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Arowana U

Arowana U is our in-house learning and development academy.

We launched Arowana U in 2012 to deliver on one of the pillars of our core purpose to ‘Grow Companies, Grow People and Grow People’.

Lifelong Learning and Tri-Literacy

With a mission of growing people, Arowana U facilitates relevant lifelong learning for our team members, whether they be support staff or the CEO of one of our companies.

At the helm of Arowana U is our Learning and Development Director Dirk Rossey (we also call him the Dean of Arowana U), who specialises in integrating learning into our day-to-day operations.

A unique feature of Arowana U is our concept of tri-literacy for the contemporary business leader or entrepreneur. We consider it important for business leaders and entrepreneurs today to be tri-literate across financial, operational and technology disciplines and our programmes are designed with that in mind.

Circle of Leadership (COL)

The centerpiece of Arowana U is the Circle of Leadership (COL) events which are held quarterly each year. At these quarterly COLs, we invite guest speakers from different fields to share their insights and perspectives with our team. For each COL, we have a presentation followed by discussion on practical examples of entrepreneurship, a macroeconomic update from one of our resident advisory board members as well as talks that cover financial, operational and technology literacy.

We have been fortunate to have had world class speakers from fields as diverse as robotics and automation, to machine learning, macroeconomics, restructuring and turnarounds, digital transformation and neuroscience amongst others. A number of these speakers are on Arowana’s advisory board including Dr Tara Swart (world leading neuroscientist), Professor Hugh Durrant Whyte (world leading expert in robotics and automation), Dr. Simon Ogus (macroeconomics expert) and Martin Bell (hyperscaling expert, formerly with Rocket Internet).


An in-person Circle of Leadership conference

Study Trips

Over the years, Arowana U has also curated and hosted study trips for our team, joined in some cases by our key co-investors. For example, in March 2017, we did a technology trip to Silicon Valley, where we were able to meet key executives at companies like Tesla, Impossible Foods, Google, Microsoft and Singularity University for behind the scenes tours of their businesses. In September 2014, key members of the team did a similar trip to New York City.

A Study Trip visit to Singularity University with the Arowana Team

Seminars and Workshops

In addition, Arowana U organises external speakers to conduct seminars and workshops for our team. For our 10 year anniversary in 2017, we had the honour of having Professor Boris Groysberg from Harvard University conduct a 2 day workshop in Australia, attended by over 50 people from the Arowana ecosystem. Also in the same year, we had Stanford University professor Tony Seba keynote the opening of Arowana’s London office at Somerset House.

Arowana CEO, Kevin Chin with Tony Seba at Somerset House

Company Culture

Our core values of humility, solidarity and tenacity have guided how we invest, operate and recruit talent since day one. Furthermore, we have core characteristics which define how we execute, being: pace, power and precision.

Dirk Rossey, Dean of Arowana U played a key role in defining the culture of Arowana and it is also the remit of Arowana U to embed and perpetuate our cultural values and characteristics across the Arowana enterprise office and group of companies.