News story 7th Nov 2016

Monash University presents its highest awards to leading alumni

Monash University acknowledged extraordinary contributions of two Monash Business School alumni. Dr Muliaman Hadad was the recipient of a 2016 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award and Ken Roberts was awarded a 2016 Monash University Fellowship.

Alumni and Fellow Awards

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the achievements and contributions of fellows and alumni were instrumental to Monash University’s record of excellence.

“Fellows and alumni are at the heart of a university's reputation, more powerful than any ranking table,” Professor Gardner said. “They are the tangible representation of what the Monash community can make possible.”

Presenting the awards, Chancellor Simon McKeon AO said the Alumni and Fellows had made exceptional contributions in their fields and the stories and successes could only inspire others to make their own impact.

Dr Muliamam Hadad

Dr Muliaman Hadad

Dr Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad was born in Bekasi, West Java in 1960. Dr Hadad has,from his early years, demonstrated intellectual capabilities ahead of his peer group, finishing his undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Indonesia in record time.

He joined Indonesia's Central Bank as a graduate in 1984 and continued his post-graduate studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he earned a Master in Public Administration in 1991.

In 1996 he earned his doctorate from Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics, as Monash Business School was known at the time.

Dr Hadad spent 25 years with Indonesia's Central Bank; leading the Financial System Stability Bureau from 2003; directing banking research and regulation from 2005 and serving as Deputy Governor of Indonesia's Central Bank between 2006 and 2012.

In these roles he demonstrated a track record as an accomplished strategic planner and transformer of organisations.

With his experience and academic credentials, Dr Hadad became the natural candidate to establish Indonesia's new Financial Services Authority, or the Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), as the country's first independent financial sector regulator. In May 2012 he was instructed by the then Indonesian President Yudhoyono to create an organisation that was capable of supervising Indonesia's banks, capital markets and non-bank financial institutions.

Beyond his official duties, Dr Hadad has been an active volunteer supporting initiatives to improve financial governance in Indonesia. Currently, he is Chair of the Indonesia Sharia Economic Community and The Indonesia Economists’ Association.

Most recently, Dr Hadad has been instrumental in advancing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Banking Integration Framework under the ASEAN economic integration program, culminating in the signing of an agreement with Malaysia.

In addition to these roles Dr Hadad has actively engaged as a scholar and teacher at a number of universities across Indonesia.

Mr Ken Roberts

Mr Ken Roberts

Mr Ken Roberts is the Chief Executive Officer of Forethought.

He opened the Forethought doors and solved his first client’s challenge in July 1994. He has led Forethought to be ranked the most commercially effective and innovative marketing consultancy in Australia.

Forethought is best known for assisting challenger brands and restoring established brands. In Australia his clients include Kmart, Optus, Jetstar, Coles, AustralianSuper, CBA, Deloitte, NBN and Allianz.

Mr Roberts is a serial innovator and inventor. He has been lauded internationally for frame-breaking and patented work in the implicit measurement of emotion, along with the rational drivers that lead to change in consumption behaviour.

Having opened a New York office in 2012, he has worked extensively with US brands such as Hershey, Applebee’s, JetBlue and NestlĂ©.

Through a dual lens of survey and organisational data, Mr Roberts seeks to address organisations’ most fundamental questions: How do I efficiently gain and retain market share? How do I drive the efficacy of my communications? How do I optimise customer experience?

Among his industry recognition, Mr Roberts has been awarded the following:

  • Advertising Research Foundation Gold David Ogilvy Award for Research in Communications
  • Australian Market and Social Research Society Award for Innovation in Research Methods
  • Australian Market and Social Research Society Award for Commercial Effectiveness
  • Australian Marketing Institute Certified Practising Marketer of the Year
Ken has tirelessly and significantly contributed to the development of marketing as a rigorous applied science that has  great relevance to  industry and the wider society. Ken has also greatly contributed to the ongoing success of Monash Business School’s Department of Marketing in his capacity as alumnus, educator and researcher, and as member and chair of the Department’s industry advisory board.

Professor Harmen Oppewal, Head, Department of Marketing

Mr Roberts has also twice been a finalist in the globally prestigious INFORMS MSI Practice Prize.

He has published extensively including in the journal Marketing Science, and has made an important contribution to the future of the marketing profession via his inventions and commercial activities, and previously as an academic at Monash University and as an Associate Professor at Melbourne Business School.

His contribution has also included his role as a member and past chairman of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Marketing at Monash University.

Mr Roberts has undertaken extensive pro bono research on behalf of some of the most underprivileged groups in Australia. His findings into homelessness in Australia helped to inform the Rudd Government’s decision to announce a Minister for the Homelessness. His work found discrepancies between perceived reasons for homelessness and actual, with the key drivers of homelessness – family violence – greatly underestimated by Australians.

Also, his examination of the psychological impact of unemployment on individuals formed the backbone of a submission on behalf of the Salvation Army to the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. The results highlighted the negative financial, social and psychological effects of prolonged unemployment.

Mr Roberts holds a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne.