Tara Waniganayaka

  • Degree Programme: MBA
  • Global Nationality: Australian

Education: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, University of Sydney, Australia; graduated in 2016

Pre-MBA industry: Financial services/consulting

Pre-MBA role: Executive Advisor/Chief of Staff, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Clubs: Women in Business Club, Sports Business Club, Consulting Club, Tech and Media Club, Social Impact Club

About me: Tara grew up in Sydney, Australia and is an LBS Scholar and BCG Women's Fellow. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication from the University of Sydney, where she also served as the president of the University of Sydney Union, the largest student-run organisation in Australia. In 2016, Tara received a New Colombo Scholarship to study South East Asian legal systems and law in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  Following a period in management consulting, Tara moved into in-house strategy at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and then to an executive advisor/chief of staff role, supporting the bank's senior leadership team during a period of immense uncertainty and change during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Tara chose to attend LBS to deep-dive into consulting and tap into London's unparalleled diversity. She is excited to be serving as the external strategy lead for the Women in Business Club and vice president engagement of the Sports Business Club. She is also involved in the Consulting and Social Impact clubs. Off-campus, Tara serves on the Board of Directors of two national peak bodies, Volunteering Australia and Girl Guides Australia.

Three topics I can be approached about: Consulting; financial services; women in business

Email address: taraw.mba2022@london.edu