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Postgraduate sustainability seminar a hit

Thursday, 22 March 2012

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The Perth Graduate School of Business (PGSB) 2012 Leadership Seminar Series launched on Tuesday 20 March to great success, with the first event drawing a crowd of postgraduate Business and Law students, staff and industry.

The theme for the first event was sustainability, with special guest speaker Dr Ian Martinus addressing attendees on the challenges and opportunities faced by organisational leaders in regards to sustainability. He provided examples of the balance and tension between ‘development’ and ‘sustainability’, sharing many of his international experiences from his work in Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States of America and Australia.

Dr Martinus has a Doctorate of Business Administration in Information Systems from ECU, and as such has had an extensive international career. He worked for Deloitte Consulting on various international development contracts, for the World Bank in Afghanistan, and has also worked on eGovernment and international trade projects. From 2000 to 2005, he was the inaugural Economic Development Manager for the City of Wanneroo.

His current role is with Yanchep Beach Joint Venture, a sustainable city venture in Perth’s north. On the night, he shared insight into the extensive 50 year development plan of the sustainable city.

Program Director of MBA and Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Maryam Omari, found the event to be a valuable occasion for postgraduate students.

“The event was not only a wonderful opportunity to learn about leadership and the responsibility leaders have for sustainable business practice, but also to network with other postgraduate students. It was a great success, and we hope to see even more of our students at our next event,” she said.

The PGSB Leadership Seminar Series is an exciting, free program that will run throughout the year. The next event will be held on Wednesday 23 May, with special guest Mr Greg Riebe speaking on the theme of entrepreneurship.

More information

For more information on the event, contact Associate Professor Maryam Omari.

Phone: (61 8) 6304 5588
Email: m.omari@ecu.edu.au

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