MEET SOME OF
OUR PEOPLE

Imogen Moran

I’ve been surprised by how diverse the academic backgrounds of my colleagues are, and how beneficial that is to our project teams.

IMOGEN MORAN

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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  • PhD in Medical Science from the University of NSW
  • Bachelor of Philosophy from ANU
  • Postdoc at the Garvan Institute
  • Cook. Dog walker. Traveller (pre-COVID).

Describe your colleagues in five (ish) words.
Smart, friendly, motivated, happy to help

Most transferrable skills from science to strategy consulting?
The problem-solving skills you get from science research are very applicable to strategy consulting, even though the topic is completely different

Recommended reading for work and for leisure?
The last book I read for work (Book Club) was No Rules Rules and for leisure was The Yield (highly recommended!)

Working in the Private Equity sector offers fast-paced problem solving that sees you jumping from one industry and client to the next, with an immediate impact on the client’s decision-making process. Coupled with the accelerated progression that comes with the pace and intensity of transaction strategy work, this career is hard to match!

Varak Youmshajekian

VARAK YOUMSHAJEKIAN

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

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  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) from the University of New South Wales
  • Prior to consulting, was a senior accountant with EY, focused on the banking sector
  • Beach lover. Traveller (46 countries and counting). Mario Kart champion.

What advice do you have for people interviewing for consulting roles?
We want to see your passion for problem solving and your mental agility when we throw any curve balls. Demonstrate that you can build rapport under pressure and don’t be afraid to ask for a nudge in the right direction.

You’ve lived and worked in Australia, Europe and the UK…what’s your favourite thing about each?
The beaches, food, coffee and work-life balance of Australia; the geographic centrality, Alps and Currywurst of Germany; and the career progression and five airports of London.

What gets you up in the morning?
Aside from my alarm, my hope that I can be a role model, whether personally or professionally, for at least one person that I interact with is what motivates me each day.

Callum Ryan

EY PJP has built a great culture around collaboration and knowledge sharing. Coupled with the impressively high density of talented people at every level, it’s an engaging, productive and rewarding place to learn and work.

CALLUM RYAN

BUSINESS ANALYST

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  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney
  • Formerly a Digital Sales Coordinator with Entertainment One and a Research Intern with NBCUniversal Media
  • Film critic. Runner. Pub trivia champion.

What are some of the key skills you have developed since becoming a consultant?
Modelling complex businesses and government policies; communicating clearly and succinctly; developing a rapid understanding of a new industry or problem; targeted and thorough research.

What are some of the things you think about now that you wouldn’t have before you joined EY PJP?
How impressive the response to COVID was, given the limited information and time to formulate hundreds of policies; how rapidly and completely LNG exports transformed the domestic gas industry; how millions of dollars are loaded onto gift cards that never get spent…

As a film critic, what are your top three favourite movies?
1. The Social Network
2. Call Me By Your Name
3. Hot Fuzz

Disclaimer: if you ask me again next week, #2 and #3 will have changed completely

I am constantly inspired by the intelligence and humility of my colleagues at EY PJP and I love the ‘never stop learning’ culture. It’s a workplace where stepping out of your comfort zone is not only supported, but actively encouraged.

Douglas George

DOUG GEORGE

ASSOCIATE

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  • Master of Environmental Economics (Distinction) from the London School of Economics
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of NSW
  • Aviation enthusiast. Basketballer. Aspiring golfer (enthusiasm not matched by skill).

Why did you choose to study the Master of Environmental Economics?
I was motivated to undertake my Master in Environmental Economics and Climate Change due to the undeniable (and increasingly visible) effects of global warming on our planet. I believe that Australia is well positioned to act meaningfully to mitigate these impacts and I would like to actively contribute to that effort.

Advice to people wondering if they would enjoy a career in consulting?
Every consultant has generally followed a different path into the industry, though we all have an appreciation for the journey required to solve complex problems. No matter your background, if you feel that you enjoy problem solving, particularly in a commercial context, then it’s very likely that you will enjoy consulting.

Dream guests for a dinner party?
Michael Jordan, Kevin De Bruyne, Lewis Hamilton, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.