What We Do
MBS Student Association is the leading provider of social, professional development and volunteering events to all students at Melbourne Business School.
The Melbourne Business School (MBS) Student Association is a student-run, not-for-profit organization with an active member base of 1800+ graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne.Our mission is to add value to the study experience of MBS students by organizing social and professional development events that provide them with opportunities to interact with fellow students and broaden their social and professional networks.
Whitney Zhou | President
Whitney is in her third semester of the Master of Commerce (Management), having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 2015. As President, Whitney is looking forward to leading MBSSA’s passionate committee and assisting them in enriching the student experience at MBS. When she is not studying, Whitney loves to travel, play basketball and volleyball, and solve sudokus and Rubik’s cubes.
Anna Bittner | Vice President
Anna is in her third semester of the Master of Finance and previously completed a Bachelor of Science. As Vice President, she is looking forward to coordinating the internal operations of the committee and to supporting the event teams in delivering new and exciting events to MBS students. In her free time, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking and reading as well as exploring Melbourne’s many restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Shivani Shah | Chief Financial Officer
Shivani is currently in her last semester pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management (Finance), having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from India. As the Chief Financial Officer, she is looking forward to working with budgets and the MBSSA team. Although currently juggling with numbers, she is passionate about fashion designing and loves travelling. Playing the piano, dancing and drinking wine are things she enjoys doing in her spare time.
Abraham Ryan Hito | Chief Operating Officer
Abraham is currently in his second semester of the Master of Management at the Melbourne Business School. Prior coming to Melbourne, he obtained his Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from Multimedia Nusantara University, Indonesia, and had worked for three years for a business incubator and venture capital in Indonesia. As a Chief Operating Officer, he is eager to deliver experiences for the MBS student and meet new people. In his spare time, he can be found in Melbourne University sports complex either playing a sport or learning Latin dance as his newly found hobby.
Laura Ha | Marketing Director
Laura is in her third semester of Master of Management (Marketing) having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and French) from the University of Melbourne in 2015. As Marketing Director, Laura is looking forward to leading a passionate team and developing a range of marketing strategies across all of MBSSA’s channels. She seeks to actively engage the broader MBS student community and enrich their student experience. Outside of the university, her passions include an avid love of food and travel.
Isabella Tobin | Communications Officer
Issy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Cultural studies. She is currently a student of the Melbourne Business Schools, undertaking the Master of Management (Human Resources). Her interest includes blogging, travel, and group fitness classes. Issy revels in the opportunity to reach out to the MBS community through our range of great social platforms. Her goal is to enhance MBS students’ sense of personal belonging and engagement within the business school environment.
Sepideh Jahangiri | Graphic Designer
Sepideh graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2015 and is in the final year of her Master’s in International Business at Melbourne Business School. She is interested in drawing, volunteering and travelling. Sepideh has joined the MBS Student Association to grow her own skill set and enrich MBS students’ university experiences.
Mitch Ancelotti | Photographer
Mitch graduated in International Business and Business Administration in France 2016 and in Italy 2015 respectively and is currently pursuing his final year of Master of Management Finance from The University of Melbourne. His interests and passions are sports activities especially soccer, photography, music, cinema and traveling to discover new realities. Mitch took part in MBS Student Association for meeting new brilliant people and to get involved in the everyday university routine.
Jessica Darmanin| Social Media Officer
Jessica is currently studying a Master of Management (Marketing) at the Melbourne Business School, after completing a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Media & Communications) and a Diploma of Languages (French) at the University of Melbourne. She is creatively driven to expand the boundaries of organizations through the use of innovative marketing techniques across a range of channels. She is passionate about animal welfare, musical theatre, travel and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (inclusive of donuts and pizza of course). As Social Media Officer, Jessica hopes to enrich the university experience for students through communicative collaboration with her MBSSA peers.
Kavya Allaparthi | Web Developer
Kavya Is currently in her second semester pursuing her Masters of Management at The University of Melbourne. Previously having completed her Bachelors in Business Management at St Xavier’s College, India. She handled the college website in Goa, India for three years and increased the number of subscribers over this time span. As the Web Developer, she is looking forward to using her experience and knowledge to enhance the digital experience for the MBS community and beyond.She is a professional tennis player and her other interests lie in the field of travel, art and trying out new cuisines.
Darran Low | Sponsorship Officer
After graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Computer Science in 2012, Darran has been identifying security vulnerabilities in IT systems with Ernst & Young. Driven by his interest in the financial markets, he left Ernst & Young in January 2017 to pursue a Master of Management (Finance) at the University of Melbourne and is currently in his third semester. When time permits, Darran can be found keeping active on hiking trails and playing soccer. As a sponsorship officer, he is looking forward to the challenge of building long-lasting relationships with external sponsors and increase the reach of the MBSSA brand to provide an enriching student experience to peers at the Melbourne Business School.
Angie Zhang | Sponsorship Officer
Angie is in the final year of her Master of Management (Finance), having graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Outside of finance, her interests include music, travel and photography. She has a passion for mental health and corporate wellness. As sponsorship officer, she is excited to work with her team to build a strong network of sponsors to enrich the university experience for fellow MBS peers. When she’s not studying in the postgraduate space, she can be found brunching around Melbourne, reading a good book or playing the piano.
Mary Wang| Event Manager
Mary is currently studying a Master of Management at Melbourne Business School. She completed a Bachelor of Science specializing in Neuroscience from TheUniversity of Melbourne in 2017. Her passion lies in exploring innovation within human health and hopes to reach a fulfilling career within the biotechnology industry. As an Event Manager, her goals are not only to execute novel, engaging and worthwhile events but to motivate students to enrich their academic life through becoming involved with all that MBS has to offer.
Ken Chan | Event Coordinator
Ken graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong in 2016, majoring in English Studies and Politics and Public Administration (International Politics). He is currently in his third semester of the Master of Management (Finance) at the Melbourne Business School. He is passionate about a wide range of things including music, films, history, travelling, and he is a lawn bowler. As an event coordinator, Ken is eager to play a part in organising events that cater for students’ diverse needs and enrich their MBS experience.
Bart Pappalarado | Event Coordinator
Bart pursued a Double Degree program in Italy and in France, graduated in International Management and Business Administration. He is currently in his third semester pursuing Master of Management (Marketing). During his spare time, Bart enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and tasting wine and cheeses around Melbourne. He is passionate about philosophy, greek mythology and interested in startups and entrepreneurship. As an Event Coordinator, he is looking forward to organising exciting events for the MBS student cohort.
Sonia Shah | Event Manager
Sonia graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Psychology) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently in her third semester studying the Master of Management (Finance). She is an avid foodie who loves to travel and be outdoors. As an Event Coordinator, Sonia is eager to collaborate with her peers to organise social and professional events that add value to the experience of students at the MBS.
Yiji Chen | Event Coordinator
Yiji is currently in her first year of the Master of Management (Accounting), having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts ( Journalism ) in Shanghai in 2017. She enjoys traveling, eating and Latin dance. As an event coordinator, Yiji is looking forward to meeting lots of new friends and providing remarkable events that enrich the experience of students at MBS.
Harry Tashounidis | Event Coordinator
Harry is in his final year of the Master of International Business program, having previously completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2015. As an Event Coordinator, he is looking forward to meeting new students and giving back to the student body with exciting events. Harry’s interests include traveling, cooking, and fishing.
Rodney Brown | Event Manager
Rodney is currently completing his final year of his Master of Management at Melbourne Business School. Previously he has completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine (2015) and Diploma of Teaching (2016) at the University of Melbourne. As an Event Manager, he is excited to work with his fellow MBSSA team members to produce quality event experiences for MBS students. Outside of his study, Rodney is a Dancesport competitor, competing internationally in the dance styles of Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue.
Ria Bhargava | Event Coordinator
Ria is from New Delhi (India) and is currently pursuing her masters in Actuarial Science at the Melbourne Business school. She has joined the association to enrich her university life with something other than studying and to develop on her skill set. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running and playing sudoku.
Imogen Kroker | Event Coordinator
Commencing a Master of Management at The University of Melbourne in 2017, Imogen aspires to work in management consulting upon graduation, with particular interests in strategy and organisational culture. As event coordinator, she is looking forward to working with the passionate MBSSA committee to provide quality events that enrich MBS student life. In her spare time, Imogen enjoys cooking and has also recently taken up sailing.
Kayna Tingay | Event Manager
Kayna graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing) from the University of Melbourne in 2016. She is currently in her final semester of Master of International Business at the Melbourne Business school. In her spare time, Kayna likes to travel, spend time with friends and gym to make up for all the brunching she does. As an event manager, she is looking forward to enriching her student experience further and planning different types of event.
Puneet Bhambhani | Event Coordinator
Puneet is from Indore, India and is pursuing Masters of Management (Accounting & Finance) at The Melbourne Business School. He has earlier graduated with a Bsc Hons in Finance & Accounting from the University of Nottingham, UK. Puneet is passionate about traveling, sports, exploring different cuisines & languages. He joined the MBSSA to enrich the MBS experience for himself & all other students whilst honing his own skill set.
Debbie Poon | Event Coordinator
Debbie is in her third semester of the Master of Management (Marketing) at Melbourne Business School, having graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University. As an Event Coordinator, she hopes to work with her team to put up fun and exciting events that enrich students’ experiences at MBS. She enjoys traveling and visiting museums in different countries to soak up all the culture and history it has to offer.