IT’S not every day that Jewish school and university students have the opportunity to spend a morning meeting with the top executives of one of Australia’s ‘Big 4’ banks.
But thanks to JNF NSW, in collaboration with the National Australia Bank (NAB), 70 young people had the opportunity to visit NAB’s Sydney headquarters on Monday, June 20 for a special seminar on the future of banking and business.
Year 10 and 11 business studies students from Masada College, Emanuel School, Moriah College and members of JEMS Young Adults attended in person, while Kesser Torah College students joined in via Zoom.
They were invited on behalf of JNF’s Daniel Yesgar, who is senior manager at NAB Private Wealth.
Ivano Simonutti, NAB Private Wealth’s general manager for NSW, ACT and Queensland, welcomed the students and delivered the opening address.
They then heard from experts on topics including private banking, cybercrime and fraud, the future of banking, and NAB’s connection with the Jewish community.
Yigal Nisell, JNF Australia’s education shaliach, talked about JNF’s ongoing commitment to growing its engagement with future leaders of the community.
Speaking to the cohort via Zoom, Rabbi Levi Wolff from Central Synagogue described money as “a ladder – neither good nor bad”.
“It can lift us up or pull us down, bring families together or tear families apart. It can be used or abused,” Rabbi Wolff said.
Experts from NAB presented talks, including Lacey Landesmann, who gave an overview on cybercrime and cybersecurity, providing examples of phishing.
Todd Forest provided insights about private equity, venture capital, angel investing and crowdfunding, while Sally Auld provided macroeconomic and market updates, and stressed the importance of having a diversified portfolio when investing.
The event concluded with a Q&A-style panel discussion and a kosher morning tea.