Columbia Association of Australia


Jackson Hewett '10JRN/'11BUS (Co-President) attended Columbia on a Knight Bagehot Fellowship for Business and Economics journalists where he attained a Masters of Science in Journalism and a MBA.  Prior to Columbia, Jackson was a reporter and producer for the BBC in the UK, the Middle East and the US.  Currently he is the head of business video for The Australian and editor of Business Spectator.  

Kate Racovolis ’12JRN (Co-President) has lived and worked in Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London over the past decade. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University, where she graduated in 2012. Previously the editor of a leading luxury magazine in London, Kate continues to work in media as a journalist, editor and communications consultant. She has also been a part of the teaching team at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, where she has guest lectured on writing for media.

Tony Bracy ’67BUS (Vice President) holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Business Administration in marketing from Columbia’s Business School and a Graduate Diploma in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide.  During a 36-year career he held management positions with the Ansett group of companies in Auckland, Melbourne, New York, Perth, Port Moresby and Townsville, undertook consultancy work in Argentina and Uruguay, addressed international conferences in Canberra, Mumbai, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Wellington and headed the team that created Australia’s first domestic airline lounge program, Golden Wing Club.  Tony and his wife Sue have two grown children and live in Melbourne.

Yan Zhang CFA CMT ’08SEAS (Board Member) graduated from Columbia with a Masters degree in Operations Research. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. Mr. Zhang is a CFA and CMT charterholder, and has over 10 years of work experience in trading and asset management. He is now the co-founder and manager of Pan Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd.

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  • Simon Baarbé
    commented 2024-01-03 08:11:16 +1100
    Hi team. What do you all thing of getting things active again? Perhaps an all-ivy league conglomeration if we need the numbers in Aus?