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Networking 101 In Practice

  • Venture Café Sydney 58 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113 Australia (map)

Networking is a universal lifelong skill to master.

At this session, our speakers will share their networking experiences, practical tips and participants will have opportunities to network afterwards.

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Julie is the Founder and CEO of Asian Leadership Project, which was successfully launched in Sydney 2017, Melbourne 2018, expanded into Macquarie Park (NSW) February 2019, Brisbane May 2019 and continues to spark international interest.

Julie brings 15 years’ experience from private, public and not-for-profit sectors working in Diversity and Inclusion, Organisational Development and Human Resources. She is the first culturally diverse woman elected as President of NEEOPA (NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioner’s Association), and Julie previously served as State Vice-President and Councillor for the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

David is the Chief Legal Counsel at Canon Australia, after having worked in-house at Telstra for more than nineteen years. Prior to moving in-house, David worked in private practice for the Australian law firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques, having started his legal career working for Mallesons in Taiwan.

Outside of work, David’s family is bilingual in English and Chinese. He is a fanatical photographer and one of the founders of the Lifetimes in Law portrait project, celebrating lawyers who have spent their careers using the law to contribute to the community. David serves on the board of the Minds Count Foundation and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vajira has over 30 years of industry experience across USA, Europe, and Asia. He has been with Microsoft for over 23 years across several executive roles including, co-founder of the Solutions Development Center, Director for Office365 Global Centre of Excellence for Asia, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Services Asia. Currently he is the Architecture and Industry Services practice lead for Microsoft Services Asia.

Outside of work, Vajira is a published author and an ultra-marathon runner and the International Ambassador for Shanthi Foundation and co-founder of, a non-profit he and his wife started to help feed and educate children in need. Vajira was born in Sri Lanka and currently based in Sydney with his wife Kali and two sons. He is currently on a quest to run 500km to build awareness for Palliative care and raise funds to build Sri Lanka’s first ever Palliative Care hospital with Shanthi Foundation. You can join his final dash for 500km through a worldwide running campaign from anywhere around the world in November.

About the Asian Leadership Project

The Asian Leadership Project is an Australian innovation. As a business, they are first-to-market with their mission to fast-track diverse Asian talent into Leadership.

Their priority projects are:

  • Increasing the visibility of Asian Leaders through cultivating future Board Directors, CEOs and C-Suite Executives

  • Building a strong networking community where Asian talent can belong, are connected and supported via ongoing professional and career development opportunities

  • Supporting organisations to achieve business growth through culturally sensitive inclusion and diversity practices

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