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.

2020 Arts, Education and Law Alumni Winners

Cephas Lumina

Professor Cephas Lumina

Outstanding AEL Alumnus

Doctor of Philosophy
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education  

Professor Cephas Lumina is an extraordinary Zambian lawyer and human rights expert who has dedicated his life to using the law as a tool to ensure social and economic justice for all, particularly for those who lack voice. His counsel has been sought at the highest level of global human rights advocacy - the United Nations (UN).

Professor Lumina holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a PhD in International Human Rights Law from Griffith University.

Professor Lumina divides his time between multiple roles as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Lusaka, Zambia; Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; and Principal Consultant of HURICON Ltd, a professional human rights and governance consulting services firm.

Jayde Geia

Jayde Geia

Outstanding AEL First Peoples Alumnus

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Jayde Geia is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman. Her family are Bwgcolman, Gunggandji and Mualgal. Jayde holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and is a generational Griffith University Law graduate, with her mother also graduating from Griffith with a law degree.

Jayde has embarked on an impressive career pioneering a new way of approaching barriers in the industry; bridging the gap between consultants, business leaders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for sustainable outcomes. Projects of this type have never been undertaken in Australia before and her work in this area has seen significant achievements that are being replicated across the sector.

Outside of her corporate role, Jayde volunteers a significant portion of her time to working with young people and creating change through the industry boards she is a part of.

Jeff Thompson

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.

Matthew Hanger

Matthew Hanger

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.

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2017 Outstanding AEL Alumnus of the Year

Gordon Hookey is one of the leading indigenous artistic voices in Australian visual art history. His work hangs in some of the most prestigious galleries around the world. His iconic style is powerful, influential, thought provoking, and he is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of this generation. Gordon Hookey is Griffith University’s 2017 Arts, Education and Law Outstanding Alumnus of the year.

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

Rebecca Johnson

Educator extraordinaire

Rebecca Johnson


Primary school science teacher Rebecca Johnson has published over 80 educational books and has won national awards for curriculum design.

Dami Im

Pop icon

Dami Im


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

Katarina Carroll

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.

Avrill Stark

Animation CEO

Avrill Stark


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.

Linus Power

Member for Logan

Linus Power


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.

Nikki Robinson

Leader in law

Nikki Robinson


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

Visual artist

Tony Albert


Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary international success since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.

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Karen Jacobsen

The voice of Siri

Karen Jacobsen


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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