Business Alumni Update | 2015

An out of this world opportunity for marketing graduate Dan Ryan

Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme

Dan Ryan

UniSA Marketing graduate and former UN Youth Ambassador for Australia, Dan Ryan (Bachelor of Management –Marketing 2009), is passionate about supporting global citizenship. He has made the top 30 in the Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme which will give the opportunity for one young leader to view the world from space aboard the XCOR Lynx® Spacecraft.

The winner will have the opportunity to deliver key note speeches around the world and be mentored by some exceptional high achievers of the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, who are represented by the global talent agency Kruger Cowne.

Dan was introduced to the idea at one of the regular summits he attends as an Ambassador for One Young World a UK-based youth leadership not for profit organisation that is associated with the Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme. He has complemented his career aspirations in global business with a variety of social enterprise projects that have seen him engaging with youth campaigns, foreign aid programmes and volunteer opportunities in developing countries.

Dan’s successful involvement in Australian government youth and foreign aid programmes culminated in his most influential appointment to date – The UN Youth Ambassador for Australia. The 2012-13 post saw Dan develop and execute an extensive tour of Australia conducting workshops and delivering speeches to 10,000 young people in schools, universities and community groups. It culminated in a diplomatic posting and speech at the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Dan continues to develop his interest in social and business enterprise, is an MBA Recruitment Manager at Oxford University’s Said Business School, and has recently taken on a Board of Director position at The Knowledge Project, a local social enterprise.

Dan is the eldest of six homeschooled siblings who keep him grounded and are not so sure about space travel. But he has always dreamt of it and was the first to enter the Rising Star competition.

“Since camping in the Flinders Rangers under the incredible canopy of stars (unmatched around the world) I have always thought it would be incredible to be out there . . . and see the curvature of the earth,” says Dan.

“My first thought was, who wouldn't want to go into space! But then I asked around and plenty of people wouldn't do it if they were paid, including my girlfriend and mother! So it's not just my competition on the shortlist who are hoping I don't win!”

Dan’s has this personal message for UniSA graduates: “I'm a passionate supporter of all things UniSA and have supported fellow graduates in amazing achievements, from volunteering in Africa to working at Google.”

“Sharing the profile can help increase my chances of heading to Bangkok to speak at One Young World and of course, being selected to be sent into space!”

Find out how you can support Dan’s quest to become one of the three finalists to go to Bangkok in October and make his pitch in person:

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