The Centre for Accounting and Finance Education (CAFÉ) offers University of Otago Department of Accountancy and Finance's students many opportunities to build upon their degree. You will have the opportunity to meet guest speakers from the business sector, participate on the international student exchange programme and experience studying and living abroad, or the opportunity to test your understanding of your course material through paid or voluntary work-based experiences or through student competitions.
- Accounting and Finance Club
- Speakers and networking
- Career Planning and Recruitment
- Community Accounting Support
- Executive in Residence Programme
- International Exchanges
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Competitions
From 22 - 24 March 2017 Antonia Watson was the Centre's Executive in Residence.
During Antonia's time within Otago's Department of Accountancy & Finance she met with staff and students, spoke in FINC 304 and BSNS 115 lectures, plus presented a guest lecture entitled "Digital banking and Customer Experience" as part of the Business School's Visiting Executive Programme (VEP) seminar series.
She also recorded a short video (below) giving insight into her time at Otago, the various roles she's had since graduating, and give current students and graduates tips of creating a success career.
Antonia ANZ New Zealand Ltd's Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking and is responsible for 2 million Retail and Small Business customers served by our branch network and contact centres.
Prior to accepting this role in December 2016, Antonia was ANZ New Zealand’s Chief Financial Officer for four years and prior to that she ANZ New Zealand’s Financial Controller for three years. Antonia has also worked for Morgan Stanley in Hungary where she was General Manager of their business services and technology centre that served North America and Europe. Antonia also worked for Morgan Stanley in Sydney and London in various finance roles. Antonia qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG NZ.
Antonia graduated BCom (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Otago in 1992 and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of Global Women.
- Managing Director Retail & Business Banking, ANZ New Zealand
- Chief Financial Officer, ANZ New Zealand
- Financial Controller, ANZ New Zealand
- Executive Director – General Manager, Budapest Business Services and Technology Centre, Morgan Stanley Hungary
- Finance, Morgan Stanley Australia
- Equity Product Control, Morgan Stanley United Kingdom
- Audit, KPMG Auckland.
Chairman of Directors of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd and a Director of Fletcher Building Ltd, speaks to student Cody Kirby
ANZ CEO, speaks to student Henry Fitz-Gerald
Deputy CFO of Air NZ, speaks to student Harry Flett
Energy Link Founder and Managing Director, speaks to student Hilary Hickling
Rt Hon Bill English
Prime Minister and former Minister of Finance, speaks to student Gemma Duckett
Gung Ho Pizza Founder, speaks to students Susie Xie and Lucy Prestidge
Professional Director and Business Advisor, speaks to student Delilah Thomson
CEO Night 'n Day Foodstores, speaks to student Vishwas Singh
ANZ NZ, Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking, speaks to student Maddi Ingham
Green Party Co-Leader, speaks to student Samuel Kirk-Reeve
Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Deputy Governor, speaks to student Salote Faupula
External Reporting Board, Director of Accounting Standards, speaks to student Matthew Maloney
CFA Institute, Director of Society Ethics Training, speaks to student Tiffany Robertson
Chief Executive, External Reporting Board (XRB), speaks to student Craig Stanton
Managing Director, Byronvale Advisors, speaks to student Amy Martin
Director of Strategy & Risk, Financial Markets Authority, speaks to student Petra Higgins
Professional Director and business owner, speaks to student Harry Munro-Clark