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Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.

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Aaron Bailey

Beating the odds

Aaron Bailey

Human Services

Just one sentence triggered a life changing ripple effect for disabled learners.

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Special needs learning pioneer

Ahmed Athif

Master of Special Needs Intervention Education and Bachelor of Education in Special Education

Lead Consultant, Voshufila Learning Center, Malé

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Malaria Researcher

Professor Alan Cowman AC

Science

As Deputy Director and Head of Infection and Immunity at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Professor Alan Cowman gets to live and breathe his lifelong passion while working towards saving lives from malaria.

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International Businesswoman

Amanda Hodges

International Business Relations

Amanda Hodges has travelled the world as an international strategic business, investment and government affairs executive leader.

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Andrew Brewer

Rising Talent

Andrew Brewer

Architecture

Griffith alumnus, Andrew Brewer, draws on his passion for mid-century architecture and South East Queensland’s unique lifestyle and design, to create the next generation of Gold Coast buildings and urban spaces.

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Diversity and inclusion champion

Andrew Hebbron

Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis

Director (Chief Superintendent), Queensland Ambulance Service

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Australia's best metro newsreader

Ange Anderson

Bachelor of Communications

Ange is the energetic voice and newsreader on Nova 106.9's Brisbane radio breakfast show and has spent over a decade working in newsrooms across Australia.

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Disability advocate

Dr Antoni Tsaputra

Master of Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication

Dr Antoni Tsaputra, exemplifies what it means to truly live a life fueled by passion and a desire for an inclusive society.

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Barry Kirby

Positive maternal influence

Dr Barry Kirby AO

Biomedical Science

An unlikely hero in a landscape of overburdened and unsupported PNG healthcare workers.

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Benjamin Werner

International artist

Benjamin Werner

Fine Arts

Benjamin has forged a career communicating complex scientific concepts through his art and leading his own international arts company.

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Humanitarian refugee

Beny Bol

International Relations

Beny uses restorative justice principles to resolve conflict and build resilience in immigrant youth communities.

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Brett Dean

International success

Brett Dean

Music

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University alumnus Brett Dean is an award-winning, internationally renowned and illustrious composer, conductor and violist.

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Fundraising Success

Caitlin Pearson

Business

Caitlin Pearson never intended to work in the charity or not-for-profit sector but her time at Griffith University played a big part in changing her philosophy.

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Cameron Bray

Superyacht management

Cameron Bray

Bachelor of Business

Cameron's decision to try his luck in France working as crew on yachts, changed the direction of his life.

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Remarkable Alumni - Cameron Costello

First Peoples advocate

Cameron Costello

Bachelor of Leisure Management

CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation

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Cameron McEvoy

Swimming success

Cameron McEvoy

Science

Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Cameron McEvoy is studying a Bachelor of Science and has recently been named an ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Midwife and pilot

Captain Jan Becker AM

Master of Aviation Management

CEO, Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy

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Cassandra Nest

Birthing stories

Cassandra Nest

Midwifery

Passed down learnings from the Ngunnawal women has led to cultural safe havens in the birthing suite.

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Art Exchange

Catherine (Dandan) Niu

Arts

Griffith Queensland College of Art graduate Catherine (Dandan) Niu provides a platform for art exhibitions and projects between China and Australia.

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Griffith’s growing footprint

Chanel Dunn

Health

After four years of post-graduate study at Griffith, Chanel Dunn’s graduation day was the first time she met her peers and teachers in person.

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Cultural innovator

Clinton Schultz

Psychology

A desire to help people and deep connection to culture has led this psychologist and social entrepreneur to do things a little differently.

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Dami Im

Pop icon

Dami Im

Music

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is now one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.

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Dr Daniel Wilson

Victoria's Junior Doctor of the Year

Dr Daniel Wilson

Rural medicine

An early career, award winning alumnus who is firmly cementing himself as a community pillar in regional Victoria.

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Excel 'Dummie'

Danielle Stein Fairhurst

International Business

The Principal Consultant at Plum Solutions has built an international consultancy based on her expertise in on of the world's most popular software programs, Excel.

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Respiratory Scientist

Darren Smith

Clinical Physiology

Darren Smith has been a respiratory scientist for more than 20 years and is a senior respiratory scientist at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

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Pride in Law

Dean Clifford-Jones

Law

Dean Clifford-Jones has achieved remarkable success in the legal profession, as a crown prosecutor and a principal child protection lawyer.

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Renowned Artist

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Aboriginal tourism and arts

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins received international recognition after designing the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals.

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Dr Denise Powell

Class communicators

Dr Denise Powell

EdD in Teacher Education

Griffith Doctor of Education (EdD) alumnus Dr Denise Powell wants to revolutionise deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) education in New Zealand.

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Inter-disciplinary nursing expert

Dr Bih-O (Becky) Lee

Doctor of Philosophy

Dean and Director of Doctoral Program in Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University

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Blake Jones

Early career success

Dr Blake Jones

Doctor of Medicine / Bachelor of Medical Science

Aspiring regional and rural physician

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2021 Queensland Australian of the Year

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Doctor of Medicine

Doctor, lawyer, disability advocate and spinal cord injury researcher.

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International ecologist and researcher

Dr Louise Ashton

Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology

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Dr Maxwell Moody

RAAF Dental Officer, Flight Lieutenant

Dr Max Moody

Graduate Diploma Dentistry / Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science

Dedicated to helping disadvantaged communities and mentoring others

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Community health professional

Dr Mohit Tolani

Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Graduate Diploma of Dentistry

Lead Dentist and Practice Associate, Dapto Dentists

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Dr Mubashar Hasan

Social justice activist

Dr Mubashar Hasan

Doctor of Philosophy

Director, Pyrmont Consultants and Tutor at WEA Sydney

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Human Resource expert

Dr P. Rani Thanacoody

Master of Human Resource Management (Honours)

An international career in research and education

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Coastal Management expert

Dr Troy Byrnes

Doctor of Philosophy  / Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Coastal Management expert and community lead

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Vanessa Lee - Ah Mat

Cultural broker

Dr Vanessa Lee - Ah Mat

Doctor of Philosophy

Senior Academic at The University of Sydney

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Lawyer, journalist and filmmaker

Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Government and International Relations

U.S Correspondent, Video Journalist, Network 10

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Elise Giles

Young blood

Elise Giles

Business

Elise received the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, which allowed her to study and work in Hong Kong for seven months in 2013.

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Remarkable Alumni - Dr Elise Stephenson

Australian strategist and researcher

Dr Elise Stephenson

Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Honours)

Bachelor of Asian and International Studies / Bachelor of Communication

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Beth Hamilton

Promoting health equality

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton

Medicine

A young doctor’s inspiring journey on the road to global health advancements.

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Eva Milia

News hound

Eva Milic

Business/arts

TV anchor Eva Milic is one of the most familiar faces of the Channel Nine News team in Queensland.

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Site seeing

Fabienne Wintle

Tourism and Hotel Management

A strong Wi-Fi and mobile connection is all it takes for digital tourism coach Fabienne Wintle to empower small business operators to make a living in a competitive, multi-billion-dollar tourism industry.

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Freshwater Ecosystems

Dr Fen Guo

Research

Dr Fen Guo is interested in understanding how changes in land use and water quality influence the availability of high-quality sources of food for freshwater animals.

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AFLW Pioneer

Fiona Sessarago

Master of Sport Management

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Gold Coast Woman of the Year 2018 and Head of Women's Football, Gold Coast SUNS.

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Children’s Advocate

Gabrielle Quilliam

Nursing

Gabrielle Quilliam is an international thought leader in paediatric palliative care, and with her husband, co-founded the only children's hospice in Queensland, Hummingbird House.

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First Peoples advocate

Haylene Grogan

Master of Public Administration

Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer and Deputy Director-General

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Hum Gurung

International conservationist

Dr Hum Gurung

Environmental Science

An environmental mission has spread from a remote village to the world.

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The 24 year old CEO

Jackie Babbage

Business

Jackie Babbage is disrupting the international gifting experience market via her online business 'Gifting Owl'. Raised and educated on the Gold Coast, she is a contemporary, tenacious and enterprising CEO who is building her career one experience at a time.

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Jacob Karaduman

Democratising finance

Jacob Hansen Karaduman

International Business

Through the generation of 'warm leads' an entire industry has been changed.

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James Greig

Tech entrepreneur

James Greig

Information Technology

Serial entrepreneur and gin enthusiast.

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Indigenous commercial lawyer

Jayde Geia

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Pioneering a new approach to law

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No stranger to conflict

Dr Jeff Thompson

Doctor of Philosophy

Hostage negotiator, counsellor and mental health ambassador

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International hotelier rises to the top

Dr Jennifer Cronin

International Business

Hotel openings, cyber-security threats and cultivating young talent is all in a day's work.

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Planet hunter

Dr Jessie Christiansen

Science

The great unknown of outer space is the ideal playground for a NASA astronomer.

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Emmy award winner

Joe Brumm

Bachelor of Animation (Honours)

Creator and writer of the hit series, Bluey

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Johanna Nalau

Social scientist

Dr Johanna Nalau

Science

A facilitator of discourse about climate change nationally and abroad.

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Jordyn de Boer

Eco-friendly entrepreneur

Jordyn de Boer

Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology

Co-founder of Boomerang Bags

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Industry disruptor

Joshua Lumley

Business

Founder of start-up research and development consultancy prmpt.

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Julia Crilly OAM

Changing the world one emergency at a time

Professor Julia Crilly OAM

Doctor of Philosophy

Julia holds a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health as a Professor of Emergency Care.

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Legal matters

Julian Barclay

Law

Working at a bustling Gold Coast law firm, Griffith alumnus and senior associate Julian Barclay, has a talent for helping companies navigate the legal complexities of growing a business.

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Fluent Facilitator

Julie-Anne Nichols

International Business

Julie-Anne Nichols is the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Hong Kong and Macau, promoting business and investment partnerships between Australia and Greater China.

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Siri-ous business

Karen Jacobsen

Music

As the voice of Siri, Queensland Conservatorium graduate Karen Jacobsen speaks to an audience of 400 million people on a daily basis.

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On the frontline

Katarina Carroll APM

Public Administration

Australia’s first female fire chief holds the torch for the next generation of leaders.

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Something to sing about

Kate Miller-Heidke

Music

Kate Miller-Heidke’s remarkable voice has mesmerised audiences across the world, where she has been awarded numerous awards and ARIAs.

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Katie Noonan

High note

Katie Noonan

Music

Five-time ARIA award-winning and six-time platinum-selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations.

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Cultural capability

Dr Kerry Bodle

Business

The first Indigenous Certified Practising Accountant who became an 'accidental' academic.

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Koichi Ito

Follow the research

Dr Koichi Ito

PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Dr Koichi Ito never imagined his thirst for a research career in cancer immunology would lead him to Griffith and a new life.

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Lauren Panrucker

Tide Productions

Lauren Panrucker

Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production

Lauren Panrucker has achieved early career success by working with the Queensland Ballet to produce an eclectic campaign for an international hotel chain.

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Malaysian entrepreneur and educator

Lee Sin Tiew

Master of Commerce

Managing Director, Artivo Education Sdn Bhd

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Focus on fundraising

Lewis Brimelow

Bachelor of Business

Financial administration, share registry, acquisitions and … philanthropy are rarely seen in the same sentence. But for Griffith Business School alumnus Lewis Brimelow, the unlikely symmetry couldn’t be more perfect.

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Creative license

Louise Bezzina

Applied Theatre

A desire to simply 'do something' led to the creation of a highly acclaimed cultural mecca.

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Challenging gender sterotypes

Luke Yokota

Bachelor of Nursing

A registered nurse who is saving lives in the Princess Alexandra Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

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Champion of Indigenous super issues

Lyn Melcer

Master of Business Administration (Advanced) / Bachelor of Commerce

QSuper’s Head of Technical Advice

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Maria Elena Barragan-Paladines

Ecuadorian ecosystems conservationist

María Elena Barragán-Paladines

Master of Environment with Honours

Executive Director, Fundacion Herpetologica Gustavo Orces

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Human rights advocate

Matilda Alexander

Law

Matilda is a human rights lawyer, specialising in human rights and anti-discrimination for Legal Aid Queensland. She also teaches prison law at Griffith University.

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Houdini FX Artist and Generalist

Matthew Hanger

Bachelor of Animation

International feature film animator and industry mentor

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Megan Washingtion

Centre stage

Megan Washington

Music

Since graduating, Megan Washington has made a huge mark on the Australian music scene, winning two ARIAs and working as a mentor on The Voice.

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Something to smile about

Dr Mohit Tolani

Dentistry

A confronting tooth extraction at a dental hospital in north east Victoria, drove Griffith alumnus Dr Mohit Tolani to take oral health care and education into rural communities.

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Officially a local hero

Nick Marshall

Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

Business owner and ambassador for special needs children.

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Energy Expert

Professor Paul Simshauser AM

Energy Economics and Policy

Paul Simshauser is an energy economics and policy expert with more than two decades of experience in the energy sector.

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Pekeri Ruska

Community focused

Pekeri Ruska

Law / Arts

From the sand dunes of Stradbroke Island to the law courts of Victoria, social change is coming.

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Peter Horne

International research partnerships

Dr Peter Horne

Environmental Science

A career of applying science to agriculture has benefited international communities.

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European Film Producer

Petr Tichý

Film and Television

Petr Tichý is chief executive officer and chairman of the Barrandov Studios in Prague, one of the biggest and oldest film studios in Europe.

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Coffee King

Adjunct professor Phillip Di Bella

Commerce

Professor Phillip Di Bella’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Di Bella Coffee when he identified a gap in the coffee market.

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Animal welfare advocate

Professor Andrew Knight

Doctor of Philosophy

Passionate advocate for animal welfare and ethics

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Dr Cephas Lumina

Lawyer and human rights expert

Professor Cephas Lumina

Doctor of Philosophy / Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

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Professor Chris Matthews

Connecting culture and mathematics

Professor Chris Matthews

Doctor of Philosophy

Education consultant and researcher

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International ecologist

Professor Norbert Lenz

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology

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International scientist

Professor Qiyong Liu

Health

Top scientist and public health specialist who has dedicated 30 years to combating health threats in
poor and vulnerable communities.

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Renata Buziak

Helping people connect with nature

Dr Renata Buziak

Photography

Photo-media artist, educator and researcher.

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Defense mechanisms

Ricky Patlunag Bunayog

Training and Development

Facilitating and sustaining the peace through education and training.

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Sabrina Aripen

Gender equality advocate

Sabrina Aripen

Commerce

Changing the perceptions and expectations of parental care in Malaysia.

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Exploring the world of AI

Selina Schuh

Computer Science

Early careers success for German national

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Shirley Tay

Advancing nursing

Shirley Tay

Nursing

Shirley is currently Director of Nursing at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, and also has a message for anyone considering returning to University as a mature student.

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Hospitality Pro

Thanuj de Alwis Goonewardena

Hotel Management

Thanuj De Alwis Goonewardena has 27 years’ experience in hospitality, planning, design, construction and hotels.

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Ian Freckelton

Raising the bar

The Hon Justice Ian Freckelton QC

Law and justice

A distinguished 30 year career in law including oversight of some of the country's most complex cases of the time.

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Ready to launch

Thomas Ireland

Engineering

Software Engineer for Gilmour Space Technologies.

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Sweet Gains

Dr William Chen

Finance

A leader in Hong Kong and China’s food and beverage sector, Dr Chen has more than 20 years’ financial and business management experience and is general manager of dessert chain, Hui Lau Shan.

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Remarkable Alumni - Zhariff Afandi

Community champion

Zhariff Afandi

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Entrepreneur, author and UNICEF ambassador

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Zoie Jenkyns

Making the most of it

Zoie Jenkyns

Occupational Therapy

Pandemic instability leads to a successful health business

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