Beyond the GFC
Launching the 2010 40under40 Awards!
The 2010 40under40 Awards Launch will be held in conjunction with the Success & Leadership Series and will showcase two outstanding speakers, Mark Barnaba and Tony Howarth who will focus on the important issues that will be faced in Western Australia’s business future.
These lively and accomplished corporate leaders will delve deep into the State’s current climate, exploring the outcomes to one of the worst economic downfalls experienced in history.
The morning will also launch one of WA’s most established business awards – 40under40. This program showcases the State’s 40 most significant business achievers and entrepreneurs under the age of 40.
Mark is a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Azure Capital. Prior to Azure Capital, Mark spent time in industry, corporate advisory and management consulting. He spent a long period of time with McKinsey & Company in Australia, the UK and the RSA.
After graduating from Trinity College in Perth as Dux, Mark attended the University of Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1985) with first class honours, being awarded the JA Wood University Medal for top graduate, university wide across all faculties, of his year. Mark then directly entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA in 1988 and graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.
Mark is Chairman of the University of Western Australia Business School, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Investment Banking and Finance. He is also the Chairman of Edge Employment Solutions (a disability employment organisation) and the West Coast Eagles Football Club, Deputy Chairman of Western Power board and a Director of the Australia Indonesia Institute. Mark has previously held positions on the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and was the inaugural Chairman of Alinta Infrastructure Holdings.
In 2002, Mark was the joint winner of the inaugural WA Business News award for the most outstanding business leader in the State of Western Australia under the age of 40 and in 2009, Mark was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award.
Tony Howarth spent over 35 years in the banking and finance industry. Uniquely, he held executive positions in Government, Regional and Major Banks as well as in Building Societies and Stockbroking. During his career he was involved in the full spectrum of the finance industry. He has had international experience in London, Hamburg and New York.
Currently he is Chairman of Mermaid Marine Australia Limited, Deputy Chairman of Bank of Queensland and a non- executive director of AWB Limited and Wesfarmers Limited. He is involved with a number of business and community organisations as Chairman of St John of God Health Care Group, President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. He is also Chair of the Committee for Perth, a member of the Rio-Tinto WA Future Fund and the Western Australian Community Foundation. He is on the University of Western Australia’s Senate and is Chair of the University Club Advisory Board and Deputy Chair of the UWA Business School Board.
Tony is on the Board of the Western Australian Rugby Union and also Past President and now Patron of Cottesloe Rugby Union Club.
In June 2002 Tony was awarded an Officer of Australia (AO) for his “service to business and finance and to the community through a range of health, cultural, education and sporting groups”.
In March 2003 Tony was awarded an honorary “Doctorate in Laws” by the University of Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor (Financial Management) at UWA’s Business School.
In 2005 Tony was also awarded Citizen of the Year in Business in Western Australia.
Tony is married with two children. He was born and educated in Bathurst and Sydney and has lived in Perth since 1991.