BAP USYD was delighted to have hosted the 2017 Oceania Regional Meeting in April.
As an international organisation, Beta Alpha Psi Oceania Chapters across Australia and New Zealand hold a Regional Meeting annually where chapter representatives network, workshop and compete over several days. The aim of the Regional Meeting is to foster greater collaboration across BAP chapters, expose members to the international BAP network and provide new insights into the professional and financial industry.
BAP USYD hosted the Regional Meeting at the Abercrombie Business School on April 21st to 22nd. Participants had the opportunity to network with other chapter members, listen to inspirational speakers and be exposed to what other BAP chapters are planning for 2017.
Our news hit the University's Business School highlight as well, click the link to read more about the experience our conference created.
Oceania 2K17 Speaker Profiles
Lily Wu - (Austern International):
Lily is a 22-year-old Business Law & Accounting student from UNSW who started Austern International when she was 19. She single-handedly took over 100 students to China in her first year before joined by Jamie to expand to different locations. She has been named AMP Tomorrowmaker where she won $10,000 against over 5000 contestants, UNSW Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Anthill 30 Under 30 Young Entrepreneur as well as started up the Young Entrepreneurs Society at UNSW. Aside from the entrepreneurial ventures, she's published 2 children books distributed by Scholastic, competed internationally in Ballet and is on the National Team competing in Taido World Championships later this year.
Ben Ward - (Boston Consulting Group):
Ben Ward joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a management consultant in 2014. In three years at BCG Ben has worked on projects across a range of industries, and has particular experience in Financial Services, Corporate Strategy, and Shareholder Value. These projects have included a review of the threat of digital disruption for a major bank, a value-based portfolio review for a global sovereign wealth fund, and an organisation transformation/restructure for an international wealth manager. Ben undertook a one-year transfer to BCG’s New York office in 2015, and spent four months in 2016 on secondment to an Aboriginal organisation in the remote East Kimberley region where he designed a program to improve Aboriginal employment outcomes.
Ben studied a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, majoring in Finance, Accounting, and Political economy. Ben was the President of the Sydney University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Ben will be commencing his MBA studies at Stanford University in Silicon Valley in September this year.
Sean Wengel - (CAANZ):
Sean Wengel is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Liquidator and Trustee in Bankruptcy focussing on restructuring distressed companies, conducting personal insolvency administrations and conducting forensic accounting engagements. Sean has worked from the bottom up, having started his career in the mail room at Ferrier Hodgson, taking a cadetship as an undergraduate insolvency junior then working his way through the ranks to get to his current position as a Principal at William Buck. As well as his day job Sean has put his skills to practice in other ways including taking on the role of Director of a struggling RSL Country Club on the New South Wales South Coast, driving social and community engagement within William Buck, chairing the New South Wales Young Chartered Accountants Panel and recently completing his Masters of Business Administration.Sean’s role as Principal of the Business Recovery team at William Buck sees him work across a variety of corporate and personal insolvency matters, including liquidation, divestment and restructuring.
A passion for the industry leads Sean to contribute to the profession supporting the Institute of Chartered Accountants, writing articles for their publications and presenting training sessions and updates to fellow practitioners.
Elizabeth Lao - (Deloitte Australia):
My name is Elizabeth and I completed a combined Commerce and Science degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in BIS, Finance and Biology. I recently joined Deloitte within Consulting, Enterprise Applications (Oracle) and previously worked in the Childcare Industry. I have been involved with the Lambda Omega Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi since 2014 and served as the Marketing and Social Media Officer from 2015 to 2016 and was lucky enough to participate in the 2015 Best Practices Competition.
BAP gave me the opportunity to be a part of a cohesive team and to strengthen my interpersonal skills, building long lasting relationships with academics, professionals and my peers. Through this role and other society positions, I was able to forge partnerships with other societies on campus and raise awareness of BAP, what we stand for and the opportunities afforded to members. In terms of my interests, I have always been curious about how systems work, whether they be human, technical or otherwise. It is in the interaction of different systems that magic truly happens and that is why technology is such an interesting area that I can’t wait to dive into.
Kayur Patel - (PwC):
I joined the Auckland Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in 2012 and served two years on the Executive, including one as President. As I also worked at the University of Auckland Business School's Careers Centre, I spent most of my focus on developing enduring relationships with employers and external representatives with the aim of creating a network of firms that we could rely on. After leaving university, I joined the Financial Advisory Services team at PwC in Auckland. My main focus is on creating and maintaining technology solutions to help our clients grow. Technology is an area I am passionate about, and I also teach an information systems course at the University of Auckland. It is critical that students and graduates understand just how important technology will be in changing the future of our profession, and my focus is on helping to bring about that change in a way that leads to success for our clients.