Meet our Global Connection Coordinators

From all corners of the globe, this committed community of UQ ChangeMakers organise and host Global Connection events.

They are responsible for sourcing and booking an appropriate (and fun!) venue, selecting the event day and time, working with the UQ Alumni Team on event promotion and hosting the event attendees! They are our experts on the ground that help make Global Connections possible.

We hope you can meet our Global Connection Coordinators in person at an event near you! Until then, check out their profiles below.
 

Global Connection Events


Are you interested in becoming a Global Connections coordinator?
We'd love to hear from you! Connect with us at uqchangemakers@uq.edu.au.

 

Melbourne, Australia

Paul Gibney, MBA '91 

I am an accountant who has worked in large construction and engineering projects in Australia and Asia (living in Thailand for 10 years). Currently, I am involved as a part owner of a specialist remedial engineering business in PNG and the near Pacific region. My relationship with UQ was renewed in 2014 and since then I have served on the Melbourne Alumni Council; most recently as the Chair for the last three years. Global Connections is a perfect casual way to connect or reconnect with fellow alumni and to build networks for social and professional reasons.

Contact Paul: gibneys@bigpond.com


Santiago, Chile

Mary Robinson, MBus ‘15

I’ve been a Business Developer for Land & Water area at CSIRO Chile since 2019. In 2015, I completed the Master of Business in the field of Sustainability at UQ BEL. Since 2016, I have co-coordinated the Santiago de Chile Global Connections. I am enthusiastic about collaborating in activities led by UQ that allow Chilean alumni to continue in contact with the University, as well as maintaining a community that can be a support network for new alumni! Connect with Mary on LinkedIn

 

Rodrigo Zarate, MBus '13

I am a Presales Manager at Cognitiva Chile, a tech consultancy firm that specialises in solutions using Artificial Intelligence capabilities to solve complex business problems. I am a passionate UQ BEL alumnus, and have been organising Global Connection events in Chile for several years. My advice to new graduates is, “Always keep moving, have a purpose and make connections" and my favourite UQ professor was Associate Professor Frank Alpert. Connect with Rodrigo on LinkedIn

 


Beijing, China

Jiaying (Joyce) Wu, MTHEM ‘17

I am a hospitality marketing strategy and campaign professional leading the communication between outlets and guests. This year, I've started volunteering as a GC coordinator. The sense of community and inclusion means a lot to us UQers abroad, and I am sincerely looking forward to organise more gatherings in my area. Connect with Joyce on LinkedIn

 



Guangzhou, China

Erice Wu, BPsySc ‘10

I've been working in the area of PE/VC investment for seven years before starting my own company in 2018. I’ve been reconnecting with UQ alumni through the Global Connections program since 2015. Global Connections is a very good opportunity for us to find local connections and reunite. It means a lot for overseas UQers and helps us bond with each other. Connect with Erice on LinkedIn

 


Shanghai, China

Hazel Zheng Wang, MBus ‘11

I have worked in the automotive industry for more than 10 years with demonstrated experience of brand digital marketing and consumer market research. I am very happy to be a Global Connections coordinator and I hope I can help many UQ alumni to connect with each other, make more friends and generate more business opportunities! Connect with Hazel on LinkedIn
 

 

Vanessa Gu, MCom ‘07

At Global Connections in Shanghai, we aim to reunite UQ returnees, build up networks and enhance professions. As a founding Global Connection Coordinator, I have made quite a few friends and always recalled the good time in UQ. Connect with Vanessa on WeChat: vanessagujj

 

 

London, England

Paul Kelly, BCom(Hons) ‘09, BBusMan ‘08

Hi! I’m a professional strategy consultant and chartered accountant, currently leading the Next Generation strategy at HSBC Private Bank in London.  I began working at PwC in Australia and in the 12 years since graduating, my career has taken me from Brisbane to Cambridge and now to London. Global Connections in London is a great chance to network and meet new friends over a drink or two in one of the world’s great cities! Connect with Paul on LinkedIn

 

Sophie Morgan-Short, BComms/BA ‘15

I work in digital advertising for a global agency and I'm currently based in London. I moved here shortly after graduation and have spent most of my career here in the UK. Global Connections is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people in different industries and roles, and make new connections - both professionally and personally. It's always nice to connect with other Aussies living in London. Looking forward to meeting some of you soon come and say hi! Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn.

 

 

Düsseldorf, Germany

Rina Huisinkveld, MBus '17

I am a quintessential lifelong learner with most recent work experience in the business accounting as a Careers Engagement Manager. I completed my Master of Business in 2017 majoring in Human Resource Management and I have a growing passion for helping people achieve their potential and love to break down barriers to connect people. Many great memories, connections and friendships were developed during my studies at UQ so I hope to build a strong community in Germany where we can reminisce and reconnect with our fellow UQ Alumni. Favourite memory at UQ: Meeting my husband and my amazing friends!

 

Chennai, India

Gayathri Govindarajan, MEnvMan '19

I am an environmental management professional focused on plastic pollution and its impact on the marine environment. I am also the first Indian woman to graduate from the Marine Plastics Abatement program at The Asian Institute of Technology, funded by The Government of Japan as part of its "MARINE Initiative" to realize the "Osaka Blue Ocean Vision". I will be hosting the kick-off Global Connections event in Chennai this year, do join and lets build a UQ Alumni family in "Namma" Chennai. Connect with Gayathri on LinkedIn.

 

Bangalore, India

Kunal Mysore, MMolBiol '06

I am a beverage consultant by profession and Co-Founder of Praacheen Vidhaan, an eco-friendly, sustainable, chemical-free natural products company by passion. I would love to be connected with other UQ alumni and give back to UQ - please reach out if you'd like to chat! UQ was fundamental in shaping me as a person and I would be glad to speak to anyone else who has had, or is interested in having, a UQ experience.

 

 

Tokyo, Japan

Tim Tout, BA ’90, MBA ‘98

As Co-founder, MD and Executive Coach of HummingByrd Inc., I am focused on maximising the potential of people and organisations to postitively impact our world. My career covers leadership positions in the agricultural, fashion retail, tertiary education and training & development sectors. I am currently Co-Vice Chair of the Technology, Innovation, Education & Research Committee for the Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn

 

 

The Hague/Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Molly Thomas, BA/LLB (Hons I) ‘18

I'm currently working as a Defence Legal Consultant at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice. I'm passionate about human rights, fair trials and building a better world. I'd love to connect with UQ alumni around the Netherlands and Europe to help learn more about what our community is achieving here. Connect with Molly on LinkedIn

 

 

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Byambaa Tumurbaatar, BBusMan/BA '1

Byamba is a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with a focus on InsurTech, sustainability, innovation and partnerships, and has worked with leading brands including Shangri-La Group (Singapore), Event Entertainment Group (Australia), and Khan Bank, the largest financial institution in Mongolia. He has experience spanning across technology startup, digital marketing, talent management, finance, event management and client-side environments globally across Australia, USA and Asia, and thrives working with diverse and dynamic teams to make a difference. He spent almost 8 years living and studying abroad in Australia and the United States before returning to his home country in 2019. UQ Global Connections is an excellent casual approach to connect or reconnect with fellow graduates and to create social and business networks. I am thrilled to be a Global Connections coordinator, and I intend to assist many UQ alumni in connecting with one another, making new friends, and generating new business prospects!

Auckland, New Zealand

Louis Lan, MBus '12

I am a curious person and can't stop exploring the world. I have worked in different countries, including Taiwan, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Currently, my wife and I are living in Auckland, New Zealand. As an NZ coordinator, it will be lovely to meet you and share your experience and memory at UQ! I met my future wife :) Auckland New Zealand.

 

 

Khae Pothipat, MBus '12

I am currently working in the education sector in Auckland. My work is related to planning, data, and performance analysis.

I have many good memories of life at UQ from day one. I love our beautiful St. Lucia campus, the unique grassy great court with modern facilities with an excellent academic environment to learn and grow academically and professionally. Besides recognizing the knowledge's degrees, I have invaluable friendships, memories, and connections from UQ that last for life.

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Yushan Tharanga Abeykoona, MGPP ‘18

I'm currently working as the Director of Customs at Bandaranayake International Airport Colombo, Sri Lanka. I'd love to connect with UQ alumni around the Asian region and around the world as well to learn more about the world.

 

 

Lima, Peru

Ines Valenzuela, MTHEM ‘13

I have worked in public and private sector tourism for over 9 years. My background in communications and passion for travel have led me to my current role – where I develop and promote unique travel experiences in South America for travellers from all around the world. For me, Global Connections is a special space for us to broaden and strengthen our personal and professional networks and be inspired by other alums' projects and stories. Connect with Ines on LinkedIn
 

 

Taipei, Taiwan

Arthur Liu (Kuan-Hung Liu), MBus ‘18

I am a financial professional with experience in M&A transactions, auditing, and banking. Apart from the financial experience, I am also a Career Coordinator specializing in recruiting accounting and finance positions. I am a Director-at-large at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Taipei Chapter, where I am responsible for organising the chapter events and coordinating Chapter management with the IMA Singapore office. Connect with Arthur on LinkedIn

 


Bangkok, Thailand

Sully Bholat, BBusMan '15

I am an entrepreneur that worked in the fitness and wellness industry for over 4 years as I founded a health and fitness platform in Myanmar called Flexible Pass. My background in business management has led me to that role and my interest in entrepreneurship has led me to doing a tech startup. Currently, I am in Thailand and is working for an event management platform company.