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2018 Arts, Education and Law Alumni Winners

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.

Donisha Duff

Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus: AEL Group winner 2018

Donisha Duff

B Arts in Humanities 1998
B Arts with Honours 1999

Donisha Duff has worked tirelessly to improve pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as an advocate for health and supporter of girls’ and women’s educational and career opportunities. She is deputy chairperson of the Stars Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing school-based engagement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women.

Ms Duff has held senior roles in government and not-for-profit organisations, and is an advisor to the Minister for Indigenous Health. Locally, she is general manager for the Deadly Choices preventative health brand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Dean Clifford Jones

Outstanding Young Alumnus: AEL Group winner 2018

Dean Clifford-Jones

B Laws with Honours 2008
B Arts in Politics & Government 2008
Grad Diploma in Legal Practice 2009

Dean Clifford-Jones was the first person in his family to attend university and has achieved remarkable success in the legal profession, as a crown prosecutor, and a principal child protection lawyer.

Mr Clifford-Jones founded Australia’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) association, Pride in Law, a not-for-profit LGBTIQ+ legal networking association that shares positive and informative stories with its growing membership. Pride in Law has since been formally established as a Queensland association to assist the LGBTIQ+ legal profession and their allies to network with like-minded individuals.

Petr Tichy

Outstanding International Alumnus: AEL Group winner 2018

Petr Tichý

B Digital Media Production 2004
M Arts in Film and Television Studies 2005

Petr Tichý has extensive international experience in film and television production and has worked in video and multimedia production for many years.

Mr Tichý is chief executive officer and chairman of the Barrandov Studios in Prague, one of the biggest and oldest film studios in Europe. Barrandov is the production hub for the international film and television community and aims to ensure the presence of all film-related fields and services in one convenient location. Mr Tichý and his team re-established film and television incentives in the Czech Republic, which is rebuilding its reputation as a prime destination for Hollywood and other international film and television productions.

Remarkable Alumni

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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.

2017 Arts, Education and Law School Alumni Award Winners

Chris Eigeland

Chris Eigeland

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.

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Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey

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.

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Susie Brady

Suzie Brady

Humanities

Graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Communication in 1999, Suzie Brady is now the Director of Communications with Adobe Asia Pacific. She is developing the brand’s communication efforts across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asian, India, Korea and China. With experience spanning both public and private sectors, Suzie has held media advisory roles in Government both in Australia and abroad.

Dr Brian Bumbarger

Dr Brian Bumbarger

Criminology

Dr Brian Bumbarger completed his PhD in Criminology at Griffith. He currently holds a position at Penn State University, and serves as a Public Systems Capacity Building Consultant for the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. Brian is is the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Prevention and Intervention Support Centre. He serves on U.S. Federal Expert Panels for federal agencies, including the White House.

Tony Kennedy

Tony Kennedy

Education

Tony Kennedy is an outstanding educator and a dedicated leader in developing Australia’s standard in the teaching profession. Currently the Principal of Toowoomba State High School, he is also Assistant Regional Director for the Darling Downs South West region. He sits as a Member of the Council of International Schools, where he’s contributed to the accreditation of international schools.

Brett Mason

Brett Mason

Law

The Honourable Dr Brett Mason was appointed Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2015. In this role Dr Mason presided over Australia’s contribution to the three year commemoration of the MH17 air disaster. This prestigious posting followed a long career in politics as Liberal Senator for Queensland from 1999 – 2015. During his time in Parliament Dr Mason held two Ministerial appointments.

Petr Tichy

Petr Tichy

Griffith Film School

Barrandov Studios in Prague is one of the largest and oldest film studios in Europe. Petr Tichý is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at this prestigious studio managing 160 employees across services, studio spaces, production and the world’s largest selection of costumes. Petr has heavily influenced the development of the Czech Republic as a prime destination for international film and television productions.

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

Music

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Ryan Walsh is an internationally-renowned composer and producer. Since completing his Master of Music in 2012 he has collaborated on film scores and advertising campaigns, and his music has been the focal point of numerous concert series. Ryan is the founder of production house SST Workshop whose projects include commissions for Fox, NEC Japan, and C!rca ensemble.

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Previous Arts, Education and Law Alumni Award Winners

Rebecca Johnson

Educator extraordinaire

Rebecca Johnson

Education

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

Music

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

Criminology

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

Animation

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

Humanities

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

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

Award-winning artist

Tony Albert

CAIA

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

Karen Jacobsen

The voice of Siri

Karen Jacobsen

Music

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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