Andrew Charlton

Andrew Charlton MYI

As the director at AlphaBeta Advisors, Andrew Charlton is able to offer clients the kind of insight and expertise one can only acquire through vast academic and professional experience. With a doctorate in economics earned from Oxford University and previous experience as the Australian Prime Minister’s Senior Economic Advisor during the world financial crisis, Andrew is uniquely suited to advise clients of AlphaBeta on a wide range of issues in order to develop practical plans for continued prosperity. A Rhodes Scholar who is also the author of “Ozonomics,” and “Fair Trade for All,” Andrew has served as Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits and has represented the prime minister at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

What do you do for work?
I’m currently involved in management consulting and serve as the director of AlphaBeta Advisors, where we advise our clients in developing plans for generating long-term prosperity.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I’ve long had a natural affinity for economics, and I learned very early on that necessary changes are unable to occur unless the underlying economic issues are addressed first.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
My current role puts me in a position to help clients analyze economic and strategic factors in order to achieve the outcome they are seeking regardless of the industry in which they are operating.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?
There are countless reasons I love living and working in Sydney, but I suppose it is the music and culture that appeal to me most.

What do you do for recreation?
I enjoy reading and writing, and I am also quite fond of hiking as well.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’ve always had a wonderful time during every opportunity I have had to travel abroad, but I will always be especially fond of England.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
Cricket, though I also enjoy attending horse racing events as well.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
I’ve always admired Allan Fells and his work as the chairman of the ACCC.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Try to seek out the more authentic experiences Australia has to offer. There are a lot of places that don’t necessarily appear in all of the travel guides that are really worth experiencing firsthand.

Denise Donati


Denise Donati is CEO and co – owner of Fertility Solutions, an IVF clinic with locations on the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg in Queensland. Denise is a registered nurse and midwife and has been involved in Fertility Nurse Education throughout South East Asia.

What do you do for work?
I am a registered nurse and (non practicing midwife) co-owner and director of Fertility Solutions. I have worked in assisted reproduction since 1992.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I started my fertility career as a nurse/midwife working for a private obstetrician/gynecologist in Launceston, Tasmania, who had a fertility arm to his business that included donor insemination, ovulation induction, and intra uterine insemination.  I took an immediate interest in this fascinating field and before I knew it the doctor had passed total control of these aspects of his practice over to me and I never looked back.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
My passion is to make a difference in the experience patients receive when they attend one of our clinics.  I don’t see patients as a number, but rather take pride in having established clinics that are not your typical fertility treatment centers and actually have a patient focus.
We’ve created a relaxed, home-like environment where our patients feel completely comfortable the minute they walk through the door. Being a boutique-sized clinic allows us to be able to offer our patients individualized care with the ultimate aim being that our patients receive a high level of personal care.

What do you do for recreation?
I enjoy entertaining family and friends; spending time at my beautiful home with my two wonderful children and, when I get the opportunity, indulging in local and overseas travel.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’d love to return for a visit to Cambridge, where I completed the Bourn Hall Nurses Course in 2005.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
Aussie rules football and soccer of course!

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
I would have to say it was the private obstetrician/gynecologist in Launceston, Tasmania, I worked with at the start of my career as a nurse/midwife.
Under this doctor’s guidance, my skill set grew along with my fascination for this area of medicine. When I was running the fertility aspects of his practice, I felt I had grown in confidence and had acquired the ability to manage it all. This helped inspire me to eventually open my own clinic.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Australia is big. It’s a huge continent. Choose what you would like to see and plan your itinerary so you aren’t spending most of your time in transit.

What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
Where are the kangaroos and koala’s? I guess tourists assume they roam the streets here!

How can people reach you?
We operate a few websites for our clinics, I can be contacted using those links:

http://lowcostivf.com.au

http://ivfsunshinecoast.com.au

Grace Lever

Grace Lever has dedicated her professional career to empowering female entrepreneurs and emphasizing the importance of “doing,” and “getting stuff done together.” These concepts serve as the foundational philosophy espoused through GraceLever.com, the digital community Grace founded in order to help guide aspiring female entrepreneurs as they embark on a heroic journey focused on the creation of a profitable lifestyle business. Grace Lever, a graduate of the International College of Management in Sydney, Australia, is known for her expertise as a marketing funnel specialist, and in the last financial year alone she assisted clients in generating in excess of $20 million in revenue.

1. What do you do for work?

I actually run quite a few businesses (all of which are streamlined and automated), but my primary focus is on the work I’m doing to help inspire and empower female entrepreneurs at GraceLever.com.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

There’s been a surge among women interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, but I also noticed a lack of resources specifically tailored to female entrepreneurship. I believe with the right kind of education and support women all over the world can build successful lifestyle businesses, which is why I made the decision to found GraceLever.com and began offering the “Doing Days” workshops.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

There are so many women out there with great business ideas who only need to feel empowered to make those ideas a reality, and my role ensures these talented entrepreneurs confidently pursue their professional goals and ultimately achieve significant entrepreneurial success.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Adelaide Hills?

It is just so much more laid-back and relaxing than Sydney, and the fact that Adelaide Hills is one of the great wine regions of Australia really adds to the charm of living here.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to go for long walks with my husband and our puppy.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to travel to the Seychelles; it just seems so much like a paradise.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I like each of them more or less equally, but I also enjoy tennis and golf.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I deeply admire all the women I’ve met through my speaking engagements and workshops, all of whom are so energized and excited about the opportunity to build a business of their own that I can’t help but feel an even greater sense of motivation than ever before.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Spend some time relaxing in Australia’s wine country, where we have some of the world’s most beautiful vineyards and wineries.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Someone asked me if kangaroos actually box each other — which they do — but refused to believe me when I explained the circumstances in which two kangaroos might “box” in the wild. I think he must have made a bet with a friend and was just looking for someone to give him an answer that would help him win.

Krystal Perkins

Possessing a wealth of experience in the media, communications, telecommunications, technology, and professional services industries, Krystal Perkins is uniquely qualified for the projects and endeavors with which she is currently involved. Krystal, a tech startup investor who is in the process of developing an application, is currently working out of Jakarta, Indonesia, where she is responsible for leading, coaching, and mentoring the local telkomtelstra marketing team.

1. What do you do for work?

I’m involved with several different projects, including a collaborative effort called telkomtelstra in which I am responsible for running the marketing department.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

As a strategic thinker who enjoys being professionally challenged on a regular basis, the digital marketing field has always been substantially appealing to me.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Rapid technological advances have raised important questions about inclusion and a number of other issues. My professional role has made it possible for me to address some of the most critical digital inclusion issues we now face, and I’m also involved in advocacy efforts supporting the need to address important social justice and human rights issues.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Jakarta, Indonesia?

Jakarta possesses a unique kind of energy, and that energy gives the city a persistent vitality in which anything and everything seems possible.

5. What do you do for recreation?

There is so much to do in Jakarta and the surrounding area that Im always able to find a recreational activity Ive never done before.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to spend an extended period of time traveling through Europe or Africa at some point in the not too distant future.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I enjoy them all, but I also enjoy tennis as well.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Gillian Triggs has been an important influence for me, mostly because she has worked in support of a cause she believes in and has been acted with the kind of determined integrity I strive for in my own professional and personal pursuits.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I’d advise first-timers to learn about all the different cultures represented in Australia prior to spending any period of time in any part of the country. Understanding Australias cultural influences makes it much more likely that a visitor will fully appreciate their visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

There was one person who seemed to think that the Southern Cross was a physical monument rather than a constellation. Im not sure what caused the confusion, but they seemed to be quite certain that such a monument could be found only in Sydney. I explained that although I was unaware of a specific monument, there was a university and a railway station named after the constellation, but that didnt seem to help matters much.

Kareem Elsirafy

As Managing Partner at Modus Capital, Kareem Elsirafy takes a new, integrated, approach to venture capital. The company both invests in and services its portfolio of early to mid-stage companies through strategic, technical, creative, and market execution services.

Kareem began his career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Columbia University. A former Marine, Kareem joined forces with a fellow veteran to create a digital platform designed to help veterans with the transition to civilian life. Kareem was also the founder of M1 Marketing, a firm that offered consulting services regarding creative business marketing strategies.

1.What do you do for work?

I am the Managing Partner at Modus Capital. We help expose investors to great investment opportunities in growing technology companies. We also invest in those technology companies and help them grow with operational support.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I have always been really focused on social impact technology because technology really has the ability to help people on a massive scale, more so that any one person can do on his or her own.  I also really wanted to help people materialize great passions and ideas. At Modus Capital, we help entrepreneurs that can greatly benefit from technology value-added to grow and scale their companies.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Technology really allows you to reach people en masse. It allows you to communicate with people, facilitate and optimize solutions, alleviate pains, and be helpful on a large-scale.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, Australia?

The weather is amazing and the people are great! Nowhere I go do I find someone who is not smiling with a very positive outlook.

5. What do you do for recreation?

In the wintertime, I snowboard. In the spring, summer, and fall, I play lacrosse in a local league. Occasionally, I also do superbike road course racing.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I think I would go to Thailand; it has a lot of history and you get to experience a lot of very different natural ecosystems from the forest to the beach.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Rugby.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I admire the role that John O’Sullivan and his team at the CSIRO had in creating Wi-Fi. Undeniably, it has had a profound impact across the globe and has made the Internet more accessible to the masses.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

There is so much to do. Ask around and talk to the locals. The local people are always happy to share some ideas on what to do so that you can get the most out of your trip.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Do you keep kangaroos for pets?

Myriam Borg – Create Australia Founder

Over the course of a lengthy and successful professional career, Create Australia founder, Myriam Borg has played a critical role in the creation of the lost money refund industry in both Australia and New Zealand. Ms. Borg has further influenced the expansion of this industry by leveraging her position as general manager and CEO of Create Australia to train and coach agencies specializing in pursuing lost money refunds for consumers. In addition to serving in a position of executive leadership with Create Australia, Ms. Borg is also the author of “The Refund Consulting Program,” a book that has inspired countless others to pursue the lost funds and assets so many Australians and New Zealanders rightfully deserve. Continue reading for a Myriam Borg interview.

1.What do you do for work?

I’ve served as Create Australia’s general manager and CEO for the past 17 years or so. Create Australia is responsible for the creation of the lost funds industry, a niche training organization, we currently provide training for the lost funds industry for those interested in joining an $80 billion global industry that only continues to grow. The Create Australia blog and Create Australia twitter offer a deeper insight into Create Australia refund consulting for those inclined to learn more.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Once I learned that so many people had funds and assets held in trust and were in need of expert assistance to secure those funds and assets, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to serve as a sort of modern-day Robin Hood by beginning the process of creating an entire industry devoted to securing lost funds and assets. It’s work with purpose!

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Our entire business model revolves around the simple goal of helping Australians and New Zealanders. Through our efforts, we have been able to help train highly motivated entrepreneurs who then go on to create agencies that secure the lost funds and assets to which their clients are legally entitled.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in New South Wales, Australia?

It is a wonderful place to live and work, and I especially enjoy that there are so many different ways to spend a day no matter what part of New South Wales you happen to be.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I enjoy sailing, and I often work remotely while sailing to and from faraway destinations with my family. I am also a big traveler, and love foreign destinations.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I am a beach girl, but I have never been to Hawaii, so I’d like to visit the Hawaiian islands at some point in the near future — it is my understanding that each island has succeeded in preserving its unique cultural identity while welcoming visitors to a place so many regard as paradise.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I tend to prefer water-sports, but I have attended and enjoyed quite a few cricket matches over the years. My kids enjoy them.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Obviously, Robin Hood is not an Australian, but it is the legend of this English folk hero that has had the greatest impact on my professional career in the lost money refund industry.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I think visitors who really commit to educating themselves on Australia’s culture and history are far more likely to enjoy an enriching experience of Australia, it’s a beautiful country.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Although many of my friends and family members have had quite a few interesting and comical encounters with tourists, I have yet to experience anything unexpected or outlandish thus far.

 

Myriam Borg contact information:
Myriam Borg LinkedIn
Myriam Borg Twitter
Myriam Borg Facebook

 

 

 

 

Luigi Wewege

Vivier Group, President and CEO – Luigi Wewege brings a tremendous amount of executive experience to his role. The position is specialized in banking, financial services, and with a large focus on international trade. Within Vivier, Luigi is responsible for the management of all the groups divisions, while also overseeing growth forecast reports for planned expansion across Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Mr. Wewege earned his MBA from the MIB – School of Management which is in Trieste, Italy. His masters focused on international business, and his undergraduate degree impressively was in three majors which were: finance, international business and management at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. In addition to his work with Vivier Group, Luigi is also a dedicated philanthropist who works with a large number of non-profit organizations in support of a wide range of international vital causes.

1.What do you do for work?

I currently serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Vivier & Co, also known as Vivier Financial Services. The boutique firm offers a complete financial package which includes: current accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, an online platform, and international money transfers.

 

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I have always been interested in international business, finance and trade, so was immediately fascinated by the long-term stability of New Zealand’s banking sector. I felt that global investors deserved access to the attractive rates there, as well as the inherent stability available to them through New Zealand’s financial markets.

 

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Through Vivier offered products and services, investors from all over the world are now able to receive a greater sense of security while benefiting from the superior deposit rates available in New Zealand.

 

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Auckland, New Zealand?

It has such a broad appeal, from the culture to the truly idyllic surroundings. Trying to identify one single aspect would be a disservice to the multitude of qualities that make Auckland a great place to live.

 

5. What do you do for recreation?

I enjoy participating in a variety of sports, several of which I played at a high level, which include: being a former national junior champion in swimming, and an National Collegiate Athletic Association golfer on scholarship in Missouri, USA.

 

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

We do a lot of business in Asia and more specifically Japan. I love experiencing the unique culture and history associated with their cities, and always learn plus experience something new each time I visit.

 

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I love a good rugby match, but I’d much rather play than watch.

 

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

There have been a large number of Australian economists to date, who have all had fascinating financial research published, and thus not sure I could limit my choice to just one single individual.

 

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I would advise making an effort to find the out-of-the-way places that really demonstrate the more unique qualities possessed by Australia, but please note that this does requires quite a bit of patience and research.

 

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Most of the visitors I have encountered on my travels there have certainly been curious about the more unique aspects of Australian culture, but I can’t recall offhand having ever been asked anything overly strange or comical.

Hamish McLaren

A widely renowned entrepreneur, Hamish McLaren’s most recent endeavor has allowed him to apply his sharp business acumen to bring some of the most innovative concepts and ideas to reality. As the founder and president of McLaren & Associates Consulting, McLaren has applied his own professional philosophies to the countless endeavors presented by his firm’s clientele, demonstrating the continued efficacy of the core practices that earned him such widespread acclaim. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Wharton School of Business, Hamish McLaren has enjoyed a run of entrepreneurial success that has lasted several decades with no signs of slowing down.

1. What do you do for work?

After founding and running several companies over the years, I have since taken a step back from those endeavors to solely focus on consulting. I founded McLaren & Associates Consulting with the goal of working with aspiring entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on supporting the most creative and innovative endeavors.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Working with the up-and-coming entrepreneurs of this generation is energizing and inspiring, and in pursuing this line of work it is my sole purpose to help this new generation of entrepreneurs succeed by lending my guidance and expertise.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I feel comfortable defining my own entrepreneurial career as an unqualified success, so there is a lot I can share with others to help them enjoy a similar level of success as they pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Canberra, Australia?

Although I split my time between several cities all over the world, Canberra has always seemed warm and inviting each time I return. It is a city that always brings a smile to my face.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I play golf on a regular basis, but I also enjoy sailing and fishing.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I recently spent some time in the US, and I would really like to explore the Pacific Northwest sometime in the near future.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

As I mentioned, I am an avid golfer. I’d much rather play or watch golf than play or watch any of the other sports we enjoy here in Australia.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

From a business perspective, I’ve come to admire the work of Naomi Simson and Daniel Flynn.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Although there are many fine travel guides for tourists, first-timers are much better off relying on the advice and guidance of local residents in the area in which they are visiting.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

After being paired up at the golf course with a couple of businessmen from the United States, I noticed that both kept setting up to hit a fade but were aiming as though they were playing a draw. Following several errant tee shots, I broke away from traditional etiquette and offered some advice. Apparently, someone had told these gentlemen that the Southern Hemisphere affected ball-flight and caused a fade to play like a draw and vice-versa. They played much better once they began ignoring these silly and entirely non-existent hemispheric factors.

Phillip Brenner

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One of the very few urologists in all of Australia with the depth of knowledge and specificity of training needed to treat patients with urological cancers such as kidney and prostate cancer, Dr. Phillip Brenner has assisted countless patients in need of a truly specialized level of care at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales.

Dr. Brenner, who completed a fellowship at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center based in New York, has performed more than 1,000 radical prostatectomies along with more than 750 laparoscopic procedures throughout the course of his illustrious and achievement-laden career. Previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s, Dr. Brenner has repeatedly demonstrated the invaluable nature of his leadership and expertise in promoting the best possible patient outcomes.

1.  What do you do for work?

As a urological surgeon, I care for patients who might be dealing with a wide range of issues, including kidney or prostate cancer. I was previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, and I also perform medical research on prostate and kidney cancer through the Garvan Institute.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The medical profession appealed to me due to nothing more than the frequent opportunity to help the people who are most in need of immediate care.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

In my role as a urological surgeon and head of the urology unit, I have the opportunity to work directly with patients and doctors with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for the patient. My unique skill set as a surgeon — as well as the breadth of my understanding of urological cancers — ensures that patients dealing with complex issues will have access to nothing but the most outstanding level of medical care.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia?

Since I live and work in Sydney, I often have the pleasure of running into former patients or their friends and family members whenever I happen to be out and about. It is nice to hear a positive patient update and to know that my care had a significant impact on the patient and their loved ones.

5. What do you do for recreation?

There is no shortage of recreational opportunities in Sydney, but I really enjoy tennis, skiing, and sailing whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d head back to the US to visit Manhattan and some other places throughout the Northeast, particularly since I still have many close friends from the time I spent at Sloan-Kettering.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Something else! I enjoy skiing, sailing and tennis. 

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

As a medical researcher myself, I have long admired Basil Hetzel and all that he was able to contribute to the field of medicine through his outstanding research.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Sydney is a great place for a first-time visitor looking to become acquainted with Australian culture while enjoying some of the more traditional components of a holiday.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

A visitor once tugged on my shirt to earnestly ask me how he could go about renting the “giant sailboat over there in the harbor,” which, upon turning to look in the direction in which he was pointing, I discovered was the Sydney Opera House and not a sailboat at all. I’d never heard of anyone making that mistake before, and I am confident that I won’t ever hear of it again.

Kim Dao

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At the time of its founding, the Kim Dao Blog was created as a simple way to digitally document and share a trip to Japan. Kim Dao, the founder of the Kim Dao Blog and a social media influencer of impressive magnitude, quickly learned that her blog could be so much more than an online journal documenting a single trip for friends and family.

The Australian-born Dao has since moved to Japan on an extended basis, due in part to the immense success of her blog and YouTube channel, which has been bolstered by her pervasive presence on a number of social media platforms. In addition to travel, the Kim Dao blog — as well as Dao’s social media accounts and her YouTube channel — offers extensive coverage of subjects that include makeup and fashion, among many others.

1.  What do you do for work?

In addition to my blog, I also produce videos for my YouTube channel and work with quite a few brands on social media marketing campaigns.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Since I began this career mostly by accident, I feel as though the field chose me more than I chose it. Either way, I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful industry.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I try to ensure everything I share is not just entertaining, but also informative and valuable to my followers.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Western Australia?

Although I plan on staying in Japan for quite a while, I have so many friends and family members in Western Australia that I look forward to seeing every time I have the opportunity to visit. I do intend to move back to Australia to settle down at some point, but I’m not sure when that will be.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to just head out with the goal of exploring a place I have yet to experience, so my recreation is really dependent on whatever I happen to find while I’m out exploring.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

Other than Japan, I would like to spend more time in Western Europe since I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy an extended trip to the region.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve actually considered taking up golf since it is so popular in both Australia and Japan.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Absolutely, and there are quite a few Australians I admire and whose influence is of profound importance to me, but none more so than the members of my family.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Everyone goes to Sydney and New South Wales the first time they visit Australia. My advice is to visit Western Australia instead.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Although I’ve heard some stories about travelers and their odd questions, I do not have one of my own that qualifies as particularly strange or funny.