2010 MBA Yearbook - UQ Business School - University of Queensland

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2010 MBA Yearbook - UQ Business School - University of Queensland

Event Management and Business Development

Vanessa

BENSON-

CASSARD

Innovative and Strategic Leader

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE NATIONALITY/RESIDENCY

Vanessa is an accomplished Business Development Manager with

vast international experience. She has a proven track record in project

management including team leadership, commercial negotiation and

contract management.

Vanessa is recognised for her extensive experience in marketing, event

management, promotion and facilitation. The hallmark of Vanessa’s

success is her facilitation and communication skills, and her ability to

think commercially, while being innovative.

As a strategic leader, she has strong interpersonal, motivational and

organisational skills. Vanessa’s passion for travel has led her to all

corners of the globe, enhancing her ability to develop and lead teams

with diverse ethnic backgrounds. She prides herself on her cultural

awareness and her ability to motivate teams to successfully achieve

strategic goals.

Hands on and outcome focused, Vanessa’s myriad of achievements

include developing multimillion dollar advertising contracts, creating

naming rights sponsorships, developing new products, conceiving

and managing showcases, trade delegations, promotions and events

including the largest Australian indigenous art exhibition held at the

Australian Embassy in Paris.

She has developed a number of organisational strategy and policy

documents, has been a member of advisory groups and has led high

level intergovernmental liaison groups.

Vanessa thrives in a creative environment leading and motivating

teams and strives to enhance her professional career in diverse working

environments where she can continue to learn from new experiences

and people.

Vanessa’s strong professional career is built on solid academic

achievement including her MBA and a Master of Marketing and

Communications.

Australian

EDUCATION

2010

MBA

The University of Queensland

2008

graduate Certificate of Executive

Leadership

The University of Queensland

1992

Master of Marketing and Communications

Ecole Française d’Attachées de Presse

1989

Bachelor of Arts

The University of Queensland

CAREER BACKGROUND

2009 – Current

Commercial development Manager

TransLink Transit Authority

2006 – 2009

Business development Manager

TransLink, Queensland Transport

1994 – 2005

Senior Business development Manager

Austrade, Paris

1991 – 1993

Event Coordinator

CHK, Paris

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member, Queensland Museum Board’s

Children and Young Persons Working

Committee

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