Monash alumni recognised for excellence in their fields
Jackie Robb, Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk, Dr Vicente Bicudo de Castro, Kimberley Cole, and the Hon. Philip Dalidakis flew the Monash flag at a number of award ceremonies in Melbourne and Guangzhou, China.
Jackie Robb – President, Staples Greater China
Winner – Australian Ambassador’s Alumni Award for Women in Leadership
Established in 2009 by the Australia China Alumni Association, the awards recognise graduates of Australian universities who are now based in China. The awards also serve to deepen the Australia-China relationship through the acknowledgement of expatriate nominees and their wide ranging achievements.
After gaining a Bachelor of Economics, Accounting and Finance through Monash, Malaysian born Jackie Robb made a steady ascent in her career after she migrated to Australia with 22 years’ experience in several executive management roles with a major listed pharmaceutical company. After being seconded to Staples, Greater China in 2013, Jackie has been at the helm of a successful campaign to overhaul the operations of both the Taiwan and China branches of Staples. Her leadership has translated into immense growth for Taiwan and China and resulted in the top job of President, Staples Greater China.
Jackie is well known for her passion to advance the roles of women in executive leadership while acting as mentor to several women herself through the not-for-profit organisations, Glass Elevator and Global Women Connect. In addition to this honour, Jackie was also awarded the Silver Magnolia Award by the Shanghai Government this year in recognition of her economic development contributions to Shanghai.
Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk and Dr Vicente Bicudo de Castro
Finalists – International Alumnus Award
The Victorian International Education Awards recognise innovative education institutions, companies and service providers and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of Victoria’s 175,000 international students. An initiative of the Victorian Government, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, and Monash alumnus, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis, presented 16 awards including Excellence in Innovation in Partnership and International Engagement to the Monash Warwick Alliance.
Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk started his association with Monash as an exchange student in 2010 and quickly followed it up by earning his PhD in Materials Engineering in 2014. He also spent over four years as a Teaching Associate and Research Assistant, the latter earning him the Victorian International Education Student Awards International Student of the Year – Research in 2014. While at Monash, he was awarded a number of departmental scholarships and excellence awards. This brings Bart’s educational tally to an impressive two Doctorates and three Master degrees. Further, Bart has been named as a Young Real Leaders 2016 100 Visionary Leaders as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovators Under 35 Poland 2016 and is the author of a number of journal articles.
His startup Glu10 – Gluten Sensing Solutions has been featured in a number of influential publications and was selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program. In between travelling the world for the Polish Government, NATO, UNESCO, and the European Commission, Bart is currently developing a crowdfunding platform that will enable scientists and the public to communicate and exchange ideas to help shape scientific innovation and solutions to local and global issues. In his spare time, Bart volunteers through the Kings Foundation and has mentored six international students through successful PhD and Master applications to Monash.
Dr Vicente Bicudo de Castro started his academic career in his native Brazil, earning two Bachelor degrees and a Master before gaining his PhD in Accounting at Monash in 2014 with his thesis, The relationship between subjectivity in performance evaluation and managerial performance. While studying, he also held accounting positions with KPMG, PwC and Gavea Investimentos and lecturing appointments at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Monash and Deakin University. Further, he has authored and co-authored a number of papers since 2008.
In 2009, Vicente relocated to Melbourne to start his PhD at Monash. While here, he was the recipient of the Monash Graduate Research and Faculty of Business and Economics scholarships. After his move to Deakin to become lecture in Corporate Auditing, Vicente was recognised with the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships and the Faculty Staff Award for Effectiveness, Excellence and Exemplar Practice in Research in 2015.
Finalist – Telstra Business Women in Asia
Now in its twenty-second year, the Telstra Business Women's Awards is the longest running women's awards program in Australia. The Awards celebrate the courage, leadership and creativity of Australia’s most exceptional business women while raising the profile of women in business. The Awards have recently been extended to include women in Asia highlighting the growth in the relationship between Asia and Australia.
Kimberley Cole is a Melbourne expat currently based in Hong Kong for Thomson Reuters as Head of Specialist Sales and Business Development for the Asia Pacific region’s Financial and Risk Business. No stranger to living and working overseas, Kimberley led her Hong Kong team of 150 sales specialists to deliver the top sales performance globally, contributing to the yearly revenue of US$1.1 billion revenue. Kimberley has been with the company since 1990 in varying roles including Client Liaison, International Product Manager, Head of Marketing Asia, and Global Head of Marketing Operations across the UK, Australian and Asian markets.
Passionate about gender diversity and women in leadership, Kimberley co-chairs the Women @ Thomson Reuters network for Asia and has involvement with other networks such as The Women’s Foundation and Women on Boards. Her greatest achievement in the last five years has been her strong advocacy against slavery in the Asia Pacific region. Introduced to the plight of modern day slaves through a presentation that was followed up by a visit to Cambodia, Kimberley launched the Trust Forum Asia in conjunction with Thomson Reuters in 2015. Trust Forum Asia is an annual conference that brings together governments, corporations, banks and NGOs to find real world actions and solutions to f slavery. Kimberley dedicated her Telstra Business Women nomination to raising awareness of the slavery.