Join us for an interesting and insightful Q&A with three recently-graduated or current MBA students. Find out how to really make the most of your experience from our all-female panel of MBAs who have each, in their own way, turned their MBA into the experience of a lifetime.
University of Technology Sydney
Dr Natalia Nikolova is the Director of UTS new Advanced MBA program. She has led and contributed to the development of several innovative learning programs and courses at UTS that aim to prepare students for the changing nature of work. Natalia’s research seeks to provide students, the business community and the public with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with the future of work and focuses on strategy, leadership and innovation. Her contributions to the development of innovative educational experiences has been recognized through an Australian Government Learning & Teaching Citation, a UTS Learning & Teaching Award and a UTS Learning & Teaching Citation.
Alana is a Director in the Project Risk Consulting business with a focus on major complex infrastructure project delivery. She has over 15 years’ experience delivering critical infrastructure projects across a variety of sectors, including Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas, Transport and Utilities. In 2014 she commenced an MBA at MGSM with the aim of getting a deeper insight into how business is run, and how companies grow, adapt and remain relevant. The MBA program was flexible enough for her to work around whilst she had her first child, and she completed her studies on maternity leave. During the MBA she changed jobs from an engineering company to KPMG and the MBA has already paid dividends with regards to career acceleration, ongoing promotion and an increased understanding of how to run a business in our fast paced technologically evolving world. Alana completed her MBA within 3 years and was the valedictorian for the class of 2016
Ashlea Wallington is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Sydney Union and is responsible for leading the next phase of growth for Australia’s largest student accelerator. Ashlea has worked with a number of leading community-based organisations and innovative industry partnerships and has built an extensive background spanning media, marketing, fundraising and management. Through her vast experience Ashlea’s biggest belief is that the culture of innovation and creative thought itself, plays a vital role in imagining our future.