2020 International Alumnus of the Year


Bachelor of Technology

Graduation year


Current position



Bester & Co

Sanjay Bharwani is a highly sought-after business transformation leader within the Indonesian corporate world. He has over 20 years of experience in successfully transforming large and complex companies both as a consultant and a senior executive.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Technology from the University of Ballarat in 1994, Sanjay has since lived and worked in over a dozen countries and built an outstanding career in banking and corporate consultancy. An avid learner, he is fluent in English and Indonesian and has attended numerous executive education programs at leading business education institutions, including the London Business School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg, and the International Institute for Management Development.

After completing his studies in Ballarat, Sanjay returned to Jakarta where he found work as a lecturer in IT diploma programs, applying the skills that he learnt in Australia. With his language skills, cultural awareness and excellent business and technical acumen, in 1995 Sanjay was sought out to become Client Services Manager at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. This led on to further senior management positions at major IT and finance companies including Accenture, Willis Towers Watson, PermataBank, Bank BTPN and Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s largest bank, where he worked as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Human Capital Officer and Chief Corporate Transformation Officer.

Recently leaving the Chief Corporate Transformation Officer role at PT Bank Mandiri in 2019 Sanjay founded Bester & Co., a business performance improvement consultancy firm with the sole focus of assisting its clients to build new capabilities, effectively and efficiently.

Sanjay’s business transformation experience spans various sectors including financial services, process manufacturing, government, telecommunication, oil and gas, consumer goods and automotive. He has worked with companies that are publicly listed, state-owned, private and also with conglomerates. He is frequently consulted by numerous private sector and government agencies on organisation and digital transformation subjects.