Anthea Kavanagh

Anthea Kavanagh

Cambridge, MA, United States
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Anthea Kavanagh

Anthea Kavanagh

Cambridge, MA, United States
Member since February 10, 2017
Anthea has over 12 years experience as a financial strategy advisor. She has worked in corporate finance consulting, in-house strategy, as well as implementation and governance. She also has both for-profit and not-for-profit experience in Australia and the USA. She has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, and experience in higher education, financial services, mining and infrastructure.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
Expertise
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Higher Education
  • Investor Decks
  • Project Management Operations
  • Three Statement Operating Model
  • Valuation
Employment
  • Senior Financial Analyst
    Harvard University
    2011 - 2017
    • Advised university leadership, schools, and business units on critical strategic financial questions—such as endowment planning, tuition setting, financial policy development, fundraising efforts, and other financial management considerations.
    • Developed funding plans and KPIs for large capital projects that considered debt capacity, fundraising capacity, and other funding considerations.
    • Wrote financial governance policies on long term financial targets for schools and business units.
    • Led the development and implementation of a financial reporting tool used across the university.
    • Led the finance-related portion for the development and implementation of a new facilities planning system which was custom built for the university.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Strategy, Financial Modeling, Project Finance, Policy Writing, Capital Investment Appraisals, Project Management
  • Founder
    Village Childcare
    2015 - 2016
    • Developed a startup company with fellow Harvard Kennedy School graduate students.
    • Was invited to join the Harvard Innovation Lab Summer 2016 cohort to develop a proposal.
    • Developed and presented investor decks to angel investors.
    • Developed and presented pitch decks for sponsorship from Harvard University.
    • Developed relationships with key childcare players in the Boston/Cambridge area.
    Focus areas: Pitch Deck Financials, Strategic Finance Management, Angel/Seed Funding, Proposal Writing, Business Plan Development, Breakeven Analysis, Investor Decks
  • Senior Executive
    KPMG Corporate Finance
    2005 - 2010
    • Advised clients on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, and demergers. Worked on transactions in various capacities, including as an independent expert (a corporate governance role), financial advisor, bid team, and due diligence team.
    • Built long term financial models—incorporating a scenario analysis and undertook valuations for strategic investment, governance, tax, and accounting purposes.
    • Managed key stakeholder relationships throughout projects. Built relationships and managed expectations with key senior stakeholders to ensure successful project outcomes.
    • Performed annual valuations of infrastructure and utility assets held by large pension funds.
    • Worked for clients included the top 100 listed Australian companies from various industries including infrastructure, agriculture, information, communications and entertainment, and financial services.
    Focus areas: Valuation, Fairness Opinion Reports, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, Financial Strategy, Financial Engineering, Business Plan Development, Business Intelligence
Education
  • Master of Public Administration in Strategic Management, Leadership, and Decision Making
    Harvard Kennedy School | Harvard University - Cambridge, MA, USA
    2015 - 2017
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance in Applied Finance and Investment
    Financial Services Institute of Australasia - Melbourne, Australiaalia
    2004 - 2006
  • Bachelor's degree in Commerce (Finance)
    University of Melbourne - Melbourne, Australia
    1999 - 2001
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