MBS Alumni nominated as 'Woman of Influence'


MBS alumnae Jackie Fairley (MBA 1993) and Jasmin Herro (MURRA 2013) were both nominated in this year’s The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence award. The awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia.


Jasmin Herro has been recognised for her work in the Australian Indigenous business sector and was nominated in the category of Business Enterprise.

As CEO of Outback Global Australia, Jasmin is responsible for a business that sources uniforms, work wear, personal protective equipment. Jasmin was the first Indigenous business entrepreneur to create a joint venture partnership with an African American minority business, forming Outback Global USA in 2013.
In the same year, she completed the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at Melbourne Business School, the first program of its kind and designed specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs and managers.

“I believe as an Indigenous woman I have a responsibility to my daughter to continue to dispel the stereotypical attitudes woman face in business and in everyday life. I teach my daughter to be proud of her culture and hope to inspire other young Indigenous girls to dream big dreams without the constraints of gender and race inequality,” 

“The Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass was a big part of this, of enabling me to think more broadly about my business in a safe and supportive environment.”

MBS Board member and alumna Dr Jackie Fairley, CEO of Starpharma Holdings, was nominated in the Innovation Category.

The Australian biotech company has developed an antiviral compound called VivaGel​ that tests show can inactivate up to 99.9 per cent if HIV, herpes and some other sexually transmitted viruses, this reducing the risk of transmission. Starpharma has worked with the world’s second biggest condom maker, Australian-based Ansell, to develop a range that incorporates VivaGel in the lubricant used.

“You can’t work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries if you can’t tolerate risk,” according to Jackie. “The MBA helped me develop an ability to understand, manage and work with risk and then make good judgments regarding investment decisions.”

“In every way, these two women represent the model of an entrepreneurial, hard-working businessperson. We couldn’t be prouder and congratulate them and every one of the women nominated,” said Professor Degraeve.