2013 Mentees

 “Creativity produces innovation through connection things not previously connected. It enriches society as new connections are made between people” – Ryan Matthews and Watts Wacker

At Advance, we believe that mentoring is a powerful tool that helps to build the clarity and self awareness required to be truly innovative.  In conjunction with our Awards Program, we are pleased to offer the Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program, matching Australian university students with a 2013 Advance Global Australian Award Winner for 12 months of one-on-one mentoring. We congratulate this year’s winners and wish them the very best for their involvement with this program.

Meet the mentees in theit own words on Advance TV.


 Marita Cheng

Marita is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Computer Science at University of Melbourne. The 2012 Young Australian of the Year, Marita is the founder of Robogals Global, an organisation that aims to get girls interested in science, engineering and technology careers and tertiary studies. Marita was previously the Executive Director of Robogals Global for 4.5 years until 31 December 2012, and now currently remains on the Board.

Nick-G-sq.jpgNick Guzowski

Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2009 and now is currently completing his Bachelor of Laws, also at UTS. Nick was one of 30 selected from over 700 applicants for the Bachelor of Accounting studies, which was a selective co-operative program between the UTS accounting faculty and over 30 of Australia's most reputable companies. Nick has worked in a voluntary support role for ENYA, the Enterprise Network for Young Australians, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support young people in business by providing micro-business loans, advice and administrative support.

Simon-sq.jpgSimon Ruckenstuhl

Simon is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Environmental Management at Flinders University. He is a member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute in South Australia and has a strong interest in the mining and resources sector. Simon was previously undertaking a work placement with the City Council of Onkaparinga in SA, involving both field and office work. He is also doing work experience on various projects with the City Council of Mitcham.


liam-darmody-profile-square.jpgLiam Darmody

Liam is co-founder of an Adelaide-based startup called DataMunch, the winning team of Startup Weekend Adelaide 2012. He is an innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for inspiring change through entrepreneurship. Liam is an avid TEDster, and has been the Licensee and Co Curator of TEDxMacquarieUniversity over the past two years. He has worked for the Risk and Controls Solutions team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, and also for Podio as Head of Sponsorship in Copenhagen. Liam has experienced both corporate and startup worlds as an employee. He’s now experiencing the startup world in a whole new light. Liam is about to graduate from a Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Adelaide. He has also studied at Macquarie University and Copenhagen Business School. 

Phoebe-Tully-square.pngPhoebe Tully

Phoebe is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, which she has been studying by distance to allow her to work and travel. Her work experience includes a role as production coordinator at Channel 7, and the recent coordination of a major research campaign for YWCA QLD in partnership with a leading natural resource firm, as well as the state and national governments. Phoebe remains an active member of YWCA QLD and will this year design a young women’s leadership program for Year 10 girls, nurturing the partnership with the University of Queensland that she created. Phoebe’s main project this year, however, is developing an innovative program to try and cause a shift in the nation’s relationship with food and cooking. It is in this capacity in particular that she hopes to work with her mentor, Terri, as running a company is an entirely new experience for her!

Weng-Chio-Fen-square.jpgWeng Chio Fan

Weng Chio Fan is in his final year of a Masters of Applied Psychology (Organisational and Industrial) at Murdoch University. With a desire to give back to the local community and make the best use of his psychology training, Weng volunteered in a gambling counseling centre in 2009 in which he helped facilitate group therapy. He was also a student mentor during his study at the Australian National Univeristy. After he graduated from the ANU, Weng was involved with Alzheimer’s Australia for a month where he provided them with administrative assistance. Most recently he was a crew member of a significant fundraising event for cancer research, ‘ride to conquer cancer’, in 2012. 


Peter Hall

Peter is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. He was accepted into the Bio21 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program for 2013 and is involved in epigenetics research at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. In 2011, Peter was one of four students selected to represent Australia at the 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad in Ankara, Turkey. He teaches a chemistry extension course at the University High School, previously was an assistant English teacher at Wingate Avenue Community Centre and is now Vice President of Melbourne University Dancesport Club.

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