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Michael D'Rosario
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 2004

For star Deakin graduate and now staff member Michael D'Rosario, it seems the sky is his limit as he continues to build an impressive resume of achievements in his professional life.

After graduating in 2004, and completing junior analyst roles with the Ford Motor Company of Australia, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, including a stint as a Research Assistant at Deakin University, Michael accepted his first senior appointment as a Business Analyst with KordaMentha.

Michael spent much of his time with KordaMentha working in corporate insolvency and also spent periods on secondment with 333Capital, working on a number of performance management and venture capital projects for clients including Becton and Linfox.

He also spent nearly a year in the Mekong region of Vietnam (Can Tho Province) as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, working as a Research and Business Development Officer at Can Tho University on a number of gender and development research projects. He also spent significant periods working with indigenous NGOs.

Upon his return from Vietnam, Michael joined Deakin in 2005 as an Associate Lecturer in Finance and Ethics.

Michael is passionate about community development and manages a charitable entity known as Nexus. The entity supports social entrepreneurship and community development projects in Indochina and South Asia. The Hai Lua project builds community housing in Indochina, while the Hope Scholars program is an initiative that supports the education of impoverished tertiary candidates in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Michael is also a current Victorian representative of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program, where he assists the Ausaid initiative with program planning, candidate selection as well as proposal development. He also assists with a number of initiatives in the eastern region of Melbourne seeking to support the endeavours of young Australians though arts, education and other more contemporary methods.

Additionally, Michael is an Asialink Fellow at the Asia Institute. He is also a recipient of an Asialink scholarship and the youngest member of the Asialink Leaders Program and if that isn't enough, he has just completed postgraduate studies in International and Community Development at Deakin, where he studied under renowned microfinance expert Joe Remenyi.

During his time studying at Deakin, Michael was awarded the prestigious Alfred Deakin Medal. In addition Michael was the recipient of the AIBF (now Finsia) prize. Michael is also a former LexisNexis and Butterworths prize winner and has also received a Deans Merit List Honours.

Michael is particularly passionate about his alma mater and runs a number of student skills modules and plenary sessions for students to improve both their technical competencies and their confidence.

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