Arts, Education and Law alumni can be found in every field of endeavour
Our alumni work in fields as varied as policy advisers, opinion leaders, awarded educators, gifted musicians, famous artists, and pioneering social change advocates. We continue to be amazed by their impressive achievements.
We encourage you to join our alumni community and participate in professional development activities, network, access careers services and alumni benefits, share research and expertise, and engage in social events.
Congratulations to our 2020 Griffith University Annual Alumni Awards winners from the Arts, Education and Law group. For further details of overall University winners click here.
2018 Griffith University Outstanding Alumus
2018 Outstanding Alumni: AEL Group winner
Katarina Carroll APM
- B Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice 1996
- Executive Master of Public Administration 2013
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll has a distinguished public safety career in policing and the fire service, and became Australia’s first female fire commissioner in 2015. This achievement followed a 32 year policing career where she was a trailblazer for women in the male-dominated policing and fire services.
Commissioner Carroll was the recipient of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to improving public safety in Queensland and being a role model to women and girls aspiring to develop similar careers.
Dr Jeff Thompson
Outstanding AEL International Alumnus
- Doctor of Philosophy
Dr Jeff Thompson is a New York City law enforcement veteran, former crisis/hostage negotiator and now a mental health specialist. He combines professional experience and academic rigour to save lives.
Dr Thompson received his PhD in Legal Practice (Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Non-Verbal Crisis Communication) from Griffith University.
Today, while continuing to work as a detective, Dr Thompson is a mental health and wellness researcher/research coordinator, whose ongoing work – individually and in collaboration with peers across the world (including those at Griffith University) – is enhancing knowledge and strategies on issues such as terrorism, hostage negotiation, mental illness, crisis communication and suicide prevention.
Outstanding AEL Young Alumnus
- Bachelor of Animation
Matthew Hanger is a multi-award-winning visual effects artist, currently employed as the Senior FX Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic in Canada.
He is an experienced Houdini FX Artist and Generalist, driven by a passion for storytelling, the creation of spectacular digital imagery and nurturing the next generation of animators.
Matthew has worked on international feature films for Sony Pictures Imageworks, including Jumanji: The Next Level (2019), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018).
His passion in this area also led him to establish his own education company Basepath - focusing on fostering connections between quality educators and students in the Animation, Games and VFX industries.
2017 Young Outstanding AEL Alumnus of the Year
International lawyer, co-founder and Director of GO1. Entrepreneur and founder of The Schoolbag, described by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Global Shaper’. Australia’s 2016 Youth Representative to the United Nations and 2014 Australian Young Innovator of the Year. Arts, Education Law Young Outstanding Alumnus for 2017 is awarded to Griffith Law School Alumnus, Chris Eigeland.
Previous Arts, Education and Law Alumni Award Winners
Primary school science teacher Rebecca Johnson has published over 80 educational books and has won national awards for curriculum design.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.
Serving the public
Katarina Carroll APM
Commissioner Katarina Carroll has dedicated her career to public safety, serving with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for over 30 years.
As CEO and Executive Producer of A Stark Production, Avrill has established herself as a leading independent producer and creator of global children’s film and television content.
Member for Logan
Linus Power is MP for the Logan Electorate. He currently holds the position of Senior Government Whip, and serves on the Transport and Utilities Committee.
Leader in law
As National Practice Group Leader of Clayton Utz’s Real Estate team, Nikki has played a lead role in some of Australia’s most high-profile urban renewal projects.
Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary international success since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.
The voice of Siri
Karen Jacobsen is an international entertainer, singer, motivational speaker, voice over artist and songwriter. She is the voice behind Apple’s infamous Siri.
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