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MBA Alumni Mixers

An informal networking event for Alumni, students and UniSA staff associated with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of International Business (MIB). Designed to give the participants the opportunity to bounce business ideas or new research/thinking in the topics covered within the MBA program. It is also an opportunity to network with government peers as well as private and not-for-profit organisations.

The dates for 2018 have been set and are currently: 15 February, 17 May, 16 August and 15 November.

2018 Events

Design Thinking - make creativity work for your business

Thursday, 16 August | 5:30pm (for 6:00pm start) - 8:30pm | Yungondi Building (City West Campus)

The South Australian economy is currently characterised by enterprises that are mastering agility and innovation to compete in National and Global markets. This approach cannot be enabled or sustained utilising consolidation strategies like cost-cutting, rationalisation of product lines or service reduction. Businesses that are succeeding in driving our State's future are employing innovative processes such as Design Thinking to imagine and materialise new products and services for evolving market needs.

We invite you to come along to our MBA Alumni Mixer where skilled and accomplished 'Design Thinkers' will share their experiences and challenges, along with their recommendations for leaders who are looking to innovate for their own successful business offerings.


  • Dr Jane Andrew, Senior Lecturer and Founding Director, Match Studio, University of South Australia
  • Scott Carslake, Voicedesign
  • Chris Sampson


Past Events

My career and my business in an environment of turbulence and disruption

Thursday, 17 May  |   5:30pm  |  Enterprise Suite, Yungondi Building (City West Campus)

In a business or career, turbulence can be interpreted as unpredictable and swift changes in its external and internal environments affect its competitiveness. Sustainability and being able to adapt and take advantage of the technological, economic and political change is the key, but how?

To ride the ups and downs of the changing market conditions, both businesses and employees not only need to develop professional resilience and longevity, and foster strong, capable and adaptable teams who can perform effectively in an era of uncertainty, but to find solutions to respond to external challenges and threats. 

Our special guests included:

Michelle Bentley Andrew Downs
Michelle Bentley
General Manager
Hender Careers
Andrew Downs
Managing Director

We hope you were able to join us for an evening of canapes, wine and networking where you were able to develop and strengthen connections with your student and alumni network.

Networking Evening

15th February 2018   :   5:30pm - 7:30pm   :   Yungondi Building (City West Campus)

Please join us for an evening of canapes, wine and networking as we 'kick off' this year's program of MBA Mixer events to be held on Thursday, 15 February from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in the Yungondi Building, City West Campus, 70 North Terrace Adelaide.

Develop and strengthen connections with your Alumni network, an incredibly valuable resource no matter where you are in your career.

Coopetition; Intra-Industry partnerships

23rd November 2017   :  5:30pm - 7:30pm   :   Yungondi Building (City West Campus)

Industries are learning that a key strategy to winning sustainability and growth in a competitive market is to team up with competitors to innovate and grow the industry as a whole.  The term coined for this practice is ‘Coopetition’, used to describe competitive businesses co-operating within an industry to achieve overall growth that, as opposed to the classic zero-sum game, benefits all market participants.

We have pulled together an expert panel featuring Dr Nathan H Gray, Annabel Mugford and Rachel Barratt who can provide insights that illustrate these partnerships and their outcomes. Learn more about our panel here.

Economics breakfast lecture by US Ambassador Mr James Carouso

26th September 2017   :   7:30am - 9:00am   :   Yungondi Building

As Australia's most important economic partner, speculation on the United State's international trade agenda has naturally occupied the public interest throughout 2017. But while the U.S. has stepped back from the Trans Pacific Partnership, it has not stepped back from high-standard international trade. Asia-Pacific, in particular, is home to the world's three largest economies, and in this lecture, Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso will discuss the region's continued importance to the U.S. and explore the wide-reaching value of American foreign investment.

Join us for this stimulating breakfast seminar and connect with industry experts in the new Yungondi Building at the City West Campus - new home to the 5-star MBA program.

Collaboration: Public and Private Partnerships

26th July 2017     :     5:15pm - 7:30pm     :     Kerry Packer Civic Gallery

Governments often need to implement large-scale projects that contribute to society's needs, yet may lack the expertise to deliver these projects successfully. Four special guests will share their backgrounds and experiences in public and private partnerships in the beautiful Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, while you enjoy drinks and canapes. Comprehensive Q&A and networking sessions will follow the formal presentation.

The Mixer is open to all alumni and current students of the MBA and MIB program, as well as professional and academic staff. Partners and also welcome.

Special guests:

David Paterson
Professor and Program Director of Innovation & Enterprise at UniSA; Managing Director of Cornerstone Strategy; Co-Founder of Social Capital

Professor Jana Mathews
Director: Centre for Business Growth, UniSA Business School

Jim Reddin
Director: Trade and Economic Development at University of Adelaide

Carmen Garcia
Managing Director for Community Corporate Pty Ltd

Please join us for what will be a fantastic and informative networking opportunity, with plenty of food and drinks.

Special Guest: Hon Steven Marshall MP
Leader, State Liberal Party of South Australia

29 March 2017     :     5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Old Chamber, Parliament House, Cnr North Terrace & King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Innovation & Collaboration

1 April 2016   :   5:00pm - 8:30pm

Innovation & Collaboration Centre, Catherine Helen Spence Building, City West Campus, UniSA

Innovation & Sustainability

17 June 2016   :   5:00pm - 8:30pm

Samstag Museum, Hawke Building, City West Campus, UniSA

Strengthening Connections

Speaker - Deborah Heithersay, Director of Advancement, UniSA

9 September 2016   :   5:00pm - 8:30pm

Innovation & Collaboration Centre, Catherine Helen Spence Building, City West Campus, UniSA

Christmas Celebration

9 December 2016   :   5:00pm - 8:30pm

Australian Institute of Company Directors, Westpace House, Currie Street, Adelaide