Alumni Focus

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 Founding member and Deputy Chair of the MQ Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) – Blake Entwisle

Founding member and Deputy Chair of the MQ Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) – Blake Entwisle

Meet Blake Entwisle, young alum. He describes himself as ‘a music-playing, greyhound-owning scientist who can talk under wet cement,’ but there’s more to Blake than meets the eye. He loves interacting with people and getting them excited about the world around them – whether that’s their day job or just everyday life – and now, he’s harnessing that enthusiasm to bring together li...

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 Founding members of the MQ Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) – Alistair Booth

Founding members of the MQ Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) – Alistair Booth

Meet Alistair Booth, young alum. In addition to his current role with the US State Department in Sydney, he’s a professional MC, hosting live and virtual tours in Australia and around the world. While straddling two continents, he says the connection with MQ has been a constant in his life and provided many great opportunities, which is why he encourages other young alumni to get involved ...

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 Hasna Lakrafi – Working for change

Hasna Lakrafi – Working for change

Studying a Masters in Business and Commerce at Macquarie University was a turning point for French woman Hasna Lakrafi, allowing her to launch an international career on her return to Paris. Now, she is turning that experience into work that tackles two of France’s, and indeed the world’s, greatest challenges – climate change and gender equality in the workforce. Words: Megan Engl...

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 Lachlan Pike – All in the family

Lachlan Pike – All in the family

It takes time for a university to mature into a place where generations of graduates, sometimes from the same family, emerge to beat the drum and ensure others can follow in their footsteps. We speak with Lachlan Pike (Bachelor of Applied Finance (2004)/Bachelor of Law 2006) about having pride in your university – and what we can learn from universities overseas about alumni culture and gene...

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 Vanessa Berry – Finding Frank

Vanessa Berry – Finding Frank

Speaking with Dr Vanessa Berry you enter another world, one where literature, and memory and thoughtfulness collide. The creative life, in its most vibrant and wholehearted form, comes to the fore and speaks to each of us – where we are and where we’ve been – anchoring us in an uncertain world through a sense of place and belonging. Words: Megan English While I wait for Dr Vanessa Be...

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 Timothy Johns – Stepping Stones: From Macquarie University to Head of Operations in China

Timothy Johns – Stepping Stones: From Macquarie University to Head of Operations in China

Timothy Johns graduated with an MBA (Master of Business Administration) at Macquarie University, Hong Kong, in 2014. During his time at Macquarie, he developed the core skills and competencies that enabled him to expand his professional network, gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, learn how to lead a successful team – in order to drive growth, innovation, and compliance – an...