An award-winning Deakin student and former lecturer, Mukund was one of the founders of the Deakin Commerce Alumni Chapter and its first president. He received the 2011 Deakin Alumni of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding work in furthering the development of the Deakin Alumni Community.
Career path and highlights
Mukund is the CEO of Asialink Business and previously spent six years as Director, Asia Business Group at KPMG. Extremely passionate about community development, his expert advice is often sought, particularly on matters relating to the University's engagement with India and the Asia region. In addition to his Deakin degree, he also has a master’s degree in international taxation and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Mukund has a strong commitment to charitable causes. He was also the recipient of a 2012 Australian Leadership Award from Australian Davos Connection.
Q&A with Mukund Narayananmurti
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
The high quality honours year prepared me effectively for the workforce. Critical analysis, lateral thinking, the ability to argue a point of view and the value of perseverance, were some of the key things I learnt during my honours year.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
KPMG from 2003 to 2014 with two career breaks of a total of 2.5 years during this period. During my career breaks I did the following: First break (May 2007- Sep 2008) – fulltime lecturer at Deakin and fulltime masters student at Melbourne Law School. Second break (May 2013 – June 2014) – MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership. I’m deeply indebted to KPMG for both the breaks during my time with them.
CEO, Asialink Business
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
My wife Dallas Coe, she has supported me, guided me and led me through both good times and challenging ones. I would not have been able to pursue so many different passions without her steadfast support.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
Yes - I always wanted to be at the forefront of leading Australia’s engagement with Asia. This dawned on me very strongly during my time in the US as an MBA student at M.I.T. Australia's engagement with Asia is integral to its long-term national prosperity and needs national leadership. It is a great privilege to lead this engagement for the country through Asialink Business. Asialink Business was established with support from the Australian Government to help create an Asia capable workforce in Australia and drive our competitiveness, productivity and national economic prosperity.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Preparation, perseverance and performance are the key.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Deakin taught me my earliest lessons on the value of inter-cultural understanding, multiculturalism, and Australia's role in the Asian region. At a personal level, my ability to prepare and persevere to achieve an outcome was sharpened at Deakin.
What are your passions outside your work?
Family, travel, tennis
How would someone describe you?
Deeply committed to my country, my team, and my family.