Past alumni events
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Being a graduate of Macquarie University means you can get involved in our incredible community.
We hold inspiring events for Macquarie alumni. In Sydney, around Australia and in major cities around the world.
If you missed an event, don't worry. We captured the highlights from many, as images, audio and video. Experience our alumni gatherings and presentations as if you had been there.
2017 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - LinkedIn
17 May 2017
Is LinkedIn your best friend?
Most of us have a LinkedIn profile (and if you don’t, you should make one now). For some, our LinkedIn profile is simply our online resumé – filled with previous experiences, qualifications and interests. For others, ‘simplistic’ is a gracious way of putting it. But should we be doing more?
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in our professional careers – if we know how to use it. What information highlights you and your brand? Who should you be connecting with to get noticed, and what strategies are out to launch your career? Is your profile turning recruiters away?
Hear from alumni and recruitment professionals who use LinkedIn in their professional and personal lives on a daily basis. They deep-dive into the world of LinkedIn and how it assists you as the 'user', and also share their experiences as ‘the recruiter'.
2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Big Data
10 May 2017
How big data and artificial intelligence are revolutionising the way businesses operate
2017 Golden Jubilee Symposium - Celebrating 50 years of students
6 March 2017
Celebrating 50 years of students starting at Macquarie University
On 6 March 1967, Professor Peter Mason delivered the very first lecture at Macquarie University, the introduction to the Department of Physics course Structure and Properties of Matter. As well as founding the Department of Physics at Macquarie, Professor Mason was a well-known science communicator, esteemed lecturer, student advocate and frequent guest on ABC Radio’s The Science Show.
To mark this significant anniversary in the history of the University, on 6 March 2017, the University held a celebratory symposium in the very same lecture hall, now known as the Mason Theatre. The event celebrated Professor Mason, his founding colleagues, and the student alumni of the very early years at Macquarie.
Guest speakers include:
- The Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton
- ABC Radio’s Robyn Williams AM, a long-time friend and colleague of Professor Mason
- Internationally known management educator Professor John Croucher AM of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a student at that first lecture
- Professor Deb Kane, Department of Physics & Astronomy, with perspectives on the changes over the last half-century in physics and other disciplines close to Professor Mason’s heart
2016 Blackshield Lecture and Alumni Reception - Law Reform
8 November 2016
Law reform in the 21st century
Globalisation and connectivity is powering social, political and cultural changes at an unprecedented rate and testing and challenging legal and regulatory frameworks like never before.
Join our distinguished speaker, Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission Mr Alan Cameron AO, as he discusses Law Reform challenges in NSW within this new world order in his lecture “Law reform in the 21st century”.
Mr Alan Cameron AO BA LLM Syd - Chairperson, NSW Law Reform Commission
Watch clip 1 - Law reform during the Roman Empire
Watch clip 2 - Australia's guardianship laws under the UN Human Rights Convention
Watch clip 3 - Blackshield salute to the 1956 Boilermakers' case
Watch clip 4 - Populism and the Law
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Hearing
20 July 2016
Combating Hearing One Ear at a Time
Globally, 360 million people experience hearing loss and one in six Australians are currently affected by a hearing impairment, resulting in a wide range of adverse health, social and financial impacts. By 2050, one in four Australians will have some form of hearing loss.
At Macquarie, Professor David McAlpine (Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research) along with a range of leading academics and clinicians are researching what the physical, mental and social impacts hearing loss creates for the sufferer and their networks.
This is a unique opportunity for alumni and University staff to hear from a 2016 Australian Laureate Fellow and gain frontline insight on Macquarie’s groundbreaking research into hearing loss.
- Professor David McAlpine - Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research
2016 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - One Way or Another
26 April 2016
One Way or Another: Creating your career path
What's the first thing that pops into your head when you think about your professional career path? Is it climbing the corporate ladder, a certain role or working in a specific company?
For some, it's about the journey. It's about finding something you love, looking for ways to explore and develop your abilities and skills further, and seeking opportunities regardless of the company, job types or geographies.
Hear from an impressive line-up of alumni speakers who will share their challenges, experiences, opportunities and tips from their personal journeys.
- Lorie Cittadino MOrgPsych 2015 - Management Consultant, Organisational Capability & Executive Talent Development, Nous Group
- Andrew Lewy BBA/BA-Psych 2011 - Managing Director, Toucan Marketing Solutions
Dion Woo BEcon 1993 - Director, Blue Group Project
- Jeff Hargrave (Moderator) - Director, Alumni Relations, Macquarie University
2015 Blackshield Lecture and Alumni Reception
5 November 2015
Human rights and the overreach of executive discretion: citizenship, asylum seekers and whistle-blowers
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is our special guest speaker for this gala event. Her topic for the evening will tackle the complexities of social justice in multicultural Australia: ‘Human rights and the overreach of executive discretion: citizenship, asylum seekers and whistle-blowers’.
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs - President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Watch clip 1 - Beyond legal expectations: Australia and the expansion of parliamentary executive discretion since 2001
Watch clip 2 - Protection and limitations: Human Rights and the Australian Human Rights Commission
Watch clip 3 - Arbitrary and mandatory detention and cancelled visas
Watch clip 4 - Educating Australia and a Bill of Rights: enshrining a 'fair go' for all
Watch clip 5 - Australian parliaments, legislation and the war on refugees
2015 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - Investing in yourself
27 October 2015
Investing in Yourself
Investing in yourself is not only about economic value, but it’s also about the time and energy spent developing and contributing to your skills, your networks and your community. Listen to advice and tips to plan your intellectual, financial and community investments and see where it takes you.
- Robert Coorey BCompSci 2004, MBA 2012 - Business Author & TV Presenter, Feed a Starving Crowd
- Kiri-Ana Libbesson BBusAdmin/LLB 2009 - Insurances Coordinator, National Association of Community Legal Centres
- Jeff Hargrave (Moderator) - Alumni Relations Manager, Macquarie University
Watch clip 1 - How do you invest in yourself?
Watch clip 2 - What was the origin or influence of your investments in to your philanthropic endeavours?
Watch clip 3 - What has been the return on the investment of your time and energy in to your charitable works so far?
Watch clip 4 - How do you manage your time?
Watch clip 5 - There can be a lot of risk in leaving a good job with an established company to pursue your own dreams; what advice do you have for someone facing such a decision?
2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Cybercrime
23 September 2015
Cybercrime: Building business in the age of cybercrime
What are the current trends in cybercrime and where are the opportunities for business? What are the likely growth areas and career options for young to mid-career professionals?
Hear from the our expert alumni and academic panel with a diverse range of expertise across government, industry, finance, law enforcement and academia as they tease out these and other cybersecurity issues and opportunities.
- John Baird BSc (1989), PDComputing (1995), MCompForensics (2013) - Director of Global Technology, Information Systems & Technical Supply, Deutsche Bank
- Keith Besgrove - Honorary Fellow, Cybersecurity Research Centre, Macquarie University
- Dr Maria Milosavljevic PhD (2000) - Former CIO, Australian Crime Commission
- Nigel Freitas (Moderator) - current MGSM student
2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Future of health
23 July 2015
The future of health and medicine: A diagnosis affecting all of us?
Universities are increasingly playing leadership roles in the scientific discovery, provision of patient-centric care and investigation into health innovations for our current and future needs. Macquarie University and the Macquarie University Hospital are pioneering advancements in research, to treatment and patient-centric care.
But will this meet the needs of our communities? What are the major medical breakthroughs we need? How far away are our researchers to find the clues and the cures for today's killer diseases?
- Professor John Boyages - Director and Professor of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie University Cancer Institute
- Carol Bryant - Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie University Hospital
- Professor Rick Kefford AM - Medical oncologist and clinic-laboratory investigator, Macquarie University
- Professor Patrick McNeil (Moderator) - Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Macquarie University
Watch clip 1 - What are the biggest opportunities or challenges our community faces in health and medicine?
Watch clip 2 - What are the drivers of health care? Are patients and families ‘co-producers’ of better health care?
Watch clip 3 - What lies ahead for the medical health sector in 25 years?
Watch clip 4 - Research – what is needed to achieve the things that change people’s lives (funding, people, facilities, industry)?
2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Entrepreneurs
17 June 2015
We assume entrepreneurs have a greater capacity for ideas, risk and drive than most. They are more focused, passionate, and courageous to set aside the status quo in deference to their dreams and visions.
So what sets entrepreneurs apart from other ambitious and hardworking people? How do entrepreneurs personify or differentiate themselves from their product or service? What can entrepreneurs teach us about promoting ourselves?
- Avril Melhem BEd (EarlyChildEd) 2000 - Director, Coco Cubano
- Dr Lara Moroko - Lecturer in Management (Marketing) and Program Director, Master of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
- Mark Sarian BAppFin/BEcon 2011 - Entrepreneur, Business Development and Strategy, Consultant
- Nigel Freitas - Moderator - Former Sky News Business Journalist and current MGSM MBA student
Watch clip 1 - Are entrepreneurs born or made?
Watch clip 2 - Education: do you need a business degree to be successful?
Watch clip 3 - The importance of networks
Watch clip 4 - What qualities does an entrepreneur need (e.g. passion, resilience, an idea, investors etc)?
Watch clip 5 - Entrepreneurs and risk: identifying, managing and utilising risk
2015 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - Presenting yourself
7 May 2015
Presenting the best of you
Research says it takes only 60 seconds for a potential employer to decide whether you are right for their role. You need to make your first impression memorable and have the continued presence to make employers, clients and colleagues say "I like you!"
- Nathy Gaffney - Director, Pitch Perfect Training
- Greg Smith BEc 1988 (Moderator) - Chief Commercial Officer, The Co-Op
2014 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Disruptive Innovation
26 November 2014
Disruptive innovation is all about creating new markets and market conditions by applying a different set of values, modes and technologies that ultimately (and often unexpectedly) substantially impact or overtake an existing market.
It can be transformational, evolutionary or even revolutionary in their scope and effect and combines entrepreneurial nous and technological advances across a range of traditional and non-traditional industries including business, finance and banking, legal services, and education, among others.
- Professor John Hedberg - Executive Director, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, School of Education
- Anet Redmer - Expert in User Experience (UX), Creative Direction & Business Development, Redmera
- Andrew Mellett - Managing Director, Plexus
- Nigel Freitas (Moderator) - Former Sky News Business Journalist and current MGSM MBA student
Watch clip 1 - What is disruptive innovation or thinking?
Watch clip 2 - The internet of things: everyday household objects connected to the internet
Watch clip 3 - Incumbency in innovation - contradictory or smart business?
Watch clip 4 - What advice would you give to an industry, such as the taxi industry, to compete with a disruptive innovation technology such as Uber?
Watch clip 5 - Is it possible to transform a traditional, established company that is subject to disruption and, if so, how?
2014 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - Recruiters
3 November 2014
Recruiter recruiting talent
Recruiters compete for the best talent. They have specific preferences for the skills and qualities that make their ideal candidate. The question is, are you presenting yourself as the best talent?
- Archie Petsas PDMgmt 2006, PDHumanResMgmt 2006 - Senior HR Manager, International SOS
- Paul Slezak MA 1994 - Cofounder, RecruitLoop
- Sheree Thompson - Graduate Recruitment Consultant: People, Performance and Culture, KPMG
- Greg Smith BEcon 1988 (Moderator) - Chief Commercial Officer, The Co-Op
Watch clip 1 - What do recruiters look for when they recruit young or recent graduates?
Watch clip 2 - What is the difference between a good, a bad and an ugly CV?
Watch clip 3 - Mentors: who are they? Where can you find them? What value can they provide?
Watch clip 4 - Moving or transitioning into a new career: how do 'non-traditional' applicants get an opportunity?
2014 Jubilee Trendsetter Panel and Alumni Reception
31 October 2014
The Jubilee Trendsetter panel brought together current academics and fellow alumni educational practitioners to discuss and debate the key future trends you need to know in education.
- Karen Ahearn BA/DipEd (1993), MEd (2004) - Preparatory School, Pymble Ladies College
- Matt Esterman BA/DipEd (2006), MA (2011) - eLearning Coordinator, St Scholastica's College, Glebe Point
- Dr Camilla Gordon PhD (2014) - Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University
- Professor Lori Lockyer - Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Chair in Teacher Education, Head, School of Education, Macquarie University
- Associate Professor Joanne Mulligan PhD (1992) - School of Education, Macquarie University
- Janet Robertson - Outdoor Teacher, Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre, IEC, Macquarie University
- Dr Peter Whiteman - Head of Department and Senior Lecturer, Institute of Early Childhood
2013 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - Designing your career
Designing your own career
Every graduate, every employee is different - their education, their background, their motivations and their aspirations are unique. Whilst most companies and employers do their best to encourage diversity, growth and opportunities, how can you be 'me' in an organisation and still be happy and successful?
- Luke Nichols (BComm (Actuarial)(Hons) 2010) - Derivatives Trader at Optiver
- Elissa Playford (BEnvMgmnt 2011, LLB (Hons) 2013) - Operations Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Illegal Dumping Co-ordination team
- Josh Stinton (BIntBus 2008, MBFR 2009) - A variety of roles including Manager - U-Collaborate, Advisory at KPMG Australia, Satellite Events Coordinator at TEDx Sydney and currently a Board Director - U@MQ Ltd at Macquarie University
- Greg Smith (Moderator) (BEcon 1988) - Chief Commercial Officer, The Coop
Watch clip 1 - How did you "design your own career"?
Watch clip 2 - Do you need to have a career plan now to design your own career?
Watch clip 3 - Do you have a mentor, a confidant, or a guide in your own career?
Watch clip 4 - How would you get a job now? What would you do differently with what you know now?
Watch clip 5 - Does everyone need to have the 'entrepreneurial urge'?
Watch clip 6 - Rapid fire questions
Launch Your Career in Data Analytics, August 2016
Alumni guest speakers, Blair Hudson BIT, Innovation Portfolio Manager, Data Science at Pepper Financial Services Group, and Marko Slabak BComm MEcon, Data Scientist at Bulletproof Group, revealed future job prospects for the data analytics space. The Launch Your Career series aims to help our younger alumni consider their career options. Listen to the session on SoundCloud [49 minutes].
Launch Your Career in Law, August 2016
Alumni guest speakers, Lauren Knapman BA/LLB, Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Credit Suisse, and Sally Rawsthorne BIntStudLLB, Sydney Confidential Reporter for the Daily Telegraph, spoke to students and recent graduates about 'Law Alumni at Large: Careers outside the Legal Profession'. The Launch Your Career series aims to help our younger alumni consider their career options. Listen to the session on SoundCloud [47 minutes].
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Gala Fundraiser, June 2016
We enjoyed a spectacular evening in the Wentworth Ballroom of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth to raise funds to support people living with MND, as well as to help to find a cure for this debilitating disease. Browse MND Gala Fundraiser photos on Flickr.
Trendsetter Panel and Alumni Reception, October 2016
Macquarie's Department of Educational Studies organised an expert panel to discuss the role of educators in ‘Preparing children and adolescents for a resilient future’. The panel comprised alumni and Macquarie staff: Dr Anne McMaugh, Dr Carol Newall, Dr Penny Van Bergen and Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich. This is an annual event for alumni working in the Education sector and attendance counts towards professional development for teachers in New South Wales. Browse Trendsetter event photos on Flickr.
Professor Fred Stephens Memorial Dinner, November 2016
A fabulous evening at Doltone House Hyde Park to raise funds to support the reinstatement of a Chair of Surgical Oncology at Macquarie university. The dinner was held in memory of Professor Fred Stephens, a pioneer cancer surgeon in the field of surgical oncology who passed away in 2015. Browse Memorial Dinner photos on Flickr. Make a donation to the fund.
Other Australian cities
2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Melbourne
16 February 2017
Hosted by Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), we were joined by guest speaker Professor Stephen Brammer at his first Macquarie University alumni event. Professor Brammer was recently appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Guests had the opportunity to hear from two guest speakers who shared insight of Macquarie University vision for the future and to encourage alumni to continue their involvement.
They also had the opportunity to develop their professional network with like-minded people and identified opportunities and connections for the future.
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Canberra - Wine Symphonics
11 August 2016
Wine Symphonics - the intersection between art and science
Guests had the opportunity to hear from Macquarie University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius who talked about "Wine Symphonics: the intersection between art and science".
Professor Pretorius shared his insights into how new and innovative science can help make better wine and the significant impact of Synthetic Yeast 2.0.
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Brisbane - Property
23 June 2016
The Property Industry - a metaphor for an executive career
When to act, when to wait? Is the property advice you receive frank and fearless, or is it tainted by self-interest? Are you listening to your gut?
All of these are daily considerations in the property industry as well as the life of an active executive.
Join us for the Global Alumni Impact Series to meet Macquarie’s senior executives and network with your fellow alumni, hear from a property industry expert to reflect on his understanding of the core truths of the Property Market, while outlining how managing any business can provide you with the basic tools that are used by property professionals to maximise their advantage while limiting their exposure.
Darren McCosker BA/DipED (1994), MA (1995), MBA (2003)
General Manager – Corporate, Nielson Properties
Darren draws on a range of executive and managerial experiences that provide him with a breadth of industry experiences. Over the past decade, Darren has been in the front row, experiencing the roller coaster ride of the property market that has for generations fascinated Australians, and more recently attracted unprecedented interest from international investors.
Other Australian cities
Global Alumni Impact, Brisbane, June 2016
Speaking on 'The Property Industry – A Metaphor for an Executive Career', successful Macquarie alumnus, Darren McCosker from Nielsen Properties, reflected on the core truths of the Australian property market and the day-to-day life of an active executive. This event was part of our thought-leadership Global Alumni Impact series. Listen to Mr McCosker on SoundCloud [46 minutes]. Browse Brisbane event photos on Flickr.
Global Alumni Impact, Canberra, August 2016
Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), spoke to alumni in Canberra on 'Wine Symphonics: the Interaction between Art and Science'. This event was part of our thought-leadership Global Alumni Impact series. Listen to Prof. Pretorius on SoundCloud [51 minutes]. Browse Canberra event photos on Flickr.
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Shanghai
24 November 2016
We were delighted to invite alumni to join us for Macquarie University’s Global Alumni Impact Series in Shanghai at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong. Together, we celebrated your achievements from 2016 with us and your fellow alumni, and was inspired to do even more in 2017.
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Beijing
22 November 2016
Guests had the opportunity to hear from two fascinating guest speakers who shared wonderful insight of developing a successful career path and useful career advice to new graduates.
- Mr Lawrence Li MAF (2014) - Founding Partner, HETONG Capital
- Mr Zou Jun MBA (2007) - CTO, Hainacloud, Ltd.; 2016 Australia China Alumni Association ICT and Media Award winner
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Hong Kong - Innovation
19 November 2016
Hosted by Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement, guests had the opportunity to hear from an expert panel to discuss how incubation in business works, the role of the ecosystem for success and the role universities can play in driving an entrepreneurial environment.
- Albert Wong - CEO, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
- Guy Parsonage - Partner, PwC's Experience Centre (Hong Kong)
- Benson Ng - Partner, Advisory - Hong Kong, Macau and Greater China Digital Hub Lead, EY
- John Shi-Nash - Director, Macquarie Park Innovation District Strategy
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Singapore - Innovation
5 October 2016
Innovation - The New Norm?
Singapore is a leading model of innovation and incubation with start-up ecosystems growing at an astronomic rate, resulting in extraordinary breakthroughs in a variety of disciplines from technology, medicine, telecommunications and business.
Governments, businesses and universities each have a role to play in creating start-up ecosystems and in providing research based solutions to societal problems.
Macquarie University, through its Macquarie Park Innovation District, has launched an ambitious project to be a world-class, collaborative connector where researchers, entrepreneurs and some of the world’s most-recognised businesses come together to incubate creativity and find unique solutions to global and community issues.
Join Professor David Wilkinson (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Corporate Engagement and Advancement) to hear from a panel of experts to discuss how incubation in business works, the role of the ecosystem for success and the role universities can play in driving an entrepreneurial environment.
- Sean P. Flanigan - Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office
- Edgar Hardless - Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8
- Tracy Harris - Trade Commissioner, Austrade (Singapore)
- Philip Kowalczyk - Senior Director, New Business Development & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson Medical Asia Pacific
- John Shi-Nash - Director, Macquarie Park Innovation District Strategy
- Professor Sherman Young (Moderator) - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic - Operations, Macquarie University
2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: London - Design in Nature
6 September 2016
The Business of Design in Nature
Scientists have consistently looked at nature for answers to many of society’s perplexing problems and creative solutions. Nature has helped solved engineering problems such as security devices that can’t be copied and non-reflective surfaces for solar panels providing a 10% increase in energy capture.
But how do biomimetrics produce devices based on water efficiency found in animals and plants? What is the connection between the metallic-like wings of butterflies and iridescence of hummingbirds and the paints that never fade?
- Professor Andrew Parker PhD (1996) - CEO and Founder of Lifescaped
Andrew is one of the world's leading experts in biomimetics, having spent more than 25 years researching the field. Andrew was named as one of the top eight scientists in the UK by The Times and The Royal Institution (London). He also works at Green Templeton College (University of Oxford), and serves as science advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales. He has published two popular science books, In the Blink of an Eye and Seven Deadly Colours.
2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: London - Big History
13 October 2015
Professor David Christian, Director of the Big History Institute, presents Big History’s unique approach to telling the story of our universe.
Professor Christian will give us a wide-angled look at the complexity of life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. In the space of just one magnificent session, you will explore 13 billion years and think about history, and your place in it, as never before.
2014 Jubilee Alumni Reception in New York
15 May 2014
Celebrating 50 years with Macquarie alumni at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City.
Global Alumni Impact, Shanghai, November 2016
An enjoyable evening of relaxing, reflecting and reconnecting with the University and each other culminated in presentations from two guest speakers, Ms Naturel Xu, CFO at Domino's Pizza China, and Ms Sandi Gao, Executive Director, Head of Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited. This event was part of our thought-leadership Global Alumni Impact series. Browse Shanghai event photos on Flickr.
Global Alumni Impact, Singapore, October 2016
We heard from a panel of experts to discuss 'Innovation: The New Norm?'. How incubation in business works, the role of the ecosystem for success and the role universities can play in driving an entrepreneurial environment. This event was part of our thought-leadership Global Alumni Impact series. Listen to XXX on SoundCloud [48 minutes]. Browse Singapore event photos on Flickr.