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Khurshed Mehta. Photo via Khurshed.

Khurshed Mehta. Photo via Khurshed.

CBE students in Top 100 Future Leaders Awards

5 March 2019

ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) student, Khurshed Mehta has been named as the winner of the Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Prize for 2019, as part of The Australian Financial Review Top 100 Future Leaders Awards.

Khurshed is studying a Bachelor of Finance/Bachelor of Arts and is interested in the burgeoning economy of Asia and its relationship to Australia.

“I recently spent a summer camp in Shanghai and a semester on exchange in Singapore. These experiences made me realise the paramount role that Asia (particularly China) will play in shaping Australia’s future economy. Growing up in Mumbai and being able to speak Hindi fluently, I believed that learning Mandarin would be the next best step in expanding my Asia-specific skills and knowledge.” 

Three rules

Khurshed’s advice for new students is threefold:

“Firstly, take up any and every opportunity that may interest you. You never know when some part-time/volunteering gig could provide you with experience that would perfect for your next big opportunity!

“Secondly, invest your time in the two best things that a university education can offer - the knowledge you acquire and the people you meet! While focusing on academics is essential, networking with those in your industry is just as important. As the old adage has it, ‘More than what you know, it's who you know!’

“Lastly, have fun! No matter how long you think you have at uni, your time will fly. While I encourage every new student to relentlessly chase their passions, always make sure to have a hearty laugh. Stop and smell the roses… and never take anything in life for granted!”

Business and ethics

Three other CBE students were finalists in the Top 100 Future Leader Awards, across various categories. Benjamin Freeman, the finalist in the Protiviti Business & Consulting Award category, explained his interest and motivation.

“Business is a quite a broad field and has many transferable skills. Developing knowledge of how businesses run is extremely helpful and targeting skills such as operations, international business, management, and marketing opens many opportunities.”

Be conscious of what you are learning and why. Think about the future.

Alisa Doronina was another finalist in the Westpac Banking, Insurance & Financial Services category and is studying a Master of Applied Finance. She is building on her career as a consultant through studying how to improve the ethics of finance and business.

“I am passionate about making the world of finance ethical and accessible to corporate clients so that they can make informed business and investment decisions. In the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, I am keen to bring my ethics training to finance, and am honoured to be a 2019 Young Ambassador for the Banking and Finance Oath.”

Edward Tong, a recent Actuarial Studies graduate, was a finalist in the Quantium Data Science Award and currently has an internship with PwC. He shared some advice for new students starting their journey at university.

“Get involved within the various student programs at CBE. Through the careers fairs and employer visits you get a chance to learn more about the kind of work you will be doing upon graduation and meet other students that share your passion for your area of study in the process.”


Updated:   5 March 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team