Past alumni events

Past alumni events

Catch up here on all of our past events

Being a graduate of Macquarie University means you can get involved in our incredible community.

We hold inspiring events for Macquarie alumni. On campus, 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.

North Ryde campus

2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Healthy Minds

19 July 2017

Healthy Minds For All Ages

When was the last time you gave your mental wellbeing a second thought? Many of us take time out of our busy schedules to care for our physical wellbeing by being active and eating well but what often goes missed is keeping our mental health in check too.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, it affects how we think, feel and act and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Thus, making mental health important at every stage of life - from childhood and adolescence all the way through adulthood.

Guest Speakers:

  • Professor Simon Handley - Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Professor Jen Hudson - Professor and Director Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University
  • Professor Nick Titov - Co-Director eCentreClinic and Director of Mindspot
  • Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich - Associate Professor, Macquarie University

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2017 Launch Your Career Series - Arts

2 May 2017

Challenging boundaries as Arts students

An arts degree focuses on broadening your knowledge and build critical thinking skills in a variety of areas – communication, history, literature, philosophy.

So instead of tunnelling you into a specific job or career, your arts degree opens endless opportunities – only if you celebrate and recognise the broad applications. This is what makes your arts degree so powerful, as you shape your career with the flexibility and versatility it brings.

We heard from successful alumni who challenged the boundaries as arts students - how they got started and what helped them clarify their career ideas and direction.

Guest speakers:

  • Paige Bellmaine BA (2013) – Team Leader - Disability Employment Services and NDIS, breakthru - your choice
  • Stephanie McCann BA (2009), BA(Hons) (2010) – Operations Officer, World Wildlife Fund Australia

Listen to audio on SoundCloud

Listen to clip 1 - What is the value of an Arts degree?
Listen to clip 2 - How can we show our skills to employers?
Listen to clip 3 - Is further postgraduate study necessary?
Listen to clip 4 - How important is work experience?
Listen to clip 5 - What makes up your day-to-day activities?
Listen to clip 6 - What is the best and worst piece of advice you've received?

2017 Launch Your Career Series - International students

17 March 2017

International students finding local jobs

How do international students find local jobs? What are the typical challenges that we encounter?

A panel of three alumni, who were all international students at Macquarie, each talked about their experiences since graduating, and how they found the professional roles they now have.

Guest speakers:

  • Aakash Vakil MBioTech/MComm (2016) – Drug Safety Support Specialist, Covance
  • Ngoc Nguyen BAF (2011), BAppFin(Hons) (2012) – Analyst, Forecasting and Analysis, Stockland
  • Sumiya Sultan BEng(Hons) (2016) – Graduate Engineer, Schneider Electric

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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

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2016 Trendsetter Panel and Alumni Reception

25 October 2016

Preparing Children and Adolescents for a Resilient Future

Children and adolescents of all ages are facing increasing poverty, educational inequality, and mental health issues.

We have a moral obligation to create an environment where our younger generations can thrive and better prepare for the challenges and opportunities of life.

The Panel:

  • Dr Anne McMaugh - Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies
  • Dr Carol Newall - Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies
  • Dr Penny Van Bergen - Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies
  • Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich - Centre for Emotional Health/ Department of Psychology

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2016 Launch Your Career Series - Law

23 August 2016

Law alumni at large: careers outside the legal profession

Studying law at Macquarie opens the door to huge range of career options outside the legal profession. Whether you plan to start off in the profession and later diversify, move back after starting off elsewhere or whether you never want to work in black letter law at all, a Macquarie Law School degree is your launching pad.

Macquarie Law alumni can be found ‘at large’ in: government and politics, banking and finance, healthcare, journalism and the media, NGOs, publishing, the Arts, professional associations and all other fields of human endeavour.

We heard from two alumni who graduated in the last few years and have already used their inventory of transferrable skills in careers as diverse as journalism, finance and disruptive industries.

Guest speakers:

  • Lauren Knapman BA/LLB (2011) - Assistant Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Credit Suisse
  • Sally Rawsthorne BIntStudLLB (2013) - Sydney Confidential Report, Daily Telegraph

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2016 Launch Your Career Series - Data Analytics

9 August 2016

Data analytics: the sexiest job in the 21st century

How do you pursue a career in data analytics, the “sexiest job in the 21st century”? How do you find your niche market – is it technical or storytelling? Where is the future of data analytics headed?

We heard from alumni who are now successfully forming their career in the data analytics space.

Guest Speakers:

  • Blair Hudson BIT (2013) - Innovation Portfolio Manager - Data Science, Pepper Financial Services Group
  • Marko Slabak BComm (2010), MEcon (2015) - Data Scientist, Bulletproof Group Limited

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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.

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor David McAlpine - Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research

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2016 Launch Your Career Series - Psychology

22 March 2016

Psychology in the real world

Hear directly from alumni how to launch your career with your psychology degree. What are the different opportunities out there? Which skills should you focus on professionally and personally?

Our speakers share on applying the basic psychology principles to the real world, the importance of broadening your networks and gaining experience wherever you can, while you can.

Guest Speakers:

  • Sebastien Berlioz BSc(Psych)(Hons) (2011), MOrgPsych (2015) - Manager, People and Organisation, Pw
  • Olivia Boyle BA-Psych (Hons) (2014), MProfPsych (2015) - Provisional Psychologist, The Mindspot Clinic
  • Sarah McMurtry BA(Psych)(Hons) (2011) - Manager, MultiLit Research Unit, MultiLit Pty Ltd

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2015 Trendsetter Panel and Alumni Reception

28 October 2015

Leading for the future: building trust relationships in Education

The world is globalised. Education in NSW must find ways to excel in this new world.

Recent research shows that countries that have the most highly ranked education systems, also seem to have the best ‘trust relationships’ between schools, education authorities and the wider community. Here at Macquarie, we want to bring together our alumni, academic, and supporter communities to workshop how this research can be applied locally.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Brian Croke BADipEd (1972) BA (Hons) (1974) DLitt(HonorisCausa) (2010) - Executive Director, Catholic Education Commission, New South Wales
  • Ms Leanne Gibbs BEd (1993) MPoliticsPublicPolicy (2008) - Chief Executive Officer, Community Childcare Co-operative of NSW
  • Ms Jane Simmons - Executive Director, Learning and Leadership, NSW Department of Education
  • Dr Norman McCulla (Moderator) - Director, Educational Leadership Program School of Education, Macquarie University

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Watch the highlights on YouTube

Watch clip 1 - The Institute of Early Childhood and School of Education at Macquarie University
Watch clip 2 - Building trust through the NSW Department of Education's Local Schools, Local Decisions reform
Watch clip 3 - Building trust through leadership and community support
Watch clip 4 - The importance of trust
Watch clip 5 - Trust issues and solutions in the Early Childhood sector

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?

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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)?

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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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Watch the full broadcast on YouTube

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Sydney CBD

Backpack to Briefcase Series

2017 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - LinkedIn

17 May 2017

Is LinkedIn your best friend?

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?

Guest Speakers:

  • Zuli Posada MIntBus (2009) - Recruitment Partner, IBM
  • Erin Schielzeth BA/DipEd (2005) - Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn

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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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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 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!"

Guest Speakers:

  • Nathy Gaffney - Director, Pitch Perfect Training
  • Greg Smith BEc 1988 (Moderator) - Chief Commercial Officer, The Co-Op

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Watch clip 1 - First impressions
Watch clip 2 - Body Language and THE Handshake 
Watch clip 3 - Dressing the part 
Watch clip 4 - Considering Cultural Differences for an Australian Context

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?

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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?

2013 Backpack to Briefcase: Sydney - Designing your career

2013

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?

Guest Speakers:

  • 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 full video on YouTube

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

Global Alumni Impact Series

2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Leadership

21 September 2017

Leadership: Building For The Future

What makes a great leader? How do we challenge ourselves to be better leaders and reach our full potential? What practical things can we do to inspire other future leaders?

Guest Speakers:

  • Babette Bensoussan MBA (1992) - Managing Director, The Mindshifts Group
  • Dr Penelope Faure PDPsych (2008), DPsych(OrgPsych) (2014) - Director of Executive Services for Career Management, Audrey Page & Associates
  • Jason Johnson BEcon (1992), LLB(Hons) (1994) - Founder and Managing Director, Johnson
  • Louise Mason BA/LLB (1989) - Chief Operating Officer, Real Estate, AMP Capital

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2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Big Data

10 May 2017

How big data and artificial intelligence are revolutionising the way businesses operate

We all want to understand our clients better, but does this always help or can it hinder? In today’s data revolution, we are seeing growing opportunities for capturing data, but what technical and social challenges and opportunities do we see in the future?

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Elizabeth Coombs PDMarketManagement (1993) - Acting NSW Privacy Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commission NSW
  • Adam Driussi BEcon (1996) - CEO, Quantium
  • William Howe - Data Analytics, KPMG
  • Prof Stephen Brammer - Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Innovation

7 September 2016

Incubating and Unleashing Innovation

According to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, we are on the brink of an ideas boom that will turbo-power our economy and transform our nation well into the future. But what does this actually mean and how do we do it?

The Panel:

  • Katrina Johnson BA/LLB ’99 - Legal Director, Uber
  • Scott Player BCom ’00, PDMgt ’04, MBA ’05 - CEO, Ansible
  • John Shi-Nash - Director, Macquarie Park Innovation District
  • Nigel Freitas (MGSM Student) - Former Sky News journalist (Facilitator)

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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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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Watch highlights on Youtube

Watch clip 1 - Have we all been hacked? on Youtube
Watch clip 2 - Jobs in cybersecurity on YouTube
Watch clip 3 - Protecting yourself on Youtube
Watch clip 4 - Mandatory disclosure on Youtube
Watch clip 5 - Cybersecurity and ICT on YouTube
Watch clip 6 - Have we all been hacked? on YouTube

2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Entrepreneurs

17 June 2015

Entrepreneurs

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?

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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

2014 Global Alumni Impact Series: Sydney - Disruptive Innovation

26 November 2014

Disruptive Innovation

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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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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?

Blackshield Lecture Series

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”.

Guest Speaker:

Mr Alan Cameron AO BA LLM Syd - Chairperson, NSW Law Reform Commission

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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

2015 Blackshield Lecture and Alumni Reception - Human Rights

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’.

Guest Speaker:

  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs - President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

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Watch the highlights on YouTube

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

Other Australian cities

2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Brisbane

17 August 2017

Cyber Security: A Global Priority

We showcase the power of cyber security and its implications on an international scale. We’ll explore strategies corporate businesses and governments need to adopt to protect critical information infrastructure.

Guest Speakers:

  • Les Bell MIT (2008) - PhD Candidate and Adjunct Lecturer, Macquarie University
  • Dr Sally Ernst DBA (2008) - Co-Founder, Australian Cyber Security Network
  • Samantha Kennedy BEcon (1994), LLB(Hons) (1996) - Director, Government Strategy and Innovation, Optus
  • Stuart Moss - Director Cyber Security, Optus Business

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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.

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Canberra

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.

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Brisbane

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.

Guest Speaker:

  • Darren McCosker BA/DipED (1994), MA (1995), MBA (2003) - General Manager, Corporate, Nielson Properties

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Melbourne

15 March 2016

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Brisbane

25 March 2015

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Canberra

11 March 2015

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Melbourne

4 March 2015

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International cities

2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: Singapore

11 July 2017

Cybersecurity: a global priority

As our world continues to interconnect, cybersecurity has emerged as a priority for economic growth requiring collaboration between business, government, and the education and research sector.

Risks to the global economy from computer intrusion to the spread of malicious code by organised crime groups have been assessed as critical. Juniper research recently predicted that the rapid digitization of consumers’ lives and enterprise records will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1 trillion globally by 2019.

The Panel:

  • Professor David Wilkinson (Moderator), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Macquarie University
  • Professor Michael Johnson, Scientific Director, The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub
  • Freddy Tan, Director, Business Development and Security Architect, Singtel
  • Professor LAM Kwok Yan, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

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2017 Global Alumni Impact Series: New York

23 June 2017

Vice Chancellor and President Professor S Bruce Dowton hosted this event to share updates and news about the University. 

We were also delighted to be joined by a panel discussion on innovation. 

  • Andrew Chambers, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Roger Woodend, Enterprise Sales Director, British Telecom
  • Elenie Panos, Director, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions, KPMG US
  • Adena Philips, Strategy Consultant and Executive Coach at Independent

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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.

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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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Hong Kong

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.

The Panel:

  • 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

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: Singapore

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.

Guest Speaker:

  • 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

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2016 Global Alumni Impact Series: London

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?

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor Andrew Parker PhD (1996) - CEO and Founder of Lifescaped

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Hong Kong

29 November 2015

Alumni enjoyed reconnecting with classmates, made new friends, heard the latest developments from their University and was inspired by our guest speaker, Sally Begbie AO, who took us on an incredible journey of Crossroads Foundation. 

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Shanghai

27 November 2015

Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) hosted the annual alumni networking function and we were joined by over 100 alumni and guests.

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Beijing

26 November 2015

Hosted by Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), we were joined by guest speaker Professor Mark Gabbott, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. 

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: London

13 October 2015

Big History

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.

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: Singapore

7 May 2015

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2015 Global Alumni Impact Series: New York

16 April 2015

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2015 Alumni Networking event: Hong Kong

22 Jan 2015

Behind the Masquerade

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2014 Jubilee Alumni Reception: Beijing

6 November 2014

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2014 Jubilee Alumni Reception: Hong Kong

1 November 2014

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2014 Jubilee Alumni Reception: London

10 September 2014

Celebrating 50 years with Macquarie alumni at Haymarket Hotel in London.

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2014 Jubilee Alumni Reception: New York

15 May 2014

Celebrating 50 years with Macquarie alumni at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City.

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