Business, Commerce & Economics


Mr Ben Archer

Employer:  Brindabella Christian College

Current Position:  Head of Humanities & Careers

Professional Field:  Career Development & Education

Ben's background is in politics and is currently completing postgraduate study in Business.  He works in Career Development and Education at both secondary & tertiary levels.  He enjoys working with people to find their niche in an ever changing world.


Miss Sofia Bermudez

Employer:  Berdez Real State S.A.S.

Current Position:  General Manager


Mr Kaustubh Deshmukh

Employer:  Quinlan Consulting

Current Position:  Accountant

Professional Field:  Accounting

Kaustubh finished his MBA Finance from ANU in Feb 2016 and joined Quinlan Consulting in Melbourne by August 2016.  He is currently work with them as a bookeeeper and his field of work requires him to work with several clients of the consultancy using MYOB, XERO and Quickbooks.


Mr Glenn Downey

Employer:  The Maltby Group

Current Position:  Executive Director

Professional Field:  Innovation & Investment

Business creator and value builder, possessing Board level analysis, presentation and communication skills; early career skills shaped with Price Waterhouse and Montgomery & Company in the U.S.  Experienced and effective: Start-up and Senior management roles within Australian publicly listed and unlisted technology companies, including CEO, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Executive and Non-Executive Director, have developed leadership qualities, sales & marketing and operational effectiveness.  Strategic and transactional: Previous experience within high profile international consulting, strategy, active investment and technology M&A firms, provided strong foundations for financial and strategic analysis, scenario development, transaction due diligence and negotiation, structuring, project and portfolio management capabilities.  Flexible and Global: International business experience and expertise gained in the United States, Hong Kong & Southern China and New Zealand. Multiple years direct experience and dealings in public listed, public unlisted, private company, start-up, public sector (CSIRO & NICTA) and university commercialisation environments (including Co-operative Research Centres) and dealings with and for government agencies (including AusIndustry as a Commercialising Emerging Technologies Business Adviser). Broad industry exposure: sectors worked in include, information technology and new media including internet and web-based business models, enterprise search technologies, software, telecommunication devices, infrastructure, networks and services, defence, energy, renewable and recyclables, transport, manufacturing, medical devices, engineering and professional services and entrepreneurial businesses.  Deep early stage experience: provided advisory reviews and support to many hundreds of early-stage technology companies and growth businesses; led start-ups and venture backed companies from pre-founding through to exit.


Dr Nicholas Gruen

Employer:  Self Employed / Lateral Economics

Current Position:  CEO & Founder

Professional Field:  Economics, Public Policy & History

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator, founder of Lateral Economics and Peach Financial, Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.  He chairs the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and is patron of the Australian Digital Alliance.  He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from 2010 to 2016.


Mr Justin Liang

Employer:  Lending Club

Current Position:  Director, Compliance & Risk

Professional Field:  Finance & Technology


Ms Rachel Lloyd

Employer:  Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

Current Position:  Assistant Secretary, Tax, Fin Sector & Employment

Professional Field:  Economics, Public Policy & Economics

Rachel has worked at the Treasury, Parliamentary Budget Office and NATSEM prior to PM&C.  She is able to provide her insights into working for the Commonwealth Government in a front line policy role and graduate recruitment policies, as well as women's leadership.


Mr Andrew Mainsbridge

Employer:  Nokia Solutions and Networks Australia Ltd

Current Position:  Commercial Manager APAC, IP/Optical Networks

Professional Field:  Telecommunications

Commercial manager with qualifications in law and information science, focusing on major-project telecommunications infrastructure contracts in Australia and Asia.  Prior experience running and advising on very large managed-service IT outsourcing agreements, up to and including contracts in the billion-dollar class.  Volunteer solicitor at Salvos Legal Humanitarian - social justice law.  Law students - Salvos Legal has volunteer internship opportunities from time to time.  Quality alternative to a traditional holiday clerkship, albeit unpaid. Can accommodate ANU students. Let me know if you want an intro.


Mr Matthew McQuade

Employer:  Coty Inc

Current Position:  Vice President, Brand Finance

Professional Field:  Finance & Accounting

Matthew is a finance professional working in Paris in the head office of Coty Inc, one of the largest cosmetics companies.  He has held several roles at Coty Inc, including country CFO, Regional CFO and currently Vice President of Brand Finance.


Mr Anthony Marsnik

Employer:  Escapade Media

Current Position:  Director, Owner & Co-Founder

Professional Field:  Media & Entertainment

Media and entertainment industry executive; legal (General Counsel and Head of Legal & Business Affairs); broadcast and channels; film and tv development, financing, production, and distribution; music and book publishing; radio; digital media; policy.


Mr Sam Rowaro

Employer:  Queensland Urban Utilities

Current Position:  Senior Regulatory Analyst

Professional Field:  Economist

Sam has been providing economic advice for over 10 years to regulators and infrastructure companies on providing their services (e.g. water, electricity and port services) in a financially sustainable way that benefits both the firm and consumers.


Mr Samuel Skinner

Employer:  Coco-Cola Amatil

Current Position:  Graduate Financial Analyst

Professional Field:  Consumer Goods

Sam began working at Amatil in February 2017as a finance grad.  His role broadly involves providing insights and analysis to support the commercial team in their decision making process.  He is currently studying a CPA qualification.


Mr Mark Wallage

Employer:  Concept Event Management

Current Position:  Creative Director

Professional Field:  Events

Mark has been producing major events internationally for 25 years.  He was a presentation director for the Sydney & Beijing Olympics; the Melbourne Commonwealth Games; and the Asian Games in Doha.  He now runs his own events company in Sydney.


Mr Wee Kiat Yeo

Employer:  Medidata Solutions

Current Position:  Commercial Business Partner

Professional Field:  Accounting & Finance