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25 Feb 2020

Alumni Profile – Kristy Novak

A passionate creative thinker, this month’s Echos’ alum, Kristy Novak, is a dreamer with a curious mind that always asks ‘why?’ or ‘why not’. Novak’s says that she remembers, as a kid, “staring at the sky and asking my sister a million different questions all beginning with ‘imagine i’”. As an adult, this inquisitive soul […]

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21 Jan 2020

Alumni Profile – Gabriela Gallo

For this week’s Alumni profile, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gabriela Gallo whose current job title is Learning & Development Adviser at Herbert Smith Freehills – a job that entails not only advising but also knowledge, learning and research. Aside from the prolific career that took her across the globe multiple times, Gallo is […]

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26 Nov 2019

Alumni Profile – Debora Duarte

For this week’s Alumni profile, I had the pleasure of speaking with Business Analyst Debora Duarte. A citizen of the world, Duarte was born in Angola and lived in five different countries since leaving home, which, according to her, makes it almost impossible for people to guess where she is from. Debora has recently started […]

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22 Oct 2019

Alumni Profile – Alison Van Hees

The way we relate to others is what keeps us alive. Our humanity, when stripped to its most basic form, shows us that our sense of community, of belonging, is what allowed us to evolve into the society we are part of today. As a species, communication is the greatest resource we carry forward as […]

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24 Sep 2019

Alumni Profile – Yasmin Torres

Yasmin Torres is a UX and UI designer specialised in branding and innovation, who lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On a trip to Australia earlier this year to visit family and friends, Torres attended Echos’ three-day Design Thinking Experience course. We chatted about Design Thinking, innovation and using human-centred design to provide people with the […]

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27 Aug 2019

Alumni Profile – Clayton Ilolahia

Echos’ Alum of the week, Clayton Ilolahia is a man of many talents. An experienced learning and development professional within the performing arts and luxury retail sector, his latest role was as Manager, Organisation Development & Learning at Sydney Opera House. Responsible for the design, development, delivery and management of organisational development and learning strategies, […]

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23 Jul 2019

Alumni Profile – Khawar Saleem

For this week’s Alumni Profile, I had the pleasure of talking to Khawar Saleem, who is a Director, Enterprise Architect (EA) in the NSW Department of Education. Education is one of the main pillars of any successful society, and so, designing for education is of utmost importance. In this interview, showing his sense of humour, […]

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28 May 2019

Alumni Profile – Ann Holden

For this week’s Alumni Profile, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ann Holden – Design Thinking Experience alum and the person responsible for Engagement at the Australian Department of Environment and Energy. A regulator of the law, Ann uses engagement to broker regulatory outcomes in an environmental context, and today we get to learn from […]

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26 Mar 2019

Alumni Profile – Rebecca Nguyen

We often worry about what world we will leave for the next generations; worry about how our actions today will impact the new generations to come. However, caring about the wellbeing of children today, in our current reality, is no small task, and one that all of us should partake on, I would add. My […]

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26 Feb 2019

Alumni Profile – Tamlyn van Zyst

“The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” – Charles Eames For this week’s Alumni Profile, I spoke to designer, business owner and Echos Design Thinking Experience alum Tamlyn van Zyst. Amongst many things, Tamlyn is an experienced brand strategist that helps her clients perfect their […]

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