UQ Congratulates six of the Best Under 30

1 Jan 2014

Six University of Queensland Alumni have been included in the annual Australian Institute of Management's 'AIM30: 30 Under 30 Making a Mark list' for Queensland and the Northern Territory. 

Those on the prestigious list are all under 30 years of age and leaders in their chosen careers, with a collection of professional achievements that belie their relatively tender years.

UQ Alumni on the 2013 list include:

Adam Di Marco
Bachelor of Business Management (Real Estate & Development) 2007 

At 27 years old, Adam is responsible for nearly $400 million worth of development as Development Manager with one of Australia’s largest companies, Leighton Properties.

In his short but highly impressive career, Adam has also helped establish TheUrbanDeveloper.com a rapidly growing urban development and property industry forum, which boasts more than 7000 subscribers. He is also an Ambassador with Opportunity International, one of the world’s largest not-for-profit microfinance organisations, and was recently appointed to the charity’s National Steering Committee.

Andrew Barnes
Bachelor of Economics, Economic Econometrics 2009, Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) 2011; PHD Business Strategy 2012 -

In 2005 and still at high school, Andrew identified a niche business he believed he could develop into a market leader. Not a decade later and Andrew’s belief and foresight proved correct and GO1, the digital strategy company he co-founded from scratch is now a leader in its field.

GO1 currently has more than 400 clients including News Ltd, Australian Bankers Association, Jetts, The Leukaemia Foundation and LJ Hooker Commercial, with 36 staff across three offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City.

Jared Kilby 
Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) 2007

Jared Kilby is an Associate at Flinders Group, a leading planning and project management firm where his main responsibility is the management and growth of the company’s largest business unit, Land Access. In the past 18 months, he has grown the Land Access business almost two-fold, with Flinders Groups having one of Australia’s largest teams of full-time land access professionals.  

To achieve this, the team in which he manages has worked with more than 1000 stakeholders across various CSG-LNG and rail infrastructure projects, and has successfully negotiated voluntary agreements with more than 300 landholders in the Bowen and Surat Basins.

Leighton Crisp
Bachelor of Economics (International Trade and Finance) 2010

Since 2012, Leighton has held the position of business development manager with Bankwest where he develops and manages high-level relationships with corporate and institutional investors in the money market investments field.

Born in Johannesburg, Leighton travelled extensively with his parents but made the move to Brisbane in 2007 to commence his tertiary studies at University Of Queensland. After completing an economics degree, he co-founded an import company and became involved with the Brisbane German Club where he founded a committee for young members, which now has 60 members.

Natasha Underdown
Bachelor of Commerce and Economics 2007

Natasha is the Business Excellence Manager on the Bank of Queensland management team and a 'shining star' of the organisation’s future.

With qualifications including a Graduate Diploma Chartered Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accounting, and Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from University of Queensland, Natasha has the formal qualifications to support her title. But it’s her ability to deliver both process efficiencies and cost savings to the organisation that has propelled her up the corporate ladder.

Now into her seventh year at BOQ, Natasha believes strongly in the sharing of knowledge between employees to achieve tangible outcomes and says she can adapt her management style to suit the situation.

Zoe Black
Bachelor in Communication and Masters of Business Administration 2005

At 27 years old Zoe has already won a string of awards that would make a manager many years her senior immensely proud.

As the Director of Strategy and Planning at Australian Communication Exchange, Zoe oversees an invaluable program that helps the one in six Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired communicate with their each other, their families and the rest of the nation.

In her downtime, Zoe keeps contributing to the community as a Director for two Australian charities works regularly with Brisbane-based social enterprises.

Congratulations to you all on being recognised as some of Australia's finest young talent, and for your already remarkable achievements in your chosen fields.

UQ is very proud to number you amongst its more than 200,000-strong worldwide network of alumni.