering, Power and Asset Management & Environmental Services.

At Jacobs, we encourage and empower our graduates to bring forward their innovative thinking coupled with their technical expertise. We’re proud to promote talent and support individuals to develop and grow their careers.

The Jacobs Young Professional Award is seeking students who are currently studying across many disciplines.

KPMG Accounting Award - see the finalists!

As a leading provider of advisory, audit and tax services, KPMG helps organisations build, protect and realise value in dynamic and challenging business environments. Our purpose is to inspire confidence and empower change and to be the clear choice for our people, clients and the public. If you are looking for a career that will take you further, talk to us first at KPMG.

At KPMG, we’re interested in more than academic qualifications. We’re looking for talented people, team players and progressive thinkers who can communicate their ideas convincingly. We are excited to be sponsoring the Top100 Accounting Award and recognise the top students coming out of Australian universities.

The KPMG Accounting Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Accounting.

Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award - see the finalists!

We’re a family business that’s been making products for people, and the pets that people love, for more than 100 years. Mars is behind some of the world’s best loved brands in the world including Pedigree®, Royal Canin®, Dolmio®, Whiskas®, Schmackos®, Skittles®, Extra® and Uncle Ben’s®. Globally, we’re 100,000 self-proclaimed Martians working across 80 different countries. You’ll find us located in both city and regional centres. Interesting, bustling and vibrant places where you can enjoy a great lifestyle and a real sense of community. The Five Principles - Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom - are at the heart of everything we do. These principles inform our decisions and unite us across geographies, languages, cultures and generations.

So what does Mars want with Engineers? You probably didn't know that we have 7 world class factories here in Australia, which produce over 40 of our well-loved brands! Our Mars Leadership Experience offers rotations across a range of disciplines including Sales/Marketing, Finance, Research & Development, Supply Chain and of course Engineering!

The Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award is seeking students from Mechanical and Electrical Engineering related degrees.

Protiviti Business & Consulting Award - see the finalists!

Protiviti is a global business consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts specialising in risk, advisory and transaction services. We serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations in over 20 countries and hire diverse thinkers to partner and advise our clients in various industry sectors on critical business problems. Our 3,800 professionals globally provide consulting and internal audit solutions to over 60 percent of FORTUNE 1000® companies.

We believe that a career is more than just working, providing deliverables, and being compensated for your efforts. A Protiviti Career is about opportunities to lead, learn, grow, and make a difference. We are committed to supporting programs like the Top100 Business and Consulting Award and delighted to be associated with an Award that recognises the achievements of talented graduates.

The Protiviti Business and Consulting award is seeking students from Business and Management related degrees.

Quantium Data Science Award - see the finalists!

The Quantium Graduate Academies are 18 month Data Scientist and Big Data Engineer accelerator programs, turning graduates into high performers.

How?

The Graduate Proficiency Checklists guide graduates through robust capability development across 250+ proficiency areas each.

Rotations span primary skill bases, using GPC progression to guide placements, feeding into the rotation optimisation algorithm.

Payrises and bonuses reward development and ultimately a promotion

Underpinning it all is the GradHub with 50+ technical courses, High Performance Masterclasses, coaching, bi-monthly GradTalks and more.

The Quantium Data Science Award Award is seeking resilient students who are currently studying a degree or discipline in Actuary, Mathematics, Science, and Statistics.

REA Group Software Engineering Award - see the finalists!

We are the umbrella company for a whole range of property companies. We are more than a website and more than a mobile app, we are a digital disrupter. We look for ways to use our smarts and technologies, our great ideas and our innovations to bring consumers amazing experiences.

REA came to life just over 20 years ago born out of an idea from two guys in a garage and in that time we have shaped the online experience for anyone and everyone who cares about property.

Listed on the ASX, we are a multinational digital advertising business specialising in property. REA Group operates Australia’s leading residential and commercial property websites, realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, Chinese property site myfun.com and a number of property portals in Asia via its ownership of iProperty Group. We also have a significant shareholding in US based Move, Inc and PropTiger in India.

The REA Group Software Engineering Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Computer/Software Engineering, or a similar discipline and a strong knowledge of Coding.

Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award - see the finalists!

Westpac Group lives and breathes our vision to be one of the world’s great service companies, helping our customers, communities and people to prosper and grow. We work with people of all walks of life – so whether you know banking or not, your passion and attitude is what’s important to us.

We are proud to support graduates from a range of universities and disciplines into a wide-range of careers. With us, anything is possible and everyone is supported.

The Westpac Banking and Finance Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Economics or Finance.

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  • Eve Smolinska's avatar

    Eve Smolinska

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    Since the beginning of University, I have been actively engaged in volunteering work related to civil engineering. As a secretary of the Civil Engineering Student Association (CESA) I have been collaborating with students, staff and industry professionals in order to help students develop professionally and become industry ready. Events which our team organises include workshops, Industry Nights and Networking evenings. As an executive I am also responsible for leading meetings, contributing to CESA's growth by utilising industry connections, coming up with new ideas as well as providing insight and guidance to newer Committee Members. Same is applied for my ... read more

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    Kristian Payne

    University of Tasmania
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    I believe the greatest strength a future leader can have is the ability to communicate effectively. To have the vision to see what needs to be done, the courage to make the tough decisions and the passion to see it through. The ability to communicate doesn't need to follow the 'top down' model but requires the leader to be astute listeners as well. I believe that I have these leadership skills which I have developed during my early career as a site manager and a team leader and I'll bring these skills with me as a Future Leader ... read more

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    Mathew Da Silva

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

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    As a forward thinking individual, I am not only focused on the task at hand, but at the overall result and goal of the larger picture, whether it is organisational or team based. There are many civil and structural engineers out there, but to stand out you need to think outside the box and delve into ideas that may not have been thought of or implemented before. I love this kind of thinking and every time I am tasked with a job or problem, I like to solve it in more than one way while still completing it within time ... read more

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    Jack Middleton

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Infrastructure and Civil Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    My drive and eagerness to succeed in the Civil Engineering Industry has already begun to point me in the right direction, with great opportunities arising already. My love for engineering has allowed me to excel in subjects and Projects thus far in both University and the work place which has given me the confidence to really take charge and Lead projects. I believe this is just the beginning and I have the ability and technical Knowledge to Become a Future Leader.

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    Alex Chiodo

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    I believe that I can be a potential 'Future Leader' because I enjoy to trying new experiences, challenging myself and doing things out of my comfort zone. In 2016 I participated in the Engineers Without Borders Study Tour to Malaysia, a challenging and rewarding experience where I got to work with international students and local community members on some conceptual composting designs. Consulting with the community was challenging through the use of a translator and I was able to expand my skills in effective communication. I have also obtained work experience throughout my studies in both the public and private ... read more

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    Robert Rae

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

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    Over the past couple of years I have had valuable leadership experience as captain of the MHSOBFC Junior Team, transitioning the team from a winless shambles to a formidable grand finalist outfit. This has given me the experience of leading in both good and bad situations, teaching me how to be resilient and to adapt my leadership style as required, a valuable experience for my future as a leader. Specifically in the civil engineering field, I feel my strong conceptual understanding and my ability to quickly learn new topics will allow me to maximise my leadership potential within the industry ... read more

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    Jiayun (Richard) Hao

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    I am a passionate civil engineering student, and I believe I have shown significant leadership potential in my field thus far. A recent highlight was leading a team of five to victory in the 2017 STEM Leaders Program Civil Engineering Project provided by AECOM. My commitment to technical excellence and determination to overcome challenges has helped me maintain a high distinction average grade. I was named on the UNSW Engineering Dean's List in 2017 and 2018. I am a current member of the UNSW Civil Engineering Elite Student Program and hold the position of Casual Academic within the UNSW ... read more

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    Claudia Cipressi

    University of Queensland
    Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) and Commerce

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    Not only do I see leadership in my future, I see the prospect of guiding, shaping and changing the future, in my career as a professional civil engineer. Driving this vision is a passion and deep desire to find methods to better the lives of those in our community. From a recent design summit where I lived amongst a small Nepalese village, to volunteering in an engagement program for a local housing institution, I was able to get a sense of the direct global impact I could have in my career. The future is disruptive, and so a future leader ... read more

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    Elisha Tilan

    RMIT University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    My passion for civil engineering stems from walking along Melbourne CBD at a young age and developing an early fascination with high rise structures. Ever since commencing my engineering studies, I am always striving to enhance my professional career in hopes of one day becoming a leader in this field. Whether it be partaking in internships, actively getting involved in student societies, or simply attending networking events, I am continuously ensuring that I have that constant industry exposure to enhance my leadership potential. I have also noticed the discrepancy of females pursuing careers in engineering; hence why I am always ... read more

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    Doug Whattam

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)/ Bachelor of Business (Finance)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    I am highly motivated, a leader and experienced traveler including recently visiting Borneo, Egypt, India, and Canada and used to living out of my comfort zone. I have excellent communication skills, get on well with people and readily fit into a team environment with a strong ability to motivate myself and others. I have held numerous leadership positions including being the President of Engineers Without Borders Swinburne, School Captain in Year 12 and captain of my local soccer team. I am a high performing individual being awarded a Dean's Outstanding Achievement Scholarship at Swinburne, Caltex All-Rounder Award two years ... read more

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    Jasmine Head

    Edith Cowan University
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    I have demonstrated leadership skills in various situations and believe that I have developed strong skills outside of my degree. I founded an academic society, ECU Women in Business, allowing me to show my passion for diversity, whilst developing vital skills such communicating with stakeholders, leading a team and developing partnerships with the community. Through this initiative, I established a successful mentoring program, where students at my university can be paired with an industry professional. Throughout my degree, I have completed three internships (Ertech, PricewaterhouseCoopers & Perseus Mining), and I have been able to develop my technical skills and my ability ... read more

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    Samantha Law

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Engineering - (Honours)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    My studies have allowed me to focus on a core specific area of coastal engineering and management which is an underutilised area of research. With 85% of Australia's population living within 50km of the coast this type of engineering and management is something that will be much needed in the future. My knowledge of this area will allow for myself to be a successful leader in my own field in both design and project management. Working in high pressure environments in my past jobs for the Westpac rescue helicopter and lifeguarding have allowed me to foster good decision making ... read more

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    Neil France

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) & Bachelor of Architectural Design

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    An individual to unite creative minds and build limitless potential between teams this is my vision for a 'Future Leader' and a target that I believe I can reach. I strive to be able to one day lead teams and deliver innovative and efficient infrastructure and landmark projects. I am studying to become part of a movement of improving the quality of life through the built-environment. I wish to bridge the knowledge gap between the disciplines of architecture and engineering. Through this awareness and understanding of each profession's goals, I wish to see the benefits that arise when they ... read more

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    Riya Dalal

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    A future leader inspires, challenges and supports individuals to bring positive impact within their organisation. Given my passion for social change, innovation and design combined with my university, industry and international experience, I have been able to develop the attributes and skills of a future leader. As the president of UNSW Women in Engineering Society I have led a team of 30 students to collaborate on industry events and our flagship industry mentoring program, building a strong community for female engineers at UNSW. Having undertaken 2 internships at global firms Aurecon and Accenture, has provided me with a deep understanding ... read more

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    Alison Zhou

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce (International)

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    As an Australian-born Chinese who is fluent in Mandarin, my goal as a leader is to leverage my cross-cultural and industry knowledge to fortify Australia-China business relations. Born in Sydney but having spent half my childhood in Shanghai, I always felt compelled to suppress my Chinese roots to assimilate with my peers. However, my education, experiences and the irrefutable trajectory of the Asian Century have made me determined to help my generation realise and capitalise upon the myriad opportunities in the bilateral space. In order to better inform myself of Chinese markets and customers, I have interned at start-up space ... read more

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    Diego Casares-Silva

    Australian Graduate School of Management
    MBA

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    I believe that the only way to achieve sustainable development is by creating opportunities, and the way to do this is by innovation and business. I consider myself a leader as I wish to give back the opportunities I have received throughout my career. In both my professional and extracurricular activities I have always enjoyed collaborating and mentoring others to ensure that the team achieves the required outcome. Being an entrepreneur has also shown me how I can take the lead and inspire others to work together.

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    Damian Zhu

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Engineering - Civil (Honours) / Bachelor of Design in Architecture

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    As a future built-environment professional, I seek to lead by example with my internal multidisciplinarity, as well as my championing of multidisciplinary teams and structures, driven by the underlying understanding that as our challenges increase in complexity, so too do our solutions need to upgrade. The well-being of individuals, communities, and environments are inextricably connected to how and what we build in the future. As the industry increasingly collaborates across disciplines and cultures, unique innovations and solutions have and will continue to arise from the friction and dialogue between distinct perspectives. As a student of multiple disciplines, I also recognise ... read more

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    Maddison King

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor Construction Project Management / Bachelor International Studies / Diploma of Innovation

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    As a confident and passionate young female leader I plan to make a positive difference in the construction industry through continuous innovative improvements in sustainable project management practices. This goal has motivated me to undertake the dual-degree of a Bachelor of Construction Project Management / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, concurrently with the Diploma of Innovation. My studies under the Diploma of Innovation has strengthened my belief that continuous improvements in sustainability within the construction industry can only come about through innovation. This can only occur where creativity and risk is supported and rewarded. Construction is an exciting industry to ... read more

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    Isabella Liu

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication

    Finalists In: Jacobs Young Professional Award

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    Innovation and creativity will be the two components to bring our world into a better and brighter future. My name is Isabella Liu, and I believe I can encourage, empower and lead individuals into a most promising future. Throughout my several years of work, study, travel and volunteering opportunities, I have been able to push myself out of my comfort zone, garner excellent intercultural and interdisciplinary communication skills, and an ability to adapt, empathise and interact with peers, customers, clients and individuals alike. I believe the importance of oneself in leadership is to acknowledge the skills and attributes within your ... read more

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    Monish Sundarampillai

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelors of Electrical Engineering/Masters of Electrical Engineering

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I believe that the most important quality of a leader is not their individual results, but rather their ability to inspire those around them to achieve their maximum potential. This leads me to my second point, that leaders are made, molded by their life experiences, not born. What this means is that the most valuable kind of leader is not just one who inspires their team, but one who passes this skill down to develop future leaders and continue this process. It is important for me to mention this to prove that I understand what it means to be a ... read more

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    Zhamilya Sabazova

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Honours) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (major in Computer Science)

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I am genuinely passionate about my studying field and have a strong desire to improve my professional skills, keen to learn every day. I have a great experience of working both individually and as a team member and I learnt how it can be combined in some really big projects such as AYAA - Rocket Competition. As a volunteer I always wanted to make my contribution to the society and 'to engineer a better world', main goal of most my activities is to inspire young students (especially females and children from rural areas) to dedicate themselves to STEM disciplines as its ... read more

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    Hardik Trivedi

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

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    The key factor that makes me a future leader at Mars is my passion for the brand and the desire to make a difference. It is my strive for innovation as well as a sound understanding of how customer demands for nutrition, taste, appearance, convenience and cost change over time that would enable me to be a successful future leader. In particular, I hope to achieve this through collaborating with different teams to incubate ideas such as Mars University that would allow every employee to develop themselves and abide by the five principles daily. I believe that through completing an ... read more

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    Kapil Kumar

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I am a driven individual who has had enough experience both in Uni and in the professional environment to become the perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience such that I can perform at the next level of productivity. Whenever working, I feel the urge to improve all the inefficiencies in my work and come up with innovative solutions to problems using anti-clockwise thinking. Furthermore, I realise the power of collaboration and corroboration, and love to work in a team. Additionally, I have also had a lot of experience leading teams (details in resume) and have been successful at ... read more

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    Victoria Myers

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Sports)

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I am 'Future Leader' as I am constantly seeking new opportunities to learn and share these experiences with others. I currently tutor a first-year engineering course at The University of Adelaide. This has allowed me to grow as a leader as last year I was a Lead Tutor, where my role enabled me to lead a tutorial of approximately fifty students with the help of other tutors. This year I have voluntarily stepped back, allowing newer tutors to take on this role. I believe that a true leader is one who enables other people to learn and get involved. I ... read more

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    Christian Seils-Owen

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

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I love working in strong teams. Teams that work together, coordinate and cooperate together are environments where I thrive. Having much experience in both team leading and hands on work, I believe I can be beneficial in any position I feel passionate about. With an enjoyment in helping and sharing high work loads, I think I have great skills which I can apply to being a confident and great leader.

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    Khush Dodhia-Shah

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I am a future leader in mechanical engineering because I am a student who bring a diverse set of skills to the discipline. Not only will I graduate with the solid set of technical skills necessary from my degree (to be built upon when in industry), but I have a range of skills that make me a strong team member and project contributor. I have developed these skills through a variety of scenarios and experience, and have developed an adaptability within what I can offer. Specifically, I have strong communication and collaboration skills that complement my competencies in different applications ... read more

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    Keilah David

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    As someone studying to become an electrical engineering, I firmly believe that through my chosen field, not only can I make a difference to the world but also help improve the lives of others. This belief serves as a motivating factor for me to strive for excellence, honesty and integrity in everything that I do including academics, extra-curricular activities and work. I thrive in stressful environments and bounce back from challenging situations because by doing so I am pushing myself to be the best that I can be. I am someone who strives to lead with authenticity, respect, trust and ... read more

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    Ben Killeen

    University of Southern Queensland
    Bachelor of engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    I possess a keen interest in the science behind what makes our world tick along with an interest in the psychology of employers and employees in business structures. I believe there are great efficiency's to be gained by businesses by incorporating sound business practices that are built around understanding and obliging employees true needs. That being the recognition of the roles that employees fulfill and providing both honest recognition schemes as well as result oriented career pathways driving an ever evolving workforce.

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    Mitchell Lawler

    University of Southern Queensland
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

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    When I consider how I want to make a positive contribution to the mechanical engineering field I reminisce about Roger Bannister's story, the first person to run a 4 minute mile. Since this monumental milestone more than 20,000 people have done the same including high school kids. The reason being that once Roger Bannister had accomplished the seemingly unachievable task, others knew that it was possible. By equipping myself with the knowledge of mechanical engineering, paired with my passion, I believe I can push the envelope of the seemingly impossible and in doing so, innovate and create solutions ... read more

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    Alexa Nguyen

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I see myself as a potential Future Leader in the REA Group Software Engineering category due to my passion and initiative to seek out change. Whilst studying STEM-related degrees at university, I have experienced firsthand the alienation brought about by being the only female student in the classroom. By holding positions on the committees of both Robogals Adelaide and the Women in STEM Society Adelaide University, I hope to increase female participation in tech. In my spare time, I also volunteer with Code Like a Girl where we focus on making tech accessible to women of all ages. With my ... read more

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    Dilshan Goonatillake

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering (Hons) / Bachelor of Finance

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I believe that effective leadership requires competence in the field. You need to have at least a basic understanding of the work being done to be able to truly relate to the people you lead. At the same time your knowledge should be as broad in scope, so you are able to consider the maximum possible number of solutions when making a decision. To this end I have been trying to gain experience in a wide range of technical fields from DevOps to machine learning. I seek to expose myself to as many different areas as possible and prefer not ... read more

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    Megan Farleigh

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I came into my degree, expecting not to code at all. Now, I do a programming major and am loving it. Coming from no prior experience, to being capable of creating applications, doing well at university, make me feel very accomplished. I never believed this would be my path, let alone get so far. Yet, there is still so much further to go. There are so many opportunities out there that I am so excited to taste. I am ready to be at the forefront of new technology, to be a leader in this awesome and dynamic field, to learn ... read more

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    Ashley Rowe

    University of Southern Queensland
    Bachelor of Information Technology

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    Having commenced my degree later in life, I feel like I am more motivated and determined to make the most out of my education. I take every opportunity to deepen my knowledge and help other students with their understanding. I enjoy the challenge of programming problems and find the process a great creative outlet. I love technology and want to make a difference in my field by focusing on delivering what makes technology great; improving efficiency, and productivity in whatever problem domain I find myself. I have always been a leader, both throughout my education and my career and have ... read more

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    Chuyue (Angela) Qin

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Science

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I believe my creativity and various transferable skills make me a potential 'Future Leader' in the REA Group Software Engineering Award. Thinking out of the box is useful for designing software and solving problems, and my experience in arranging events and writing projects have strengthened my creative thinking. As for the transferable skills, through my leadership and administrative practices I have gained soft skills on communication, interpersonal, management and more. Alongside with knowledge on pedagogy and teaching, I am confident to become a future leader in the chosen award category.

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    Sudhir Mandarapu

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I believe my leadership experience and my exposure to multidisciplinary teams makes me a potential 'Future Leader' in Software Engineering. I have held leadership roles both as a volunteer and in industry. I was the Education Officer at the Monash International Students Service, where I helped students improve their employability skills. Following that, I joined a startup, where I lead a small development team. I hope to be able to apply the skills I've developed in the future as a leader in software engineering. Furthermore, leadership in software engineering is a multidisciplinary effort because developers often work with individuals ... read more

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    Brendon Aung

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce and I.T

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    Technological disruption has and will always force us to rethink the way industries operate. The evolution of the internet is a prime example of this and has resulted in dramatic changes in the way customers and businesses interact; widening the digital divide and making it far easier for businesses to be left behind. With my hands on the keyboard and heart set on web development, I aim to apply my unique skillsets in digital marketing, front end development and innovation to help business transition into and embrace this technological world fuelled by innovation and change. Such an experience would also ... read more

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    Anand Pushpa Ramachandran

    Australian Graduate School of Management
    MBA

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    Being an IT Consultant with over 7 years of experience, I have gained broad experience in the IT industry. Working across multiple streams such as customer engagement, team coordination, technical and functional design, and project planning, I gained end to end project management experience. Starting as a programmer, growing as an analyst and evolving as a consultant, my progression illustrates the desire for leadership. With deep insights of IT and Banking industry, the MBA program will enrich my knowledge with a flair of business fundamentals and this diverse skill set will enable me to serve as an advisory for businesses ... read more

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    Dakota Harkins

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

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    I am not the most talented student I know. I am passionate, I can communicate and for some strange reason I seem to inspire others. I am a jack of all trades - I mold myself to fit whatever position my team requires to succeed. I am passionate about engineering and problem solving. Combining creativity and intellect to revolutionize the society we live in. Independently I have achieved many goals, winning scholarships and awards. However, becoming part of the UTS Engineering Society has demonstrated to me that my true passion lies in leading others. I have never been prouder than to ... read more

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    Medha Mishra

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Technology (Honours)

    Finalists In: REA Group Software Engineering Award

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    As a twenty one year old student, I'm in many parts the stereotypical millennial. I prefer to watch TV shows on my laptop rather than the TV, I read the news off of an app and I use filters on Snapchat. Technology plays a huge role in my life and because of my dependence on it, I am actively invested in making it better than ever before. As an Information Technology major, at the University of Melbourne, I recognize the impact of the Internet upon us. I also recognize the dangers of it as well. I will be working ... read more

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    Caitlene Hillman

    Griffith University
    Bachelor of Commerce - Economics and Finance (Honours)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    To me, leadership in the financial sector is a function of the reduction of information asymmetries, and the ability to use my voice to contribute to development, dialogue, and innovation. In the face of globalisation, disruptive technologies and greater uncertainty, a future leader in this field must possess the skill-set and tools requisite to challenge long-held assumptions and the status quo, as well as empower individuals across the globe. As reflected through my academic achievements, internships in the financial services, and previously held roles in leadership positions, I am well-positioned to both lead and collaborate with others to remain competitive ... read more

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    Emiliana Soulio

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical) with Bachelor of Finance

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    As an enthusiastic, driven young woman, I always search for new ways to challenge myself and accelerate my personal and professional development. I am in my penultimate year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical) with a Bachelor of Finance. In addition, I am undertaking a Diploma in Languages (Chinese) part time. As an engineering student, I have further developed my strong problem-solving, team-work and critical thinking skills. I am passionate about finding solutions to complex problems and have an unquenchable curiosity which drives my continuous learning. I have demonstrated strong leadership qualities throughout my secondary schooling and tertiary education ... read more

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    Kelly Gleeson

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    When I think of the word leaders, I think of words like assertive, supportive, calm, approachable and capable. These are all adjectives people use to describe me, in the many roles I play in my life and I'm proud of that. I believe in helping people achieve great things, in encouraging others to reach for more, push harder, never give up, and to understand their full potential is limited only by their own self-belief. I strive to obtain excellence in every area of my life and demonstrate tenacity when faced with challenges. Always falling naturally into the role of ... read more

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    Alisa Doronina

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Economics (Honours equivalent) - Finance and Credit

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I am a potential 'Future Leader' in banking and finance because my core values are helping others, pursuing excellence and innovation. I am passionate about building on my experience in consulting at Ernst & Young (EY) and audit in Europe. I now aim to become proficient in understanding client needs through my interpersonal skills, and structuring deals and raising finance through creativity. I also aspire to be a trusted mentor to colleagues. Indeed, I seek to make a difference to my employer, colleagues, clients and the community through my leadership. Volunteering at a Red Cross Shop, I developed an app to ... read more

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    Cameron Hee

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I am a potential 'Future Leader' because I espouse and support the youth of today to be Indo-Pacific literate in facing the emerging challenges of Australia in a stronger Indo-Pacific landscape. As the Indo-Pacific region grows to become the largest regional economy in the world, Australian youth should learn skills, gain language abilities and understand the cultural subtleties of business in the Indo-Pacific. As a 'Future Leader' I will continue to support youth to understand and learn more about the banking and finance industry in our largest trade partners. Through organisations such as the Australia China Youth Association and the ... read more

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    Alexander Shu

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    Studying banking helped me to gain strong data management and financial analysis skills. I've had the chance to dive into the banking world and enrich my view of financial operations, which has really complemented my marketing major. Having been working in data science, marketing and entrepreneurship over the last three years with successful management on multiple projects, I enjoy the project-based analytic work which requires solid combination of data analysis and communication skills, and find a strength in my inquisitiveness which is well-utilized in integrated strategic planning, research skills and client delivery skills. I work well in cross-functional teams ... read more

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    Niama Beaton

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    The qualities that make me a future leader in the banking and financial services field are my conscientious and organised approach to my work, my affable personality, and my strong conceptual thinking and analytical skills. I believe these attributes make me a potential leader since they allow me to think of different solutions whilst also communicating the message in a relatable way to either a client or peer. My professional and extra-curricular experiences have allowed me to build upon and enhance my skills in terms of public speaking, teamwork and problem solving. My education has also allowed me to think ... read more

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    Matthew Trachevski

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I have a passion for helping people and derive real satisfaction from seeing my efforts pay off in the form of others' personal growth. I empathise with many of my peers who are hesitant about transitioning into the workplace and want to dispel these anxieties. My voluntary work with The Smith Family helps to build confidence and literacy skills in high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and I am proud of the positive impact I am able to make on these students' educational and personal development. Currently, I am working with a team of students to develop our shortlisted initiative ... read more

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    Tuan Nguyen

    Deakin University
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I have a strong passion for customer experience and a clear vision of using technology to empower the banking, insurance, and financial services. I hope to devote my skills to help potential entrepreneurs, especially small business and women achieve their goals. With knowledge and experience gained through my education, I can assist start-ups and small businesses to apply new technologies to sustain and renovate their business models. I hope to create more opportunities for people in rural areas and women to explore their entrepreneurial capability and utilize resources through innovation. In the future, I believe that I will be the ... read more

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    Khurshed Mehta

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Finance

    Finalists In: Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

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    I believe that my diverse work experience, language skills, and Asia-specific knowledge will well position me to be a future leader in Australia's finance industry. To date, my experiences interning at Ipcon (Mumbai, India) and Strategy& (Canberra, Australia) have enabled me to appreciate the cultural nuances that inform international business environments. Having lived in both India and Australia, I have further gained a strong control of English, Hindi, Gujrati and Marathi. I also had the privilege of attending Summer School at Fudan University, Shanghai. As I seek to actively partake and keep up with China's burgeoning economy, the ... read more

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    Iraish Thirimanne

    Swinburne University of Technology
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: AECOM Civil & Structural Engineering Award

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    I am someone who loves to get involved, whether it be sport, music, travel, social justice, work or just an adventure. I have always strived to reach the top of whatever it is I'm doing and therefore leadership has always come naturally to me. Throughout my life, I have held numerous leadership positions, on the sporting field, in student council and at work. I have always believed in leading by example and feel that this is a quality that can transcend across multiple disciplines, it is as effective on the sporting field as it would be in an engineering ... read more

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    Natalie Omond

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Laws / Arts + Diploma of Languages (Chinese)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am a penultimate-year undergraduate with the passion, ideas and drive to contribute actively to Australia's success in Asia. With my demonstrated excellence in leadership and cross-cultural communication, I offer a diverse skill set and thrive in challenging environments as both a strategic and creative thinker. Throughout my university experience, I have displayed my drive to seek out new challenges by individualising my degree and pursuing a broad range of mentorship, collaboration, learning and development opportunities. Most notably, I have enhanced my education experience beyond the classroom by contributing to published academic works, representing Australian in the World War ... read more

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    Alan Zheng

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) / Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    Over the course of my studies, I have committed myself to the breadth of diverse outcomes possible under the law. In so doing, I have sought to maximise the good the law is able to create. Volunteering in two community legal centres, I have seen the importance of advocacy in reform whilst assisting vulnerable LGBTQI+ clients at the Inner City Legal Centre. At Redfern Legal Centre, I saw the power of community legal education in limiting tenancy and housing crises. All the while, I used my Mandarin proficiency to assist CALD clients to uphold the accessibility of community-driven justice. Whilst ... read more

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    Jake Fava

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am committed to becoming a well-respected and active legal professional striving to initiate meaningful change within the profession. My undergraduate studies in economics have captivated my interest regarding the discipline's interaction with the law and encouraged me to pursue a career in competition and international economics law. As the global economy evolves exponentially, exposing consumers to the likes of the dominate 'platform' businesses of Google and Facebook, whilst presenting firms with more burdensome regulation and a complex international trading network, I recognise the need for reform to achieve the optimal balance of all parties' interests. In the wake ... read more

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    Raphael Parvin

    University of Western Australia
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    The legal field is challenging and filled with complexities, but it is one that has always held integrity and decorum through the solving of problems based on equity, fairness, and justice. To be a Future Leader within corporate and commercial law, you need to resonate these legal principles and values alongside strong technical and strategic analytical skills, acute problem-solving skills and open collaboration. This was fundamental when I was selected to represent WA as a Youth Ambassador in Hong Kong where my involvement included discussions on youth issues and developing collaborative policies to provide solutions. I was also fortunate to ... read more

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    Madeleine Sidgreaves

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of International Studies

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    Being a leader is more than being in a recognised leadership position. To me it is about the way in which you conduct yourself day to day in all situations, be it professional, recreational, traveling or within personal relationships. My experiences with overseas volunteering taught me that leadership is being adaptable and flexible. My experiences with leadership in official leadership positions at University and in other educational and sporting capacities has taught me interpersonal skills that allow me to build relationships, to create a positive team environment that foster productivity and engagement. Working in a professional law firm has given ... read more

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    Kimberly La

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Commerce with the degree of Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I'm passionate about community service and have extensive leadership experience which I'd be humbled to apply as a lawyer. My main interest is to change corporate law organisations from the inside-out, so that greater compassion can be shown to communities and minorities. Coming from a social justice background, I believe it is essential that my passion is reflected and integrated within my legal work. I have a particular interest in mental health, and as an R U OK? Community ambassador, I've had the opportunity to inspire students at forums. Additionally, as a youth cancer advocate, I've ... read more

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    Shannan Welsh

    Deakin University
    Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am a potential future leader in the law category, as I have already begun my legal career only 2 years into my degree with a junior assistant role at a commercial and family law firm in Melbourne. Furthermore, I am currently going through an application process for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs which, if awarded, will allow me to gain internship experiences within legal environments in Singapore and Japan. These international experiences will allow me to broaden my legal knowledge and capabilities across a variety of fields, in particular, legal-technology which is an ... read more

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    James Holland

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Law (Honours)/Arts

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am a future leader in law because I bring sharp analytical skills and a commitment to community to an industry that needs graduates that have both emotional and academic intelligence. Ashurst is a world leader in the legal industry because it values cultural diversity. Likewise, having interned for a US Congressman in Washington DC and taught English to at-risk children in Mumbai, I constantly strive to see past the challenges that individuals may face because of their backgrounds in order to tap into their potential. I constantly challenge myself both as a law student and as a leader. Law ... read more

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    Boris Chong

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am a passionate and committed Juris Doctor student at the University of Melbourne, striving to achieve the impossible. Where there is a will, there is a way! I aspire to become a top-class legal professional and am fervent in my desire to make an impact on cross-border legal and commercial relations between firms in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. As once noted by former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, it is time to recognise that Australia must find its security in Asia, rather than from Asia. Having recently completed my studies in International Relations at both Cambridge and the University ... read more

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    Ellysia Oldsen

    Adelaide University
    Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Corporate Finance)

    Finalists In: Ashurst Law Award

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    I am confident that my experiences, achievements and drive to succeed position me to be a Future Leader in the legal industry. I am passionate about helping disadvantaged people and am honoured to volunteer as a law clerk at JusticeNet SA. Another passion is promoting awareness of the importance of health within the legal profession, where I volunteer in the Lex Salus program. I value going above and beyond the call of duty and excel in all pursuits - studying a double degree full-time, swimming at an elite level and working casually. As a highly analytical student interested in corporate law ... read more

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    Oanh Pham

    University of Wollongong
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    Do something new never ever before is my vision. Throughout my bachelor degree, I have had great opportunities in attending some leadership programs as S4S Leadership Conference 2016, Univative Sydney 2016 and Univative Sydney 2017 as a mentor. Besides that, I have participated in a number of co-curricular activities on and off campus, such as being the Head Mentor of the Business International Peer Mentor Network (BIPMN) at UOW, Fundraiser at Cancer Council. Currently, I am working as a Vietnamese Ambassador for Fundition.io which is a decentralized crowdfunding platform. Therefore, I strongly believe that I have enough criteria to ... read more

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    Peter Chappell

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    My international experience in triathlon has taught me that your team is always more important than your talent. Foremost, my ability to influence team members to make positive changes is what makes me a 'future leader'. Leading my team - as a coach - to the Victorian Schools cup is one manifestation of this. Whilst all athlete improved their fitness and skills, I was most proud of the subtle forms of development that I witnessed in each athlete. An appreciation of teamwork, healthy living and an ability to set goals to name a few. This success was fundamentally driven through establishing a ... read more

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    Noah Yang

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Business (Specialist)

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    Having had the opportunity to complete 2 semesters abroad in the Netherlands & China, including one on the New Colombo Plan scholarship has invigorated my passion for studies & business. Through these experiences, I've developed my network and refined my understand about what I seek to do in the future. Since returning home I've sought to get involved with a wide variety of opportunities to develop my skills and contribute back to society. This has included founding my own NFP charity that aims to unite the youth together to develop solutions to societal problems & founding my own digital consulting venture ... read more

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    Rachel Siu

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

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    My creative approach to problem solving and fierce determination to achieve my goals makes me a potential 'Future Leader' in sales and marketing. I've demonstrated excellent problem solving skills through my internship at Synergy Education, where I solved the issue of stagnant enrolment rates by implementing targeted Facebook Ads. This was proven successful through the 400% increase in the customer base over 3-months. Hence, my strong strategic capabilities will help me become a leader in marketing by enabling me to promote and grow businesses in an innovative and engaging way. Furthermore, my ability to self-motivate will ensure that I ... read more

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    Naomi Kroll

    University of Western Sydney
    Bachelor of Business and Commerce

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    As a 'Future Leader' I am passionate about making a difference in the world by harnessing my strong skills in Leadership, Marketing, and Business. Business is a strong tool for making powerful changes in the world. I hope to make positive changes in my community and beyond through this. I am passionate about Marketing as I believe it is a powerful way to create value and share stories. I am highly interested in Psychology, Creativity, and Business, and believe Marketing is the perfect combination of these. My goal is to be a Marketing Director of CEO of a large innovative ... read more

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    John Huang

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    My best trait is my ability to take everything as a learning opportunity. I have put this advice in my own personal development and it has been extremely useful especially during times of uncertainty. My first job jumping into university was as a Telemarketer. I had to do cold calling for hours on end and I literally felt like a fish out of water. However, I learned from the people around me and this has helped me prepare for future marketing roles. Marketing is so important in scaling businesses and I love providing real value to both the customer and ... read more

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    Seth Coetzee

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    I believe that the biggest aspects of what makes me a potential future leader are my focus on guiding the people around me, and my drive to work hard. In terms of the people side, one of my most consistent passions has always been in gaining a deep understanding of the people I work with and subsequently working with them to motivate and push them to improve in ways that they express a desire to improve as well as ways I think I see them having strong potential. This earns me the respect of my peers, and often their endorsement ... read more

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    Georgia Boevink

    Bond University
    Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    I am a strong believer that a successful leader strives for self-clarity. Throughout my university degree, I have recognised the importance of learning and reflection. Evaluating how my actions create value for others has been a key driver in my own leadership growth and development. My natural interest in value creation, coupled with a curiosity towards consumer behaviour has drawn me to the marketing sector. As technological and social change is ubiquitous within this field, I believe? that my innovative mindset will allow me to become a future leader within my career. I am a highly determined and courageous individual ... read more

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    Amber Tuscharski

    Flinders University of South Australia
    Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    As a Marketing Masters student in my final year of study, and an Honours Graduate of Psychology, I am energized by the prospect of shaping the future of marketing; a field I am whole-heartedly passionate about. It is no secret that technology advancements have revolutionised our lives as consumers and are poised to create even greater changes in future years. I believe my curiosity and desire for understanding human behaviour, coupled with my innovative mindset fostered through working in a technology start-up company, position me well to identify marketing growth opportunities in our rapidly evolving landscape. Only with the collaboration ... read more

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    Tanmayi Kundap

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op)

    Finalists In: BP Sales & Marketing Award

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    A future leader in sales and marketing is one who envisions innovative solutions and works effectively in a team to achieve them. An aspiring future businesswoman, I am someone who has what it takes to lead and contribute to building a strong future for BP. Throughout my work experience as a marketer and consultant, I have always followed a customer-centric approach. With the dynamic environment in which BP exists, being more than an energy business, I have strong strong problem-solving and creative thinking skills to identify and leverage opportunities that arise. Furthermore, as an advocate for a collaborative and inclusive ... read more

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    Maria Tarasova

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Arts

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I know how to think outside of the box and do what scares me the most. I think the ability to do more than you should is essential for being a Data Analyst. You have to be curious and always ask questions, even if you are sure about the answer. I know I still have a lot to learn and I don't have a lot of experience, but I have a passion for trying new things. This will make me succeed in the end.

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    Vanessa Angelica

    Macquarie University
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I am a future leader because I believe in myself. I believe in my capabilities and my potential; in what I am, what I am not, and what I can be. That mentality and self-awareness has led me to strive for growth in all aspects of my life, both personally and professionally. I am a motivated individual which has a goal to actively shape the future and make an impact in this world, however way I can. The data analytics industry, with all its uncertainty and dynamic growth, is a challenge I am eager to tackle. Being a leader is ... read more

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    Amy Robertson

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science Information Technology

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I am not afraid to speak. In engineering and IT women are still vastly underrepresented and due to the dominant masculine culture in this field women often feel that they are not heard. I always make a point to make myself heard. In every group assignment. I am working on a research project to voice those women who are resented due to equity programs. In volunteer events I talk with potential IT and engineering students. I have spoken to high school students from Wagga Wagga, from the Central Coast and in the Eastern Suburbs. I carry the same message to ... read more

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    Anthea Marriott

    Charles Sturt University
    Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)/Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I have a very ambitious personality and am always striving to be the best I can be and pushing the people around me to be their best. I am very knowledgeable in my university studies and the people around me have stated that to me and have always been willing to listen to me. I have taken on leadership roles before and did well in those roles. I have always been a very passionate leader and love working with other people. I have the personality and skills to be a leader in my field and to take on any challenging ... read more

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    Edward Tong

    Australian National University
    Bachelor of Actuarial Studies/LLB (Honours)

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    As data science is an emerging field, Future Leaders in this area will need passion, resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit to push the boundaries of what analytics can achieve for society. As VP (Corporate Relations) of the ANU Actuarial Students Society, I've had the chance to develop these qualities through increasing the opportunities available to Actuarial students at my university. Among my initiatives this year, I will be hosting an international careers tour towards the end of the year to help international students find the work they want to do upon graduation. I also fundraised over $14,000 for ... read more

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    Jack Ho

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    What makes me a potential 'Future Leader' in the Quantium Data Science Award is that I love to teach people new complex topics that are digestible and understood by all. I'm sure many of us who've applied for this award has the technical expertise as a budding data scientist; after all, they're actively applying for this award. But I believe it is more than that- it is the transferable skills other than technical that shapes people into leaders. What makes for a good leader is also through the ability to not only lead, but to listen to ... read more

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    Wencheng Xie

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    Despite my passion for data, I believe I also have the leadership skills required. Previously in NAB, I led a team of 4-5 people and performed data analytics on the quality of the investigation work done by the department. Obtaining this award will immensely benefit my future career as I will be able to learn the best practices of data analytics. By learning the framework and practices of data analytics and combining it with my existing leadership skills, I believe I will be a potential future leader in the data analytics industry.

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    Terrence Sant

    University of New South Wales
    Actuarial Studies/Commerce

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I am a future leader in data analytics because I am driven to have a long-lasting positive impact on people, businesses and wider communities by leveraging my background in data science. I know I'm still a novice in this space, but I never let that deter me from making a difference wherever possible! So far in my career, I have optimized financial processes in my local community council, helped not-for-profits achieve greater social impact and cultivated ideas on how data can be leveraged to provide improved mental health service. This is only the beginning for me as I have ... read more

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    Damien Smith

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Science

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    I believe have a significant amount of experience in a team leadership role that will go on to form the basis for my future leadership roles. My leadership style involves being hands on and open to discuss anything. This includes leading by example because people generally do not like to follow directions from someone who wont hold themselves equally accountable to their actions. I believe that a leader continuously challenges his/her subordinates, and helps them to grow professionally. I have experience training team members as well as improving existing standard operating procedures. Encouraging communication and collaboration are the best ... read more

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    Lachlan McFall

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of science

    Finalists In: Quantium Data Science Award

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    With the experiences I have been through and the person that I strive to be, I believe I am a future leader in quantum data analytics. I am someone who is determined when given an objective and with my good communication and teamwork skills, no possibility is out of reach. I am someone who want to see other excel and thrive around me and reach places where they themselves didn't think was possible. I am passionate about science and I want to use that to inspire those to do better, in order for positive change to occur. Now I ... read more

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    Ashwin Ramachandran

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Growing up, I was exposed to a fearful living situation faced with constant civil unrest, and my experiences have instilled in me a fear of failure, a determination to do better. As the founder of a successful consulting startup with clients who have amassed over AU$678,000 and a UN-recognized nonprofit, I have worked through tough situations to make sure that I am able to make a difference, not only in my life but in the lives of people whose ambitions are crushed by their fears. Rational thinking is not always the answer, which is why I believe that ... read more

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    Benjamin Freeman

    Australian National University
    Double Degree Business Administration and Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    In 2015, I became the first Canberran to swim across the English Channel (34km). Organising a swim of this magnitude required copious amounts of planning, training and time management. Identifying a goal and inspiring my support crew to help achieve it, strongly underlines the characteristics of leadership. Furthermore, engaging with local communities is integral to fostering positive change and outcomes. I have demonstrated this through working with my brother and sisters to fundraise for 13 different charities and volunteer for many others including; surf lifesaving, environmental and not for profit organisations. Other extracurricular activities such as being involved in the ... read more

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    Jeffrey Xia

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Currently, the consulting industry is facing challenges such as disruptive technologies, increased regulatory intervention and uncertain markets, and desperately needs thought leaders to respond creatively to such trends. To me, leadership is not defined by seniority, job titles, or organisational hierarchy. Leadership comes from the heart; it is about empowering and extracting the full potential of people and businesses. As Co-Founder of the social enterprise Folding Our Futures, I pioneer the delivery of youth empowerment workshops in disadvantaged schools by recruiting and leading a 15-person cross-functional team (operations, HR, marketing and analytics). I have also applied my not-for-profit leadership experience ... read more

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    Varun Gandhi

    Murdoch University
    Bachelor of Science -Psychology

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    Tomorrow belongs to those who aren't afraid of standing out. Tomorrow belongs to the few that will stand up for what they believe in. Tomorrow is for the leaders that want to change the world for the better. These are the fundamental principles that I have learnt in my start-up journey thus far. To make a difference, you have to be different- and I'd like to think that I am. What makes me a Future Leader? Being different. I am currently completing an undergraduate degree in psychology and concurrently completing a graduate certificate in business administration. Improving people ... read more

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    Sarah Nim

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Banking and Finance

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    One of my strongest passions is self-development. I am dedicated to continuous learning and improvement on my shortcomings to become a better person tomorrow. Not only is it important for a “Future Leader” to be self-aware of their weaknesses, but to see it and do something about it. Through my active volunteering and leadership experience, I have developed effective communication and teamwork skills, which I believe is crucial as many work tasks are done as a team. I am ambitious and interested in the area of business consulting.

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    Bradford Swartz

    Australian Graduate School of Management
    MBA

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    For the past seven years, I've put my energy towards growing and enhancing meaningful professional and personal skills. During that time I accepted various international assignments to immerse myself in global business and new cultures. What motivated me was the perspective of applying my engineering and professional skills I had acquired against new global challenges. Working internationally has challenged me to become a clearer and more direct project manager. Studying a Master of Business Administration has challenged me to look at problems differently. Armed with a new perspective on business operations, I want to leverage my experience working in ... read more

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    Jacob Moore

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    As an aspiring consultant, I am concerned with serving an organisation which delivers for clients. To do this, I am well aware that there must exist a unique form of leadership. Servant leadership is an extraordinary form of leading to me, and it is what I believe defines me as a leader. In the fast-paced world we live in, we get told that we can have whatever we want and do whatever we want, with little focus on others. I am dedicated to a life of servant leadership, where I serve others through my influence and my work. Consulting is ... read more

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    Christine Manungas

    University of Western Australia
    Master of Applied Finance

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    The essence of being a leader is being able to make decision on all dimensions of information including the finer details, and being prepared to encounter challenges as a team. I have been fortunate enough to be able to work in the healthcare sector, where I develop relationships within my teams and clients to understand their organisation, and being able to identify areas of improvement, where the business can build upon to achieve towards their vision of the organisation. The vision of the healthcare sector is putting people's welfare first, and being able to add value and improve processes ... read more

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    Monica Jovanov

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

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    My effective communication skills and adaptability make me a Future Leader in Business Consulting. In July 2018, I was an international quarter-finalist at the Conflict Dispute Resolution Competition for Negotiation in Vienna, having been selected to represent my university after winning the 2017 Clayton Utz Law Negotiation Competition. These competitions have provided me with numerous opportunities to develop my communication skills amongst different cultures. My adaptability can be seen through my experience at the 2017 World Model United Nations Conference in Montreal. After comprehensively developing a competition strategy, my leadership skills and analysis of the given situation allowed me to ... read more

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    Agnes Toth-Peter

    University of Queensland
    BA (Hons) International Business

    Finalists In: Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

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    The club I was president of had the motto: Connecting tomorrow's leaders. I stood up for this, and aim to communicate this message ever since. Drawing upon my international academic and professional experience (London-Paris-Valencia), I worked together with many people from various cultures and adapted to different situations in past years. I am also undertaking innovation and entrepreneurship and social impact and sustainability as my two majors during my masters. Our world is changing and there are many unexpected situations that we are yet to face. Drawing upon my studies, I aim to assist people and businesses in becoming ... read more

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    Michael Luo

    University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    The classical workplace is changing. The coveted leadership qualities of the past: being experienced, decisive, authoritative and focused on command and control are no longer efficient nor effective in the changing world and increasingly diverse work force. The contemporary workplace ushers in a culture impinged on diversity and inclusion, gender equality, and equal opportunity which aligns strongly with my own personal beliefs. I see myself as a future leader due to my passion in working with others; having a strong moral compass; being culturally aware, but above all else, my genuine belief that the people of any organisation, albeit an ... read more

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    Jay Singh

    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    As the accounting industry enters a new era, driven by machine learning and greater workplace diversity, I believe that the skills demanded of future industry leaders will be centred around communication and relationship building. Therefore, I have embraced the opportunities around me to develop a greater sense of cultural competency and ultimately become a well-rounded university student whose skill set goes beyond technical accounting knowledge. This has driven me to pursue more diverse roles from different business disciplines, such as being a Career Leader at my university and completing an internship at a financial advisory firm. By working with a ... read more

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    James Hewat

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    Using my time spent in the Australian Army (Infantry) to develop my leadership skills, I have an understanding of what it takes to be a leader. Working in a stressful environment where the situation can change very quickly, decisive thinking and an awareness of one's surroundings and team is key to overcoming the challenge and achieving an objective. Applying that same thinking to the business world, I believe my commitment, dedication and most importantly teamwork will allow me to become a future leader in the corporate environment. My ability to work well with any group of people and acknowledge ... read more

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    Shaun Moon

    University of Queensland
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    When people think of leaders, they automatically assume to the types of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc., but I don't believe that leaders necessarily have to make a global impact to be considered a leader. Helping those directly around you, teaching people to be better team players and not just leaders, giving the hopeless hope, and never backing down for the values and rights that you believe in. These are all what I consider to be leadership values, and I believe that I can be a person to inspire and motivate the younger generation.

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    Mukul Dilip

    Monash University
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    A future potential leader is one who can identify problems in the society, find the right solutions and manage the available resources in the best possible manner.

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    MD SAGIR RAHMAN

    Monash University
    Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Business

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    I believe that Leadership skills are not something we are born with. It is something we have to learn and acquire. Throughout my life in University, I have and still developing my Emotional Intelligence, the ability to actually perceive and understand emotions and feeling of others. I am confident enough with my works and still open to ideas and enthusiastic about learning other innovative work. For Accountants, especially in the technological world, I believe my attention to detail skill is highly required, primarily in the field of Auditing. I do not just stay focused on the present rather I always ... read more

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    Phuong Uyen Le

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Finance and Banking

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    Being the first in the family to have a degree, emerging now as a survivor, to hopefully shed a beam of light, on that said, anything can be done, any sin can be undone.

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    Eda Huang

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    A future leader in Accounting is someone who has both the technical abilities required by traditional accounting and the curious mind to explore the possibilities of what Accounting could be.

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    Nicholas Hodge

    University of Technology, Sydney
    Bachelor of Accounting

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    In an industry which will continue to under go significant change in the coming decades, I believe my ability to foresee challenges, make proactive change and empower those around me to come on the journey is what makes me a potential future leader. I know my ability to communicate ideas, bring out the best in people and instill change will allow me to be a leader in the accounting field in the future.

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    Jenny Zhai

    University of New South Wales
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Finalists In: KPMG Accounting Award

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    To me, a future leader is one who takes inspiration from the people around them and use that to continuously empower others. One who aims to motivate and to push their full potential in being the best possible versions of themselves and in turn, inspire those around them. As the Educational Events director and incoming president of the UNSW Accounting Society, I directly interact with students, the leaders of tomorrow, to make an impact in their lives through hands-on personal and professional development opportunities. As a mentor in numerous university programs, I am able to ensure the growth of those ... read more