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Business Alumni Network

Join a vibrant and engaged global network
The University of Sydney Business Alumni Network provides access to a powerful global network of alumni and career-enriching events.

The University of Sydney Business Alumni Network aims to facilitate the Business School's aspirations to become a world-leading Business School with the best students, the most successful graduates, and the most impactful researchers and research.


All Business School alumni are automatically members of the network. All other University of Sydney alumni and friends can opt-in as members of the Business Alumni Network. Ensure your contact details are up-to-date to participate in this vibrant and engaged community and leverage the power of the University of Sydney Business School network.

Note: there are no membership fees.


Some of the benefits available to network members include:

  • Regular invitations to Business School alumni events, in Australia and internationally
  • Receiving copies of the Business School's alumni magazine and the University's Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM)
  • Access to relevant e-communications which provide you with unique market intelligence and the latest business research news from the Business School
  • Opportunities to increase your business networks and further develop your capacity to serve as business leaders
  • Opportunities to provide ambassadorial support to the Business School.

Executive Committee

Katrina Van De Ven, President

Katrina van de Ven

Katrina is CEO and Co-Founder of LeukBook, an ecommerce startup committed to creating a global, size 14+ fashion revolution. She comes to this role following a decade in the government and non-profit sectors, during which she led the development and execution of exciting projects across four continents, and managed large, multidisciplinary teams.

Matthew Bright, Vice President

Matthew Bright

Matthew is an executive at insuretech company, Open. Immediately prior, he worked in fintech at Zip Co, on building the Zip Business unit, after integrating a company he built which Zip acquired. With a mixed tech and corporate background, Matt is also actively involved in Sydney’s tech startup community as a mentor and advisor.

Jake Campey, Secretary

Jake Campey

A finance and technology enthusiast, Jake works in risk and capital analysis at Macquarie Group, where he supports business decisions such as funding and capital management strategy, risk appetite, and assessing risk-adjusted performance for investments. Immediately prior, he worked in group strategy at Stockland as a consultant to the executive team in their reporting to the board of directors across operational and investment decisions. Jake also sits on the Young Leaders Committee for the Urban Land Institute a global nonprofit that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and is an associate of several other interdisciplinary organisations.

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

Michael is Founder and CEO of PrimeXConnect, a Global first ecommerce solution for B2B sales and order management built specifically for domestic and international animal protein trade. He holds a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney Business School and is a regular speaker in the Agtech sector.

Michael is a member of a number of industry associations and organisations. He attended Harvard Business School’s 2018 Agribusiness Seminar and has presented on AgriTech ecommerce at the UN in Geneva, gaining UNECE Independent Expert status.

Jenny Bridge

Jenny Bridge

Jenny is a Director in PwC's Consulting practice, working with government and public sector clients on achieving their strategic objectives. After commencing her career at KPMG in the Corporate Tax Division, Jenny has worked in a variety of roles across the advertising and communications and professional services sectors, moving from highly technical to more operational roles in organisations ranging from dual-listed multinational public companies to large private companies.

Jenny worked in the education sector as Group Director Operations at Think Education as well as a Consultant for a number of private education providers before joining PwC, where she is now working with universities on large transformations in what is a very challenging environment.

Ali Yaseen

Ali Yaseen

Ali is the National Business Manager - New Payments at A2B Australia Limited. Ali leads a sales team of 20+ focusing on growing new payment products into new verticals for the A2B group across Australia, leveraging brands including Cabcharge.

Ellen MacDougal

Ellen MacDougal

Ellen is an authentic leader with 15 years' experience in the financial services industry across a diverse cross-section of organisational functions. She is currently the Head of Operations Claims & Underwriting at iptiQ by Swiss Re. Ellen is a highly ambitious and motivated individual whose leadership competencies are demonstrated by her acceptance into programs like Deloitte/FSC Future Leaders Award and the GWS Giants/Herbert Smith Freehills Young Executive Program. Ellen was named the Australian Financial Review's 2021 Young Executive of the Year.

Charlie Marriott

Charlie Marriott

Charlie is a Senior Product Manager at Atlassian. He is motivated by delivering value to customers and improving how teams function. He is passionate about climate change and is always looking for ways to make a difference both in and out of his workplace. He has stayed involved in the University community since 2016 as a mentor in the Business School's Industry Mentoring Program and a member of the Business Alumni Network committee.

Should you wish to contact any of the Business Alumni Network Executive Committee, please email

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Emily Knoblanche

Relationship Manager

Fiona O'Sullivan

Director, External Engagement and International