About

Hello. I want to make the world work better.

My name is Vanessa Suen. I am a consultant, analyst and researcher with experience ranging from large corporations in Australia, not-for-profit organizations in Vanuatu and Nepal, and the United Nations in New York. In 2012, I graduated with a CEMS Master’s in International Management degree from the University of Sydney, HEC Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I am particularly interested in data-driven operational improvement and how things can be done better. My specialities therefore include financial analysis particularly with demonstrating cost effectiveness in business cases, report writing, project management, implementation and strengthening client relationships.

I am currently in New York, learning about the social good and startup industries. I eventually want to use what I learn to begin my own social enterprise in a developing country.

Let's talk about how we can work together.

Timeline

2006: Sydney

I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in arts/commerce, and was employed within the corporate sector in Sydney. My work experience in consulting and within group strategy for one of Australia's biggest retail banks, gave me a good foundation in research and analysis, as well as giving me some exposure to project management, stakeholder consultation and how to develop client relationships.

2007/2008: Nepal

However, at that point I had never travelled overseas before, having gone straight from high school to university to employment. I decided to spend six months volunteering in Nepal, working for organizations around Kathmandu. It was an incredible experience to immerse myself in a different culture and see how people lived in a developing country. This also began my interest in international development.

2009/2011: Vanuatu

Microfinance seemed like a way to combine my background in business with my interest in social good. I worked for a microfinance organization in Vanuatu for two years. My biggest project was conducting an impact assessment, where my counterpart and I interviewed almost 500 stakeholders to determine the effect that the organization had on their lives. This report can be found on Microfinance Gateway.

2011/2012: CEMS

I decided to go back to school as I wanted more theoretical knowledge. I got a scholarship for a CEMS master's degree in international management, which I studied at the University of Sydney, HEC Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Studying at universities in three different countries enabled me to further develop my intercultural communication skills. I was also able to take advantage of student benefits such as attending the LSE Public Lectures, where I heard speakers such as Aung San Suu Kyi, the Dalai Lama and Amartya Sen.

2012/2013: UN

I then spent six months undertaking an internship with the UN as a strategic development intern at the Alliance of Civilizations. It was a great experience to learn more about the UN as an organization, where I volunteered at the General Assembly week in 2012, had dinner with former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was sent on a mission trip back to Paris. I also did the intern thing and took a photo of myself standing at the podium of the General Assembly Hall. It's what interns do.

2013: New York

Following my experience as an intern at the United Nations headquarters, I fell in love with New York. I love the energy generated so many people in such a concentrated space. I am currently acting as a freelance consultant with a few different clients. I am also interested in learning more about the social good and startup industries, as I want to eventually begin my own social enterprise in a developing country. If you think we can work together, please feel free to get in touch.

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