GAC 2016 around the world

From Chicago to Lahore, Berlin to Shanghai…we are proud to have a truly global alumni presence. 
It was fantastic to see the GAC events in Melbourne and Sydney sold out with alumni and friends of the School coming to hear Professor Amanda Sinclair at both gatherings.

MBS Dean Zeger Degraeve gave alumni a warm welcome at the Melbourne event with the speech being broadcast live around the world via the app Periscope.

“Our alumni are part of an elite group of professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders from across Australia and overseas that have worked hard before, during and after their time at Melbourne Business School to achieve their ambitions,” said Professor Degraeve. 

“The Global Alumni Celebration is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate that hard work and the success that follows it, with our alumni community who reside in more than 35 other cities around the world.” 

The crowd in Sydney asks questions of Professor Amanda Sinclair and Woolworths Chairman Gordon Cairns.
The event in Melbourne also served as the official launch of Amanda’s book Leading Mindfully. The capacity crowd heard Amanda talk about her own journey with mindfulness, and how leaders can use the practice to make their organisations more productive.

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At the Sydney event Amanda was in conversation with Woolworths Chairman Gordon Cairns and it proved a fascinating discussion about how mindfulness and business can be integrated for effective leadership. MBS Director of Alumni Relations Tristan Alltimes was there to celebrate with our strong alumni community in Sydney.

The first GAC event in Australia was in Brisbane where Assistant Professor Geoff Martin hosted a session on “Strategic Frameworks and Topical Issues in Strategy”. 

Associate Professor Sam Wylie was honoured to see so many alumni come to the Perth event, to hear his seminar on global volatility and the impact of low interest rates. 

Alumni in Adelaide connected over some wines from around the world, and our Auckland alumni gathered for a casual get together.

The GAC event in Adelaide.
Across Asia our alumni communities held several events including drinks and coffee meetings in Bangalore, Colombo, Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Kuwait and Singapore. Our alumni community in Asia is growing and it is fantastic to see that there were so many GAC events, no matter how small. It was the first-ever GAC in Kuwait with 100 per cent attendance from alumni in the region.

In Beijing our alumni met in front of the historic Tiananmen Gates then on to a celebratory lunch.
 In Shanghai alumni and the current full-time MBA class participating in the Business in Asia module enjoyed dinner together and heard a presentation from Angel Liang, chief executive of her journey of establishing a Chinese ecommerce wedding empire. It was certainly an inspiring and fascinating night.
The Beijing chapter met up at the Tiananmen Gate. 
Over to Europe and there were several gatherings (and a few still to come) – Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Belgrade. In keeping with European style these gatherings were relaxed and were held at various bars and cafes including new hotspot Crackers in Berlin (no one wanted to leave and stayed until the early hours!) and Three Hats Restaurant in Belgrade.

It was really encouraging to see such a strong turnout in San Francisco at the Bay area’s Impact Hub along with Associate Professor Jody Evans who spoke on “the impact of social impact”, Associate Professor Andrew John and Executive Director of Advancement Carson Walburn. 

In the words of President Obama “Hello Chicago!” where our alumni in the windy city gathered at a bar for a casual get together and others came together in Seattle, Vancouver and Washington.

 Professor Amanda Sinclair addresses the Melbourne GAC event.
There were corporate events too like the combined morning tea held by ANZ and National Australia Bank where our alumni are well represented. More than 50 alumni were in attendance at this event.

The success of GAC is a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers in each city. MBS has the strongest alumni network of any Business School in Australia. The community is what you make it: the more you are involved, the stronger and more valuable our global network becomes.

You don’t need to wait for GAC events to connect with your MBS community. Stay in touch and keep an eye out for several other events planned through our global alumni chapters throughout 2016.