2010 National Rhodes Scholar
Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually by competetive application to young people between the age of 18 and 25 who show high intellectual and academic ability as well as an interest and involvement in the community. Recipients also demonstrate leadership qualities and sporting achievement. There are nine scholarships given annually, one for each of the six states and three national scholaships.
Daniel Norman is a financial analyst who has worked with investment bank JP Morgan in New York, after a stint with KPMG and a Melbourne Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Mr Norman says his first exposure to the corporate world came when as a 15-year old work experience student in a city brokerage firm he was exposed to the intensity and focus of brokers on the trading floor.
“As I watched the stock prices drift across the oversized Bloomberg screens, I felt for the first time a sense of direction and a brief taste of what the future might hold,” he says.
However following the conclusion of his time at JP Morgan Mr Norman says the events that transpired in the global financial community exposed “fundamental flaws in the structure and governnance of the system”.
“Having watched the crisis unfold firsthand, I find it troubling that the recklessness of some practitioners has caused hardship to so many. These actions have tarnished the reputation of many finance professionals who are making genuine contributions to help alleviate injustice and poverty around the world.”
Mr Norman says the experience reinforced his determination to contribute and he hopes with a Master of Science in Financial Economics at Oxford he’ll gain the skills and perspectives necessary to gain employment with an organisation such as the World Bank.
“I want to be part of an institution that helps emerging economies establish financial systems and develop capital markets to fight poverty,” he says.
Just like his career inspiration, Mr Norman’s strong sense of justice and fairness can be traced back to his youth, and is epitomised by his passion for Australian Rules Football umpiring. A keen footballer and runner from childhood, he began umpiring at age 14, progressing in 2006 to the Victorian Football League’s Umpires Development Squad, and officiating in 18 VFL Reserve and TAC Cup games, which he describes as the “highlight of my sporting life”.
Congratulating the new Rhodes Scholars on their awards, Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee Professor James Angus, who is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, says both are outstanding young Australians who are sure to make their mark on the nation and the world.
“All the applicants the Committee interviewed had a wonderful sense of the privileged life we lead here in Australia and the responsibility to make a contribution locally, nationally and globally,” he said. “It is really encouraging to see young people with such a balanced, mature attitude to work, scholarship, the arts, community and their own physical well-being."
"Daniel Norman has the potential to make a significant contribution in the financial sector, hopefully injecting some of his integrity, intellect and work ethic into an industry suffering a compromised reputation. A stable, fair and well-managed global economy is the key to ending poverty for so many millions of people around the world and I look forward to following the progress of his career,” he said.
More information about the Rhodes Trust, Scholarships and notable Scholars is at: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk