Columbia Association of Australia


Tony Bracy ’67BUS (Co-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.

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 (Vice President, Board Member) has lived and worked in 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 Forbes contributor and is the founder of an international communications consultancy, Aesthete Media. She is also regularly a guest lecturer at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communications, and has taught students in both Melbourne and Singapore.

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.

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