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James Zhao

Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce - Actuarial Studies

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James Zhou recently graduated from Macquarie with a Master of Commerce in Business, majoring in Finance. In 2008 James graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce - Actuarial Studies. James is an Associate in the Corporate and Institutional Banking arm of Westpac Institutional Bank. James' industry team works closely with relationship managers and credit officers to win deals and manage a portfolio of Westpac's largest customers involving billions of dollars of exposure.

During his uni days, James was a fond advocate of the opportunities at Macquarie University's, elected as the President of the Actuarial Student Society (ASSOC); co-founded the first Australian chapter of the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES); participated in an exchange to Fudan University, Shanghai; represented NSW in dragon boating; secured an actuarial intern role at Towers Perrin; and enjoyed many other experiences whilst studying at Macquarie University.

Transcript of video:

"I'm James Zhao, I work at Westpac Institutional Bank, Natural resources team. I am a credit analyst and I am allocated a portfolio of customers. I need to monitor their financial performance on an ongoing basis, assess their management, look at their overall business risks and operational risks.

The natural resources team banks customers for the entire production chain ranging from digging it up from under the ground, right through to the final product where we're distributing it to the consumers.

Coming from business at Macquarie University has given me strong foundation, and underlying knowledge to succeed in the early stages of my career. I take comfort in knowing that I've completed a well-known degree from a reputable university.

Studying at Macquarie University for the last 5 years of my life has really shaped who I am today, and I wouldn't change any of that."

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