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Brendan Ma

The Board of UN Youth Australia · Independent Board Director

Brendan joined the Board to help lead UN Youth towards a new Strategic Plan, to future-proof against economic and regulatory changes in the not-profit sector and to grow the investments in bursaries and people over time. The recent work leading nationally coordinated responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including updated risk management plans and contingency planning, has been an important highlight for him.

Brendan sits on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Ethics Committee. He first engaged with UN Youth as a delegate at NSW State Conference in 2012. Over the next 5 years, he has contributed to the NSW Division as Finance Director and Evatt Convenor, facilitated at the incredible range of national events, and met hundreds of aspirational young people across Australia.

Outside of UN Youth, Brendan most recently worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs where he helps clients undertake transformational financial, strategic and capital decisions. Previous experience also includes work at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, global infrastructure fund QIC and the US Senate. Brendan is currently teaching in the Finance Discipline of the University of Sydney, whilst completing his final year of a Bachelor of Laws including an honours thesis looking into the sovereign debt restructuring protections needed for developing nations. In late 2020, he will be attending the Y20 Summit as Australia’s lead negotiator to generate future-fit policy recommendations for the G20.

Rates: Development finance, social media being used effectively for health PSAs and Tim Cahill’s 2006 goals in Kaiserslaughtern.

Hates: double sided sticky tape, asking whether international law is really ‘law’, slow replies


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