Ricky is one of seven Australian Young Ambassadors chosen by the Banking and Finance Oath (BFO) organisation for demonstrating a strong commitment to ethics in banking and finance.
A Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies student majoring in Finance and Economics, Ricky is driven by his commitment to integrity and the promotion of positive change within the banking sector.
"To me, being a BFO Young Ambassador is a chance to challenge the status quo and encourage the industry to take greater accountability over its actions," Ricky says.
The Board of the BFO includes some of the most prominent business leaders in Australia, including current and former executives from Westpac Institutional Bank, Morgan Stanley, MLC, APRA and JP Morgan.
I look forward to collaborating with industry leaders and strategising ways for them to establish company values and internal policies that place their customers at the heart of what they do.
While still in high school, Ricky founded a charity to deliver care packages to the homeless. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for UN Youth NSW and is actively involved in the Sydney University Business Society, where he works to engage corporate sponsors and promote professional development opportunities to students.
Currently completing his undergraduate degree, Ricky has worked at Westpac as a Commercial Banking Trainee and is now a Transaction Analysis Associate at AMP. He attributes some of his success to the Business School's Careers and Employability Office.
"I found the mock interviews, assessment centres and CV reviews highly beneficial in helping me to express the significance of personal values and ethics to roles that I’ve held in the past," Ricky says. "I drew on those experiences in my application to the BFO."
Ricky's drive to bring change reflects the Business School's commitment to the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education, with the goal of "equipping the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively navigate the social inequity, climate and environmental challenges facing the world."
"Ricky's recognition as one of the 2020 Young BFO Ambassadors is a fantastic achievement," says Associate Professor Eliza Wu, Deputy Head of the Business School's Discipline of Finance.
"It further extends the University of Sydney Business School's outstanding track record in producing the finest and most employable banking and finance professionals who can positively influence others with a powerful sense of purpose."
Ricky hopes to build on his experience in corporate finance with a long-term goal of entering the public sector and serving at an Australian regulatory authority.
"I wish to be a fierce advocate for a corporate culture and industry mentality that prioritises ethics over profit maximisation models."