February 26, 2021
Mikey Kailis MCom(Adv) '13 was born in Perth, but moved to San Francisco in 2018 for a role in the venture capital industry at Counterpart Ventures. As the first hire at the fund, his role covers a number of different functions including managing the existing portfolio, sourcing new deals, managing corporate investor relations, marketing and general operations.
Prior to moving to San Francisco, Mikey worked for a startup here in Perth that serviced the mining industry on innovation and digital transformation. He has worked alongside startup companies since he graduated UWA, having helped coordinate one of Australia’s largest startup competitions called the OzAPP Awards which is now an annual conference called the West Tech Fest.
His educational background is in journalism, business management and marketing. Mikey grew up working in his family seafood business and is a die-hard Manchester United fan.
November 12, 2020
Jessica Panegyres, LLB, BA(Hons) '10, holds first class honours degrees in Law and Arts from UWA, and a Masters Degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Jess has since presented on climate change at the UN, featured on the ABC documentary "Fight for Planet A", worked for Greenpeace, The Wilderness Society and currently manages environmental philanthropy at the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN). Kirsty Brooks, BSc(Hons) '12, chats to Jess about Australia's position on climate change, what led her down this career pathway and how we can all help.
November 5, 2020
October 26, 2020
Professor Chakma, UWA's 19th Vice-Chancellor, was recently welcomed to the UWA community in a webinar by UWA alumni in the UK and Europe. Hear his impressions of UWA and his plans for its future.
To date, the Vice-Chancellor has had an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada. He is joined here by the Executive Dean Health & Medical Sciences, Professor Jon Watson who provides an update on the Medical School and WA Medical Students’ Society President Oliver Dearsley who gives a first-hand impression of the student experience at UWA. An account of some cutting edge research at UWA is given by Associate Professor Julia Powles and Professor Livia Hool.
Due to the UWA London Alumni Reception not being held in 2020, special thanks to the Trustees of Friends of UWA in the UK and Europe for providing this virtual opportunity for their alumni community.
October 26, 2020
Aaron Yeak's [BCom, BE '08] career has spanned business, fitness, sport and recreation, Formula 1, and management consulting. In 2020 he co-founded RealRoes, a fun and free adventure app game in tribute to the “realroes”, real hero front line essential workers in our community, such as nurses, police, and scientists.
On this episode Aaron shares why he created the APP, the impact COVID-19 has had on his business and mental health, and offers his top tips to running a small business in 2020.
October 19, 2020
What mistakes have you made early in your career? Liz Graydon [BCom '18] Junior Planner at Ogilvy, has been sharing “mistakes I made as a junior” on LinkedIn the past few months. Interviewed by Young Alumni Network ambassador Andrea Bradbury [BCom '14], Liz gives insight into the inspiration of the series, what she hopes people gain from, including her top 5 mistakes she's made.
October 15, 2020
The 2019 UWA Guild President, Conrad Hogg [DipModLang '17, BPhil '18], shares his university experience and the importance of mental health services for students with Scott da Silva [BCom '20], a former Events member of TEDxUWA. Conrad discusses the initiatives he started regarding UWA's mental health services during his term as Guild President and how his dedication to mental health has continued since graduating from university.
Watch Conrad's talk here.
The TEDxUWA annual conference will be happening on the 5th of December so mark your calendars! If you've enjoyed listening to our past speakers, you'll be able to hear another great line-up of speakers live. More information to come soon. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay updated.
Photos from our first in-person salon this year, TEDxUWASalon: Little Grey Cells, are up now on Flickr.
October 12, 2020
Current UWA student and LWAG Student Advisory Committee member interviews three UWA grads with degrees in engineering who are making waves in the arts. Hear about how they've balanced their brains between mathematics and science-heavy work with their creative outlets, making a career out of both.
October 5, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Hong Kong, additional concerns are being raised about the future of work.
Join Ricky Mui [BSc, LLB ‘97] Managing Director - Greater China at Robert Walters, and our panel of experts who share their insights on what you need to know - and how it will affect you.
Brought to you by Development and Alumni Relations and the Hong Kong Alumni Network.
October 1, 2020
Belinda Teh [BCom, LLB ‘16] takes us through her journey walking from Melbourne to Perth, bringing awareness to the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill, with Jevin Parmar, Co-head of Communications at TEDxUWA. In this episode, she explores the power of Social Courage and why it's important to cultivate it in our daily lives.
Watch Belinda’s talk here.
Stay updated with our next event and find out more about TEDxUWA on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
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September 28, 2020
Dr Kate Leeming is more than just an adventurer, and more than just a cyclist – she’s a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice. Kate will discuss how her achievements, physically, mentally and philanthropically, have endowed her with a compelling and inspiring story of what can be achieved with hard work and perseverance.