Board Members

Venkat Narayan – President

Venkat Narayan is passionate about building businesses from the ground up. A strong believer in authenticity, non-stop learning and inclusive leadership, his work experience in sales & marketing across FMCG, Hospitality and Real Estate give him the unique ability to bridge the gap between customer expectation & management perception.

An avid reader & public speaker, he believes in driving innovation and encouraging collaboration. His leadership style is based on creating democratic cultures, inspiring collective ideation and formulating definite road maps. Venkat is part of cohort three in the full time MBA

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William Kusuma – Vice- President

William Kusuma is an engineer consultant with five years of experience in the Airline industry, specializing in Regulatory Compliance and Capital Project management and support. He is passionate in helping others and enjoys social dancing in those pre-pandemic days. William is part of cohort three in the full time MBA.

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Ashta Doyle – Secretary and Director of Part-Time

Ashta has over ten years’ operations experience across a variety of industries, with previous roles spanning across London, New York, Dubai and Delhi. She holds a double bachelors degree in commerce and communications.  Ashta is part of cohort fourteen in the part time MBA. 


Mark Laurence – Treasurer

Mark is currently a full time MBA student at the University of Sydney. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2015. Mark has worked in financial services and has owned a number of small businesses in a variety of industries.   Mark is part of cohort three in the full time MBA.


Felix Johnson – Director of Partnership

With a passion for languages, a degree in Media & Communications and seven years working as a professional actor, Felix began his MBA seeking to apply his creative skills to a business context.  In his current role as a Creative Consultant, he works alongside organisations to develop and deliver engaging culture-change programs using a human-centred design approach. As a Board member for the Consulting Club in 2020, he led two student teams in pro-bono engagements for real world arts organisations that resulted in valuable insights for the clients. This is his first term on the Embassy board as Director of Partnerships.

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Hayes Oconnor – Director of Events

Hayes is a second year MBA candidate in the Full Time Program.  Originally from Washington, D.C. Hayes is currently living in Sydney, Australia.  Coming from a finance background, Hayes has worked in Private Wealth Management at UBS.  Hayes is a confident extrovert and loves socializing with colleagues and friends alike.  Hayes was honoured to accept the title of Director of Events in eMBAssy and looks forward to planning educational and enriching events for all the MBA programs at the University of Sydney.   Hayes is part of cohort three in the full time MBA.


Jakomi Mathews – Director of Alumni

Jakomi has been working in the bleeding edge of digital transformation and customer experience since 2005. Jakomi also worked building the solution architecture piece for Samsung’s App store, as well as the service design blueprint for KFC Thailand’s online ordering platform and home delivery service. Jakomi has also actively advised startups including RFID social media solutions for events. In previous roles Jakomi has provided mobile CX strategy and overseen application development and digital CX strategy.

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Daniel Loutfy – Director of Full Time

Daniel has gained international experiences outside of Australia, notably in South Korea and the United States. Recently, Daniel has worked with BASF in the United States where he also got his bachelor’s degree at the University of California.  Daniel is part of cohort three in the full time MBA

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Sumit K. Bhattacharya – Director of IT

Sumit is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified professional with experience in Business Intelligence domain as a Techno-Functional Engineer and IT consultant with expertise in Datawarehouse Scheduling, Data warehouse Production Coordination and Support, Process Improvements and Operations. Sumit is part of cohort three in the full time MBA

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Grace Rikard-Bell – Director of Communications

Grace is  a marketing and business strategist with more than ten years’ experience creating, managing and executing brand and marketing strategies across a diverse group of tier one brands.  With a particular focus on strategies for growth and market penetration, I have worked with some of the world’s leading brands including Woolworths, Harvey Norman, Virgin Australia, Mastercard and David Jones.  Grace is part of cohort ten in the part time MBA.

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