HCA Event Reports - October 2017

Event Report - In Discussion with Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, 5 October 2017:

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. ”
I found Tim refreshingly open about MYOB’s journey of ups and downs and ups. That openness gave all who attended a privileged inside look at a great Australian innovation case study. A reminder about the blend of good luck and good management when it comes to picking the right time for expansion into new growth areas and the importance of building a winning culture from the top down. I also came away proud of what Harvard alums are doing for Australia.
— HCA Member
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Event Report - Monday Club Lunch with Catherine Burn, NSW Police, 9 October 2017:

At the Monday Club on 9 October, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn discussed issues an challenges facing the Force. Incidents of terrorism and social violence have increased, but so has the capacity of the police to deal with them. Actions of lone wolfs and radicalised youths are often unpredictable and difficult to anticipate. The Force works closely with other state forces and federal agencies to keep Australians as safe as possible.

Bill Gates encourages us to think beyond the trend lines. Terrorism exists, but we have longer lives, less warfare, fewer diseases, more food and better health. Keep things in proportion.
— HCA Member

Four of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships

Wed 12 October 2017: Caroline Edwards and Jamie Snashall were on ABC Canberra discussing the scholarship and Club.  Interview is at minute 47.

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/mornings/mornings/9021222

MEDIA RELEASE

 Four of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships

The Harvard Club of Australia has announced the following recipients of the 2017/18 Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship:

  • Caroline Edwards, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Health and Aged Care, Department of Human Services

  • Michael Outram, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection

  • Kym Peake, Secretary, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

  • Selwyn Button, Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Indigenous Education, Queensland Department of Education and Training

The scholarships will allow Ms Edwards, Mr Outram, Ms Peake and Mr Button to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2017 or 2018.

With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank, Sir James Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy.  Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.

The four recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head.  A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Luke Woodward (Gilbert + Tobin), Nick Whitlam (Port Authority of NSW), Zeke Solomon (Allens) and Peter Thompson (the Australia and New Zealand School of Government).

In 2017/18 the scholarship has been generously supported by Sir James Wolfensohn, and other donors including Zeke Solomon, Luke Woodward, Lisa George and members of the HCA Queensland Chapter also contributed support for the scholarship to the Queensland recipient, Mr Button.  Mr Button has also received a further scholarship from the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation which has allowed him to undertake an additional executive education program at the Kennedy School.                   

Contact: Luke Woodward, 0402 257 604

Selwyn Button

Selwyn Button

60 year Celebration with special guest

The Council of the Harvard Club of Australia

invite you

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:

Action from 2017 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'Digital Innovation and Leading Transformation'

The 2017 Harvard Club Program for Leaders, 'Digital Innovation and Leading Transformation' in action!

Presented by Harvard Business School Professors Karim Lakhani and Tsedal Neeley.

Over 80 participants from Qantas, Suncorp, Dept of Defence, Woolworths, ANZ, Telstra, DEXUS, ABC, to name a few.

Guest Speakers:

  • Paul Thomas, CEO, Gateway Credit Union;
  • Paul Hunyor, Regional Head, BCG Digital Ventures,
  • Jason Pellegrino, Managing Director, Google Australia and New Zealand;
  • Brad Banducci, CEO and Managing Director, Woolworths Group.

2017 HCA Nonprofit Fellows Announced

2017 Non-profit Fellowship Awards event with guest speaker, Alan Schwartz AM

By Lisa George (MPP, 2006)

The Non-profit Fellowship Awards event is an annual highlight in HCA’s calendar.  This year, Club members and guests gathered at Macquarie Group’s global headquarters in Sydney for the luncheon to meet the 2017 recipients and hear from distinguished guest speaker, Mr. Alan Schwartz AM, Chair of Philanthropy Australia.

The Non-Profit Fellowships of A$12,500 each have been generously supported by Bill and Lea Ferris since their inception in 2001. The fellowships enable two outstanding Australian non-profit CEOs to attend the renowned Harvard Business School course titled “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” (SPNM) which is held each year in July. The 2017 panel was chaired by Lisa George (former HCA Co-President), and included Club members Patrick Regan (former HCA President), Ben Sebel, Anita Kumar (2012 Non-profit Fellow), and Tony Massaro.

Mr. Ted Blamey, HCA Councillor & past Chairman of these Fellowships (2001-2015), had the honour of presenting the Awards.  The recipients were Jane Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer of Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and John Hutcheson AM, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy NSW Associated Clubs.

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites, endangered species’ habitats, and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land.  At Harvard, Jane hopes to develop the capacity to steer the organisation towards developing future capital (financial and intellectual) and exploring new opportunities for the organisation to achieve conservation well into the next century.

The mission of Legacy is to ‘strive to ensure social justice for the dependents of incapacitated and faller military personnel.’  Legacy provides the necessary assistance to families, reducing some of the financial and other burdens, thereby assisting with the veteran’s recovery.  The challenge John will take to Harvard is to build an organisation capable of collaboration across the sector to share resources and knowledge. 

In presenting the Awards, Mr. Blamey reflected on why these Fellowships have been so successful for 17 years: the ongoing success of past Fellows, providing much-needed investment into the non-profit sector and the esteemed history and brand of Harvard University.  Speaking of previous fellows, Ted remarked, “They have been prominent contributors while at Harvard, impressing the course leaders and their peers alike. Then, back home in their organisations, they have tackled important issues, met difficult challenges and led from the front. All have improved our communities, some powerfully.” 

This made for an inspiring send-off for our 2017 recipients and set the stage for the Non-profit Leadership Address by Alan Schwartz AM.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Schwartz foreshadowed a provocative speech, entitled ‘What’s wrong with profit?’, and the audience was not disappointed! In his speech, he described a few ‘irritations’ from the many years spent in the business and community sectors.  These include: the ability for businesses to declare profits without any regard to accounting for negative externalities they may cause; non-profit organisations that aren’t efficient or accountable for outcomes; and finally outstanding, efficient, accountable, not for profits, doing amazing important work but unable to scale because they cannot access capital.

He challenged the conventional definition of profit, arguing instead for a ‘common currency’ for both non-profits and for-profits, whereby value added and value destroyed could be measured.  Mr Schwartz passionately went on, “It is this single currency of value creation that would be used to allocate resources in our society rather than the narrower measure of profit.” 

This radical idea prompted many questions and a spirited Q&A session following the speech.  So much so, that the event had to be concluded with many more hands still in the air, the sign of a truly inspiring and thought-provoking address. 

 

2016 Wolfensohn Scholarship Recipients Announced

MEDIA RELEASE

Two of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships

30 June 2016

Simon Draper, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and Marc Innes-Brown, First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are the 2016 recipients of the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship.

Marc Innes-Brown

Marc Innes-Brown

The scholarships will Mr Draper and Mr Innes-Brown to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2016 or 2017.

With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank, Jim Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy. Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.

Simon Draper

Simon Draper

Mr Draper’s chosen course is Senior Managers in Government and Mr Innes-Brown’s chosen course is Senior Executives in National and International Security.

The two recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head. A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Luke Woodward (Gilbert + Tobin), Nick Whitlam (Port Authority of NSW), Joanne White (Commonwealth Bank) and Peter Thompson (the Australia and New Zealand School of Government).

Contact: Luke Woodward, 0402 257 604

Elizabeth Carr, awarded AM in Queen's Birthday Honours

Harvard Club Councillor and Convenor for Western Australia, Elizabeth Carr:

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

Ms Elizabeth Jessie CARR, Perth WA 6000

For significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the health, aged care, education and social services sectors. Service includes:

Inaugural Chair, icare Foundation, since 2016. Non-Executive Director, icare, since 2015.

Board Member, Safety, Return to Work and Support, 2010-2015.

Member, Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board, 2012.

Non-Executive Chair, Risk Audit Committee, Department of Family and Community Services NSW, since 2014.

Member, Urban Growth Development Corp NSW, since 2015.

Member, Australian Technology Park NSW, since 2015.

Chair, Seton Villa, Disabilities NSW, since 2015.

Chair, St Catherine's Aged Care Services (NSW), since 2013.

Director, Board of Governors, Kambala School for Girls, Rose Bay, NSW, 2007-2013.

Member, Medical Research Advisory Council NSW, 2011-2012.

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, since 2011.

Board Member, Environmental Protection Authority, Western Australia, since 2011.\

Chair, South Metropolitan TAFE WA, since 2016.

Chair, Challenger Institute of Technology, WA, 2015-2016.

WA Council Member, The Funding Network, since 2013.

Council Member, Western Australian Branch, Harvard Club Australia, since 2012;

Member, since 2006. Director, Board of Governors, St Mary's Anglican Girls School, WA, since 2011 and Chair, since 2017.

Non-Executive Director, Kokoda Track Foundation, since 2010.

Non-Executive Chair, Macular Disease Foundation (formerly the Macular Degeneration Foundation), 2006-2016; Inaugural Director, 2001-2003.

Secretary, Paddington Branch, NSW Liberal Party, 2006-2010.

Advisory Council Member, Big Brother/Big Sister Program, YMCA, 2001-2003.

Advisory Council Member, National Youth Initiative, 2001-2003.

Vice-President, Rotary Club of Sydney, 2002-2003; Director, 1997-2003;

Chair, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, 1994-2003; Committee Member, 1995-2003. Member, Rotary Club of Heirisson, 1990-1992.

Taken from: https://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/honours/qb/qb2017/mnxi3_8skq/Media%20Notes%20-%20AM%20(A%20-%20L).pdf

 

 

 

Rosabeth Moss Kanter - World Business Forum

Dear members, 

At the Rosabeth Moss Kanter special event last week, a number of members asked for access to the key points from her presentation at the World Business Forum.  As a service to interested members we provide the following link, hosted by WBF Sponsor, NAB, which gives members not only access to the key points from her presentation but to all the presenters at the WBF.

http://business.nab.com.au/9-insightful-quotes-world-business-forum-2017-24821/

Justin Greiner, President, Harvard Club of Australia

2017 Harvard Club R.G. Menzies Scholarships Announced

Harvard scholars set their sights on improving international security issues and strengthening indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment

Two outstanding achievers who have a drive and vision for how we can improve international security issues and strengthen indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment in Australia have been awarded the prestigious RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard for 2017.

Claire Rochecouste

Claire Rochecouste, a foreign service officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade intends to draw on her expertise from serving in conflict states and cities such as Baghdad, Afghanistan and Argentina, to focus her US public policy training on international security issues with an emphasis on the role of women in foreign policy making and the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. Claire is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Monash University and holds degrees in Arts and Business.  She will enter the mid-career Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government in August 2017.

 

Claire Rochecouste, Claire will study for a mid-career Master in Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government to further her diplomatic career.

Claire Rochecouste,

Claire will study for a mid-career Master in Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government to further her diplomatic career.

Ellen Chapple

As Assistant Crown Counsel to the Crown Law Office of New Zealand, Ellen Chapple is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University and holds degrees in Arts and Law.  She plans to use her expectant Masters of Law at Harvard Law School to contribute to the future of natural resources law in Australia, particularly the legal recognition of indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment.

Ellen Chapple, Ellen will undertake a Master of Law at the Harvard Law School with a goal to be a senior legal advocate for the Australian government.

Ellen Chapple, Ellen will undertake a Master of Law at the Harvard Law School with a goal to be a senior legal advocate for the Australian government.

The scholarships valued at US$60,000 each are Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States and are jointly awarded by the Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian National University.

Claire and Ellen will start at Harvard later this year. The scholarship selection panel was impressed by their vision for how they might improve current systems in Australia based on their early-career experiences, and how they could use international knowledge not currently maximised in Australia.

Both scholarship recipients have also dedicated significant time to volunteer activities in the community in line with their professional passions.

BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOLARSHIP

The RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard

The Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarships to Harvard are Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States. Inaugurated in 1967 by prominent Australian alumni of Harvard to honour the Australian statesman and longest-serving Prime Minister, the Menzies Scholarship grants at least one annual award to talented Australians who have gained admission to a Harvard graduate school. The ideal candidates for the Scholarship are Australians whose primary objective, after completing their studies at Harvard, is to make a significant contribution to this country's development.

Awarded in partnership with The Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian National University, the scholarship is administered by the ANU for postgraduate study in the at Harvard University in the United States.

The scholarship has been awarded to over 80 scholars since 1967.

The Selection Committee may award up to two Menzies Scholarships valued at up to US$60,000 each. An additional Menzies Scholarships valued at US$60,000 may be offered every second year by HCA Philanthropy - 'Class of 1970', for a Menzies Scholar to study at the Harvard Business School.

OPPORTUNITY TO HOST HARVARD UNDERGRADS

Dear HCA Members,

OPPORTUNITY TO HOST HARVARD UNDERGRADS (AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE)

For many years Harvard a Capella groups of 12 undergraduates have visited us as part of their world tours conducted during the university summer recess - the Harvard Krokodiloes (annually) & Harvard Din and Tonics (every second year).  This year, we are delighted to learn that the Radcliffe Pitches (all-female) will be visiting us here in Sydney after a long hiatus.

The Sydney stop on these tours has proven to be a highlight for the group members over the years in no small part due to the generous hospitality provided by HCA members in hosting them via homestays.  It is a chance for them to relax a bit from the rigors of the road and to catch up on basics like laundry, emails, Xbox (seems to be a big thing these days).

This year we have had late notice that The Pitches will be visiting 8-11 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend) and we welcome back the Krokodiloes a month later 8-11 July. 

We are in urgent need of places for the gals and guys to stay.  Hosting duties are a delightful experience and not onerous (typically meeting the students at the airport, giving them a place to call home for a couple of days, providing washer/dryer and internet, and letting them make their breakfast when they roll out of bed).  For the most part they come and go in accordance with their performance schedule and look after themselves.

The University has acknowledged the importance of this gift and our long support in aiding visiting students.  We seldom see any current undergraduates given our distance from Cambridge, so this activity provides one of the few opportunities for us to interact with today’s student body. Hosts always report it is a joy, indeed a privilege.

This is your opportunity to host one or two really outstanding young men or women for a couple of days.  It is chance to give an immediate gift that is rewarding and more personal than a financial bequest. Please consider the opportunity as soon as possible.

Then contact Dave Stump (davidstump@optusnet.com.au) and Suzie Ruse if you think you can help or would like more information.

Thank you!

David Stump (host families convenor) and Ted Blamey.

2017 Australia Harvard Fellow Dr. Sean Cain

2017 Australia Harvard Fellow Dr. Sean Cain was presented with his Fellowship Citation in Melbourne by A-HF Victoria Co-ordinator, Lee Gilmour.  Dr. Cain is heading off to The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to continue his collaboration with 2016 Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Klerman. Their work aims at better understanding the impact of sleep and circadian cycles on wellbeing and productivity.

HCA 2017 Mentoring Program

As part of our club's ongoing commitment to helping our members succeed and fostering stronger links across generations of Harvard alumni, the Harvard Club of Australia is offering mentors to a small number of Harvard graduates.

Applicants should be 3 year members of the Harvard Club and have graduated from one of the Harvard schools relatively recently. You will be matched with senior members of the Harvard Club of Australia based on your answers to the application questions.  So please take time to consider your answers and be as specific as possible.

The program is scheduled to be launched with a kick-off & networking event (likely to be in June), and will formally run until the end of year. Mentors & Mentees will form their own agreements about meetings and conversations and we will support each mentoring pair by providing some guidelines at the beginning of the program.  We will also check in on each mentoring pair every few months and be available throughout the program to discuss any issues that might arise.

Interested in participating?  Please see details below.

Applications are due by Friday 19 May 2017.

Any and all questions, please contact us. We look forward to this year's program!

Yu Zhang & Susan Overall

Application Questions for Mentees - please email answers and send your CV to Club Administrator Suzie Ruse:

  • Name:
  • Phone number:
  • Email:
  • Industry:
  • Are you looking for a particular type of Mentor (eg. any particular experience, background or interest)?
  • Are you looking for mentoring in a particular industry?
  • What are you hoping to achieve from the mentoring program (either resolving particular issues or achieve some broader aim)?

Australia-Harvard Fellowship awards for 2017

Australia-Harvard Fellowship awards for 2017

HCA Foundation is proud to recognise four outstanding researchers to become the 2017 Australia-Harvard Fellows. Recipients will be contributing to the advancement of scientific research in Australia, and to the enhancement of links between Harvard University and Australian academic institutions.

The four 2017 Fellows are:

  • Dr. David Haig, George Putnam Professor of Biology at Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Dr. Noel Michele Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry at Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Dr. Zdenka Kuncic, Professor of Physics, at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Sydney
  • Dr. Sean W. Cain, Senior Lecturer at Monash School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University

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).

Professor Noel Michele Holbrook

Prof. Michele Holbrook studies the physics and physiology of vascular transport in plants with the goal of understanding how constraints on the movement of water and solutes between soil and leaves influences ecological and evolutionary processes. She will be visiting the Dept. of Plant Sciences at the University of Tasmania to study how the strength of liquid transport channels in plants impacts their ability to draw water from the soil, and thus sustain photosynthesis during drought. This work may lead to new ways of breeding or engineering drought-resistant crops, and provide insights to help model how native species will respond to climate change.

Professor Zdenka Kuncic

Prof. Kuncic leads a highly interdisciplinary research program at the interface between physics and medical/life sciences, applying fundamental physical principles to advance our understanding of complex living systems and human diseases. Prof. Kuncic will visit Gordon Center for Medical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital to further her collaboration with 2013 Fellow, Dr Georges El-Fakhri. Their project aims to develop a novel nanotechnology platform for medical imaging that would enable sub-clinical detection, diagnosis and targeted elimination of metastatic tumour cells, improving survival rates in cancer. They will also work on developing a detailed plan for a first-in-human clinical study in Sydney.

Doctor Sean Cain

Dr. Cain’s research focuses on basic circadian rhythms, learning, arousal and cognition. He will visit Harvard’s Broad Institute to work on a study of the genetics of circadian system’s response to light, and in particular how genetic markers of a propensity for circadian disruption lead to disabling conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Type 2 Diabetes. He will also continue his collaboration with 2016 Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Klerman, on a study that aims to better understand how sleep habits of college students affect their mood and academic performance.


These awards take to 64 the total number of Australia-Harvard Fellowships granted since the program’s inception in 2004. Harvard Club of Australia Foundation congratulates these 2017 recipients and offers heartfelt thanks to our volunteers involved in selecting, monitoring and administering the program.

Galina Kaseko
Program Director
Australia-Harvard Fellowship
25 February 2017