Joce Santa Maria

Joce Santa Maria

Chairman and Executive Director of Global Sapphire IT

Graduate Diploma Business and Technology, 2002

About Joce

Joce Santa Maria (Graduate Diploma Business and Technology, Class of 2002) fits more hours into each day than most. He is currently the Chairman and Executive Director of Global Sapphire IT (Group), sits on the Board of a number of organisations, has five children, competes at professional-level Karate and is currently completing a PhD at UWS.
 
I made my career choice because ...

I believe that taking the initiative and wanting to make a difference in business mattered. I have always had a high achievement attitude, with good organisation and mobilisation strategies that I could channel to strategically focus and meet stringent Business and ICT (information and communications technologies industry) deadlines. The challenge to deliver critical initiatives, when no one else would touch it made me determined to build a niche practice in the ICT and Management world.
 
If I had known then what I know now, I would have ...

Taken heed of my Dad's advice about life rather then thinking that I knew everything as a youngster. I know that building relationships and keeping them through our journey is important both in life and in business, and that respect begets respect and success is hard as long as you are willing to try and have fun along the way.
 
My most impressive achievement is ...

Being inducted into both the Australian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2010. Actually with five kids and a grandchild, what can be more impressive?
 
My most exhilarating experience so far has been ...

In my travels I have experienced earthquakes, typhoons, surviving political coups and revolutions in a number of countries. I was on a trip to India in 2002 for one of my clients and was inundated by many homeless kids in one of the regions.

I was invited by the local church to look at the facilities there. It was bad, and the longer I stayed there I learnt how spoilt we in Australia have been and take so many things like basic needs, health, education and even work for granted. Here were kids that would never have the opportunities that we have, or have had.

So where I can, in any country I visit I try to help the 'non-commercial' charities directly and being involved with the development and well being of the children and families they take care of and find this truly exhilarating and rewarding.
 
My biggest unrealised wish is ...

To ensure that my children grow up knowing how fortunate they are and that every day of their lives is an important day.
 
Others say I ...

Can be intimidating yet strategic, very goal focused but that is because I have always had large teams working for me on very high stressed critical projects. But what is most important is what my family thinks and that is what makes me get out of bed in the morning. 
 
At the moment I'm inspired by ...

Two people, the first being Mother Theresa for her dedication to the poor and needy; the second being my Parents, who without their sacrifices hard work and dedication, I would not be blessed today with the successes I have had and am having.

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