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15th August 2019 - "Discover McKinsey Sundowner"
(Perth CBD)

Are you passionate about solving complex problems and delivering lasting impact to clients?
McKinsey & Company is a global consulting firm with offices in more than 100 locations and more than 60 countries around the world. In Australia, McKinsey serve clients across all major industries and functions, including banking, resources, transportation, utilities, telecom, retail and tech, helping them to achieve distinctive and lasting improvements in their organisations. 
We aim to bring together the best minds from backgrounds as diverse as our work.  This event is a good opportunity to find out what management consultants do on a day-to-day basis, see what it’s like to solve real life problems our clients face, and meet McKinsey consultants in an informal setting. Refreshments will be available. 

7th March 2019 - "India vs China, the importance of democracy", featuring guest speaker Dr Sam Wylie

(City of Perth Library Auditorium)

We are delighted to commence our 2019 MBS WA Alumni networking series with an insightful presentation from Dr Sam Wylie.  

"The Indian and Chinese economies are destined to dominate commerce in our region. But which will be the stronger and more enduring in its growth? China has a big head start, but India is a democracy, and that matters -- there is not a single advanced economy that is not a democracy. What is the connection between democracy and economic development?"

Dr Sam Wylie is a Principal Fellow of the Melbourne Business School, an Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne and a Director of Windlestone Education. Dr Wylie’s research and consulting is focused on corporate finance, wealth management, banking and the GFC.

Dr Wylie has worked with many global and Australian firms including Merrill Lynch, BHP, AustralianSuper, Franklin Templeton, NAB, ANZ, AMP, UOB, Resource Capital Fund, CSR, Leightons and many others. His commentary appears regularly in the Australian Financial Review and on national radio and television and he is the author of a newsletter.

Dr Wylie was an Assistant Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in New Hampshire from 1997-2004. He obtained his PhD from the London Business School. From 1986-1992 Dr Wylie was an Intelligence Officer with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He is married and has three teenage children.

5th December 2018 - Christmas drinks

(Halford Bar & Lounge, Perth)

As the year comes to an end, we thank all our Alumni members for your support and attendance in bringing our local community together.

Our final event in the 2018 MBS WA Alumni networking series was held at Halford Bar, a contemporary take on the great 1950’s late night lounge bar, when conversation was king and elegant decadence met the modern world.

This year the MBS WA Alumni community have enjoyed a number of events hearing stories of business startups (Covocate, Emma & Tom's), an Economic Update & Reception with the Dean of MBS (Ian Harper) and board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Executive Recruitment / Job Hunting strategies (Lester Blades Executive Search) and participated in a range of Perth industry events including TEDx Perth, WA Business News and WA Mining Club. Our events have been attended by local and interstate Alumni.

The MBS WA Alumni community strength comes from the participation and regular interaction of its members.
We hope to see you at our next event.

3rd November 2018 - TEDx PERTH
(Perth Concert Hall, Perth)

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Members of the MBS WA Alumni community attended this event which included feature performances, speaker Q&As, interactive displays and the all-important after-party. 

This annual event, in its sixth year, is the second-largest TEDx event in Australia.

17th October 2018 - Executive Recruitment & Job Hunting Strategies
(Mello House, Treasury Building, Perth)

James Fairbairn, a Partner at Lester Blades Executive Search, presented to our local WA alumni sharing his views on job market equilibrium and provided an insiders insight to recruitment and job hunting strategies that assist in maximising your career potential.

James worked in recruitment sector since 1995, being actively engaged in both the UK and Australian markets.  Prior to commencing with Lester Blades in 2013 James gained considerable experience in the local market having worked for two of Perth's highest profile executive search and HR consulting firms subsequent to his emigration to Western Australia in 2006.  Over the last 23 years James has advised and acted on behalf of a broad portfolio of organisations, ranging from ASX200 corporations to privately owned family businesses and not-for profits.  His work is predominantly in the appointment of senior executives and professionals.

In 2015, James released his first book, Career Karma.  After being witness to how many small nuances can affect candidates' career trajectory, James has shared his experience to enable anyone and everyone to take charge of their career and maximise their chances of success.

James is the President and Chairman of the Board of Bicycling Western Australia which is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, that focuses on providing benefits and a voice for their members as well as putting on top quality events that are open to all recreational cyclists.  

5th September 2018 - Economic Update, Ian Harper
(The Mark Lounge, State Buldings, Perth)

We were honoured and excited to have Ian Harper present an Economic Update to our local MBS WA Chapter Alumni community following yesterday’s Reserve Bank board meeting in Perth.

Returning as Melbourne Business School’s sixth Dean Professor Ian Harper is best known for his work in public policy. For nearly 30 years, he has been involved in many landmark government initiatives and academic research that defined and shaped the modern Australian economy, corporate activities that created the solid base for the future developments in the areas of economics, finance, banking and regulation. They include Competition Policy Review of national competition regulation, the Fair Pay Commission and the Wallis Inquiry into financial market reform.

Ian was appointed to the Reserve Bank Board in July 2016 after being a partner at Deloitte Access Economics for 5 years. Prior to his successful consulting career, Ian spent 20 years at the University of Melbourne, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. He was elected Professor Emeritus of the University in 2008.

From March 2014 to March 2015, Ian chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, that defines Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators; for 4 years, he served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.

In 2016 he was elected a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and received a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Queensland.

We are very privileged to have such a renowned economist and accomplished corporate leader to drive Melbourne Business School to its new highs and engage with our local WA Alumni community.



21st August 2018 - The end of the job, the future of work and the rise of the startup
(Scitech, West Perth)

Over the last decade, we've seen the emergence of small startups challenge seemingly indestructible industries. Companies that began as small enterprises - Facebook, Amazon and Airbnb - have created entirely new ecosystems and changed the way we consume information, shop and travel. The pressure to innovate and reinvent is all pervasive. What does it take to be successful in the era of startups? What are the personal stories that have led some to innovate?

Likeminded individuals involved in the Perth startup community participated in an interactive discussion led by Acting University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Considine.

A panel of industry experts, included Emma Welsh, co-founder of startup Emma & Tom’s, and Elise Sutherland, co-founder of med-tech disruptor Stelect shared their personal experiences on the journey to success.  The panel also included Professor Mark Cook and Professor Mark Cassidy, innovators and challengers to the status quo in their own right.

26th July 2018 - Reception with the Dean, Ian Harper

(Deloitte, Brookfield place, Perth)

The WA Chapter Alumni meet to hear Ian Harper discuss future plans and ambitions of the Melbourne Business School.   Few people have had a greater impact on Australian business and finance in the past three decades than economist Ian Harper.

After almost 20 years as a professor at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Business School, Ian became a public figure as the chairman of the federal government's Competition Policy Review (Harper Review) and currently serves on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Ian has also been a partner at Deloitte, an Advisory Board member at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Australia), and has returned to lead Melbourne Business School as its sixth Dean.

A special thanks to MBS Alumni office and Deloitte for organising and hosting this event.

5th June 2018 - WA Chapter Networking Event, featuring guest speaker Leslie Delaforce 
(Beaumonde on the Point, Perth)

Our guest speaker, Leslie Delaforce, a graduate of the MBS MURRA program and co-founder and director of HR tech company Covocate, shared his story of entrepreneurship and engagement with Roy Hill, that enabled the company to successfully increase the size of its Indigenous workforce.

This was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the WA Alumni Community and get to know each other through the exchange of views and experiences.