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Q&A with Lloyd Oppelaar, Futures Coordinator and Business Innovation Teacher

10 Mar 2022

1. Where were you before this and what persuaded you to join Concordia College?

I worked as a Marketing Professional managing a Marketing Department for a Not For Profit organisation that supports people living with disability called Community Living Australia.

I decided to become a teacher as I wanted to feel like I was having more of a positive impact in people's lives and I wanted the energy and buzz of a school environment – I love having discussions and hearing the opinions of the students.

I joined Concordia College as I had heard about its great reputation as a school and of the great cohort of students. I was also enticed by the position being able to teach both Business Innovation and assist students with their future career, work and study ambitions through my other role as Futures Coordinator.

2. Three words to describe you.

Three words I hope describe me are: interested, caring and thoughtful.

3. What is your motivation or inspiration in your role?

I love all things business, entrepreneurship, economics, technology and investing! I love to think about the future and future possibilities and I truly believe that business, entrepreneurship, and technology, is, does and will shape the future. I hope to pass on some understanding to my students of how the world works and to hopefully inspire some of them to engage in entrepreneurship and investing.

In my role as Futures Coordinator, I hope to provide some assistance and guidance to the students around their future possibilities and how they can provide a positive impact to the world. I also believe strongly in de-stressing and de-pressurising the Year 12 experience and the need to ‘have it all figured out’ and to ‘know what I want to do and be’ – I mean who of us actually did as a 17 or 18 year old?! I know I didn’t. What is critical is that they work out who they want to be, be brave enough to try new things and change things if they need to. They have their whole life ahead of them and being brave to learn, explore, try things and to work hard is the key in my opinion.

4. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

This might seem like a weird answer and pretty non-conventional, but I think it would actually be to always know what to do in any situation to drive the optimum outcome for myself and the people I care about. The quality and often complexity of our life is made by the strength and health of our relationships with our family and friends and always knowing how to handle them in the best way would be such an advantage to living a truly awesome life.

5. Who would you invite to a dinner party of six guests and why? Alternatively, tell us something you might like to share that we could not possibly know?

Again, this may seem like a non-conventional answer, but with my love of business, tech, investing and entrepreneurship I would want to collate a group of people that could blow my mind in regards to the future and technological progress – whilst also being fun and entertaining. I think my six would be:

  1. Elon Musk – Tesla, Space X, Neuralink
  2. Cathie Wood – Ark Invest
  3. Raoul Pal – Real Vision and MacroInsiders
  4. David Freiburg – Cana and All-In Podcast
  5. Balaji Srinivasan – A16z, Coinbase
  6. Naval Ravikant – Angel List