My Interviews http://myinterviews.com.au Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:32:23 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Caroline Thompson of Ask Bongo http://myinterviews.com.au/sk-bongo-caroline-thompson/ http://myinterviews.com.au/sk-bongo-caroline-thompson/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:31:59 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=174
Ask Bongo

Caroline Thompson leads business development of Ask Bongo, Australia’s largest SMS information service. After graduating from the University of New South Wales, she entered the Australian business scene, working in executive-level positions until switching gears to an entrepreneurial position.

What do you do for work?

My title is business development manager for Ask Bongo. That really means I unearth the information and consumer needs that help my company grow. It’s my duty to learn what our customers need and give it to them on a quick turnaround.

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

I have always loved creating something special, developing it, honing it and helping people. That is what successful businesses do – identify a genuine need and fill it.

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

As a female entrepreneur in a field largely led by men, app development and IT, I live an example everyday of what to do professionally. I have made sure to discuss my mistakes, as well as, my successes. I learned more from my mistakes and I think I can help young female businesswomen and entrepreneurs more by talking about what I did wrong than what I did right. Everyone sees the things I am doing right just by seeing Ask Bongo’s growth. It is the missteps I made in the past that can help other women avoid the same pitfalls.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Bondi Beach, Australia?

Aside from the gorgeous view of living right on the beach, learning new things. I just took up kite surfing when I moved to Bondi. I jumped in and bought all the equipment I needed, and took lessons.

What do you do for recreation?

Well, the kite surfing is new. My other hobbies include travel and reading. Those combine well.

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

Well, you’ll think I am stealing from Bongo, but he really borrows from me. I really enjoyed California, USA. Santa Monica is gorgeous and fun to explore. In the future, I want to explore the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. I enjoy experiencing different cultures, their fashions, food, and traditions.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Rugby because it is athletic, and rough and tumble.

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

In both aspects, I remain impressed by Jodie Fox, who co-founded Shoes of Prey and Nicolette Maury, the managing director of Intuit Australia. Fox became the first college graduate in her family and established her business following the advice of her dad who told her repeatedly that she could be anything she wanted. Maury advocates self-awareness and authenticity. She practices what she preaches. Maury doesn’t copy others. She discovers herself and puts that out there. They both provide great examples for other women to follow, not to copy as Maury points out, but to draw from for inspiration.

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

Explore every inch you can. Really dig into this country. Don’t visit the opera house and other famous attractions and call it done. Hike the outback. Find a tiny beach that locals love and spend a day or two there. Avoid the corporate restaurants. Ask around to find out the favorite hole-in-the-wall. Try our beers. Don’t try to pet a grown kangaroo.

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

Does everyone sound like Crocodile Dundee? And, no. Just like all the other countries, accents vary depending on the region and one’s schooling. You hear a very different accent from a Sydney-reared private schooler than from an indigenous gentleman who lived in the outback their entire life.

Thank you for speaking with me today.

You’re welcome. Thank you for the chance to talk about women in business, especially.

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Joanne Pellew http://myinterviews.com.au/joanne-pellew/ http://myinterviews.com.au/joanne-pellew/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:06:30 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=170

Joanne Pellew is the CEO of Ochre Workforce Solutions and is also the managing director of iWork. In these executive leadership positions, Joanne has overseen an extended period of success and is responsible for substantially closing the indigenous unemployment gap in Australia.

Joanne, widely regarded as Australia’s leading indigenous employment expert, is a Noongar woman who won a scholarship to attend Murdoch University to study a HR management  and  Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Joanne quickly realised that University wasn’t for her. Dedicated to utilising her entrepreneurial acumen in support of the indigenous Australian workforce, Joanne relied on a strictly commercial business model when she initially founded Ochre Workforce Solution and iWork, thereby ensuring the long-term commercial viability of the socially responsible mission at the core of her company.

What do you do for work?

I’m the CEO of Ochre Workforce Solutions, which was founded on a labour hire, and recruitment model. We’ve since expanded our focus and have added an RTO (registered training organisation) to the business. We also recently introduced the iWork platform, an indigenous jobs site, which is a separate entity servicing a completely different market whilst still being centred on Indigenous job creation

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

As a Noongar woman, I feel it’s my responsibility to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours that support the indigenous community in Australia. One of the principal reasons I founded Ochre Workforce Solutions was as a way to make a tangible difference in the lives of members of the indigenous community.

I also focus so much on this area because I know how much a job means to any individual. The improvement in self-esteem, feeling a part of society, having a purpose, moving out of poverty, providing for your family and the positive flow on effects to all areas of your life and that around it simply by having a job. That is the case with all human beings but those elements are multiplied by 100 times for an Indigenous person. This is especially the case if they have grown up in abject poverty, been through the justice system, been marginalised, disadvantaged, discriminated against their whole lives. I understand, I get it because I come from that life. I have been blessed with an ability to take all the negatives that have happened to me and turn them into positives. I have taken my lived experiences, learnt from them and asked myself what I can do with that awareness and information. How can I use my experiences and knowledge that not many other people in the mainstream world have about my people and our lives, our adversities, our challenges but also our strengths, our resilience and culture? I answered my own questions with this answer, I know I have the solutions to a massive problem, I know I have the ability to create change, I know I have knowledge that not many other people have, I have a deep empathy for my people, I know I have the power of my old people behind me and I don’t ever want to get to the end of my life and have to face those people and make excuses about why I didn’t use my abilities to help my people. I’ve had to deal with discrimination (still to today), road blocking, white anting, negative comments, judgement and everything else that comes with a level of success or feelings of being a threat but they all need to know that I’m not stopping, I’m making my way forward despite what they say because I have a mission to complete. I have an army of people behind me who need me to create change for them.

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

When I first founded Ochre Workforce Solutions, the unemployment gap among indigenous Australians was a serious problem that needed to be addressed. Over the past few years, we’ve had an impact in closing that unemployment gap in a reasonable way but there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done going forward. In my professional role I have the advantage of being able to meet with large and medium sized employers around the country who may or may not have Indigenous employment targets to meet. If they do have targets, I am able to offer them access into the Indigenous community to find the right people to employ which helps them to meet their targets. If the company doesn’t have targets then I have the ability to articulate why it’s important from a social, moral, corporate and commercial perspective as to why they should employ Indigenous people into their companies. In most cases the companies appreciate the sharing of such information and knowledge and then want to employ Indigenous people.

On the other hand, the positive impact to Indigenous people is to place them into meaningful and sustainable employment which has immeasurable positive flow on effects back into their individual families and also collectively across the Indigenous community. The more Indigenous people employed and making a decent income, the more likelihood the social problems that plague the Indigenous community as a whole, will begin to diminish in an organic way, simply by people have jobs and self-worth.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Perth, Western Australia, Australia?

Perth is my spiritual home where my ancestors are from. I feel a strong sense of connection to land beneath my feet when in Perth. I often get homesick and can’t wait to get home even if I am only gone for a few days. I have a deep pride and appreciation of the natural beauty and pristine locations around Perth. One of my favourite things to do is take regular walks along the Swan River foreshore. I find this therapeutic and being close to the Derribal Yirrigan (the Swan River), seems to re-energise me. I also love the familiarity, vast knowledge of local landmarks and history that I have of my home town, it enriches one’s sense of belonging. Perth has hot summers, which I love and the winters are usually mild and bearable. My AFL team, the Fremantle Dockers are from Perth and I get to go to all of their home games, which is one of my favourite past times.

What do you do for recreation?

I am on a fitness routine at the moment which includes going to the gym in the early hours most mornings; I enjoy my afternoon walks along the Swan River foreshore. During the AFL season I attend the Fremantle Dockers home games every second weekend. Other than that, I spend a lot of time with my daughter having long lunches or even longer dinners having a laugh and trying to solve the World’s problems at many of our favourite eating spots all around Perth. I also love reading and tend to read a lot of articles that are relevant to my industries in my free time.

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

I have travelled extensively around Australia due to my work which I am grateful for as I wanted to see as much of Australia as I could before I went travelling around the World. My ultimate trip would be around Europe especially Italy, France and Greece. I love the history and the food of those places. I studied Renaissance Art in High School and got an ‘A’ for it, ever since then I’ve wanted to travel through the European art galleries.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

My whole life has revolved around AFL football and I’m a passionate Dockers supporter. I also love watching the swimming at the Olympic Games and the Wimbledon Finals, other than that not much other sport gets my attention.

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

Of all the Australian’s I’ve read about and seen, the one I most admire is Kerry Packer even though he passed away a while ago. I loved his no nonsense style, high intelligence and unparalleled acumen for business. According to his book, his public persona was quite rude, arrogant and dismissive but behind closed doors he was a very caring and generous man who gave a lot to his main causes without putting up a fuss about it. His confidence and quick wit when dealing with the media or any high level Government official is also something I like about his style. He suffered no fools. I like those type of straight out kind of people, you always know where you stand.

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

If I was a first time visitor to Australia, I wouldn’t be coming as part of a large group of people from the same country to trek through a strict itinerary of the main tourist destinations. I would come in a more personal group and experience the real Australia by reaching out to locals for local knowledge and their advice on the best places to visit, at what times to get the best experiences. I’ve seen the bus tour companies with hundreds of people doing mainstream activities like going to shopping centres, or walking through the city, or cruising down the river that looks like every other river winding through a city. They are not very unique experiences that you will remember forever. Every city has shopping centres and CBD and rivers. I would prefer to have uniquely Australian experiences like camping in beautiful outback locations, visiting some of the world’s best beaches, visiting Indigenous art and culture exhibitions, seeing our native animals in the wild, eating Australian fresh seafood etc.  

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

Nearly every Asian tourist has said before they got to Australia, they thought that kangaroos and koalas would be everywhere and then when they get here, they can never see one. Other tourists in the big cities like Sydney always ask where the Aboriginal people are. That’s always funny.

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Andrew Charlton http://myinterviews.com.au/andrew-charlton/ http://myinterviews.com.au/andrew-charlton/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:18:12 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=32 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.

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Denise Donati http://myinterviews.com.au/denise-donati/ http://myinterviews.com.au/denise-donati/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:11:13 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=161
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

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Grace Lever http://myinterviews.com.au/grace-lever/ http://myinterviews.com.au/grace-lever/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 19:38:42 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=155 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.

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Krystal Perkins http://myinterviews.com.au/krystal-perkins/ http://myinterviews.com.au/krystal-perkins/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:32:59 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=147 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.

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Kareem Elsirafy http://myinterviews.com.au/kareem-elsirafy/ http://myinterviews.com.au/kareem-elsirafy/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:39:42 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=140 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?

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Myriam Borg – Create Australia Founder http://myinterviews.com.au/myriam-borg-create-australia/ http://myinterviews.com.au/myriam-borg-create-australia/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:53:40 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=132 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

 

 

 

 

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Luigi Wewege http://myinterviews.com.au/luigi-wewege/ http://myinterviews.com.au/luigi-wewege/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:32:46 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=128 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.

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Hamish McLaren http://myinterviews.com.au/hamish-mclaren/ http://myinterviews.com.au/hamish-mclaren/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:02:50 +0000 http://myinterviews.com.au/?p=123

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.

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