2016 Young Alumni Network Members

20 April 2016

The ANU Young Alumni Council a volunteer-run organisation of alumni aged 35 and under who stay involved with ANU, keep in touch with their former classmates and grow their professional networks.

For 2016, the Council will be led by a number of passionate alumni who have volunteered their time and resources to connect the young alumni community through a number of networking and mentoring events and opportunities in Australia and overseas.


Ms Harriet Bateman - BA (IR) (Hons) '10

Occupation: Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Harriet was a founding member of the Alumni Council and is its 2016 Chair. During Harriet's time at the ANU she received the Cambridge University Press Lecturer's Prize for International Relations, represented the University at the National Student Leadership Forum, and was selected twice as the University delegate to the US-Australia Student Symposium in conjunction with the International Scholar Laureate Program. She graduated with first-class Honours in International Relations in 2010 and has worked as a graduate intern for a strategic policy institute, parliamentary assistant and election campaign manager. Harriet currently works at Ernst & Young and also holds a Master of Communication from Griffith University.

Deputy Chair

Ms Alissa Irgang - BAct.Stud '10, LLB '10, GDLP '12

Occupation: Manager, Protiviti
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Alissa studied a double degree in Actuarial Studies and Law (Honours) at the ANU. While at the ANU she received the ANU Dux Award and a European Academy of Otzenhausen scholarship. She was also a Senior Mentor in the ANU mentoring program and a CBE Student Ambassador. Since graduating Alissa has worked in both the actuarial and legal fields. Alissa now works as a manager at Protiviti, a global risk consulting firm, where she is based in Canberra and also travels overseas for work. At Protiviti Alissa specialises in business performance improvement and government advisory and her work in corporate governance has been published in the Thomson Reuters Company and Securities Law Journal. Alissa is also on the Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Canberra Chapter and is the IIA Mentoring Program Founder and Coordinator.


Mr Charlie Carroll - BA '11

Occupation: Assistant Adviser, Office of the Minister for Defence
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Ms Maggie Ma (Associate Member) - BComm '04, MFinMgmt (Hons) '05

Occupation: Senior Business Analyst, ANU
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Maggie graduated from the School of Business and Economics in 2005, specialising in Finance and Information Systems. Following graduation, Maggie spent a year in banking before returning to ANU. She enjoys being a part of the University community, and has been working at ANU as a Business Analyst for 10 years. The focus of her job is to resolve the University's business challenges through analysis to transform and provide solutions utilising new technology platforms. Maggie is also a Certified Practicing Accountant. She is grateful to have the opportunity to both volunteer through the Young Alumni Network and work for the University that has given so much to her. Outside of work, Maggie likes home cooking, travel and being close to nature. She also volunteers at RDA ACT.

Ms Fiona Preston - BA '10

Occupation: Alumni and External Engagement Coordinator, ANU College of Law
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Fi was previously the coordinator of the Young Alumni Network within the ANU Alumni Relations and Philanthropy team. In this role, she worked with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Netowkr members to implement and establish the ANU Young Alumni Network. She has presented in Australia and internationally on best practices in student and young alumni engagement and designed and developed the ANU Alumni Awards - the University's flagship alumni program. Fi is now working with the ANU College of Law as Alumni and Engagement Officer, and also serves as the Tertiary Stream Committee Member of Educate Plus ACT/NSW Chapter.  

Mr Ali Asghar Shah (Associate Member) - BIntBus '11

Occupation: National Members Services Manager and NSW Executive Officer, AACCI
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ali is responsible for managing the NSW Chapter and supporting the interests of the NSW Chapter mebers for the AACCI. Ali is also responsible for spearheading and implementing the AACCI Member Services Program. Ali also acts as Company Secretary to provide support to the AACCI National Board. He possesses a keen interest in international trade and business, and has advised the Board and CEO on a diverse range of strategic, financial, marketing, trade and government affairs. Ali holds a Bachelor of International Business from the ANU, majoring in the Middle East and Arabic. He is fluent in Urdu. Ali has been a guest speaker at the ANU numerous times on the subject of free trade, and was actively involved in the ANU pastoral care network. He has experience as in editorial publications in Pakistan.

Ms Megan Studman - BComm '10, BA '10

Occupation: Program Assistant, Office of the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer
Location: Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Megan joined the Young Alumni Network in 2015 as an Associate Member before being elected as Social Media Coordinator. At ANU she majored in International Business and International Relations, graduating in 2010. Megan has previously worked in the office of the Federal Treasurer at Parliament House and commutes between Melbourne and Canberra in her current role. She has previously been responsible for the delivery of aid programs and government and stakeholder relations at Airservices Australia.

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