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Centre for Accounting and Finance Education (CAFÉ)

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.

Executive in Residence
Q&A with leading executives


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2017 CAFÉ Executive in Residence

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.

Roles held:

  • 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.

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Q&A with leading executives

John Judge

Chairman of Directors of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd and a Director of Fletcher Building Ltd, speaks to student Cody Kirby
(8mins 35secs)

Shayne Elliott

ANZ CEO, speaks to student Henry Fitz-Gerald
(6mins 25secs)

David Mackrell

Deputy CFO of Air NZ, speaks to student Harry Flett
(7mins 2secs)

Greg Sise

Energy Link Founder and Managing Director, speaks to student Hilary Hickling
(8mins 30secs)

Rt Hon Bill English

Prime Minister and former Minister of Finance, speaks to student Gemma Duckett
(7mins 3secs)

Jade Gray

Gung Ho Pizza Founder, speaks to students Susie Xie and Lucy Prestidge
(14mins 1secs)

Graham Crombie

Professional Director and Business Advisor, speaks to student Delilah Thomson
(9mins 33secs)

Tony Allison

CEO Night 'n Day Foodstores, speaks to student Vishwas Singh
(8mins 06secs)

Antonia Watson

ANZ NZ, Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking, speaks to student Maddi Ingham
(4mins 34secs)

James Shaw

Green Party Co-Leader, speaks to student Samuel Kirk-Reeve
(6mins 24secs)

Geoff Bascand

Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Deputy Governor, speaks to student Salote Faupula
(9mins 51secs)

Anthony Heffernan

External Reporting Board, Director of Accounting Standards, speaks to student Matthew Maloney
(9mins 28secs)

Michael McMillan

CFA Institute, Director of Society Ethics Training, speaks to student Tiffany Robertson
(9mins 09secs)

Warren Allen

Chief Executive, External Reporting Board (XRB), speaks to student Craig Stanton
(10mins 45secs)

Stephen Barnes

Managing Director, Byronvale Advisors, speaks to student Amy Martin
(12mins 57secs)

Simone Robbers

Director of Strategy & Risk, Financial Markets Authority, speaks to student Petra Higgins
(7mins 37secs)

Craig Stobo

Professional Director and business owner, speaks to student Harry Munro-Clark
(7mins 04secs)

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