12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch: Preventing Blindness with Big Data, Smartphones & AI

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch

Topic: Preventing Blindness - Global screening programs made possible with Big Data; smartphones and Artificial Intelligence

A panel discussion with:

Associate Professor Andrew White, University of Sydney
Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Westmead Hospital
Director of the Community Eye Care Project, Western Sydney
Co chair of Ophthalmology Governing body for the Agency for clinical Innovation.
Associate Advisory Board for the World Glaucoma Organisation

Dr Hamish Dunn

Dr Hamish Dunn

Dr Hamish Dunn
Glaucoma Fellow, Westmead Hospital
Clinical Assoc Lecturer, Sydney University
Chair, Glaucoma Australia Expert Advisory Panel

Samuel Marks
PhD candidate, Sydney Medical School, Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Director, Offscale.io, Sydney Scientific Pty Ltd

Associate Professor Andrew White

Associate Professor Andrew White

Date: Monday 5 February 2018
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee
Dress: Business Attire

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2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


Felix Oberholzer-Gee

LEARN MORE: View the Brochure


The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' is designed for senior executives with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance.

Dates: Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 July 2018
Venue: Sydney Conference + Training Centre, Ingleside, Sydney
Format: Two Day Residential Program. Fee $2,200+GST.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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2018 HCA Program for Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Ethan Bernstein

LEARN MORE: Request the Brochure

The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' aims to help participants understand the ways leading organisations use technology and data to improve the production of their workforce and gain competitive advantage in the market place.

Dates: Sunday 29 July to Friday 3 August 2018
Venue: RACV Healesville, nr Melbourne, Victoria
Format: Five Day Residential Program. Fee $10,750+GST. Ask about EarlyBird & Team Discounts.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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6:30 PM18:30

President's Drinks

All members and their guests are warmly invited to join fellow alumni for President's Drinks to celebrate the end of the year

Hosted by HCA President Justin Greiner and Vice-President Charlie Graham


Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: 11 Burton Street, Mosman, by kind permission of Charlie & Wallis Graham
Time: 6:30pm - 10.30pm
Dress: Cocktail Smart
Cost: $75.00, all drinks & canapes included.
Book: By Monday 4 December 2017

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5:00 PM17:00

HCA ACT Chapter Christmas Drinks

HCA ACT Chapter Christmas Drinks

Jamie Snashall, Convenor of HCA ACT Chapter invites members to Christmas Drinks in partnership with the following organisations:

  • Canberra International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

  • Data Management Association (DAMA)

  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

It’s an informal occasion with no set speakers so I hope you can make it.  Please RSVP to Jamie by Friday 1st December.

 Event Details


Venue: Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore St, Canberra City 2601
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Time: 5:00pm for Registration & Networking, 5:15pm Start for 7:00pm Finish
Fee: Free for HCA members

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Prof Clive Williams MG "The morphing of Islamic State"

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Professor Clive Williams MG

speaking on

"The morphing of Islamic State"


The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) achieved early successes in Syria and Iraq in 2013/2014, culminating in the surprise capture of one of Iraq's largest and best defended cities, Mosul, in June 2014. Since then, the US and Russian-led coalitions have turned the tide against IS, and it has now lost all of its "caliphate" cities and towns in Iraq and Syria.

Where does this leave the group? Will it regenerate in rural Iraq and Syria, develop new "caliphates" elsewhere, concentrate on having a virtual online caliphate - and/or  encourage its sympathisers to mount more deadly attacks on its Western enemies, including Australians?

While the world has been distracted by the threat from IS, al-Qaeda has been biding its time and waiting to displace IS as the leader of extremist Sunni Islam. Many of its followers are hoping for a brighter future under the dynamic leadership of Osama bin Laden's 27-year-old son, Hamza.


Date: Monday 4 December 2017

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Sydney Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Professor Clive Williams MG is an honorary professor at the ANU and an adjunct professor at ADFA. He has a career background in the Australian Army Intelligence Corps and Defence Intelligence. Since leaving Defence in 2002 he has been running courses and Masters units on terrorism, counterterrorism and protective security in Australia and internationally.

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6:30 PM18:30

HCA Thanksgiving Dinner

Jon Lindsay and the Executive of the Queensland Chapter of the Harvard Club of Australia are pleased to extend a warm invitation to you and your partner to join Harvard Club Members and their guests at the annual

HCA Thanksgiving Dinner

We will be joined by Justin Greiner, President, Harvard Club of Australia.

We hope you are able to join fellow Harvard Club members and their partners to renew acquaintances, meet other Harvard alumni, and share in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

This year, we are extending a welcome to members from other States and to those associated with the wider Harvard Community.

Date:     Thursday 23 November 2017
Time:     6.30 for 7.00pm
Venue:   The Edinburgh Room, The Brisbane Club, 241 Adelaide Street Brisbane
Dress:   Lounge Suit
Cost:      $125.00 HCA members and immediate guests; $145.00 Other Guests

RSVP:    by Friday 10 November 2017

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12:15 PM12:15

Senior Leaders Lunch with Tom Dery AO

You are invited to the HCA Senior Leaders Lunch

(returning to its original upscale format)

with guest speaker

Tom Dery AO, Chairman, Australia for M&C Saatchi

and Fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

From Global Commerce to Harvard Fellow:

Lessons from one man’s leadership in advertising, aviation and nonprofits and his insights into an extraordinary Harvard experience

If Tom Dery’s career had not been exceptional enough already, in 2015 he was the first Australian to undertake the year-long Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard.

The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a new third stage in higher education designed to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector where they potentially can make an even greater impact than they did in their careers.

 The ALI was formed by Faculty from Harvard's professional schools of Business, Education, Government, Law, Medicine and Public Health to build interdisciplinary leadership skills and to capitalise on opportunities to deploy accomplished leaders at later life stages to change society.

Tom is well known as the former global Chairman of  the iconic, influential advertising agency M&C Saatchi, among other leadership roles.


Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm
Venue: The Union, Universities and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney.
Price: $95pp (includes seated two-course lunch with wines)
Dress: Jacket & Tie or equivalent



Tom Dery is currently Chairman, Australia for M&C Saatchi – an advertising/marketing agency. Tom held the position of Worldwide Chairman (a network of 27 agencies) 2009 to 2016.

Intermingled with this entrepreneurial and advisory experience, tom has worked in Senior positions in two major airlines in the Asia pacific region (Qantas and Ansett transport industries). Tom complimented these activities with Board representation with tourism, entertainment & agrifoods publicly listed companies.

After completing an MBA at Stanford University Tom, with two others, set up a very successful creative agency The Campaign Palace. When Tom sold his interest in this business he was appointed Visiting Fellow in Marketing at Monash University. Ansett Transport Industries had been acquired by TNT and News Limited – Tom was invited to be the most senior commercial executive of the group. Strategic responsibilities included the repositioning of Ansett Airlines in the early 80’s, deregulation in the early 90’s, East West Airlines, Ansett New Zealand, Diners Club and Traveland.

Tom then established a new agency (Whybin Dery & Partners) which was later sold to DDB (Omnicom Group) and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of their Melbourne business.

On the formation of M&C Saatchi in 1995, Tom was the Founding Partner in Asia-Pacific for the Group and subsequently went on to establish offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai and Los Angeles. M&C Saatchi Australia, which was a start up, includes creative services, strategic digital services, digital production facilities, brand development offerings, sponsorship advisory and PR services.

Tom has been responsible for providing marketing and communication advice to the US, Australian, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi Governments – particularly with regard to country positioning and tourism/trade development. Significant client relationships extend to ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Qantas Airways, Etihad Airways, Woolworths, Google and SingTel (Optus) and IAG Insurances.

Tom has contributed to ‘not for profit’ organisations for nearly 40 years in the Arts, Cancer and Education sectors. Most noteworthy were the Chairmanship of Sydney Dance Company (2002 – 2007) and is currently Chairman of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (since 1996) which has raised and granted nearly AU$120 million to top Australian cancer scientists.

In June 2015 Tom was awarded an Order of Australia by the Australian government: “For distinguished service to the not-for-profit sector, particularly to cancer research, through the development of corporate governance structures and major fundraising initiatives, to the performing arts, and to business.”

68 years old, married with 5 children
Born in Hungary (parents migrated to Australia in 1951)
Bachelor of Commerce (Economics with Merit), University of NSW 1966 - 72
Master in Business Administration, Stanford University 1973 - 75
Fellow, Harvard University (Advanced Leadership Initiative) 2015
Former Chairman, Helloworld (formerly JTG) 2008 - 2014
Former Board Member, Sydney Attractions Group Limited 2001 - 2008
Former Board Member, Clemments & Marshall Limited Pty Ltd (agri-foods) 1993 - 1995
Not for Profit:
Chairman, Australian Cancer Research Foundation 1994 - present
Chairman, Queenwood School for Girls 2010 – present
Chairman AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience 2017 - present
Former Board Member, The University of New South Wales
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Advisory Council 2013 - 2016
Former Chairman, Sydney Dance Company 1996 - 2008
Former Board Member, Asialink 2001 - 2005
Former Board Member, Playbox/Malthouse Theatre Company 1990 - 1995
Former President, Sydney Real (Court) Tennis Club 1995 - 1998

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Tim Costello AO 'Charity: Why it still Matters'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Tim Costello AO

speaking on

'Charity: Why it still Matters

Tim Costello and HCA host Justin Greiner will be in Melbourne and via video-conference to Sydney and Canberra.


Date: Monday 6 November 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Sydney Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Canberra Venue: JBWere, Level 3, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601

Price: $40.00, includes a $10 donation to World Vision, sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. 

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change.

In addition Tim is Chair of the Community Council of Australia, and is a member of the following: the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid.

Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed. In these roles he spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Initially Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity. 

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures

His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).

Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.

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6:30 PM18:30

Private Harvard Club Event at NIDA

You are invited to a private Harvard Club Event at NIDA (Australias famous National Institute of Dramatic Arts)!

·         See the graduating student production “Hello Again” (details below*)

·         Hear from NIDA’s Head of Acting, John Bashford

·      Enjoy pre-show drinks and fine finger food dinner in the new NIDA Graduate School

·      And post-show drinks and dessert with cast and crew.

John Bashford

John Bashford

Date: Thursday 26 October 2017
Time: from 6:30 pm, dinner and Q&A with John Bashford at 6:45, play at 7.45pm
Venue: The National Institute of Dramatic Art, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington (free parking on-site)
Cost: $65.00 per person, includes play, drinks, dinner and meeting the cast & crew
Book online by Friday 13 October
Your Harvard Club event host is Ted Blamey.  Your guests are welcome.
Enquiries to Suzie Ruse: functions@harvardclub.org.au

* despite the bawdy plot line we are assured this musical play is both fun and appropriate.


Michael John LaChuisa’s celebrated musical Hello Again takes the rendezvous made famous in Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1897 play, La Ronde, and gives them music so that they can sing and dance.

Set in New York across the entirety of the 20th Century, Hello again explores the human desire for connection.

The hypnotic musical rolls in and out of the different decades and the different love affairs of 10 characters, in a mery0go-round of sexual encounters.  From the soldier and the prostitute to the Soldier and the nurse, and the nurse and the college boy – each of the characters slip in and out of one another’s arms in pursuit of the same goal; to align, to fill a void, to be other than alone.

Almost 35 years since it debuted at the Lincoln Centre, New York, coinciding with the launch of the new film version, Hello Again is a poignant and funny look at loves bittersweet, elusive embrace, often revealing the chasm between love and lust.



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6:30 PM18:30

HCV Annual Dinner

The Council of the Harvard Club of Victoria, is delighted to invite
Harvard Club of Australia members
 and guests to the club's annual dinner in support of the Non-Profit Fellowship, immediately after the Annual General Meeting, on Thursday 19th October.

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC.


Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of dark energy, a repulsive force that is the dominant component (70 percent) of the universe. He shared the prize with American physicist Saul Perlmutter and astronomer Adam Riess.

Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

We will also hear from 2017 HCV Fellow Gerard Brody, CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre. Gerard will share his experiences at Harvard and that of the other recipients Teresa Jayet from Mallee Family Care and Dr Robyn Miller from MacKillop Family Services.

The program will also include a wonderful auction and raffle with priceless items in support of the Non-Profit Fellowship.

Catch up with old friends and meet new members of the Harvard community at the Club’s biggest event of the year. It is a warm and welcoming event, with alums attending from almost every school of the University.

Date: Thursday 19th of October 2017
Venue: The Royce Hotel, 379 St Kilda Rd Melbourne (next to Melbourne Grammar School)
Time: AGM 6:30pm, Dinner 6.45pm for 7:15pm
Bookings: Tickets to the Dinner cost $145 for HCV members and their guests (please note that you must be logged into the HCV website to purchase). Non-members $165.

There is no charge or RSVP required for the AGM component of the evening which is open to all club financial members.
Enquiries: Mandy Croker, or 0414 582 860
RSVP: Wednesday 11th October 2017

Please Note:  If you are organising a whole table or part of a table with people who will be booking separately, please send the names of all of the parties to Mandy Croker, email address above, to ensure that you will be seated together.


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6:30 PM18:30

HBS Global Networking Night - Sydney & Brisbane

HBS Global Networking Night 2017 - Sydney & Brisbane Venues

Harvard Business School and the Harvard Club of Australia invite you to join fellow local alumni for HBS Global Networking Night on Wednesday, October 18. HBS alumni throughout the world will come together for an evening of informal networking and engagement.

There's no better time to be connected – meet other alumni and welcome recent HBS graduates in Sydney & Brisbane at this relaxed and fun evening! Make new connections. See old friends. Explore opportunities.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Partners welcome

RSVP below by Tuesday, October 17.

Sydney Venue - first drink free then cash bar: The Argyle, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks.  Please contact Sean Li (sli@mba2016.hbs.edu or 0406 343 669) with any questions.

Brisbane Venue - some tapas provided, cash bar: Mr & Mrs G River Bar, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane hosted by HCA QLD Chapter convenor Jon Lindsay

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, APM

speaking on

'Issues and challenges facing the NSW Police Force.'  

The Deputy Commissioner will outline several law enforcement issues that NSW Police are dealing with now and will be into the future such as cybercrime and terrorism.  Also discussed will be some strategic challenges NSW Police are facing such as globalisation, aging population and changing demographics, nationalism and extremism and the fiscal environment.


Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee
Dress: Business Attire

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, APM

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn is a career police officer having joined the Police Force at the age of 19. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including general duties, detectives, homicide, major crime, internal affairs, counter terrorism and corporate areas.

From 2002 - 2006 Deputy Commissioner Burn was a Local Area Commander at Burwood, City Central and Redfern before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command. Following this, Deputy Commissioner Burn commanded the Central Metropolitan Region.

In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget and the development and implementation of corporate service strategies.

In October 2012 Deputy Commissioner Burn was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations where she had oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics, Forensic Services, Operational Communications, Police Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol, the Police Transport Command and Public Affairs. She was also the NSW law enforcement representative on the Australian New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.

In March 2017 she was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Support and has added the role of State Emergency Operations Controller and Major Events and Planning to her portfolio.

Deputy Commissioner Burn has been awarded many accolades including the Burwood Citizen of the Year in 2005, the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List in 2007 as well as the International Women's Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year for achievement in valuing difference and leading change for her community work, particularly with the Aboriginal community in Redfern.

In 2011 Deputy Commissioner Burn was announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the year in recognition of her leadership in strategic, business and commercial management across the NSW Police Force.

In 2013 she was honoured with a Doctor of Letters, Macquarie University in recognition of contributions to the NSW community and in 2014 completed the FBI National Executive Institute program.

In 2016 Deputy Commissioner Burn was awarded the UNSW Alumni Award for Social Impact and Public Policy. Deputy Commissioner Burn is also an Australia Day Ambassador.

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12:15 PM12:15

In Discussion & Lunch with Tim Reed (MBA'96), CEO, MYOB

Post Event Report:

Tim Reed (HBS MBA), CEO of MYOB, shared his experiences with HCA members in leading a large company through innovation and transformation.  Tim provided a brief history of MYOB to set the scene and then focused on the importance of corporate culture in facilitating innovation.  MYOB uses themed multi-year plans to align the full team behind the mission.  Not only was the discussion open and insightful, but the culture learnings are useable for many members’ businesses and organisations.

Tim Reed plotted an incredible 15-year ride with MYOB – from being in deep financial trouble in the early-2000’s to exceeding a $2b valuation today.
The associated cultural challenges and transformation of the Company from founder control to private equity ownership (x2) and through to a public company environment was extraordinary.
— HCA member

You are invited to Lunch and In Discussion
with fellow alumnus and guest speaker

Tim Reed (MBA'96), CEO, MYOB

“Building a Culture of Innovation – the Journey of Reimagining MYOB”



Date: Thursday 5 October 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $50.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee
Dress: Business Attire

Tim Reed


Tim Reed became Chief Executive Officer of Australasia’s largest business management software provider in 2008, after gaining deep operational insights over five years in management roles including Managing Director, MYOB Australia and Group Product Executive.

In these roles he oversaw the Australian business’s growth and its expansion into online services, a journey that continues today in Australia and New Zealand. Tim’s strengths centre on his ability to develop and drive strategy, particularly when marrying technology and business.

Tim has an exceptional management career spanning the markets of Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia. Before his career with MYOB, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley where he held senior management roles in sales, marketing, product management and finance within a number of different companies in the fast paced global technology and internet markets.

One significant role was Vice President of Product Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for Elance Inc, a leading platform for online employment, where he took the strategic lead in positioning new services procurement and management solutions to win premium Fortune 500 accounts including FedEx and GE.

Tim also played a pivotal role at CMGI company Engage I/PRO as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, growing its revenue and blue-chip client base by forming key client relationships such as AOL/Netscape, Yahoo!, Disney and The New York Times. During this time he was a founding member of the Internet Advertising Bureau where, along with other internet pioneers, he wrote the first set of advertising measurement standards for the Web.

Tim received his MBA from Harvard University, graduating as a Baker’s Scholar, and holds a BCom degree from the University of Melbourne, graduating with First Class Honours.

Along with spending his days overseeing MYOB operations, Tim is a part owner and board member of EHM (Executive Health Management). These roles combined provide him with a well-rounded perspective on the needs of Australasia’s business owners.

He says, “I love the journey we are on at MYOB - helping SMEs build stronger businesses by leveraging the internet. From web hosting to online accounting solutions, we have a great opportunity to bring this vision to life and have a big impact on many businesses.”



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6:00 PM18:00

60 year Celebration with The Hon Malcolm Turnbull

The Council of the Harvard Club of Australia

invite you to join

the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull

to celebrate 60 years of connecting Australians and Australia with Harvard University.
This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates, celebrate the impact of Australian scholarship and philanthropy as well as learn about the Club's plans for the future.


Saturday 16 September 2017

6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Westin Sydney, Heritage Room, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney

Cocktails and canapés

Lounge Suit

If you are unable to attend the evening, but would like to make a donation to the HCA Foundation to build scholarship funds:

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Special Invitation: Harvard Vice Provost Mark Elliott in Australia

You are cordially invited to join fellow Harvard alumni in Canberra (August 30) and Melbourne with videoconference to Sydney (September 1), Australia, for engaging gatherings with Harvard Vice Provost Mark Elliott. These celebratory events will bring together the vibrant Harvard communities in Australia and give alumni a chance to hear from Vice Provost Elliott.

Event hosts:
Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Club of Australia,
and the Harvard Club of Victoria

Canberra Event

Date: Wednesday 30 August

Time: 5:00–7:00 pm; remark to start at 5:30 pm, University update with Q&A, followed by reception

Venue: National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Cost: $40pp, inc drinks & canapes

Business casual attire

Melbourne -

Date: Friday 1 September
Time: 12:00–2:00 pm; remark to start at 12:30 pm, University update with Q&A, followed by lunch
Venue: JBWere Melbourne Office
Cost: $45pp
Business casual attire

For questions about this event please contact mandy@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au

Sydney -

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 12:00–2:00 pm; remark to start at 12:30 pm
University update with Q&A via videoconference from Melbourne, followed by lunch
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Cost: $40 includes sandwich lunch & coffee
Business casual attire

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Felicity Fenner

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Dr Felicty Fenner, Director of UNSW Galleries in Sydney and Consultant Curator, Macquarie Group Collection

speaking on
"Public Art in the 21st Century"

Date: Monday 14 August 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee
Dress: Business Attire

Dr. Felicity Fenner

Public Art in the 21st Century

Felicity Fenner is a curator, academic and arts administrator who has curated over 30 exhibitions of Australian and international art. In 2013 she was made the inaugural Director of UNSW Galleries in Sydney, where she oversees a dynamic program of international contemporary art. She is the Consultant Curator, Macquarie Group Collection, a founding member of the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel, and a Visual Arts Program Associate on the Perth International Arts Festival.

Exhibition credits include Once Removed, Australia’s group exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Handle with Care: 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and Primavera 2005 at Sydney’s MCA. In 2013 she co-curated Making Change for the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, which was a finalist in the Australian government’s Australian Arts in Asia Award; and in 2014 brought to Australia Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, named by ABC Arts as one Australia’s top three visual arts presentations of the year. Her recently curated international new media exhibition, People Like Us, is currently touring to 15 public galleries across Australia (2016–2019).

She holds a PhD in curatorial studies and teaches in the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership program at UNSW. She is also a Contributing Editor of ArtAsiaPacific and publishes regularly in a number of leading art journals including Art in America, Artlink, and the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art.

Her latest book, Running the City: why public art matters, will be published by New South Publications in August 2017.


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Musica Viva, Takács Quartet

A Musica Viva concert for Harvard Club members. Entering their 43rd season, the Takács Quartet are one of the world's greatest chamber ensembles. See them perform classical masterworks by Beethoven, Dvork and Haydn as only they can with unique drama, humour, warmth and unmatched virtuosity.

Experience these great works performed by the true masters in a concert that will stay with you forever!

Venues and Dates

Harvard Club members are offered 25% off A and B reserve tickets with promo code HARVARD2017 through the Musica Viva website.


* Additional for the Saturday 19 August concert
Pre-concert talk at 1.15pm for the Saturday 19 August concert
Post-concert 'Meet the Artists' in the function room level 1 of City Recital Hall

** Additional for the Monday 28 August concert
Pre-concert talk at 6.15pm for the Monday 28 August concert
Post concert CD signing in the foyer of City Recital Hall Monday 28 August

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6:00 PM18:00

Joint Schools Drinks Evening, Ivy League and Oxbridge

Join Ivy League, Oxford, Cambridge and other university alumni for drinks at the Opera Bar for great company and views.

Family and friends all welcome.

Date: Friday, 4 August 2017
Time: 6 - 8pm
Venue: Opera Bar (intention is to set up in the inside portion of the bar), Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House
Cost: Drinks and snacks will be at bar prices
Dress: Smart casual
RSVP: Not required
Queries: Sarah Tesar, 0410 830 059

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12:15 PM12:15

Senior Leaders Lunch with Frances Adamson, DFAT Secretary

You are warmly invited to a Senior Leaders' Lunch

Guest Speaker, Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

“DFAT Secretary at Harvard; one year on”

Date: Thursday 3 August

Time: 12:45pm for 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

Host: Jamie Snashall, HCA Councillor.

Price: $50.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Frances Adamson was appointed Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 22 July 2016. She took up the position in Canberra on 25 August 2016, the same year she attended Harvard Kennedy School as a Wolfensohn Scholar.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Australian Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.

From 2011 to 2015 Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

She is married with four children.

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to Jul 28

Program for Leaders 'Digital Innovation and Leading Transformation'

Harvard Club Program for Leaders 2017

Presented by Harvard Business School Professors

Karim Lakhani and Tsedal Neeley

The 2017 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'Digital Innovation and Leading Transformation' will focus on leadership and strategy in the digital age.

Dates: Sunday 23 July to Friday 28 July 2017
Venue: Aitken Hill Conference Centre (15 mins from Melbourne Airport)
Format: Five Day Residential Program. Fee $10,750+GST. Ask about EarlyBird & Team Discounts.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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7:15 AM07:15

QLD Breakfast with Katarina Carroll APM, Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Harvard Alumni Breakfast Series

Katarina Carroll APM, Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

The Harvard Club of Australia invites you to join us at a series of Alumni breakfasts to share stories, experiences and thought leadership.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM was awarded the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2015, the same year she was appointed Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

The QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service Queensland and State Emergency Service.

Katarina has several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has been the recipient of two scholarships - Sir Vincent Fairfax Scholarship in Ethical Leadership and Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship, Kennedy Business School, Harvard.

In addition, she has achieved numerous international, national and State awards, including the Australian Police Medal and more recently the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia.She was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2015. Katarina is married with two children aged 12 and 15.

In 2012 the Harvard Club of Australia established the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to enable senior Australian public servants to undertake an executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School, the world’s leading school of Government.  The Scholarship is intended to support the design and delivery of good public policy in Australia and we are privileged to welcome Katarina to share her story, her challenges and insights.

We hope this breakfast will provide an engaging and stimulating conversation to start the day!

Date: Tuesday 11 July 2017
Time: 7:15am to 9:00am
Venue: The Oak Room, The Brisbane Club, Post Office Square, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Dress: Business casual
Cost: $50.00/person
RSVP: by Friday 28 June 2017

Contact:   Jon Lindsay, 0407 799 875

Places are strictly limited, so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment.

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6:00 PM18:00

Harvard Krokodiloes Evening

Back by popular demand the Harvard Krokodiloes, Harvard University's oldest and finest a cappella singing group, will be coming back to the Royal Automobile Club to perform exclusively for Harvard Club and RACA members.

The Krokodiloes present a polished, professional product, fine-tuned in the course of performing over 200 concerts every year. In addition to the more than 100 concerts that the group performs stateside during the school year, each summer for the past 30 years the Krokodiloes have embarked on a 10 week, 6 continent world tour. During that time the Krokodiloes have spread their musical goodwill to over 100 countries and performed for kings, presidents, princes, and ambassadors in all corners of the globe.

Join the Harvard Krokodiloes and fellow members for an evening Soiree performance followed by a second performance over a delectable dinner.

Call 02 8273 2322 or email eventsadmin@raca.com.au to book
8 JULY / 6PM

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7:00 PM19:00

QLD Super Rugby in private lounge with Oxford & Cambridge alumni

Following the very popular Cricket Event in 2016, HCA members and their guests join Alumni from Cambridge and Oxford at a Rugby night at Suncorp Stadium, Reds vs Brumbies in our own Private Lounge. Registrations are now open and places are limited between the three universities to just 84 places. Make sure we are well represented! Full details below.

RSVP to: Andrew.Edmunds@redsrugby.com.au

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12:15 PM12:15

The Annual Non-Profit Fellowship Awards & Address Lunch

Annual Nonprofit Fellowship Awards Luncheon and Leadership Address

Non-Profit Leadership Address Guest Speaker, Alan Schwartz AM

At the event, the two HCA Nonprofit Fellows selected to attend the 'Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management' at HBS will be announced

Date: Thursday 6 July

Venue: Macquarie Group, 50 Martin Place, Sydney (enter via Elizabeth St)

Time: 11:45 am for 12 pm start until 2 pm

Cost: $80pp, includes 2 course lunch and drinks.

Dress: Business Attire

Alan Schwartz AM

For 30 years, Alan created, acquired, built, managed and sold a number of successful businesses in industries as diverse as publishing, software and professional services.
Currently Alan is the Managing Director of the Trawalla Group which he recently set up with his wife Carol to manage a diversified portfolio of family assets. Over the years Alan has enjoyed the complex satisfaction of contributing to the not-for-profit sector.

He contributed to the creation of Jewish Care, a merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes, and was appointed its inaugural President, Life Member and Capital Appeal Patron. Alan is currently the President of Philanthropy Australia and a council member of Swinburne University.

Alan and his wife Carol Schwartz established the Trawalla Foundation in 2006 – a Prescribed Private Fund that invests in the arts, ideas and innovation. In recognition of his contribution to community and business, Alan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, followed by and Order of Australia (AM) in 2007.

Alan graduated from Monash University with degrees in Economics and Law (Honours) and during his first year at Monash co-authored a best-selling economics textbook, The Australian Economy. Alan is married to Carol, is the father of four magnificent children and three times a grandfather.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA AGM Evening

You are invited to the Harvard Club of Australia

55th Annual General Meeting

Enjoy the evening meeting fellow alumni, hearing from scholarship recipients, with drinks and canapes

Guest Speakers:

  • Professor David Haig, Chair of Australian Studies Committee at Harvard and Australia-Harvard Fellow 2017;

  • Karen Bevan, HCA Nonprofit Fellow 2016;

  • Blair Comley, HCA Wolfensohn Scholar and

  • Melissa Proctor, HCA Education Scholar 2017.

Date: Thursday 29 June 2017

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Dress: Business Attire

Cost: $50 includes drinks and canapes

Professor David Haig

Prof. Haig is one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists.  The 14,000 or so citations achieved by his publications put him in the top 1% most cited researchers. 

His current research interest in genetic conflicts within individual organisms exemplified by genomic imprinting with implications in medicine and understanding of human evolution.  He will be visiting the Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects lab at the University of Sydney to work with their unique Cape honey bee colony to test whether male honey bees can epigenetically modify their genome to enhance the reproductive success of their daughters, relative to the daughters of other males. This work may help understand the development of genetic diseases.

Originally from Australia, Prof. Haig also chairs the Australian Studies Committee at Harvard University. While in Australia, Prof. Haig will talk about the work of the Australian Studies Committee at Harvard and the history of Australian students at Harvard University (from 1876).

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12:15 PM12:15

Senior Leaders Lunch: The Past & Future of Elders & Australian Agribusiness

You are warmly invited to a Senior Leaders' Lunch

Guest Speaker, Mark Allison, CEO, Elders

"The Past & Future of Elders & Australian Agribusiness"

Date: Thursday 22 June

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Time: 12.15pm for 12.30pm start until 2pm

Cost: $50pp, includes sandwich lunch and coffee.

Dress: Business Attire

Hosted by: Chris Smith, HCA Councillor


Mark Allison was appointed as MD and CEO of Elders Limited in April 2014 and prior to that held the position of Executive Chairman and Chairman.

Having come from a sugar cane and beef cattle family in far north Queensland, he’s come a long way on his journey to the top job.  It’s a rise helped in no small part by the passion for agriculture which appears to be embedded in his genetic makeup, and a lengthy history of agribusiness experience.

After completing an Agriculture Science Degree and an Economics Degree at the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Central Queensland University, he then went on to establish a 30-year career in the industry, starting as a research agronomist in the Darling Downs/Lockyer Valley horticultural region before running a suite of agribusinesses, serving as Managing Director of CropCare Australasia, Wesfarmers CSBP, Wesfarmers Landmark, Farmoz, and Grain Growers Limited.  He then joined the Elders Board as a Non-Executive Director.

In addition to his agribusiness executive career he has held numerous non-executive director roles in private, government and industry organisations.  These appointments include former Director on the Grains and Legume Nutrition Council, former Chairman of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, CropLife Pty Ltd and Agsafe Pty Ltd.  He is currently Chairman of Agribusiness Australia.

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6:30 AM06:30

HAA Global Networking Night in Sydney & Brisbane

HAA Global Networking Night

Sydney & Brisbane Venues

Date: Monday 12 June
Time: from 6.30pm
Cash bar, but please register your attendance for free Here.

Sydney Details: The Argyle, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks hosted by HCA young/recent alumni Sarah Tesar 0410830059 and Charles Walker.

Brisbane Details: Mr & Mrs G River Bar, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane hosted by HCA QLD Chapter convenor Jon Lindsay

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12:15 PM12:15

Special Event Presentation from Harvard Business School Professor, Rosabeth M. Kanter

You are invited to a Harvard Club of Australia Special Event

A presentation from Harvard Business School Professor

Rosabeth M. Kanter,  

while she is in Sydney presenting at the World Business Forum

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. The former chief Editor of Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Thinkers 50). She has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards, lifetime achievement awards, and prizes.  She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, an innovation that helps successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next life stage.


Date: Thursday 1 June 2017

Sydney Details: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm at JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Brisbane Details: 12.15am for 12.30am - 2pm, at JBWere, Riverside Centre, 34/123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000. Professor Kanter via videoconference

Canberra Details: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm, at JBWere, Level 3, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601. Host: Jamie Snashall. Professor Kanter via videoconference

Perth Details: 10.15am for 10.30am - 12noon, at JBWere, Level 11, 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000. Host: Mark Paganin. Professor Kanter via videoconference.

Price Sydney, Brisbane & Canberra: $50.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

Price Perth: $20.00, includes morning tea.

Dress: Business Attire

Rosabeth M. Kanter

Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, an innovation that helps successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next life stage. A collaboration across all of Harvard, the Advanced Leadership Initiative aims to build a new leadership force for the world. Her latest book, MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead, a New York Times’ Book review Editor’s Choice, is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. 

Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organizations worldwide, through her teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former chief Editor of Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Thinkers 50). She has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards, lifetime achievement awards, and prizes. These include the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award for scholarly contributions to management knowledge; the World Teleport Association's “Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year” award; the International Leadership Award from the Association of Leadership Professionals; and the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence.

She is the author or coauthor of 19 books. Her book The Change Masters was named one of the most influential business books of the 20th century (Financial Times). SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, a manifesto for leadership of sustainable enterprises, was named one of the ten best business books of 2009 by Amazon.com. A related article, "How Great Companies Think Differently," received Harvard Business Review's 2011 McKinsey Award for the year's two best articles.Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End (a New York Times business bestseller and #1 Business Week bestseller), describes the culture of high-performance organizations compared with those in decline and shows how to lead turnarounds, whether in businesses, schools, sports teams, or countries. Men & Women of the Corporation, winner of the C. Wright Mills award for the best book on social issues and called a classic, offers insight into the individual and organizational factors that promote success or perpetuate disadvantage; a spin-off video, A Tale of ‘O’: On Being Different, is a widely-used tool for diversity training. A related book, Work & Family in the United States, set a policy agenda; later, a coalition of university centers created in her honor the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for the best research on work/family issues. Another award-winning book, When Giants Learn to Dance, showed how to master the new terms of competition at the dawn of the global information age.World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy identified the rise of new business networks and dilemmas of globalization, a theme she continues to pursue in her new book MOVE and the Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project.

Through her consulting arm, Goodmeasure Inc., she advises numerous CEOs and has partnered with IBM on applying her leadership tools from business to other sectors as a Senior Advisor for IBM’s Global Citizenship portfolio. She has served on many business and non-profit boards, such as City Year, the urban “Peace Corps” addressing the school dropout crisis through national service, and on a variety of national or regional commissions including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. She speaks widely, often sharing the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at national and international events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan.

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Program for Non-Profit Leaders 'Strategies for Scale and Transforming Impact'

Harvard Club Program for Non-Profit Leaders 2017

Presented by Harvard Business School Professor

Kash Rangan

The 2017 Harvard Club Program for Non-Profit Leaders 'Strategies for Scale and Transforming Impact' will provide leaders of non-for-profit (NFP) organisations with greater understanding of how to successfully build scale to transform the size and quality of their impact.

Dates: Thursday 18 - Friday 20 May 2017
Venue: Sydney CBD
Format: Welcome Drinks & Networking evening on Thursday 18 May. Two day program, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.  Non Residential Program. Fee $2000+GST.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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3:00 PM15:00

Spring Back to Harvard Bowling in Sydney

Spring Back to Harvard with Harvard Alumni Association

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 3:00pm–5:00pm

Venue: The Greens North Sydney (50 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)

Click to RSVP

Please join us for Sydney's first Spring Back to Harvard event! Spring Back to Harvard is a new series of events sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and taking place across the globe this (northern) spring. These events aim to reconnect Harvard grads and their families with local Harvard alumni through fun, family-friendly activities, with a focus on alumni between six and twenty-five years after graduation (but all alumni are welcome!)

The Sydney event, which is being jointly sponsored by the HAA and HCA, will be held at The Greens North Sydney on Saturday, April 29, at 3pm–5pm. Join us and other alumni for drinks and lawn bowls at one of Sydney's best bowling venues with stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Attendance is $20 (paid at the venue), or free if not participating in lawn bowls.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.

All Harvard alumni, HCA members, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP here or contact Sean Li (seanli@post.harvard.edu) with any questions.



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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Dr George Gittoes AM 'War and Art'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch

with guest speaker

Dr George Gittoes AM, 2015 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, speaking on
“War and Art - themes from the frontline"

It was on Dr Brendan Nelson’s commendation that Dr Gittoes was invited to speak at our upcoming event.

Date: Monday 3 April 2017

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Dr George Gittoes AM, is an internationally renowned painter, film maker, photojournalist and peace activist. For over forty-five years he has been documenting conflicts zones and their impact throughout the world. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of NSW.

Initially he enrolled in an Arts/Law degree at the University of Sydney. After hearing American art critic, Clement Greenberg give a lecture in Sydney in 1968, he left university and went to New York on Greenberg’s recommendation. He went on to study painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York. During that period he met Andy Warhol and had the opportunity to work at The Factory, shooting reels of film and witnessing Warhol’s process.

On his return to Australia he was co-founder of the famous Yellow House in Potts Point with Martin Sharp. It was a place for artists to live and work and was in homage to Van Gogh’s “unrealised dream to establish a centre for artists to live, work and exhibit at his house in Arles, France.”

Since then he has won the 1995 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for the work Open Cut (from the Heavy Industry series), the 1992 Blake Prize twice for Religious Art for the painting Ancient Prayer and in 1996 The Preacher. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston has had his documentaries shown on the ABC, SBS and major international festivals.

Since 1986, when he made the film, Bullets of the Poets, in Nicaragua, he has been in the frontline of conflicts including documenting the Australian Defence Force as peacekeepers in Somalia and the Australian United Nations peacekeepers and observers in Western Sahara, Algeria, Sinai, Israel and Southern Lebanon in the early 1990’s. He has also worked independently in other arenas of conflict. Since the Taliban era prior to 9/11 he was focussing on the tribal belt of Paksitan and has extensive periods in that region.

Since the beginning of the Afghanistan war, he has spent extensive periods in that region. He travelled with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in 2002, done four trips to Iraq and produced an acclaimed film, Soundtrack to War, and later Rampage.

In 2011, he set up the Yellow House in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, that is a mulit-disciplinary art centre similar to the former Yellow House in Sydney. It was part of a vision he had to take in outcasts, street kids and artists and to teach them artistic skills in the midst of an area of destruction where the Taliban rules. He lives there with his wife, Hellen Rose, who runs women’s media workshops and the place is flourishing. In 2015 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

 A book on Dr Gittoes has recently been published.

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