08 Past MBA Graduates “I started studying the MBA to enable a career change into a more strategic, dynamic role in management consulting. This has led into an exciting leadership role in the financial services industry. The MBA program offered me a view on how a range of business functions interact and impact organisations enabling more holistic analysis and decision making. Completing the UQBusinessSchoolMBA has been of great benefit in my career through both the knowledge gained through class delivery and interactions with other students and through the range of ongoing learning and networking opportunities offered to alumni. Demonstrating continual investment in your own learning and development is increasingly seen as a “ticket to play” and the MBA is a prime example”. Elyse Henderson, Senior Partner – NAB Business Below: Elyse Henderson, Senior Partner – NAB Business.
MBA graduate Mark Sowerby started his own private equity firm in 2006, the then 35-year old had worked on five continents in some of the busiest cities in the world. His work had taken him to places as diverse as Hong Kong, Nicaragua, China, Bangladesh, India, Mexico and parts of the US. Mark is the founder and director of Blue Sky Funds Management, which in four years has grown to a family of four companies with 18 staff, offices in Brisbane and Adelaide, and $160 million worth of funds under its management. As Managing Director of Blue Sky Private Equity, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, and plays an active role in sourcing investment opportunities. Mark Sowerby, Director – Blue Sky Below: Mark Sowerby, director (farright) with the Blue Sky team. 09